What Does It Take To Be Heard?

Whether it’s speaking to a crowd, in a virtual meeting, or in a phone conversation, driving our message home gets us where we need to go. That’s how we achieve our professional goals. Like closing a sale, earning a promotion, or launching a whole new career.

That’s not always an easy thing to do. But it can be.

Connecting with Others is a Skill, as Well as a Talent

Let me share a secret with you.

The ability to make a strong first impression, influence and persuade people, spread ideas. To get seen, get heard, and get raises … most people aren’t born with that.

Even the smartest, most talented people in the world can have trouble saying the right words in the right way to make the impact they need to make.

That’s the good news.

Because it means these skills can be developed.

This is what I offer. Simple, concrete steps to strengthen critical communication skills. And I do it in a way that’s fun and that sticks.

Catherine speaking

Do you represent a business organization, association, or women’s group? You can help your people connect with each other and with the world more powerfully and persuasively … and have fun doing it.

Catherine coaching

Do you need more personal attention than a speaking event offers? For smaller groups or even one-on-one, coaching sessions may be the right way to go.

Catherine speaking mobile

Do you represent a business organization, association, or women’s group? You can help your people connect with each other and with the world more powerfully and persuasively … and have fun doing it.

Catherine coaching mobile

Do you need more personal attention than a speaking event offers? For smaller groups or even one-on-one, coaching sessions may be the right way to go.

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A Different Client Avatar

A Different Client Avatar

A Different Client Avatar

When we meet someone new, we’re interested in learning about them and about their work and their life. But then they start spewing chapter and verse of what they do and how they do it, and we can hardly wait to nod politely, say “Nice to meet you,” and move on to talk with someone else. This is why I talk with my clients about feeding a chipmunk. I thought about them this past weekend, spending time with good friends in Michigan. When I was a kid, we vacationed (with one of those same good friends!) way up north in the U.P. And a favorite vacation activity was feeding the adorable little chipmunks that scampered around the resort. It ranked right up there with picking raspberries and collecting clam shells. (Okay, so Uno Lodge wasn’t exactly Disney World…) Anyway, how do you feed a chipmunk?

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Should you stay or should you go?

Should you stay or should you go?

Should you stay or should you go? You know how it is when you notice the first signs you might be heading down the wrong path. Your situation at the office seems a little more tenuous. Your clients—are they beginning to lose enthusiasm for your work? Your spouse maybe seems a little distant lately. A figurative yellow warning light begins to flash. And what happens when we ignore that warning light? Sometimes, it goes away. The risk recedes. We might make a slight shift or maybe we decide we’ll definitely stay the course. Either way, we can relax and proceed in the direction we’ve been heading, secure in our belief that it is, in fact, the right direction. We might even have a moment of pride. “See? I’m not a quitter.” “I don’t give up easily.” “When I get knocked down, I get right back up and stay in the fight.”

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Take-aways for us from the debate disaster

Take-aways for us from the debate disaster

Take-aways for us from the debate disaster. Take-aways for us from the debate disaster. Plenty of pixels have already been spilled on last week’s presidential debate. You’ve no doubt read the political analysis from your preferred point of view … I don’t need to add to that torrent of takes. You might benefit, though, from exploring what went wrong for President Biden speaking-wise, and what you can do in your next presentation to avoid an unfortunate outcome. Here are a few suggestions the president could have used. And you can too. Ground yourself.
Whether you’re standing at the front of a conference room, a hotel ballroom, or a TV studio, take your position with a solid stance, feet hip-width apart, flat on the floor, even pressing into the floor.

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