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The Communication Guys Podcast: Communication Excellence | Professional and Personal Success

Your ultimate level of success depends on your ability to express yourself in a creative, confident, and compelling way. Whether you speak, teach, or write, the same underlying principles of communication will guarantee excellence in whatever you do. The Communication Guys podcast teaches those timeless, universal principles and applies them to all forms of communication: spoken and written, personal and public, platform and small group. Tim Downs is a professional speaker, communication trainer, novelist, and cartoonist whose work has appeared in newspapers from the New York Post to the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Tom Barrett is an internationally recognized expert in the psychology of success who specializes in teaching communication skills, emotional intelligence, and business development to entrepreneurs and business leaders.
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Dec 25, 2017

Merry Christmas from The Communication Guys! Episode 68 of The Communication Guys podcast is the final episode of 2017, and we couldn’t think of a better way to finish out the year than by looking back at some of the most popular episodes of 2017, from “How to Cast Your Vision so Others Catch It” to “Overcoming Shyness.” If you manage to find a quiet moment today, listen in.

Dec 18, 2017

Words matter. If you don’t believe it, try using the wrong one at the wrong place or time. The wrong word can get you fired, or publicly humiliated. The wrong word can lead to confusion or misunderstanding—or even start a war. Yet all of us are prone to 7 common word choice errors that we can easily correct. In “7 Word Choice Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,” the Guys describe 5 of the most common word choice errors and how to correct them. Can you really sound smarter in just 30 minutes? Apply these principles and find out.

Dec 11, 2017

"Are people avoiding me, or is it just my imagination?" Sometimes, without meaning to, we send subtle nonverbal signals that warn people off and push them away. It’s as though we have a sign around our neck that says, “DO NOT DISTURB,” and we don’t even know we’re wearing it. In “Am I a Person People Avoid?” the Guys describe 5 signals you may be unconsciously sending that cause people to avoid you, and how to replace them with signals that draw people in.

Dec 4, 2017

Are you an initiator? If you are, you’re part of a rare minority. Most people wait for someone else to think of the idea, plan the event, make the phone call, or extend the invitation. They wait for you to get the car rolling, then gladly climb aboard. But there’s great reward in being the kind of person who’s willing to make that first move. In “Why if Pays to Be the Initiator,” the Guys explain why initiators are valuable people—and why all of us should join their ranks.

Nov 27, 2017

You know the type: No matter what you say, he always manages to turn the conversation back to him. Been on a vacation? So has he. Bought a boat? He has a bigger one. Got a raise? He did too. Regardless of the topic, he always finds a way to turn the spotlight back to himself. He’s not a pleasant person to be around—but have you ever been that person? In “That Reminds Me of Me,” the Guys describe 5 conscious and unconscious ways we all use to steal the show and turn the spotlight back to us.

Nov 20, 2017

Why does our wired world seem so sadly disconnected? The average office worker now receives 121 emails every weekday, and 22 billion text messages are traded worldwide every day. In a world where information flows like water, why is it harder than ever to experience true connection with another human being? In “Finding Connection in a Disconnected World,” the Guys give 5 helpful suggestions for finding fulfillment by making deeper and more meaningful connections.

Nov 13, 2017

Can the COO be your BFF? Is it possible to be both a boss and a friend? Today’s companies often encourage an informal atmosphere and close camaraderie on the job. But that friend you’re chatting with might also be your boss—or you could be hers. Friend, colleague, supervisor, boss; how do you juggle all the different roles you have to play? Today’s Communication Guys podcast is “Are You My Friend or My Boss?” where the Guys give 5 practical tips for maintaining the delicate balance between authority and friendship where you work.

Nov 6, 2017

Do you work in sales? Master salesman Doug Traxler says you do, whether you know it or not, because everyone has an idea to pitch, a cause to promote, or a product that needs to be moved. Regardless of our specific jobs, we all need to learn to persuade other people to think, feel, or act in a different way. In today’s Communication Guys interview, “Communicating to Sell,” Doug Traxler reveals the communication secrets of today’s most successful salespeople.

Oct 30, 2017

How teachable are you? Regardless of age or level of achievement, smart people keep seeking new knowledge and experiences, often in fields unrelated to their own. “Teachability” is the quality that can turn stagnation into continued growth. Today’s Communication Guys podcast is “Why Smart People are Teachable,” where the Guys give 5 practical tips for remaining fresh, growing, and passionately curious about the world around you.

Oct 23, 2017

When someone we know is suffering, we naturally want to reach out and offer comfort. But sometimes our well-intended words only seems to make things worse. Today’s Communication Guys podcast is “What to Say to Someone Who is Suffering,” where the Guys give 6 practical guidelines for finding just the right words to say and avoiding those awkward and embarrassing moments.

Oct 16, 2017

Why is so hard to talk about money? Why is the topic one of the biggest sources of conflict for couples? Today’s Communication Guys podcast is “How to Talk About Money,” where the Guys interview financial expert Jerry Foster, a man responsible for managing more than 2 billion dollars in assets. Jerry reveals why money is such a tricky topic to approach, and he describes a more productive way to go about it.

