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Leadership Question – What Do I Do about that Unmotivated Employee that Does His/Her Job … But Who I Know Could Do So Much More?

By Kelly Vandever

Last week I was conducting a class for new managers and one of the exercises is designed to get the participants to work together in small groups to receive peer coaching on an employee who is “motivationally challenged.”

As I eavesdropped on one of the groups, I heard Owen say, “It’s not that he doesn’t do his job. He does what I ask him. He does a good job. But he never goes beyond what’s asked of him. He’s been there for 26 years. There’s so much he could be …

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The Most Common Public Speaking Question Is …

by Bob Goodyear

Over the last month I’ve had the chance to speak to several groups on the topic of public speaking. Before two of the sessions, the host asked the attendees to submit questions for me to answer during my time with them. While I received many great questions, the most common one was a variation of, “What can I do about being nervous before and during my speech?”

Let me share with you three of the techniques I suggested.
Nervousness is Natural
First, remember that nervousness is something that naturally happens …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Dr. Denise Cumberland on CEOs Keeping in Touch with Frontline Employees

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Dr. Denise Cumberland

Topics discussed:
– Denise discusses her leadership research based on the show Undercover Boss.

– Denise interviewed 13 of the CEOs that had been on the television series

– How could the scandals like GM’s …

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Just Say No

by Claudia Brogan

Not long ago I served as a speaking-coach for a highly intelligent scientist as he prepared to deliver an upcoming presentation. I can still remember our first meeting as we began the speech preparation process. For a 45-minute presentation timeslot, he brought 10 pages of script, double-spaced, lengthy, and dense. In a sense, he couldn’t resist the temptation to tell the audience everything he knew about his topic. We set those voluminous notes aside and created a brief list of the most crucial and timely ideas that …

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Zoom – PowerPoint’s Answer to Prezi? Valuable New Tool? You Make the Call!

By Kelly Vandever

So the last time you were hanging out on the Insert tab of PowerPoint 2016, did you happen to look at the Links group? Have you noticed the new comer? Yes, that’s right, there’s a new link available called Zoom! One of the newest features in PowerPoint!

Not to be confused with Zoom when in presentation mode and you zoom in for a closer look at the slide. Or the Zoom In on bottom right status bar. …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Hannah Beasley on Communicating with Non-Email Employees

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Hannah Beasley
Hannah has a reputation for challenging the status quo and pushing ahead into the era of mobile, social, and on-demand-everything.   That mindset, paired with her experience coordinating enterprise sales and implementations, lead Hannah to become the Director of Sales and Success …

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The Glow of the Season

by Tom Nixon

One of my favorite go-to tricks for making text stand out from a complex background is to apply a glow that will separate it from the layer below. It is a fairly straightforward procedure that goes like this:

For text against a busy background:

Select the text, place your cursor in the text as though you were going to edit and then pressControl + A to select all the text.
From the top menu select Format > Text Effects > Glow
The flyout menu shows a variety of standard glow …

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Being the Boss and Making the Decisions

by Kelly Vandever

“I need to shut that noise down now.”

My friend was speaking about one of her employees who’d been speaking up and making suggestions about how to do something at work.

“What? What’s that face you’re making?” she asked.

I’m still not used to the fact that my facial expressions give away the thoughts running through my brain…even though it happens to me all the time.

This friend knows me well. She’s even listened to my Permission to Speak podcast.

So I say, “Well, my podcast and the …

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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Marcia Reynolds on the Discomfort Zone

Permission to Speak
Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Marcia Reynolds

Dr. Marcia Reynolds has over 30 years working with global corporations in executive coaching and leadership training. She is a past global president of the International Coach Federation and speaks and teaches topics related to leadership …

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I Know You Can’t Read This But …

by Tom Nixon

The most profound words crammed into a screen with a few hundred others become lifeless and impotent. They frustrate and annoy our audiences. When read from the screen to our listeners they become the fuel for the universally recited, number one complaint: “I hate it when they turn and read the slides to us!”

No wonder PowerPoint is so reviled.

If you ever find yourself saying, “I know you can’t read this but…” that is an indication that you are committing the most grievous of errors: too …

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