Investing in your team: why communication skills will pay big dividends

With all eyes on the unsettling news from Wall Street these days, decisions on where to invest to get the greatest return on your investment have become complicated. To invest your money wisely, analysts generally recommend doing research then investing in companies that show promise in order to get the most return on your investment.

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How’s that New Year’s Resolution Going?

Did you know that only 8% of the American population will stick with their New Year’s resolution for the entire year? New Year’s resolutions have become the motivation for goal setting and typically include dieting & exercising more or dropping a bad habit like smoking. But what about setting a professional development goal like learning a new skill or overcoming a fear like public speaking?

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Engaging your audience thru silence

We’ve all been there: Stuck in a meeting where the presenter has drifted-off on a tangent, and seems to be rambling on for hours. They have completely lost your attention, and the following thoughts have crossed your mind:

  1. Why are they still talking?
  2. What is the point? Just get to it!
  3. I could have spent this time better!
  4. Could someone please pull the fire alarm so we can get out of here?
  5. You’ve tuned out, and no one can blame you.

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The pressures on: Three tips to deliver a presentation to a large audience cooly, credibly and without boring everyone

While watching the President’s State of the Union address a couple of weeks ago, I was reminded of the many times I have worked with CEOs to deliver their annual “State of the Company” addresses. In both cases, there is an exorbitant amount of pressure to deliver often complex and substantive information in a way that everyone listening can understand and relate. All attention is on you: eyes and ears eager to hear your perspective on the organization. If you fail to inspire, you could negatively impact future business, sales opportunities, and investor confidence. Or, if you ignore the elephant in the room, or overpromise and under deliver, you run the risk of losing employee loyalty. No pressure, right?

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Bubba brings home $65M

Hillary isn’t the only one bringing home the bacon. Since 2001, Bill Clinton has raked in $65 million from speeches, CNN reported yesterday.

Based on figures from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s financial disclosure report, the former president raked in $7.5 million from 36 speeches in 2009, up from the $5.7 million he earned for 25 appearances in 2008.

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Yale’s Environmental Students Get a Lesson in Public Speaking from a Pro

WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2010) – Twelve graduate students in Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies visited ten of Washington, DC’s top executives and government officials in the field of environmental issues this week. Their goal was simple: To learn more about the real-world skills necessary to be effective environmental leaders.

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Can You Deliver Bad News Without Leaving Bad Feelings?

We’ve all heard the cliché, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but….” Face it; unless you are some kind of heartless cad, no one enjoys delivering bad news.

As we kick off another year filled with headlines about job losses, business closings, cutbacks, and home foreclosures, the grim reality is that more and more of us will be put in the painful position of delivering some kind of bad news to someone.

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Carmie McCook featured in Smart CEO Magazine

Single Biggest Public Speaking Tip: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
“CEOs often don’t view preparing for a speech as a top priority. So when opportunities come up, they don’t dedicate enough time to customize the content, and certainly not enough time to properly rehearse. When they spend little or no time practicing the delivery, they end up reciting their speech, and you know how exciting that is.

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Anybody Got a Copy of that Oath I Can Borrow?

Rule Number One: Always have notes with you when you’re speaking in public. Rule Number Two: Don’t forget you notes.

Well, too late now, Mr. Chief Justice. Like so many rookies at public speaking, you tried to wing it. And you blew it. big deal, right? Wrong. Once you look like you’re clueless at the podium, it sticks.

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