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Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Improving your COMMUNICATION SKILLS can help you get noticed and get promoted!

Dr. Andrea Wojnicki is a Harvard-educated communication coach whose research focuses on interpersonal communication and consumer psychology. Through the TALK ABOUT TALK podcast, Andrea and her guests share advice on how to elevate your communication skills.

Learn about:

• overcoming IMPOSTER SYNDROME & communicating with CONFIDENCE

• communication skills for LEADERS

• STORYTELLING

• LISTENING skills

• how to INTRODUCE YOURSELF

• PERSONAL BRANDING

and more!

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Talk About Talk - Communication Skills Training Dr. Andrea Wojnicki

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Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Improving your COMMUNICATION SKILLS can help you get noticed and get promoted!

Dr. Andrea Wojnicki is a Harvard-educated communication coach whose research focuses on interpersonal communication and consumer psychology. Through the TALK ABOUT TALK podcast, Andrea and her guests share advice on how to elevate your communication skills.

Learn about:

• overcoming IMPOSTER SYNDROME & communicating with CONFIDENCE

• communication skills for LEADERS

• STORYTELLING

• LISTENING skills

• how to INTRODUCE YOURSELF

• PERSONAL BRANDING

and more!

Subscribe to the Talk About Talk podcast and sign up for the free weekly communication skills newsletter. It's like getting free communication skills coaching!

    #114 SPEAK UP! Communicating in Meetings

    #114 SPEAK UP! Communicating in Meetings

    Speaking up in meetings is important, but not always easy.  Learn ten strategies to help you speak up.  Consider what you do before the meeting, your mindset during the meeting, and your words! Find the list of ten strategies at talkabouttalk.com/speakup.

     

    CONTENTS



    * Resources

    * Transcript





    RESOURCES

    ONE-PAGE SUMMARY of 10 Strategies to Help You Speak-Up



    Talkabouttalk.com/speakup



     

    Dr. Andrea Wojnicki & Talk About Talk 



    Free 20min consult – Book Andrea 

    Website –  https://talkabouttalk.com

    Communication Coaching Newsletter – newsletter-signup

    LinkedIn – Andrea https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreawojnicki/

    LinkedIn – TalkAboutTalk – https://www.linkedin.com/company/talkabouttalk





    TRANSCRIPT

    I remember when I was in my 20s, working as a young, ambitious brand manager at Kraft Foods. I’d be seated at a boardroom table, sometimes with a cross-functional team or maybe with senior marketing executives and perhaps with the ad agency. This happened many many times.  I remember feeling a lot of pressure to say something and more importantly, to say the right thing. The longer the meeting went on without me saying a word, the more stressful it became to interject. I needed to say something! My blood pressure was probably going up every minute that went by.

    Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you’re the one who’s struggling to speak up in meetings. Or, perhaps you’re the manager who’s encouraging your direct reports to speak up. Either way, you’re going to learn a lot in this episode.

    Welcome to talk about talk episode #114, where we talk about speaking up in meetings. I’m going to share ten different strategies to help you speak up in meetings.

    Let me introduce myself. I’m your executive communication coach, Dr. Andrea Wojnicki (please call me Andrea!). I’m also the founder of Talk About Talk. If you’re an ambitious executive with a growth mindset, then you’re in the right place. You’ve probably spent years learning how to do your job – the technical skills. When you look at the successful folks around you, you might notice that what differentiates these successful people typically isn’t their technical skills.  Rather, it’s their ability to confidently speak up. It’s the clarity of their message. It’s their communication. Now it’s time for you to up your game by focusing on YOUR communication. And that’s EXACTLY what we’re all about here at Talk About Talk.

    If you go to the Talk About Talk.com website, you’ll find so many resources to help you out. There are online courses, tip sheets, corporate workshops, one-on-one coaching, the archive of this bi-weekly podcast, AND, I really hope you’ll sign up for the Talk About Talk communication coaching newsletter. This is your chance to get communication coaching from me every week. Please sign up for that newsletter if you haven’t already.

    Something else you’ll notice on the website: there’s a button that says “RECORD YOUR Q FOR ANDREA”. I love hearing from you so much, so I’m inviting you to record your communication skills Qs for me.  You might even hear your voice on a future episode!

