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Through an uncommon blend of storytelling and personal coaching, Tom Henschel created a unique and influential podcast. Eavesdrop on a monthly coaching conversation and get practical tools you can use as soon as the episode ends.

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“I hate watching myself!” Analina was very specific about the help she wanted from me. A long-time listener of my podcast, Analina wanted me to review some tapes of her presenting, then meet and share my notes with her.

Flooded by words Renée didn’t like to complain. A senior vice-president in the finance division of her bank, Renée had an orderly mind, a tidy office and a positive outlook. Even when managing problem performers, she exuded kindness and warmth. ‘Sunny’ and ‘optimistic’ were words…

Fear and flurries Erin admitted to being freaked out. And she was angry with herself that she was. Erin was going to be a featured speaker at her company’s upcoming user conference. This yearly event stretched over three days and attracted thousands of people from…

Unwrapping a mystery Christine called to talk about Matthew. Christine was a longtime client of mine. We had enjoyed working together. When we’d first met, the feedback about her was that she was too black and white.

This month’s coaching conversation is between Tom Henschel and Mindy Danna who answer questions from our audience. Tom and Mindy have grown up together professionally. He runs Essential Communications where Mindy is a coach. She also works with the cutting-edge global consulting firm Cultivating Leadership.

NOTE: This transcript was heavily edited to fit this format. The unedited conversation can be heard on the podcast.

“Is that clear?” Arlen worried he wasn’t making his points clearly with his direct reports. When I asked him to tell me more, he said, “I’m always asking them, ‘Is that clear?’ and they say yes. But later, it becomes obvious it wasn’t clear at…

Reluctant star Riley said one day, “I don’t know how to voice my accomplishments.” Before our coaching had begun, Janice, Riley’s boss, made it clear she supported Riley a hundred-and-ten percent. Janice experienced Riley as honest, open, diligent, thorough and accurate. But she felt Riley…

The downside of promotion Neal had been competing for a promotion and had gotten it at last. Sharing the news with me during one of our coaching sessions, he wasn’t all that happy. “Look what’s about to happen,” he said. He gave me a knowing…

Is executive presence just confidence? Melinda, a fellow coach, called asking if I could help with a client of hers. The topic, she said, was executive presence. Knowing I’ve been talking with my own clients about executive presence for years, she said, “I went to…

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