When Following is a Strength: 4 Keys To Adding Value to the Team

Leadership gets a lot of attention in the corporate world. Training and coaching often focuses on it, and no one wants to tell their boss, “I just want to be the best follower I can be.” “To get ahead, you must aspire to lead.” That’s the conventional wisdom we all hear. But the majority of the workforce […]

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 […]

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 […]

True Persuasion Comes from Being More than a Messenger

So often in preparing to communicate, be it for an interview, or a presentation, we make a fundamental mistake: we enter a messenger mindset. Rather than establishing a clear goal and aiming to persuade our audience, we set out to inform, to update, to share. On this path, we end our inquiry with a period: […]

The Best Interview Answers: STAR Method vs Story Board Method


At LatimerNext, we utilize our Story Board Framework in many ways. The framework lays out the value of thinking of communication in three segments: The Open, The Content and The Close. Whether creating a pitch deck for a client, or a best man speech, ensuring that all three phases are touched, however briefly, gives a […]

What Budding Professionals Need, But Rarely Get

I have two young children, ages 12 and 6 (my youngest would correct me and say “almost 7, daddy.”) Like every other parent, I have a long list of things I think and worry about when it comes to my kids: keeping them safe, getting them educated, helping them develop the social and emotional skills […]