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Have you ever been beyond-busy?
Coming up for air.
Last April, when I created an MP3 audio about how to communicate in a beyond-busy world, I didn’t realize I was about to become one of those people myself. When people become insanely busy, it changes how they communicate – and how you communicate with them.
My projects had me working so diligently that I found myself skimming emails, not getting back to people as quickly or thoughtfully as I like to, and even letting some things slip through the cracks – including my blog posts and newsletter. Now, after such a long silence, it seems like I should write something profound – give you pearls of wisdom from the mountaintop I’ve been on. Well, here’s my main conclusion.
If I’m too busy to send a newsletter at least once a month, I’m too busy! I’m so happy to be back. To celebrate, I’m making my Beyond-Busy audio available to you free for the rest of November. These skills will prepare you for the holiday rush, so you and those you communicate with will stay connected and aligned as you navigate the busy month ahead.
A few SpeakStrong updates
To catch you up: Perfect Phrases for Office Professionals phrase book is now available (with Susan Fenner). It’s packed with phrases anyone in a support position can use every day.
I wrote two new books over the summer that are in production now. Perfect Phrases for Icebreakers with Diane Windingland is due out in January, and Perfect Phrases for Virtual Teamwork is due to be released in March. (Now you know why I’ve been so quiet.)
I’m also leading a two-day training camp for administrative professionals in Phoenix next month. I hope to see you there. There is still space available.
I created some really great programs for the continuous improvement and lean community, and am moving more deeply into how to use kata – or practices – to communicate in ways that develop problem-solving abilities. You can check out the slides for Kata Talk, the very popular session I presented in a delightful and successful collaboration with Toyota Kata author Mike Rother.
Collaborate without compromise
Do you collaborate without compromise? Do you transcend the limits of your egocentric perception and existing knowledge, pool your ideas with other thinkers and strive together toward a shared objective or outcome?
Some things should never be compromised. Compromise is a waste when a much better collaborative outcome is available – IF you’re willing to stay open long enough to discover it. Speaking Strong is collaborating without compromise. Here’s a phrase that captures the spirit.
- Is that the best solution we can come up with? I don’t want either one of us to compromise – I want us to find an option that is better than what either one of us could come up with on our own.
Two free webinars this week
Top Ten PowerPhrases for Admins
Wed. November 16, 11:00 – 11:45 MST
How do you get results when you’re not in charge? This free webinar details the top ten PowerPhrases for admins. You’ll walk away, not only with words and phrases you can use right away to get great results, but with a new way of looking at what assertive communication is for the professional support person. Admins are the masters of collaborating without compromise.
Thurs. November 17, 11:00 – 12:00 Noon MST
A kata is a practice, or method, to develop a skill. It also is a way of keeping two things in alignment or synchronization with each other. Communication kata are practices that keep all the elements of great communication in alignment for every conversation. This free webinar explains the elements of effective communication kata and will leave you with a very specific practice to collaborate-without-compromise and to say what you mean and mean what you say, without being mean when you say it.
About Meryl and SpeakSTRONG
To SpeakStrong is to say what you mean and mean what you say without being mean when you say it, as a foundation to collaborate without compromise.
Get the competitive edge. Go beyond effective communication skill to transformational, dynamic communication.
I am the author of ten (really!) books on effective communication, a seasoned trainer and a keynote presenter.