NOVATO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Executive women may not realize that they are setting themselves up for sabotage as they rush through their busy days," says Novato Executive Woman Life Coach Michelle DeBerge.
"Most women who run their own businesses or who are leaders in large companies are actually doing more work than they need to, are not as effective with their team and have little time left for themselves," said DeBerge who specializes in helping successful women, ages 45-70, on how to live a fulfilling life.
"Most of the executive women I have worked for are intelligent overachievers - true Type A personalities - that find that they have little time for their own lives as they live for their business. Most have very full schedules and a lot of pressure on them. They are often disappointed in their team or staff's shortcomings. They work late or often on weekends to get the big projects done," said DeBerge, an international professional life coach, workshop leader and motivational speaker.
"The one thing all of these women had in common was a communication issue that they did not even realize existed. Most executives are natural leaders but not necessarily natural communicators. Because of this problem, less gets delegated and the workload gets larger," said DeBerge, who has been recognized both locally and nationally for her work. She has executive women clients in Marin County, Sonoma County, San Francisco and Silicon Valley as well as around the world.
"Many don't pay attention to how their message lands on someone else. This is a huge oversight. If a message does not land properly then either the staff won't do what is asked for them, they will do a poor job or they may just do it wrong. Then the executive ends up frustrated, upset and at times just takes over that project themselves because they feel it will get done faster and get done right. This pattern will repeat itself over and over," DeBerge said.
Once the executive masters the art of communication, the staff will be more inspired, motivated and willing to go the extra mile. Thus the executive can concentrate on other important tasks and not worry about having to do everything.
DeBerge offers five tips for effective communication for executive women:
1. Acknowledge the Listener
This can be as simple as: "Good morning Susie," "Thank you for meeting with me Dan," and "I appreciate you coming in today."
2. Make and Maintain Eye Contact
This will ensure that the message lands on the listener; you will connect better with the listener and it has a more authoritative impact.
3. Be Clear and Concise
Make your point clearly without any story surrounding it. You don't need to explain the whys or hows of your reasoning.
4. Be Personable
Smile when making contact, take a breath, make eye contact and be human. Your listener will respond better. Thank them when you are done.
5. Look for Confirmation
Ask your listener if they have any questions. This allows them to acknowledge that they heard and understood you.
"If women in leadership positions follow these tips, they'll find they have time to be successful in business and in their personal lives," she said.
About Michelle DeBerge
With over ten years experience inspiring people from all walks of life, Michelle has been recognized both locally and nationally for her work. She is a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California, and an alumnus of The Elemental Women's Leadership Program - a curriculum that focuses on the 5 elements: water, air, fire, earth, and metal. Michelle has studied with some of the world's top workshop leaders. Her compelling personal story, combined with her ongoing education in the coaching and motivational field, are what set her apart from other life coaches and give her an enhanced ability to offer more than standard results.
Using a time-honored, holistic approach that acknowledges the contributions of mind, body and spirit, Michelle tailors coaching sessions and guides clients through an awakening process that will empower them. With her innate ability to recognize what's holding her clients back, Michelle will assign the right exercises to help diffuse obstacles and liberate their capacities to reach mental, physical and spiritual fulfillment.
She believes that following our passions will result in the magic of manifestation, and with that, anything is possible.
Michelle offers private, one-to-one telephone coaching sessions, customized group workshops, and tailored private or group retreats.
For information, go to www.MichelleDeBerge.com.
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