Talk Like a Leader

Talk Like a Leader

Tips, techniques, and insights for more effective leadership communication. Learn to apply powerful communication strategies to coach, inspire, and resolve conflict situations as a leader.

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November 30, 2021 9 min

A common concern expressed in our Bud to Boss workshops is getting the other person to speak in coaching conversations, project planning meetings, and conflict resolution situations. Basically, any situation where emotions might be running a bit high and the other person might be hesitant to share their perspective. In this episode, I’ll share three question foundations you can use in these difficult situations.

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    It’s easy to see other people’s blind spots. It’s also easy to ignore our own. Focusing on other people’s blind spots while ignoring our own seriously limits our ability to communicate. In this weeks episode, I’ll share some thoughts on how to overcome this communication challenge.

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    It’s tempting to look for the right words and to think in terms of phraseology as the key to effective communication. Remember that communication is about more than just the words you say. The write words with the wrong tone or body language can destroy your communication effectiveness. Likewise, poor timing or the wrong environment can also derail your efforts.

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    November 9, 2021 7 min

    I often here front line leaders express frustration and exasperation with what they cannot do in their role. This focus on what they cannot do often leads to doing nothing. In this episode, I offer thoughts on a different perspective – focusing on what you CAN do.

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    November 3, 2021 8 min

    Leadership communication is certainly about how you communicate directly with your team, and it is more than that. It also includes what you do to facilitate communication within your team and between team members. This week, I’m taking a look at how to do that better.

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    October 26, 2021 6 min

    Recently, a friend of mine told me about a situation where he made a “sideways” comment during a management meeting, and it bit him. In this week’s episode, I’ve got some thoughts to share with you about what sideways comments are and how they can hurt your leadership communication.

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    This week's episode is based on something I experienced while leading a workshop last week. I had an interchange with a class participant that reminded me of a powerful lesson in leadership communication.

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    October 5, 2021 11 min

    Assumptions work dangerously on two directions: the assumptions we make about others and the assumptions they make about us. Both of these types of assumptions can interfere with effective communication. In this episode I’ll look at both sides of the assumption challenge and suggest ways you can address each of them more successfully.

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    September 28, 2021 9 min

    Once you know your source of communication power, maximizing your power to become a better communicator is the next step. In this episode, I’m continuing and expanding the idea I started in the Know Your Source of Communication Power episode.

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    September 21, 2021 6 min

    Leaders rarely need to sell physical products or services to their teams, and that doesn’t mean they don’t sell. Instead of physical goods and services, Leaders sell ideas, concepts, commitment, motivation, and focus. Learning to Talk Like a Leader often means learning how to sell, and how you speak – what you speak about and how you say it – often makes the difference between getting buy-in and creating frustration. In this episod...

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    September 14, 2021 7 min

    There are three main sources of communication power you can lean on when you interact with others. In this episode, you’ll learn what they are and how they impact your ability to Talk Like a Leader.

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    September 7, 2021 7 min

    Blowing someone’s mind generally refers to surprising them in some way – usually in a good way. There’s also a way that you can blow someone’s mind that has a totally different result – probably in a bad way. It this episode, we’ll look at how this negative “blown mind” scenario and what you can do to avoid it.

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    This week, we're re-releasing one of our most popular episodes to date, Three Ways to Irritate Others and How to Correct It.

    In your Leadership journey, you will inevitably have to speak with someone who is irritated or angry. While you can’t avoid the situation entirely, you can learn to minimize the risk that you will be the one to aggravate the situation. In this episode, we’ll cover three communication strategies that are a...

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    People frequently ask – which DISC style makes the best leader? In this episode, I’ll give you my answer to that question. It might not be what you think.

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    August 10, 2021 11 min

    Viewing complex problems – like behavior change and goal achievement – triggers a problem for many of us. The problem is known as “binary bias” or the tendency to view the problem and it’s solution(s) through the lens of right vs wrong. This either-or viewpoint creates a communication problem that I’m addressing in this week’s episode.

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    There are many communication strategies used in common, everyday communication that don’t translate well to leadership communication. In this episode, I’m looking at five commonly used communication strategies that I recommend leaders replace with more effective alternatives.

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    While I recommend that leaders develop the skill of asking good questions, I also recognize that questions can be perceived as attacking or interrogating rather than inquiring. In this episode, I’ll share some thoughts about how to ask questions that come across more inquiring and less interrogating and critical.

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    I frequently get questions about why and how I use the DISC model. One of the questions is: “Is the DISC Model the best model for working with people?” In many cases, my answer is some version of: “It depends.” In this episode, I’ll address what it depends upon. I’ll also give you two questions you can use to better adjust to real time communication situations.

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    Using assertive communication can help your to communicate more clearly and completely, and it has a risk. It’s possible to try to communicate assertively and slip over the line in to aggressive, jerk-like communication. In this episode, I’ll share three key principles (and two bonus principles) to help you strike the balance between being too passive and too aggressive.

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