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Raising your game as a communicator is one of the best ways to make a difference in the world, but it takes courage to open up to others and invite others to open up to you.
As a lifelong communication coach, Michelle Gladieux has discovered four sneaky obstacles that can keep you from becoming the best communicator you can be:
Hiding—Fear of exposing your supposed weaknesses
Defining—Being too quick to judge
Rationalizing—Shielding yourself from taking chances, engaging in conflict, or doing other scary but potentially rewarding actions
Settling—Stopping at “good enough” instead of aiming for something better in interactions
These challenges all have something in common. They require taking risks—to reveal yourself, question your beliefs, take a leap of faith, or stand for what you believe in. Each chapter includes a real-world practice called a Pro Move and an exercise carefully crafted to help you take more joy in brave communicating.
Courageous communication requires self-knowledge, practice, and a desire to grow. It is a full-body, full-mind, and full-heart effort. This book is like having a caring, expert coach along with you for the journey.
Michelle Gladieux is an instructional designer, trainer, executive coach, and keynote speaker who helps people raise their game as communicators. She is President of Gladieux Consulting, a team known for top-notch design and presentation of seminars in communication and leadership topics around the U.S. She has 18 years collegiate teaching experience at three universities in her home state of Indiana, accepting her first adjunct faculty position at age 23. Her book Communicate with Courage: Taking Risks to Overcome the Four Hidden Challenges offers practical strategies to improve our professional and personal lives. She loves what she does and the people she serves, and it shows.