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How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot with the Media in One Easy Step

[by Howard Fencl, Hennes Communications] Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbles through an interview with 60 Minutes veteran Lesley Stahl, seemingly ignorant to basic facts about U.S. public schools. She blows the perfect opportunity to “up” her embattled reputation with the enormous audience the program always delivers. Later, she issues tweets bemoaning the report saying Stahl […]

Public Speaking Is the #1 Skill That Will Make You Stand Out. Here Are 4 Simple Ways to Master It.

From Kindra Hall, writing for Public speaking can feel overwhelming and maybe even terrifying, especially if you don’t do it often. Whether it is a simple presentation to just a few co-workers or a huge event to a ton of people and your career depends on it, the first instinct is usually panic. However, because […]

What Women Can & Cannot Control About Their Leadership Presence

By Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D You may have a leadership title, or tremendous leadership potential, but that in itself doesn’t give you leadership presence. These are typical comments I hear when asked to coach an up-and-coming female whose career has stalled: “It isn’t that she couldn’t do the next job. It’s that no one on the […]

10 Body Language Myths That Limit Success

From our industry colleague, Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D, writing in CommPro: Body language plays a key role in your career – from your first job interview to the ongoing process of building professional relationships to being perceived as having  leadership presence. But not everything you’ve heard about body language is accurate. Don’t limit your success by buying into […]

You Can’t Fake It When It Comes to Confidence

From Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D.: Think about a time when you needed to project confidence but felt uncertain or insecure. How did you handle it? Did you try to hide these feelings and just “fake it ’til you make it?” If you did, it probably didn’t work. The problem is that attempting to suppress genuine […]

Corporate Attorneys & The Court of Public Opinion

[By Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications] “The house could be burned down before you even smell smoke.”   In 2009, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics set out to study how the court of public opinion can shape legal controversies. The sources were the people on the front lines – responses gathered from a questionnaire sent […]

Body Language: Telling Your Team How You Really Feel

From one of our favorite columnists, Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D: Do you know that your team is constantly evaluating your emotions through cues in your body language – and that they can do so in a fraction of a second? At the Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the University of Glasgow, researchers found that it […]

Q&A: NPR’s Audie Cornish on the Intimacy of Interviewing

From Poynter: A great interview is one of the journalist’s most powerful tools. It can be informative, entertaining, thoughtful.  Here, an interview with NPR’s Audie Cornish Jesse Thorn: You have worked at NPR for like 95 percent of your professional career. Is there an NPR way of doing things, do you think? Audie Cornish: There definitely is. And, […]

BBC Interview Goes Awry & Viral

[By Bruce Hennes, Hennes Communications] The blogosphere lit up with smiles this past Friday after a toddler photobombed Robert Kelly’s Skype interview with the BBC from his home in S. Korea.  Kelly, a political-science professor, was discussing the South Korea impeachment scandal from his home office with a door closed behind him.  As the questioning […]

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