When the chips are down, people want to help but they don't know how. Taking cues from SMART strategic planning, this blog post offers some practical advice on how to deliver SMART support to colleagues and others facing personal or professional crises.
Thought leadership can increase your visibility and build your credibility in the marketplace. But here's the rub: to be a thought leader, you have to have thoughts that matters. Find out the seven things you need to do to establish yourself and your company as a thought leader.
The communications patterns we learn from our families, and later interactions at school or university, on sports teams, at our first job, and from mass media, shape the way we see and react to the world. It’s within our families or our grade-school interactions that we develop patterns of communication that drive how we connect or don't with others. Understanding these patterns can prevent communications crashes.
The truth has always been elusive, And, now, in the age of social media, algorithms expose us only to information and beliefs that conform to and reinforce our own beliefs. Alternative facts masquerade as reality. The truth is even harder to discern. In our work and home lives, we must make the effort to actively seek the truth and protect it as a valuable business and national resource.
As more and people companies turn to video to tell their stories, they waste their viewer's time with boring and irrelevant content. Get your audiences to tune in by following these three simple tips.
Most business messaging fails because it speaks to what we do not why it matters to our audience. Break out of the list maker syndrome that ticks off all the products and services you offer. Instead, make your case by talking about great things that can and will happen with and through you. Get people excited about the big things so that they understand why all the smaller things you do every day are so important—and how they fit into making things better for the people you need and want to reach most.
In this digital age, when with the push of button we can reach masses, we’ve lost sight of the most important aspect of communication – meaningfulness. Rather than trying for quantity, we should be thinking about quality. So in 2019 here are five things you can do to enhance the quality of your communication.
There is an old saying that the shoemaker’s children are often the last to get shoes. The same thing holds true for communications professionals. We are so busy helping our clients and bosses reveal and reinforce their value that we often neglect the same efforts for ourselves.
For a runner, nothing is more exhilarating than coming to the finish line after giving it your all in a road race. That same feeling overwhelmed me when the brown UPS truck showed up a few days ago with six cartons of my new book, Prism of Value: Connect, Convince and Influence When It Matters Most...