Someone tapping your shoulder. A notification chiming on your phone. The crash of thunder. What do these have in common? They’re all INTERRUPTIONS. Interruptions are often annoying and unproductive. Are you ready to talk interruptions? 3 things to Talk About this week: 1. Not all interruptions are created equal 2. What the research says about interruptions 3. … Read More
A GROWTH MINDSET can change everything!
If you’ve subscribed to this newsletter, it’s safe to say that you are curious, love to learn, and are invested in improving your communication skills. In other words, you’ve got a GROWTH MINDSET. Are you wondering what you can do to cultivate your growth mindset even further? This week I’m excited to share a few strategies … Read More
3 books I recommend for you
People often ask me what BOOKS I recommend, particularly books focused on communication skills. So I thought, why not release a podcast episode where I talk about one of these books? Or maybe THREE of them? And why not discuss them with a fellow book lover? Enter Adam Ashton, author and co-host of “What You Will Learn,” … Read More
Let’s Keep it POSITIVE!
Are you a POSITIVE person? We all have bad days, and it’s normal to not feel positive about things 100% of the time, but according to academic research, there are real benefits to keeping it positive! 3 things to Talk About this week: 1. The “Magic” Relationship Ratio 2. Sometimes the best advice is what NOT … Read More
What is SELF-LISTENING?
You’ve probably heard about the power of positive SELF-TALK, but what about SELF-LISTENING? This week, I’m thrilled to explore this topic and share insights from a recent conversation with my friend, the talented Jill Nykoliation. I’m even more excited because you can now WATCH this and future Talk About Talk podcast episodes on YOUTUBE! Please subscribe, … Read More
Your PERSONAL BRAND – Should you “re-invent” yourself?
Have you heard Jeff Bezos’ definition of a personal brand? This definition is particularly useful because we can imagine various scenarios when we’re not in the room – and we really, really care what people are saying! Certainly, this definition works well. But recently I’ve come up with another definition that I like even more. Are … Read More
What’s the most common Personal Branding mistake?
People make all sorts of mistakes when they’re developing their personal brand. Can you guess what’s the most common Personal Branding mistake? Read on to learn that and more… 3 things to Talk About this week: 1️⃣ 3 common Personal Branding mistakes (yes, including the most common mistake) 2️⃣ Take the Communication Skills Poll (I want to hear from … Read More
YOUR CONFIDENCE – 3 things to Talk About this week
As you know, my passion is helping others improve their communication skills. A huge part of that is building CONFIDENCE. Effective communication fuels your confidence and confidence fuels your communication! This week I’m really excited to share a few things to help you become a more confident communicator! Read on for… 3 things to Talk … Read More
Drop your rehearsed elevator pitch and try this instead!
I’m so happy to hear from many of you how much you like the new “3 things to Talk About” format for this communication coaching newsletter. More evidence of “The Power of Three”! Here we go… 3 things to Talk About this week: 1️⃣ Practice makes perfect… or does it? 2️⃣ The elevator pitch 3-point checklist 3️⃣May … Read More
An app reco, prototyping, and how to cultivate a growth mindset
If you’re reading this, I’m going to guess you and I have something in common: we both ❤️ love to LEARN. This week, I’m excited to share some things I recently learned, plus some tools that I hope will help you improve your communication skills. Here we go… 3 things to Talk About this week: … Read More
3 things to Talk About this week
If you’re a new Talk About Talk newsletter subscriber – WELCOME! If you’re a long-time subscriber, you’ll notice here that I’m trying something new. Each week, I’m going to share THREE THINGS with you. (Yes, “The Power of 3 “!) My goal is to provide a brief summary of three different things that will … Read More
What are you wearing – right now?
For a while now, I’ve been saying that INTRODUCING YOURSELF is the most direct way to positively reinforce your personal brand. I just realized that HOW YOU DRESS may be at least as important! Here are some actionable tips to help you reinforce your personal brand through your clothing choices. Integrating Your Personal Brand Into … Read More
What should you WEAR TO WORK?
