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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

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

Conversation Tips from a Founding Father [E113]

11/5/2018
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Did you know that one of America’s founding fathers made a lifelong study of conversational skills? He formed a club for his friends and colleagues whose sole purpose was to allow them to become better communicators. What did he learn from his years of study, and what can we learn from him today? Episode 113 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Conversation Tips from a Founding Father,” where The Guys recount 5 “conversational sins” identified by one of America’s first citizens. His...

Duration:00:25:41

5 Reasons to Enjoy Halloween [E112]

10/29/2018
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Of all the critical issues related to communication, what’s the most important topic of all? Not this one—this episode is just for fun, and we had a lot of laughs recording it. Episode 112 of The Communication Guys podcast is “5 Reasons to Enjoy Halloween,” where The Guys reminisce about their own memories of Halloween, and offer perceptive insights like “Candy is good” and “We all need to lighten up.” Will you be a better communicator after this episode? No—but you’ll be in a better mood.

Duration:00:24:26

How to Deal with a Victim Mentality [E111]

10/22/2018
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How do you deal with a person who always blames their problems on someone or something else? How do you relate to someone who constantly complains but never accepts advice, because they’ve cast themselves in the role of helpless victim? Episode 111 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How to Deal with a Victim Mentality,” where The Guys describe the characteristics of a victim mentality, and offer advice on the best way to manage a worker or loved one who has that mindset.

Duration:00:26:29

Are You Really an Entrepreneur? [E110]

10/15/2018
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Are you an entrepreneur? What exactly is an entrepreneur? Does the label rightly apply to anyone who starts a business, is self-employed, or has a clever idea? Or does that word imply something more? Episode 110 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Are You Really an Entrepreneur?” where The Guys describe 5 characteristics of a true entrepreneur, and what we can all learn from the great ones.

Duration:00:24:57

Tell Me a Story or Tell Me Goodbye, Part 2 [E109]

10/8/2018
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What are the critical elements in crafting a powerful story? As important as stories are in business communication, why do so many executives hesitate to tell them? When are the right and wrong times to include a story, and what are the biggest mistakes we make in telling them? Episode 109 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Tell Me a Story or Tell Me Goodbye, Part 2,” where The Guys continue their interview with Jerome Deroy, CEO of Narativ, on the increasingly important skill of...

Duration:00:24:08

Tell Me a Story or Tell Me Goodbye, Part 1 [E108]

10/1/2018
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Have you ever noticed that great leaders are almost always great storytellers? Why is that? What do they understand about the power of storytelling, and what can we learn from them? Episode 108 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Tell Me a Story or Tell Me Goodbye, Part 1,” where The Guys interview Jerome Deroy, CEO of Narativ, a company that teaches salespeople, Chief People Officers, executives, and teams the art of “business storytelling.”

Duration:00:24:30

Have You Plateaued in Your Career? [E107]

9/24/2018
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Have you reached a plateau in your career? Do you sometimes feel as if you’re standing still, while you’re forced to watch co-workers with no more education or experience than you get promoted to positions that you think you deserve? In Episode 107 of The Communication Guys podcast, The Guys explain the reasons why we hit career plateaus, and give 5 tips for preparing a response strategy that can help you move beyond them.

Duration:00:23:15

Know the Features but Talk About Results [E106]

9/17/2018
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Are you trying to pitch a product or service, but for some reason your customer just doesn’t seem interested? Are you proposing a partnership—either with a business colleague or with a romantic interest—but your proposal is being greeted with a yawn? You might be making a classic marketing mistake. In this episode of The Communication Guys podcast, The Guys describe the subtle differences between features, benefits, and results, and the role that each plays in making a successful pitch.

Duration:00:23:14

How to Beat Burnout Before it Beats You [E105]

9/10/2018
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Have you lost the ability to find pleasure in things you normally enjoy? Do you struggle with a sense of fatigue that you just can’t shake? Do you feel as though you’ve lost passion, creativity, patience, and tolerance with others? You may be suffering from burnout. In this episode, The Guys describe how to recognize the early symptoms of burnout and how to deal with it before it takes control of your life.

