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Mastermind Course: Communicating to connect

July 28, 2012 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Project Management

If you can connect with others- one-on-one, in groups, and with an audience – your sense of community improves, your ability to create team work increases, and your influence skyrockets. People who connect with others have better relationships, experience less conflict, and get more things done than those who cannot connect. Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers.

Learn how to improve your results, increase team performance and connect better with those you lead. 

Eventbrite - Everyone Communicates, Few Connects Course
Only 25 Seats Available

Join us for this 10-week course starting on August 15th, 2012 and learn the "how-tos" of connecting while we discuss the following principles and practices:

  1. Connecting Increases Your Influence in Every Situation

    Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers. You will only be able to reach your potential, regardless of your profession or chosen path, when you learn to connect with other people. Otherwise, you’ll be like a nuclear power plant disconnected from the grid. You’ll have incredible resources and potential, but you’ll never be able to put them to use.

  2. Connecting Is All About Others

    Before you can add value to others, you must first learn to value others. Instead of trying to conform others to your agenda, position yourself to see from their vantage point. As you gain awareness of the needs and hopes of others, you will be able to craft messages that connect with them emotionally.

  3. Connecting Goes Beyond Words

    You can’t merely pass along information; you must model the message you want to deliver. A vision cannot materialize through you until it has taken root within you. Owning a vision enables a communicator to move from informing others to inspiring them.

  4. Connecting Always Requires Energy

    To make the most of your communication opportunities, you must expend energy proactively. Leaders have responsibility to initiate the connection.  It’s also the leader’s duty to prepare so that he or she can communicate clearly when the opportunity arises. Preparation consumes time and energy, but its benefits far outweigh its costs.

  5. Connecting Is More Skill Than Natural Talent
    People aren’t born with the ability to connect, nor does it develop by accident. Connection happens when people hone their skills and mine their experiences. Great communicators make the most of their background, personality, natural abilities, and knowledge in order to engage an audience—whether in conversation with one person or when speaking to a gathering of thousands.

    Eventbrite - Everyone Communicates, Few Connects Course
    Only 25 Seats Available

  6. Connectors Connect on Common Ground

    Connecting with others is a matter of choice. Good leaders and communicators don’t isolate themselves, and they deliberately keep their people informed. They decide to make themselves available, to listen when their people speak, and to show others that they care. Over time, their thoughtfulness and humility attract people to their side.

  7. Connectors Do the Difficult Work of Keeping It Simple

    Being simple is hard work. Great leaders grasp the nuances and intricacies of tough issues, and condense them into simple statements that easily can be communicated to their people. To keep communication uncomplicated, leaders quickly get to the point, use plain language, and repeat their primary message.

  8. Connectors Create an Experience Everyone Enjoys

    In the Information Age, attention spans continue to shorten, and you have a limited amount of time before people choose whether to tune in or tune out.  Do everything within you power to engage your audience early. Once you’ve drawn people in, hold their attention by telling stories, showing pictures and inviting participation. People remember what they see and do much better than what they hear.

  9. Connectors Inspire People

    Vision without passion is a picture without possibilities. By itself vision doesn’t inspire change. It must be supplemented with visible passion on the part of the leader in order to compel people to act. Leaders set the tone for the entire team by the excitement and energy level they bring to their work.

  10. Connectors Live What They Communicate

    People buy in to the leader before they buy in to the message. You are the best advertisement for your cause. Whether you intend to show them or not, your true colors eventually shine through—onstage, at work, or at home. If you want to connect well with people, you must become the kind of person with whom you would like to connect.


It isn’t experience; it isn’t talent. If you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. And while it may seem like some people are just born with it, the fact is anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection.

Join us for this 10-week course starting on August 15th and learn how to improve your results, increase team performance and connect better with those you lead.

To be more effective, we're limiting the group to just 25 participants. Hurry up and secure your seat today.

Eventbrite - Everyone Communicates, Few Connects Course

How to Move from Positional to Permission-Based Leadership

July 7, 2012 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Project Management, Successful Living

Being a leader gives you great authority and power, but to truly lead, inspire excellence and voluntary engagement beyond a team member’s job description requires humility, tact and the ability to truly connect.

“No man is a leader until his appointment is ratified in the minds and the hearts of his men.”

Infantryman’s Journal (1954)

Throughout history we’ve seen leaders exercise power and authority purely from a positional perspective. And 90% of the time, it doesn’t end well for them. Using positional leadership only forces people to follow you as a leader within the stated boundary of the authority given by the position you hold.  It will not earn you the influence you need to realize your vision as a leader. This archaic style of leadership is at the heart of most of the revolutions that we have seen in the middle east and around the world (both in ancient and recent times).

As leaders, if we want to truly and whole heartedly engage our teams and followers, we need to rely on true influence which can only be earned.  And the only way to earn it is by addressing the top three Read the rest of this entry →

Fundamental Principles of Leadership – Webinar for 5/31 at 9pm EDT

May 24, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Project Management, Successful Living

In this new era of collaboration and constant change, more than ever before, our success at home, in the community or at work is largely determined by our ability to lead people.  Many times we find ourselves struggling to get results but cannot understand why the results we seek seem so distant and unreachable.  Consequently, we more often than not resort to manipulation techniques and scare tactics that often backfire.

This introduction to the fundamental principles of leadership presents you with an opportunity to learn the building blocks of sustainable leadership upon which you can build and achieve successes both in your private and professional life.

We will: 

  1. Explore 3 pillars/fundamental principles that will allow you to lead effectively
  2. Define true leadership
  3. Provide you with tools to help you to lift your leadership lid to new levels
  4. Underscore the importance of establishing a personal growth plan

Learn these principles and you’ll learn to lead. If you ignore them, then you're always going to struggle with leadership.

Join us on Thursday, May 31st at 9:00 PM EDT by calling (712) 432-0900 and entering 252039 # as the access code.

About the Presenter: 

Michael Charles is a Founding Partner and Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team with a focus on leadership, team development and intentional living (Living on Purpose).  He has a passion for developing relationships and adding value to those around him. Michael is the founder and president of Light The World Foundation, a charity group he started in 2009 with a group of other professionals to educate children in Haiti as well as providing leadership training and coaching to youth and young professionals in the United States.

Michael started his career in a Leadership and Management Training program at JP Morgan Chase in 2000 and has worked as a Management Consultant and a Project Manager for over 12 years.  Some of the companies Michael provided consulting services to include: Bank of New York Mellon, Teach For America, Educational Testing Services, Con Edison, Verizon, DOITT/New York City Office of the Mayor and JetBlue.

Michael is also contributing author to the Handbook of Business Strategy Series published in 2007 by Emerald.  He plays music as a hobby,  enjoys spending time with his family and shares insights on leadership and intentional living on his blog at

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