Influence Blog

May 12, 2015

Four Actions You Can Take Today To Avoid Miscommunication

Miscommunication can cost an organization 25 percent to 40 percent of its annual budget.(Linchpin Learning Manchester Companies)  A business with 100 employees spends an average downtime […]
April 28, 2015

Make Mistakes

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein This week, make mistakes. It’s OK to even fail. These learning points in our […]
April 14, 2015

6 Steps to Creating Visual Aids That Have Impact

When you Google “visual aids,” the definition is not “your notes.” Yet how many times have you observed in agony a PowerPoint deck that resembles a […]
January 20, 2015

3 Actions To Adaptability – Communicate a Message That Resonates With Listeners

“I always believed that the more I said, the more knowledgeable I was perceived … until I heard myself on a video playback,” confessed a recent […]
September 2, 2014

Skype Like a Pro: Avoid Five Pitfalls That Can Jeopardize Your Image

Many of us take for granted our image and reputation, which can be built up or jeopardized through technology.  Participating in a Skype call is just […]
July 8, 2014

Trust Your Competence

The majority of us get caught up in our own head, getting trapped in the negative talk that takes control of our conversations. “What if I […]
June 24, 2014

Words that Influence

Our words will either impact or distract our listeners from taking action on what we have to say. Having influence Monday to Monday requires more than […]
June 10, 2014

What Does Your Response Time Say About You?

Three Steps for Following Through Even When You Don’t Have Time “I don’t have time to respond.” “We are in the midst of a demanding project.” “Your […]
April 15, 2014

Hang Up the Email & Pick Up the Phone

We are all guilty. We shoot off email after email when a face-to-face or phone conversation in some situations would save time and have greater influence. […]
March 4, 2014

3 Reasons Why Pausing Saves Time

An influence skill I am continually coaching our clients on is how to use the pause. In an attempt to explain why they don’t pause, clients […]