Conversations on a Train

You’re traveling across Europe with a friend of yours, and you’re engaged in conversation about all the wonderful sights you’re seeing and the places you’re going next. But after a couple of minutes, you see your friend is playing on his phone. You decide to let it go and continue talking. Soon enough, your friendContinue reading Conversations on a Train

Small Talk, Big Difference

Today we look at a subject that is easy for some and brutally difficult for others. I’m talking about small talk. You know, that little dance we do to either pass time, please someone, or put them off so we can plan our escape. Now I suspect some of you may consider tuning out becauseContinue reading Small Talk, Big Difference

Building Trust in Unlikely Places

Trust is built in the small moments. As leaders, we find ourselves in pivotal situations every single day. We may not realize them at the time as being pivotal, but later in the day or the next, we understand just how important they were. And if we’re smart (or at least aware) we may think,Continue reading Building Trust in Unlikely Places

Throw Away Your Verbal Crutches

Um, so ya know what I’d like to discuss today is, um, well, ya know. That! Right there! That is what we are going to look at today – our verbal crutches. We all have them and they are super annoying—not only annoying to ourselves, but to others as well. Most of the time weContinue reading Throw Away Your Verbal Crutches

Why Do We Still Do Email So Badly? (Part 2)

TL;DR: Three important keys to effective business email writing are congeniality, content, and closure. Read on for the particulars. Email is different from other forms of communication and it is typically done pretty poorly by most business-people. It’s just hard to get the words to come out right to make good sense and carry yourContinue reading Why Do We Still Do Email So Badly? (Part 2)