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The Simple Truth to Avoid Communication Crashes

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.

Are You Flipping the Most Powerful Side of Your Message Coin?

When it comes to framing messages, conventional wisdom says going negative is best. But sometimes sounding the negative note isn't the one that will get your point across. Knowing which side of the message coin to flip--positive or negative--is key.

5 Powerful Ways to Amp Up Your 2019 Communications

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.

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A New Website, A New Beginning

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. 

By |2019-03-12T11:45:08-04:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Branding and Positioning|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

1 Thing You Do That Annoys Other People and How to Stop It

The other day, I was having a conversation with a client and made the comment that someone is never too old to be a mentee and never to young to be a mentor. Then I said, “That would make a good tweet,” and tweet I did with some positive response.

Don’t Get Stuck in the Hot Seat: Boost Your Presentation Confidence

Many clients have told me that when they make presentations, they feel as though they are facing a pack of lions waiting to pounce on every word.  When observing these leaders in action, the reason becomes clear.  More often than not, the issue is poor communication and presentation savvy. Their demeanor or conduct lacks confidence and conviction.

Avoid the 7 Deadly Media Relations Sins

Earlier this week, I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Society of Marketing Professionals DC Chapter about how to pitch the media.  Most of the people in the room were primarily focused on marketing and business development.

Avoid the Porosity of Information Trap

Information about our organizations and our employees flows freely across the Internet in ways we don't expect.  A medium-sized start-up doing business globally – let’s call them New Company – wanted to promote new hire, Susan, someone they had snagged from Big Competitor.