    Alright let’s get into this.  

    Alright, let’s get started! Speaking up. Let me start by saying this. Speaking up, being heard, contributing in meetings, however you want to label this,

    • 20 min
    #113 Are you a fast-talker? How to optimize your CADENCE

    #113 Are you a fast-talker? How to optimize your CADENCE

    How to optimize the speed, tempo or cadence of your communication. Learn about typical conversation rates, and how to customize your communication to maximize engagement and comprehension. Are you a fast-talker?

     

    CONTENTS



    * Summary

    * Resources

    * Transcript





    SUMMARY: Are You a FAST-Talker?

    Instead of focusing on your speech rate or words-per-minute (WPM), consider the ENGAGEMENT and the COMPREHENSION of our audience.  Cadence is the means, not the end goal.  Cadence is one ingredient in communication.

    FAST TALKING FACTS:



    Slow talking is considered to be anything 110 wpm.  That’s 2 words per second.  

    Conversational speech is between 120-150 wpm 

    Fast-talking is more than 160 wpm

    Podcasters typically speak at about 150–160 wpm.

    Auctioneers speak in the range of 250-400 wpm.



     



    Fast talkers convey urgency, passion, excitement, and emotion, 

    Slow talkers convey significance 



     

    3 Ways to Use CADENCE to Improve your Communication:



    Ask a trusted colleague or two for feedback.  

    If necessary, measure your speech rate 



    Record yourself and divide the number of words by the number of minutes in your speech.  





    Customize your cadence



     

    How to CUSTOMIZE YOUR CADENCE



    Customization as in VARYING your pace, trying a combination of fast and slow. Firing through some things, then Pausing for effect.  

    Customize for your AUDIENCE – Slow down if you use a language or have an accent that’s less familiar to your audience.

    Customize the SEQUENCE – Vary the order and or media through which you’re communicating, depending on the context and the person. Always respect people’s TIME.





    RESOURCES

    Dr. Andrea Wojnicki & Talk About Talk 



    Free 20min consult – Book Andrea 

    Website –  https://talkabouttalk.com

    Communication Coaching Newsletter – newsletter-signup

    LinkedIn – Andrea https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreawojnicki/

    LinkedIn – TalkAboutTalk – https://www.linkedin.com/company/talkabouttalk





    TRANSCRIPT

    Are you a fast-talker?

    I’ve always wondered why auctioneers have to talk so fast.  We’ll get to that in a few minutes.  But more importantly, are YOU a fast-talker? Or maybe you talk too slow? Or maybe you’re not sure?

    In the next 30 minutes or so, you’re going to learn about the impact of cadence, as in tempo or pace, on our communication, how we can use our pacing to optimize our communication effectiveness.

    Are you ready?

    Greetings and welcome to Talk About Talk episode number 113. I’m your executive communication coach, Dr. Andrea Wojnicki (please call me Andrea!). And I‘m so glad you’re here! I have to say:  I’m so conscious of my pace right now. But since you’re listening to this podcast, you probably know that you can change the pace of this audio.  You can just click a button on your podcast player to slow me down to .5 or speed me up to 1.25 or 1.5. So I suppose I should just relax.  

    OK – If you’re an ambitious executive with a growth mindset, then you’re in the right place. You’ve probably spent years learning how to do your job – the technical skills. When you look at the successful folks around you, you might notice that what differentiates these successful people typically isn’t their technical skills.  Rather, it’s their executive presence.  Their confidence.

    • 22 min
    #112 Communicating with IMPACT – with Jennifer Lee, sr. partner at Deloitte

    #112 Communicating with IMPACT – with Jennifer Lee, sr. partner at Deloitte

    Do you communicate with IMPACT? Sr. Partner at Deloitte Jennifer Lee defines impact as the ability to get someone to take action. Learn 3 specific communication tactics to elevate your impact, plus insights about how respect, being curious, and establishing the value of each person in the room can increase your impact.

     

    CONTENTS



    * Summary

    * Resources

    * Transcript





    SUMMARY: Communicating with IMPACT

    DEFINITION – WHAT IS IMPACT?





