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Using an uncommon blend of storytelling and coaching, Tom Henschel created The Look & Sound of Leadership, a unique and influential podcast. Eavesdrop on a monthly coaching conversation and get practical tools you can apply the minute the episode ends.

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Communication Skills

Coaching distracted executives gives Tom an image that he brings back to his clients. He identifies three behaviors to use when trying to get the attention of a distracted exec.

A leader is fearful of delivering a year-end review to an emotional, defensive direct report. In her coaching, she gains tips for making the feedback conversation a positive one.

Two leaders, needing to conduct focus groups, learn the core concept of non-judgmental facilitation, plus two specific behaviors to help people speak openly.

Women rightly worry about being diminished in the workplace if they smile too much. Yet smiling makes some people irresistible. This episode explores three different types of smiles.

“A full-blown rebellion” was how the leader described her situation to her coach. ‘Change’ became their topic, from a story of cultural transformation to seven tools for communicating.

A leader acquires a new group and is immediately embroiled in a long-standing war. He navigates these difficult waters handily, winning praise from his boss. And from his coach!

“Death by PowerPoint” is an all-too-familiar experience. Break that cycle with the eight tips in this episode to create slides that will engage your listeners and illuminate your content.

Stories render our ideas indelible. But storytelling is a craft, honed over years. This episode teaches two skills to add to your repertoire to help make your stories sticky.

Most of us overestimate our ability to listen. We give advice with the best of intentions but fail to hear the real issue. This episode identifies two behaviors that will up your listening skills.

When styles clash, flexing your style can be an uncomfortable stretch. But heart-deep connections can accelerate through matching. This episode explores the mechanics of matching for rapport.

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