On hiatus for end of term

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Astute readers will notice we didn’t make our usual Wednesday posting last week. My apologies, but at the moment I have to get my head down and charging ahead. We are wrapping up a demanding spring term, and it just makes sense for me to pause for a bit. Other than this post and perhaps a bonus as time permits, we’re going to suspend our usual publication schedule for two weeks. I’ll come back after graduation (May 10) and update you. Thanks for staying with us!

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Sometimes you just need to hear that you matter

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Employers sometimes put a lot of effort into employee recognition programs, and well they should. The Ragan.com web site cites an infographic from Work.com that says among other interesting bits that employees need some form of recognition every seven days. It then goes on to detail some of the mistakes companies make in their recognition programs.

I observe that all the mistake have in common giving the impression of not really connecting with the employee. Continue reading “Sometimes you just need to hear that you matter”

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Dealing with non-controversial material in a meeting

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I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the interest I’ve had from people on parliamentary procedure. It fits this blog in the sense that we seek to foster effective communication, and when it’s used correctly (instead of just as a technicality), parliamentary procedure can help that along. As those who get it will see, in my upcoming ebook I point out that parliamentary procedure is simply a practical way of balancing two opposing needs every decision-making group has: the need for everyone who has something to contribute to be heard, and the need to expedite business.

We’re not going to turn this blog into one dedicated to parliamentary procedure, but in the interests of making the meetings you must attend work more effectively, we will occasionally have a communication-focused post about it. Here’s one now! Continue reading “Dealing with non-controversial material in a meeting”

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Two more tips for using humor in speeches

She still has that look this week!
She still has that look this week!

Last week, I posted a couple of tips from a recent speaking experience about practical humor for speakers. Let’s continue with that this week. Continue reading “Two more tips for using humor in speeches”

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Two tips for using humor in speeches

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I mentioned earlier that I had a great time last weekend at the District 63 Toastmasters Conference. Part of the reason, honestly, is that the education session I conducted went well, by which I mean people seemed to enjoy learning something practical about parliamentary procedure.

I don’t think anyone expects to have fun with Robert’s Rules of Order, but indications are that people did. While I didn’t want to just have fun, I did want to have fun learning something useful together, because I think (and research supports) that you understand more and retain more if you have fun learning. Continue reading “Two tips for using humor in speeches”

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It’s all about connection

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My students constantly hear: people don’t make decisions based on logic. They make decisions based on emotion; they justify decisions based on logic.

That means that you must have both, of course. I do not mean to devalue logical appeals in persuasive speeches. But if you want people to act, you must appeal on an emotional level as well. Continue reading “It’s all about connection”

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Colonel Henry Robert: Vampire Slayer

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Lots of activity this weekend, because it’s the fall conference for District 63 Toastmasters. I’ll be presenting an education session Saturday morning on “Colonel Henry Robert, Vampire Slayer: Making Parliamentary Procedure Exciting.”

So, I’m focused on getting that ready. I do want to mention, though, that I’m finishing up an ebook to give a right-brained context perspective to parliamentary procedure, and when it’s ready I’ll post a link to it here. When it first goes live, it will be in the Amazon Kindle store for free, so be sure to watch for it.

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Three more misconceptions that sink presentations

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A few days ago, I posted Three Misconceptions That Sink Presentations. We could go on and on, but right now, here are three more. Continue reading “Three more misconceptions that sink presentations”

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