Dear Readers,

I wanted to share the blog posts I am writing for Santa Clara University's My Own Business Institute (MOBI). MOBI's mission is to start businesses that create jobs by providing training and resources to entrepreneurs around the world. MOBI’s popular free online courses teach new entrepreneurs how to start a business and experienced entrepreneurs how to grow a business. My contribution is to write 6 blogs for the online training that reflects my passion: Powerful Communication. I invite you to read each short article and learn how to make the most out of all your conversations and interactions.

Powerful Communication Tools for Entrepreneurs: Active Listening - Blog #1

By Joanne Bond
May 1, 2019

Do you consider yourself a good listener? While listening may seem easy, active listening takes focus and practice. Listening is a particularly important communication tool for entrepreneurs who are continuously seeking information and support for their business ideas. Active listening allows you to hear what is really said as you navigate your path toward success. Joanne Bond, executive leadership coach, lends her expertise on the subject with a few suggestions to help entrepreneurs hone their skill in active listening.

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Powerful Communication Tools for Entrepreneurs: Connecting - Blog #2

By Joanne Bond
September 9, 2019

How do you connect with others? Do you have a network of people you interact with on a regular basis - family, friends, colleagues - each playing a different role in your life? Most likely the answer is yes. This is true for entrepreneurs too. As an entrepreneur, you will need to connect with others and foster relationships in order to succeed. In this piece, Joanne Bond, executive leadership coach, discusses the importance and practice of connecting as a powerful communication tool for entrepreneurial success.

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Powerful Communication Tools for Entrepreneurs: Your Presence! - Blog #3

By Joanne Bond
January 27, 2020

Perhaps the single most important communication tool you have is your presence. Presence is the way you show up, how you communicate both verbally and nonverbally, and how you make others feel. As they say, people may not remember what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Presence is a particularly powerful tool for entrepreneurs who are making connections and building relationships. Executive leadership coach Joanne Bond shares some thoughts on the power of presence in communication.

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IQ and EQ - The Power of Emotional Intelligence - Blog #4

By Joanne Bond
May 25, 2020

Human intelligence is often discussed in terms of IQ (intelligence quotient) points, the ability to reason logically, think critically, and solve problems. But is that the whole picture, or just the tip of the iceberg? Is success ensured with a high IQ, or is there something else entrepreneurs need? Executive leadership coach Joanne Bond agrees with the research, supported by her own experience, that emotional intelligence is a critical part of the equation, and a greater indicator for success than IQ alone. Here, in the first of a three-part series, Joanne shares her thoughts on the power of emotional intelligence.

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Emotional Intelligence and Your Customers - Blog #5

By Joanne Bond
May 27, 2020

Emotional intelligence is "a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way." (Stein & Book, 2006)

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Emotional Intelligence and Your Well-Being - Blog #6

By Joanne Bond
May 29, 2020

As an entrepreneur you really have to keep your confidence up, even when things don’t go the way you plan. Tuning in toward your emotional intelligence will help foster confidence and well-being. Executive leadership coach Joanne Bond discusses how emotional intelligence contributes to self-regard and happiness, and how these factors influence entrepreneurial success in this final feature of our three-part series from Joanne on the power of emotional intelligence for entrepreneurs.

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