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Category: credible communication

mixed message

Don’t inadvertently send a mixed message!

Back in October 2015, I wrote one of my regular columns for Profit Magazine on the five-step method for crystal-clear communication.  It focused on how to give directions to employees in a way that they understood and acted – the

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The Importance of Powerful Positive Phrasing

There are many different things which can get in the way of employees acting on a message. And if you’re struggling with trying to get your employees to act on a message, you’ve reached the right place. Today, I’ll be

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"any" versus "some"

“Any” versus “Some”; one is better than the other

Your choice of words matters.  Take, for example, “any” versus “some”.  The two words have different polarities. “Any” is negatively polarized: it ordinarily occurs in declarative sentences that are negatively framed and usually inappropriate in those that are positively framed. 

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crisis leadership

Crisis leadership – who’s doing it well, and how

In times of crisis, leadership is tested. And how you behave in difficult circumstances is what will ultimately define you as a leader. The COVID-19 pandemic is a living case study of how to lead (or not) in the face

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Communicating upward? Think bullet points

I’ve written in the past about how it’s important to modify your approach when you’re communicating upward, including in this column – How to persuade and influence senior management – that I wrote for CFM&D Magazine.  I was reminded of

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To make the sale, show value to your buyer

What does it take to make the sale?  I’ve always believed that if you want people to buy — buy your product, or your service, or even you — then you need to show them, clearly, in brilliant technicolour, the

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