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  • ‘Just be yourself’ is inadequate advice

    "Just be yourself." As a piece of advice, it’s common—even clichéd. But it’s far more demanding than it sounds, isn’t it? If you’re a leader, you’re on the receiving end of relentless and often conflicting advice about how to present yourself to the world. Perhaps you’re urged to be active on social media in order to...

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  • How to Manage Presentation Anxiety and Radically Improve Your Outcome

    As you watched the London Olympics, you may have wondered, "Why does one athlete reach her golden goal while another with equal talent falters?" Sports psychologists tell us the athlete who hauls in the hardware has learned to manage her anxiety. Same with influential leaders and presenters. After a decade of coaching executives, I've learned the key is to manage your anxiety, not try to control it. Managing and controlling are two different mindsets. If you manage your anxiety, you'll stay focused, which radically reduces your stress and improves the outcome. If you try to control it, you give the anxiety too much power. Trying to control your nerves while delivering a presentation makes you vulnerable because...

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  • Reconsider Confidence - It's Not What You Think

    Confidence is more critical now than ever in the economy we're facing today. It's essential to cultivate it so you can seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls. But it's not just recent graduates who crave confidence - every C-suite executive whom I've had the privilege to coach wants a booster shot to help them be more influential and make things happen.

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  • Speak from Your Heart, not Just Your Head

    In this quick 2 minute "Connie off the Cuff" video recorded behind the scenes of a keynote speech in Phoenix, you'll discover the one thing you need to deliver a presentation.

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  • The Fire Hydrant Habit: Does Your Communication Sabotage Your Power?

    Consider the fire hydrant's purpose. Your neighborhood fire plug lets firefighters tap into the municipal water system to extinguish a fire. They attach a hose to the cast iron hydrant, screw open a valve and whoosh, out comes a powerful flow of water. Simple enough.

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  • Gaining Confidence in Front of a Room

    You might be surprised at how many executives say they lack confidence in front of audiences and want to gain the skill.

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  • What Every Communicator Can Learn From ... Michael Jackson

    Did you read the headlines? "Jackson Kids Steal the Show!" the news articles proclaimed, calling the appearance of Michael Jackson's two eldest children the most memorable moment of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Show.

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  • Did This CEO Hit the Sweet Spot?

    Kraft Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld is scrambling to persuade shareholders that her company's $17 billion bid to buy British candymaker Cadbury is good for both companies. Her pursuit has drawn poor reactions from both Cadbury's shareholders and Kraft's biggest shareholder, Warren Buffett.

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  • 10 Radically Different Resolutions for 2010

    Top 10 Communi-lutions to Improve How People Respond to You In Our Distraction-Driven Decade

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  • Rude Tube: Public Speaking Interruptions

    What a week for high profile heckling. Let's recap:

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  • How to Hijack Your Own Influence during Q&A

    You've been leading a high priority mission for months. You've pushed. Prodded. You've influenced internally because you believe it's the most vital issue facing your organization. Your team has invested sweat equity and they're counting on you to make it happen publicly.

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  • Do You Trigger Presentation-Induced Comas?

    It's Thanksgiving evening. You're stuffed. Bloated. Lethargic. In a turkey coma.

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  • The Plumber Parable: Why Storytelling Matters

    I can read your mind. Not another story about Joe the Plumber, you're thinking. Good news. This isn't about Joe, the nation's newest household name invoked again and again during the final presidential debate. It's about you and your ability to make a point that people actually remember, repeat and respond to.

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  • How to Breeze Through Q&A

    Whew! Your presentation is over. After your closing slide, you're ready to exhale except for one thing... you still have to face Q&A.

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