Do you ever stand in front of your closet wondering what on earth you should WEAR TO WORK? as3d via Canva This challenge is so common that it’s a cliché. But I would conjecture that this challenge has grown over the past several years, as it’s become more acceptable to dress down at work, even before the … Read More
3 ways to evaluate & improve your self-awareness
Most of us think we are SELF-AWARE. But research indicates that only 10-15% of us are technically considered highly SELF-AWARE. The good news is that we can turn up the dial on our self-awareness. By doing so, we improve our communication, our relationships, and our performance. Basically, we will be happier and more successful! When … Read More
How SELF-AWARE are you?
Based on a few recent conversations with clients, it occurred to me that people define the concept of SELF-AWARENESS in different ways. Let me share some examples… “Ashley” was an amazing leader who I had the privilege of coaching over six months. About a month into our program, she revealed to me that recently when she was … Read More
What’s the #1 fastest way to improve your communication skills?
If you’re reading this, I bet you have a growth mindset and you’re focused on improving your communication skills. 👏👏👏 Maybe you’re working on your confidence, your body language, or your precision. Or perhaps you’re trying to remember to say something more often. Whatever it is, how can you accelerate your adoption of these new … Read More
Good INTENTIONS are easy
How are your 2023 New Year’s Resolutions going? For many of us (myself included), the challenge isn’t setting goals or INTENTIONS; it’s turning them into HABITS. Say you’ve just read a book or listened to a podcast that resonates with you, and you decide you want to implement what you’ve just learned. How do you make … Read More
What’s the FASTEST way to improve your communication skills?
I have two quick things to share with you today: 1. The #1 technique to improve your communication skills – fast 2. My communication pet peeve “What’s the fastest way to improve my communication skills?” People ask me this question all the time. Can you guess what my answer is? It’s recording yourself and then … Read More
Beyond the basics!
Quick: When I say “COMMUNICATION BEST PRACTICES,” what comes to mind? Is it: Be courteous and punctual Don’t interrupt Watch your language…? Certainly, these things are important. But these points are pretty basic.In this week’s podcast episode, I share my top 3 tips for five different communication media, and all of them are beyond the basics. Here’s … Read More
Just pick up the $%#@ phone!
Have you ever had a performance review via email? Has anyone ever broken 💔 up with you via text? Or proposed to you over the phone? I hope not! Yes, these examples are clichés. But they perfectly illustrate why your choice of communication medium is important. This goes for both personal and professional contexts. Here’s an example in a professional, … Read More
“The MEDIUM is the MASSAGE”
I have some fun trivia for you. You’ve probably heard this famous quote, and maybe you’ve even said it: “The Medium is the Message.” First piece of trivia: The correct quote is actually, “The MEDIUM is the MASSAGE.” That’s what 🇨🇦 Canadian philosopher and English & media studies professor Marshall McLuhan called his 1967 book: “The … Read More
NEW YEAR, New You, New Email Inbox?
For many of us (myself included), January is a time to make a fresh start, and to adopt new and improved habits to help us achieve our goals for the year ahead. Image by New Africa studio via Canva Also for many of us, email causes a lot of stress. But email is supposed to be a tool … Read More
The BEST of 2022…
Image by pixelshot via Canva 2022 is almost over! It’s easy to get caught up in the end-of-year stress, isn’t it? I try my best to focus on some of my favourite things: LISTS and GIFT GIVING! LISTS Are YOU a list maker? I definitely am! (Thank you, ❤️ Mom!) Image by @glenncarstenspeters via unsplash This … Read More
Take the stress out of GIFT GIVING!
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the end of the year is another time in our calendar when gift-giving is rampant. There are corporate gifts, teacher gifts, and on and on… For some of us, GIFT GIVING is a beloved tradition that brings us much joy. But it can also bring us stress! Image by alexkich via Canva … Read More
Don’t DWELL. Instead: DIVERT
Would you be surprised if I told you that 7 in 10 women would rather minimize than share their successes? This is something I hear All. The. Time. From women and men! For many of us, there’s a fear that when we SAY NICE THINGS about ourselves – when we share our achievements and credentials … Read More
Do you SAY NICE THINGS about yourself?
THANK YOU to listener “Amanda” who recently asked me for some pointers on how to “SAY NICE THINGS” about herself. I dedicated this week’s podcast episode to answering Amanda’s question! Do YOU ever struggle to talk about your credentials & accomplishments? Like it or not, learning to say nice things about ourselves is an imperative. … Read More
Be a PARTICIPANT, not just an observer!
