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In the Midst of COVID-19 Uncertainty, Trusted Leadership Is Critical

by Melanie Meador & Noah Zandan The novel coronavirus (aka COVID-19) continues to spread at an alarming pace, shutting down small businesses, moving classrooms and offices online, and (somewhat inexplicably) sending toilet paper flying off grocery shelves. But conflicting information, misinformation, and uncertainty are spreading as fast as the virus itself, stirring up anxiety and…

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Introducing Insights Into Influence

I’m thrilled to announce my book, Insights into Influence: The Strategies, Tactics, and Secrets of World-Class Leaders and Social Scientists, is soon to be released.

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Why Are Some People Extraordinary Speakers?

We all know how it feels to walk away from a speech—whether it’s a TED Talk, a conference keynote, or a presentation at work—and know that we just heard something extraordinary. We hear people speak all the time, in formal situations and everyday get-togethers. Some folks are good public speakers; others, not so much. But…

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How to Be a Paid Speaker

For many leaders, thought leaders, and experts, public speaking is an attractive opportunity to both share expertise and create an additional revenue stream. So how can you get started? Unfortunately, there’s no clear, one-size-fits-all process for breaking into the business. However, there are a few strategies you can take to build your personal brand and…

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Can We Use Computational Social Science to Detect Fake News?

In case you hadn’t heard, 2020 is an election year. And that means we’ll be inundated with political news from all sides (as if we hadn’t been already). But in this “post-truth” world of fake news and alternative facts, how can we ensure that what we’re reading, believing, and sharing leading up to the election…

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Leadership Communication Lessons from Professional Speechwriters

Last month, I had the honor of speaking at the Professional Speechwriters Association’s 2019 World Conference in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference was “Leadership Communication: Next,” and the program promised to shake up attendees’ ideas of executive communication best practices and challenge us to think more deeply about time-tested techniques. And boy…

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Should Leaders Apologize? Sorry, but Research Says Maybe Not.

These days, it seems like once a week, some public figure or another is making a controversial statement that’s met by many with demands for apologies and/or consequences. And general consensus would argue that, when a leader—corporate, political, or otherwise—realizes he or she has made an insensitive statement, a sincere apology is in order to…

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What Is Executive Presence, and Can it Be Learned?

“Executive presence.” It’s one of those buzzwords we hear all the time when we’re discussing leadership abilities, and at a high level, it makes sense. But when it comes time to break down exactly what executive presence (much less talk about how to develop it), it’s not so easy. But executive presence isn’t just some…

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