Category: Skills

Review: Lessons from the GOP Debates

Review: Lessons from the GOP Debates

Now that the endless mini series known as the GOP Debates is on hiatus, let’s look at the lessons its episodes offer. For any of us who provide communication support to leaders, the debates remind us what to pursue and avoid. Regardless of our views, these not-always-ready-for-prime-time candidates can help as we coach our leaders. […]

Rethink How Your Company Communicates

Rethink How Your Company Communicates

For many organizations, the new year begins with planning on ways to improve relationships with stakeholders. Meeting rooms are scheduled, discussions are conducted, flip charts are filled, and plans are developed. But will the plans actually make a difference to the impact of the communications you implement to engage? How do the plans for this […]

Remembering Andy Rooney

Remembering Andy Rooney

I am going to miss Andy Rooney. Not that he is going anywhere, necessarily, but he won’t be as easy to find as he has been for more than 30 years. On any given Sunday, no matter how poorly my football teams of choice may play, Andy makes me think. From the failing of products […]

What Makes a Communicator Ageless?

What Makes a Communicator Ageless?

No matter how we try we can’t turn back clocks. Time passes, even for communicators. And our perceived relevance can shift with each passing day. That certainly is what I learned when an executive search consultant warned me about the impact of age in our profession. But age alone does not make anyone irrelevant. Time […]

Age Bias in the Communications Profession? (Part Three)

Age Bias in the Communications Profession? (Part Three)

The conversation continues. Every day, since I first posted how a recruiter educated me about redundancy, I hear from communication colleagues who experience age bias in our profession. Their stories, that many do not feel comfortable publicly sharing, reinforce why each of us must be advocates for ourselves and our profession. The only way to […]

How Do You Work Through "Communicator's Block?"

How Do You Work Through “Communicator’s Block?”

I haven’t posted in a while. I found myself experiencing communicator’s block. You know that “I have something to say but I simply can’t find it” panic? That happened to me with this blog. So I took time off to rediscover why I started writing and, as a result, learned a few lessons about what […]

Lessons from Communicators in Beijing

Lessons from Communicators in Beijing

Our communication world continues to shrink, not simply because of the technology we use, but in the ways we respond to challenges we confront. As our profession continues to evolve, the miles that may geographically separate us no longer necessitate distance in what we value and what we share. How we approach the essentials of […]

What if a Leader Tries to Be Funny?

What if a Leader Tries to Be Funny?

Of the ideas that a leader may offer, none should frighten communicators more than the words, “I want to be funny.” Few leaders are natural humorists. Even fewer have the instinct to know when and how comedy may be appropriate. Few have the timing to make a story, joke or pratfall work and, worse, any […]

Have You Made New Year's Resolutions?

Have You Made New Year’s Resolutions?

Happy 2011! Each new year offers the opportunity to rethink, refresh and reinvent. And before we get repetitive, we should take a moment to remind ourselves of the re-commitments we should make. As communicators, it’s easy to get caught in the reassurance of words. Here are seven essential new year’s resolutions to consider so that, […]

10 Truthful Lessons of 2010

10 Truthful Lessons of 2010

What a year it has been for authentic communications. At times we experience truth in how people and organizations communicate; often we observe those working hard to manage and communicate with truth; now and then we see returns to the spin cycle. We learn from every moment, truthful or not, as we look at the […]

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