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Erin Donley
Erin Donley is a Communication Specialist in Portland, Oregon. She teaches entrepreneurs and executives how to connect with themselves first, so they can connect better with their audience.

Entries by Erin Donley

No More Phones in Meetings?

(5) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Have you ever been in a meeting with someone who was constantly playing with their phone? Was it hard to tell if they were really listening or genuinely interested? Did you keep talking anyway because this person was your boss, manager, client, or a perceived superior in your profession?


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Since I Never Heard Back From You

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Since I never heard back from you...

It's a phrase we reach for when we've waited long enough.

It's meant to wake up the receiver, provoke a response, or declare a new direction.

Despite its harmless intention, the feelings it invokes can lead to resentment or dissolution of important relationships.

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What to Ask Before You Speak

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 2:07 PM


Last Friday, I had to unexpectedly say goodbye to Banjo, my beloved dog of 12 years.

As I wiped away a constant stream of tears, I also felt stressed about giving a speech in less than 48 hours to a respected group of...

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Savannah Guthrie's Confession: Inspirational or Damaging?

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:36 PM

On The Today Show feature, "Love Your Selfie," Savannah Guthrie bravely confessed, she has cellulite and it bothers her. Because of that, she tries not to wear a bathing suit in public. She said, "That's my gift to America."

(a.) I appreciate her honesty and have bathing suit...

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Please, Stop Calling Me Goddess!

(9) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Ladies, have you ever been called a "Goddess" by a female friend and it didn't seem to bring out your inherent beauty and charm? Instead, maybe you rolled your eyes or silently felt disgust?

This has been something I've been grappling with for years.

Goddess is considered a term of...

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Are They Talking Behind Your Back?

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Have you ever spoken publicly as a professional in your field and then later learned, something you said blew your credibility?

This happened to me recently and it took a few days for the sting to subside. I was asked to be a speaker at a conference about finding our...

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Worst Email of the Week

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 10:48 AM

An email arrived from a friend who runs a business course for entrepreneurs. Her new sessions start this week.

"Hi Erin. I noticed your article about poorly written emails and I had to share one of the worst emails I have ever received. This arrived in my inbox today:


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Tootsie for President!

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 3:22 PM

My father sent me an email today with a YouTube link. His brief message said, "This guy says everything I believe in."

The title, Why I am a Republican, piqued my interest. It was the Senator of Louisiana, Elbert Guillory, who recently made a decision to...

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How Words Can Divide Us

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:52 PM

Have you noticed how we allow certain words to divide us as people? Some say this is a core issue that inhibits progress in business.

As voices for our company, we must constantly test our audience to determine what brings them to action and what shuts them down.

For many...

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Renewing Vows with Your Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Do you remember the moment when your dream career or your chosen future asked for your hand in marriage? Did it kneel down gently and profess its love? Did it grab the back of your neck and say, "Stop screwing around, we need to do this now!"

Or did...

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Requests That Gain Respect

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Have you ever been asked to do something nicely, yet the way the request was made kind of turned you off... or made you not want to comply?

The skill of inspiring others to take action is rarely taught or demonstrated well in our personal and professional lives. It requires...

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A Tribute to Steve Forsyth

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 5:16 PM

My former boss, Steve Forsyth, was killed at the mall shooting yesterday in Portland. When I saw this on the news, it was impossible to believe. Steve was larger than life... invincible, in a way, to those who knew him.

One day, Steve and I had an...

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