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Acquire: Rules of Order

The first time I encountered Robert's Rules of Order, I thought them completely ridiculous. What possible purpose could they fulfill? Well, now several decades later and having attended too many meetings, I get it. We have a hard time navigating…

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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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