Want to Last as a Leader? A State of the Union Address Helps You Stay On Top

Far too often, when Professionals are promoted to their “dream jobs,” they experience something closer to a nightmare. In fact, research indicates that up to forty percent of executives fail within the first eighteen months of taking on a new role. While there can be any number of reasons why a particular leader falls prey […]

Public Speaking Is The #1 Fear In America. It Shouldn’t Be Yours.

Public speaking can seem like a daunting task, and more often than not business professionals underprepare and under deliver when it comes to making an impact on their audience. The truth is that 80% of the time, when you just “wing it,” you are not as persuasive, convincing or dynamic as you would have been […]

Can You Be Cute and Perky And Still Have Executive Presence?

Recently we took a poll asking people to vote on who has more executive presence, Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer. Diane Sawyer won hands down with a whopping 97 percent of the vote. How could this be? Both women have been at the top of the broadcast industry, even being the first at their respective […]

Speak Up—But Don’t “Tic” Off Your Audience

Sometimes I feel like a one-woman vigilante on a mission to rid the world—or at the very least the workplace—of vocal tics. No doubt you’ve heard a few of these within your office walls. Let’s start with “Upward Inflection,” originated and perfected by California Valley girls in the 70’s who managed to take a declarative […]

The Right Way to Run an IPO Road Show

I’m passing along this article that I wrote for Harvard Business Review, because while I know most of you won’t ever face a crowd of skeptical IPO investors, the very same communication Do’s and Don’ts apply when you’re doing a IPO Road Show, pitching a new client, talking with your colleagues (not to mention your boss or her […]

CEOs: Read This Before You Open Your Mouth

I like to call it “tuning into Radio Station WIFT (What’s In it For Them?).” Unfortunately, many CEOs seem to get poor reception on this station, especially when it comes to giving town hall state-of-the-union talks to their employees. After seeing too many CEOs botch this wonderful opportunity to build rapport with clear and inspiring […]

Imitation Isn’t Always Flattering

LESSONS FROM THE LAND OF YOUTH AND COOL In early times, when the younger generation entered the workforce, they emulated their elders in speech, dress, and behavior. Now the tables have turned and the older generations are copying the younger ones in a desperate attempt to remain youthful, cool, and cutting edge. But when it […]