Sharon Sayler: Courageous Communication and Gestures Critical for Standing Out


Why are some people excellent communicators while others are struggling to have their voices heard?

What do effective leaders do differently when it comes to getting their message across?

How can we improve our communication skills and advance our career in our organization?

When it comes to communication, Sharon Sayler, head of Competitive Edge Communications, knows what works and what doesn’t.

And in this episode, the author of bestselling book, “What Your Body Says”, exposes basic principles that should improve your communication skills almost overnight.

Listen as she talks about “language softeners” and how they make your statements weak. Next, she’ll tell you why keeping a success journal can elevate your status and help upper management notice your skills. Then, she’ll walk you through different verbal and non-verbal communication skills and why they matter especially during meetings. She’ll even talk about dealing with bullies in your workplace.

Lastly, she’ll discuss how understanding various voice patterns is key in sending your message with more power and influence.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is conscious courageous communication and why is it a valuable asset in making sure we drive our message across effectively.
  • Dealing with a situation where people label you as being an outsider in an organization.
  • What can corporations do differently in light of the issue about inclusion.
  • Choosing the right mentor or so-called “champion” to advance your career in your organization.
  • What is emotional manipulation and how to deal with it when someone starts to bully you in the workplace.
  • Understanding the non-verbal communication while avoiding the mistakes associated with it.
  • The biggest mistakes in verbal communication especially around 2 main voice patterns.


  • Oftentimes, I find women to be more inquisitive or relationship-type in sales.
  • Keep you emotion in check. Women become too emotional and we start to take it personal. That’s when we get all sorts of negative labels.
  • Foster cooperation and understand that all ideas are welcome.
  • One way to spot a mentor is they love to connect with people.

Big Takeaways:

  • We’ve got to make a stand about something we believe and avoid sugarcoating our message with “language softeners”. That way, people accept us as someone who has conviction and a leader.
  • Having a meaningful conversation with your team starts with respecting each other’s point of view and using a simple “Yes…And” phrase.
  • Keep your emotion in check when speaking your mind.
  • Understanding various verbal and non-verbal patterns – and applying their principles – allows you to become an accomplished communicator.
  • There’s nothing wrong with self-advocacy. In fact, self-advocacy encourages people to open up and contribute better ideas for the benefit of the organization.

Related Links & References:

Link to Kelly Leonard’s bestselling book: “Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City”

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