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by Brenda C. Smith
Have you been asked to repeat yourself, to speak up, or to be talked over at meetings? The sound of your voice can be enhanced so your listeners are not only …

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Go From Shy Introvert to Networking Superstar
Go From Shy Introvert to Networking Superstar

by Sarah Hathorn, AICI CIP, CPBS
Networking is vital in today’s business world, but some of us (myself included, believe it or not!) are introverts at heart and working the room or stepping to the podium …

The New Realities of Leadership Communication
The New Realities of Leadership Communication

by Tangela Davis
The new realities of leadership communication can be viewed from the context that we are moving to an era of organizational conversation. This reality has come about as a result of five things: …

The 5 Steps to Any Successful Conversation
The 5 Steps to Any Successful Conversation

William D. Hannam
Have you ever wondered why your thoughts and ideas never seem to make it to the ears of your target? Whether they are your friends, parents or even co-workers it often seems easier …

Shawna Schuh: Rejecting Compliments
Shawna Schuh: Rejecting Compliments

Why do we accept compliments so poorly?
We constantly talk about how important it is to give praise and encouragement yet, when we’re on the receiving end of positive remarks, we avoid them, ignore them, belittle …

Making Conversation: Exchange of Ideas
Making Conversation: Exchange of Ideas

One of the main focuses of Express Yourself to Success is making conversation. Exchange ideas, opinions or information with someone you don’t know or someone you don’t know that well and you’ll begin to create …

Good Conversation Starters
Good Conversation Starters

From time to time we’re all stuck for some good conversation starters. Here are some ideas to keep in the back of your mind to help you the next time you want to approach someone …

Raise Your Hand If You Love Small Talk!
Raise Your Hand If You Love Small Talk!

by Cary Sands
I have a problem with small talk. For the most part, it’s completely useless. The only real purpose it serves is to distract us from real issues that might be difficult to talk …

Conversations, Small Talk and the Secret to Making Friends
Conversations, Small Talk and the Secret to Making Friends

by Peter Murphy
Small Talk Conversation Pointers.
Small talk is often dreaded many people. It is seen as the awkward part of all conversations. Small talk comes before a drawn out conversation or is just a small …

Questions to Keep a Conversation Going
Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

by Peter Murphy
A conversation between two people can be like a tennis game. The back-and-forth conversation is like two players hitting the ball over the net. Someone serves up a new idea from time to …

Getting To Know People In Seconds
Getting To Know People In Seconds

by Sam Crowley
Most everyone belongs to some kind of a club or group. Perhaps it is a civic group, or a service club, or a church group, or even a family group. How often have …

How To Tell The Truth At Work (Part 3 of 3)
How To Tell The Truth At Work (Part 3 of 3)

by Laurie Weiss
Here are more tips for telling the truth in your own workplace.
Understanding and using these principles will help you feel more confident about the choices you make and help you develop the skills …

Are You on the Inside or the Outside of Jargon?
Are You on the Inside or the Outside of Jargon?

By Jeanie Marshall
On an online network, the subject of word use became a topic of discussion. This is a worthy topic of discussion anywhere, but it seems especially important online, where the written word becomes …

What Communication Style do You Have?
What Communication Style do You Have?

by Barbara Beccari
Your “way of being” or who you are impacts on every aspect of your work including your communication style.
By becoming more aware of your personality’s speaking style (and those of others with whom …

Top Small Talk Topics for Business
Top Small Talk Topics for Business

by Joshua Uebergang

Small talk can sometimes seem like an arduous process of merely filling the dead air with something, anything you can think of to keep the night moving forward, or to ward of the …

Improving Communication Skills With Voice Tonality
Improving Communication Skills With Voice Tonality

by Chris Farmer
There is a famous proverb that states, ‘Judge not, lest you be judged.” But the truth is you will be judged by others. People must make judgements about you. And they will make …