How Quickly Should You Get to the Point? It Depends!

My colleagues and I always talk about the importance of getting to the point quickly. So don’t worry… I am not about to contradict twenty years of Latimer teaching. But my colleagues and I also believe in the importance of audience and situational awareness, and that we should always try to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. We […]

5 Steps to Giving Your Message More Impact

Does your message stand out? Do you make it easy for your audience to remember what you say? Does your message make an impact on the mind of your listener? This matters! There is so much competition for the mindshare of every audience. There are so many things that come at each of us all day, every day. It is […]

Speaking Tips: “Performance” vs. “Conversation”

One of the most common concerns we hear is “How can I be less nervous when all eyes are on me?” Confidence while speaking is a challenge for almost everyone, even the most accomplished and experienced. The spotlight is fully on you, everyone is listening, and we all want to do well. It is not easy. […]

Persuasion Tips: Make Your Audience Feel the Problem

Getting people to listen to you is hard enough. We talk about that challenge all the time. But once you get people to hear you, your challenge is not over. Getting people to hear you is a great first step… but only a first step. The next step, which may also be the harder step, is […]

The Job Search is a Test of Communication Skills

If you or someone you know is set to embark on a job search, or has completed one recently, you will likely agree that the art of finding a job is a skill unto itself. Why do those with the best backgrounds or the best skills not always land in the final chair? Because prospective […]

Do You Ramble When Speaking? These 3 Tips Will Help You Stop

Most people struggle to get to the point. Most people struggle with clarity and brevity. And this affliction is largely due to an inability to plan out the message, and prepare appropriately. Getting to the point quickly and clearly is not just a delivery technique. It is the output of organization and preparation. However, on top of good preparation, there are […]

Business Is a Team Sport

One of the primary goals of this blog is to share our team’s ideas on communication skills, and highlight all of the ways that great communication helps you thrive in the workplace. Great communication contributes to stronger leadership, collaboration, customer service, client retention, brand building, sales success… a long list of important success factors. We […]

The Essence of Presence

When we say someone has a strong “presence,” what does that actually mean? I mean, specifically, what does it mean? Ask 100 different people (and we have), you might get 50 different answers. A strong presence means different things to different people. And when you push people to define what it actually is, you tend to get […]

Speaking Tips: 5 Ways to Calm Your Nerves

Asking people if they “get nervous” when they have to stand up and speak is almost not worth asking. For most of us, the answer is a resounding “yes.” No matter the context, be it leading a meeting, giving a wedding toast, interviewing for the next role, or pitching to a new client, we mostly […]

Maximize Employer Funded Continuing Education Stipend:

In today’s hot job market, companies are competing for employees, doing all they can to attract and retain top talent. A recent LinkedIn report found that “94% of employees say that they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development.” LatimerNext offers comprehensive solutions for employers to run career communication […]