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Meetings are a Must: So, Master your Meeting Facilitation

Meetings are a must for every leader. So commonplace that we often don’t invest in the savviness that it takes to lead a meeting well. All too often I can show up for a meeting and just wing it and typically it turns out okay. But, when I take the time to prepare it can…
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Not The Same Old Boring Meeting

By Annie Perdue Olson | July 7, 2021 |

I clicked on the link and headed into the virtual meeting. I had no idea what to expect. There was a “title” on the invitation to the meeting, but it was pretty nondescript so I was unprepared for the meeting. I was new to the team and everyone else seemed to fall into a groove…

Balance Your Over and Under Communication

By Annie Perdue Olson | June 30, 2021 |

Have you ever entertained the idea of under-communicating something? As leaders we know that communication is a key leadership competency. Yet, sometimes we struggle with finding the right balance in our communication. Another way of thinking about it might be to call what we need to accomplish as being “focused” or “targeted” communication.  Recently, I…

Know Your Audience: Not everybody hears the same

By Annie Perdue Olson | June 23, 2021 |

I always find it interesting, when discussing a sermon, a training or a podcast with others, to find out they heard something totally different than me. Sometimes I feel compelled to go back and listen again wondering how I missed it! We are all wired so different kinds of information gets our attention. Let’s imagine…

Presentations: What to Cut and What to Say

By Annie Perdue Olson | June 16, 2021 |

So you have a presentation coming up. You’re wondering the best way to approach the process to get the results you want. Too often we try to accomplish too many things in a given presentation and fall into the trap of over communicating that confuses our audience. Start with a clear purpose for your presentation.…

Adjust Your Pace for Perspective

By Annie Perdue Olson | June 9, 2021 |

Have you ever thought about how stepping out of the day-to-day into a new space offers a new perspective? It seems so simple, but sometimes working at a coffee shop instead of your office opens up creativity. Stepping out of the rigor of the lengthy “to-do” list to dedicate time to think strategically or generate…

Pressing into Something New

By Annie Perdue Olson | May 27, 2021 |

Starting a new thing can be tough. It can stretch us, alter our thinking and heighten our emotions. That’s not a bad thing. That’s growth. Recently, I started a new project. It included dusting off an old skill I haven’t used in a while as well as stretching into areas where I’d never ventured before.…