Archive for the ‘Effective Communication’ Category

CorpTalk and Siemens at STIA + 2014 DC: Simple Means to Rich Ends

Friday, December 5th, 2014
CorpTalk and Siemens Keynote graphic recording

When it comes to corporate well being, we diagnose the conversation, not the people. Conversation is the cure.

When I think about the STIA + 2014 DC conference (Nov 5-9), where I was honored to co-keynote our CorpTalk and Siemens cultural transformation success story, “simple means to rich ends” comes to mind. (more…)

Talk to Me: Tell Me Your Work Stories

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Talk to Me

Many of you have been asking, “Maria, when are you going to write the book?”

Well, I’m doing it. And here’s the update.

I took a short sabbatical where I thought through what would make the most difference to others. Twenty years in the trenches has allowed me to really process my own crucial learnings and distill the heart of my experience in order to pull through what I believe has the most value. (more…)

Keeping Conversation Channels Open: 10 Essential Tips

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Serious Conversation 1How would you rate your conversation skills at work? Research indicates that we think of ourselves as better communicators than we really are. What usually happens is we tell ourselves we got it right and the other person got it wrong.  After all, I was clear. But it’s up us to ensure that the message sent (what we intend to say) is the message received (what the other person really hears). Here are 10 essential tips for keeping conversation channels open

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Practice Makes Perfect – Especially when it Comes to Communicating

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Practice Makes Perfect—especially when it comes to communicating.

We often take communicating for granted—after all, everyone can talk. But, like anything in life you want to get good at, it takes a lot of practice to be a truly effective communicator. (more…)

Why Everything and Everyone Counts for Effective Communication

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Effective CommunicationTo achieve truly great things at work—to innovate, activate, and motivate—it’s all about effective communication. You have to cultivate an open dialogue with colleagues and important stakeholders. When people are really talking, the business is progressing. When people stop talking, the business stops progressing.

It’s that simple. (more…)