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How to Talk About Racism Without Sounding Like a Racist

Race is a hot-button topic, one that many people shy away from for fear of offending someone. But in America today, it’s not going away. Part of being an effective communicator means being able to relate to and talk to a wide range of people, regardless of race, creed, origin, sexual preference, age and more. That’s why I wanted to talk to Jeffrey Blount about the topic. Jeffrey is an accomplished speaker on race and…

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Covington Chronicles: When an “Encounter” Goes Viral

When a big news story hits the airwaves, we all tune in. Of course, we all want to know what’s going on in our world, but sometimes we tune in because we thrive on seeing the media fallout. We recently heard, and saw, the story of Nick Sandmann, a Covington, Kentucky teen who was caught on camera with what looked like a smirk on his face while allegedly staring down a Native American protester. But…

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The Art of Messaging a Divorce: The Jeff Bezos Method

We’re in a whole new age when it comes to making personal announcements. No matter what the announcement is, the bigger the name, the bigger the story. When Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce on January 9, they chose only one public communication channel – Twitter. Twitter posts for high-profile news announcements have taken the place of the tried and true press release, and Facebook posts have taken the place of phone calls for…

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How Not to be a Bridezilla: Tips for Navigating the Dynamics of Weddings

December is one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged, which means that many women are planning weddings! There are so many communication dynamics that go into wedding planning–from announcing the big day to booking vendors to managing family relationships and opinions. In this episode, we’re tackling all of these issues, as well as how vendors can help brides feel a little less overwhelmed during this busy time of their lives.…

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A Golden Globes Recap: Who was on message and who missed the mark

More than 18 million people tuned in to the 2019 Golden Globes on Sunday night and I was among them, as usual. As a Gen-Xer, I’m a pop culture fan and usually tune into the awards shows for both the entertainment value and to theorize about publicists’ angles. The show did not disappoint, as I discuss with my long-term friend and fellow pop culture enthusiast Mary Mitschow. We each chose our top three hits and…

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How to Write a Hollywood Ending With Your Internal Communications

 Every business needs a foundation to communicate with its employees, which is why I brought Victoria Dew of Dewpoint Communications to talk about this critical piece of the communication puzzle. Victoria’s unique perspective as a former entertainment industry professional and in-house communication professional both in the U.S. and overseas helps to bring a new voice to the creativity and transparency that goes into communicating with employees. In this episode, we talk human-centric business, changes…

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Top Communication Fails that Made Headlines in 2018

Communication fails are a starting point in talking about the importance of having a sound communication skill set. And there were a lot of them in 2018. It helps to know what mistakes look like so you can avoid them, and even learn how to come back from them effectively. Last week, I talked about the top communications wins in 2018; in this week’s episode of the Confident Communications Podcast, we’re looking at the flubs.…

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Top Communication Wins That Made the Headlines in 2018

With the year coming to an end, this week’s episode delves into ten communication wins of the year by the people, politicians, brands, and beer drinkers who made headlines and then made hay from an earlier challenge they faced at some point in 2018. The stories on the list range from publicity stunts to political maneuvers that captured the public’s attention over the past year. From #10 to #1, you will hear what made the…

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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 great…

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