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By Dr. Andrea Wojnicki

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Communication Skills training & podcast with Dr. Andrea Wojnicki

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#81 Talking TABOO Topics
23:44

Taboo topics are sacred or prohibited based on morals, religion or social norms. Learn how to respond to taboo topics and the significance of context when it comes to taboos. What’s considered taboo depends on the time in history, the generation, the person, the setting, even the medium. People seem to feel more comfortable reading […]

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Jul 19, 2021
#80 COMMUNICATION INSIGHTS from hall-of-fame podcaster Dave Jackson
49:56

Podcaster Dave Jackson shares general communication insights for all of us, plus specific advice for podcasters, including the most common mistakes that podcasters make, the ideal length for a podcast, and how to refer to the listeners…   Link to printable shownotes: https://www.talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes   CONTENTS Summary Resources Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY 3 […]

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Jul 05, 2021
#79 How to Use STORYTELLING to Elevate Your Communication
27:36

Storytelling can elevate your communication! Learn 4 ways stories are impactful, the important elements of stories, and where to find great stories. Whether you’re giving a speech or presentation, leading a meeting, or teaching, storytelling will connect you with your audience.   Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS Summary – Your Storytelling Tip Sheet Resources Transcript SUMMARY: […]

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Jun 21, 2021
#78 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Upskilling to Propel Your Career with Cherry Siu
37:20

Upskilling, or focusing on personal development, can propel your career.  But what skills should you focus on and how should you develop them? Cherry Siu, chief of staff at Deloitte, shares personal development insights from her personal experience and observation of other global professionals. Link to printable shownotes & summary: https://www.talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes   CONTENTS Summary Resources […]

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Jun 07, 2021
#77 PERSONAL BRANDING: Reinforcing your Personal Brand with Implicit Communication
24:24

Personal branding is more than just the words we say about ourselves. Learn to reinforce your personal brand through consistent implicit communication, ranging from your personal style, possessions, affiliations, how you show up for meetings, and more.    Find your printable “Personal Branding Checklist” HERE (ep.77) CONTENTS Your Personal Branding Checklist Resources YOUR CHECKLIST: Reinforcing […]

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May 24, 2021
#76 LEADERSHIP: Communicate Like a Boss! PART 2 with Jill Nykoliation, CEO Juniper Park\TBWA
32:05

Strong communication skills can elevate your leadership effectiveness and your career.  CEO Jill Nykoliation shares her general career advice, what she keeps in her 2 notebooks, the most common career pitfalls, and more. Listen to learn how to communicate like a boss! This is the 2nd half of a 2-part interview. Please see episode #75 […]

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May 10, 2021
#75 LEADERSHIP: Communicate Like a Boss! PART 1 with Jill Nykoliation, CEO Juniper Park\TBWA
35:29

Effective leaders communicate like a boss! Compassion, precision, and frequency of communication are just a few of the values that CEO Jill Nykoliation exemplifies and that she encourages others to embrace. This is part 1 of a 2-part interview. The 2nd episode (#76) includes a summary of both episodes.   Link to printable shownotes with […]

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May 03, 2021
#74 MINDFULNESS Practicing our Communication Skills with Anne Muhlethaler
44:08

Mindfulness can elevate our communication skills. Learn how to be mindful in specific communication contexts by pausing, communicating with intention, and acknowledging our inner critic. Anne Muhlethaler (yogi, meditation teacher, podcaster and luxury brand consultant) shares her experiences and valuable insights.   Link to PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES:  https://www.talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS Summary Resources Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s […]

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Apr 19, 2021
#73 Practicing Communication Skills with VR Technology – with Robson Beaudry
38:35

Technology entrepreneur Robson Beaudry shares how we can use VR to practice and improve our interpersonal and communication skills. VR can accelerate and improve our practice, beyond alternatives such as role-playing or watching ourselves. Key insights include the power of meta-learning and the impact of listening versus talking… LINK to printable shownotes: https://www.talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes   CONTENTS […]

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Apr 05, 2021
#72 Practicing Communication Skills: WHAT IS PRACTICE? with Dr. Nadine Kelly YogiMD
40:51

Practice can elevate our performance.  But WHAT IS PRACTICE? Dr. Nadine Kelly shares how practice does not make perfect, how to practice effectively by setting intentions (WHY am I doing this and WHO do I need to be?) and the benefits of practice, including being less reactive. PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES CONTENTS Summary Resources & Recommendations Andrea’s […]

