What Maya Angelou Taught Me About Influence

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One of my favorite sayings attributed to Maya Angelou is, “People forget what you say, they forget what you do, but they never forget the way you make them feel.” It’s a profound commentary on human nature that can help make us better influencers in every aspect of our lives. Read more for three ways to learn from this principle. Continue reading

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What Garbriel García Márquez Taught Me About Communicating

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“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

That’s how Gabriel Garcia Marquez opens his classic, 100 Years of Solitude. When I heard of his passing last month, those opening lines sprang to mind and I realized that his opening has lessons for all of us when we want to communicate with others. Here are three lessons from Marquez that you can use to better connect with and communicate with others. Continue reading

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One Great Way to Start A Conversation

There are many great ways to start a conversation. Read on for one a technique to help you build better rapport, become more effective and save time with this one tip. Continue reading

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How to Ace a Lunch Meeting

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You’ve got a meeting with a key contact. What could be better? How about the opportunity to build relationships over lunch?

Lunch meetings can be a great way to build rapport with your contacts and prospects. But lunch meetings can also present a few pitfalls that you can and should avoid. Read on for five tips to avoid awkward moments over lunch. Continue reading

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How to Be An “Insider” at Work

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What would it mean for your career if you could be an “insider” in your organization? Would it mean more respect, more fun or more career fulfillment? A recent experience at the W Hotel taught me that we can all be insiders with a change of perspective. Continue reading

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4 Easy Ways to Build Relationships with LinkedIn

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Whether you love it or loathe it, you should not leave social networking out of your networking plans. But you need to do it well so that online connections build offline relationships. Here are four easy ways to network and build relationships with LinkedIn. Continue reading

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How to Avoid Common Networking Mistakes

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Have you ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray’s character is forced to repeat the same day over and over again? My experience at a recent “speed networking” event showed me that many people have the same approach to networking. They keep making the same rookie mistakes time and time again. Read on for four ways to avoid common networking mistakes, stand out in a crowd and be the kind of person people want to spend time with at events. Continue reading

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A Simple Technique to Make Your Ideas Irresistible

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One of the fabulous books that I’m reading right now is Dan Pink’s To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others. While working with a client on creating stories that connect with customers, we used Pink’s “Pixar Pitch” formula. This formula helps you focus on the value that you offer and how customers (or your listener) are better off because of your solution. Here’s how it works. Continue reading

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Business Networking: Take the Fear out of Follow Up

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Networking success comes when you actually make a great contact, and they tell you to “stay in touch.” What does that really mean and how do you do it? Here are four ways to make it easy for you to stay in touch and build relationships with your contacts.

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The Blog is Back: Supercharge 2013

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Happy New Year! You may have noticed that the blog took a little vacation at the end of last year. It’s back starting with this article on “How to Supercharge 2013.” It is a bit “softer” than the tips I usually provide because it is a modified version of my column for Health Callings. Still, the tips apply and will help you have a more prosperous year. Want more concrete steps? Check out my recommendation for the best book of 2012 which will absolutely help you create change. Continue reading

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