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Acquire: Influencer

There is a common belief that influencing others requires a big movement of thoughts and deep strategy. I disagree. I believe that the first lever of influence is on the subverbal level of communication. Influence begins with the breath. The…

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Acquire: Backup

So we've booked that speech, recital, or interview. Or, we've just finally scheduled that important talk when suddenly our voice isn't working. It can be anything from slight hoarseness to painful throat that doesn't stop even when you aren't using…

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Acquire: Plan for Gratitude

We've had an ongoing theme this week about noticing our preparedness for less than pleasant Holiday encounters. Begin by remembering why we gather -- Humans are built for community. That said, here are some potential scenarios and select disruptions. No…

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Acquire: Keep it Moving

This week, I attended a panel discussion. I noticed that the speakers were actively breathing for speech -- amazing. Then I noticed something else, a pattern. Inhale, speak, hold, inhale, hold, speak. For the cheap seats in the back by…

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Acquire: Presence

Presence is a funny concept. Most of us think we know what it means. All of us hope we have it. Dictionary.com defines it as the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or…

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Acquire: Smile

Being asked to smile is among my least favorite things. That said, the upward movement of a smile can add a lift to the tone of your voice. Luckily, you don't have to keep smiling to reap the benefits. The…

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Acquire: Passion

I attended a panel discussion last night where all of speakers were dynamic and knowledgable . Sadly, only one of them was consistently a good speaker. He didn't necessarily have the best vocal tone, or the most dynamic range. What…

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