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The Cure for Execuphobia

How do you present to top executives? This SlideShare offers useful tips.

I post this SlidesShare about presenting to Executives because it is excellent and useful.The author talks about “execuphobia”, which of course means, fear of executives. He suggests you fear FOR executives instead of being afraid OF them. It’s a partnering mindset where you’re on their team to help solve their problems. That’s a great step toward curing execuphobia.

I studied it before I spoke to a room full of lean manufacturing executives. However, instead of applying his advice directly, I took another angle. (I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t. 🙂 ) My thinking was – execuphobia is the challenge I need to address, not a trait I need to jump through hoops to accommodate.

Well, my fear FOR executives is that by inspiring fearfulness, they miss out on a lot of input that they need in order to lead well. So my talk was aimed at breaking down the walls for conversational leadership. I didn’t do that by getting to the point in one minute. I did it by catalyzing a conversation where THEY made my point in one minute. They made a lot of points for me, and admittedly, some of them took more than a minute to get to,

My style was familiar to them in theory but not in experience. Some loved it, others not so much. Some valued the way the approach cracked the surface of the discussion and got into underlying concerns. Others thought I should have been more directive.

I had a room full of talented, accomplished men and women. Why should I have made all the points? I left that approach to the other presenters and tapped into the brilliance in the room. I learned a lot, and so did they. It just might not have been what they thought they would learn. If they apply what they experienced as well as what they heard, their people might not need SlideShares about handling execuphobia. 

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The Woman Behind the Method

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I Works With Words Because Our Voices Matter

Hi. I’m Meryl Runion Rose. It pains me when good hearted and wise people are unable to speak the truth – unable to influence a situation. I’m talking about myself here sometimes too. When I know my input is just what a situation needs, it’s important to be able to give it. 

I earned an MSCI, and a CSP. I identify more with my perspective as a Communication Alchemist. I know the power of words. Do you? I created The SpeakStrong Method so the power of our words can work for us, not against us. I write and speak about dynamic, authentic, effective communication skills. You can’t be an effective communicator without practicing communication alchemy.

I go brain-dead when communication doesn’t ring true – mine or anyone else’s. I use that response as a signal to practice Communication Alchemy – to go deep instead of cheap and find words to bring the conversation back to life.

My readers know me mainly by my “Perfect Phrases” and my “PowerPhrases“, but there is a lot more to my SpeakStrong Method than that: as any good alchemist would know.

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Out of the Darkness

If I could find my voice, anyone can. (Not that I’ve arrived – it’s a process.) I’ve come such a long way… from not knowing how to ask for the time of day to being able to navigate difficult conversations so skillfully everyone forgets they’re difficult. Not that I bat 1000. But I marvel at how simple so many formerly tough conversations have become.  

I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Political Science and received a Masters in the Science of Creative Intelligence from MERU European Research University. I’m certified in Lean Office and practice what I’ve learned in my own business. I started working in government and quickly gravitated toward acquiring and teaching personal development skills. My commitment to powerful communication was galvanized in 1986 when I was unable to penetrate my late husband’s denial when he developed cancer. 

Now I’m a “recovered passive.” I became “a woman on a mission” to learn to say things gracefully with impact (that’s an example of alchemy). I developed The Speak Strong Method to empower people to “say what they mean, mean what they say, without being mean when they say it.“ 

Alchemy is: a power or process of transforming something common into something special. The specialness comes from synergy. Communication Alchemy finds dynamic synergy in otherwise ordinary communication, kind of like how a great cook can make magic happen in the kitchen with a few ordinary ingredients.

I live in Cascade, Colorado, where I write, dance with abandon, hike, and help people say things. I LOVE capturing the essence of a message in the perfect phrase.

I’d like to help you and your organization SpeakStrong.  

Here’s a video to tell you more about what I do. 


This video gives you a taste of my message. It was at the closing session of the Emergency Nurses’ Association.


Let me know what I can do for you!


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