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Eight Traits of Authentic Speakers

Authentic leaders maintain their professional and personal values that reflect their genuine beliefs. It's no easy feat, but to become an authentic leader is to become an inspiration to yourself and others as it marks a strong resolve with direction. Take a deep breath and read on to see how you can take the lead to inspire success.

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Breaking Through 'The Real Glass Ceiling': Executive Power Culture

 

For decades, people of all backgrounds have sought to break through what they consider a "glass ceiling" to live up to their full potential at work. Often referring to the struggle for highly qualified women to break through an invisible, unspoken barrier and achieve the highest echelon of executive leadership, the question is what gets in the way. 

There are multiple reasons that quality candidates aren't promoted when they should be. While this glass ceiling may be in response to socially held prejudices and misconceptions (relating to gender, race, sexuality, and background), the basic obstacle that stands in the way of the promotion of many to senior and executive positions is simply the culture of power that permeates the highest levels of business leadership.

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Lean On Me: The Importance of Having a Sponsor When Presenting

You’ve been asked to present to upper management. You’ve done the research. You’ve worked hours to get everything to logically flow and the numbers to tie. When a subject matter expert is asked to present to decision makers, the hurdles can be a challenge. These spaces are typically "by invitation only," meaning that — regardless of how innovative your idea may be — you need someone on the inside to help steer the way. 

This is where a sponsor — another high-level decision maker who acts as your guide within these rooms — can be an invaluable asset. When making steps to put yourself in front of executives, business leaders, or other managers, a sponsor can be the difference between a cold, indifferent presentation environment and a warm room full of decision makers who are open to your ideas.

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Hook 'Em in With Impactful Openings

End of year means holiday time, and also the arrival of Oscar film season, too. Consider your favorite films, and you know that movies use great openings to hook in viewers. So too, stand out presenters craft talk openings to engage audiences and hook them in.

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Whether you are prepping a quick project update to your group, for an all hands meeting or conference talk, here are 5 tips to hook ‘em in and keep them listening:

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Top 5 Strategies to Handle A Difficult Question Like A Pro

During this election and debate season, we see some “artful dodgers” onstage when politicians choose to avoid responding to questions they’d rather not answer. Presenters in business face difficult questions too. How can you respectfully handle questions during a presentation?

Consider these 5 strategies:

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Walking and Talking: What's the Link?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of a dear friend, I went to a fundraising concert with 10 female singing groups last Saturday. As I listened to the gorgeous sounds, I reflected on a 60-mile walk my sister and I made a few years ago.

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The 3 Essentials of Speaking

Imagine yourself standing with over 200,000 others on the steps and grounds of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, as Martin Luther King repeats the hypnotic refrain, “I have a dream!” You are swept away by the power of the message and the impact of that historical moment.

All the key ingredients for the making of an unforgettable speech were there: the substance, the style and the staging. All speakers who must make an impact on their audiences need to pay attention to these three factors.

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Just-In-Time PowerSpeaking

Cellphones, laptops, tablets—everyone is connected. Decisions are made at warp speed. Mergers, acquisitions...it’s confusing. Who do I report to this week? The ground is shifting under my feet.

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16 Tips For Creating A Winning Organizational Framework

Today's chapter includes the first 16 step-by-step tips (of the 50) dedicated to Creating a Winning Organizational Framework.

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Avoiding Tough, Idiom-Filled Business Clichés

“We have the best b2b killer app on the planet. It is to die for. In my face time with customers they said this is a no brainer.

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