Helps to be S.M.A.R.T.

November 18, 2019By Dale KleinCommunication Style|Goal-Setting|Presentation Skills

You’ve probably guessed it by now but S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym and most likely one with which you’re familiar.  Aren’t acronyms great?  (I like them because I believe they help us retain information in a creative way.) In a couple of months I’ll have the privilege of speaking to an association targeting emerging leaders.  They’re … Read More

Size Doesn’t Matter

July 9, 2018By Dale KleinCommunication Style|Distractions|Interpersonal Communication|Job Success|Time, Communication Style|Goal-Setting|Presentation Skills, Communication Style|Job Success

When I have the privilege of coaching a new client to sound his or her best, I often begin by requesting that they complete my corporate communication self-assessment. Of the brief list of questions, I include a statement about confidence addressing a small audience vs. a large audience. While there are always exceptions, the majority … Read More

Connection Counts

May 30, 2018By Dale KleinCommunication Style, Communication Style|Goal-Setting, Communication Style|Goal-Setting|Presentation Skills, Communication Style|Internal Dialogue|Interpersonal Communication|Motivational|Public Speaking

Ever feel like you’re the odd person out? Or that you simply don’t fit in? Most of us have had this experience first hand and generally find it undesirable. It’s pretty normal to want to be accepted whether it’s in a personal or business situation. For ease of discussion, let’s refer to it as the … Read More

Self-Assess: Did You Check the Box?

March 16, 2018By Dale KleinCommunication Style, Communication Style|Distractions|Interpersonal Communication|Job Success|Time, Communication Style|Goal-Setting, Communication Style|Goal-Setting|Presentation Skills

Most of us are pretty quick to evaluate or self-assess. Whether we prefer to give ourselves a letter (e.g. B+) or numeric (7 out of 10) rating, this is the norm. Of course we also hear feedback from our peers and colleagues along the way (e.g. “Great job,” “You rock!” “Way to go!”). Notice that … Read More

6 Reasons Perfection isn’t the Ideal Goal for Speakers

January 12, 2017By Dale KleinCommunication Style|Goal-Setting|Presentation Skills, Communication Style|Internal Dialogue

Back in 2014, Forbes Magazine contributor Nick Morgan wrote: “In public speaking, perfectionism is the enemy. Embrace instead the imperfect, the human and the lively. Embrace passion, not perfection.” This is excellent advice and something I consistently impart when coaching my clients to sound their best. Here are six solid reasons to revisit your drive … Read More