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Active Listening Can Make You a Better Speaker: Part 1

April 11, 2017

When we think of being a good communicator or public presenter, we often think it’s about the speaker. But a major component of great communication is whether you and the audience are engaged in “active listening.”

In this, and the next blog, we show you what you as the speaker can do to make active listening an integral part of your presentation style.

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Communications Myths: Five Untruths That Can Get You in Trouble

March 28, 2017

All this talk about “fake news,” and “alternative facts” has me reflecting on the difference between relatively harmless untruths versus potentially dangerous ones. For instance, I just read yet another article debunking the “truism” that human beings use only 10% of our brains. So disappointing, since I like to think I could lose 90% of my mind and still be ok.

Seriously, though – believing or not believing this myth probably won’t hurt me. But some myths can be dangerous – to your health, the planet – or your career. In communications, trusting a lie can cause a huge professional blunder – and who needs that?

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FDA NDA to ADCOM: Five Tips to Ensure a Smooth Transition

March 13, 2017

Preparing a New Drug Application (NDA) or Pre-Market Approval (PMA) is one of the most arduous tasks regulatory teams have to face – and thinking about a possible Advisory Committee (ADCOM) meeting at the same time may seem impossible. But approaching NDA/PMA preparation with the possibility of an Advisory Committee meeting in mind not only improves a Sponsor’s chances at an ADCOM – it could prevent one from ever happening.

Here are five tips on how to approach NDA/PMA preparation with a possible ADCOM in mind.

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What an Oscars Mishap Can Teach Leaders About Authentic Communication

February 28, 2017

We couldn’t have scripted a better example for leadership communications than what happened at the Academy Awards Sunday night.

Jordan Horowitz, one of the producers of the film La La Land, had just accepted the award for Best Picture when it was discovered the presenters had been handed the wrong card and announced the wrong winner. Amid the confusion, embarrassment, and apologies that followed, Horowitz held up the right card and declared, “Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture,’” and then, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from Moonlight.”

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