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Join us in our search for what makes a great communicator? How do leaders use their communication skills to inspire, create trust, and influence? It’s not easy. What did they do to get better? Listen bi-monthly to how you can improve your communication skills and take the steps to be a great leader in business. Tune in to hear each guest’s “failure ta-da” and see how they learned from a failure. Plus, check out the Three Stars, in which Joel distills what we learned into actionable points you can apply in business and in everyday life.

Join us in our search for what makes a great communicator? How do leaders use their communication skills to inspire, create trust, and influence? It’s not easy. What did they do to get better? Listen bi-monthly to how you can improve your communication skills and take the steps to be a great leader in business. Tune in to hear each guest’s “failure ta-da” and see how they learned from a failure. Plus, check out the Three Stars, in which Joel distills what we learned into actionable points you can apply in business and in everyday life.

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Join us in our search for what makes a great communicator? How do leaders use their communication skills to inspire, create trust, and influence? It’s not easy. What did they do to get better? Listen bi-monthly to how you can improve your communication skills and take the steps to be a great leader in business. Tune in to hear each guest’s “failure ta-da” and see how they learned from a failure. Plus, check out the Three Stars, in which Joel distills what we learned into actionable points you can apply in business and in everyday life.

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English


Episodes

Selling Isn’t What You Think It Is

5/10/2022
If you have to sell an idea or a product, do you immediately think, “I don’t want to be pushy!”? For most of us that’s a firm YES! Fair enough, we’ve all had salespeople and leaders overwhelm us with facts and features, yet not even take a breath, let alone ask us a question. If you are a leader or anyone trying sell a new behaviour, idea or product, finding the best way to connect and influence can feel daunting. In this episode, our guest is Kira Callahan, an expert in sales...

Duration:00:29:53

Can Giving Feedback Be Fun?

4/26/2022
Are you ready to confidently deliver thoughtful & actionable feedback? Um, not quite? This episode will make it easier for you. “When giving feedback, it’s not what you say; people get defensive because of why they think you’re saying it”. We share the strategies you need to deliver feedback that is motivational, not confrontational! And isn’t it more fun when giving feedback that is helpful, focused on recognition and growth of the other person? As always, we have our 3 stars at the end...

Duration:00:17:34

Presentation Secrets from a Sports Broadcaster

4/12/2022
Presentation jitters? How can you feel more comfortable and confident when presenting? This episode can help with some tips and techniques to communicate your thoughts in front of an audience from 1 to millions. Our guest is John Horn, who shares 20+ years of sports broadcasting experience on what it takes to be prepared, ask the right questions and share your story in a way that engages an audience. John Horn is a veteran in the sports broadcasting and sports production industries...

Duration:00:28:42

Time Management in Ten Minutes

3/29/2022
“I have no time!” Sound familiar? Is this you? This episode can help with tips and strategies to manage your time and the stress that comes with it. When you fail to manage your time, there is a feeling of loss of control which causes stress. If you want to break this cycle, the answer lies in great time management skills and the behaviours to get there. Because being busy is not the same as being effective. Take a few minutes to listen in as our host Joel Silverstone shares some simple...

Duration:00:10:34

Leadership Lessons From The Circus And Beyond.

3/15/2022
Episode #20 is energizing! Leadership Lessons From The Circus and Beyond. You might be asking yourself: “What does the circus have to do with leadership?” How about if that circus was called Cirque du Soleil? At one time one of the largest live entertainment shows, having played to over 100 million spectators, and its staff comprised of over 50 nationalities, speaking 25 different languages…. Now that is a leadership and communication conversation! We are talking with Jay Guilford,...

Duration:00:31:14

“A Difficult Conversation? You Got This!”

2/22/2022
Episode #19 is insightful! This is the final episode of our significant four podcasts series on navigating difficult conversations. Don’t forget to go back and listen to episodes 16, 17 and 18 for the full path. Are you getting ready to have a difficult conversation? Dreading it? Nobody enjoys it! 90% of the time, you have normal, routine conversations; however, around 10% of the time is that moment when you or the other person says or does something irrational or is triggered…and we’re...

Duration:00:24:43

Managing High Emotions, High Stakes Conversations

2/8/2022
Episode #18 is enlightening! This episode is part of our significant four podcasts series on navigating difficult conversations (see below for more on this series). If you think about a difficult conversation you just had or are about to have, the emotions and the stakes are probably high. Then add to that those differences of opinion. We are talking with Shayna Beeksma, who deals with the trifecta of emotionally charged conversations: Estate Law! In this episode, you will learn how...

Duration:00:29:01

How to Give Feedback Confidently

1/25/2022
Episode #17 is empowering! "How to give feedback confidently" This episode is part of our significant four podcasts series on navigating difficult conversations (see below for more on this series). For many of us, giving feedback weighs on us and we anticipate a difficult conversation. In fact, a survey published in The Harvard Business Review found that 1 out of every 2 managers hates giving feedback! Our guest, Nancy Shapiro, shares her insights, as a leader and as someone who works in...

Duration:00:24:53

Are You Objective or Assuming?

1/11/2022
Episode #16 is enlightening! “Are you being objective? Or are you assuming?” This episode is part of our significant four podcasts series on navigating difficult conversations. One of the elements of a difficult conversation is that emotions are triggered, and often it's based on assumptions and not objectivity. Our guest Nicola Van Dam shares some great insights, anecdotes, and tips, such as the questions you should never ask and the go-to questions you should. This episode builds your...

