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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.

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN YOU AND SUCCESS.

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

It’s Thanksgiving Month: What are you grateful for?

November 18, 2011 in Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Last night (Thursday, 11/18/2011), I did my Ice Breaker speech to my local Toastmasters club. For those of you not familiar with Toastmasters, it's a place where people who are looking to improve their speaking and leadership skills come together to learn and practice those two arts. The Ice Breaker is the first speech that anyone who's joined Toastmasters has to make. In that speech, I covered some of the highlights of my life's journey which I put in three categories: Gifts, Choices and Commitments. For the next few weeks and months, I will share something about my life on each of those areas and would also love to hear about the gifts, choices and commitments that have changed the trajectory of your life. Read the rest of this entry →

30 days to live – Taking actions on things that matter, Part 2

June 4, 2011 in Business, Communication, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

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Average Reading Time: 2.7 minutes

Focus on Relationship: Making things right

In part one of the series we explored some of the things that one might consider and action steps to take given only 30 days to live. We posed the question: How would your life be different had you only 30 days to live? We covered how we usually talk about the past and the future while forgetting to live today the best we can. The tendency that we have of exaggerating yesterday, overestimating tomorrow and underestimating today gives us a false perspective on how to best live life. What I urged is that you should start now, turn your intentions into actions and make today tomorrow’s ‘good old days’.

In part 2 of the series, we focus more on Read the rest of this entry →

30 days to live – Taking actions on things that matter, Part 1

May 23, 2011 in Communication, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Average Reading Time: 3.7 minutes

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever."
Mahatma Gandhi

If you only had 30 days to live, would you continue doing the same things that you are doing now?

How would your life be different?

What would become a priority for you?

As you think about these questions, you will realize that there are adjustments you would want to make in your life. Being faced with death has a way of Read the rest of this entry →

Do you respond or react to your situations? Lessons I learned from Bob Burg

May 19, 2011 in Communication, Personal Growth, Successful Living


Average Reading Time: 2.5 mns

Often you find someone ruining an important relationship because of his actions.  When you ask why he acted as he did, he says "I had to... because...".  That 'because' is usually followed by an explanation of someone else's action being the trigger for his reaction.  Between the trigger or stimuli (the other person's action) and his reaction is 'that moment' - a split second of opportunity to exert some control over the outcome of his situation. Read the rest of this entry →

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