Practicing Effective Communication Skills
Good communication is something you work at... day in and day out. It is most certainly a practice! Having good communication skills, whether it be peer-to-peer, to employees, to your board of directors, to your customers, strategic partners, and even your personal life, is a KEY component to getting to the next level - and one of the top consistent struggles most leaders & entrepreneurs have.
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Business Owner, I have a question for you: What is holding your company back from greater success? If you are not 100% sure what those things are, take a minute and focus on at least three circumstances, conditions, things or people preventing your company from achieving greater results. Do you have them clearly identified in your head? Now let’s look at your challenges. It wouldn’t be surprising if all three of your challenges are external to you. Most business owners tend
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