Have you ever been in a meeting and it suddenly occurred to you that you’re the only one at the table who hasn’t said anything yet? Or perhaps you’ve been told by your boss that you need to SPEAK UP. These scenarios are very common! SPEAKING UP in meetings is a fantastic opportunity for you…. … Read More
Do you need to SPEAK UP?
Do you find it difficult to SPEAK UP in meetings? If you answered yes, I promise you are NOT alone. Image by Prostock-Studio via Canva Struggling to speak up in meetings is extremely common, and not only for introverts. We’ve all been there. Myself included! Yes, even me, a self-proclaimed extrovert, has felt the anxiety … Read More
3 Ways to Customize Your CADENCE
The best marketers spend a lot of time understanding their target market. Similarly, the best communicators spend a lot of time thinking about their “audience.” Whether they’re up on stage communicating with a formal audience, or casually chatting with a colleague in the hallway, the best communicators focus on others. Another way to thinking about … Read More
Are you a FAST TALKER?
Recently I learned about 2 records held by John F. Kennedy that I hadn’t heard before: FAST-TALKING – In Dec. 1961, JFK set the record for public speaking at 327 words-per-minute. (That’s like listening to a podcast at 3x the regular speed!) SLOW-TALKING – During his inaugural address, JFK spoke at a remarkably slow rate of … Read More
Communicating with IMPACT = Communicating with RESPECT
As we learned last week from Deloitte partner Jennifer Lee: IMPACT is the ability to get someone else to take action. Jennifer T. Lee There was a common thread in our conversation: Communicating with IMPACT means communicating with RESPECT. Here are three specific ways that we can show our audience a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T… 1. Be Curious One of the … Read More
Do you communicate with IMPACT?
“Communicating with IMPACT”… Sounds great, right? But what does that even mean? Meet Jennifer Lee, one of the most impactful communicators I know. Jennifer T. Lee Creating impact is Jennifer’s superpower. She’s an inspiring and bold leader who creates impact in her roles as a sr. partner at Deloitte, university lecturer at the University of Toronto, … Read More
Have you figured out your superpower yet?
So, have you figured out your SUPERPOWER yet? Your superpower is also connected to your Personal Brand. It’s what you’re known for. It’s your reputation. It’s how other people think of you when you’re not there. This is one of the reasons why articulating your superpower is so important – especially in a professional context. … Read More
What’s YOUR Superpower?
I’ve got a question for you: Each and every one of us has a SUPERPOWER. I don’t mean the ability to fly or to stop a speeding bullet. I mean the thing that positively and uniquely distinguishes you from others. The thing that makes you remarkable. The thing that makes you, YOU! Your superpower could … Read More
More QUESTIONS …❓❓❓
Here’s a quote for you: Oooooo, I just love that quote, don’t you? It’s TRUE! If you’re up for it, I’d love it if YOU’d ask ME a question that I can answer in a future TalkAboutTalk podcast episode. Please email me your question before November 1st, or go to the talkabouttalk.com website and verbally ask me … Read More
I have 5 Qs for you…
Before you read any further, please answer these 5 QUESTIONS: 1. What are your PET PEEVES? 2. What type of LEARNER are you? 3. Are you an INTROVERT or EXTROVERT? 4. What’s your COMMUNICATION MEDIA preference for personal conversations? 5. What’s a PODCAST, BLOG, or NEWSLETTER you’d recommend? Image by serggn from Getty Images/Canva Do … Read More
So… how was your weekend?
It’s Monday. You’ve just arrived at the office or logged into your first virtual meeting of the day when your colleague asks, “How was your weekend?” This happens ALL THE TIME, doesn’t it? It’s probably not obvious, but your answer to this question is another opportunity to reinforce your PERSONAL BRAND. Image by Sezeryadigar from Getty … Read More
When was the last time you listened to your VOICEMAIL GREETING?
When it comes to about reinforcing your PERSONAL BRAND, what should we focus on first? The obvious places to start are with your LinkedIn profile, your resume and bio, your body language, and how you introduce yourself. (That’s where I’d start, too!) But as I said to someone recently, “The opportunities of where to communicate your Personal Brand … Read More
Let’s show a little ENTHUSIASM!
