Category Archives: Influence

4 Secrets Every Leader Needs to Influence their Boss When Communicating Up
11 Jul

4 Secrets Every Leader Needs to Influence their Boss When Communicating Up

I have never believed that you need a title or position of authority to manage and influence your boss. You just need to be a thought leader who can be trusted. Great leaders don’t want “yes” people. They want confidential advisors and insightful partners who will help them to think differently and challenge, not reinforce, […]

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Decision-Making Skills to Rapidly Achieve Top Results
07 Feb

Decision-Making Skills to Rapidly Achieve Top Results

Decision-making is one of the critical leadership skills for executives as they continue to be promoted within an organization. Unfortunately, lots of leaders you come across are weak in that area. Weak decisions at the top will sap the strength out of an entire organization’s corporate DNA. Don’t let fear of deciding paralyze you into […]

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Are You Increasing Your Credibility Meter?
29 Nov

Are You Increasing Your Credibility Meter?

One of the things I hear all the time, from those who make high-level leadership position promotion selections, is that their candidates are capable, but not 100% credible. They lack the depth expected of them in those top roles. As one senior executive told me, “Sarah, I don’t just need them to be ready to […]

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Are You Ready to Innovate?
27 Sep

Are You Ready to Innovate?

Managing company relationships up, down, and across the organizational grid is fundamental to the success of driving innovation. Innovation needs to be viewed not in an isolated way but as a collaborative mindset and culture. Those who want to inspire it need to exhibit thought leadership coupled with savvy communication skills. While bringing others aboard […]

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Master These Powerfully Influential Keys to Persuasion
12 Jul

Master These Powerfully Influential Keys to Persuasion

A huge part of leadership communication is knowing how to successfully employ results-oriented communication that will consistently influence others like decision makers and team players. To lead with inspiration, conquer sales objections, and win approval for your ideas, you have to connect in such a way that doing what YOU want becomes what THEY want. […]

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Powerfully Communicate to Engage, Influence, & Persuade
26 Apr

Powerfully Communicate to Engage, Influence, & Persuade

One of the most pervasive obstacles to superior communication success that I have observed is that many people hear the word “persuade” or “sell” and they think that it is a manipulative behavior. Don’t let doubts undermine your communication power, and remember that persuasion is not manipulation. If you believe that you are promoting and […]

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29 Sep

Exude Powerful Presence Leading Influential Meetings

Nowhere is your status and capability as a thought leader more conspicuous than when you stand up to lead a meeting or give a presentation. Unfortunately, most people enter these situations unprepared to take advantage of this kind of golden opportunity. Instead of exuding outstanding executive presence they do just the opposite and shoot themselves […]

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Do you Communicate with Impact?
01 Jul

Do you Communicate with Impact?

  Listen to the podcast       Here are four ways to improve your communications – whether those are over the phone, board room presentations, or electronic messages like email. #1 Cut Out the Fluff The key to clear and potent communication is to use only as many words as necessary to get the […]

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How Do You Speak to Own C-Level Leadership Influence?
28 May

How Do You Speak to Own C-Level Leadership Influence?

  Listen to the podcast       I am asked by some of the largest corporate organizations to help their executives speak more effectively and influentially to the C-Suite. What’s the most common problem area I encounter? Most leaders who speak don’t adhere to the most important technique, which I call “piloting the plane.” […]

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Fuel Executive Leadership with Speech & Presentation Mastery
28 Apr

Fuel Executive Leadership with Speech & Presentation Mastery

  Listen to the podcast       Let me share four great tips for organizing your presentations and speeches. Instead of visualizing yourself getting up and making a big, important speech, think about whether you could be cool and confident just introducing someone else who is going to speak. My guess is that you […]

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