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Connie Dieken
Connie Dieken is a senior executive coach and the president of The Dieken Group LLC, which transforms leaders into influencers. She is a trusted advisor on influential leadership and communication to many of the world's top brands. She's also a keynote speaker and the author of the bestsellers "Become the Real Deal: The Proven Path to Influence and Executive Presence Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen. You can reach Connie at

Entries by Connie Dieken

What Leaders Can Learn From Muhammad Ali's Presence

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 12:24 AM


He was perhaps the most famous human being on the planet. As the tributes poured in following Muhammad Ali's death, it became clear that the boxing ring didn't define him. Not even Parkinson's disease, which slowly robbed him of his speech and mobility,...

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What You Can Learn from the Presence of Prince

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 7:34 PM

You only need to scroll through the photos of iconic buildings bathed in purple in the days following Price's death to see evidence of his presence. From the Eiffel Tower to the Superdome, the world glowed his signature color.

As we ponder...

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The Influential In-box

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:21 PM

A senior executive at a leading healthcare organization is so frustrated that his team is ignoring emails that he reached out, exasperated, with this question:

"I communicate a lot of information to a lot of people by sending out regular emails. I spend a lot of time writing descriptions...

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Rumor is the Most Effective Communication

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Repeat after me: "I won't spread what I've heard before confirming it." Say it loudly, three times, please. Then implement.

As a young journalist, my professors and news directors drilled into me the responsibility of accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. They made all of us reporters confirm our information with three sources...

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Losing it Live: Michael Bay at Samsung

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 7:46 AM

You can now witness your worst nightmare if you deliver presentations: embarrassing yourself on stage. In this case, it happened to famed film director Michael Bay -- ironically, a man who directs others to deliver their best performances on camera.

After an introduction exalting his superhuman status, Bay strode...

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What GQ's Influence List Gets Wrong

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:33 AM

GQ has released its list of the "25 Least Influential People."

Here's the problem: The list measures the wrong thing. Before you say, "Lighten up, Connie," please consider that I get it. I've spent the past decade as an executive coach, but my previous career was in...

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Do You Have a Presence Problem? The Queen, Dr. King... and YOU

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King's gravitas was cemented 50 years ago. The "Queen of Comfort Food," Paula Deen, became persona non grata in many circles this year. Forget the fame factor. Set aside the race aspect. This is deeply personal.

There's a leadership lesson here that's crucial to your ability to...

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How to Stay Cool Under Presentation Pressure: A Lesson From Golfer Jason Dufner

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 1:45 PM

He's so chill that he has a zoned-out meme. A photo of golfer Jason Dufner slumped against a classroom wall caught fire in March. His golf game caught up this month when he won the PGA Championship -- his laid-back style still on display.

How did Dufner stay so...

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Narcissistic Nation: Why Egotists Are NOT the Real Deal

(14) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 5:56 AM

The news is full of people who are full of themselves: Mayoral wannabe and serial sexter Anthony Weiner, San Diego mayor and alleged serial pervert Bob Filner, sports legend and alleged performance enhancer Alex Rodriguez ... and former bus driver-turned-abuser Ariel Castro.

A bus driver? We've come to expect...

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Influencing Your Team's Culture

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 6:55 AM

As a leader, you shape the culture of your team. You have the opportunity - and responsibility - to transform a collection of individuals into a high-performing group.

As much as you may want to, you know that you can't mandate teamwork. Plotters and schemers can...

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The Swig Heard 'Round the World

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 9:23 AM

Senator Marco Rubio chugged a tiny bottle of water during his State of the Union Republican response and instantly became comic fodder. In a swig heard 'round the world, he demonstrated why every executive must learn how to effectively communicate when Teleprompted. Lesson one: Always have water within arm's length...

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How to Influence Fellow Senior Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:27 PM

Membership on a senior leadership team gives you immense cachet. You're in a circle of highly visible, powerful leaders.

Your role is complex. You simultaneously manage your own business unit, function, or division while serving on a senior team that creates the organization's future. To boot, you may be...

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Enough. Stop Interrupting Me!

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:35 PM

Much has been made of the interruptions during the recent Vice Presidential debate. I believe it's indicative of "communication interruptus" that's breaking out everywhere - from boardrooms and meeting rooms to lunch rooms and chat rooms.

We're living in an impatient, impulsive, instant gratification world. Interrupting, interjecting and talking...

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The Successful Executive Apology: Learning From Apple CEO Tim Cook

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:07 PM

You're the chief executive and your company is mired in a major public outcry. Let's call it the "Map Flap" -- Hiccups in your mapping software have marred your newest product release, which was first heralded by a frenzy of excitement worldwide.

While you may not be Tim Cook leading...

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Leader, Teleprompted: Why Executives Must Master the Machine

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 11:24 AM

As an executive, you're called upon to deliver important messages to your organization and the marketplace. People look to you to set the tone in public speaking. You want to come across as a strong leader, but natural. To complicate matters, your busy schedule doesn't allow you a minute to...

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How to Manage Presentation Anxiety

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 4:10 PM

As you watched the London Olympics, you may have wondered, "Why does one athlete reach her golden goal while another with equal talent falters?" Sports psychologists tell us the athlete who hauls in the hardware has learned to manage her anxiety.

Same with influential leaders and presenters.

After a decade...

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5 Ways the 'Fab Five' Can Make Your Team More Influential

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 4:22 PM

The U.S. women's gymnastics team's electrifying performance soared, flipped and vaulted their way to the top of the medal stand at the London Olympics. They delivered the most resounding win in modern gymnastics and marked the first time a U.S. women's team has clinched gold outside of the Unites States.

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What Does the Perfect Presentation Feel Like? Take a Lesson From Lochte

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 3:02 PM

By now, you've heard about Olympian Ryan Lochte's face-off with Michael Phelps in the 400-meter medley. You've heard how he dominated the race to win the gold. But you may be wondering, "What does a sports rivalry have to do with my presentation skills?"


When you present, you are...

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Top Influencer: Teen Alters Seventeen Magazine

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 6:49 PM

Girl power, meet your new heroine.

A young teen from Maine, ticked off by flagrant Photoshopping in magazines, has spun her criticism into a crusade. As a result, she's led an influential, industry-altering crusade.

Fourteen year-old Julia Bluhm started a petition on against altered photos in Seventeen...

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Influencer of the Week: Mark Zuckerberg's Girlfriend

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 3:23 PM

She's a smart cookie. Medical student Priscilla Chan inspired her famously private boyfriend, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, to lead a public health revolution.

Over dinnertime chat, Priscilla shared stories of how patients she interacted with that day were impacted by organ donations. Those who failed to find donors were dying....

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