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To Give a Great Presentation, Distill Your Message to Just 15 Words

From Harvard Business Review, Tricia Brouk provides excellent advice on how to give a great presentation including how to pitch a presentation by distilling your message to 15 words. She writes: Know how to pitch. When you understand and master the pitch, you’ll get onto more stages, which in turn will give you the confidence to [...]

By |2019-08-24T08:02:31-04:00July 21st, 2019|Influence|Comments Off on To Give a Great Presentation, Distill Your Message to Just 15 Words

8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

  For a long time, I have believed that one difference between good and great people is their ability to have difficult conversations -- conversations involving conflicts, delivering bad news, or other unpleasant conversations -- and so I appreciate good advice on how to get difficult conversations back on track.  Monique Valcour, in the Harvard [...]

By |2017-08-13T09:19:08-04:00November 15th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on 8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

Six Simple Habits Of “Lucky” People

  From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza talks about luck and how it may be possible to increase one's luck through developing certain habits.  I've been fascinated with the concept of increasing your luck since I read Jason Zweig's article R U Lucky in 2003. Stephanie writes about six habits to improve hour luck; these are my favorites: [...]

By |2017-08-13T08:58:17-04:00September 20th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Six Simple Habits Of “Lucky” People

Thanks in Advance – gets the best response

    From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza shares fascinating information from a study on how to get the best response from your email.  Stephanie writes: GRATITUDE IS BEST An expression of gratitude resulted in a 36% increase in average response rate. “Thanks in advance” scored highest, with a 65.7% response rate. “Thanks” got 63%, and “thank you” [...]

By |2017-08-13T08:31:50-04:00August 16th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Thanks in Advance – gets the best response

Research: Performing a Ritual Before a Stressful Task Improves Performance

  From Harvard Business Review, Alison Wood Brooks discusses her research on how performing a ritual before a stressful task improves performance.  Alison writes: In a series of experiments, I investigated this question with Juliana Schroeder, Jane Risen, Francesca Gino, Adam Galinsky, Michael Norton, and Maurice Schweitzer. We tested whether pre-performance rituals can improve performance by reducing [...]

By |2017-04-16T10:06:16-04:00April 5th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Research: Performing a Ritual Before a Stressful Task Improves Performance

Seven forms of argument

    About 30 years ago, I took at course on securities law at Boston University School of Law.  I don't remember the professor's and remember very little about the course, one of the things that stuck with me over the years are the seven forms of argument. The professor said that there were seven [...]

By |2017-03-22T20:48:37-04:00March 22nd, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Seven forms of argument

Fitting In Or Standing Out: Which One Gets You Ahead Faster? 

  From Fast Company, Lydia Dishman discusses the question about whether it is better to fit in or stick out if you want to get ahead.  I'm reminded of Jeffrey Pfeffer's observation of that quote "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down" was not good career advice.  Lydia shares new research that seems to modify [...]

By |2017-02-18T14:38:17-05:00February 8th, 2017|Influence|Comments Off on Fitting In Or Standing Out: Which One Gets You Ahead Faster? 

The Science Of Gratitude And Why It’s Important In Your Workplace 

  From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza discusses the importance of expressing gratitude in the workplace.  Not only does gratitude have benefits in the workplace but being grateful also improves your own happiness (see New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy).  You should express gratitude for your own sake and because it strengthens teams [...]

By |2016-12-05T21:57:07-05:00November 25th, 2016|Influence|Comments Off on The Science Of Gratitude And Why It’s Important In Your Workplace 

Ready to be a Thought Leader? How to increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success by Denise Brosseau

In Ready to be a Thought Leader? How to increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success, Denise Brosseau provides excellent guidance on how to become a thought leader. She presents a well-thought-out roadmap, breaks it down into manageable steps and shares stories of inspiring people who are models for the behavior. These stories both demonstrate that [...]

By |2017-03-03T21:44:34-05:00August 28th, 2014|Influence, Initiative|0 Comments

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark

If you are interested in personal branding, you should read and follow Dorie Clark.  Period.  There are many other good resources available, but Dorie is one of the top people to follow in this area. Read her on Harvard Business Review and Forbes; follow her on Facebook and Twitter and not only read her posts, but see what she [...]

By |2018-08-26T07:27:19-04:00August 14th, 2014|Influence, Initiative|0 Comments