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Mar 22, 2021
#71 PERSONAL BRANDING, AUTHENTICITY & TMI with Tom Megginson
47:37

How can we be authentic without sharing TMI (too much information)? How can we be transparent, bring our “whole selves” to work, without appearing unprofessional? Copywriter and messaging strategist Tom Megginson encourages us to be authentic, but focus on our audience.  Code-switching and filtering are two ways to maintain authenticity without compromising professionalism. PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES […]

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Mar 08, 2021
#70 ONLINE MEETINGS 2: Engagement & Leading
20:47

Leading online meetings (virtual meetings) is a challenge. Staying focused and encouraging others to participate is a huge challenge!  Learn 4 tactics to encourage engagement in others, plus tips on what we ourselves should be doing during virtual meetings. Link to Printable Shownotes HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS Summary: PARTICIPATING: What to do during online meetings LEADING: […]

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Feb 22, 2021
#68 Communicating Your PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE (2)
26:03

Actionable advice on how to communicate your personal brand online, including 3 KEY PRINCIPLES of personal branding, plus instructions for how to UPDATE, PARTICIPATE and MONITOR your personal brand online. LINK to printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/68-COMMUNICATING-YOUR-PERSONAL-BRAND-ONLINE.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Transcript SUMMARY: Communicating Your Personal Brand ONLINE Personal Branding = Proactively Managing Your Identity Personal branding […]

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Feb 10, 2021
#69 ONLINE MEETINGS 1: Prepare for Success!
19:42

Here’s your online meeting preparation checklist! We cover technology requirements and recommendations, your physical space, and your personal appearance. Preparation can fuel success in virtual meetings. Link to Printable Shownotes HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes Link to Printable “Meeting Prep Checklist” HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/69-ONLINE-MEETINGS-Preparation.pdf (see pg. 3) CONTENTS Summary Online Meeting Prep Checklist Resources Transcript SUMMARY: PREPARING FOR ONLINE […]

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Feb 08, 2021
#67 ONLINE NETWORKING with Sharon Mah-Gin
47:16

Online networking is the only networking these days! Executive recruiter Sharon-Mah-Gin shares advice on how to approach people when networking online, how to follow-up, as well as general networking advice. There are many reasons to be optimistic! Just remember: “With true networking, it’s really not about you. It’s really about building relationships with like-minded people. […]

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Jan 11, 2021
#66 Trending Communication Topics, Insights & Recommendations
20:09

Top 3 lists from Andrea and Talk About Talk, including the top 3 Talk About Talk podcast episodes and newsletters, Andrea’s favorite podcasts, plus communication insights from 2020 and focus areas for 2021. Printable shownotes with links: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS • Summary & Resources • Transcript SUMMARY & RESOURCES Top 3 most downloaded Talk About Talk […]

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Dec 27, 2020
#65 I NEED SLEEP with biohacker & biotechnology scientist Oksana Andreiuk
41:42

Sleep can help us be more effective communicators, improving our sociability, not to mention our immunity, hormonal regulation, mental health, and memory. Biohacker & biotechnology scientist Oksana Andreiuk shares how to get more sleep, including increasing our sleep opportunity beyond 8 hours, controlling our environment, ways to calm our minds, and more. Link to printable […]

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Dec 14, 2020
#64 CORPORATE CULTURE IN TODAY’s ENVIRONMENT with Hilton Barbour
42:59

“Any leader who doesn’t genuinely step into culture as a business imperative, five years from now will look back at this as one of the greatest missed opportunities of their time in leadership. Your culture can unleash all sorts of creativity that you can’t begin to imagine. And if you’re a leader and you don’t […]

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Nov 30, 2020
#63 COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS & THE FUTURE OF LEARNING with Chris Besse of Edsby
30:53

Learn 5 key communication insights for educators, including the positive impact of technology in the classroom.  Chris Besse shares how edtech platforms like Edsby make education more student-centric, they enable communication and collaboration, they enable accessibility and immediacy of information, and they encourage students to learn how to learn. Link to Printable Shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS […]

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Nov 16, 2020
#62 HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE with Andrew Jenkins
29:57

Step by step instructions on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Volterra founder Andrew Jenkins shares how to use LinkedIn for creating your personal brand,  networking, thought leadership, marketing, and job-searching. Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS SUMMARY REFERENCES ANDREA’s INTRODUCTION TRANSCRIPT ANDREA’s CONCLUSION HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE Section-by-Section LINKEDIN PROFILE GENERAL ADVICE Consider your […]

