Taking Your Stage Blog  
  Helping you improve the communication skills of the leaders and teams in your organization.  
     
 

07/17/2014

What is the Color of their Eyes?

When I am in a networking setting, or a meeting with new people, or a corporate function, I’d rather sit down and read a book then engage with people in the room. It's a skill that I have had to work hard on and change my focus. Here is a tool that I picked up recently that has taken it to another level.


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06/06/2014

4 Tips to Become an “Agile Communicator”

It was time for the conference call that I had dreaded. How did being an agile communicator factor into my call, and how can we become more effective agile communicators?


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4 Tips to Become an “Agile Communicator”


 
 


 

05/30/2014

The Art of Mirroring

Mirroring describes a number of different processes in communication and can help create rapport and empathy between you and another person. How can we use it?


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The Art of Mirroring


 
 


 

04/15/2014

“Say What?” The 5 Levels of Listening

“Amazing, simply amazing. Melt-in-your mouth. Your mama was a keeper.” Beth watched her dad’s mouth move, describing the delectable German chocolate cakes her mom used to bake, but all she could think was, “He’s a diabetic! He should not be talking about mom’s cakes. He’s only making it harder for himself.”


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04/03/2014

Use this Communication Technique to Change the Dynamic of Your Weekly Meetings

Our staff meetings had become dull. Let’s face it – how many people LOVE going to a weekly staff meeting and talking about the priorities and agendas and news and policies and problems for the week? My staff did not enjoy this. I needed to change something.


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Use this Communication Technique to Change the Dynamic of Your Weekly Meetings


 
 


 

04/01/2014

4 Tips to Communicate with an Analytic

I confess. I am an analytic. I love details, solving problems, and getting things done. For those of us who are more analytic, here are four tips to communicate with us more effectively.


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4 Tips to Communicate with an Analytic


 
 


 

03/26/2014

April 22 - Actor-Based Training Workshop: Motivate and Influence through Business Storytelling

Hippo's Motivating through Storytelling workshop is a fun, hands-on experience for you to develop solid business storytelling skills in order to be more influential and persuasive. You will learn in a small group setting by developing stories for your own toolbox with the help of a professional coach and a live actor.


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April 22 - Actor-Based Training Workshop: Motivate and Influence through Business Storytelling


 
 


 

03/24/2014

5 Tools to Get Out of a Communication Rut

I recently read a story about an actor who was having a difficult time "getting into the scene" while practicing his scenes for an upcoming rehearsal. He felt disjointed, uncomfortable, and uninspired. He was in a rut. We often get into communication ruts on the job, whether leading a meeting, having a one-on-one conversation, or a phone call. How could your communication change by getting out of a rut?


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5 Tools to Get Out of a Communication Rut


 
 


 

03/14/2014

Is Your Listener's Capacity Overflowing? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

Last year while coaching my daughter’s soccer team (she is seven), I realized that I was taking on the role of the overly-talkative leader. Have you taken on this role unawares?


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Is Your Listener's Capacity Overflowing? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself


 
 


 

03/07/2014

Boom! How to Stop Conversation Bombing

Last night I was a friend’s house telling someone a story about something I had heard on the radio. During a pause between two sentences, a third person started peppering me with questions. He obviously had not heard the beginning of the conversation.


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Boom!  How to Stop Conversation Bombing