Be a good listener. It doesn’t sound sexy. But most CEO’s, board members and C-Suite leaders will tell you it’s the single most important skill in leadership. We spend time talking to sound knowledgable. Yet people are much more likely to say we are smart when we listen to them. Today I speak with Joann Baney, communication professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and founder of The Professional Development Company. Joann has trained and coached thousands of professionals and students on how to be better speakers, have better executive presence and feel more confident at work. She travels the world to teach and train, and works with New York’s City’s Firefighters and Police department. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working closely with Joann for the last ten years and can’t say enough about the quality of what she teaches and how she shows up. Please watch our conversation on listening and gain insight on how this important practice can build your influence and executive presence.
See our Clarity Conversation by clicking Joann’s photo.
If you are interested in how Joann’s work can help your organization, please contact her. And if you’d like to learn more about being a strong listener, please check out Joann’s book: Guide to Interpersonal Communication
As always, you can learn more about how to bring communication skills to your career by scheduling a 30-minute Career Clarity session with me. Simply click here.