The Principle of Recency

I recently came across this video about public speaking, and one of the most important points made is the Principle of Recency. Essentially, the Principle of Recency is that people remember best, what they hear last. That's important for how you conclude your talk or presentation because that's what people will remember! I think this principle also comes into play when you are leaving a job, or moving to another company. How you leave a job can Continue Reading

Presentations: What I Learned from a Shark

Flipping on the TV, I'm hooked. One of the 'sharks' from Shark Tank is giving a couple of entrepreneurs a lesson in presentation.  I'm watching intently as the 'shark' informs these entrepreneurs pitching their business - that their attention is being directed in the wrong place. While most of the investors are already 'out,' and aren't interested in investing in this couples' business, the couple is ignoring the one who clearly wanted to put his Continue Reading

Start living the life you want!

What does it take to live the life you want? After speaking to a group of women who work in technology, a few of them came up afterwards to say 'thanks!' Being curious, I asked them what their 'takeaway' was from the talk and a panel discussion about work/life balance. Interestingly enough, a young woman looked me in the eye and told me she learned it was up to her to live her life the way she wants, and determine for herself what makes her Continue Reading

How the most effective leaders keep calm

One of the questions that recently came up in my Facebook group, High Impact Executives, is about leaders and CEO's who are able to remain calm under pressure. I wrote about the superpower of equanimity here related to my experience as a news anchor - especially during crazy breaking news when we literally threw out the scripts for the newscast and flew by the seat of our pants (talk about adrenaline rush)! At the same time, as an anchor, you Continue Reading

Are you choosing to be visible in your career?

One of my clients recently talked about his need to ‘raise his visibility’ at work. He’s hard-working, has a measure of success in his field, and appears to be well-liked by his team. And yet, he seems to be practically invisible to his supervisor and his supervisor’s boss. I asked him what he makes of that? (Long pause). And he told me that until now, he was “comfortable” being invisible. He didn’t draw attention to himself, did his work, and Continue Reading