Connie off the Cuff

Helpful tips and insight about influential leadership, communication and presentation skills

  • How to Manage Your Anxiety Like a Gold Medalist

  • 5 Ways the Fab Five Can Make Your Team More Influential

  • The Perfect Presentation: A Lesson from Lochte

  • How to Be a Better Listener

  • Oops! How to Prevent Brain Freeze in Public Speaking

  • Why Rehearse a Presentation

  • Connecting Matters: Larry Winget is my Wingman

  • Presention Skills to Influence Global Audiences

  • Executive Presence - It's Not What You Think

Whacking the CEO: The Bold New Moves Between the C-Suite and the Board

The CEO firing was direct and dismissive. Barnes & Noble didn't stick to the bland yet reliable “we’re moving in a different direction” script when it booted Chief Executive Officer Ron Boire. They didn’t give him a gentle heave-ho with the old standby “he’s stepping down to pursue different opportunities” tale. Instead, Barnes & Noble whacked their CEO in bold fashion. The core issue is trust. And trust is an endless dance.

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What Leaders Can Learn from Muhammad Ali’s Presence

His greatness — and crossover appeal — lived at the intersection of humanity, athleticism, and activism. Even in death, his presence is felt everywhere. Muhammad Ali was by far the most influential presence in sports. How did he shake up the world and rise from reviled to revered? And what can you do to build your own influential presence? Here are five lessons from Ali’s epic presence that you can use to maximize your own greatness:

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Talk Less, Tweet More

@ConnieDieken: Gain influence in your HR role. Looking forward to keynoting #NOHRC2017 @ClevelandSHRM #influence #SHRM #HR

6 days ago