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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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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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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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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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Networking Not Working? Here’s Why

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“Networking” is one of those business words that prompts a visceral reaction. My unscientific survey (of people met in my networking workshops) says that the majority of people dislike networking. If you want networking to work for you, make sure your process includes these three actions… Continue reading

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Two Secrets to Building Better Business Relationships

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Building relationships is essential to almost everything you do. But what is the best way to do it? Do you have to have perfect solutions, perfect marketing or perfect sales techniques? The simple answer is, ‘no.’ Read on for two easy ways to build better business relationships and feel more comfortable doing it. Continue reading

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Business Networking Tips: A Simple Plan for Success

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Whether you love networking or loathe networking, it is easy to fill overwhelmed when you think of all the things you could be doing. The good news is that networking doesn’t have to be complicated. You can use a very simple plan to help you build relationships, attract clients or land your next job. Here is a simple, 5 step plan: Continue reading

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Five Ways to Sell Your Ideas Without Feeling Pushy

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To succeed, you must desensitize yourself to the following four-letter word: “sell.” An aversion to a word and its many derivatives (sales, selling, salesperson) costs you time, relationships, and professional advancement. And that’s why learning to sell your ideas, yourself and your company is one of the most important skills you can ever learn. Here are a few ways to sell without feeling pushy. Continue reading

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7 Keys to Building Better Business Relationships

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Pop quiz: What business are you in? If that seems like an easy question, you may be surprised that many people get it wrong. No matter what your line of work, you’re actually in the relationship business. And the better you are at building and maintaining relationships with co-workers, employees, customers and the like, the more successful you’ll be in your business and personal life.

Here are 7 keys to building better business relationships. Even if you’re in a non-sales related field or a non-profit, these techniques will work for you. Continue reading

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