Beyond jumping around like a hooligan, what do you think communicating your ENTHUSIASM looks like? Image by Monkey Business Images from Canva Communicating enthusiasm can involve a combination of actions, depending on the context. (You probably wouldn’t communicate enthusiasm to your boss in the same way you would to a 5 year old, am I right?) In the … Read More
I love your ENTHUSIASM!
Negotiations. Job searches. Teaching and learning. Sales. Have you ever wondered if there is something you could do to improve the outcomes of situations like these? Well, there is! The thing you should be doing? Show some ENTHUSIASM! I was first introduced to the power of enthusiasm by my friend, Dr. Tatiana Astray, whose … Read More
What is it that EMPLOYERS really want?
Whether you’re a job-seeker or a recruiter, have you ever stopped to consider exactly WHY employers hire people? I don’t mean why they might hire a particular candidate, but the overarching reason for hiring someone at all. According to executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin, the answer is 3-fold, and is something that every job-seeker and recruiter should consider throughout the recruiting … Read More
Are you RECRUITING or JOB-SEEKING?
These days, It seems that everyone is either looking to HIRE people or looking for a NEW JOB, doesn’t it? The whole recruiting process can be very stressful. So I turned to my friend, executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin to ask her advice. Whether you’re a recruiter or a job-seeker, this week’s podcast episode is a must! … Read More
Need a CONFIDENCE boost?
CONFIDENCE is a topic I’m frequently asked about. In fact, one of the most downloaded Talk About Talk podcast episodes of all time is about mental preparation for communicating with confidence. Does your confidence need a boost? In the latest Talk About Talk podcast episode, you’ll hear the full audio from a Q&A focused on Personal Branding. Many … Read More
Do you have PERSONAL BRANDING questions?
If you’ve been a Talk About Talk newsletter subscriber for a while, you’ve probably learned a few things about PERSONAL BRANDING. But I bet you still have some Qs. Recently I did a LIVE Q&A focused on Personal Branding, with an audience of over 850!!! I hope you’ll listen. You’ll hear my answers to 13 Qs, moderated … Read More
What makes you REMARKABLE?
Let me ask you something: What makes you REMARKABLE? “Remarkable.” That’s a great word, isn’t it? It’s a word that Lisa Bragg, CEO of MediaFace and Founder of The Bragging Rights Collective, thinks we should use more often. I agree. Lisa Bragg Last week I introduced you to Lisa’s philosophy of BRAGGING – a bold and positive reframing of … Read More
Do others think you’re BRAGGING?
“Stop BRAGGING!” “It’s not polite to brag.” “Nobody likes a bragger.” Image by Dean Drobot from Canva Wait – is BRAGGING really such a bad thing? Not according to Lisa Bragg, Founder and CEO of MediaFace, and author of the forthcoming book, Bragging Rights. Lisa says that the really negative things associated with … Read More
Three specific ways to create PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY
If you’ve ever led a TEAM, you know that this comes with tremendous responsibility. As a leader, you’re responsible for charting the course and steering the ship. Image by Perkus from Getty Images Signature/Canva Ultimately, you are responsible for the performance of your team. One way to position your team for success is to create a PSYCHOLOGICALLY … Read More
Do you know the #1 factor associated with TEAM PERFORMANCE?
Let me ask you a question: do you know the #1 factor that sets apart consistently high-performing teams and organizations? It’s not higher pay, or open concept workspaces, or assigning teams based on personality test results. It’s PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY. Image by Kindel Media from Pexels/Canva When you hear the term “safety” in a work context, you … Read More
Do you know HOW to communicate with PRECISION?
Whether written or verbal, professional or personal, communicating with PRECISION ensures that your audience stays engaged and can easily comprehend your message. It also has the added benefit of increasing your likeability! Sounds great, right? But HOW do we do this? Image by alphaspirt from Getty Images Signature/Canva How can we ensure that our message is … Read More
Do you communicate with PRECISION?
