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Experts Share Thoughts on Communication: A Frontline Festival

by | Aug 21, 2015 | By Karin Hurt, Frontline Festival |

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our August Festival is all about communication. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Festival is all about Building Effective Peer Relationships. New contributors welcome.

Refining Your Personal Communication Style

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. – Tony Robbins

According to David Dye of Trailblaze, new leaders often focus on making an impression. He suggests that’s the wrong place to focus your initial communication. Rather, effective leaders first communicate service and authenticity. Follow David.

Jeff Harmon of Brilliance Within Coaching advises that leading yourself requires that you slow down so you can assess and re-calibrate–and communicate with yourself.  Here are 19 questions to ask.  Follow Jeff. 

Robert Kennedy of RobertKennedy3.com relates that communication not only involves transmitting information but also involves being aware of the signals you receive in return.  Following some simple observations can increase the impact and power of your conversations dramatically. Follow Robert.

Melissa Lamson of Lamson Consulting admits there are still times when men have difficulty finding common ground with their female colleagues. As a result, some professional relationships suffer and the team doesn’t work quite as efficiently as it could. She offers tips to help men connect with female colleagues. Follow Melissa.

Scott Mabry of Soul to Work shares the importance of communicating and aligning our beliefs, as leaders, for the people we serve, and the importance of letting them influence and inspire our beliefs along the way. Follow Scott.

John Manning of Map Consulting says, “I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy and have demanding lives to lead. But what would happen if you made a commitment to set aside time to become a more engaging leader? I don’t just mean talking more to others in some sort of charming manner (although that can help). I’m referring to getting involved in other’s lives. Here are some tips how.” Follow John.  

Matt McWilliams of Matt McWilliams Consulting shares that good communication does not come naturally, even in the closest groups of people who have been together for years. So, communication must be taught and what is taught must be practicedFollow Matt.

Have you ever wondered, “Why is nobody listening to me?!” Leadership Coach Julie Pierce (Empowered by Pierce) shares the 4 critical questions to ask to make your communication count. Follow Julie.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame  shares that most communication is rife with jargon. To make a connection, learn to meet people where they are, understand their language and needs, and flex your style to build the relationship.  Follow Alli.

Stop talking. Questions make it worse. Don’t be yourself! Counterintuitive advice on how to have better communication, not just more communication from Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights.  Follow Skip.

Jim Ryan of Soft Skills for Hard Jobs discusses the importance of getting back to people quickly. Follow Jim.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership  observes that when people in the US work with people in other countries, we often expect them to adapt to our language and customs, without realizing how much more respectful it would be for us to adapt to them. She gives 8 simple and easy things you can do in your email communications that demonstrate your respect. Follow Jesse Lyn.

Communicating with Your Team

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. – Peter Drucker

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited gives tips to help you engage your more introverted team membersFollow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership simply states, “Conversations are the way that leaders get things done.”  Follow Wally.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader shares a post about strengthening and perpetuating communication throughout your team.  Follow Paul.

According to Dan McCarthy of About.com Management and Leadership, Many managers know how to “run” a meeting, but not all know how to “facilitate” a meeting. Meeting facilitation involves getting everyone involved in identifying and solving problems. Teams will almost always develop better, more creative solutions than any one manager could and will be more likely to support the implementation of the solutions.    Follow Dan.

Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog  presents three techniques for writing compelling dialogue that also serve as important ways to improve communication with your team. Follow Robyn.

Communicating Well in Challenging Situations

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw

Nikki Heise of Ridgeline Coaching shares a post giving leaders something to do when they hear the same “broken record” of resistance.  She explores the power of listening to and then acknowledging and validating people so they can get past objections and move to action. Follow Nikki.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement says that most often there is no continuity or rigorous examination of past attempts in communicating change. In such situations I see no reason to be surprised that most people just see random changes by whoever is in charge that just must be survived until the next random change. Follow John.

Barbara Kimmel of Trust Across America asks “How do low-trust leaders communicate when faced with a trust breach? Here’s a quick sampling of 10 one-liners pulled from the headlines over the past several weeks. Follow Barbara.

Terri Klass of Terri Klass Consulting notes that when we collaborate on a project, differences of approach can cause feisty debates with the people we work with rather than embracing perspectives that may be very different from our own. Here are four ways to communicate for collaboration.  Follow Terri. 

Jeff Miller of The Faithful Pacesetters asks “What are the consequences of leadership not being straightforward?” Misunderstood goals, Unchecked Improper Conduct, Destruction of an Organization. Follow Jeff.

When you are facing a change at work, home or community be sure to consider the grief process as you craft your message. Thanks, Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com  Follow Michelle.

The silliness of the way Hollywood movies and TV shows depicts the FBI is pure entertainment for someone like LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center! a former FBI agent. The danger that lurks, however, is that impressionable audiences actually start to believe all they see, read, and hear about bullying, intimidation, and rudeness. The fact is, FBI agents use persuasion to get the job done in the majority of cases, not brute strength and ignorance. Follow LaRae.

John Stoker of DialogueWORKS shares that the challenge in holding a conversation with someone who is in authority over you has to do with the quality of the relationship. This post breaks down how to talk to a boss and be more influential or even sell an idea or solution in a way that helps your manager understand the situation from a different perspective. Follow John.

Mightier than the sword: Ida B. Well’s battle against injustice inspires writers today. Thanks, Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  Follow Artika.

Call for Submissions. The September Frontline Festival is about Peer Relationships. Please send your submissions no later than September 10th. New participants (including LinkedIn Bloggers) welcome. Click here to join in!

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


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