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Decker Communications in USA Today Money

Decker founder Bert Decker becomes Chairman Emeritus, Ben and Kelly Decker to become Co-CEO's

July 22, 2021
The company announced today that founder Bert Decker will step down as Chairman and become Chairman Emeritus. Ben Decker, the company's CEO, will succeed him as Chairman and become Co-CEO with the company's President, Kelly Decker. Ben and Kelly look forward to continuing the proud legacy of Decker Communications and its transformational methodology built on the foundation of Bert's pioneering work in the industry.

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Decker in The Wall Street Journal

Just Look Me in the Eye, Already!

“Holding eye contact works best for 7 to 10 seconds in a one-on-one conversation, and for 3 to 5 seconds in a group setting, says Ben Decker, chief executive officer of Decker Communications, a San Francisco-based training and consulting firm. Mr. Decker, whose company has been in business for 34 years, says that people who avert their gaze too soon, or avoid eye contact altogether, are often seen as ‘untrustworthy, unknowledgeable and nervous.'”
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Kelly Decker on CBS SF Bay Area

Study Finds Eye Contact Declining with Rise of Smartphones

“Despite being increasingly connected, our collective attention span may be dropping. A new study of 3,000 people has found eye contact has dropped.” Mike Sugerman reports, featuring Kelly Decker.

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WSJ Live

What the End of Eye Contact Means for Your Career

“Eye contact is declining in both work and social settings, and it’s having a negative effect on our sense of emotional connection ability to influence or impress others. Work & Family columnist Sue Shellenbarger and Ben Decker, president and CEO of consulting and training firm Decker Communications, join Lunch Break to explain.”

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Decker Communications in USA Today Money

Don’t Kiss Off the Q&A

“Many speakers believe that once they’ve gone through their PowerPoint, they’re off the hook. They can answer a few simple questions and head for the exit. But speakers can make many mistakes when starting their question-and-answer session, says Ben Decker, president and chief executive of Decker Communications.”
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Decker Communications in the San Francisco Chronicle

Movers and Shakers

“The Decker Communications board of directors elected Ben Decker to the position of chief executive officer. Decker joined Decker Communications as president in 2005.”
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Decker Communications in Market Watch

Yahoo’s work-in-office move risky, but necessary

“When you want to influence, create emotion and build trust, the best situation to put yourself in is one that is in-person, eyeball-to-eyeball,” she [Kelly Decker] told MarketWatch. “Of course, simply putting people in a cube or office is only part of the solution. Those people actually have to get up, walk over to another team member and engage them in conversation, ask them for input or opinion.”
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Decker Communications in USA Today Money

How to Pick A Good Training Program

“It’s been 20 years since I took that training program, and still, each time I approach the speaker’s platform, all the important points of delivering a presentation rush to my mind.”
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Decker Communications in Market Watch

Zuckerberg vs. Page: Who’s A Better Speaker?

“Because earnings calls are “meticulously scripted,” it’s hard for executives to “come across as authentic and engaging,” said Kelly Decker, executive vice president at Decker Communications, a San Francisco firm that coaches communications for top executives.”
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Decker Communications in Media Bistro

Roll Call

“The Decker Communications board of directors elected Ben Decker to the position of CEO after identifying him as a key element in the company’s successful growth. ”
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Decker Communications in PR Newsire

Decker Communications Elects Ben Decker CEO

“With healthy revenue growth and a new CEO at the helm, Decker Communications Inc. continues to improve communications. Individuals become better, more effective communicators when they focus on what to say and how to say it.”
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Decker Communications in USA Today Money

At Work: Be Likable, concrete, clear to communicate well

“Lack of candor, ducking the truth, polarizing comments, smug smiles and jargon can do you in. They can hold back others from following your lead or awarding you with a promotion or job you want.”
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Decker Communications in Forbes

Top 10 Best and Worst Communicators in 2012 – and Lessons Learned

“Communication is global and instant; there’s no excuse any longer for not getting to know the rest of the world – just as it knows you.”
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Decker Communications in Business Insider

RANKED: The 10 Best Communicators of 2012

“One of the things that differentiates the leaders people gravitate to, connect with, and follow is their ability to communicate. That doesn’t just mean speeches. Informal events can take as much skill as a speech in front of thousands.”
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Decker Communications in Business Insider

INSTANT MBA: Don’t Overload Your Audience with a Bunch of Data

“‘Regardless of the industry, there’s a tendency to data dump information to clients, customers, and executives. In any communication experience, the goal should be to influence people to take action.’ Decker believes that every communication experience should have some key elements: a clear point of view, a specific action, and benefit.”
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