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…

non verbal communication

Contributor: Bob Phibbs Your body language sends wordless cues long before you try to close a sale. The more you understand what your body is saying—oftentimes without you knowing it—the more you can see how often it gets in your way. This is especially true when you are in a sales situation. Oftentimes our bodies…

ode to words

  I’ve always loved languages. Born in Belgium, I grew up speaking Flemish, which is spoken by only six million people. The challenge—and beauty—of belonging to a linguistic minority is that you have to adopt other languages if you want to have an impact in the world. Granted, for Belgians it’s much easier to learn…

  Don’t you LOVE how technology has helped make life so easy? “How did we live before the era of smartphones,” I wonder sometimes! With declining prices of entry-level smartphones, everyone seems to have at least one, if not two, these days. Industry research shows that in 2011, for the first time, more smartphones were…

Contributor: Michael Parker Informal conversational skills are natural to any good networker. Unfortunately, under the pressure of a formal presentation or tough negotiation, these skills can desert us as we try (perhaps too hard) to impress. To counter this, it is important to remind ourselves what these skills are, and then consciously work on them so…

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Contributor: Ivan Misner Do you suffer from “Butterfly-itis” at the very mention of networking at business functions? If you answered yes, you are not alone! Many business people and entrepreneurs get a bit uncomfortable when it comes right down to walking up to someone and starting a conversation. Many others are concerned about getting effective…

Former CBS news anchor and author of the newly released Broadcasting Happiness book, Michelle Gielan believes we can make small changes in the way we communicate with people around us to boost happiness, energy, and productivity. In the video below, Michelle highlights 3 powerful ways to instantly raise your signal as a broadcaster to increase…

Contributor: Michael Oliver Have you ever found yourself in a situation where someone asked you a question — and then immediately answered it for you? Here’s an example: “What would be the one thing that would make a difference in your life? Would it be having more money, more freedom, more time to play golf…?”…

social media cocktail party

Contributor: Bryan Kramer   There’s something about connecting with others, sharing stories, laughs, and great conversation that feeds the soul, and that’s why so many of us are drawn to social media. In essence, social is the ultimate online cocktail party. It mirrors our real-life encounters, but without the distance and physical limitations that can…