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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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Writer’s Block? 6 Presentation Problems and How to Overcome Them

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It’s one of the worst feelings in the world. You have to stand up before a group of people and give a talk, but you have no idea what you’re going to say and nothing is working. Sooner or later, we all face that situation. Review this list to diagnose your problem and find a solution that pulls your presentation out of your mind so you can share it with your audience. Continue reading

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Influence Strategies: Increase Your Influence by Improving Your Language

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Your mother was right: It’s not what you say, but how you say it. You can easily (and dramatically) increase your ability to influence others by improving your language skills. You can turn common situations into opportunities to create positive emotions and influence others. All it takes is a subtle shift of your language. Read on for five ways to tweak your language and influence others. Continue reading

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The Steve Jobs Affect: A Communication Case Study in Action

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It’s official: Steve Jobs has stepped down as Apple CEO. Newspapers, blogs and tweets resound with both praise for Jobs and speculation about the future of the iconic company.

This is an excellent time to sit back and observe the power of communication handled well (or poorly). Why? Because perception is reality. Jobs’ stepping down will have as much or as little affect as the market (and customers) believe it will. Continue reading

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How to Improve Your Presentation Skills: 6 Ways to Get Started

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Sometimes the hard part about becoming a more effective presenter is figuring out where to start. That’s exactly the question posed to me by one of my newsletter readers. In response, here are 6 Ways to accelerate your growth as a presenter and speaker. Continue reading

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Are Your Presentations Like Easter Egg Hunts?

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Easter egg hunts can be a joy to behold with eager participants running off in search of sweets and treasure.
While children may enjoy those activities, your presentations will crash and burn if you treat them like Easter egg hunts, and unfortunately, too may people do. Read on for three ways to make your next presentation a treasure. Continue reading

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How to Get the Gift of Gab

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According to legend, all it takes to become an eloquent speaker and get the “gift of gab” is to kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in Ireland. Naturally, Blarney Castle was on my must-visit list during my 2006 trip to the Emerald Isle. And what I learned at Blarney Castle is a cautionary tale about becoming a better speaker and improving your presentation skills. Continue reading

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Make Your Presentations Incredible with Lessons from the Movies

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The best movies engage and entrance the audience. You can achieve the same level of connection in your next business presentation by incorporating some lessons from the movies. When the Wall Street Journal recently published a list of the 15 … Continue reading

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How to Make an Offer They Can’t Refuse: Using Consistency to Influence Others

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Would it be helpful to you if you had an influence strategy that made people actually want to say yes to you? Would it be beneficial if complying with your request seemed like the natural thing to do? If so, you’ll want to learn how to use the influence principle of consistency. Continue reading

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