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Sonya Hamlin
Sonya Hamlin is a nationally acclaimed communications expert, two-time Emmy Award winner and author of five books on business and courtroom communication. Her latest books are "Now What Makes Juries Listen" and "How to Talk so People Listen," which is published in nine countries. Consultant and coach to many Fortune 100 companies, she’s an ongoing TV contributor. Sonya has taught at Harvard, Wharton, MIT, NYU, as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the U.K. Her website is

Entries by Sonya Hamlin

Rites and Rituals

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 10:00 PM

Ends of seasons signal transitions, and the one from the long winter through the questionable spring before the hopeful leap into summer also engenders other endings and new beginnings in our society. These natural passages seem to dictate a deep intake of breath in our lives, for here, too, on...

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Anne Sweeney Quits Powerhouse Job to Do What? Nah!

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 2:50 PM

The most powerful woman in television, Anne Sweeney, President of the DisneyABC Television Group which also includes ESPN, hundreds of cable channels around the world, a chain of eight local TV stations and some of Hulu and A&E networks, left her job to become a TV director.


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The Four Recognizable Types in Any Group Discussion in the Office or at Home

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Y'know how, when you're sitting at a meeting or around the table at a family dinner discussion trying to solve something or make a plan, the same people usually speak up or disagree or criticize or say yes or never say anything? Have you ever stopped to think that they...

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OK Glass, Go Google!

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 10:04 AM


So here it is -- a skeptic (me) wearing the Google Glass! Are you aware of what this newest leap into newness can do? Like your smart phone, it can take pictures and video, show your email, conduct searches, use...

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Wendy Davis and Lean In -- Do Women Need Help to Lead?

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 8:01 PM

Women's ability and strength to lead, take charge and move up the ladder at work has been a much discussed issue since Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, wrote her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Ms. Sandberg's book laments the dearth of women as...

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Handling Doctors

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 2:10 PM

You know how we all take our health for granted? All's well and we just bump along till suddenly illness strikes and stops us dead in our tracks.

Well, here's what happened to me when I recently became ill and the whole business of our relationship with doctors was suddenly...

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Stage Fright

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 10:23 AM

"Whenever I have to make a presentation or speak in public I get so panicky that I even draw a blank as I start to plan it" Sound familiar? You're in good company. Did you know that the number one fear of the American public -- researched annually for the...

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The Travyon Martin Case and the Media

(6) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Let me begin by telling you that I'm a long-time jury consultant who's studied and interviewed juries, worked on many cases and written three books about what makes jurors listen and how they decide. Because of this, I've spent a lot of time over the years as a commentator on...

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You Really Can't Go Home Again

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 12:42 PM

I made a speech in Boston yesterday and am in a state of shock. You see, I lived in the Boston area most of my grown up life. I hosted my own TV talk show there, was cultural reporter on the news, lectured at the Museum of Fine Arts, taught...

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What Penn State Tells Us About Us

(3) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 11:03 AM

What's the main takeaway from the Penn State child abuse horror? For me it's all about taking a hard look at our accepted priorities -- at what's at the top of our societal list in terms of what matters, what needs to be preserved, what we're proud of and care...

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