Welcome to First Thursday! On the first Thursday of each month, Corporate Speech Solutions features an expert that has a skill or expertise that will enhance your professional skill set. Today, we wrap up this year’s series by reviewing the strategies and skills shared by the professionals that have been featured in 2016. Take a look at the highlights below, and revisit the blogs that address your particular set of challenges and goals:
January: Do your e-mails convey a confident, professional tone? Jack Appleman, author of the top-selling 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing, helps you learn to tone down your e-mails and craft professional, articulate communication that gets results.
February: In February, “The Healthy Living Expert,” Margaret Marshall joined me for a chat about strategies for maintaining a powerful, dynamic professional voice.
March: The mantra of professional business trainer, author, and professional speaker Francis Fernando’s is “an extremely confident individual is an extremely successful individual.” In this blog, Francis and I discuss how to integrate confidence into your professional communication.
April: Pauline Kehm is the president of Perform to Potential, a coaching and training company that helps professionals create careers they find both rewarding and meaningful. Check out her guest blog on developing a strong professional presence that will make colleagues and clients alike sit up and take notice.
May: Jess Todtfeld, CSP, is one of the top media training, speaker training, and communication experts in the US. In his guest blog, Jess gives a crash course on social proof, that all-important force that shows your prospective clients that others trust and endorse you (and they should too!).
June: Do you know how to connect with your stakeholders? Cathy DolanSchweitzer, President and Founder of Health Well Done, joined us for a blog on how you can use communication to help you connect with your stakeholders and take your business to the next level.
July: If you’re lucky enough to land a television interview or other high-exposure public appearance, you want to make the most of it. Jay Townsend, a political consultant who specializes in helping people communicate their unique message provided some great strategies for getting your message out in the most effective way possible.
August: Can you imagine one day waking up to find that you speak with a completely new accent from a place you’ve never been? Our own intern, Debbie Waldman, wrote about an extremely rare speech issue called foreign accent syndrome that had recently been featured by both Good Morning America and CNN.
September: When you chose your career as a CPA, you might not have thought about how well you communicate with others. But poor communication can hurt the bottom line and short-circuit your career. I teamed up with Jack Appleman, a corporate writing expert, to provide three easy tips for CPA’s for mastering their speaking and writing skills.
October: Casey Carpenter, CEO of The Sales Breakthrough Coach, works with companies to improve their sales communication and sales leadership, and close more deals. In her guest blog, Casey provides strategies for using communication to connect with your potential clients and improve your bottom line!
November: Do you make the most of your social networking media? Last month we were joined by Marc W. Halpert, nationwide LinkedIn trainer and evangelist, with a guest blog on how you can use LinkedIn to connect with and make an impression on your potential clients.
Thanks for joining us for a great year of expert advice and strategies for taking your communication to the next level!
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