SUPERBLY SPEAKING: Communication and Influence Pivot Points

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Why I’m Willing to Pay You More, Much More

“The cost is irrelevant.” Have you ever justified a purchase or investment with similar words? Have you ever wished those you’ve been trying to influence felt the same way? I have. Most recently, I purchased a package of consulting services, for which I’ll have to travel across the country twice, for several times the cost of similar services here in San Diego. By the time […]

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Help: I work for a micromanager

Micromanagers get a bad rap, and understandably so. Their communication and management style, when not warranted, is costly in more ways than one. But not all micromanagers are created equal. Many micromanagers I’ve worked with don’t realize they’re hurting their teams. They feel justified to do so because they care about the bottom line… and about […]

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Your Free Strategy Session

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Welcome! My name is Maria Keckler, founder and president of Superb Communication. I would love to talk to you personally about the challenges that are keeping you and your team from achieving superb results. Apply for a free 30 minute strategy session right now.  Select a time that works for you, using my calendar below. My personal […]

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Three Engaging Openings for Better Presentations

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Imagine a Steve Jobs keynote opening with “Hi, my name is Steve Jobs. The name of my company is Apple” Or Howard Schultz opening a presentation with “Hi, my name is Howard Schultz and I’m here to talk to you about Starbucks.” Boring and not very engaging. Yet, thousands of business presentations going on today […]

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2 Activities to Develop Trust with Your Team

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You’ve developed the courage, compassion, integrity, wisdom, and generosity you think you need to lead your team. But “leading” your team can be hard to wrap your arms around. “What should I do first?” is a common question when there is so much to do. The first thing new leaders must do is develop and […]

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3 Ways To Transform Your Meetings

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Meetings may be necessary, but how much time do we spend in meetings that suck the life from our creativity and productivity? How often have we laughed, albeit ruefully, when someone makes the comment “Death By PowerPoint,” or “Death By Details,” or, as Patrick Lencioni wrote in his book, “Death By Meeting.” If we have […]

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Your Inbox May Be Dragging You Down

When was the last time your listened to your own advice? My turn came this weekend when I was finally paralyzed by 700 emails sitting in my inbox. Every one of them was dead weight cramping my productivity and creativity. Every time I opened my inbox I felt anxious over what could be falling through […]

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10 Ways to Ruin a Presentation

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I just finished reading Harvard Business Review’s article, How to Give a Killer Presentation by Chris Anderson, the curator of TED. If presentations and public speaking are part of your life, I highly recommend getting a copy of the full article, which addresses essential elements of persuasive presentations: framing your story, planning your delivery, developing stage […]

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Want Greatness? Be Generous.

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Is nobility of spirit a requirement for great leadership? Yes it is, and here’s why: Generous Leaders Are More Successful. Generous Leaders Build Committed Teams A generous leader creates a spirit of gratitude. Grateful people commit to the tribe with far greater frequency and fervency than those who are not grateful. And it all flows […]

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Four Words Can Reframe Your Leadership

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Some time ago, I was managing a software development team working on a new product prototype. Several high-powered, potential customers would soon be witnessing the anticipated  demonstration. Everything was in place and would go without a hitch, or so I thought. The equipment was configured, tested, and ready. What could possibly go wrong? On the […]

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How One Story Can Move Your Vision Forward

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If you have been following the 7 Stories Leaders Must Learn to Tell Well series, you know how important it is to build trust before gaining the audience’s permission to share your vision. Wouldn’t it be unfortunate to finally get to that point just to lose the audience’s attention?  I see it happen all the […]

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How to Make Vision Stick

I once heard a story about a distracted man who was walking along the road when he fell into a deep and dark hole. Over and over he tried to get out, but he couldn’t. So he cried out: “Help! I’m stuck in a dark hole and can’t get out!” A doctor, who was passing […]

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Why and How Leaders Communicate Integrity

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At some point a newcomer to your team has asked this question about you: “What’s she like?” Often the answer takes one of two extremes: An enthusiastic “She’s all-right!” or a shake of the head back and forth because it perfectly expresses what words can’t. Avoid the head-shake by developing and maintaining a life of […]

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4 Ways to Show Your Team You Care

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Shaky employee morale is a sore spot at every level of the organization. It happens at the top as much as within the team. “I’m tired of my team’s level of effort and their attitude… They just don’t care,” shared a frustrated manager. “What exactly gives you the impression your team doesn’t care?” I ask. […]

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