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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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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.

Jul 10, 2017

Every corporation, club, and family has its own in-house language, a specialized collection of words and expressions that everyone in the group understands—but no one else. If you speak the language, you’re part of the group; if you don’t, you feel excluded. In this episode the Guys explain how to recognize your own in-house language and how to communicate in a way that leaves no listener out.

Jul 3, 2017

Humor is a useful tool for every communicator, but the seductive desire to get a laugh from an audience can lead a presenter to make embarrassing and regrettable mistakes. When is humor appropriate, and when should it be avoided? Which types of humor are welcomed in today’s world, and which ones will get you in trouble? In this episode, the Guys explain how to avoid the pitfalls and how to use humor that’s appropriate, timely, and effective.

Jun 26, 2017

Have you ever thought about the way you walk into a room? We can guarantee you, other people have noticed. Before you ever open your mouth to speak, you’re creating an impression that will either help or hinder your ability to connect with your audience. In this episode, the Guys give you five suggestions for making a powerful impression from the moment you walk into a room.

Jun 19, 2017

Take a look around you. As a leader, do you find yourself surrounded by people who all have something to gain from you--or something to lose? Those are people who can’t afford to tell you the truth. Leaders who surround themselves with yes-men are leaders who stop growing. We all need to hear the truth about our shortcomings and areas of needed improvement if we’re to avoid that deadly Performance Plateau. In this episode, the Guys discuss how seeking out honest criticism is an absolute necessity for leaders who are committed to keep growing and maturing in life and business.

Jun 12, 2017

When is a handshake, a pat on the back, a high-five, or even a hug appropriate? Done at the wrong time, or in the wrong way, it can get you fired. In our cautious and hyper-sensitive culture, we tend to take a “hands off” approach to touch. But touch is a powerful form of communication, and it’s a tool that every communicator needs to understand. In this episode, the Guys discuss the power of touch and the role it plays in our ability to connect with others.

Jun 5, 2017

Did you ever return from a family vacation feeling like you need a vacation? Trust us, you’re not the only one. Maybe one of you had action and adventure in mind, but someone else brought six novels to read. Or maybe one of you was hoping for some deeper connection, but someone else spent the whole vacation on Facebook. How do you plan a family vacation that everyone will enjoy? In this episode, the Guys give you five helpful tips to turn your vacation expectations into reality.

May 29, 2017

Joe Navarro is a difficult man to fool. As a former interrogation expert for the FBI, he learned to read the nonverbal clues that can reveal whether a suspect has something to hide. In the second of a two-part episode, Special Agent Navarro breaks down the human body part-by-part and describes the ticks and tells that each part of the body unconsciously employs. He then explains how to read those tells in other people, and how skilled communicators use them to their own advantage.

May 22, 2017

Are your words saying one thing, while your body is communicating something completely different? The man who can tell you is Joe Navarro, former FBI agent and world-renowned expert in nonverbal communication. In the first of a two-part interview, Special Agent Navarro describes the unconscious mannerisms and gestures that can tell an interrogator whether a suspect is lying—or tell an audience what a communicator is really thinking and feeling.

May 15, 2017

In our increasingly negative culture, you can make a positive impact by being a person who inspires others with courage, spirit, and hope. In this episode, the Guys discuss how small but powerful “micro-messages” of encouragement can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others.

May 8, 2017

What would it be like to live in a country where you didn’t speak a single word of their language? How would it shape your life if you had no way to express your thoughts, feelings and desires to anyone else? In Part 2 of their interview with Dr. Vinh Chung, the Communication Guys explore how an inability to communicate effectively can deeply affect your life and shape your personality in surprising ways.

May 1, 2017

What price would you be willing to pay to become an American? In this inspirational episode, the Guys interview Dr. Vinh Chung, who recounts the remarkable story of his family’s death-defying journey to America, and his father’s journey from riches to rags to give his children a chance at a better life.

Apr 24, 2017

Are there people in your life who have an uncanny ability to spark conflict or cause you to doubt yourself? You may have a secret saboteur. In this episode, the Guys help you identify and deal with the people in your relationships and in your workplace who always seem to make you feel “less than.”

Apr 17, 2017

Our modern technology shapes the way we think, feel, and communicate. But did you know that our technology is also shaping our brains and relationships? In this episode, the Guys discuss the unseen effects of modern technology on our interpersonal and communication skills.

Apr 10, 2017

Have you ever been in a conversation that suddenly erupted in anger or controversy? What happened? You stepped on a hidden landmine. In this episode, the Guys discuss how to identify and respond to conversational landmines that can damage relationships and sabotage business opportunities.

Apr 3, 2017

You would never plan a picnic without consulting the weather, but we sometimes fail to recognize that our attempts to communicate are affected by the weather too. In this episode, the Guys interview communication scholar Dr. Tim Muehlhoff, who describes how to recognize the communication climate and explains how to turn rain clouds into sunnier skies.

Mar 27, 2017

Do you fear speaking in front of a group?  You’re not alone. Take a look at surveys of common anxieties and fear of public speaking is near the top of every list. In this episode, the Guys explain 5 ways to make your performance anxiety work for you.

Mar 20, 2017

Did you know that one of the most successful tools in fighting a military battle is not a weapon, but a thought? Every day brings a battle for your mind, so why not learn how to win the battle? In this episode, the Guys share lessons learned from military PsyOps specialists and how these lessons relate to our everyday lives.

Mar 13, 2017

The success of any communication depends to a large extent on when and where it happens. In this week's Communication Guys podcast the Guys describe 5 considerations that will make you rethink the way you do your next presentation.

Mar 6, 2017

To be “blindsided” is to be tackled, hit, or attacked from behind on the vulnerable blind side. In this episode the Guys give you six questions to ask yourself before your next presentation so that you can anticipate the unexpected.

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