COMMUNICATION is a two-way street. There’s talking and there’s listening. Today we’re focusing on talking. QUESTION for you: When you’re talking, how do people respond? Are they engaged? Do people comprehend what you’re saying? Do people think you’re rambling? Do they ever look at you like this? Image by ferrantraite from Getty Images Signature/Canva OOPH. How … Read More
Communication tips to help you land your NEXT GREAT JOB and build RELATIONSHIPS once you start!
When it comes to our professional lives, the difference between advancing in our careers or feeling stuck often comes down to one thing: our COMMUNICATION SKILLS. Whether your goal is to land a new role at a new company, be considered for a promotion, or to flourish in your current role, communicating effectively is key. Image by abluecup … Read More
Do you have any QUESTIONS? I’ve got answers!
Do you have communication skills QUESTIONS? Perhaps you’re wondering how to deal with a difficult boss, or you’re not sure how to set yourself apart in a job search, or maybe you’re an introvert looking for tips on getting more comfortable “on stage.” Image by Professor25 from Getty Images/Canva You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers! … Read More
Social media, thought leadership, and your PERSONAL BRAND
We all have a personal brand, whether we choose to strategically manage it or not. And more and more of our impressions are made online. Image by ismagilov from Getty Images/Canva There’s no question: Social media is a fantastic opportunity to cultivate our personal brand! Last week I introduced you to my friend, social media … Read More
There’s more to SOCIAL MEDIA than likes and shares
Do you ever catch yourself going on AUTOPILOT as you scroll through your SOCIAL MEDIA feeds? (I can’t be the only one!) Image by Latino Life from Canva No more AUTOPILOT! Don’t worry – that’s what these platforms were designed to do. And with so many different platforms and content creators, there’s a lot to take in. … Read More
It’s all about the GROWTH MINDSET
It’s amazing how so many clients nod their head when I start talking about a GROWTH MINDSET. It seems that everyone has a growth mindset… Or do they? Image by designer491 from Getty Images Pro What exactly IS a growth mindset? Here’s how I define a growth mindset: it’s all about knowing what … Read More
Celebrating 100 EPISODES of Talk About Talk – blog
This week we’re celebrating 100 EPISODES of the Talk About Talk podcast! How do you like to celebrate the major milestones in your life? Flowers 💐? Cake 🎂? Champagne 🥂? Image by inkdrop from Canva Or how about… sharing some of the key insights you’ve gained through the process of reaching that milestone? If you’re a … Read More
Are your “SABOTEURS” out to get you? – blog
What do you call those voices in your head that prey on your insecurities and fuel the dreaded imposter syndrome? For some people it’s “the judge.” For others, it’s “the crow on your shoulder.” I recently learned another term for this that I absolutely love: “SABOTEURS” Image from Canva Isn’t that a great word? … Read More
Are you a “SAGE Leader”? – blog
Are you a SAGE LEADER? You might be sitting there thinking, “I don’t know… Am I? And what’s a Sage Leader, anyway?” That was my reaction when I first heard the term. Are we talking about a plant? Is this about archetypes? Image by Melpomenem from Getty Images Have no fear! Answers await! When … Read More
What do your PERSONAL BRAND and your CREDIT RATING have in common? – blog
You may not think so, but managing your Personal Brand is kind of like managing your credit rating. Have you been putting off focusing on your PERSONAL BRAND? Maybe it’s been on your “to do” list for a while, but you were focusing other things that felt more pressing. Developing your Personal Brand may not … Read More
Your PERSONAL BRAND is important, but probably not urgent. Am I right? – blog
A few months ago I received a message from a Talk About Talk podcast listener in Europe, who decided she could benefit from communication coaching. Little did I know that our work together would inspire a future podcast episode, but you just never know when those “aha moments” are going to happen… Image by marchmeena29 from Getty … Read More
Take your PERSONAL STYLE to the next level!
Every day, each of us has a decision about what to wear… image: unsplash @ anniespratt Feeling uninspired?!? Before you grab the same old suit/dress/shoes, ask yourself this: What can my PERSONAL STYLE say about my PERSONAL BRAND? Last week I introduced you to my “Fabulous Fashionista Friend,” the “Swiss Renaissance woman” Anne V. Muhlethaler. This week I want … Read More
What’s Your Personal STYLE?
