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100 Words To Help You Communicate More Effectively

One reason the English language is a challenge to learn is the sheer number of words available to communicate our thoughts and messages. It is this richness that allows us to communicate with greater distinction and accuracy. The subtle differences between words of a similar meaning allows us to choose the best word that conveys our intention.

If you find yourself tongue-tied or at-a-loss-for-words it might behoove you to enrich your vocabulary. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the best word is always the big word but don’t settle for a word that gets close when you have at your disposal a more accurate word.

Below is just 100 words (watch for more) every good communicator needs to have in their vocabulary. Which ones do you use regularly? Which ones do you need to add to your vocabulary? Which ones do you love? Which one have you forgotten?

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Expressing Yourself for Success

Most people believe they are pretty good communicators. But you aren’t most people, right?

How well you express yourself determines how successful you’ll be in business and in life. The real question is are you continuously upgrading your communication skills or are you content with…”my skills work well enough”?

Here are 5 questions  you’ll want to ask yourself if you want to know if you’re expressing yourself successfully:

1. Are you sending a clear, concise message when you speak? I s your message organized? Is your message free of jargon and lingo…not everyone speaks the same language you do. Is your message organized so others can easily follow what you’re saying.

2. Can you be heard? Is your volume loud enough and your enunciation crisp and clear? Are you speaking from your mouth or from your lungs? Are you using your breath to your advantage.

3. Do you ask for and listen to feedback? Want real growth? This is a fast way to up-level your skills and gain a new perspective. Ask people you trust to give you an honest assessment of your ability to express yourself clearly.

4. Have you considered how each receiver of your message might be filtering your message? Do you check to see if your message will pass through the receiver’s filters and still be understood as you intended? Ask clarifying questions, pause and give the recipient time to process before assuming they understood your message as you intended.

5. Is your message visually, verbally and vocally congruent? Does your body say one thing while your words say another? Does your voice negate your words? If these 3 components aren’t working together to send the same message your body language will often outweigh your words.

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Allie Casey’s Virtual Book Tour Week of March 19

   Join fellow authors  this week as they graciously host my virtual book tour this week featuring my book, Misunderstood! The Fast Guide to Communicating at Work–What to Say, How to Say It and When to Shut Up.

   Check out all the fun and visit the site for the host of the day. Click the link next to each day as I’ll be sharing writer’s tips and the inside scoop on how I work and what prompted me to write the book. 

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Want to Make a Change in Your Life? Plan Some Play and Have More Fun!

Odds are you aren’t having enough fun…especially if you just snorted at that statement!

Sis had fun taking a photo of my Amaryllis!

My sis was in town this past week and though we aren’t the best planners in the world we do manage to set the intention to do something fun, silly or out-of-the-ordinary on each visit.

Over the last few years we’ve managed to go zip lining for the first time (we started out chicken-hearted and now can’t wait to go again), alligator watching by air boat at night (ugh-buggy but fascinating…no rush to do it again), go cart racing (always good fun), feeding alligators at Gatorland (yes, I live in Florida), and the usual assortment of psychic readings, mini spa days, and exploring local fairs and such.

Now mind you we aren’t a couple of spring chickens anymore (50+ and 50++) making some of these activities even funnier! We’ve learned that letting go, laughing, hanging out with no agenda, no deadline and no goal except to have fun spurs the imagination, allows creativity and lofty dreams to flow and generates new ideas, new inventions and new possibilities.

In fact, sis just called with a new product invention!

Playtime is a must. If you’re stuck and not making the changes you know you need to make you’re probably doing what I do…get lost my head…whereby nothing happens. I’m stubborn. I like being in my head. It’s comfy in there…but it doesn’t serve me or others all the time.

If I want to make a difference, stay on top of my game, serve my clients, grow myself and my business I have to plan some play. So plan some play!

If I’m with sis…well, it’s hard not to have fun. We’re just wired to do crazy things…like sailing in hurricanes. If you don’t have a sis call your pal and plan something silly.

Try it and let us know what you did. Leave a message so we can all play along!

Power Point – What Not to Do!

Don McMillan’s Hilarious Video on Power Point Blunders – Take Note.

