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May 25, 2017

Minaz Abji: An Outstanding Leader

It was an honour to attend a retirement party recently for one of my most impressive clients and a true leader. Minaz Abji left Uganda to escape the regime of Idi Amin. He arrived in Canada and started at an entry level job in the hotel business. In the years since then, he’s had a stellar career. He…

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January 31, 2017

Be Less Boring!

In a recent article (December 7, 2016) Lananh Nguyen from Bloomberg news writes that “Analysts are being pushed to make notes bolder, funnier and less boring”. Click here to listen to the interview with Lananh on Bloomberg.com The interesting thing about this topic is that the same is true for executives and leaders who speak…

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December 7, 2016

Apologize WHEN Appropriate.

Too often presenters begin an address with a series of ineffective apologies that distract the audience. A laundry list of apologies does not make an effective welcoming statement. If you feel the need to apologize for your public speaking ability save your breath.  Unnecessary apologies only undermine your authority on the topic at hand.  When there is a valid reason…

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October 11, 2016

#DayofTheGirl #GirlsBelongHere

10 talks by women that everyone should watch As leaders we must take action to support our young women as they ascend our Corporate, Community, Education and Political ladders.  The responsibility to create diverse and equitable leadership for future generations reaches far and wide. It is time for everyone to step up!

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October 6, 2016

Women headed for the C-Suite Must Not be Ignored.

Read Five Tips for Women who want to Land in the C-Suite. Communication Skills are Paramount. Do Not Be Ignored.  

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October 4, 2016

Open Communication Makes Female Leaders More Effective

By Chad Brooks, Business News Daily Senior Writer September 6, 2016 12:02 pm EST For women who feel outnumbered by the men on their teams, transparent communication can help break down gendered perceptions and open the door to leadership opportunities within the group, finds new research. A study recently published in The Leadership Quarterly journal discovered that in work…

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September 21, 2016

Visual Content

Used wisely visual aids should help your audience to remember your message while allowing you to reinforce and support the point you want to convey.   While charts are an effective visual tool when used to support your message it is important to watch for pitfalls that could have your audience drawing the wrong conclusions….

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September 20, 2016

Learn from The Best Ted Speakers!

Our work with successful business leaders (and future leaders) most often involves helping with preparation for upcoming speaking engagements.  From content to delivery we help our clients construct the best version of their presentation.  With the desired outcome in mind we coach our clients  to effectively deliver their message to the intended audience. Here are…

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December 17, 2014

Tune Up your Tone! – Don’t Congratulate Your Team in the Same Tone used to Order Your Latte

  The executive who congratulates her team in the same tone she uses to order her morning latte will not have the positive effect she’s hoping for. The expression in your voice signals at least as much meaning as the words you use—sometimes more. A lack of expression or the improper tone can result in…

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September 29, 2014

Speaker’s Anxiety: Fake it till you make it!

Fear of speaking in public is one of the most common anxieties that humans experience. It happens to students and to successful executives. Fortunately, there are concrete things you can do to help. Many people have at the least missed opportunities to be heard and at the worst missed opportunities for advancement. There are many…

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July 28, 2014

Body Language: “They Say A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

If you saw this photograph of John Chen, CEO of Blackberry, you wouldn’t have to hear his presentation to know that he was reporting good news.  His face, his smile, his posture and his gesture all scream “I’m very happy, this is good news!” This simple illustration is a good reminder of how we can…

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June 19, 2014

10 Tips for a Successful Pitch

When you’re pitching an idea, product or service, you only have your audience for a short time—make it count!   1.  Know What You are Pitching Against There is almost always another supplier, budget constraints, history etc.—the more you know, the better you can highlight the benefits of your option.   2.  Paint a Picture…

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June 5, 2014

Lessons you can use taken from a great commencement speech. by Elizabeth Hunt

Today’s (June 17, 2014) Globe and Mail has an interesting article on Commencement speeches. Check it out Recently the Wall Street Journal published the commencement speech delivered at the University of Texas at Austin by Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. It is a great example of some of the elements…

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May 12, 2014

Hunt Communication-25 Years and Growing!

Dear Friends, Clients and Associates of Elizabeth Hunt, This month marks Elizabeth’s 25th year of coaching, advising and training professionals like you in the art of effective communication for business. For those who have had the opportunity to work with Elizabeth and her team of facilitators over the years, I am sure you will agree…

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May 6, 2014

Silence is Golden! Leave out the interjections uh, um and mm!

  Interjections are the non-productive words and sounds (uh, um, mm) many of us use as we are preparing to speak.  Interjections are very common, and even the best speakers may use them unconsciously.  They become a problem when they are very frequent and occur at an important point in a communication. If you were…

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April 23, 2014

Noble Posture: Be Heard!!

Noble posture is a term that describes a desired physical stature, the one in which your voice will sound its best.  It is the opposite of a slouch, but neither is it a rigid at-attention stance.  This is the posture of an operatic soprano who looks quite ordinary on stage, but when she opens her…

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April 22, 2014

Growing the Canadian Economy Through Supplier Diversity – Carlos Cabrero

Hunt Communication is proud to be A Certified Women’s Business Enterprise: Hunt Communication Certificate 16_04_14 “When I first started at TELUS, part of my portfolio was to take on and manage our Supplier Diversity Program within Procurement. Great! I thought …What is Supplier Diversity? …What is Procurement, even? Let’s pretend that last question was just a joke…” Read…

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April 9, 2014

Want people to pay attention? Lean in—physically.

  “Lean in” is a phrase made popular by Sheryl Sandberg’s book of the same name .   One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they feel it is often hard to get their point across or be heard in a meeting. The good news is that there are simple,…

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March 19, 2014

Can you make your presentation EFFECTIVE in FIVE?

