In our last post, we talked about some preventative measures you can take to keep your vocal cords healthy all year round. Today, we want to focus on how to help them heal at times when they become strained. Whether it’s from cheering on your favorite team or suffering through an illness, there are … [Read more...] about Caring for Your Vocal Cords: Part 2
It’s that time of year. Ah, the holidays. Everyone seems to be stressing, singing, or sneezing. Or all of the above. All of this hustle and bustle can take a toll on our vocal cords. Well, if we want to be technically correct, on our vocal folds. According to ScienceDaily, “The vocal folds, also … [Read more...] about Caring for Your Vocal Cords: Part 1
A few years ago, I was at a leadership conference and heard Juliet Funt speak. She presented her research on a concept she calls WhiteSpace, and her presentation deeply impacted me. She defines WhiteSpace as a “strategic pause taken between activities.” Her company shows how reducing just 10 minutes … [Read more...] about What’s Keeping You From Reaching Your Potential?
Why do you want to work for this company? What makes you qualified for this job? What unique perspective would you bring to this role? Job interviews can be pretty scary because there’s a lot at stake. Perhaps another reason we feel so much pressure is that a job interview is essentially a … [Read more...] about How to Ace Your Next Interview
According to the Enneagram test, I'm a Type 3 Achiever. That tells me that I’m “the success-oriented, pragmatic type: adaptive, excelling, driven, and image-conscious.” That one little label--"Type 3"--finally helped me understand why it drives me nuts when my coworkers borrow and don't return my … [Read more...] about How To Be More Self-Aware
A communications analytics company studied 120 executives’ speeches. Researchers then collected feedback from over 1,00 listeners and found that the speaker’s voice mattered more to the audience than the content of the speeches. And by nearly twice as much. I don’t know about you, but I find that … [Read more...] about Finding the Right Speaking Volume
What makes a speaker a speaker? The simple answer is that he or she uses words to convey meaning. We often focus on the graphics or the delivery or the audience, and don’t get me wrong, all of those things matter. But sometimes, we need to be reminded that our fundamental tool is language. In our … [Read more...] about 2 Ways to Elevate Your Language
Have you read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Or perhaps you’ve seen one of the many movie adaptations of the popular novel? In the book, Ebenezer Scrooge is an unkind, selfish, and greedy man who is visited one night by three spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, … [Read more...] about Using Stories to Shape Narratives