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Your ultimate level of success depends on your ability to express yourself in a creative, confident, and compelling way. Whether you speak, teach, or write, the same underlying principles of communication will guarantee excellence in whatever you do. The Communication Guys podcast teaches those timeless, universal principles and applies them to all forms of communication: spoken and written, personal and public, platform and small group. Tim Downs is a professional speaker, communication trainer, novelist, and cartoonist whose work has appeared in newspapers from the New York Post to the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Tom Barrett is an internationally recognized expert in the psychology of success who specializes in teaching communication skills, emotional intelligence, and business development to entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Your ultimate level of success depends on your ability to express yourself in a creative, confident, and compelling way. Whether you speak, teach, or write, the same underlying principles of communication will guarantee excellence in whatever you do. The Communication Guys podcast teaches those timeless, universal principles and applies them to all forms of communication: spoken and written, personal and public, platform and small group. Tim Downs is a professional speaker, communication trainer, novelist, and cartoonist whose work has appeared in newspapers from the New York Post to the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Tom Barrett is an internationally recognized expert in the psychology of success who specializes in teaching communication skills, emotional intelligence, and business development to entrepreneurs and business leaders.
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Your ultimate level of success depends on your ability to express yourself in a creative, confident, and compelling way. Whether you speak, teach, or write, the same underlying principles of communication will guarantee excellence in whatever you do. The Communication Guys podcast teaches those timeless, universal principles and applies them to all forms of communication: spoken and written, personal and public, platform and small group. Tim Downs is a professional speaker, communication trainer, novelist, and cartoonist whose work has appeared in newspapers from the New York Post to the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Tom Barrett is an internationally recognized expert in the psychology of success who specializes in teaching communication skills, emotional intelligence, and business development to entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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Episodes

The Incredible Power of a Name [E133]

3/25/2019
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Do you have trouble remembering names? You know the names of the people who are important to you, but what about all the co-workers, neighbors, and casual acquaintances in your life? One of the simplest and most powerful ways to “connect with your world” is by understanding the power of a person’s name. Episode 133 of the Communication Guys podcast is “The Incredible Power of a Name,” where the Guys explain why names are so important and give practical tips for remembering them.

Duration:00:29:37

Quick Tips for a Great Day [E132]

3/18/2019
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Did you know the United Nations wants you to be happy? It’s true. In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal,” and established March 20 as the annual “International Day of Happiness.” In honor of this week's “International Day of Happiness,” this Communication Guys podcast is “Quick Tips for a Great Day,” where the Guys suggest 5 simple tips for increasing your happiness today.

Duration:00:28:35

Tips for the Toughest Conversations [E131]

3/11/2019
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There’s a wise old saying: “Aim at nothing, and you’ll hit it every time.” Sometimes we rush into an important conversation without taking the time to consider what we’re really aiming at. What is the purpose of this conversation? What do I want from it, and how will I know if the conversation was successful or not? Episode 131 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Tips for the Toughest Conversations,” where the Guys give 5 tips for making sure your next important conversation starts on...

Duration:00:24:17

Don’t You Believe It [E130]

3/4/2019
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Do you ever lie to yourself? Self-talk is one of the most powerful forms of communication, because those are the messages you tell yourself. After all, if you’re the one saying it, it must be true—right? Not necessarily. Episode 130 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Don't You Believe It,” where the Guys describe 5 common lies we tell ourselves that affect the way we feel and influence the decisions we make.

Duration:00:26:28

How to Heal with Words [E129]

2/25/2019
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The bad news is that words have the power to wound, discourage, and destroy. Your words could be ruining your career or hurting someone you love. The good news is that words also have the power to heal. Used wisely, they can encourage, inspire, and even bring someone back from the brink of despair. Episode 129 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How to Heal with Words,” where the Guys describe the remarkable restorative power that words can have—in the hands of a skilled communicator.

Duration:00:26:26

How to Kill with Words [E128]

2/18/2019
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Words have the power to motivate, encourage, and inspire, but they also have the power to wound, discourage, and even destroy. Your words could be ruining your career or hurting someone you love without you even knowing it. Episode 128 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How to Kill with Words,” where the Guys explore the dark side of words and the unforeseen ways we might be using them to harm ourselves and others.

Duration:00:22:28

The Amazing Power of a Compliment [E127]

2/11/2019
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A simple compliment can help someone recognize their talent or potential, or it can motivate them to keep going or take a chance on something new. The right compliment has the power to redirect an entire life. Episode 127 of The Communication Guys podcast is “The Amazing Power of a Compliment,” where the Guys discuss the overlooked power of compliments, and why they’re so difficult to both give and receive.

Duration:00:27:29

The 1 Day Communication Challenge [E126]

2/4/2019
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You would be amazed at how much you can improve as a communicator in a single day. All you have to do is apply 5 simple but radical techniques that will leave people wondering at the remarkable transformation that’s come over you. Episode 126 of The Communication Guys podcast is “The 1 Day Communication Challenge,” where the Guys reveal those 5 life-changing techniques. Does it sound like we’re over-promising? Try it for one day and see for yourself.

