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The State Funeral of President George H.W. Bush: From the Frosty First Pew to the Eulogy: Ep. 6

As the country mourned the passing of President George Herbert Walker Bush, former presidents, congressional leaders and figures from across the political spectrum gathered for his funeral at Washington National Cathedral. While millions of people watched the service to honor Bush as a member of Congress, an ambassador to the United Nations, the director of the CIA and the vice president and president of the United States, they were also watching the dynamics of the…

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Just Listen

  “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey. Are you really listening? One of the most valuable tools for communication is the ability to listen and understand what someone is saying and feeling. Whether we are solving issues at home or tackling tasks in the workplace, effectively listening can help us reach our goals sooner. In this episode, I explore some…

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How to Be a Great Conversationalist

With our daily communications frequently moving to the online world, we have forgotten some of the nuances of face to face interaction. Improving our conversation skills, both as a speaker and a listener, allows us to sharpen our message and get a better understanding from those we communicate with. This episode features a recent NY Times article about NPR’s Terry Gross and the art of a good conversation. In this episode, you’ll learn: The only…

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Interview Secrets from the Other Side of the Desk with Ellen Mahoney

Chances are you’ve been in many job interviews over the course of your career, and maybe even interviewed some candidates for your organization. In today’s episode of Communicate with Confidence, I’m talking to Ellen Mahoney, chief human resources officer of Harvard Business School. Ellen has more than 30 years experience interviewing applicants from a wide background, and trust me when I tell you that she’s seen it all. Ellen dives into interview secrets from the…

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How to Get a Handle on Filler Words in Your Vocabulary

Filler words. They’re a pesky tic that everyone uses. But if overused, filler words can undermine the potential for your success. We use them to take up space in a conversation, give us time to think up a response or simply because it’s a habit we’re not even aware of.   In this episode of Communicate with Confidence, I’m sharing the different types of filler words and how you can (and should) eliminate them from…

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Your Guide to Communication “Tells”

Did you know that you can tell how old someone is just by how they communicate? It’s true, and many marketers and other professionals are savvy at using this information to determine whether you’re a good fit for a product or even a job. In this first episode of Communicate with Confidence, I’m sharing my background in communication and how I used my status as a Gen-Xer and communications professional to see both sides of…

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