You’ve arrived for your meeting to find out that the decision maker has been called away and can only give you FIVE MINUTES to PRESENT! Be prepared to deliver an effective presentation in less time. If you’ve been given 20 minutes to walk through your plan ask yourself if you could deliver it in 5…

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February 19, 2014

Mind Over Matter when it comes to Performance Anxiety or Stage Fright. Communication by Elizabeth Hunt

For anyone who has experienced performance anxiety or stage fright the advice to ‘get over it’ or simply ignore it might be insulting to say the least.   Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety)  is a real and debilitating problem that hinders the success of far to many people.  The concept of conquering it seems inconceivable.  …

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February 12, 2014

You’ve been asked to present … now what? Preparing for an Effective Presentation by Elizabeth Hunt

At Hunt Communication we specialize in working with senior level experts and business leaders. I wonder if we might be able to help you in your preparation for your next presentation or key note address. If you are using a script that you have delivered before I am happy to take a look and let…

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February 10, 2014

In A Nutshell: Communicating to the Board of Directors by Elizabeth Hunt

  The Board of Directors in today’s corporations are more sophisticated, capable and engaged than ever before.  They are also more at risk for management decisions as well as regulator and shareholder expectations.  Board members are often experienced business people with in-depth knowledge in a field or area of business.  But they are not likely…

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February 5, 2014

How can you make email more effective – Communication from Elizabeth Hunt

Why not put a code in the subject line (this is appropriate for your team who understand your code). 411 = Information, important, but no big rush 611 = Action required within 1 day 911 = Emergency, needs immediate action

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January 27, 2014

Improving Communication – after the presentation

A large part of improving your communication skills comes after you leave the podium.  A great way to improve is to get feedback on what you said and how you came across.  If you are able to have someone regularly complete the assessment below then you will be able to build a tremendously helpful ongoing…

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January 21, 2014

Did you have them from hello? What it takes to start a Communication or Presentation Well.

How many times have you been in a meeting or watching a presentation and you hear “Today I’m going to talk about…” “Thank you for taking the time to come today…” “I want to give you an update on our project…” First Words in a presentation should be the easiest part however many report that…

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December 3, 2013

Smile – it’s a universal form of communication and good for you too!

One of the easiest ways to do better in your next presentation is to simply smile.  It will make you feel better and research shows that people will perceive you as more confident.   Need proof that a smile improves communication? Watch this video:   Visit TIP OF THE WEEK for more Communication Tips and…

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November 18, 2013

Body Language with Amy Cuddy – by Elizabeth Hunt

We’ve all known that body language (the visual aspect of communication) is as if not more important to communication that what you say. Think of someone saying “yes, I’ll get that to you by tomorrow” as they step back, look away and shake their head from side to side. The new news is from Amy…

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November 13, 2013

Effective Communication with Elizabeth Hunt – We’re not in Kansas anymore’ …

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, quotes “The Wizard of Oz” as he addresses former Kansas Governor and current U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday on Capitol Hill at a hearing regarding healthcare.gov. One of the hardest things to do in effective communication is to stop the noise, grab attention and make people…

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October 10, 2013

Keep your audience listening

It is quite common for a listener to take a little mental vacation when you are speaking. In order to keep an audience listening you should try to add a few “attention getting phrases”. Try some of these in your next communication: …this may surprise you… … something you will find interesting… …the most important……

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September 9, 2013

Create your Sales Presentation – The Perfect Pitch!

WEConnect Canada published a great summary of our Perfect Pitch workshop! Perfect Pitch is our hands-on workshop that teaches participants how to create a sales presentation to be used when pitching a product or service to clients. During this interactive session participants learn how to create communications that consistently and clearly get their points across…

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May 21, 2013

Ready to lead but not sure anyone will follow?

Executive presence is the essence of what compels others to follow you.  This is the core of our business.  At Hunt Communication we work with you to create your executive presence using persuasive communication, corporate story telling and delivery skills that transform successful senior management into successful LEADERSHIP. Jim Murray points out that this is…

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May 8, 2013

Do you SOUND like you can handle the C-Suite?

 There was a great article in the WSJ last week entitled “Is This How You Really Talk?”   See Tip of The Week: Warm Up Your Voice for more!

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March 6, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook has just written a book called Lean In: Woman, Work and the Will to Lead

In the Globe and Mail this week Naomi Wolf talks about the controversy of some of Ms. Sandbergs recommendations. I highly recommend reading both the article by Naomi Wolf and the Book by Ms. Sandberg. I’m particularly pleased to see that Sandberg feels that women need to work on negotiation and public speaking. It was…

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June 8, 2012

Question Asked, Question NOT Answered.

Throughout our business day we communicate by leaving messages, exchanging emails, presenting and fielding questions. It is quite common for people to ask for further information, further clarification or explanation. Occasionally we are faced with more aggressive or even hostile type questions. The question is, what do you do?

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May 16, 2012

Can you really change your voice?

The answer is yes absolutely. Some people can change their voices by simply becoming aware of their sound and then create a different sound.

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May 16, 2012

You’re more interesting than you think, or at least you could be.

On any given day I may be working with a lawyer who specializes in pensions, an engineer who is trying to solve the problem of water treatment, the analyst who is pitching for a new custody business assignment. What strikes me time and time again is how these experts struggle to get out of the weeds to move away from the minutia and to eliminate the details to tell their story.

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May 16, 2012

Techie Communication

I recently went to meet the senior leaders of a software company. When I say senior I mean almost pushing 30. The team really were veterans as they’d been in business for more than 10 years. I was asked to consult on some communication issues related to some of their younger employees.

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