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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

The John Maxwell Team: Making a difference through leadership!

June 14, 2012 in Business, Leadership, Personal Growth

As a Founding Partner, Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team, it's an honor to join forces with John and an excellent team of people all around the world on a mission to make the world a better place one leader at a time. Together we will surely make a difference!

"I want to make a difference with people who want to make a difference, doing something that makes a difference."
? John C. Maxwell

Let me know if you'd like to learn more about this team or how we can add value to you or something you're working on.

You can also visit for more details on our products and services.

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John Maxwell Team Youth Leadership Event – YouthMax 2012

April 12, 2012 in Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

YouthMAX Event: leadership skills for youth from the John Maxwell Team

Today's youth often struggle with identity, fear of failure, bullying and a need for strong personal character. From May 6-12, the John Maxwell Team presents YouthMAX, a free worldwide youth leadership event designed to give today’s youth practical tools and ideas to help them navigate life in four key areas.

"Bullying, failure, low self-image and poor character decisions are at the heart of many of the challenges facing young people today. We've decided to do something about it...."

~ Paul Martinelli, president of the John Maxwell Team.

In partnership with local schools and youth organizations, certified John Maxwell Team speakers will deliver four presentations developed and taught by John C. Maxwell: Stand Up & Be Counted (Anti-Bullying), Learning to Fail Forward to Success, Developing a Positive Self-Image and Developing Strong Personal Character. The presentations are given at no charge for students ages 14 to 18 and are available to any youth organization or school group.

Visit to learn more or send an email to to request a presentation. Speaker availability is limited, so be sure to sign up or contact me early.

You can also download a brochure with more information about the program here

The John Maxwell Team is a group of independent John Maxwell Certified Coaches, Teachers and Speakers, who offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to aid personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John Maxwell’s proven leadership methods.

YouthMAX gives me and the rest of the John Maxwell Team members an opportunity to serve our communities at no charge by helping youth grow and develop to meet the challenges of life in today's changing world.

Contact: Michael Charles
Phone: 917-531-1098

Commitments: They make or break you … What are you committed to?

December 13, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

"Success may mean many things, but it will never be an accident."

This is the third and last part of the series "Gifts, Choices and Commitments" - a speech that I made at a Toastmasters meeting last month expanded for this blog. This post is about how commitments can make or break you, their importance and how they can impact your life's journey. Mine certainly have shaped my life.

Commitments are major intentional decisions that we make at specific times in our lives that, if managed on a daily basis, help us to stay on a specific desired path.

We all have something or someone we are committed to. The question is not whether we're going to commit to something, but rather Read the rest of this entry →

Do you have a plan for growth?

September 28, 2011 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Are you looking to grow?  Are you looking to be, do and have more in your life?  If so, below is a sample growth plan that my mentor and friend John Maxwell shared on his blog a couple years ago that I think you'll find valuable - especially for those of you who participate in my Mastermind Groups.


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On Twitter and Facebook on Sunday, I quoted my friend Paul Meyer, mentioning that he was the person who helped me create my first personal growth plan. In the hours afterward, I received dozens of requests, all asking the same thing: “How do you create a personal growth plan?”

The answer to that takes more than 140 characters, so I thought I’d post it here:

The key to a life of continual learning and improvement lies in developing a plan for growth and following through with it. Paul Meyer knew this. In fact, when I first met him and we had lunch, he asked me a question that changed my life: “Do you have a personal plan for growth?” Read the rest of this entry →

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