Is Your Speech Just Talk?

Lately, I’ve been stepping up my local networking sometimes attending business connections groups two or three times a day.

Which means I’ve heard many speakers give their talks over the last few weeks.

Some speakers do an excellent job, some okay and some…well, I applaud their courage.

This week, unfortunately, I heard one of those…not so fabulous talks.  The speaker was confident, knew his stuff and was clearly enthusiastic about his services.

The problem? I didn’t learn anything of value…anything worth taking a note about.

And, I wasn’t the only that felt that way.

In fact, I’m often quite generous and forgiving because I know how difficult it can be to construct a talk that has value, honors your audience and naturally leads into an offer I might (or might not) be interested in.

Unsolicited comments from my table mates voiced their disappointment in this speakers presentation. One leaned in and whispered, “He needs help.”  The person on my left said, ” I stopped listening five minutes ag0.”

What a shame! A real lost opportunity for the business owner who gave the talk.

Are you giving real value when you speak?

Here’s a few questions to ask yourself before you get before a group.

1.) Is the information I’m giving just general knowledge for this particular group?

2.) Will I give them a new perspective on something they might already know?

3.) Will my audience relate to my information and be able to implement it quickly?

4.) Did I create a system or a formula that really drills down into a problem so my audience walks away feeling that got real value?

5.) Am I generous in providing real answers to issues my audience  experiences?

6.) Will I be making an offer that relates to my topic and serves the group I’m speaking to?

7.) Does my intro honor the audience for taking the time to listen to you?

These are not all the questions you need to ask but they are a jumping off place.

If the above mentioned speaker had asked himself even questions 1 through 3 he might have changed his talk enough so my table mates and I commented on his brilliance rather than his boorishness!

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Don’t Wait to Communicate – Here’s Why

Communication – 3 Tips to Maximize Your Message with Your Voice

Communication is more than just your words. Your voice also adds to the meaning of your words. The message the sound of your voice sends is so powerful it may override your actual words.

Consider the words, “everything’s okay.” This phrase can mean a variety of things depending on how you say it:

“Everything’s okay.” Reassuring or soothing.

“Everything’s O-KAAY.” Sarcastic. As in, ” I told you already!”

“Uh…everything’s uh…okayyyyy.” Unsure or still checking.

Everything okay? a question.

What makes each statement be perceived differently are the three characteristics of the voice: pitch, volume and quality. Maximizing these will make you a more powerful and confident communicator.

You can learn to control all three voice characteristics. Here are a few tips:

Pitch: How high or low your voice is. Talk in a high pitched voice, as if you are speaking to an infant, and you’ll notice your voice is a bit hollow and thin. This happens because you are speaking from inside your mouth. Drop to a low voice and you can feel the sound coming from deeper in your throat. The best pitch for normal conversation is the sound that comes when you breathe fully from abdomen causing your diaphragm to expand. When you are nervous or fearful your voice may sound high or pinched because you’re breathing from the top of the lungs. Take a breath.

Volume: This is how loud your voice is. Again, the volume must come from your diaphragm and not your throat. Throat volume sounds like shouting not confidence. If people continuously ask you to speak up you’ll want to increase your volume, otherwise you may notice others ignoring you. You can practice increasing your volume by “pushing” someone across the room by the volume of your voice. Your practice partner can only move backward if they feel your voice moving them. Try it. You’ll begin to hear what a powerful voice sounds like even though it may sound too loud at first.

Quality: This is the richness, emotion and meaning your voice sends. Pitch and volume adds to the quality but so does your feelings and overall health. Notice the difference the quality of your voice has when you’re feeling sad as opposed to when you’re feeling on top of the world. This is why it is so important to smile when you are talking on the phone–people can tell!

Put the sound of your voice to work today!

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Speaking with Confidence – How to Get Valuable Feedback

The most powerful communication tool you can learn is the ability to give a talk–a speech, a presentation, a pitch. Call it what you will but without this skill you will never feel that commanding confidence needed to sell your product, service, idea, or yourself in a way that gets others to believe in you and consequently buy in.

Speaking well is a learned skill. That’s the good news. The bad news is Read more