Something You Should Know about Language


Self-Talk

April 22, 2014

 

Interview with Annette Simmons, author of the book Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact

 

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Mike Carruthers:
What really determines your level of overall happiness?


Annette Simmons:

If you are going to be happy it's because of the story you tell yourself about who you are and why you're here - and if you're miserable, same thing.
 


Annette Simmons

Meeting People & Creating Contacts

April 15, 2014

 

Interview with Anne Baber, author of the book Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Getting out there and meeting new people is extremely important in order to get ahead professionally and socially and yet…
 
Anne Baber:
About sixty percent of Americans are now saying that they are shy. That number has ratcheted upward from forty percent only ten years ago.

Anne Baber

Receiving Feedback From People

March 17, 2014

 

Interview with Sheila Heen, co-author of the book Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Supposedly we all want to get feedback from other people but sometimes feedback is hard to take.

 

Sheila Heen:
So feedback sits right at the junction of 2 core human needs; the 1st is the need to learn and grow.

 


Sheila Heen

Presenting Your Ideas Well

March 6, 2014

 

Interview with Carmine Gallo, author of the book Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you want to get ahead today you have to be able to communicate well and express your ideas verbally.

 

Carmine Gallo:
You can have great ideas but if you cannot communicate persuasively. If I can’t move you to action then my ideas don’t matter that much, do they?
 


Carmine Gallo

Preparing For Important Conversations

March 3, 2014

 

Interview with Ronald Shapiro, author of the book Perfecting Your Pitch: How to Succeed in Business and in Life by Finding Words That Work

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Think of all the times you’ve had to have serious even difficult conversations with people.

 

Ronald Shapiro:
You have a family financial squabble, you’re going to ask the boss for a raise, break a relationship up with a partner – these are really important conversations.
 


Ronald Shapiro

Ways To Improve Family Communication

February 17, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Carl Alasko, author of the book Say

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you want to improve your communication skills particularly within your own family…

 

Dr. Carl Alasko:
Don’t ask questions that don’t have an actual answer. And I put the main culprit the why question. Why didn’t you do your homework?
 


Dr. Carl Alasko

Improving The Sound Of Your Voice

January 2, 2014

 

Interview with Vocal Coach Roger Love, Creator of Roger Love's Vocal Power: Speaking with Authority, Clarity and Conviction (Your Coach in a Box)
 

www.RogerLove.com

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Choosing your words carefully may be important when you want to make a good impression, but, maybe not as important as you think.


Roger Love:

The words you speak only count for about 5-8% of whether or not anyone even believes what you’re saying.
 


Vocal Coach Roger Love

How To Handle Tough Questions

October 23, 2013

 

Interview with Jerry Weissman, author of the book In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions...When It Counts

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Are you good at handling tough questions? Want to be better at it? Then try a technique called buffering. 

 

Jerry Weissman:
Buffer is a paraphrase, and a paraphrase is a very carefully stated restatement of the question, stripping all of the emotion, all of the adjectives, going right down to the nouns and verbs of the key issues.

 


Jerry Weissman

Lost Art Of Conversation

September 2, 2013

 

Interview with Eileen McDargh, author of the book Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life's Complexities (BK Life (Hardcover))

 

http://www.eileenmcdargh.com/

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Something's missing in the workplace and it's called conversation.

 

Eileen McDargh:
I know that when I hear people tell me, "I've never seen my boss, all I see are emails" - and you don't get emotionally connected to an email.
 


Eileen McDargh

Grammar Myths

August 21, 2013

 

Interview with Patricia O’Conner, author of the book Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, 3rd Edition

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Back in school you were probably taught by your English teacher to never end a sentence with a preposition. 

 

Patricia O'Conner:
Well the truth is that people were ending sentences with prepositions for seven or eight hundred years, including Shakespeare and writers of the King James Version of the Bible.
 


Patricia O'Conner

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