Duration:00:23:25

How to Prepare for Successful Conversations [E125]

1/28/2019
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When you approach an important conversation, do your best-laid plans seem to vanish from your mind as you find yourself winging it and making regrettable mistakes? What are the most important things for you to remember? What do you need to review before a significant conversation begins? Episode 125 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How to Prepare for Successful Conversations,” where the Guys list the 5 most important things to keep in mind before any important conversation.

Duration:00:23:55

What the World Wants Most [E124]

1/21/2019
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Meet an NYU professor with a Ph.D. in Computer Science who decided to find out how most people finish those sentences. Last year he collected 600 million posts from Twitter to see if he could determine what people “wish, want, and love” most. Episode 124 of The Communication Guys podcast is “What the World Wants Most,” where the Guys reveal the 5 top wishes, wants, and loves of people everywhere. The findings might surprise you, and reveal some valuable tips for lasting happiness.

Duration:00:24:55

The 6 Rules of Storytelling [E123]

1/14/2019
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Do you know how to tell a great story? Some do, but the truth is that most do not. Everyone agrees that stories are able to connect powerfully with listeners, but only if you know how to tell your story well. Episode 123 of The Communication Guys podcast is “The 6 Rules of Storytelling,” where the Guys share 6 commonly overlooked principles that will help you shape and polish your stories for maximum impact.

Duration:00:23:31

Are You Numbing Them with Numbers? [E122]

1/7/2019
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Does your job involve presenting data or statistics? Have you ever noticed that your listeners begin to glaze over when you do? We live in the age of Big Data, but numbers have the unfortunate habit of putting people into a Big Sleep. In this week's episode the Guys describe 5 practical ways to make your numbers clear, compelling, and memorable.

Duration:00:27:38

Dealing with Last Year's Regrets [E121]

12/31/2018
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It’s the start of a brand new year, and everyone is advising you to set greater goals and higher expectations for the year ahead. But what about the goals you set last year? Did you fulfill all of them? Before you turn your eyes to the future, are there important lessons to be learned from your past? In this week's episode the Guys encourage everyone to identify the lessons of last year’s disappointments before setting goals and expectations for the new year ahead.

Duration:00:23:54

5 Ways to Become a Warmer Person [E120]

12/24/2018
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When you meet someone for the first time, they form an impression of you in a matter of seconds—and that first impression is very hard to change. According to research, the character quality that everyone instinctively looks for first is “warmth.” Do people perceive you as a “warm” person? In this episode the Guys discuss intriguing research in the social sciences that reveals the importance of personal warmth and give practical tips for developing that quality.

Duration:00:19:42

Do You Know What You Sound Like to Others? [E119]

12/17/2018
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Do you know what you sound like to others? Do your listeners perceive you as weak? Blunt? Rude? Overpowering? Sometimes our perception of ourselves doesn’t match the way we actually come across, and that’s when communication can break down. This week's episode is “Do You Know What You Sound Like to Others?” where the Guys discuss how to avoid career-endangering blind spots by learning to hear yourself the way others hear you.

Duration:00:27:12

What You Thought You Knew About Millennials [E118]

12/10/2018
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According to today’s guest, much of what you’ve heard about millennials isn’t true. She should know: She’s a millennial herself, and she built a nationally-known company by hiring only millennials. Today the Guys continue their interview with Kristen Hadeed, founder of the company Student Maid and author of the bestselling business book, “Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong.”

Duration:00:27:25

Permission to Screw Up [E117]

12/3/2018
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Did you ever make a major mistake in your business? Meet a woman who launched a cleaning business while she was still a college student, signed a contract to clean 800 apartments, then had 75% of her employees quit on their first day of work. Today the Guys interview Kristen Hadeed, founder of the company Student Maid and author of the bestselling business book, “Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong.”

Duration:00:26:21

The Epidemic of Loneliness [E116]

11/26/2018
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Do you ever feel lonely? Did you know that in a recent survey of 3,000 corporate CEOs, more than 50% described themselves as feeling isolated and lonely? The fact is, we’re now living in what many experts are calling an “epidemic of loneliness.” Episode 116 of The Communication Guys podcast is “The Epidemic of Loneliness,” where the Guys offer 5 insights into where this epidemic came from, why it’s become so prevalent, and what each of us can do to overcome it.

Duration:00:23:10

Why Gratitude is Good for Your Health [E115]

11/19/2018
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Are you a grateful person? Do you make a habit of expressing gratitude to others? We all love to receive gratitude, but did you know that there are tangible benefits for the person who gives it? Episode 115 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Why Gratitude is Good for Your Health,” where the Guys describe 5 personal benefits of a lifestyle of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners here in the U.S.!

Duration:00:24:21

Why We Make Bad Communication Choices [E114]

11/12/2018
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Do you suffer from a “brain bias?” We all do. A brain bias is a faulty way of thinking that’s hardwired into every human brain. They’re common to all of us, and they can lead us to make some very bad decisions about the way we communicate. Episode 114 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Why We Make Bad Communication Choices,” where clinical psychologist Dr. Tom Barrett explains how a brain bias works, and describes 5 common brain biases that lead us all to some bad decisions.

Duration:00:26:48