public speaking

Have you ever watched the Oscar ceremonies or Grammy awards on TV? While you may applaud the hot new stars and the legends in the industry, I’m guessing that you’ve seen better acceptance speeches elsewhere. For the most part, the winners are repetitious, rambling, and sometimes irrelevant. Obviously, being a winner does not necessarily make…

communication processing brain

Most business communication fails. Surveys consistently shows that about 75% of business presentations are rated as “mediocre” or worse by their audiences. More seriously, while companies on average rate the quality of the solutions they sell at 8 on a 1 to 10 scale, those same companies rate their sales messaging at a mere 4. At…

storytelling

It’s always a challenge: how to communicate insights, ideas, and strategies to your business partners, clients, team members, etc.) in a memorable way that inspires and motivates them to take your information and run with it. The first move is usually to fill our slides with charts and bullets, but I’ve come across a more…

workplace communication

Say you just met your favorite actor on the street. He signed you an autograph, treated you like a friend, and took some pictures with you. First thing you want to do after that is tell everybody what just happened, right? You want to call your boyfriend or girlfriend and anyone who means anything to…

cultural differences

These days more than ever before, we are able to communicate across international borders. Gone are the days of exclusively presenting our opportunity and products face to face to our friends, family, and neighbors. We can place an ad, reach out on social media, and touch the lives of those so far removed from us…

richard brooke workshop

I went to my first “retreat” at age 40 … 21 years ago. It was a 9-day intensive with 30 other people, none of whom I had ever met before. We slept in little huts and ate cafeteria style. During the first 48 hours, we were asked to not speak, not to each other or…

heart to heart communication

Texan: “Where are you from?” Harvard Grad: “I come from a place where we do not end our sentences with prepositions.” Texan: “OK — where are you from, smart-aleck?” We are rapidly losing the art of communication. The very trait which separates us from the animals is about to be our downfall, but fear not!…

Contributor: Cash Nickerson Communication is one of the building blocks of any team’s success. Considering the greatest communicators in business, academic, and social settings, I find they have one thing in common: They are all great listeners. Listening seems to be the ultimate differentiator. People think of great leaders as speakers and writers , but up close, they speak less…