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Nov 02, 2020
#61 WHAT I LEARNED FROM PODCASTING: from crutch words to how to interrupt
21:57

Crutch words, interrupting, filler comments, and more. Dr. Andrea Wojnicki shares 10 unique communication insights after hosting 60 Talk About Talk podcast episodes.  CONTENTS 10 Communication Insights – Summary References & Links Transcript SUMMARY:   10 COMMUNICATION INSIGHTS: What I Learned from ? Podcasting CRUTCH WORDS Crutch words are unnecessary words that we use repeatedly, like […]

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Oct 19, 2020
#60 THE POWER OF STORYTELLING with influencer & speaker Bobby Umar
39:59

Storytelling is a superpower.  Influencer and speaker Bobby Umar shares how storytelling can elevate your personal brand and your identity as a thought leader. For marketers, storytelling is a powerful tool to facilitate consumers’ resonance with brands. Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS SUMMARY REFERENCES ANDREA’s INTRODUCTION TRANSCRIPT ANDREA’s CONCLUSION Summary: THE POWER OF STORYTELLING STORYTELLING IS […]

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Oct 05, 2020
#59 COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE: Part 2 – In the Moment
23:18

Communicate with CONFIDENCE – in the moment:  Learn the 5 step formula to communicate with confidence in the moment when you feel that nervous energy. The 5 steps include asking a question, breathing, acting confident, focusing with no distractions, and listening, using your ears.  You got this! Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS – Confidence in the […]

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Sep 21, 2020
#58 COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE: Part 1 – Mental Preparation
14:46

Communicate with confidence: There’s the mental preparation, then there’s confidence in the moment.  In this first of a two-part series, we focus on the 4P’s of mentally preparing to communicate with confidence: Practice, as in rehearsing; Proverb, as in adopting a mantra; Pep talk; and Pirate, as in copying that confident feeling.   Printable SHOWNOTES: […]

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Sep 05, 2020
#57 HOW TO ASK FOR HELP with researcher Gretchen Barton
38:07

HOW TO ASK FOR HELP? Consider the 3Ms: Mindset, Motivations and Metaphors. Researcher Gretchen Barton of OZA shares her expertise, including insights from a recent Gates Foundation project on “Understanding Perceptions of Poverty” in America. Asking for help- be it expertise, time or money – isn’t easy, but you can learn to seek help with […]

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Aug 24, 2020
#56 HOW TO CHOOSE A BRAND NAME
36:05

Learn how to choose a brand name. Are you naming a new product? A start-up? A new podcast? Dr. Andrea Wojnicki takes you through the 5 steps, from strategy to name generation, to evaluation, to searching availability and trademarking, to launching the brand! See the shownotes for a useful printable summary. Printable shownotes here: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes/ […]

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Aug 10, 2020
#55 ARCHETYPES & FEMALE POP STARS with Professor Kristin Lieb
49:35

Female pop stars: there’s the good girl, the temptress, the diva, the hot mess, the survivor… Professor Kristin Lieb shares her research on how pop stars influence and are influenced by culture, how a female pop star’s body is her core brand asset, and how female pop stars evolve through various archetypes over their lifecycle […]

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Jul 27, 2020
#54 ARCHETYPES with Dr. Andrea Wojnicki
23:13

ARCHETYPES are shared, universal patterns that help us understand characters and stories.  We employ archetypes in both our consumption (of stories, movies, music) and our communication – of ourselves, our experiences and our brands. Learn about the stages in the hero’s journey and 12 common archetypes, one of which may describe you and/or your brand. […]

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Jul 13, 2020
#53 CRISIS LEADERSHIP & VIRTUAL TEAMS with Heather Stark
29:15

Are you leading a virtual team? Learn how to lead a virtual team and excel in a crisis. During a crisis, everything is magnified, including leadership skills.  Executive coach Heather Stark shares her “5C’s of creating a virtual culture” framework to help leaders navigate and excel in the new normal. (This is part 2 of […]

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Jun 29, 2020
#52 COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF EFFECTIVE LEADERS with executive coach Heather Stark
32:36

Effective leaders are effective communicators.  Executive coach Heather Stark shares how to improve our communication skills and why leaders need to be good listeners, authentic, proactive, inclusive, intentional and mindful. CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: Communication Skills for Effective Leadership  The #1 Communication Skill: Effective Leaders are Great […]

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Jun 15, 2020
#51 COMPETITION with open source strategy expert Mekki MacAulay
49:46

Competition, or rivalry over resources, encourages us to strive and excel.  Meet open source strategy expert Dr. Mekki MacAulay, who encourages us to create value by adopting an inclusive, transparent, open source mindset. According to Mekki: “90% of the equation is collaboration, helping, and communicating effectively.”