Recently, I was coaching a senior marketing executive with a vivacious personality. This woman is BOLD. As we were running through the various ways she can communicate her bold personal brand, she asked: “Andrea, what should I WEAR?” At the time, she was wearing a black suit jacket over a beige shirt. No accessories that I could see. Lovely … Read More
Strike A Power Pose!
Let’s “Power Pose” Let’s talk BODY LANGUAGE. Picture someone powerful and confident taking the stage. Maybe it’s a politician or business leader. Maybe it’s an Olympic athlete or a celebrity. What is it about them that conveys a sense of power and confidence? Is it the words they are speaking, or is it their BODY LANGUAGE? Image: … Read More
It’s not WHAT you say, it’s HOW you say it
Do you ever scan your Body Language? When you were growing up, did your parents ever lecture you about your posture? “Stand up straight!” “Don’t slouch!” “Keep your hands out of your pockets!” It may have felt like nagging at the time, but it turns out our parents were actually doing us a favour. That’s … Read More
GENDER STEREOTYPES in Communication (Yes, we’re going there!)
Gender stereotypes are everywhere. You’ve probably heard the expression, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” This was the title of a best-selling book published in 1992, billed as a guide to understanding the opposite sex. So, are men and women really from different planets? No, of course not! However, men and women often DO have different communication … Read More
Is “SELF-PROMOTION” a good thing?
Have you ever wondered whether self-promotion has to be “shameless”? Or when you should (and should NOT) apologize? Or why and how men and women often communicate differently? If you haven’t listened to episode 95 yet, part 2 of my conversation with communication expert Judith Humphrey, we cover all this and more! Thanks again, Judith! Here’s a summary … Read More
“Leadership Potential” – the 🐣Chicken & the Egg
Last week I introduced you to my friend, communication expert Judith Humphrey. We focused on one of the biggest obstacles in our path to leadership: imposter syndrome, or what Judith describes as the crow on your shoulder, cackling away, and depleting your confidence. I ❤️love this crow metaphor. That crow is not you, its message is not true, and you can talk back to … Read More
About that CROW on your Shoulder – blog
We need to talk about that crow on your shoulder. Imagine you’re TAKING THE STAGE – it could be a speech, a big meeting, or a presentation to an important client. Image by jgroup from Getty Images You’re prepared. You did your research. You’ve rehearsed. But you still hear it: that incessant CROW, cackling in your ear: “You’re not … Read More
Make 3 your default
Make 3 your default Why make 3 your default? Three is a powerful number that makes it easier for us to understand and recall information. Three is balanced and substantive, without being overwhelming. In the most recent Talk About Talk episode, I highlighted examples and benefits of the number 3. Image by hakan istemi from Getty Images … Read More
The Power of 3 – blog
The Power of 3 Have you ever noticed that the number 3 is everywhere? “1-2-3-GO!” “Third time’s a charm.” “3 strikes and you’re out!” Think about it… The world around us is full of 3s, and that’s because there is something uniquely POWERFUL about the number three. (But don’t take my word for it – … Read More
Real Relationships on LinkedIn – blog
Real Relationships on LinkedIn How many messages have you received on LinkedIn this past week saying “Hey! I came across your profile and I am looking to expand my network” or “Hi (insert any name here) I can help you increase your profits and leads by 200% in just 2 weeks. Let’s get on a … Read More
The Power of Networks – blog
The Power of Networks “I hate networking!” Does that sound like you? Most of us have experienced bad networking; sales pitches, insincere conversations, and people trying to collect the most business cards possible at an event. (Is there a prize for that?) While “networking” as a verb can feel awkward and downright icky, we all … Read More
Talk About Talk Top 3 Communication Insights and Goals – blog
Talk About Talk Top 3 Communication Insights and Goals Happy 2022! In the most recent episode, The BEST OF Talk About Talk, I looked back at the Top 3 most downloaded episodes of 2021. (Image: Canva – Sergey Nivens) Have you listened to these episodes yet? Episode #58: Communicate with CONFIDENCE – Mental … Read More
