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Dreading an Upcoming 'Difficult' Conversation? Here Are 10 Tips That Can Help

Asking questions up-front and then really listening to the answers can prevent a whole lot of grief later

When I conducted research for my book, Overcoming Fake Talk, I was interested to discover why so many people were afraid to talk about certain topics -- what I call undiscussables. Undiscussables include anything that we think and feel but choose not to share. ...

by John Stoker  | May 07, 2018 06:00:00
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4 Ways to Be a Better Communicator and Be More Present in Conversations

Following this advice will not only prevent you from coming off like a jerk, but actually make you memorable

What do you get when you cross a smartphone with the act of snubbing someone? “Phubbing.”That’s not just a punchline -- the word is defined in multiple dictionaries, and close to 44 percent of people do it more than twice a day, ...

by Hayden Field  | April 06, 2018 02:00:00
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15 Ways to Command a Conversation Like a Boss

If you're the one talking, it's your responsibility to make sure others are listening

Conversations can elicit a range of emotions. They may be daunting, or they may be dreaded. They may be awkward, or they may be monotonous. The good news is, you, as a participant in any conversation, have more control than you think about ...

by Lydia Belanger  | February 07, 2018 06:00:00
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9 Phrases You Should Stop Using In Conversation

Because some people take them the wrong way

We’ve all said things that people interpreted much differently than we thought they would. These seemingly benign comments lead to the awful feeling that only comes when you’ve planted your foot firmly into your mouth.Verbal slip-ups often occur because we say things ...

by Travis Bradberry  | February 23, 2017 12:00:00
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3 Conversation Starters to Convert Prospects Into Customers

To start a sales relationship off right, offer value out of the gate and understand a prospect's challenges

Your first conversation with a prospect is one of the most important parts of the entire selling process. If you nail this conversation, you’re likely to set up a meeting, which can turn into a closed deal. Unfortunately, most salespeople have no idea ...

by Marc Wayshak  | February 14, 2017 12:00:00
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Use these 10 words to get what you want

Used in the proper context, they can help you open the door to a meaningful and mutual negotiation.

The words we use every day shape our realities, whether we realize it or not. Our word choices can make a powerful impression on the people around us, whether they occur in a polite conversation at the grocery store or during a ...

by Jayson Demers  | June 17, 2016 09:00:00
Startup Tips

6 ways to master the art of first impression

Take control of the first impressions you make.

Amy Cuddy, a psychologist at the Harvard Business School, has been studying first impressions for more than a decade. She and her colleagues found that we make snap judgments about other people that answer two primary questions: Can I trust this person?Can I ...

by Travis Bradberry  | April 18, 2016 09:00:00
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Master this basic skill to be a successful entrepreneur

Striking a conversation with anyone may be the most important skill you need as an entrepreneur.

Every entrepreneur needs to have countless skills, from creative brainstorming to logical analysis and decision-making. And these skills range in complexity and specificity, with basic ones like time management permeating your day, and more complex ones that are exclusive to your industry and are ...

by Jayson Demers  | April 12, 2016 07:00:00
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5 tips for becoming a brilliant conversationalist

Here are ways to become a more effective communicator.

No matter how meticulously you plan your words, you can never control how your message is received. However, several things are within your control, like timeliness, intensity and volume. Knowing what’s within your power and preparing in advance will help you to ...

by Marty Fukuda  | August 28, 2015 12:00:00
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3 delightfully simple steps to communicate with confidence

Learn how to communicate with confidence using these three simple steps.

It is no secret that the majority of entrepreneurs realize the importance of your typical elevator pitch, and use this method as the primary means to talk about their work, explain their role and hopefully obtain some sort of “buy-in” from the ...

by Safiyah Satterwhite  | August 19, 2015 05:00:00
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