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March 24th, 2013 | by Dan O

When was the last time you listened to Dan’s “Something to Think About” series–right here on this website?  Are you struggling with relationships, with forgiveness, with ingratitude?  Are you troubled by how things are going with your friend, your partner, your children, your parents, your boss, your co-worker?  Are you in a situation that you can’t change–and you need help just to survive?  Do you want to convert that survival into truly living?  Then go to   http://powerdiversity.com/podcasts and click on the second video screen, and choose one or all topics–whatever suits you–whatever will help.  This help is free and immediate.

Danger Phrase: I’d Suggest–Part of our SAY THIS–NOT THAT!! Series

January 10th, 2013 | by Dan O


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Here’s your professional communication skills tip for the day:

The next time you’re about to say “I’d suggest…” instead, say simply “I suggest.”

Saying, “I’d suggest…” implies that if you were confident enough in your idea or yourself, your suggestion would be… and “I suggest” is a verbal pattern of a confident, savvy, professional communicator.

For example, notice the difference:

“I’d suggest we review all our options first,” and “I suggest we review all our options first.”

“I’d suggest you ask him yourself,” and “I suggest you ask him yourself.”

When you say, “I’d” instead of “I” it simply sabotages and weakens your message. “I’d” is NOT a verbal pattern of a powerful communicator.

For more Danger and Power phrases, check out our latest book Say This–Not That!! on Amazon.com.

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How to Deal with a Cry Baby at Work

December 12th, 2012 | by Dan O

Expert Communication Trainer and Motivational Keynote Speaker Dan O'ConnorRemember: we train people how to treat us, and it’s up to us to train Cry Babies that their crying will not detract from effective communication at work.

If you need to have a conversation with someone at work who you know uses crying as a defense/distraction mechanism, and you don’t want that crying to derail your communication efforts, use this simple 3-step process:

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1) Have your tools ready.
When dealing with a Cry-Baby, make sure you have two tools at hand:
1-A box of tissues-that will soak up the tears
2-A glass/bottle of water-the reason we give people water when they’re crying/upset is because the action of lifting your chin up (required to drink) stops the average person from crying, and helps calm out-of-control emotions. It’s about the head tilting back–not the hydration.

2) Have an empowering closed-ended question prepared.
Empowering questions force other people to choose how they are going to behave. Closed-ended questions require a one-word answer, and discourage further communication.
-Perfect empowering closed-ended question for a Cry-Baby: “I can see you’re upset. Would you like to take a minute or two to regain your composure, or are you ready to continue now?”

3) Use the broken record.
Remember to stay on message. Don’t let a Cry-Baby steer you off track.

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To put it all together, if you’re having one of “those talks” with a Cry-Baby, and they begin to cry, put your shoulders back, chest out, keep your head straight (don’t tilt your head to the side), and say this:

“I can see you’re upset.” Grab the box of tissues and hand it to the CB. “Would you like to take a minute or two to regain your composure, or are you ready to continue now?” Now hand them the water.

Cry Baby: “This is just really hard for me, I mean my cat just died, my boyfriend dumped me, and now you’re yelling at me.”

You: “I can see you’re upset. Would you like to take a minute or two to regain your composure, or are you ready to continue now?”(Broken Record time)

Cry Baby: “Why are you being so mean?”

You: Would you like to take a minute or two to regain your composure, or are you ready to continue now?”

Keep repeating the process until you communicate whatever it is you want to communicate to the Cry Baby. The key is not to allow them to throw you off message. If you stick to your guns and stay on message, the Cry Baby will understand that this behavior doesn’t work with you.

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For more information on dealing with difficult people at work and at home, check out Dan’s Book, Energy Vampire Slaying: 101, available at Amazon.com.

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Communication Tip Of the Day: It’s All About Me (and no thanks to you!)

December 6th, 2012 | by Dan O

When we deal with difficult and demanding people, it’s good to keep some basic communication principles in mind. For example, here’s your communication tip of the day: It’s all about you.

What you say to someone has nothing to do with them or their behavior; it’s all about you. Every word you speak is a testament to who you believe you are.

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How to Stop Passive-Aggressive Attacks

December 4th, 2012 | by Dan O

When dealing with passive-aggressive behavior, one of the keys is to call people on their behavior and make them accountable. A simple way to do that is to use what is called a spotlight question–a spotlight question always begins with the lead-in line, “Are you trying to…” For example:

“Are you trying to insult me?”

“Are you trying to disrupt this meeting?”

“Are you trying to say you don’t like my ideas?”

Making passive-aggressive communicators accountable for their behavior takes away their reward, and decreases the likelihood of them continuing that behavior with you.

Remember, you can’t change the way people behave, but you can train them how to treat YOU.

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On-Site Diversity Training Workshop: The Language of Diversity

November 12th, 2012 | by Dan O

diversity training in texasWe are now offering a new diversity workshop in the Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio areas entitled, “The Language of Diversity.” This on-site diversity training workshop delivers measurable, immediate results. Workshop participants take a quiz at the beginning of the workshop and then again at the end of the workshop; all participants will demonstrate what they learn, and the company can demonstrate what was taught.

