The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was actually a Captain Kirk mask, painted white, due to low budget.
Did you know that? I sure didn’t – I was so darn focused on how frightening he was. (Although after reading this fact on an airplane, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.)
This is a great reminder that the audience only gets what you give them.
And what do I mean by that?
That amazing analogy you skipped right over? They’ll never know.
The feature you were supposed to highlight with your laser beam, but the batteries stopped working? They didn’t know you had a laser.
The degree of panic and nervous jitters that swarmed in your stomach? Only if you show them through nervous gestures instead of confident ones. If it helps, try to fake it ‘til you become it.
So don’t walk off that stage and kick yourself for forgetting something, and don’t make a big deal when there is a technical snafu. Proceed as usual, and remember that your confidence will carry you through.
Ever have the experience where you get an email asking if you and another colleague are willing to talk, huddle, brainstorm or follow up on a new initiative? Contrast these two examples: “Can you meet for 30 minutes on Thursday between 9-11am to discuss the new initiative? If not, give … Continue reading →
We love the ideas, stories and behaviors we see on Shark Tank. Unless you’ve listened to this interview with Barbara Corcoran, however, you might underestimate how important the behavior category is. What they don’t show you on TV is how long contestants wait before beginning their pitch. As Barbara tells … Continue reading →
The essence of communicating is creating an experience. Here’s the problem: It’s unconscious. We don’t think about the experience that we create. Most of us don’t even know we create one. That’s why Apple’s new ads about experience (like this one) caught our eyes. Here’s an excerpt (that we adapted … Continue reading →
“I hope you won’t be offended. I’ve been practicing the Decker Grid™ on my 2 ½ year old son…Holy smokes. What a great parenting tip!” The Decker Grid™ keeps your message listener-focused with an action and a benefit. You will reach your listeners if you can successfully answer the question, “What’s in it … Continue reading →
We’re over a week in to February — perilous territory for we New Year’s resolution-setters. How are your goals for the new year holding up? When we make promises to do something differently, start something new, or stick with a plan, what we’re really attempting is behavior change. It takes 21 … Continue reading →
Soft skills have a bad rep – they’re a nice-to-have, not a need-to-have. Things like time management, team work, problem solving, ability to take criticism, and of course, communications. Training for them is the first to get slashed from the budget, to get pushed back in the calendar, and if you … Continue reading →
Typically I video blog about a communication in current events, or who’s communicating well and who seriously needs some coaching. But today, I’m talking about taking risks in your own communication. Take a look!
The Harris Interactive Poll came out on Monday measuring how Americans view some of the world’s largest companies. The poll revealed companies’ reputations based on six categories, suggesting that a firm’s brand identity is closely tied to how they come across with their communication. HuffingtonPost.com did a Top 10 Most Disliked … Continue reading →
I love gnocchi. Love. Gnocchi. In my humble opinion, it’s one of the most delicious, perfect things to eat. My favorite Italian restaurant Incontro has the best I’ve ever had. The amazing thing is that gnocchi is crazy simple. It’s mind boggling that potatoes, flour and eggs can combine to … Continue reading →