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6 Ways to Get a Shy Person to Open to You in 5 Minutes or Less





10 Behaviors to Avoid When Talking about Tough Topics

Are You Actively Retaining and Attracting New Talent During the Great Resignation?

Have You Forgotten How to Connect with People?

Who are the Difficult People and What Can You Do About Them?

Can I Trust You? 10 Behaviors That Erode Trust

Have You Ever Eaten a Bicycle?

Are You Avoiding the Pain of Feedback?

What Roles Do the Most Successful Leaders Play?

When Do You Consider Breaking the Rules?

Are Your Assumptions Getting the Best of You?

10 Things to Avoid When Resolving Conflict

Why Do People Become Defensive? Six Factors That Influence Defensiveness

Are You Taking Advantage of Teamwork During the Pandemic?

Leaders, What Do Your People Need Right Now?

Cues for Connecting with Generation Z

10 Tips for Receiving Critical Feedback

Workplace Bullying: What to Do if You or Someone You Know is Being Bullied

12 Don'ts for Holding Difficult Conversations

9 Tips for Ensuring People Meet Your Expectations

6 Questions You Should Never Ask

7 Tips for Managing 'White Water' Conversations

Engage More to Increase Employee Performance

Cues for Connecting with People from Different Generations

12 Questions for Increasing Loyalty Through Leadership

10 Statements Not to Make to Millennials

10 Ways to Connect with a Younger Workforce

9 Strategies for Increasing Your Listening Power

Positive Questions: Create an Atmosphere of Trust

Leaders: Do They Sabotage the Accountability of Their People?

Can You Listen Between the Lines?

Nine Tips for Insuring People Meet Your Expectations




Talk Isn't Cheap: Connecting with Communicators



Are You Listening? 7 Barriers to Listening Effectively

12 Ways to Connect with Millenial Employees

10 Steps Leaders Can Take to Create a Culture of Candor

To Be an Effective Leader, Sometimes You Need to Give Yourself a Time Out

Dreading an Upcoming 'Difficult' Conversation? Here Are 10 Tips That Can Help

Answering These 5 Questions Will Change Your Life

Become a Fantastic Listener with These 9 Techniques

Looking for the Right Mentor? Ask Yourself these 8 Questions

Do Your People Give You What You Want Every Time?

Does Your Staff Dislike You?

How Leaders Can Cut the BS at Work and Address Real Issues




Contributor Dan Schawbel interviews John Stoker in this extensive and insightful article.  ^Top



10 Tips for Successfully Managing Remote Employees

Accountability: Do Leaders Sabotage it?  ^Top



Leadership Lessons from the River of No Return: 8 Questions to Assess the Quality of your Leadership

Do You Lose Friends and Alientate Others? 12 Suggestions for Talking about Political Topics

Why Don't Your Conversations Work?

Do You Lose Friends and Alienate Others?

Will You Pay it Forward? 7 Tips for Making a Difference

Are Your People on Board?

Do Words Really Matter? Six Questions to Improve the Power of your Message

Can You Manage the Emotions of Others? 10 Tips for Defusing Defensiveness

Improve Your Listening Skills: Eight Suggestions

Do They Really Want the Truth? Sharing Your Views with the Leader

 Discussing the Undiscussables: Should you tell the truth?

The Virtue Called Compassion: How to Improve your Capacity for Compassion

Resolving Conflict: Made This Quick and Easy



Why Don't People Speak Up and What to Do About It?

Can One Question Turn Around a Negative Conversation?

12 Behaviors that Leaders Should Avoid

What a Health Scare Can Teach about EQ and Social Awareness

Top Leadership Posts in 2021

Can Managing Your Expectations Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence Begins with Self-Awareness

What are the Rules for Conversational Engagement?

2020's top Leadership blog posts

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

How to Navigate Sensitve Conversations on Difficult Topics

Managers, Here's You Guide to Effective Feedback

Do People Trust You? Advice for Building Trust and Inspiring Confidence

Top Leadership Post in 2019 on SmartBrief

Are Your Expectations Getting the Best of You? 

12 Ways to Destroy Employee Engagement

Are you a boss or a leader? These characteristics will strengthen your leadership skills

10 Tips on Improving Your Remote Conversations

Are You Working on You? Questions for Improving the Quality of Your Leadership

Top posts on in 2018

Why Should Leaders Increase Their EQ?

Tips to Supercharging Your Leadership Credibility

Are You Undermining Your Leadership Credibility

5 Mindsets that Contribute to Poor Results

How To Achieve Recognition Through Results

Are You Getting in Your Own Way?

How do You Restore Your Rationality

12 Suggestions for Talking about Political Topics

How to Deliver Bad News to Your Boss

Nine Things to Avoid When Starting Conversations

Do you foster a culture of encouragement?

What People Wished Their Leaders Knew

4 Leadership Tips That Will Make People Adore You

Are You a Boss or a Leader? 12 Characteristics of Strong Leaders




12 Do's for Holding Difficult Conversations

Six Tips for Making Difficult Conversations Easier




Dawn Klingensmith reports: "Say It, Don't Slay It: Why Using the Right Words at Work Matters"






Alise Cortez of Working on Purpose:
Is Fake Talk Holding Back Your Success and Depriving You of the Results You Really Want?

Stephanie Erickson of Caregivers' Circle: How Real Conversations Lead to Real Relationships

Erika Rawes of Wall Street Cheat Street: 
3 Reasons You Are Stressed out at Work, and How to Handle It

Mountain Morning Show in Park City

Dan Rockwell of Leadership Freak: Get R.E.A.L.

Tal Shnall of Lead with Giants (Part Two)

Tal Shnall of Lead with Giants (Part One)

Kurt Mortensen: Maximize Your Influence

Dan Rockwell of Leadership Freak: A Simple Strategy to Re-energize Others

Kimunya Mugo of Lead by Choice: Eight Strategies for Creating Rapport

Rodger Dean Duncan on Overcoming Fake Talk--Put Your Best Voice Forward

Karin Hurt of Let's Grow Leaders: Getting Past Fake Talk at Work

Fresh Living: Overcoming Fake Talk

Michelle McCullough on Make It Happen Live Radio






Jane Anderson on Overcoming Fake Talk

Gwen Moran in Fast

Blogger Chris Lewis of Dad of Divas recommends Overcoming Fake Talk for leaders

Karen Schwarze of the Deseret News: Overcoming Fake Talk can help improve relationships

Business News Daily Expert Voices

Blogger SlowMoneyFarm promotes Overcoming Fake Talk in her blog recommending summer reading choices. (We are pleasantly surprised at who is reading the book!)






John Robert Stoker & The River Runner of Clear Conversations

Lisa B. Marshall, author of Smart Talk, on Overcoming Fake Talk

Shawn Murphy on Work That Matters: How to Overcome Fake Talk

John Stoker, Guest Blogger on Soundview Pro: "Do You Really Want to Take the Plunge (Tell the Truth?)"

John Stoker, Guest blogger for Mark Carrington-Cycle Tourist on "Dealing with a Closed Mind"

Guest post on Chantal Bechervaise

Guest post on Martina

Guest post on Non Profit Insurance Blog: "Learning to Reverse Spiraling Conversations"

Podcast, Manager Mojo: The Alarming Truth About Fake Talk and Low Productivity

Guest Blogger on Thought Leaders, LLC: How to Better Deal with Angry People

Interviewed on the Engaging Leader podcast series by Jesse Lahey of Aspendale Communications

Podcast, Manage Smarter: Navigating Difficult Conversations


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