Duration:00:26:43

Dealing with Conflicts Before they Become Conflicts [E104]

9/3/2018
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Why do park rangers lob explosives onto a mountainside to purposely start an avalanche? Answer: Because the avalanche you start yourself is the easiest one to control. Episode 104 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Dealing with Conflicts Before they Become Conflicts,” where The Guys explain how to deal with disagreements while they’re still minor grievances and before they erupt into full-blown battles.

Duration:00:25:40

How to Keep a Conversation Going [E103]

8/27/2018
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Do conversations feel like a boulder you’re trying to roll uphill? Do your interactions with others seem like a fire that’s always about to go out—and it’s up to you to somehow keep the fire going? Do you feel like you’re always the one who has to carry the conversation? In this episode, The Guys give 5 practical tips for keeping a conversational fire burning and turning an exhausting burden into an effortless delight.

Duration:00:24:49

The Soft Skills are the Hard Skills [E102]

8/20/2018
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Your current skills allowed you to land the job you have now, but what are the skills that will allow you to hold on to that job in the future? What are the skills that future employers will value most—the skills that will allow some to advance, while others remain stuck where they are? In this episode, The Guys describe 5 increasingly important but commonly neglected business skills that no successful person can afford to ignore.

Duration:00:25:50

How to Interrupt Without Being Obnoxious [E101]

8/13/2018
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How many times are you interrupted in the average day? Does it make you feel angry or disrespected? The truth is, sometimes you have to interrupt, so how do you do it in a way that doesn’t make you seem rude, annoying, or thoughtless? In Episode 101 of The Communication Guys podcast, the Guys describe the delicate art of cutting in without creating anger and resentment in your listener.

Duration:00:23:30

6 Small Things that Make a Big Difference [E100]

8/6/2018
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In business as well as relationships, we sometimes make the mistake of focusing on the larger issues and forgetting that there are small things that have the power to make a remarkable difference. In this Communication Guys podcast, the Guys describe 6 simple, easy, but commonly overlooked practices that can greatly increase our ability to connect with others.

Duration:00:31:48

The Persuasive Power of Humility [E99]

7/30/2018
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Do you ever get tired of conversations where everyone is competing for the spotlight and bragging about their accomplishments? Is boasting, resume padding, and inflated claims of past achievement the only path to success in your career? In today’s episode, the Guys discuss an undervalued and overlooked quality that’s finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. If you really want to learn to stand out from the crowd, this episode is for you.

Duration:00:23:08

How the Best Get to the Top [E98]

7/23/2018
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How important are communication skills to overall business success? What communication abilities do all great leaders share? What communication blunders do we commonly commit that might limit our career potential? Episode 98 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How the Best Get to the Top,” where The Guys interview Valerie Norton, Chief People Officer of Habitat for Humanity International, about the critical role of communication skills in career advancement.

Duration:00:22:45

Help, I'm Talking and I Can't Shut Up [E97]

7/16/2018
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by words? What did Francois Fenelon mean when he warned us, “The more you say, the less people remember?” Does endless chatter sometimes seem like a form of mental pollution—and are you contributing to it? In this episode, The Guys discuss the incredible power of brevity and explain why, when it comes to modern communication, sometimes less is more.

Duration:00:20:42

5 Things to Never Do with an Audience [E96]

7/9/2018
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Do you know what to do to connect with an audience in a powerful and compelling way? Do you know the five things that a communicator should NEVER do? In today’s Communication Guys podcast the Guys describe 5 common and seemingly innocent mistakes communicators make that can sabotage your ability to connect with a listener.

Duration:00:24:07

Thought Bombs [E95]

7/2/2018
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A powerful quotation has the power to lift your spirits, give you new insight, and even change your whole outlook on life. It’s like a “thought bomb” that goes off inside your head and sends shock waves throughout your mind and heart. In Episode 95 of The Communication Guys podcast The Guys present some of their favorite quotations to set off some mental fireworks and get you thinking about what it really means to “connect with your world.”

Duration:00:29:41