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Author: Dr. Laura Sicola

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When you speak, do you want to inspire others and be recognized as a true leader? Do you want to feel more confident, have greater influence, and get bigger results? This is the show for executives, business owners and leaders who need to command the room, connect with their audience and close the deal.

Join host Dr. Laura Sicola, communication and influence expert, as she interviews world-class business and industry leaders, who reveal the importance of strong communication skills in their success and the (sometimes hard) lessons they learned along the way. You’ll gain insights into confident public speaking, conflict management, executive presence, and more!

For more information, visit https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com 

To book Laura as a guest or speaker email info@vocalimpactproductions.com
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In this episode, digital experience expert Russ Starke shares why he focuses on providing his internal “thinkers” with detail and context in order to provide a better customer experience. Laura and Russ also explore the differences between manipulation and influence, the importance of providing leeway for failure, and Russ’ story of how a late night company email taught him the value of communicative timing as well as the power of being open to feedback. Russ Starke, a 23 year design veteran, is CEO of Think Company—a service design and digital experience design and development firm based in Philadelphia. In addition to that, he serves on several boards focused on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to social and economic justice.    You can connect with Russ here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russstarke/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/think-company https://twitter.com/thinkcompany https://www.thinkcompany.com/ To download the complete "Listening to Understand" conflict resolution worksheet, go to speakingtoinfluence.com/understand.  To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success go to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence. You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
In this episode, Laura looks at why so many people are afraid to engage in difficult conversations, whether small issues at home or at work, or big issues in society like racism and unconscious bias, even when they truly want to be part of the solution. Listen in as Laura and her husband, attorney Larry DeMarco, share a special conflict-resolution process they created to use in their relationship and in business that you can put into practice today in any context in order to avoid being “conflict-clumsy” and develop the skills to handling sensitive discussions with leadership mastery. Larry DeMarco is an attorney, owner of DeMarco and DeMarco PC, founder of the website www.PAVoterInformationNetwork.com, and the YouTube channel, The Law Center. You can connect with Larry here: The Law Center:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC95vbmJ5CxttjmtMNwY19GQ PA Voter Information Network: www.PAVoterInformationNetwork.com DeMarco and DeMarco, PC: https://demarcoanddemarco.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/g-lawrence-demarco-llm-0431a82/   To download the complete "Listening to Understand" conflict resolution worksheet, go to speakingtoinfluence.com/understand.    To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success go to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence.   You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On today’s episode of Speaking to Influence, CEO Gordon Fowler shares the impact that listening has had on his ability to influence and lead his organization. Join Laura and Gordon as they discuss the importance of developing online relationships, observing managers in action, and the 2/3 rule for crafting a memorable message. Gordon B. Fowler, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Glenmede and a Director of The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. Over the course of his 30+ year career, he has been responsible for the development of numerous equity and asset allocation strategies, and has authored and co-authored several pioneering articles on private client and institutional investing. You can connect with Gordon in the following ways: Glenmede Twitter Glenmede LinkedIn Impactivate: Impact Investing website run by Glenmede. Impactivate Twitter Impactivate LinkedIn Gordon’s LinkedIn To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence. You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On today’s episode of Speaking to Influence, human resources expert Marcia O’Connor shares what she has learned about listening and influencing at all levels of the organizations she serves. Listen in as Marcia and Laura discuss learning through conversations, how listening can break down barriers, and the importance of utilizing outside resources to improve your speaking. Marcia O’Connor is the President and CEO of The O’Connor Group. She has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of talent acquisition, professional search and human resource outsourcing. You can connect with Marcia via The O’Connor Group website: https://tocgrp.com/   To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence. You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On today’s episode of Speaking to Influence, Paul Isenberg shares how he connects with his team and his donors through clarity and candor. Join Laura and Paul as they discuss the importance of connecting with individuals in different ways, the three C’s of speaking, and how making a direct ask creates a deeper impact. As the leader of HOPE Nation, Paul Isenberg is determined to make an impact in the lives of Families battling cancer. Every day he upholds his late wife Nicole’s vision of delivering Unexpected Amazingness to local Families with cancer through financial and emotional support. A graduate of West Chester University, Paul is a sales and organization leader with over 20 years of experience in Fortune 100 companies as well as small and middle market companies. You can connect with Paul via the Bringing Home Hope website: https://bringinghopehome.org/ To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence.   