Category: Communication Skills

2019 Session | Mind the Gap: Negotiation & Getting Paid

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Are you negotiating to the best of your ability? No matter what industry you are in, knowing how to negotiate is an essential skill for communicating your value and advancing your career. Whether you are negotiating on behalf of yourself or others, this session will cover how to prepare for a negotiation, present yourself effectively, and respond to pushback. A panel of experts will provide you with important talking points and insights to consider before your next business negotiation. Read More

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2019 Session | Leading with Empathy: How to Be the Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

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As a leader, your role is to guide your team to achieve results. But in the pursuit of excellence, many undervalue the impact and importance of empathy. In this conversation, learn how bringing your humanity to work can have a significant impact on your career, your team, and even diversity and inclusion in our workplaces. Executive leaders will offer advice to help you balance being empathetic with being decisive and share practical tips for becoming a better boss, colleague, and collaborator. Read More

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2019 Session | Managing Up: Achieve Success in the Workplace with Any Type of Boss

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Managing up is one of the most valuable soft skills you can develop in your career. It’s about building a relationship that fosters more communication, collaboration, and understanding between people at different levels of power, perspectives, and skills. Mastering these skills will help you build your reputation for effectiveness and grow a successful career. Leadership consultant Mary Abbajay and a panel of experts will share actionable tips to understand your manager’s work and behavioral style and adjust yours accordingly, enhance your self-awareness and become more adaptable, read body language better, and develop true, lasting connections. Read More

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2019 Session | Influence: Leadership That Changes Minds

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The ability to influence others is a fundamental leadership skill. But how skilled are we at this role? It turns out that many of our instincts―from relying on facts and figures to shape opinions, to insisting others are wrong or attempting to exert control―are ineffective because they are incompatible with how the human mind operates. Neurologist Tari Sharot shares how to avoid these pitfalls, and how an attempt to change beliefs and actions is only successful when it is well-matched with the core elements that govern the human brain. She reveals the critical role of emotions in influence, the weakness of data, and the power of curiosity. Relying on the latest research in neuroscience, behavioral economics, and psychology, this workshop provides fascinating insight into the complex power of influence in the workplace and beyond. Read More

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2019 Session | How to Be Heard: Effective Communication for Career Advancement

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Effective communication is more than just words and phrases. It’s a projection of your competence and even your potential as a leader. Great communicators can voice their vision confidently, move plans and projects forward, and present their ideas across all levels of an organization. Join this workshop for actionable steps to develop your own communication style. Learn about speaking with clarity and confidence so that your ideas are heard, your value is clear, and your opinions are remembered. Read More

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2019 Session | Building Trust & Navigating the Workplace After #MeToo

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The #MeToo movement has led us to a watershed moment. Cultural norms and workplace policies are evolving. And new questions and realities are starting to surface. A recent study by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey showed that twice as many male managers now feel uncomfortable working alone with, socializing with, and mentoring women. This is a pivotal moment for gender partnership. Come hear this forward-looking conversation about how to dispel fear, build trust, and develop workplace cultures that work for everyone. Read More

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Don’t Miss Out on Good Ideas: 4 Tips for Open Communication

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By Laura Izurieta, Chief Risk Officer, Silicon Valley Bank

Here’s a thought: When we talk about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, shouldn’t we also talk about diversity in communication styles?

I’m a vocal supporter of diversity in terms of surrounding myself with people of different  backgrounds and with varied experiences and demographics. But sometimes the inclusion part gets undervalued. What good is having a diverse team if you don’t create an environment that is conducive to sharing points of view? You’ve not only missed the point, you’re missing out on good ideas. Read More

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Real Advice for Women Seeking Mentors and Allies

Portrait of David SmithIf your mentors all look like you, you have a mentor problem. Same goes if they all have similar backgrounds and work histories or if you have only one—or none.

“Your mentors should be a diverse network,” says David Smith, an expert on gender workplace issues and co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women. “If they’re not, you’re missing out on key perspectives and information, and you’re probably not being challenged enough in your thinking.”

Of course, for women in male-dominated fields such as the military (Smith’s background), the problem isn’t having too many mentors who look like you (i.e., female). The problem is having a mentor, period. Read More

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Podcast | New Research Insights into High-Performing Teams

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Whether you lead a team or just want to understand yours better, this podcast is for you. In 30 minutes, Dr. Lauren D’Innocenzo, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Drexel LeBow College of Business, shares:

• What recent research has uncovered about what makes teams highly effective

• Two simple questions to determine if your team is working at its highest potential

• Group activities that jumpstart trust Read More

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5 Tips to Feel More Comfortable at Networking Events

This is one thing Alice Rutkowski, an executive communication and presence coach who has worked with more than 8,000 executives over the past 20-some years, wishes everyone knew:

Body language reflects what you believe about yourself and others.

“Consciously and unconsciously, we are reading others and they are reading us all the time,” says Rutkowski, vice president of executive development at Sagin. “For example, whether you’re sitting or standing, crossing your legs can convey nervousness. It puts your body out of alignment, and being unbalanced isn’t conducive to feeling confident—and people can see that.” Read More

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