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The So-Called “Soft Skills” are the Currency of the Future

I read a recent study by tech giant IBM that came to a pretty startling conclusion:  In the next three years, approximately 120 million professionals worldwide will need to develop more effective behavioral skills and new ways of working together in order to succeed in the evolving digital age. 

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The Late Night Experience: Learning from a Master

They’d just done a tour of the NBC studios in New York City and were walking down to the merchandising area when someone from Seth Meyers’ Late Night show walked up and asked if they’d like to sit in on a rehearsal of that evening’s show. Mary McGlynn, owner of PowerSpeaking, Inc. and Melinda Henning, longtime Master Facilitator, looked at each other and said, “Absolutely!” We talked with them about what turned out to be an extraordinary experience...

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Courageous Women, Courageous Work

For most of us, the Labor Day weekend merely marked the unofficial end of summer (back to school!  back to work!). But of course, the holiday has its origins in much more serious issues about the workplace and workers’ rights.  Today, it’s meant to honor the value of labor and laborers—no matter what the work entails.

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Helping Thought Leaders Communicate Big Ideas

People with big, bold, sometimes disruptive ideas are the ones who will help us meet the dramatic changes happening in the workplace now, and in the future (think, evolving global markets, warp-speed technology advances, and a new and very different generation of workers).  But people with trailblazing ideas need to be effective, persuasive communicators in order to convince people to follow their lead. That’s where PowerSpeaking and its new partnership with DisruptHR San Francisco come in.

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How to Run a Successful Virtual Meeting

If running effective, productive, in-person meetings wasn’t hard enough, nowadays video and teleconferencing add a whole new layer of complication. “There’s no doubt that virtual meetings give us flexibility and global reach that creates all kinds of possibilities for collaboration,” says PowerSpeaking’s Chief Learning Officer, Carrie Beckstrom. “But like any technology, we have to learn to use it well. And when it comes to virtual meetings, that technical know-how must be in addition to the application of best practices that make any kind of meeting, in any setting, successful.”

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Who Gets Heard—And Why

Immediately after the recent U.S. Democratic debates, newspapers and social media ran commentaries observing how much more often the male candidates, vs. the female, interrupted other panelists and the moderators (especially on the first night). Because of those interruptions, the men commanded much more airtime over the course of the debates. The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Inc. Magazine were just a few media we read that took a closer look at that gender phenomenon. Then there was the Los Angeles Times, which didn’t mince words with this headline: “Democratic debates mirror life: Men yell and interrupt. Women (mostly) wait their turn.”

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Learning From Passionate Speakers: The Fight for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Minutes before political commentator Jon Stewart took his seat in front of the House Judiciary Committee to advocate for extending the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, 9/11 first responder John Feal took Jon’s prepared script away from him. Feal, who knew Stewart well because of their longtime activism on behalf of 9/11 first responders, had lost part of his left foot working as a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero. In the past 15 years Feal had organized more than 250 trips like this to D.C. to fight for continuing the fund. And here they were again. Feal wanted Stewart to do what he does best: speak from the heart.

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How and When Do You Want to Learn?

When it comes to getting the workplace training you need in the future, will Charlie the Chat Bot be your new best friend?  PowerSpeaking Master Facilitator Angella Nelle shares her perspectives after attending a recent annual conference of instructional design and training professionals.

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Ready to Stand and Deliver in the C-Suite?

In our last blog, we focused on the importance of preparation when delivering a business review, and how critical it is that you adopt the big-picture mindset of senior executives.  This post zeroes in on the fine art of delivery and engagement in the C-suite.

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Do You Know What Keeps C-level Execs Awake at Night?

Presenting business results to senior executives is like no other presentation you'll make. Your audience expects you to step up to their level, and think the way they think. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

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