Talk About Talk Top 3 Episodes – blog
The Talk About Talk Top 3’s! 2021 is almost over! It’s that time of the year when we look back at the year gone by, and also look ahead to the new year. (Image: Canva – duckycards from Getty Images Signature) Personally, I love rankings and “Best Of” lists. In this week’s … Read More
Thinking About Thought Leadership
Thinking About Thought Leadership Have you listened to the most recent Talk About Talk episode, “DEMONSTRATING LEADERSHIP“? In this episode, we look at 5 ways to demonstrate leadership: Be a PROACTIVE, Strategic Leader Demonstrate PEOPLE LEADERSHIP Create THOUGHT-LEADERSHIP Communicate with CONFIDENCE Talk LEADERSHIP Last week, we talked about PEOPLE LEADERSHIP. This week, we’re getting a … Read More
Learning To Lead
Learning to Lead Focused on learning to lead? Are you seeking a LEADERSHIP position? Perhaps you’re looking for that promotion or perhaps you’re struggling with your “leadership style.” Or maybe your boss just said those magic words: “It’s time to start demonstrating leadership.” Whatever the case, leadership skills are in high demand and I believe … Read More
“Accent”uating The Positive – blog
Do you have an accent? I happen to LOVE accents. I love hearing the tone and the character of a voice. An accent adds unique colour to a voice. Think about someone speaking with your favourite accent. Now imagine them reading tax law to you. Their voice could even make you want to listen! (This … Read More
The Sound of Your Voice – blog
Do You Like The Sound of Your Voice? Most people don’t like the sound of their voice. You never sound the same “out loud” as you do in your head. And what about how you sound when you hear your recorded voice? Exactly. We’ve all been there. This week’s Talk About Talk podcast episode … Read More
Listening Skills are a Superpower – blog
Listening Skills are a Superpower Yes, listening skills are a superpower! The most recent Talk About Talk podcast is focused on “The Power of LISTENING.” In this episode, you’ll learn: why listening is so difficult the 3 levels of listening strategies to improve your listening… LISTEN UP! Here’s your summary: 5 ways to improve your listening skills … Read More
Listen Up – blog
Listen UP! Listen to this: Experts have noted that as a society, our LISTENING SKILLS are deteriorating. More of us are spending our time watching videos. We are a visually-oriented society. That’s sad, isn’t it? But I’m an optimist for two reasons: 1️⃣ LISTENING SKILLS is one of the most common topic requests I receive. Ambitious … Read More
The ETIQUETTE of Connecting People – blog
CONNECTING PEOPLE – Are you a CONNECTOR? Connecting people in your network with each other, whether via email or IRL, can create valuable opportunities for everyone involved, especially if you do it correctly! Do you know the ETIQUETTE OF MAKING CONNECTIONS? This week we focus on: The “do’s & don’ts” of introducing two people Your … Read More
INTRODUCING OTHERS – blog
Last week we focused on INTRODUCING YOURSELF. Now we shift to INTRODUCING OTHERS. Hi, I’m Andrea! Question: Which do YOU think is more challenging? introducing yourself or introducing others? For me, it’s INTRODUCING OTHERS. I’ve stumbled a few times when introducing others, be it at networking events, dinner parties, or formally introducing a guest speaker. I have a nightmare 😱memory … Read More
Tips for INTRODUCING YOURSELF – blog
Tips for Introducing Yourself Last week it was the framework, now its general tips for introducing yourself. Do you remember the framework? It’s 3 simple points: PRESENT PAST FUTURE Remember, it’s NOT a script and it’s NOT in chronological order. Here’s my example: PRESENT – “Hi. I’m Andrea Wojnicki. I’m a communication coach at Talk … Read More
Introduce Yourself – 3 point framework – blog
How to Introduce Yourself Do you know how to INTRODUCE YOURSELF? When you’re in a meeting and the meeting leader says, “Let’s take a moment to briefly introduce ourselves. I’ll go first…” …does your head start spinning? Perhaps you get tongue-tied when you’re introducing yourself? Maybe you get distracted by “that guy “ whose self-introduction lasts way … Read More
Think Before You Use JARGON – blog
Use jargon strategically It seems the JARGON episode struck a chord. Several people told me they’re now more conscious than ever of their words. That’s a good thing! Have you ever considered that Jargon can be 🤣funny?!? In case you don’t believe me (and even if you do), PLEASE check out this video of hockey players and how … Read More
