Episode 89 – Marnie Green – Performance

Marnie Green (@MarnieGreen) talks to host Craig Price on how to have painless performance conversations with employees. We all know that having to address employee issues can be a bummer. It can be often awkward, sometimes heated, and usually painful in some way. Marnie sought answers to this problem with her latest book “Painless Performance Conversations: A Practical Approach to Critical Day-to-Day Workplace Discussions”. The two discuss finding opportunities to reinforce your expectations and message, dealing with the smelly guy 3 cubicles over and what to do when an employee get defensive over potential problems. Employee performance conversations don’t have to be painful nor confrontational. Don’t believe me, check out the book! Painless Performance Conversations will help you to lead conversations with confidence and create a culture of workplace accountability.
Marnie Green can be found at http://www.managementeducationgroup.com and you can learn more about her book athttp://www.painlessperformanceconversations.com

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Episode 88 – Mark Rodgers – Persuasion

Mark Rodgers (@Mark_Speaks on Twitter) checks in with host Craig Price to talk about persuasion. Persuasion can be a mysterious thing, some people come by it naturally, others work hard at it yet never gain influence over anything. But like any skill, it can be learned, honed and maximized effectively…if you put in the time. Mark show Craig how credibility, language and process can combine to become persuasion. And all in an ethically oriented manner. (It’s true!!) 
Mark and Craig will be presenting at the PMI Madison Professional Development Day on May 16th, 2013. Craig will be giving a 2 hour interactive session on negativity, Mark will be presenting the lunch keynote “Persuasion Matters” as well as an additional session in the afternoon. Past guests Michael Redmond and Gina Abudi will be presenting as well. It’s a content packed day awaiting Madisonites (or are they Madisonians?) project managers! Online registration is closed but walk-ins welcome. Bring a colleague for walk in registration and you each get one Free Chapter Meeting Pass! Also, Craig explains how to get a free copy of his book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide” when you attend his session (Starting at 9:15am). 
Learn more about Mark Rodgers at his website http://www.persuasionmatters.com

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Episode 85 – Roger Courville – Virtual Presentations

Roger Courville (@RogerCourville on Twitter) connects with host Craig Price to discuss Virtual Presentations. With the rise of the internet (sounds like a cheesy action movie!) social media and mobile technology, more and more presentations are coming off the stage and being created online. Roger and Craig talk about some of the growing pains of webinars and it’s ilk, how to get audiences attention when they’re not in the room and how to create more interaction via these programs. Roger answers some loaded questions submitted by loyal listeners and tries to show that even though some virtual presentations may be painful to experience now, don’t blame the tools, blame the presenters. He also offers some tools for presenters who offer online presentations as well as insights on which are more effective than others.
Roger can be found at http://www.thevirtualpresenter.com 

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Episode 79 – Bill Patti – Voice

Bill Patti brings his polished show-bizy vocals to the podcast to talk to Host Craig Price about using your voice to fit your lifestyle needs.
Bill uses his award winning radio and TV experience to talk about breathing (Craig’s been doing it the wrong way!) controlling your voice so you can control a listener (like hypnosis only completely and utterly different), glottal fry (not to be confused with the Eagles Glenn Fry) and the vocal differences between accents and generations. If only there was a way to convey all this information to you (SPOILER – it’s your mouth!)
Improving your voice can improve your self-esteem, how people perceive you and how successful you will become. Bill Patti coaches people from all walks of life. You can learn about him, his services and purchase his 2 CD set called “Presenting Your New Voice-Voice/Speech Communication Skills For The 21st Century” that features 100 minutes of exercises at  his website http://www.Yourvoiceprofessor.com

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Episode 67 – Barry Elms – Negotiation

Barry Elms calls in to talk negotiations with Craig. Barry explains that negotiation is more than just talk money and explains his 5 elements and 6 strategies to negotiating while Craig tries to understand that not everyone just “pays list or leaves”! See Craig and Barry at the Association of Legal Administrators Region 2 conference in Atlanta on Sept. 27th.
Barry can be found on LinkedIn and his own website http://www.BarryElms.com

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Episode 45 – KK Robbins – Lying

KK Robbins (@kk_robbins on twitter) discusses with Craig how we lie to ourselves. Responsibility and accountability rear their ugly heads as KK explains to Craig how we lie more to ourselves than to others. This leads Craig to doubt himself ever more. Who knows, he could be lying to himself RIGHT NOW!
Learn more about KK Robbins and her book “Life Lessons of a Liar” at

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Episode 41 – Avish Parashar – Say Yes, And!

Avish Parashar (@AvishP on twitter) returns to chat about his latest book “ Say Yes, And ” while Craig tries not to be a “No, But” kind of person. They talk about The Hero’s Journey, using “Yes, And” in business as well as why meetings are the best place to start “Yes, And”-ing. You can find Avish’s new book at Amazon or directly via sayyesand.com

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Episode 11 – The O’Shea Report – Partnership

The O’Shea Report (Tim and Kris O’Shea) stop by for some fun and foolishness. In the process they show us how a true partnership works; the ups, the downs, the bickering and the trust that the other person will be there, good or bad. All while Craig secretly tries to find a way in as an O’Shea Report correspondent.
You can find great videos and learn more at http://www.theosheareport.com

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Episode 10 – Stacey Hanke – Communication

Stacey Hanke shows Craig that even a professional speaker needs to brush up on their communications skills. Highlighting confidence, charisma, knowledge…you know, all the things Craig lack… Stacey discusses how best to utilize the tools (PowerPoint, notes, video analysis) any speaker (professional or not) can use to be more effective. They also reflect on the lack of writing skills in the workplace thanks to Twitter , texts and e-mail.
Learn more about Stacey at http://www.1stimpressionconsulting.com/

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