My business has a pattern: Q1 is insanely busy. April and May are active. But in June, almost no one reaches out for communications coaching. It’s summer. Kids are getting out of school, people take much-needed vacations. In June, it seems like we … [Read more...] about Summer is summer for a reason
Your first user conference in two years is next week! It’s oversubscribed! Everyone is so excited to get together!! Yay! But your famous keynote speaker got COVID. Oh no! You’re finally opening the gorgeous office you leased two years ago! Yay! … [Read more...] about Start. Stop. Start Again.
Your company is having a WFIO moment and you’re the spokesperson. Oh s***. If you are the person on point to communicate in a crisis, you absolutely MUST practice. Yes, finding out what went wrong is a ton of work. Deciding what to say about it is a … [Read more...] about Don’t wing it!
Oh F***. You and your company are having a WFIO moment. There’s a horrible crisis and your investors, your customers, your team, the press want answers What do you do? First, you need facts. What actually happened? What’s verified? What’s rumor? … [Read more...] about Ouch. Crisis.
Welcome to 2022. What’s this year gonna do to us? If 2020 and 2021 are any indication, we’d better be resilient! Here’s a bracing perspective re-set from The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday: “Behind mountains there are more mountains. Elysium … [Read more...] about We are always climbing!
Everyone’s quitting - to go back to school, to go run an alpaca farm, to travel. You’re left with a ton of work to do and a team that looks like swiss cheese. Receiving resignations from your talented people is one of the great miseries of corporate … [Read more...] about Graceful goodbyes
My favorite kind of communicators are people who understand that communication is a discipline, a skill that must be taken seriously. They invest time and energy not just in creating content, but in learning how to deliver it well too. Are you a … [Read more...] about Do your work, grasshopper
What’s a crescendo? In a symphony or an aria, it’s a swelling of music that tells listeners that THIS is the most important, the most lush, the most beautiful part of the piece. Composers do so many intricate and wonderful things to build to … [Read more...] about Your talk can be a symphony
Do you want to know if you’re robotic or empathetic when you speak? Analyze yourself. Watch recordings of yourself speaking. When did you look natural? Enthusiastic and energized? When did you look nervous or robotic? Note the time … [Read more...] about Are you a robot or a human?
As a great communicator you speak to your audiences in their language. You use their acronyms, you speak to their industry’s concerns, you know what “success” looks and feels like to them. Ask yourself: Based on what I know about the people I am … [Read more...] about Speak their language