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Jun 01, 2020
#50 EMOTIONS with researcher & educator Tatiana Astray – podcast
51:01

Managing our emotional expressions is critical to effective communication. Emotions researcher Tatiana Astray helps us optimize our relationships and negotiation outcomes by taking responsibility for our emotional expressions. Learn about the difference between feelings and emotions, why we should express enthusiasm, how to manage negative emotions, and all about the positivity ratio. CONTENTS • Summary […]

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May 18, 2020
#49 PARENTING TEENS & ONLINE LEARNING with learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres
53:27

Learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres helps us in this time of physical distancing and online schooling with parenting philosophies and online learning tactics, including optimizing our children’s workspace, setting boundaries, and celebrating! LINK to printable SHOWNOTES: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Shownotes-49-PARENTING-TEENS-ONLINE-LEARNING-with-Kimberley-Acres.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: PARENTING TEENS & ONLINE […]

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May 04, 2020
#48 PRESENTING WITH CONFIDENCE with Andrew Musselman
38:25

On presenting with confidence. Learn how to create a compelling presentation, then present it with confidence. Tips for your body language (posture, feet, hands), remembering to pause, projecting strength, warmth, authenticity and passion, and sticking to your one key message. ? PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES WITH SUMMARY: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Shownotes-48-PRESENTING-WITH-CONFIDENCE-with-Andrew-Musselman.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion […]

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Apr 20, 2020
#47 HOW TO DELIVER A COMPELLING PRESENTATION with Andrew Musselman
49:02

Do you know how to prepare and deliver a compelling presentation? Guest expert Andrew Musselman shares presenters’ most common mistakes, what to do if you think you’re losing your audience, and how to successfully incorporate video clips, humour, and storytelling into your talk.  PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Shownotes-47-COMPELLING-PRESENTATIONS-with-Andrew-Musselman.pdf CONTENTS References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s […]

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Apr 06, 2020
#46 – BIOHACKING TIPS to Boost Your Immunity with biohacker Oksana Andreiuk
51:12

How about some biohacking tips to boost your immunity and to fight off viruses like Covid-19? Biohacker Oksana Andreiuk (M.Biotech) shares her advice on boosting your immunity through specific biohacks associated with sleep, nutrition and supplements, exercise, stress management, taking a cold shower, and intermittent fasting. Biohacking is modifying your internal and external environments to […]

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Mar 23, 2020
#45 NETWORKING with executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin
42:27

Are you good at networking? Executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin shares her advice on how to be a better networker, including why it’s critical to attend events, how to thrive at small talk, how to leverage LinkedIn, and the ideal networking mindset. CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: NETWORKING MINDSET […]

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Mar 09, 2020
#44 HOW TO CONDUCT AN INTERVIEW with improviser, host & podcaster David Shore
31:01

Do you know how to conduct an interview? It could be a job interview, an information-seeking interview, a journalistic interview, or perhaps for entertainment purposes – like an interview that’s presented as a written article, a live interview onstage, or – a podcast interview! Improviser and podcast host David Shore shares his advice, including how […]

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Feb 24, 2020
#43 POSTURE & BREATHING with Dr. Nadine Kelly, YogiMD
45:42

Proper posture and breathing can make us better communicators! Dr. Nadine Kelly (YogiMD) shares breathing and posture tips, relaxation techniques (deep breathing, alternate nostril breathing,  combining breathe with a mantra), differences between the parasympathetic (rest & digest) versus the sympathetic (fight or flight) phase, and why nasal breathing is healthier than mouth breathing.   Podcast: https://talkabouttalk.com/43-posture-breathing-with-dr-nadine-kelly-yogimd […]

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Feb 10, 2020
#42 TELLING YOUR STORY with best selling author & legal veteran Norman Bacal
47:54

Do you know how to tell your story effectively? The story you tell could be at work in conversation with your boss, in a job interview, or perhaps you seek to write a novel? Best-selling author and legal veteran Norman Bacal shares how stories are impactful because they connect us through our emotions and life […]

