Lead Online Meetings – blog

February 23, 2021Newsletter No Comments

Do you encourage engagement when you LEAD ONLINE MEETINGS? I have a quick STORY for you… Recently when I was leading an online corporate workshop, I noticed that about 1/2 of the participants had their cameras turned OFF. (For the record, I prefer cameras are on, but it’s not necessary.) The workshop went well and the group was interactive, especially … Read More

#70 ONLINE MEETINGS 2: Engagement & Leading

February 22, 2021Podcast Episodes No Comments

Leading online meetings (virtual meetings) is a challenge. Staying focused and encouraging others to participate is a huge challenge!  Learn 4 tactics to encourage engagement in others, plus tips on what we ourselves should be doing during virtual meetings. Link to Printable Shownotes HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS Summary: PARTICIPATING: What to do during online meetings LEADING: … Read More

Combating Zoom Fatigue – blog

February 16, 2021Newsletter No Comments

Combating Zoom Fatigue In last week’s ? podcast episode we focused on how to PREPARE so we can excel in online meetings. In this week’s newsletter, let’s shift to combating “ZOOM FATIGUE.”  Have you noticed more and more people complaining about feeling exhausted? Fortunately, there are habits we can adopt to overcome Zoom fatigue!  Based on some research (e.g. HBR … Read More

#68 Communicating Your PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE (2)

February 10, 2021Podcast Episodes No Comments

Actionable advice on how to communicate your personal brand online, including 3 KEY PRINCIPLES of personal branding, plus instructions for how to UPDATE, PARTICIPATE and MONITOR your personal brand online. LINK to printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/68-COMMUNICATING-YOUR-PERSONAL-BRAND-ONLINE.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Transcript SUMMARY: Communicating Your Personal Brand ONLINE Personal Branding = Proactively Managing Your Identity Personal branding … Read More

Online Meeting Preparation Checklist – blog

February 9, 2021Newsletter No Comments

Your Online Meeting Preparation Checklist ONLINE MEETING PREPARATION… do you know what to do? Virtual meetings are now the norm. That goes for both professional as well as personal communication. image: Unsplash @ becihannah In 2020,  Zoom was the #1 most downloaded app in the App Store and the #2 most downloaded app overall (after TikTok)! Nowadays we … Read More

#69 ONLINE MEETINGS 1: Prepare for Success!

February 8, 2021Podcast Episodes No Comments

Here’s your online meeting preparation checklist! We cover technology requirements and recommendations, your physical space, and your personal appearance. Preparation can fuel success in virtual meetings. Link to Printable Shownotes HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes Link to Printable “Meeting Prep Checklist” HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/69-ONLINE-MEETINGS-Preparation.pdf (see pg. 3) CONTENTS Summary Online Meeting Prep Checklist Resources Transcript SUMMARY: PREPARING FOR ONLINE … Read More

Developing Your Personal Brand

February 2, 2021Newsletter

Let’s Develop Your Personal Brand! It’s time to develop your personal brand. PERSONAL BRANDING, or proactively managing our identity, is important.  But it can also be overwhelming.  Let’s take it one step at a time! Last week I wrote and podcasted about HOW TO COMMUNICATE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE. This is a great place to … Read More

ONLINE Personal Brand – blog

January 25, 2021Newsletter

On COMMUNICATING Your ONLINE Personal Brand –  QUESTION: Do YOU have a “Personal Brand”? ANSWER:  Of course you have a personal brand.  We all do!  The real question is: how actively are you managing it?  PERSONAL BRANDING is reputation management or impression management. Ideally, your personal brand transcends both personal and professional contexts. Managing your personal … Read More

INTRODUCTIONS, How to Introduce Yourself, Writing Your Bio

January 19, 2021Newsletter

On INTRODUCTIONS – Every week in these newsletters, we focus on improving our communication skills.  Let’s back up.  What about INTRODUCTIONS?  Well, clichés exist for a reason… “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” “A first impression is a lasting impression!” “Hi.  I’m Andrea!” Read on to learn all about INTRODUCTIONS: How … Read More