    “IMPACT is the ability to get someone else to take action.”





    Business context: to make a new move, a change





    Mentoring and coaching context: effectively encouraging others to try something new and different





    Community context: demonstrating value and… impact.  Yes, that might sound tautological, but by demonstrating impact you can inspire people to take action.  It’s a cycle.





    3 TACTICS TO COMMUNICATE WITH IMPACT:  





    Leverage the Power of Three 





    Yes, Jennifer and I are both adamant about this! There’s something powerful about 3.





    It’s substantive but not overwhelming. As Jen said No one can track 25 things.  Honestly, many of us can’t even track 5 things. 





    Make 3 your default.





    Episode #93: The Power of THREE









    Tell Stories





    Look for themes to simplify messages. 





    Tell stories to keep people engaged and to be memorable.





    Episode #79: How to Use STORYTELLING to Elevate Your Communication









    Consider your Cadence





    Respect people’s time and don’t go into overtime.  Pre-issue material if necessary.





    Always ask at the beginning of a meeting what questions or topics your clients want to cover, then shift the agenda if necessary.





    Consider your audience’s communication preferences – a pre-issued deck, a one-page summary, and/or a verbal conversation.  It’s not about your output, it’s about their absorption of the material.  









    GENERALLY, COMMUNICATING WITH IMPACT MEANS COMMUNICATING WITH RESPECT. 





    Respect as in CURIOSITY





    Instead of assuming you have the answers, ask questions

















    Let them talk. Respect your client. Track the ratio of you talking versus the other person talking,  Ironically you will have a bigger impact if you talk less













    Respect as in NOT INTERRUPTING





    Jen’s hack for not interrupting when she needs to “get it out”? Write it down in a notebook!.



















    Respect as in leading with EMPATHY & KINDNESS





    It seems obvious but it’s rare!





    Empathy means considering the other person’s perspective.  If you’re leading a client presentation, ask yourself, what is the client thinking?  What are their questions?













    Respect as in CLARIFYING THE VALUE of each person in the meeting





    Establish credibility. Let your client know what each person’s role is. As Jennifer says, “Why is Andrea or why is Jennifer here?  That’s what the person’s really thinking.  Let’s call a spade a spade.”





    How we establish credibility and introduce ourselves typically evolves as we gain experience – from focusing on in the more tangible points (educational and job title credentials), and then shifting to higher level expertise or values

    • 44 min
    #111 What’s Your SUPERPOWER?

    #111 What’s Your SUPERPOWER?

    We all have a superpower. What’s yours? Learn the two main benefits of identifying your superpower, and 5 questions to help you identify your superpower. This is a critical element of your personal brand.

    Link to “How to Identify Your Superpower” WORKSHEET:

    https://talkabouttalk.com/superpower

    CONTENTS



    Summary

    Resources & Contact Info

    Episode Transcript





    SUMMARY: What’s Your Superpower?

    DEFINITION – WHAT IS A SUPERPOWER?

    Your superpower is that thing that positively and uniquely distinguishes you from others.  It’s what makes you remarkable.  It’s what makes you, YOU!



    We all have a superpower.

    You can have more than one superpower, but less is more. It’s better to have one than to have many.

    Your superpower can evolve over time.  However, it’s probably something that is part of your identity for your whole life. It’s your essence.



    TWO WAYS TO LEVERAGE YOUR SUPERPOWER

    CONFIDENCE 



    When you feel that shot of adrenaline – For many people, this is the most significant way to leverage your superpower.  The next time you step out on stage (giving a speech, presentation, a pitch, a job interview, a big meeting), remind yourself of your superpower.  Let it fuel you up and elevate your confidence.

    Contributing in meetings – If you aren’t sure when to jump in or what to say in an important meeting, focus on your superpower.  Say something like, “Based on my expertise,…”  Suddenly, the words come easy. You’re reminding everyone, including yourself, of your superpower. And the words come much more easily!



    CAREER TRAJECTORY



    Generally, when you know what your superpower is, it clarifies where and how to focus your career. It helps you make decisions about what to do (and what to avoid) because if your job is closely related to your superpower, you will be successful and you will be happy!

