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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 30, 2019

Do your New Year’s resolutions have a way of vanishing, despite your best intentions? This week’s Communication Guys podcast is “Turning Resolutions into Reality,” where the Guys describe the key attitudes and habits that can make this year different and help you finally accomplish those dreams and goals. This episode is a replay of Episode 16.

Dec 23, 2019

Are you getting tired of the same old boring conversations? Then you’ll like this week’s Communication Guys podcast, “How to Create Fun and Meaningful Conversations,” where the Guys give creative suggestions for going a little deeper with friends and family this holiday season. This episode is a replay of one of our most popular podcasts, Episode 15.

Dec 16, 2019

You would be amazed at how much you can improve as a communicator in a single day. All you have to do is apply 5 simple techniques that will leave people wondering at the remarkable transformation that’s come over you. Today the Guys reveal those 5 life-changing techniques. Does it sound like we’re over-promising? Try it for one day and see for yourself. This episode is a replay of  Episode 126.

Dec 9, 2019

According to research, the character quality that everyone instinctively looks for first is “warmth.” Do people perceive you as a “warm” person? Today the Guys discuss intriguing research in the social sciences that reveals the importance of personal warmth and give practical tips for developing that quality. This episode is a replay of one of our most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 120.

Dec 2, 2019

Why do park rangers lob explosives onto a mountainside to purposely start an avalanche? Answer: Because the avalanche you start yourself is the easiest one to control. In this episode The Guys explain how to deal with disagreements while they’re still minor grievances and before they erupt into full-blown battles. This episode is a replay of one of our most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 104.

Nov 25, 2019

Do you suffer from a “brain bias?” We all do. A brain bias is a faulty way of thinking that’s hardwired into every human brain. They’re common to all of us, and they can lead us to make some very bad decisions about the way we communicate. In this episode clinical psychologist Dr. Tom Barrett explains how a brain bias works, and describes 5 common brain biases that lead us all to some bad decisions. This episode is a replay of one of our most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 114.

Nov 18, 2019

Your current skills allowed you to land the job you have now, but what are the skills that will allow you to hold on to that job in the future? What are the skills that future employers will value most—the skills that will allow some to advance, while others remain stuck where they are? Today The Guys describe 5 increasingly important business skills that no successful person can afford to ignore. This episode is a replay of one of our most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 102.

Nov 11, 2019

Do you know how to tell a great story? Some do, most do not. Everyone agrees that stories are able to connect powerfully with listeners, but only if you know how to tell your story well. Today the Guys share 6 commonly overlooked principles that will help you shape and polish your stories for maximum impact. This episode is a replay of one of our most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 123.

Nov 4, 2019

Have you ever had a discussion where the stakes were high, opinions varied, and emotions were running strong? Master trainer Justin Hale from VitalSmarts, the organization responsible for the best-selling book, “Crucial Conversations,” explains how you can have a productive discussion even when passions are high. This episode is a replay of one of our most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 76.

Oct 28, 2019

When a conflict begins, what role do you naturally play: Victim, Persecutor, or Rescuer? According to Dr. Nate Regier, a conflict is like a drama that follows a predictable script, and we each play one of three roles in that drama. By understanding those roles and refusing to play them we can reduce the unpleasant drama that comes with conflict. In “Avoiding Drama in the Workplace,” the Guys continue their interview with Dr. Nate Regier, CEO of Next Element and author of the book, “Conflict Without Casualties.”

Oct 21, 2019

Are you sick and tired of conflict in your workplace? Do miscommunication and strained relationships drain your creative energy and keep you from being more productive? According to Dr. Nate Regier, CEO of Next Element, the average employee spends two hours of every workweek dealing with conflict. The solution? According to Dr. Regier, it all comes down to compassion. In “The Compassion Mindset,” the Guys interview Dr. Nate Regier about compassion: what it is, how to develop it, and how to use it to reduce the amount of conflict where you work.

Oct 14, 2019

What are the habits that all great communicators have in common? Andrew Blotky should know. His career has taken him from the White House to Facebook, and he’s seen the best. In his new book, “Honestly Speaking,” he describes the techniques they all seem to practice. In “25 Things All Great Communicators Do,” the Guys continue their interview with Andrew and discuss his list of essential habits for every effective communicator.

Oct 7, 2019

What does it take to communicate clearly, honestly and effectively in a business setting? Ask Andrew Blotky. For five years he led global employee communications at Facebook, at a time when Facebook was expanding its workforce from 5,000 to 30,000 employees worldwide. Business communication doesn’t get more challenging than that. In “The Golden Rule of Communication,” the Guys talk with Andrew about his new book, “Honestly Speaking: How the Way We Communicate Transforms Leadership, Love, and Life.”

