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How thinking like an entrepreneur can help you conquer your fear of presenting

I have thoroughly enjoyed Marie Forleo’s quirky videos, powerful interviews and insightful business posts over the past five or so years.Marie’s sassy New Jersey gumption offers some powerful no-nonsense ideas all of us can learn from as we strive to grow ourselves and our teams.Recently I also binged on her new book, Everything …
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Ever wonder why some people grow and others don’t?

Have you ever wondered why some people grow more than others? You would, I am sure, realise that I am not talking about physical height here, but rather why some people increase their ability over time while others seem to stagnate.Thanks to the luxury of time afforded by two long …
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Too many books?

I don’t know about you, but my book shelves are stuffed to over flowing. And that’s just my shelves. Then there’s the bedside table, and my work area … perhaps I should stop there. You get the idea. We love books in our house and I often feel guilty that …
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Do you scribble on books?

Do you scribble on books?  When I went to school this was considered to be very bad form but as an adult I find it essential.  Taking notes in the margins of books I want to learn from: underlining key phrases, turning over corners and generally making a mess of …
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Do facts change minds?

Changing other peoples’ minds is central to having influence in business, however in his new book Atomic Habits James Clear offers some new insight into this vexing challenge. He starts by referring to two notable minds which point in the same direction: J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice …
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What do we do if our audience does not answer our question?

In my recent webinar one of the participants, Rob asked an interesting question: when sitting on a board, what do you do if the business leaders consistently do not answer your questions? He mentioned that he and other board members were finding this to be a problem: when asked a …
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How do we build trust with an audience that does not trust us?

In my recent webinar I asked for questions from the audience and Claudia asked about a great topic: trust. As she mentioned, if your audience doesn’t trust you, you will be lucky if they will open your email or meet with you, let alone respond in a helpful way to …
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Do emotion and business communication mix?

I recently ran a webinar called Getting To The Point Without Being Blunt which included a Q&A time for the participants. One of the great questions that came out was about the use of emotion in business communication. Download this and the other five Q&As here, or read on. I …
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Boards at risk of missing material issues thanks to poorly written papers

I went to a terrific lunch today hosted by Let’s Connect Women, where two senior directors shared valuable insights about life as a Board Director. Toward the end of the conversation someone asked how executives can help Board Members and the conversation rapidly turned toward board papers. It was fabulous …
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‘Pitch it in 10’, or Branson’s not interested

Now, that’s uncompromising. Ten words is not many, and yet this week a client told me they and a colleague had spent most of the weekend prior preparing a major presentation to their leadership that was summed up in just 10 powerful words. Despite all the weekend work, which included …
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