Avoid JARGON, words matter! – blog
AVOIDING JARGON. This week we’re going to get much more tactical. We’re talking JARGON. image: unsplash @ glen carrie Avoid JARGON. Words matter! In this week’s newsletter and podcast, you’ll learn: 3 types of jargon the impact of jargon, some good, but mostly bad please avoid these jargon PET PEEVES I wonder if you … Read More
Strategic Principles of Personal Branding – blog
Strategic Principles of Personal Branding Before we shift to the 3 STRATEGIC PRINCIPLES of PERSONAL BRANDING… let’s review the most common mistake that people make in terms of their PERSONAL BRAND. Do you remember what it is? COPYING OTHERS Instead of copying others, I urge you to focus on your unique traits and qualities – … Read More
Personal Branding – Who Am I? – blog
STRATEGIC PERSONAL BRANDING CONFIDENCE is still the #1 most common communication-skills-related topic that I get asked about from listeners and clients. PERSONAL BRANDING is a close second. Interestingly, when we take the time to define and communicate our PERSONAL BRAND, our CONFIDENCE is elevated. So focusing on your personal brand is like a double-whammy! image: unsplash … Read More
How to Overcome IMPOSTER SYNDROME – blog
How to Overcome IMPOSTER SYNDROME Need some advice on how to overcome IMPOSTER SYNDROME? Let’s back up. Did you take the IMPOSTER SYNDROME TEST that I sent you last week? (Here’s the LINK.) It’s a fun exercise. But it turns out most of us feel like imposters! image: Unsplash @ Jon Tyson Here are 3 … Read More
Let’s Talk About Imposter Syndrome – blog
Let’s Talk IMPOSTER SYNDROME In this week’s podcast and newsletter, we talk IMPOSTER SYNDROME. Recently at Talk About Talk, we talked about confidence-related topics including INTROVERSION, EXTROVERSION, and SHYNESS. CONFIDENCE is key to effective communication. This week, we cover IMPOSTER SYNDROME. Read on to learn what it is, where you can take the imposter syndrome test, and some good news about this scary topic… Let’s … Read More
Misconceptions about Introverts, Extroverts, & Ambiverts – blog
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT INTROVERTS & EXTROVERTS Last week we defined INTROVERT, EXTROVERT, and AMBIVERT. This week we cover common misconceptions about these terms. We already covered the first of our 3 misconceptions: We’re all one or the other, an introvert or an extrovert. NOPE! As I mentioned last week, it’s a continuous scale. In fact, most of us are in the … Read More
Am I an Introvert or an Extrovert? – blog
“Are you an INTROVERT or an EXTROVERT?” This introvert or extrovert Q is question #3 of the five rapid-fire questions that I ask Talk About Talk podcast guests: What are your pet peeves? What type of learner are you? Introvert or extrovert? What’s your media preference for personal conversations? What podcasts or email newsletters do … Read More
Responses to TABOO TOPICS – blog
RESPONSES TO TABOO TOPICS Here’s a Q about responses to taboo topics. Have you ever been seated at a table, perhaps at a business luncheon or a conference, when someone starts talking politics or gun-laws, something TABOO, and you realize people are literally squirming in their seats? image unsplash Baptista Ime James What do you … Read More
Talking about TABOO topics – blog
This week we’re talking TABOO! “Taboo topics” are fascinating, aren’t they? I’m a big fan of stand-up comedy, and I love watching how comedians use taboo topics to entertain and shock their audiences – be it talk about sex, relationships, money, profanity, I could go on. Have you ever noticed that taboo topics are also commonly … Read More
Podcast recommendations and tips – blog
PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ANDREA & MORE…. My top 3 podcast recommendations Podcast listening tips & facts My podcasting question for you. Let’s do this! Andrea’s Top 3 Podcast Recommendations I listen to a lot of podcasts when I’m getting ready in the morning, when I’m walking or driving, when I’m putting away groceries… Here … Read More
COMMUNICATION INSIGHTS from podcasting hall-of-famer Dave Jackson – blog
Communication Insights from Dave Jackson Ever since I started podcasting, I’ve been listening to Dave Jackon and his School of Podcasting. Dave has been podcasting since 2005 and he was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame in 2018. He is the author of “Profit from Your Podcast,” and he has launched over 30 different podcasts with … Read More