Networking Online Blog

January 12, 2021Newsletter

These days, we’re all NETWORKING ONLINE.  Read on to learn: general networking advice reasons you should be optimistic how to approach people when you’re networking online tips for following up with people when you’re networking online Let’s do this! ? THE PODCAST For this timely podcast, I interviewed Sharon via Zoom.  Sharon has so much positive energy! Sharon … Read More

#67 ONLINE NETWORKING with Sharon Mah-Gin

January 11, 2021Podcast Episodes

Online networking is the only networking these days! Executive recruiter Sharon-Mah-Gin shares advice on how to approach people when networking online, how to follow-up, as well as general networking advice. There are many reasons to be optimistic! Just remember: “With true networking, it’s really not about you. It’s really about building relationships with like-minded people. … Read More

focus-blog

January 5, 2021Newsletter

Let’s focus. 2021 has the potential to be an amazing year. Certainly, there are some things we can’t control, but many things we can. It just takes a little FOCUS. Read on to learn how you can leverage your awareness and ability to FOCUS. FOCUSING can help you succeed in many contexts: focusing your New Year’s … Read More

#66 Trending Communication Topics, Insights & Recommendations

December 27, 2020Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

Top 3 lists from Andrea and Talk About Talk, including the top 3 Talk About Talk podcast episodes and newsletters, Andrea’s favorite podcasts, plus communication insights from 2020 and focus areas for 2021. Printable shownotes with links: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS • Summary & Resources • Transcript SUMMARY & RESOURCES Top 3 most downloaded Talk About Talk … Read More

Step-it-up in online meetings – blog

December 8, 2020Newsletter

Step-it-up in online meetings – A few weeks ago I was participating in an online meeting, actually a “Communicating with Confidence” presentation to an organization via Zoom.  During the Q&A at the end, a young, ambitious manager asked me, “As a junior person who isn’t leading meetings, I have limited opportunities to be heard in online … Read More

culture-in-today’s-environment-blog

December 1, 2020Newsletter

This week we’re talking CORPORATE CULTURE. “Culture” is relevant for all kinds of leaders, whether you manage a project team, you coach a sports team, or you’re a c-suite executive. Now might be the ideal time to build a strong culture – yes, even with physical distancing limitations and WFH. This is an opportunity that’s being handed to you “on … Read More

Online Meetings – blog

November 24, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

ONLINE MEETINGS Online meetings as in “remote meetings,” “Zoom meetings,” “virtual meetings”… Remember this?  ? image: Unsplash @ febrianzakaria Questions for you: Have YOU ever “multi-tasked” when you were supposed to be focused during an online meeting? Checked your email or social media? Do you ever wonder whether the people with their cameras turned off in online … Read More

Update your personal brand online – 10 steps

November 10, 2020Newsletter

Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to COMMUNICATE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE. (image: Unsplash @ samish_18) Let’s do this!   10 Ways to Communicate  Your Personal Brand ONLINE!   FIRST – KNOW YOUR PERSONAL BRAND Personal branding is a popular term these days.  But identifying your unique personal brand can be overwhelming. … Read More

#62 HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE with Andrew Jenkins

November 2, 2020Podcast Episodes 3 Comments

Step by step instructions on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Volterra founder Andrew Jenkins shares how to use LinkedIn for creating your personal brand,  networking, thought leadership, marketing, and job-searching. Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS SUMMARY REFERENCES ANDREA’s INTRODUCTION TRANSCRIPT ANDREA’s CONCLUSION HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE Section-by-Section LINKEDIN PROFILE GENERAL ADVICE Consider your … Read More

Talk About… SMALL TALK

October 27, 2020Newsletter

On SMALL TALK – online & IRL! Recently I read a comment about making SMALL TALK on Zoom calls. Interesting, right? Video-conferencing has become so normalized that phenomena like small talk applies.  The SMALL TALK advice and insights below apply whether you’re communicating online or IRL.  Read on to learn: What is Small Talk? 5 … Read More

#60 THE POWER OF STORYTELLING with influencer & speaker Bobby Umar

October 5, 2020Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

Storytelling is a superpower.  Influencer and speaker Bobby Umar shares how storytelling can elevate your personal brand and your identity as a thought leader. For marketers, storytelling is a powerful tool to facilitate consumers’ resonance with brands. Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS SUMMARY REFERENCES ANDREA’s INTRODUCTION TRANSCRIPT ANDREA’s CONCLUSION Summary: THE POWER OF STORYTELLING STORYTELLING IS … Read More

