Rank #1: The Golden Rule of Communication [E161]
What does it take to communicate clearly, honestly and effectively in a business setting? Ask Andrew Blotky. For five years he led global employee communications at Facebook, at a time when Facebook was expanding its workforce from 5,000 to 30,000 employees worldwide. Business communication doesn’t get more challenging than that. In “The Golden Rule of Communication,” the Guys talk with Andrew about his new book, “Honestly Speaking: How the Way We Communicate Transforms Leadership, Love, and Life.”
Oct 07 2019
Rank #2: Crucial Conversations, Part 1 [E76]
Have you ever had a discussion where the stakes were high, opinions varied, and emotions were running strong? In today’s Communication Guys podcast the Guys interview master trainer Justin Hale from VitalSmarts, the organization responsible for the best-selling book, “Crucial Conversations.” In this two-part interview, Justin explains how you can have a productive discussion even when passions are high.
Feb 19 2018
Rank #3: Do You Know What You Sound Like to Others? [E119]
Do you know what you sound like to others? Do your listeners perceive you as weak? Blunt? Rude? Overpowering? Sometimes our perception of ourselves doesn’t match the way we actually come across, and that’s when communication can break down. This week's episode is “Do You Know What You Sound Like to Others?” where the Guys discuss how to avoid career-endangering blind spots by learning to hear yourself the way others hear you.
Dec 17 2018
Rank #4: 6 Small Things that Make a Big Difference [E100]
In business as well as relationships, we sometimes make the mistake of focusing on the larger issues and forgetting that there are small things that have the power to make a remarkable difference. In this Communication Guys podcast, the Guys describe 6 simple, easy, but commonly overlooked practices that can greatly increase our ability to connect with others.
Aug 06 2018
Rank #5: To Feel More Confident, Act More Confident [E141]
Scientists tell us that our thoughts can affect our physical health. Too much stress can raise your blood pressure; too much worry can give you an ulcer. That’s what scientists call the “mind-body connection,” but did you know that there’s a “body-mind connection” too? It’s true. What we do with our bodies can powerfully influence the way we think and feel. In Episode 141 the Guys explain how simple changes to your posture and movement can make you a more confident communicator.
May 20 2019
Rank #6: The 1 Day Communication Challenge [E126]
You would be amazed at how much you can improve as a communicator in a single day. All you have to do is apply 5 simple but radical techniques that will leave people wondering at the remarkable transformation that’s come over you. Episode 126 of The Communication Guys podcast is “The 1 Day Communication Challenge,” where the Guys reveal those 5 life-changing techniques. Does it sound like we’re over-promising? Try it for one day and see for yourself.
Feb 04 2019
Rank #7: How to Connect in the Workplace [E137]
How “connected” is your workplace? Businesses used to believe that social connections between employees were unnecessary and potentially distracting. Now they understand that creating ways for employees to connect is the key to unlocking their employees’ full potential and getting the most from their talents. In “How to Connect in the Workplace,” the Guys explain the importance of social connection at work and give practical tips for connecting with your coworkers.
Apr 22 2019
Rank #8: How to Keep a Conversation Going [E155]
Do conversations feel like a boulder you’re trying to roll uphill? Do your interactions with others seem like a fire that’s always about to go out—and it’s up to you to somehow keep the fire going? Do you feel like you’re always the one who has to carry the conversation? In this episode, The Guys give 5 practical tips for keeping a conversational fire burning and turning an exhausting burden into an effortless delight. This episode is a replay of one of our 10 most-downloaded episodes, and was originally released as Episode 103.
Aug 26 2019
Rank #9: How to Brief an Executive [E91]
A busy executive doesn’t have the time or patience to endure reports that are vague, disorganized, or irrelevant to her needs. If you report to an executive, your job may depend on your ability to deliver the information she wants exactly the way she wants it. Episode 91 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How to Brief an Executive,” where the Guys describe what busy executives need most and explain how to make sure your next report is exactly what the boss desires.
Jun 04 2018
Rank #10: How to Prepare for Successful Conversations [E125]
When you approach an important conversation, do your best-laid plans seem to vanish from your mind as you find yourself winging it and making regrettable mistakes? What are the most important things for you to remember? What do you need to review before a significant conversation begins? Episode 125 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How to Prepare for Successful Conversations,” where the Guys list the 5 most important things to keep in mind before any important conversation.
