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That’s a Wrap for Sam Horn’s New LinkedIn Course on Communication

What an honor it was being asked to share my techniques for how to craft crystal-clear, intriguing communications in an online course for LinkedIn Learning. Thanks to the team above for making our filming such a fun, rewarding experience. Andy Rooney, who used to give the closing segment on the 60 Minutes TV show said, “Remember, you’re more interested in […]

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Share Your Story

A client preparing a presentation told me, “I know it’s important to share stories, but I don’t have any.” I told her, “We ALL have stories. Stories are simply the intriguing things that happen to or around us that are relevant to our topic and purpose.” She came back with, “But I wouldn’t know how to […]

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60 Inspiring Quotes from Women Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Founders

“Life may give you a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.” – Joyce Meyers A prospective client sent me his power point deck for his upcoming presentation. He asked for my feedback and I shared my opinion that it would be more effective if he had a better balance of quotes. He […]

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Never Again Give An Elevator SPEECH

“It’s not about you. It never was.” – actress Diane Keaton Do you know anyone who likes listening to a speech? Me neither. Speeches are lectures. Who wants to be lectured? That’s why, from now on, when someone asks, “What do you do?” never again TELL them. What?! Here’s an example to show what I mean. Years ago, I […]

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Do I Have to Be Funny?  Only If You Want People to Listen

“Laughter is the closest distance between two people.” – Victor Borge A client preparing a TEDx talk told me, “I know humor is important, but I’m not funny. Every time I try to tell a joke, it falls flat. ” I told him, “That’s why I suggest you DON’T tell jokes. They often come across as forced or false … which causes you to lose […]

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Why Never to End a Talk with “Thank You” – and What To Do Instead

Do you know how most speakers, managers and committee chairs wrap up their presentations and meetings? “Thank you for listening.” “We’re out of time. That’s it for today,” or “If you have any questions, please let me know.” Talk about leaving results on the table! From now on, instead of trailing off or ending with a passive close […]