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How to Power Up Your Executive Presence

On Tuesday December 5, 2017 Women In Communication and Energy (WICE) will be hosting their annual fall conference. 200 women gather twice a year for a full day of learning, networking and personal growth. I’m flattered to have been invited to be the keynote speaker this year. As I sit down to prepare my remarks it occurs to me that over the years women in every industry have asked me similar questions about how they can improve their presence. I [...]

5 Time Management Tips

Saturday afternoon I had a long conversation with a family friend. She wanted my advice. One of her personal development goals this year is to get better at time management: “I just want to find a few more minutes everyday to get things done.” I replied: “Well, tomorrow morning you’ll have an extra hour to do anything you want.” We shared a laugh. Talking about needing to find more time, on the night we were going to be resetting our [...]

5 Ways to Improve the Beginning & End of your Presentations

Last week the CFO of a mid-market company here in Manhattan invited me to attend his Quarterly Town Hall meeting. He wanted my feedback on how well his team presented. I sat in the back of the room as speaker after speaker loaded text heavy PowerPoint slides onto the screen and then began their presentation with these 8 words: I’m going to talk to you today about…(reveal an agenda slide.) Every presentation sounded like a lecture. By the end of [...]

Strategic Storytelling

In the summer of 2010 the now retired General Stanley A. McChrystal was Commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. One day, during an important briefing in Kabul, he was shown the following PowerPoint slide: It was meant to represent the most current military strategy. Upon seeing the slide General McChrystal interrupted the briefing and said: “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war.” The room erupted in laughter. This is a noteworthy example of what happens when [...]

How to get a stranger to watch your luggage

My work requires that I travel. A lot. I spend so much time in airports that I can recite the security announcement from memory: “Do not leave your baggage unattended. Unattended baggage will be removed or destroyed by airport security… ” A few days ago I was at LaGuardia waiting to board a flight to DC. I’d been sitting at the gate for a while. The security recording had played at least three times. Moments after the last broadcast ended [...]

Become A More Effective Leader In Just 10 Minutes a Day

One of the great joys of my job is the opportunity to reconnect with participants after a program and do follow-up coaching. I always begin these sessions by asking: “What can I help you with?” Last week a leader told me that she needed to get better at having hard conversations with her employees. “I try to be direct and honest with them, but somehow the conversations always go sour.” She went on to recount the most recent dialogue that [...]

Reverse Mentoring and other tips from the C-Suite

Last week I had the privilege of attending the HMG Strategy Summit of America. 400 CIOs and other technology leaders spent the day sharing ideas, insights and best practices. During the final networking session of the day I became curious about what people had learned and started asking folks: What’s been your biggest takeaway today? Here’s what they said: Reverse Mentoring I love this idea of pairing a Baby Boomer with a Millennial. I actually rely on my own son, [...]

How’re ya doing with those New Year’s Resolutions?

February 1st. Today is the day. Today is the day that Joanne, my trainer, says attendance at the gym will drop dramatically: “Oh yeah, like clockwork. I see it every year. First day of February all those people that got gym memberships to get into shape will give up on their resolutions.” She called this period after making a New Year’s resolution “the honeymoon”. “Everybody has good intentions, but it takes more than that to get into the habit of [...]

You Say I’m a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing

Not long ago I spoke to a group of high potential women in digital media about defining their personal leadership brand. During the Q&A one woman, a Vice President, said: Look, I appreciate that many of my colleagues need to learn to “Lean In” and all that, but that’s not my issue. I’m not afraid to speak my mind. I never have been. My issue is that when I speak up I’m called a bitch. A yes. The B-word. This [...]

Make Your Presentations Pop. Think Like A Screenwriter!

Last week I met with a young manager who was frustrated by the success of a colleague: I don’t understand how she gets buy-in to the exact same ideas I try to pitch. Somehow when she explains it everyone jumps on board. I wasn’t surprised to hear this. His colleague is a phenomenal storyteller. Often the difference between a recommendation that is embraced—and one that isn’t—is the way in which it is communicated. Communicate with Narrative for Better Impact Researchers have [...]