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Never Underestimate the Power of Cute!

by Tom Nixon

Cat videos, puppy pictures, kids selling lemonade — there is no greater power than when you use cute to grab some attention, even if it is a little off message. If you can show a picture of your kids and tell a relevant story about the time they learned a life lesson you will hit a home run. Emotions connect deeply.

 

 

 

Tom Nixon has over 3 decades of experience assisting clients with meaningful business communications. Contact Tom to see how he can work with your …

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Anchor Your Presentation

by Bob Goodyear

Have you ever sat in on a presentation or speech and couldn’t remember the points the speaker was making just 10 minutes after it was done? Maybe you remember that you felt good about what was being said but you just couldn’t talk about specifics to anyone afterwards. That is incredibly frustrating to me as an audience member. It’s even MORE frustrating, however, to me as the speaker because that tells me that I didn’t do a good job making my points memorable.

How can we …

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Rock Your Unglamorous Work!

By Kelly Vandever

One of the things I secretly love (well, not so secret now that you’re reading this) is when I’m in a public gathering and for whatever reason, someone asks the military veterans in the room to stand and be recognized.

OH MY GOD, I LOVE TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AS A VET! Yes, I’m extremely proud that I served my country…but I also dig that I’m one of the few…and sometimes the only…woman who’s standing. The look …

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The Leadership Balancing Act – Professional vs. Personal

 

By Kelly Vandever

One of the things that makes leadership difficult is that it’s not a matter of “do these three things and you’ll be a great leader.” Leadership is very nuanced. Leadership is adjusting to dichotomies that both need to be true. Leadership is a balancing act.

Over the next few posts, we’ll take a look at what that balancing act looks like for leaders and give you some thoughts on how you might deal with the gray that comes from your leadership role.

The first of these topics…maintaining a …

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A Little Bit of Luck – Make Your Stories REAL

by Kelly Vandever

Imagine you’re traveling in a mobile home with your family.  And it breaks down.  It cost $750 to tow the mobile home.  What do you do?

It’s your only form of transportation for you and your family and it contains everything you have with you.  What do you do?

This really happened to a customer of Nationwide insurance.  The customer called Nationwide and said “Help!”
Why Nationwide Is Telling the Story
Nationwide uses a Microsoft tool called Yammer.  It’s an internal collaboration …

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Chris Brogan on Storytelling for Business Building

by Kelly Vandever

I ran across the brilliant Chris Brogan being interviewed for a website called OnTrackTips.com.  The host, Jason T. Wiser, was a little chatty at the beginning of the video.  But hey – he has every right – it’s his show!  But Jason goes on to asked some masterful questions of Chris and as always, Chris gives some insightful suggestions.

 

See the whole interview here with the complete script.

Or watch below……

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 3 – Tell Your Organization’s Stories

by Kelly Vandever
The Blue Angels
Have you ever seen the Blue Angels?  They are the Navy’s flight demonstration team and they put on one heck of a show.  The Navy’s video here explains it more eloquently than I ever could.

 

These pilots fly in incredibly tight formations and execute mind-blowing maneuvers during their air shows.  It’s a sight to see.  If you haven’t seen them, make it a point to go see them when they’re near you.

 
Blue Angels Training and Travel
The Blue Angels train intensely in two …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 2 – Tell Personal Stories

by Kelly Vandever

 

I’d known Julie from “around” but we’d never worked together directly. She had been in Atlanta for a few years then relocated to Denver to take a new role as a peer to my manager. Some time later, she was promoted to managing the larger group and she became my manager’s manager.

I always had a favorable impression of Julie. She was professional, intelligent, and all evidence pointed to her being a good leader. Plus she sported a super cute hair cut!

When …

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Using the Spoken Word to Lead and Motivate Your Team – Part 1 – Leadership and Authenticity

by Kelly Vandever

After completing a training session on site for a client, I made myself available in the afternoon to provide one-on-one coaching to anyone interested in getting some individual attention or advice.

Bob was one of the people who requested one-on-one time. Bob is a manager within the organization and he’d been highly engaged during the training. I got the sense that he is a good leader and well respected in the organization.

During our individual time, he asked me …

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Storytelling? In Business Presentations? Yes!

 

by Kelly Vandever

“How do you tell a story in a business presentation?”

The question came from a colleague who thought of business presentations as being just about the facts. But more and more, business leaders are seeing the benefits of going beyond the facts to the story behind the facts — and the story of the facts.

So if you want to be a more effective business presenter, consider how to add storytelling to your repertoire. How? So glad you asked!

 
3 Common Ways to …

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