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What Questions Should You Ask Your Audience?

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Guest Post by By Dan Kennedy Asking the right questions is important if you want to get the answer you most need. If you walked into a restaurant and they immediately served you a ham sandwich and gave you the bill, what would you say? You’re not a ham-hater, but what if you were in the mood for roast beef? Or waffles? You’d think, They clearly don’t know me. And they certainly didn’t care enough to ask. Hello one star on Yelp. How is that different than what most of us do in communication? We’re constantly churning out messages. Have we stopped to…

10 Questions Great Bosses Regularly Ask Their People

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Guest Post by Randy Conley Great leaders ask great questions. Too often leaders think they are the smartest person in the room, so they are quick to offer advice, give direction, and share their perspectives on how things should be done. Most leaders do this instinctively, because after all, it’s the type of behavior that caused them to rise through the ranks. But when you become the boss, your role shifts from being the one to make things happen to empowering your team members to get the job done. You can’t do that if you’re always dominating the conversation. You…

10 Questions to Ask Your Dad (or Grandpa) on Father’s Day

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Dad and me in 1950 and 2005.   My Dad, Arnett Tiede, was the greatest influence on my life and was always my “Hero!”  He was a member of that “Greatest Generation” having made (and survived) the Normandy Invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany.   He returned from the war and quickly married my Mom.  He became a successful farmer as well as running a successful insurance agency.  He was the President of G.M. (No not that G.M – but the President of a 3 county farm mutual fire insurance company called German Mutual!  For many years he taught…

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