Video-conferencing and Improving our Zoom Skills

September 1, 2020Newsletter

Zoom Skills: How to improve your VIDEO-CONFERENCING skills.   How are your video-conferencing / Zoom skills?  (image Unsplash @ visuals) Since COVID-19 was declared a world-wide pandemic in March 2020, Zoom has become: one of the most downloaded apps one of the fastest growing companies part of our common vocabulary, a generic term for video-conferencing in … Read More

CRISIS LEADERSHIP & LEADING VIRTUAL TEAMS – blog

June 30, 2020Newsletter

This week we focus on two specific leadership contexts, CRISIS LEADERSHIP  and leading VIRTUAL TEAMS. How’s that for timely? Whether you’re managing a corporation, leading a project, coaching a sports team, or parenting your children, chances are you can improve your leadership effectiveness.     ? The Podcast: CRISIS LEADERSHIP & VIRTUAL TEAMS Executive coach Heather Stark is back to … Read More

Talk About LEADERSHIP – blog

June 16, 2020Newsletter

This week it’s all about LEADERSHIP. My Dad always had a sign on his desk that said, “LEAD, FOLLOW or GET OUT OF THE WAY.” It’s not quite clear who said this first, but we all need to know our role, right? If you ever play the role of LEADER, this blog is for you. … Read More

#52 COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF EFFECTIVE LEADERS with executive coach Heather Stark

June 15, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Effective leaders are effective communicators.  Executive coach Heather Stark shares how to improve our communication skills and why leaders need to be good listeners, authentic, proactive, inclusive, intentional and mindful. CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: Communication Skills for Effective Leadership  The #1 Communication Skill: Effective Leaders are Great … Read More

Talk About Open Source Strategy & Competition – blog

June 1, 2020Newsletter

This week we’re moving on from EMOTIONS and NEGOTIATIONS to COMPETITION and Open Source Strategy! Read on to learn about: Podcast #51 – COMPETITION with open source strategy expert Dr. Mekki MacAulay (Un)Healthy Competition – and what do do about it! Open Source Strategy 101 – your primer! You can skim this blog or click on … Read More

Talk About… NEGOTIATION – blog

May 25, 2020Newsletter

Negotiation. It’s something we all do, be it negotiating our salaries, a sales price, or our childrens’ bedtimes!  Read on for:  5 little-known negotiation tips 3 master negotiators negotiating quotes from familiar names  Let’s do this! 5 LITTLE-KNOWN NEGOTIATION TIPS 1️⃣ Don’t Be Selfish! It’s certainly advisable to come prepared to a negotiation knowing what you want and … Read More

#45 NETWORKING with executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin

March 9, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Are you good at networking? Executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin shares her advice on how to be a better networker, including why it’s critical to attend events, how to thrive at small talk, how to leverage LinkedIn, and the ideal networking mindset. CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: NETWORKING MINDSET … Read More

Talk About… How to be a good NETWORKER

March 8, 2020Newsletter

Do you know how to be a good networker? I remember when I was in business school, I kept hearing how we all need to become a “good networker.“  What exactly does that mean? Coincidentally, my personal New Years resolution for 2020 is to “get out there with real people in real life.”  Apparently, that … Read More

Talk About… TELLING YOUR STORY

January 27, 2020Newsletter

This week we focus on TELLING OUR STORY – as in writing fiction and non-fiction, the power of metaphors, talking to the media, and why we all need a personal 60-second infomercial! Let’s do this! ? This Week’s Podcast: TELLING YOUR STORY I just released this week’s ?podcast, focused on TELLING YOUR STORY with best-selling author, consultant and … Read More

Talk About … LISTENING and Remembering Names and Small Talk

January 13, 2020Newsletter

Listen here… I hope you had a good week.  Did you have a chance to INTRODUCE anyone – using the skills we learned about last week? This week’s newsletter theme and ?podcast is on LISTENING. I can’t wait to introduce you to our guest expert – author, consultant, and legal veteran Norman Bacal. But before we get … Read More