What Participants will learn:

  • How to identify and speak inclusive language
  • How to define and discuss the different dimensions of diversity
  • How to use a diversity compass to navigate diversity issues
  • What “gender-neutral” language is, and how to use it at work
  • What the Platinum Rule is and how to implement it at work
  • What words and phrases run the risk of being labeled “hostile” and what to use instead
  • How to identify and work with diverse personality types
  • How to use communication scripts to defuse confrontation and mediate grievances
  • How to avoid sexual harassment

And more!

This workshop focuses on specifics: what to say, what to do, and what NOT to say and do. If you’re looking for a workshop where participants will leave saying, “Wow! I really learned something,” than this workshop is for you. Language patterns and behaviors will immediately change.

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Active Vs Passive Voice…Which to Use?

October 12th, 2012 | by Dan O

Need a communication trainer speakerProfessional communication training tip of the day from motivational keynote speaker and expert communication trainer Dan O’Connor:

Can you clearly articulate what the difference is between the active and passive voice? Any professional communicator needs to know this, and when it’s appropriate to use either voice.

Check out this article for a clear explanation of what the difference is: http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2012/10/passive-or-active-voice-which-should-you-use.html


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Danger Phrase: “A better idea…” From Expert Communication Trainer / Keynote Speaker Dan O’Connor

September 27th, 2012 | by Dan O

Today’s effective professional communication training tip from communication keynote speaker Dan O’Connor:


If you find yourself about to say something such as, “I have a better idea,” or, “I think that’s a better idea…” instead, write those phrases on your danger phrase list, and the next time, replace the word, “better” with an adjective or an adjective phrase that illustrates why you think the idea / proposal / solution / answer is–in your opinion–better.

For example, notice the difference:

Instead of saying, “I think I have a better idea,” try saying, “I believe I have a safer solution.” or, “I believe I have a more employee-focused proposal,” or, “I believe I have a more time-saving answer.”

When you articulate why an idea is better, people will be more open to hearing and believing in that idea. Sometimes just a couple of words make all the difference. If you want to be an effective communicator, you have to talk like one.

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Professional Communication Tip: How to Confront Without Being Confrontational

June 20th, 2012 | by Dan O

Here’s your professional effective communication training tip of the day:

It’s inevitable; we all have to confront someone sooner or later about something they said or did. If we’re not careful, most times the “confrontation” only makes matters worse.

If for whatever reason, you need to “call someone out” on his or her behavior, or let someone know that “you know–and you want them to know that you know,” try this simple, effective professional communication strategy:


According to  the book The Laws of Power, it’s the person who asks the most questions in any relationship who has the perceived power in that relationship. Using this strategy will not only help you find the words to confront someone in a professional way, but also establish you as having more power in the relationship, all while giving the other person an easy out; a true win-win.

Simply put, if you choose to be “the investigator” when you need to confront someone on backstabbing, gossip, unprofessional behavior, sloppy work, a lie, or whatever else, just ask questions. You can start by saying something like this:

“Mark, I’m confused. Can you tell me what I might be missing? I can’t seem to find what I need in your report.” or “Jane, I’m troubled. Can you tell me why Mary would say you’re saying…about me?” or “Jean, I’m concerned. What am I doing wrong that this keeps happening again and again?”

The best part—if you truly are misunderstanding something, it’s a great opportunity to get the correct information without running the risk of being “wrong.” You can never be in the wrong when you’re simply looking for answers.

The next time you or someone in your office has to confront someone, remember–if you choose to be the investigator, it’s a simple, easy way to walk the fine line of assertive communication without crossing into passive or aggressive territory. This is great for combating negativity at work, backstabbing, gossiping, and other unprofessional behavior. Contact us to learn more.

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How to Confront Your Backstabber or Gossip at the Office

June 8th, 2012 | by Dan O

Dan O'Connor helps deal with gossip in the workplaceMost of us have had the unfortunate experience of hearing that someone has been gossiping about us or revealing information about us. When this happens, it can be difficult to communicate assertively and clearly without crossing the line into aggressive behavior. Remember: we train people how to treat us, and it’s up to us to train people to understand that gossiping about us will not be tolerated.

If you decide that you must talk with someone about the fact that they are gossiping about you (or about someone else) you can always use the “I know this can’t be true” strategy. It goes something like this:

“Hi Hector. Pepe told me that you said that I was having an inappropriate relationship with Jose, my employee. I know you would never say things like this about me, so I wanted to bring it to your attention right away. I’m correct assuming you would never say anything like that about me, right?”

This is a great way to give people an out. Nine times out of ten, people will respond with something such as, “Of course not! I would never say those things,” to which you can respond, “I know; that’s why I wanted to bring this directly to you. Can I count on you to let me know if anyone continues to say things that may tarnish my professional image?” And nearly everyone will say, “Oh yes, of course.”

And now everyone is on alert. People will know that if they choose to gossip about you, they will be accountable. Best of all, you can accomplish this in a way that is neither aggressive nor offensive, and will discourage further gossip.

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