You know, umm, like Russian Parasites

You know, umm, like Russian Parasites

Today I am in Moscow.  доброе утро(“Good Morning” in Russian).  I just finished leading a workshop for a fantastic group of Russian executives from the pharmaceutical company #Valeant. I taught them about leadership and powerful communication.  They taught me something about speech. When someone is speaking and ummm, you know… like, ahh, uses sounds or words like ahhh, like so, ummm, you know… then this is what we call “Disfluent”. “Disfluencies” are any meaningless sounds or words that a speaker uses as fillers whilst thinking about what to say next….

A Tolerance for Silence 

A Tolerance for Silence 

Listening to Finnish entrepreneurs pitch, you would think it is a nation of Steven Hawkins voice impersonators with monotone, deadpan, and flat voices. But listen carefully and you will discover a real warmth underlying the cold exterior. What they taught me is that the Finns have a huge tolerance for silence.

7 Fatal Voice Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make when Pitching

7 Fatal Voice Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make when Pitching

7 Fatal Voice Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make when Pitching. Why some of the things you can’t even hear yourself saying may be killing your pitch and ruining your first Impressions

In my head I sound like George Clooney – deep and sexy. But when I hear a recording of myself, I’m reminded more of Stevie Urkel. The voice inside my head is a lie. Inside your head too. Learn why.

Entrepreneur Success Factor? Words-Music-Dance

Entrepreneur Success Factor? Words-Music-Dance

Many entrepreneurs struggle. Some fail, yet some entrepreneurs succeed beyond their wildest dreams. What is the difference? What is the one key success factor that separates the winners from the losers? The winners are almost always great communicators.