Jan 28 2019
Rank #11: Be Real, But Not Too Real [E160]
Modern audiences place a high value on the quality of authenticity. But how can you be open and authentic without revealing too much—or the wrong thing? What makes the difference between an authentic moment and an awkward moment? How do you strike the delicate balance between “authentic” and “too much information?” In this episode, the Guys discuss the risks and rewards of authenticity, and explain how to make sure your openness and honesty work for you, not against you.
Sep 30 2019
Rank #12: How to Keep a Conversation Going [E103]
Do conversations feel like a boulder you’re trying to roll uphill? Do your interactions with others seem like a fire that’s always about to go out—and it’s up to you to somehow keep the fire going? Do you feel like you’re always the one who has to carry the conversation? In this episode, The Guys give 5 practical tips for keeping a conversational fire burning and turning an exhausting burden into an effortless delight.
Aug 27 2018
Rank #13: Tell Me a Story or Tell Me Goodbye, Part 1 [E108]
Have you ever noticed that great leaders are almost always great storytellers? Why is that? What do they understand about the power of storytelling, and what can we learn from them? Episode 108 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Tell Me a Story or Tell Me Goodbye, Part 1,” where The Guys interview Jerome Deroy, CEO of Narativ, a company that teaches salespeople, Chief People Officers, executives, and teams the art of “business storytelling.”
Oct 01 2018
Rank #14: Say What You Mean and Get What You Want [E140]
Do people come to you for extra help, work, or favors because they know you’ll say yes? Do you quickly agree to the requests of others, but find yourself regretting it later? Do you ever feel taken advantage of because of your helpfulness? Episode 140 of the Communication Guys podcast is “Say What You Mean and Get What You Want,” where the Guys give practical principles for setting healthy boundaries by learning to say “No” in a positive and constructive way.
May 13 2019
Rank #15: How to Complain Without Whining [E90]
How do you bring up a problem at work or a concern at home without sounding like you’re just complaining? And when the problem has to be brought up more than once, how can you avoid being labeled as a “whiner?” Episode 90 of The Communication Guys podcast is “How to Complain Without Whining,” where the Guys give five practical tips for voicing those concerns in a positive and constructive way.
May 28 2018
Rank #16: The Persuasive Power of Humility [E99]
Do you ever get tired of conversations where everyone is competing for the spotlight and bragging about their accomplishments? Is boasting, resume padding, and inflated claims of past achievement the only path to success in your career? In today’s episode, the Guys discuss an undervalued and overlooked quality that’s finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. If you really want to learn to stand out from the crowd, this episode is for you.
Jul 30 2018
Rank #17: 5 Ways to Become a Warmer Person [E120]
When you meet someone for the first time, they form an impression of you in a matter of seconds—and that first impression is very hard to change. According to research, the character quality that everyone instinctively looks for first is “warmth.” Do people perceive you as a “warm” person? In this episode the Guys discuss intriguing research in the social sciences that reveals the importance of personal warmth and give practical tips for developing that quality.
Dec 24 2018
Rank #18: 10 Ways to Not Start an Argument [E86]
Do you ever find yourself in the middle of an argument and wonder how it could have been avoided? Do your casual conversations have a habit of escalating into heated debates? Episode 86 of The Communication Guys podcast is “10 Ways to Not Start an Argument,” where the Guys give ten practical tips to help you bite your tongue, avoid the fray, and make sure that friendly conversation remains on friendly terms.
Apr 30 2018
Rank #19: Tips for the Toughest Conversations [E131]
There’s a wise old saying: “Aim at nothing, and you’ll hit it every time.” Sometimes we rush into an important conversation without taking the time to consider what we’re really aiming at. What is the purpose of this conversation? What do I want from it, and how will I know if the conversation was successful or not? Episode 131 of The Communication Guys podcast is “Tips for the Toughest Conversations,” where the Guys give 5 tips for making sure your next important conversation starts on target and stays on track.
Mar 11 2019
Rank #20: How to Connect with Someone You Hate [E148]
Is it possible to connect with someone whose politics or social views are the virtual opposite of your own? Yes, it is possible—and it’s important that we learn to do it, because the world is becoming more polarized than ever before. How will we solve the problems of the future if we can’t even talk to one another? In “How to Connect with Someone You Hate,” where the Guys describe 5 essentials for beginning to connect with someone whose views are nothing like your own.
Jul 08 2019