Sep 30, 2019

Modern audiences place a high value on the quality of authenticity. But how can you be open and authentic without revealing too much—or the wrong thing? What makes the difference between an authentic moment and an awkward moment? How do you strike the delicate balance between “authentic” and “too much information?” In this episode, the Guys discuss the risks and rewards of authenticity, and explain how to make sure your openness and honesty work for you, not against you.

Sep 23, 2019

With all the criticism and negativity that surround us today, it can be hard to maintain a positive attitude. But when we tune out all negative-sounding comments, we risk cutting ourselves off from even the constructive criticism we desperately need to grow and improve. When that happens, you’ve become “bulletproof.” In this episode, the Guys discuss the reasons we all need to remain open to criticism, and explain how to tell the difference between constructive criticism and useless negativity.

Sep 16, 2019

Why are some people able to turn their great ideas into successful realities, while others allow their similar ideas to fade into distant memory? What marks the difference between a mere dreamer and someone who makes their dreams come true? Episode 158 of the Communication Guys podcast is “Give Your Idea a Chance to Live,” where the Guys discuss the reasons that we often ignore or reject our best ideas, and why your ability to communicate might make the difference between a good concept and a great reality.

Sep 9, 2019

At Stanford University’s prestigious Graduate School of Business, the most popular elective in their MBA program focuses not on business, but on Emotional Intelligence. Stanford’s best and brightest are taught that mastering this topic is crucial to their success in both business and relationships. In “5 Qualities of an Emotionally Intelligent Person,” the Guys describe 5 essential principles of Emotional Intelligence and explain its importance in our everyday lives.

Sep 2, 2019

In business as well as relationships, we sometimes make the mistake of focusing on the larger issues and forgetting that there are small things that have the power to make a remarkable difference. In this Communication Guys podcast, the Guys describe 6 simple, easy, but commonly overlooked practices that can greatly increase our ability to connect with others. This episode is a replay of one of our 10 most-downloaded programs, and was originally released as Episode 100.

Aug 26, 2019

Do conversations feel like a boulder you’re trying to roll uphill? Do your interactions with others seem like a fire that’s always about to go out—and it’s up to you to somehow keep the fire going? Do you feel like you’re always the one who has to carry the conversation? In this episode, The Guys give 5 practical tips for keeping a conversational fire burning and turning an exhausting burden into an effortless delight. This episode is a replay of one of our 10 most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 103.

Aug 19, 2019

There’s a new mantra among communicators today: “Connection before content.” It means: Before you attempt to impart that fascinating content of yours, make sure you’ve established a personal connection with your audience. Today’s listeners want to know who you are before they’re willing to consider what you have to say. In “Connection Before Content,” the Guys give 5 principles for establishing the kind of personal connection that will make any audience eager to listen.

Aug 12, 2019

Did you know that the average businessperson sends or receives 105 emails every day? Have you noticed how many of them you ignore—and have you ever wondered if your co-workers are ignoring yours the same way? Episode 153 of the Communication Guys podcast is “Email Fails,” where the Guys give 5 principles for composing an email that’s sure to get opened and read.

Aug 5, 2019

Have you ever wondered if you would make a good emcee? We tend to think of an emcee as a comedian, but the truth is, there’s a lot more to being a master emcee than just being able to tell a few jokes. When you’re called on to host an entire event, will you know what to do? In “How to Be a Master Emcee,” the Guys describe the 5 key responsibilities of a great master of ceremonies. You’ll rarely hear these principles taught anywhere else.

Jul 29, 2019

Did you see the story in USA Today? A woman named Alexa Bjornson put her 7 year-old son Landon on a plane to fly to Portland all by himself. But Landon is autistic, and Alexa was afraid her son might annoy whoever might be sitting beside him. So Alexa wrote a note, enclosed a ten dollar bill, and told her son to give it to his seatmate. What happened next? In “A Story to Inspire Us All,” the Guys reveal the rest of Landon’s story and draw 5 communication lessons we should all learn from it.

Jul 22, 2019

Why are we so stingy with our words? Words are like a miracle drug: They have the power to soothe, restore, and even heal the people around us, yet we dispense that medicine so sparingly. What makes us so cautious? What holds us back? Episode 150 of the Communication Guys podcast is “Throw Me a Bone,” where the Guys describe 5 crucial aspects of life where we all need to become more generous with our words.

Jul 15, 2019

Are you a golfer, golf viewer, or even a golf widow? Then this episode is for you. Golf immortal Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life.” If he was right, there must be lessons we can learn about communication from the game of golf. Episode 149 of the Communication Guys podcast is “Communication Lessons from the Golf Course,” where the Guys draw 5 lessons from the links that may not lower your handicap, but will definitely improve your ability to connect.

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