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    What is Good Communication?

    Most everyone claims to be a good communicator. But what does that really look like?

    A good communicator:

    -Stays engaged.

    -Can carry a conversation.

    -Knows what’s going on in the world.

    -Puts thoughts forward clearly without ambiguity.

    -Is able to articulate pretty specifically what he is doing or learning.

    -Has the ability to influence without …

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    Self-Confidence is Everything

    Penguins  in Antarctica are described by scientists who have studied them for 23 years as undaunted, without self doubt, and with a good attitude.

    That’s my definition of confidence. Once somebody’s got confidence, you’ve got something.

    What confidence is not: -moral superiority -organization-chart title -tan skin and white teeth -grin and grip

    What does confidence …

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    Take Calculated Risks

    There is a saying among old cowboys out West: “One man with courage is the majority.”

    When I write about courage, intestinal fortitude, guts, and boldness to differentiate yourself, it’s not to encourage you to do stupid, risky things. I’m not looking for the daredevil mentality that causes you to rappel off the Brooklyn Bridge …

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    Leaders Are Constant Learners

    To differentiate yourself, you don’t have to have an especially high IQ. No matter who you are or what your background or current circumstance is, one thing is certain: you can always learn, explore, and experiment in new arenas. You only need to be reasonably intelligent and insatiably curious. You can never know too much; …

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    A Downside to Success

    A caution about your pouring your heart into your “art”: it will spark jealousy.

    Surprisingly one of the toughest parts of success is finding a colleague happy for you. But as they say, “Anyone can get pity. Jealousy you have to earn.”

    Following the advice in the PersonalBranding blog might cause you some trouble. When …

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    Every Decision is a Calculated Risk

    Don’t wallow in indecision.

    Problems are solved by making decisions; problems are avoided by making good decisions. The sooner you make a decision, the sooner you benefit from it. The earlier you make a bad decision, the sooner you can correct it.

    The unanimous response from CEOs and C-level executives when I’ve asked the question, …

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    Take Calculated Risks for Career Advancement

    I’m not asking for utter fearlessness and risk without thinking. Just “go for it” a little more and more often than you have in the past—and more often than others do. If you hold back, you’ll get into a rut, slip behind, fade out of sight, and sink into the sameness of the people around …

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    Why is a Positive Attitude Important

    It’s human nature to gravitate toward people, information, or places that imply a happier outlook. You provide that outlook for yourself, one that no one can take away. Frankly, few of us have any justification for the negative, pessimistic perspective that we let ourselves get bogged down with. No matter what you’re going through that’s …

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    How to Act Self-Confident

    To help with confidence development, simply try “acting confident” to the outside world, practicing how it feels. The outside “show” helps the inside “take.” It’s okay to display confidence you don’t feel, to take a leap of faith. Pretending is not faking or hiding weaknesses. It’s playing the part you want to achieve.

    When I …

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    How to Improve Self-Confidence

    So how do you become more confident? Get a head start by dedicating yourself to confidence. Even talk to yourself. It helps! Various experts add: being in good health, regularly exercising and taking care of your body, frequently participating in activities that are fun and not just working all the time, having some close confident …

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