Archive for the ‘Listening Skills’ Category

My Job is to Speak and your Job is to Listen

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Any leader, collaborator, presenter, salesperson needs to be mindful that communication is not just talking. It is equal parts of listening with talking that requires focused concentration.

Listen to Hear – Part 3

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Listen to hear—not to defend. Do you to listen with the intent to reply or are you rehearsing a response instead of listening to understand? As a listener, don’t offer solutions, advice, apologies, etc. until the other person has completed speaking and you show that you have been listening and that you understand what was said. […]

Listening – The Lost Art – Part 2

Friday, April 29th, 2016

A meaningful conversation is not a highly competitive tennis match. It’s not about who scores more points. It is not an opportunity to pontificate — to show off. If there is a goal to listening, it is to learn as much as you can about the other person. Most people would rather talk than listen. The […]

The Lost Art of Listening

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Little Wonder It’s little wonder to me that people no longer know how to listen as they stress out communicating in a digital world flooded with text messages and email. Knowing how to listen is a critical component in your ability to have a meaningful in-person conversation with anyone. Sadly, too often, when we’re face-to-face […]

Find and Power Your Authentic Voice – Lesson 3 – Pitch Exercise

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Work that Pitch Enjoy our Zokacast of this blog post here. A sure way to keep your audience engaged is to expand your vocal range using a pitch exercise. Humming is a simple way to expand your vocal pitch range. This is especially critical if you communicate with a monotone. A dull monotonous voice is […]

Find and Power Your Authentic Voice – Lesson 2 – Pitch

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Are you aware of your vocal range, your pitch? How many times have you struggled to stay attentive while listening to a presenter, teacher or colleague with a single-note monotonous voice? On the other hand how varied is your voice? How wide-awake are your audiences when you speak? How actively engaged are your audiences in […]

To be understood or not?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

To be understood or not. That is the communication, presentation question more people – especially leaders – need to ask themselves on a regular basis. The old adage “tell’em what you’re going to tell’em; tell’em; then tell’em what you told’em” doesn’t work anymore. This is the conundrum faced by executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and public speakers […]

Do You Possess the Number One Skill Set Most Desired by Business and Industry?

Friday, October 30th, 2015

It is time for a reality check. Do you have the required skill? The number one skill set. Schools don’t teach it at any level, Kindergarten through PhD. It’s the skill business and industry rarely spends funds or the required time to properly train people in. Yet, it’s the skill rated number one when making a […]

Women Should Start Talking and Keep Talking

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Women should start talking and keep talking. There are many benefits of speaking aloud. Giving sound to ideas can provide you with an objective view of your content. Practicing and recording presenting your ideas with your mind voice and body in sync provide you with the ability to shape and reshape your ideas and words. Having a […]

Whole-Body Thinking Make Cents $$

Monday, September 7th, 2015

On one hand, the quest for innovation by companies, organizations and individuals remind me of the story behind the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” We know the ark is out there somewhere, it not easy to find and the path to get there is increasingly dangerous. On the other hand, the path to innovation […]