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Conquering the Post-New Year’s Blues

Conquering the Post-New Year’s Blues

This year, my New Year’s Eve wasn’t spent in a fancy gown, drinking champagne, and watching fireworks. Instead, I was home in front of the fireplace, writing, reflecting, and planning. Oh. And there was a glass of wine, of course. After midnight struck, I promptly curled up in bed at 12:03 feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and…

The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business

The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business

The Most Common Lie You Tell Yourself in Business We are drowning in data. We are living in sensory overload. So, the first challenge for an influencer (or any person, for that matter) is to focus. To build the skill of ignoring the inconsequential and honing in on the valuable. Having observational focus in a…

Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down

Why You Should Flip Your Speech Upside-Down

Flip Your Speech Upside-down You like to talk about yourself. It’s okay. Everyone love to. We’re just wired that way. Besides, you’re a cool person with cool experiences, so why wouldn’t you?  Think about it. You have a microphone pointed at you with a roomful of people staring at you who have been told that you are the…

Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses?

Are Your Triggers Your Weaknesses?

In my training programs on stage and online, I share the 10 most common motivational and influential triggers. These are underlying desires and tendencies that we all have in varying degrees. An influencer’s job is to identify which triggers are more effective for specific people. After speaking at an event for a law firm with…

How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity

How to End A Speech … and Generate Opportunity

  Speaking in front of any group is stressful enough. Speaking with the added pressure to generate more business from that speech is another level of stress. One of my clients called me because he was facing that daunting situation. He was tasked with delivering a 30 minute speech to 150 financial industry colleagues. His audience…

Communication Hierarchy: Identifying how and when to reach out

Communication Hierarchy: Identifying how and when to reach out

And now, I may surprise some of you…. I prefer texting over phone calls. WHAT?! From a communication specialist, that’s sacrilege!  Give me a moment to present my case before you decide to burn me at the stake. I have a hierarchy of communication method preferences … as do you. We all have our stated…

The Controversy Over Emojis

The Controversy Over Emojis

There are many emoji haters out there. To be honest, I don’t understand why. I love emojis! I wish there were more emoji options. Say, let’s get rid of the smiling poo and add more facial expressions. … Oh, who am I kidding, keep the smiling poo. People who don’t like – or look down…

Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think

Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think

It seems as though everyone has their own texting pet peeves. The other night, I was talking to a woman who despises getting a reply text that just says, “k.” Some of my friends hate texting entirely. They would prefer a phone call – you know, like the olden days. Other friends complain about people who…

Your Pressure Meeting Power Plan: How to prepare for critical moments

Your Pressure Meeting Power Plan: How to prepare for critical moments

This is it. Everything you’ve worked for comes down to this one meeting. All of the phone calls, emails, marketing and preparation boils down to this question: Can you be influential in this one moment? No matter who you are, no matter how many times you have done it, nervousness creeps in. The best of…

Proof You’re On the Path to Influence (or Not): Conversational Signs Your Influence Is Working

Proof You’re On the Path to Influence (or Not): Conversational Signs Your Influence Is Working

In a previous post, I talked about the difference between communicating and influencing. Influence means that a goal is attached to your conversation. While you are in the conversation, you look for evidence to gauge if you’re being influential or not. I’d say that the process of actively looking for evidence – the Observe section…

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Verizon

Shari illustrates ways to enhance awareness and identify those cues which will enable you to break-through communication barriers to build stronger connections. Working with Shari is an empowering experience leaving you feeling inspired and equipped to make a big impact in your world!

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ConocoPhillips

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