Lunch with a Leader – Amy Hanna

Did you know that there’s is an organization right here in NE Indiana that intentionally, positively impacts the lives of students, parents, and leaders by fulfilling their mission of:

respect team mission

Did you know that this organization’s vision is:

respect team vision

This is Respect Team.  I had the honor of having lunch with its leader, Amy Hanna.  Amy leads a group of speakers who address very tough issues at local schools giving students and parents alike hope and purpose.  Simply put, people become better because of the influence and work of the Respect Team.

Here is a short clip of Amy as she tells her story:

If you want to learn more about the Respect Team, click on the link above.  You’ll find more speaker videos and ways you and your organization can get involved in their vital work.

Thank you, Amy, for how you influence others to become better in NE Indiana.

Communication Skills Can Make or Break Your Career

sharpen your verbal edge bookI am reading the book, Sharpen Your Verbal Edge, written by my friend and First Fridays regular, Elizabeth MacDonald.  Unless you live and work in a cave…alone…not ever communicating with anyone, you MUST buy this book.  It will truly help you become a better communicator!

Elizabeth really got my attention when she wrote the following:

“How important are communication skills?  According to training development specialist Shirley Fine Lee, when people are terminated, 80% of the time, it is because of their lack of leadership or people skills.

Here’s where it gets interesting:  80% of people are hired because of their competence…when people come on board with subpar communication skills, those inadequacies eventually surface and unforeseen challenges arise.”

If you are a manager or leader at your organization, you are expected to:

  • Give presentations
  • Coach/Counsel employees for improved performance results
  • Engage with the community through networking and business building
  • Write professionally

If you find communication challenging, then I recommend you purchase this book.  It WILL help you.  And I know that Elizabeth would welcome the opportunity to directly coach you.  She can help you hone your communication skills that will cause others to take notice – in the best possible way!  My company has brought her in to speak to our entire staff – she is engaging, funny, practical, energetic, and effective.

If you would like more information, please visit Elizabeth’s website at The Verbal Edge.

The Verbal Edge