    When you’re considering a new job or a promotion, consider whether the opportunity checks the boxes in terms of your superpower, Then you’ll know whether you should go for it!



    HOW CAN YOU IDENTIFY YOUR UNIQUE SUPERPOWER?



    Print the SUPERPOWER Worksheet! Find it on the Talkabouttalk.com website or talkabouttalk.com/superpower

    Ask yourself these 5 Qs to help you identify your own, unique superpower: 









    What’s your BEST DAY at work?

    What differentiates you relative to your peers?

    What compliments are the most meaningful to you?

    What topic are you obsessed with? 

    What comes easy for you?









    RESOURCES

    Get the “How to Identify your Superpower” WORKSHEET:



    https://talkabouttalk.com/superpower



    Dr. Andrea Wojnicki & Talk About Talk 



    Free 20min consult – Book Andrea 

    Website –  https://talkabouttalk.com

    Communication Coaching Newsletter – newsletter-signup

    LinkedIn – Andrea https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreawojnicki/

    LinkedIn – TalkAboutTalk – https://www.linkedin.com/company/talkabouttalk/ 





    TRANSCRIPT

    The title of this episode is a Q that I hope you’ll consider. It’s this:  What’s YOUR superpower? 

     

    Yes, OF COURSE you have a superpower!

    • 21 min
    #110 Five Rapid Fire Questions

    #110 Five Rapid Fire Questions

    QUICK! What are your pet peeves? What type of learner are you? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What communication media do you prefer? Do you have any podcast recommendations? How would YOU answer the 5 rapid fire questions that Andrea asks her guests at the end of every podcast interview? Hear Andrea’s answers to these questions, why she asks them, plus key insights, and more. 

    Click HERE to Ask Andrea a Q. 

    Or go to talkabouttalk.com & click “Record your question for Andrea”

    Your Q and Andrea’s answer might be featured in a future podcast episode!!!

     

    CONTENTS



    * Summary

    * Resources

    * Transcript





    SUMMARY

    5 Rapid Fire Questions

    1. What are your Pet Peeves? 



    Andrea’s pet peeves – clutter, and rude/selfish/unsafe drivers that do U-turns in the middle of the street!

    This is a great Q to get people talking. Consider using this Q at the beginning pf meetings as an ice-breaker.



    2. What type of learner are you? 



    * Andrea is a visual learner. When you have a limited amount of time to internalize something, how do you make it stick?  Do you read it? Write it? Draw it? Watch it? Listen to it? Or do it?

    Consider also TEACHING something to learn it! In the 1980s, a language professor named Jean-Pol Martin first formally investigated “learning by teaching” when he taught French as a foreign language through learning by teaching (or, as he called it: LdL = “Lernen durch Lehren”)

    Suggestion to use multiple senses or to go multi-media when you’re trying to learn something.



    3. Are you an Introvert or an extrovert? 



    Andrea is an extrovert! She craves social stimulation, social interaction fuels her up.

    Many people describe themselves as “high functioning introverts.” 

    Extroverts are externally focused and they crave social interaction. Solitude depletes them. 

    Introverts are internally focused and social interaction is exhausting for them. Introverts are deep thinkers and the best listeners. Introversion is underrated.  

    Introversion is not the same as shyness. Shyness is more about confidence. It’s a fear of social judgement and humiliation.

    Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung invented the terms introversion and extroversion in the 1920s. In 1927 American social scientist Kimbal Young created the term “ambivert.” While an ambivert sits in the middle of the continuum, an omnivert flips back and forth between the extremes. It’s someone who can be the life of the party one day, but then quietly listen and learn the next. There’s no in-between. 



    4. What’s your communication (media) preference for personal conversations?



    Consider the geography, the situational context, and the generation of the people with whom you’re communicating.  



    5. What podcast, blog or email newsletter that you recommend?



    Andrea’s recommendation: The Pivot Podcast

    Most people discover new podcasts from word-of-mouth recommendations (not from search engines!)





