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Communicating Culture: Eight essential components to cascading

I often hear leaders in organizations say things like: "We want to build a culture of accountability" or "We'd like a sales-driven culture" or "We wa...

Amy Poehler’s Awesome Career Advice

Just when I thought there was no refreshing new advice on how to best manage your career – Amy Poehler stepped up to the plate. She covers a plethor...

Wait to be seated until your party arrives

As a Chicago communications consultant I am always looking for examples (good and bad) of how businesses communicate their value proposition on a dail...

Does Chicago communications training have an edge?

One of the most important elements of effective communication is the ability to think on your feet and adapt quickly. What better way to do that than ...

10 tips for successful branding

One of the most important aspects of my Chicago communications training practice is helping my clients know how to effectively build their brand - whe...

Business Consulting: Vision engagement and why it matters

If your company or organization wants to embark upon or has recently undergone a significant change, it is vital that you know how to make your employ...

Connect with your audience before stepping on the stage

I recall with dread the many times I was positioned backstage or seated at a table close to the stage waiting for my name to be called to present. I c...

Overcoming the “Ta Da” Dilemma

I recall with dread the many times I was positioned backstage or seated at a table close to the stage waiting for my name to be called to present. I c...

Catch a Breath and Captivate your Audience

Engaging an audience is a balancing act of many things. You must educate and entertain. You must have well-organized content and good delivery skills....

What can business speakers learn from comedians?

I have become a fan of Jerry Seinfeld’s popular new vehicle, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show features Seinfeld driving to pick up a fell...

6 Engagement Practices that Get Results

The connection and sense of community that can grow between a CxO (referring here to all C-Suite members) and his or her organization's employees is o...

Professional Presence is just a Tweet Away

You are new to the organization. You are learning the ropes and trying to figure out the culture and the politics of the company you are now working f...

Bryan Cranston comes full circle: Sneaky Pete crafts a memorable acceptance speech

Bryan Cranston was at his best accepting an Emmy for Best Actor at this week's award ceremony. He crafted a perfect acceptance speech that included g...

Is it time for a Communication Face-lift?

Are you experiencing wrinkles of confusion? Have you witnessed sagging relationships? Don't panic, this may be occurring because your face has fallen ...

Resuscitate your interpersonal acumen in the digtal age

Over this past weekend, visiting with family friends, I noticed my friend David’s 10-year old son, Carter, immersed in his iPad during the entire af...

Vision Engagement: Transformative communication that puts everyone on the same page

Every organization goes through change that needs to be communicated in a comprehensive, congruent manner. Perhaps yours is * Emerging from a merg...

Leadership is a contact sport

CEO Coach, Marshall Goldsmith, recently blogged about his new model for leadership development that involves 8 steps outlined in more detail at http:/...

Are your employees engaged at work?

In Sunday's NY Times there was a featured article called Why You Hate Work By TONY SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINE PORATH MAY 30, 2014 Here are some ...

Something to Ponder by George Carlin

A colleague shared this great piece written by George Carlin which reminded me how brilliant he was and such a keen observer of the human condition. ...

Word play for logophiles

Because I love wordplay I wanted to share this amusing and clever take on creating "new" words from old. Enjoy! th The Washington Post's Mensa In...

Coaching in action at hbk

What if there was an established channel in our organizations where the senior people could learn from the junior people and the junior people could b...

What Google looks for when they hire

This past Sunday in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman featured “Part 2” of his interview with Google’s Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president ...

Become a business meeting superstar

A recent Time Magazine article, titled “Code Red” by Steven Brill, revealed how a quickly assembled group of tech gurus descended on D.C. to help ...

We are love

Last evening as I watched the opening ceremonies to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a song was played at the end of the evening's broadcast...