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FORBES: 15 Ways To Help Your Business Stand Out In A Saturated Market

1. Personalize Interactions
Personalization is the key to standing out in the market. Operating as a cold or transactional partner is not what the market is calling for today. If you view your prospective customers or clients as a cash source only, there is little incentive to select you over a competitor. Today’s modern client wants to be seen, heard and understood—not just used in an exchange. – Stefanie Ricchio, SRBC Inc.

Executive Coaching

FORBES: 15 Effective Ways To To Build Offline Exposure For Your Business

1. Have Agenda-Free Conversations
I would encourage a client to have regular agenda-free conversations with a variety of people, be curious about them, avoid pushing, selling or promoting, be driven by a genuine interest in exploration and stay open to what emerges. We never know what connections may form, where ideas can be generated and what possibilities may open. So stay open, stay curious and invest time. – Alessandra Marazzi, Alessandra Marazzi GmbH

Executive Coaching

FORBES: 16 Strategies To Become A More Resilient Leader

1. Learn A Lesson When You Make A Mistake
As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us does make us stronger.” There is always a lesson to be learned when we fall down or misstep. Be optimistic about the lesson and realize that it’s not about whether the glass is half full or half empty but that we can fill it up. Mistakes happen, errors happen, loss happens—great. What did you learn from it? The strategy is to get up and keep going. There is always another path, period. – Shelley Smith, Premier Rapport

Executive Coaching

FORBES: Toxic Femininity: When So-Called Allies Curb Your Career

Queen Bee Syndrome.
No matter how phrased, it’s the age-old notion of pitting women against each other. And now, the pandemic has exacerbated it. As a result, toxic behavior, including bullying, is rampant in the workplace—with nearly 20% of U.S. workers experiencing it and 19 % witnessing it. Below, author and workplace expert Bonnie Low-Kramen explains how The Great Resignation exacerbated toxic femininity:

Executive Coaching

FORBES: 16 Reasons Why Clients In Different Industries Opt To Engage With A Coach

1. To Develop Leaders And Improve Team Culture

I work with organizations across industries, typically medium- to large-sized businesses with approximately 100 to 3,000 employees. The most common reason my clients engage with me is to develop their leaders—particularly to help them get better at managing and leading people, improve their team/organizational culture and create a better employee experience. – Madhu Jeyakumaran, Think Stride Coaching and Consulting

Executive Coaching, Executive Life Coaching

Tips to Improve Your Voice from an Executive Voice Coach

There is no business leader in the world who does NOT benefit from mastering their speaking skills. Many professionals have come to me over the years asking for help with their voices. The good news is that you can create IMMEDIATE change with the do-it-yourself tips in this guide. Note that some of these exercises may feel awkward at first, and will become second nature through consistent practice.

Executive Life Coaching

What is an Executive Life Coach?

Our careers are an integral part of our lives, so you may need a multifaceted Life Coach who also has been in the boardroom. This is a coach who can lead you to achieve integration of the priorities in both your personal and professional life. They can also help a business or human resources team provide integrative development to employees, allowing for improved productivity at work. Overall, this is the type of coach who can make a difference across your entire life.

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