Duration:00:33:22

The Shared Experience Extravaganza

12/21/2021
Featuring the 'Greatest Hits' from our guests plus listeners questions. Episode #15 is ENCOURAGING! It’s a shared experience extravaganza. We reflect on the 'Greatest Hits' from our guests, and answer your questions on effective communication styles, influencing skills, thought leadership and tough conversations You can’t have an extravaganza without special guests: Joy Neuhold, Co-Owner of The Great Canadian Leadership Training & Consulting Company and our superb producer Erica...

Duration:00:25:33

People Follow Leaders

12/7/2021
Episode #14 is INSIGHTFUL. Your people are looking at you to set the tone and they will follow your lead. In this episode, our guest Catherine Hayos shares her own leadership experiences. She’ll also share her enlightening story of two different leaders whose teams precisely emulated their tone and style. Catherine Hayos is a Senior Leader of Learning and Enablement at Optimus SBR, the largest midsized independent consulting firm in Canada. As a former professional actor, Catherine has...

Duration:00:20:27

Communicate In Your Style

11/16/2021
Episode #13 is motivating! As a leader, communicating in your style means that people will believe and trust you. Does your communication style feel natural? Or are you copying another’s style? Our guest Joy Neuhold discusses how she found her style (hint: a garbage can was involved) and how leaders and all of us can find ours. Joy Neuhold has been the Co-Owner and Senior Training & Consulting Manager at The Great Canadian Training & Consulting Company since 2002 and at CompuEase since...

Duration:00:16:06

Managing Up

10/26/2021
Episode 12 is INSIGHTFUL. A popular question we get in training is: “How Do You Manage Upwards?” How do you give feedback or change a behaviour - when that person is in authority? Whether you're an employee, a leader who reports above or a leader who wants to create a culture where your people can give you feedback, this episode is for you. Our guest Melanie Ziltener shares her insightful example of when change was desperately needed within her department and her manager wasn't open to...

Duration:00:17:06

How to Lead with Integrity and Inclusion

10/12/2021
The first question I had for our guest is: How do you define integrity and inclusion? They are abstract concepts, so how do we know we are leading with them? We also talk about how leaders keep the connection with their teams in a remote environment. In this episode, Nupur shares her insights on the communication skills and intentions needed to make everyone feel included. We discuss the importance of building our awareness of diversity and unconscious biases that we may be holding onto....

Duration:00:27:49

I Thought My Job Was To Save People

9/28/2021
Episode #10 is ENGAGING! What is your default setting? For many of us, that default is to solve our team’s, colleagues’ or friends’ problems - right here, right now! This was a shift for our guest Allison Dell, newly appointed Head of HR at Cineplex, about learning to meet her people where they were at, and not be the hero that saves them. In this episode, Allison shares her insights on the importance of our words and intentions. Words do matter but, as we find out in this discussion,...

Duration:00:26:50

How To Communicate Successfully

9/14/2021
Episode #9 is ENERGIZING! How can we communicate successfully, in meetings, with clients or with our colleagues? What about if you and your long-time friend decide to start a business together? How do you make that work and what communication skills do you need to be effective and maintain respect? In this episode, our guests Noah Maislin and Marko Lindhe have figured out a way to operationalize their communication styles with each other, their clients, and their roster of 130+ remote...

Duration:00:46:07

How To Communicate With Confidence

8/31/2021
Episode #8 is ENLIGHTENING! We would all like to communicate with confidence. To be more influential and impactful in our business interactions. To have an impact as a leader on the growth of the people around you. As an HR leader, to be influential as a trusted business partner. How do you do it? In this episode, Jennifer McClure shares her 30+ years of experience in leadership and HR with great insights and examples of what it takes to communicate in a way that inspires others to be...

Duration:00:44:00

Understand the Nuances of Language

8/16/2021
Episode #7 is ENLIGHTENING! How do you adapt to different communication styles? Cultures? Languages? Do assumptions get in the way? In this episode, Dhimant Patel, a global business leader, shares his insights and experiences in communicating with people from different countries and cultures. Learning the nuances of language for international business can start with a simple question such as: “What’s the price?” – this question must have varying tones to maintain mutual respect. Dhimant...

Duration:00:46:07

Do Your People Know Your Story?

7/27/2021
Episode #6 is ENGROSSING! You want to connect more with your teams. You want to build the culture in your organization, and you know it’s more than a twelve-point plan. How do you do it? In this episode, Kaitlin Sandor-Kerr discusses how and why sharing your story has a ripple effect on people and the company and creates a sense of purpose and values. As a leader, do your people know your story? Kaitlin Sandor-Kerr is the Founder of Support Panda, People & Development (HR) Consultancy....

Duration:00:36:46

It’s About Them

7/12/2021
Episode #5 is ENGAGING! You want to present to and engage your audience, whether it’s to one or a thousand people. How do you do it? In this episode, Nancey Watson shares some great principles of presentation skills and communicating that start with asking yourself, “Do I know who is in the audience and why this should matter to them?” You want to be a better presenter and communicator. But it’s not about you, it’s about what is relevant to them. Focusing on that creates trust and has your...

Duration:00:37:56