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Jan 27, 2020
#41 LISTENING with author, consultant, & legal veteran Norman Bacal
41:16

Listen, as Norman Bacal, author, consultant, and 35 year legal veteran, shares his insights and stories about how active listening can help you not only learn, but also improve your relationships with co-workers, clients, family, and friends.  You will learn strategies for active listening, including the ideal mindset for listening, what to project, how narcissists are […]

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Jan 13, 2020
#40 – 19 COMMUNICATION SKILLS from 2019
23:55

An efficient summary of the 19 Communication Skills from 2019, including the words we say, types of implicit communication, tips for specific people & contexts, & important meta learnings.  ?PODCAST LINK: https://talkabouttalk.com/40-19-communication-skills ?PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SHOWNOTES-40-Year-End-Review-The-19-COMMUNICATION-SKILLS-We-Learned-in-2019.pdf   Guest Experts & ? Episode Links THE WORDS WE SAY OUR LANGUAGE Josep González – Polyglot & TFS Head of School […]

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Dec 26, 2019
#39 Communicating with NEGATIVE PEOPLE – with HR expert Tamara Finlay
29:03

Working with difficult or negative people can be stressful. Learn reasons why people act so negatively and what you can do about it. Human Resources expert Tamara Finlay suggests diagnosing the issue using the SCARF model, then shares specific Do’s and Do-Not’s, depending on whether it is your peer, your subordinate or your boss. ?Printable […]

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Dec 16, 2019
#38 GIFT-GIVING
22:51

Gift-giving is a highly symbolic form of communication. Are you a good gift giver? In this podcast you will learn how to think about gift-giving more rationally, with research-based tips about what matters and what doesn’t. Here’s a hint: We should worry less about how much money we spend. It’s typically the “low substance, high […]

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Dec 02, 2019
#37 COMMUNICATION MEDIA: Phone or Email – with HR expert Tamara Finlay
32:37

Do you know when to use the phone or email?  What about text, social media, and face-to-face meetings? How do you feel when you hear the phone ring?  In this podcast episode, HR expert Tamara Finlay shares advice and frameworks to help you choose the ideal communication media or platform to optimize your communication.  Link […]

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Nov 18, 2019
#36 Talking YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH with Nicole German, founder of The Maddie Project
40:16

Youth mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression are common. Nicole German, founder of The Maddie Project, shares her experience and thoughtful advice to parents, family members, coaches, teachers, anyone who interacts with youth.  We need to step-it-up with awareness, empathy, and advocacy. “Anything we can do is goodness.” Doing little things and doing […]

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Nov 05, 2019
#35 LET’S TALK ABOUT MONEY with Kelly Harper, experience strategist
38:51

Why is it so difficult to talk about money? Does your family have a budget? Do you have an updated will?  What about a power of attorney?  Listen and learn as experience strategist Kelly Harper shares strategies for talking to your partner, your parents, your children and your friends about money.  ?PODCAST: https://talkabouttalk.com/35-money ?SHOWNOTES in PDF: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SHOWNOTES-35-TALKING-MONEY-with-Kelly-Harper.pdf […]

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Oct 26, 2019
#34 LESSONS FROM THE IMPROV STAGE with Sandy Marshall & Sandy Jobin-Bevans
45:07

Lessons from the Improv comedy stage can help us improve our communication skills! Comedians Sandy Marshall and Sandy Jobin-Bevans share their expertise – and a few laughs – including playing the scene you’re in, the beauty of mistakes, knowing your audience, testing your audience, “YES-AND,” burning a suggestion, and more! Whether you’re pitching for business, […]

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Oct 16, 2019
#33 Communicating AUTHENTICITY with Ana Serrano
47:01

Authenticity is important for both people and for brands. But what does it really mean to “be authentic”?  Ana Serrano (CFC chief digital officer) shares her expertise on authenticity, including how the digital realm has amplified the performative nature of authenticity and how inauthentic “green-washing,” “art-washing” and “social impact washing” on behalf of brands can backfire. Printable (PDF) […]

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Oct 08, 2019
#32 HOW TO CONQUER YOUR EMAIL INBOX
29:04

How many emails do you have in your inbox? Need some tips on how to conquer your email inbox? You can increase your productivity and reduce your email anxiety by doing three things: (1.) making behavioral changes; (2.) employing technology hacks; and (3.) effectively managing our sent mail! The first thing to do is to […]

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Sep 25, 2019