Your Success is Dependent on Presence and Breath
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by Hilary Blair
2w ago
A new year is perhaps only a turn of the calendar, yet for many of us, it’s a call to commit more fully to ourselves. Whatever your resolution – to change, to grow, to eschew the act of making resolutions. Whether you call them new commitments, intentions, maybe renewed promises, or revised goals: For Business Success for Personal Growth for Peace and Happiness. If you’ve made any commitment to your personal or leadership success in 2023, consider an essential truth: Success needs Presence, and Presence needs Breath. The Impact of Being Present No matter the goal, there is an underlying and ..read more
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Your Voice Is Your Great Untapped Communication Tool
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by Hilary Blair
5M ago
Using your voice more effectively, efficiently, and easily allows you to be more authentic and fully yourself in expression and connection with others. Your speaking voice is a powerful element of your expression of ideas and leadership. That’s obvious, especially in the field of law, where legal arguments are spoken aloud and verbal negotiations are an essential part of the process. What’s not so obvious is the perception of our voices – how people feel about what we say and how we say it – is critical to the success or failure of our communications. Fortunately, we have control over our voic ..read more
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Communication Tip: Get To Communicate As You
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by Hilary Blair
7M ago
You don’t communicate like anyone else. That’s just how it is. Your unique and individual style shines through. Let it. You don’t have to force it. You don’t have to work at it – you don’t have to focus on standing out to be original. You are, by nature, your unique self. Allow that to show and live in and through you. Even if you are encouraged to share a company message a certain way, spend more time bringing yourself to it, vs. so much energy needing to change the words or images to fit you. There is space for both – but one is not more original or authentic than another. Which pr ..read more
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Your Voice Is Essential On Your Team
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by Hilary Blair
7M ago
Your voice needs to be heard. Your voice is essential in the various groups or teams you’re a part of. It needs to be heard with your family, in your organization, in a place you volunteer, or on your team at work. Speaking up for things you believe in is important. We’re doubling down on communication skills in the fight for voices to be heard. There is a commitment not only to conversations happening but also dialogue. We encourage people to use various communication tools that make a difference in people being present for each other and creating relationships. The unique skills you acquired ..read more
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7 Tools For Facilitating Meetings
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by Hilary Blair
8M ago
Running meetings and facilitating conversations is an overlooked superpower.  The cool thing is that this is a superpower that can be taught, trained, coached, and facilitated. I was one of those teachers/trainers/coaches for whom intense training on facilitation allowed me to become more effective in trainings and meetings. I wasn’t even aware of what I was missing until I was trained on the numerous nuanced skills of facilitation.  It’s incredible how many companies talk about facilitating meetings, yet spend no time, money, or focus on training their members in facilitation excell ..read more
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Potential Costs of Unkindness in the Workplace
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by Hilary Blair
8M ago
A lack of kindness in the workplace takes its toll on all levels of a business. Sometimes we are aware of the level of kindness we exercise in our lives and other times we are not. Recently, I was coaching a team leader and noticed it was easy for him to respond sharply or, as he said, “I get real pokey – fast.” He would immediately strike out with aggressive energy and defensive words when he felt challenged. He attacked versus taking a step back, getting curious, and understanding the situation to create a better connection. He was aware of his response – not necessarily proud of it – and y ..read more
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Facilitating Meetings: 7 Tools to Assure Goals Are Met 
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by ccauthon
9M ago
Running meetings and facilitating conversations is an overlooked superpower.  The cool thing is that this is a superpower that can be taught, trained, coached, and facilitated. I was one of those teachers/trainers/coaches for whom intense training on facilitation allowed me to become more effective in trainings and meetings. I wasn’t even aware of what I was missing until I was trained on the numerous nuanced skills of facilitation.  It’s incredible how many companies talk about facilitating meetings, yet spend no time, money, or focus on training their members in facilitation excell ..read more
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Team Humor Can Build or Damage Trust
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by Robin Miller, PhD, PCC
10M ago
Team connection can be supported or destroyed by humor. During the pandemic, teams and leaders found themselves in stressful moments. These moments either caused us to rise to the occasion or show our worst sides. While coaching in a group training last week, it was refreshing to have a leader make this confession to the group. He said he needed to apologize for his sarcasm over the past few years. I thought I hadn’t heard him correctly and asked him to repeat. He repeated that he needed to apologize to someone in the group because he’d been responding with sarcasm repetitively. The eyes of th ..read more
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Communication Tip: Humor is Essential and Challenging
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by Hilary Blair
10M ago
Humor. We need it in our communication at work, in groups, on teams – in our personal life too. The humor landscape is constantly changing which has us misstep as well. How can this topic be so heavy and hard?! I spent a year on Clubhouse co-hosting a weekly room on humor in the workplace — I have never been in such a serious space week after week! Humor is essential and counterintuitively a super-serious topic. And we can’t allow the difficulty of navigating humor to keep us from trying! Kathy Klotz-Guest MA, MBA brings helpful insights and guidance to the world of humor. “Anyway… People ..read more
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Communication Tip: Prune for Growth
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by Hilary Blair
10M ago
What are you cutting out and pruning to make room for new growth? Programs? Old habits? Content that no longer serves as it did? Language that needs updating? Burdensome processes? Cut it back and see all the new growth waiting to spring forth. And there may not be room for all of it – so be selective about what you truly want to grow. Cut back and pull out the extra that keeps you and your team from thriving. Fairly obvious, I must be working in the garden and yard this weekend. Vivid reminder. Gardening always offers up analogies. There is so much green ready to appear as I clear out the dea ..read more
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