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Communication or Business Starts with Your Why–Simon Sinek said it Best

I never tire of listening to Simon Sinek’s 18 minute Ted Talk. Why? It keeps me in touch with my own “why.” Why do I do what I do? Because I believe every painful, comical, costly misunderstanding is rooted in communication…I believe in improving our “understanding”–one person at a time–to make the world a better place.

Here’s Simon Sinek’s take on selling with your “why.”

What’s your thoughts?

FREE Training – Learn How to Craft a Speech So You Can Market and Sell Your Services

Join me on May 9th for this FREE Teleseminar at 7:00 PM Eastern/ 4:00 PM Pacific. How to Craft Your “Personal Keynote” so you can market and sell your services seamlessly from opening to offer.

I’ll show you the exact Speak Serve Prosper Blueprint I use with my students–now I reveal it to you!

You’ll learn the techniques and strategies you’ll need create your talk…a talk you’ll love to give and your audience will love to hear.

Don’t miss it. Join me by registering now at Speak Serve Prosper now and I’ll send you all the details.

Want to Change Your Life but Don’t Know How? Try Self Coaching

If you find yourself asking the question…What now? or How do I make changes? you might want to pay attention to your inner voice.  Is your decision making hesitant? Is your path clear? Is your mission your motivator? If not, you’ll need to start there.

When your ‘big why’ is your big motivator then decision making is easier. Life is really nothing more than a series of decisions. but, decision making, especially when you have no clear goal, path or compass to lead you, can be taxing to the body, mind and soul.

Try operating as though you have blinders on. For instance, in an emergency your mind focuses on just one thing…the next thing that needs to happen! You don’t wander off wondering what to have for lunch or whether or not you should stop and tweet–NO–you just do the next thing in front of you. (True, you may not always do the best thing but you usually do the best you can.)

Creating a  sense of urgency prevents Read more

A Persuasive Speech Outline to Gain Customers and Increase Your Cash Flow

If you are a small business owner, a non-professional sales person or even an entrepreneur looking for investors, having a strong persuasive speech in your back pocket is critical to your marketing mix.

Huh? What’s that? If that’s what you’re thinking then listen closely. The fastest way to increase your cash flow and gain new clients (or investors)  is by speaking to your ideal market.

Now wait. Don’t run yet. It’s not as difficult as you think and it can be learned.

If you spend any time at all networking and you are not also the featured speaker you are missing a huge opportunity. You can spend time connecting one-to-one (recommended for building relationships) or you can speak one-to-many and really leverage your time.

You might have even learned how to construct a persuasive speech outline some time in your school years. If so the outline that follows might look vaguely familiar.

Here’s what a persuasive or as I call it your “personal keynote” outline must contain: Read more

Assertive Communication at Work – How to Manage an Aggressive Colleague in 8 Steps

Assertive communication means you have the right to stand up for yourself while still respecting the rights of others. Aggressive behavior is when you believe you have rights but no one else does. Passive behavior is the opposite. You believe you have no rights but others do.

Assertive behavior is finding the balance between the extremes. Obtaining that balance isn’t always easy especially with aggressive or abusive co-workers.  Here are a few tips to help when a colleague slips into aggressive communication.

1. Recognize that your co-worker may be suffering from stress that isn’t visible to you. Problems in personal relationships, money woes, challenges with children, health issues or even the morning’s miserable traffic are examples of stressful events that can trigger abusive behavior.

2. Do nothing. Let your colleague vent as long as you are not in physical danger. If you sense an altercation is about to  escalate  remove yourself from situation–immediately. If you feel the need to say something try, “Bill, this is getting out of hand. I’m leaving now. I’ll check back in a short time and we can continue once we cool down. Avoid saying, “calm down.” Only a 911 operator should use that phrase.

3. Remember that the first wave of anger is probably not the last.  Use the pause  to clarify what you heard and understood. Calmly state, “If I understood you correctly…”  Your co-worker’s rage is usually associated Read more

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. 

Here’s the schedule: Read more

4 Types of Public Speakers: Where Do You Fit In?

(Today”s post is from Daphne Bousquet, CMP, who helps entrepreneurs grow their business with workshops. Read more below. I love this article because it really addresses the issue I see so frequently…especially the “donor.” While Daphne helps you put on your seminar I help you craft the talk that you a “Transformer.” Read on.)

There are 2 models of speaking at seminars and events, for free and for a fee.  And sometimes they will both be used at the same event.  And although there are only 2 models of speaking, there are 4 types of public speakersRead more

Become a Better Speaker – Presentation Blunders Funny Video

If you get a good chuckle from this video it’s likely because you’ve experienced something similar…hopefully, you weren’t the one speaking!

But, if you see yourself in this video don’t cringe. Just vow to change one or two things immediately. Do you fail to connect with your audience when they walk into your presentation? Next time, set up early and be ready to greet and meet your audience when they walk into the room. Getting to know them personally goes a long way to rule #1. connecting to your audience.

Want to learn more about how you can use speaking to market your business or if you want to become a better presenter to improve your career…join me for a FREE strategy session.

 

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!

What Message will You Share to Inspire Others this New Year?

Happy New Year Friends!
Forget last year–make 2012 your best year yet.
Buckle up for the ride 2012 promises to bring.
(Archive this short video when you need a nudge.)