Oct 9, 2017

Whatever happened to small talk? For many of us, it’s been gradually replaced by texts, tweets, and those entertaining video clips. But “connecting with your world” begins at the smallest level. Today’s Communication Guys podcast is “The Lost Art of Small Talk,” where the Guys describe the skills required to “resist the silence” and connect with others one-on-one.

Oct 2, 2017

Given a choice, all of us would prefer to speak to an audience that already knows and likes us. But a friendly audience can be a problem for a growing communicator. Today’s Communication Guys podcast is “Dangers of a Friendly Audience,” where the Guys describe the problems that can develop for communicators who only practice their skills in front of a friendly crowd.

Sep 25, 2017

Every human being is a natural-born storyteller, and the stories we tell ourselves have the power to change our lives. The problem is, most of us tell ourselves stories without even knowing we’re doing it. Today’s Communication Guys podcast is “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” where the Guys help you understand the stories that have shaped you—and how to write some better ones.

Sep 18, 2017

Have you ever noticed how different people respond to criticism? Some brood, some become depressed, and others fly off the handle. But criticism can be your friend, if you take the right attitude toward it. In this Communication Guys podcast, the Guys help you identify your natural response to criticism, and describe a more positive and constructive way of handling it.

Sep 11, 2017

Ever have trouble connecting effectively with colleagues, friends, or loved ones? It might be a problem of different communication styles. Knowing your natural communication style is crucial to becoming a better communicator. In today’s Communication Guys podcast, the Guys explain the four major styles of communication, how to recognize them, and how to use them to your advantage.

Sep 6, 2017

When people are suffering, we naturally want to offer comfort through both our actions and words. But what’s the right thing to say when someone is in pain? Sometimes our well-intended words only seem to make things worse. This special Communication Guys podcast is “What to Say to Someone Who is Suffering,” where the Guys offer 6 helpful guidelines for choosing just the right words—and for avoiding those awkward and regrettable comments we’ve all said.

Sep 4, 2017

If you fail to communicate with your boss, it could cost you your job—but if you fail to communicate with your doctor, it could cost you your life. What’s the best way to talk to your doctor, and what are the most important questions to ask? In this Communication Guys interview with Dr. Ann Smithson, the Guys ask a physician’s advice on the most effective way to connect with the people responsible for our health.

Aug 28, 2017

“I have a dream…Ask not what your country can do for you…The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” Why do some words and phrases lodge in our memories, while most of what we hear passes by barely noticed? This is the quality Chip and Dan Heath call “stickiness,” and it doesn’t happen by accident. In this week’s episode, the Guys discuss the qualities that make words “sticky,” and describe 5 ways to make sure your words will be remembered.

Aug 21, 2017

The end of summer; the beginning of school or college; the buildup to that all-important 4th quarter at work. For many people, this time of year is a season that calls for courage. This is the season when millions of people prepare to face new challenges and tackle new ventures. But some have managed to all but eliminate risk from their lives—then wonder where the thrill of life has gone. In this special episode, the Guys honor those who are facing a season of quiet courage, and discuss the need for all of us to continue to take risks, regardless of age or accomplishment.

Aug 14, 2017

Have you ever struggled with shyness? 48% of Americans say they do. Overcoming shyness is a struggle for everyone at some point in their lives. For some, it’s a recurring and debilitating condition that hinders their personal lives and limits their chance for advancement at work. In this episode, the Guys reveal the 4 phases of the “Shyness Cycle” and recommend 5 practical methods for overcoming shyness and communicating with confidence.

Aug 7, 2017

Did you ever have to raise funds for a school trip, band camp, or charitable cause? How did it go? How much were you able to raise? Meet Caleb Chung, a young man who felt a burden to help children in Africa obtain clean drinking water and raised thousands of dollars to help out—at the tender age of eleven. What gives a young man the confidence to attempt so much at such an early age? In this fascinating interview, the Guys explore the attitudes and habits of this remarkable young man that communicators everywhere can learn from.

Jul 31, 2017

There’s no escaping Murphy’s Law: Even for the polished, professional communicator, things sometimes go wrong. That’s why every communicator needs to know what to do when a performance, presentation, or proposal doesn’t go according to plan. In this episode the Guys describe 5 practical things any communicator can do to save the day whenever things go wrong.

Jul 24, 2017

The skills that will allow you to land the job of the future—or keep the job you have today—are not what you might think. Today’s top recruiters are looking for character as well as competence. They not only want to know if you can do the job; they want to know if you possess the “soft skills” that will allow you to fit into their corporate culture and engage with your colleagues in a positive, productive way. In this episode, the Guys begin to discuss the soft skills: what they are, how they’re developed, and why they matter now more than ever.

Jul 17, 2017

Do your conversations at work or at home often erupt in anger or accusation? You might be attempting to connect in a toxic environment that you created without even knowing it. In this episode, the Guys conduct a toxic waste clean-up campaign by identifying 6 common conversational habits that can create an environment of confusion, coldness, and complaint.

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