    RESOURCES



    Quiet by Susan Cain



    https://amzn.to/3wuj0wD









    PIVOT podcast 



    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pivot/id1073226719









    Q&A episodes



    102 – Communication Skills Q&A – https://www.talkabouttalk.com/102-qanda-fishbowl/

    106 – Personal Branding Q&A – a href=...

    • 24 min
    #109 Five Impactful Ways to Reinforce Your PERSONAL BRAND

    #109 Five Impactful Ways to Reinforce Your PERSONAL BRAND

    Here’s your checklist of 5 impactful but often overlooked ways that you can communicate and reinforce your personal brand. Of course there’s how we introduce ourselves, our social media profiles, our resume. But when was the last time you updated your voicemail greeting?

    Check out TalkAboutTalk.com

     

    CONTENTS



    * Summary

    * Resources

    * Transcript





    SUMMARY

    YOUR CHECKLIST

    5 Impactful & Often Overlooked Ways to Communicate your Personal Brand



    1.  Your Voicemail Greeting



    Ask yourself critically: Do my words and my tone effectively reinforce my personal brand?





    2.  Your Email Signature



    Always customize your sign-off and your name.  That’s not part of your email signature

    Block it off. Think of it as a frame for a business card.

    Personalize it and update it on a regular basis

    Include links. 

    Add contact information, but only for how you want people to contact you!

    Consider adding your personal pronouns.

    But don’t make it too long!





    3.  Your Online Meeting Background



    Ensure your camera is at eye level: eye to eye.

    Make sure the light source is in front of you, shining on your face, not shining towards the camera.

    Clean away on any unnecessary clutter behind you. 

    Add items that reinforce your personal brand (books, trophies, art,…)





    4.  Your Gravatar –  globally recognized avatar



    Your headshot that follows you around the internet, so whenever you create a post or a comment, the image or headshot that you choose shows up.  





    5.  Your answer to the Q: “How was your weekend?”  



    You have 48 hours of experience to filter through when you’re answering this question.  

    You can talk about the weather, you can deflect it back to the other person, or you can reinforce your personal brand!

    Consider what you’re signalling when you mention where you were, who you were with, what you did, and so on. 



     



    RESOURCES



    Personal Brand



    Online course: https://talkabouttalk.com/personalbrand



     

    Gravatars



    https://en.gravatar.com/

    Alternatives: https://alternativeto.net/software/gravatar/

    How to create a gravatar: https://ithemes.com/blog/what-is-gravatar-3-things-you-need-for-a-great-gravatar/





    Dr. Andrea Wojnicki & Talk About Talk 



    Website –  https://talkabouttalk.com

    Communication Coaching Newsletter – https://talkabouttalk.com/blog/#newsletter-signup

    Free 20min Consult – Book Andrea 

    LinkedIn Andrea – https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreawojnicki/

    LinkedIn Talk About Talk – https://www.linkedin.com/company/talkabouttalk/



     

     



    TRANSCRIPT

     

    I have a question for you… when was the last time you called your own phone number and listened to your own voicemail greeting?? You know, that message your colleagues and friends hear every time they call you and you don’t pick up?

     

    Yikes! OK – Here’s the thing. Your voicemail greeting is just one of the many many ways that we implicitly communicate our ...

    • 19 min

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Smart, insightful episodes

I am always excited to listen and always learn something helpful and new. And with Dr. Wojnicki talking all the notes for me, I can walk my pup or do the dishes while I listen!

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I am really enjoying this podcast. Very useful for understanding how to communicate effectively, and how we are received based upon a wide range of ways that we communicate. Dr. Andrea is a good interviewer. Interesting selection of speakers as well. Recommend.

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I really enjoyed this podcast! Dr Andrea introduces the guest and gives a brief intorduction to the subject matter, and after the guest has spoken she summarizes the "take away" points from the talk. I also like that she is an enthusiastic and expressive listener whose comments add to and embellish the points that the guest is making. I found the podcast informative and engaging, and I liked the fact that Dr Andrea recognizes that the listener to the podcast has made a time commitment to listening to the podcast, and she is respectful of that commitment by making each moment of the podcast worthwhile. I would highly recommend Talk About Talk.

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