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Elon Musk Says Great Leaders Focus on This 1 Thing Before Everything Else  "... the crux of being a good leader..." (are) "the learned behaviors of how to relate to people in a way that galvanizes them to produce great work and love what they do."  (Inc., 3 minutes)

6 Tools for communicating complex ideas Here are six tools to help you communicate complicated ideas to audiences—whether you are sitting down for a one-on-one, leading a company all-hands meeting, or just trying to make sense of something yourself. (Kellogg Insight, 5 minutes)

I was shocked by his email to my client  I was shocked by the terseness and unfriendliness of the email. Worse yet, it was from my sub-contractor to an important client.  I was ready to tear into him, until I had an epiphany.  My own emails sounded just like his. (Skiba blog, 2 minutes)

To communicate effectively, understand your audience  I was at a networking event, and met a senior manufacturing executive whom I considered meeting over coffee afterwards.  By the end of the event, he had inadvertently persuaded me otherwise. (Skiba blog, 2 minutes)

The 1 Sentence That Will Make You a More Effective Speaker Every Time: This one simple trick will make your speeches clear, concise, and compelling every time.   The concept of 1 sentence applies in other areas as well.  In 1 sentence, what are you looking to accomplish in this meeting? ... during this networking event? ... with a product/service?  This approach creates needed focus. (Inc, 4 minutes)

Trying to be Persuasive? Here's What You Are Most Likely Doing “We observe that people express more emotion even in categories where that might be odd and potentially less effective.”—Derek Rucker (Kellogg Insight, 6 minutes)


If I understood you, would I have this look on my face? In addition to his acting career, the author is an expert in communication and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.  Written with the sense of humor he brought to his role as Hawkeye Pierce in Mash. (Alan Alda, 200 pages)

Talk like TED: The 9 public-speaking secrets of the world's top minds (Carmine Gallo)

The Storyteller's Secret:From TED speakers to business legends, Why some ideas catch on and others don't (Carmine Gallo)

Own the Room: Business Presentations that Persuade, Engage & Get Results (David Booth, Deborah Shames, Peter Desberg)


10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation  When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. In this insightful talk, (Celeste Headley) shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."  (TED Talk, 11 minutes)

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