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Wickedly Smart Women

Dec 6, 2023

Aspiring leaders tend to approach communication by considering what we want to say.

But if we want our message to influence others, we’ve got to put our audience first: Who are they? What do they need to know? What do we want them to do with the information?

Then we can reverse engineer our message to make sure it gets through.

Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership, communication and influence expert, author of Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice and host of the podcast, Speaking to Influence: Communication Secrets of the C-Suite

Dr. Laura’s mission is to transform executives into confident inspiring leaders, and she has trained and coached executives at Comcast, IBM, the US Department of Commerce, and Women Against Abuse, along with leaders from around the world.

On this episode of Wickedly Smart Women, Dr. Laura joins Anjel to discuss how her talent for connecting with others inspired the transition from academia to entrepreneurship.

Dr. Laura challenges us to command respect through our presence and communication style, sharing key takeaways from her TEDx Talk on speaking like a leader.

Listen in to understand what executives and entrepreneurs can do to be more effective communicators and learn how to share YOUR message in a way that inspires the audience to act!

What You Will Learn
How Dr. Laura’s talent for connecting with people led to becoming a communication expertDr. Laura’s 5-year transition from academia to entrepreneurship
Where Dr. Laura got the courage to say YES to seemingly random opportunities
How Dr. Laura helped a client land the CFO role in a large public company
What leaders can do to be more effective communicators
How to clarify the message you want to communicate and how you want to impact the audience
The 3 levels of impact in every exchange we have—cognitive, emotional and behavioral
Commanding respect through your presence and communication style
How to introduce yourself in a way that helps people remember your name

Connect with Dr. Laura Sicola
Vocal Impact Productions
Speaking to Influence Podcast

Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice by Dr. Laura Sicola
Dr. Laura’s TEDx Talk
Wickedly Smart Women: Trusting Intuition, Taking Action, Transforming Worlds by Anjel B. Hartwell

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