#41 LISTENING with author, consultant, & legal veteran Norman Bacal

January 13, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Listen, as Norman Bacal, author, consultant, and 35 year legal veteran, shares his insights and stories about how active listening can help you not only learn, but also improve your relationships with co-workers, clients, family, and friends.  You will learn strategies for active listening, including the ideal mindset for listening, what to project, how narcissists are … Read More

Talk About… Introductions

January 6, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

An INTRODUCTION to the New Year! Did you have a restful break? Are you feeling inspired about 2020? I am so excited about 2020. ? My plan is to continue to focus on upping our COMMUNICATION SKILLS with: weekly email newsletters, bi-weekly podcast episodes, some new things that you will be the the first to hear about though this email blog! … Read More

Talk About… Dealing with Difficult People

December 17, 2019Newsletter

This week we’re talking about a topic that was suggested by several of you: “How to Deal with Difficult People.” You know – the difficult ones, the grumpy guy, the trolls, the “NO man,” the toxic-types…  You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more. Let’s do this… ? The Podcast: “How to … Read More

Talk about…. Communication Media

November 19, 2019Newsletter

This week we’re talking about which Communication Media we should employ. If you’ve listened to the Talk About Talk podcasts, you know that I ask every guest expert 5 Rapid Fire Qs, including “what is your go-to communication medium for personal conversations?”  The answers vary widely – from face-to-face, to phone, to text, and more. … Read More

Talk & Learn about… how to Conquer your EMAIL INBOX!!!!

September 26, 2019Newsletter

Hello!!! Last week we tackled a rather negative, but very important topic:  how to give negative feedback….  (NOT like this!) This week, we tackle another topic that Talk About Talk listeners suggested: How to conquer your EMAIL INBOX!   You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more! Let’s do this…. ?PODCAST EPISODE … Read More

#32 HOW TO CONQUER YOUR EMAIL INBOX

September 25, 2019Podcast Episodes

How many emails do you have in your inbox? Need some tips on how to conquer your email inbox? You can increase your productivity and reduce your email anxiety by doing three things: (1.) making behavioral changes; (2.) employing technology hacks; and (3.) effectively managing our sent mail! The first thing to do is to … Read More

Talk & learn about … How to give NEGATIVE FEEDBACK

September 18, 2019Newsletter

This week we focus on negative or constructive feedback – “softening the blow,” as they say.  You can skim this short blog or click the links to learn more! Let’s do this…. ?PODCAST EPISODE #31: HOW TO GIVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK You ASKED for it … One of the most common Qs that I receive is, “how can … Read More

#31 HOW TO GIVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK with Dr. Andrea Wojnicki

September 18, 2019Podcast Episodes 3 Comments

Giving negative feedback is challenging and stressful. You will learn the mindsets, do’s & don’ts, and frameworks to help you give negative feedback effectively. Be constructive. Don’t make it a surprise, don’t joke around, don’t threaten the person. Be empathetic (compliment in public, criticize in private), be objective and professional, and LISTEN. Make sure that … Read More

Talk & Learn About…. CHANGE

August 27, 2019Newsletter

I hope you enjoyed the  3-episode ?Talk About Talk series focused on on SELF-TALK!  In case you haven’t had a chance to listen to all of them, here they are: #25: BUILDING RESILIENCE with Tosca Reno #26: SELF-TALK & MINDSETS with yours truly #27: POSITIVE SELF-TALK & the 3Es of WELLNESS with Tosca Reno Thanks again to Tosca Reno for sharing her … Read More

#28 COMMUNICATING CHANGE with professor & author Ellen Auster

August 27, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

Communication is a critical skill for effective change management, whether you’re leading change for an organization, a department, or for your family.  Professor Ellen Auster shares five common mistakes and 6 success principles for effective change communication, including embracing the politics, collective visioning, using mantras, building change fitness and focusing on relationships. SHOWNOTES Contents Key … Read More

Talk About – Your PERSONAL BRAND – blog

February 28, 2019Newsletter

This week we Talk About BRANDS (your personal brand, brand management frameworks & the top brands!)  ?FIRST – THE PODCAST For this week’s podcast, I had the privilege of interviewing CEO and team performance expert Michael Boydell. Sounds intimidating, right? But Michael is very down-to-earth and honest–AUTHENTIC.  He describes several exercises that anyone can run through … Read More