You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On today’s episode of Speaking to Influence, veteran advocate and co-founder of JDog Brands Tracy Flanagan shares how she built a company based on the needs of veterans and continues to influence other industries to connect with and understand their veterans and spouses. Join Laura and Tracy as they discuss learning to be comfortable with networking, brand as part of establishing client trust, and having the confidence to recognize your own authority. Tracy co-founded JDog with her husband, Jerry, in 2011 and since then has helped to grow the business into a national Veteran brand. She leads the company’s workforce development initiatives, including a strategic relationship with the Veteran Administration’s Compensated Work Therapy Program. Through these programs, Tracy connects JDog Brands franchise owners with resources to grow their workforce and support other Veterans seeking job opportunities as they transition back to the civilian world. She also leads the JDog training program on culture and customer service, ensuring the values of respect, integrity, and trust are ingrained within every JDog Brands franchise and franchise owner. As a Veteran spouse and family member, Tracy is a valuable and trusted mentor to the JDog Brands’ spouses. She founded and heads up the JDog Spouses, a support community that provides advice, resources, and other ways to balance family while growing a JDog Brands business. You can connect with Tracy via the JDog website:  https://www.jdogbrands.com/   To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence. You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On this episode of Speaking to Influence, non-profit leader and CEO of Longwood Gardens Paul Redman shares the importance of building community and influence when accomplishing long-term goals. Listen in as Laura and Paul discuss how to help others understand your vision, the power of following up, and the critical role of writing in communicating your message. Paul B. Redman is an award-winning leader of public gardens, known for his dedication to the beauty and sustainability of gardens, and to the training of future generations of horticulture professionals. A hallmark of Paul’s leadership is building a culture of planning to propel a shared vision forward. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Longwood Gardens for the last 14 years, Paul has implemented institutional and strategic reforms that have positioned the Gardens as a premier horticultural, cultural, and educational institution of the 21st Century, while respecting the values of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont. You can connect with Paul via the Longwood Gardens website: https://longwoodgardens.org/   To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence. You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On today’s episode of Speaking to Influence, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Mobile Outfitters Eric Griffin shares how his company transitioned from creating and distributing mobile accessories to face masks and shields in the face of business closure. Listen in as Laura and Eric discuss using data to mitigate risk when pivoting, having the right people in place to manage the learning curve, and understanding the value of a mistake. Eric Griffin is the Co-Founder of Mobile Outfitters, a 5-time Inc. 5000 Mobile Accessory company, PAW5, an award winning pet products company, and GSW Real Estate, and apartment investment and management company. You can connect with Eric in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/egriffin2/ Purchase PPE: https://ppe.moutfitters.com/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/griffagrams   To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence. You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On today’s episode of Speaking to Influence, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Mobile Outfitters Eric Griffin shares the importance of listening when managing intercultural relationships within a world-wide company. Join Laura and Eric as they discuss the responsibility of leaders to influence, managing independently owned retailers as part of a larger company, and listening to respond vs. listening to understand. Eric Griffin is the Co-Founder of Mobile Outfitters, a 5-time Inc. 5000 Mobile Accessory company, PAW5, an award winning pet products company, and GSW Real Estate, and apartment investment and management company. You can connect with Eric in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/egriffin2/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/griffagrams To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence.   You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On this episode of Speaking to Influence, author, speaker, and founder of Barefoot Wines Michael Houlihan shares his journey of leadership and learning to influence people at all levels of business. Listen in as Laura and Michael discuss how to make others feel important, the difference between humbling and humiliating, and how he’s helping other founders influence their own people. Michael Houlihan is the founder of barefoot wines, America's number one wine brand, and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller, The Barefoot Spirit. He's a consultant, a workshop leader, a speaker, and coauthor of weekly blogs at thebarefootspirit.com and www.consumerbrandbuilders.com. You can connect with Michael in the following ways: Barefoot Wines website: https://www.thebarefootspirit.com Access your free chapter of the audiobook: https://www.barefootaudiobook.com/lp-barefoot-spirit-free-chapter/ To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com/quickstart and download the quick start guide for mastering the three C’s of influence. You can connect with Laura in the following ways: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On today’s episode of Speaking to Influence, innovator and angel investment executive director Ellen Weber shares the importance of communication when seeking to influence and engage peers. Listen in as Laura and Ellen discuss the definition of executive presence, emotional vs. data-driven pitches, and one thing you can do to advance your goals in just 24 hours. Ellen Weber is the Executive Director of Temple University's Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. She is also the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures (www.robinhoodventures.com), a leading angel group helping to fuel startup growth in the Philadelphia region. Ellen has more than 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building strong leaders for emerging companies as well as Fortune 500 clients. She is very active in the Philadelphia startup community, supporting Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. You can connect with Ellen in the following ways: Robin Hood Ventures Website: https://www.robinhoodventures.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elleneweber/   To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com and download the quickstart guide for mastering the three C’s of influence.   You can connect with Laura in the following ways:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
On this introductory episode of Speaking to Influence, leadership and influence coach Dr. Laura Sicola reveals the secret to making people want to hear what you have to say. Listen in as she shares the difference between a boss and a leader, how to identify where you need support in order to succeed, and why great communication skills are at the core of leadership. To learn more about Dr. Laura Sicola and how mastering influence can impact your success got to https://www.speakingtoinfluence.com and download the quickstart guide for mastering the three C’s of influence.  You can connect with Laura in the following ways:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWri2F_hhGQpMcD97DctJwA Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions Twitter: @Laura Sicola  Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/vocalimpactproductions Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
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