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How to Facilitate Good Meetings: My Top 7 Tips

I’ve talked alot about the importance of running a good, efficient meeting, including how to  improve meeting engagement and how to end them well.  But, a good meeting only runs well if it is facilitated well from start to finish. Ever Been in Meeting Hell? When I’m in a poorly run meeting, I get distracted and find myself doing unproductive things like calculating the cost of the meeting (number of participants x approx cost per staff hour x number of hours/minutes). And if I’m distracted, there’s a good chance others are as well which means a whole lot of time

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Communication Skills and the 55 Percent

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I didn’t really say everything I said. – Yogi Berra It’s been a while since I’ve gotten back to basics so I’m refreshing one of my early blogs that really hones in on that.  It all starts with this: successful communication is a package deal. It’s in the words you speak, in the tone of your voice and in the language of your body. One study conducted at UCLA found that the impact of communication is: 7% = words spoken/written + 38% = percent tone of voice + 55% = percent body language  Let’s talk about the 55 percent If most of

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Fearless presentations: 5 small things that will make a big difference

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  Public speaking is not only in the top 10 list of things people are afraid of doing, it’s #1! The 14 Worst Human Fears When a team of market researchers asked 3000 Americans “What are you most afraid of?” many fears were named — Speaking before a group comes in as #1 Biggest Fear (with percentage of the group that named it as their biggest fear): 1 Speaking before a group 41 2 Heights 32 3 Insects and bugs 22 3 Financial Problems 22 3 Deep water 22 6 Sickness 19 6 Death 19 8 Flying 18 9 Loneliness

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How to get your relationship back on track

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Here’s a news flash. If you are in a relationship with someone – at work or at home –  there will be challenges and problems. There will be valleys. It will get hard and you will get frustrated at some point. Okay, that was the bad news. The good news is that you can be prepared to face challenges by learning to focus on a few small things. Here are some ways you can get your relationship back on track when challenges arise: When something happens that you need to deal with, deal with it.  Don’t let issues pile up until they

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Three ways to use body language to communicate better

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TIP #8: Know your body language. When we seek to bring out the best in others, we bring out the best in ourselves.  ~ William Arthur Your body language says a lot about you.  Experts say it makes up over 70% of your total communication message.  Way more than the words you use! Using good body language can make a huge difference in the connection you make and the success of your communication. To be an effective communicator, your body language should help you connect and engage and be consistent with your words.  Here are three important body language basics: 1)     

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Strike a pose: How body language can improve job success

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Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes. ~ Ann Cuddy, Harvard University  Professor and Pychological Science Researcher I’ve written a lot about body language and common communication mistakes.  Paying attention to eye contact, facial expression, and your  tone of voice are all very important, but what about paying attention to your body position?  Research shows it can have a huge impact on how you communicate with others. Social psychologist and Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy has done research that demonstrates how changing your body position can actually change the chemistry

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Body Language | What works at work

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Your positive body language can be the key to success in your work.  It helps you give a good impression, convince clients, and please your boss. Only a small percentage of communication involves actual words: 7%, to be exact. In fact, 55% of communication is visual (body language, eye contact) and 38% is vocal (pitch, speed, volume, tone of voice). Think about it. Before you even open your mouth, the rest of your body has already spoken volumes. What does your body language say about you? Does it say you’re confident, smart, and enthusiastic—or just the opposite? Here are some tips on

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Improve your communication by faking it

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Communication can be hard.  And, we need all the tips we can get. Here’s one that’s simple to do and scientifically proven to work. Here it is: you can improve your communication with someone by smiling. Even if it’s forced, studies show that changing your facial expression will change your mood.  Yep, you can improve your mood by faking it! One study found that participants who were instructed to make certain faces created biological changes. In other words, they changed their emotions by changing their facial expression.  When told to make an angry face they experienced increased blood flow to

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Why are you staring at me like that?

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If you ask your friend, “What’s wrong?” and she shrugs her shoulders, frowns, turns away and mutters, “Oh, nothing.” You probably don’t believe her words. You believe something is bothering her because of her body language, right? Your body language, also known as your non verbal communication, says more for you than you may think. Your body movements, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, posture, even how much distance you put between yourself and the other person communicates for you whether you intend it or not. Your body language speaks for you Incredibly, your body language is responsible for more than

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