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Laura Sicola Leadership Communication & Influence Expert, Speaker, Author, Podcaster

Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership communication and influence expert, speaker, author of Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice, and host of the podcast, Speaking to Influence: Communication Secrets of the C-Suite. Her mission is to transform executives into confident, inspiring leaders whether live or virtually in order to get the results they want and turn their vision into their legacy. As the founder of Vocal Impact Productions, she has trained and coached executives at Comcast, IBM, the US Department of Commerce and Women Against Abuse along with politicians, business owners and non-profit leaders from around the world.

Laura’s TEDx talk, “Want to Sound Like a Leader? Start by Saying Your Name Right,” has nearly 7 million views, and she has been featured on programs such as Fox & Friends First, NBC10 @Issue and PHL 17. She has also spoken to thousands at conferences such as the Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference and the PA Conference for Women.

Laura received her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught from 2001-2013.

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STI 216: Reed Phillips – CEO Oaklins, DeSilva, & Phillips

Reed Phillips, CEO of Oaklins De Silva and Phillips, shares insights on leadership communication and lessons learned from his career in investment banking. He emphasizes the importance of transparency…

Reed Phillips, CEO o…

Reed Phillips, CEO of Oaklins De Silva and Phillips, shares insights on leadership communication and lessons learned from his career in investment banking. He emphasizes the importance of transparency in communication and the negative consequences of being secretive with employees. Reed also discusses a time when he made a wrong hiring decision and had to let someone go, highlighting the importance of admitting mistakes and seeking input from others. He shares his experience as an investment banker and offers advice on building influence and overcoming communication challenges. Reed suggests s…

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Reed Phillips – Oaklins DeSilva + Phillips: Mastering the Art of Win-Win Negotiations

Reed Phillips, CEO of Oaklins De Silva and Phillips, shares insights on leadership communication and lessons learned from his career in investment banking. He emphasizes the importance of transparency…

Reed Phillips, CEO o…

Reed Phillips, CEO of Oaklins De Silva and Phillips, shares insights on leadership communication and lessons learned from his career in investment banking. He emphasizes the importance of transparency in communication and the negative consequences of being secretive with employees. Reed also discusses a time when he made a wrong hiring decision and had to let someone go, highlighting the importance of admitting mistakes and seeking input from others. He shares his experience as an investment banker and offers advice on building influence and overcoming communication challenges. Reed suggests s…

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Richard Blank – CRCC – Building Rapport: Getting to Know Your Team

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Richard Blank, the CEO of Costa Rica's Call Center, about the importance of communication skills and influence in the business world. They discuss the valu…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Richard Blank, the CEO of Costa Rica's Call Center, about the importance of communication skills and influence in the business world. They discuss the value of soft skills, such as foreign language proficiency, and the need to recognize and leverage one's unique talents. Richard challenges listeners to improve their voicemail messages and congruence between their audio and visual presence. They also talk about the importance of giving people a personalized outbound voicemail message and the impact it has on the impression they leave. He emphasizes t…

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Ekaterina (Katie) Curry, Millennial Specialty Insurance: Precision, Timing, and Advocacy

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Ekaterina (Katie) Curry, the Managing Director of Millennial Specialty Insurance. They discuss various topics related to communication and leadership, incl…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Ekaterina (Katie) Curry, the Managing Director of Millennial Specialty Insurance. They discuss various topics related to communication and leadership, including the importance of precision in word choice, the need to be a translator between the C-suite and the team, the power of timing in communication, and the challenge of explaining things to teenage kids. Katie also shares her experience of going to bat for someone on her team and the lessons she learned from it. In this episode you will learn:Precision in word choice is crucial to avoid mis…

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Episode 214: Ekaterina Curry – Managing Director, Millennial Specialty Insurance

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Ekaterina (Katie) Curry, the Managing Director of Millennial Specialty Insurance. They discuss various topics related to communication and leadership, incl…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Ekaterina (Katie) Curry, the Managing Director of Millennial Specialty Insurance. They discuss various topics related to communication and leadership, including the importance of precision in word choice, the need to be a translator between the C-suite and the team, the power of timing in communication, and the challenge of explaining things to teenage kids. Katie also shares her experience of going to bat for someone on her team and the lessons she learned from it.In this episode you will learn: ● Precision in word choice is crucial to avoid mi…

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STI 213

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of crafting a clear and compelling elevator pitch. She deconstructs several examples of effective elevator pitches and highlights the key ele…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of crafting a clear and compelling elevator pitch. She deconstructs several examples of effective elevator pitches and highlights the key elements that make them powerful.She emphasizes the need for simplicity, relatability, and passion in delivering an elevator pitch. She also invites listeners to join her for an event where they can practice and improve their own elevator pitches.In this episode you will learn: • Crafting a clear and compelling elevator pitch is essential for effectively communicating one's value proposition. …

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How to Clearly State Your Own Value

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of crafting a clear and compelling elevator pitch. She deconstructs several examples of effective elevator pitches and highlights the key ele…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of crafting a clear and compelling elevator pitch. She deconstructs several examples of effective elevator pitches and highlights the key elements that make them powerful. She emphasizes the need for simplicity, relatability, and passion in delivering an elevator pitch. She also invites listeners to join her for an event where they can practice and improve their own elevator pitches. In this episode you will learn:Crafting a clear and compelling elevator pitch is essential for effectively communicating one's value proposition. …

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STI 212 – Patrick Lencioni, The Table Group: Unleashing the Six Types of Working Genius

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Six Types of Working Genius. They discuss the importance of trust, vulnerability, and c…

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In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Six Types of Working Genius. They discuss the importance of trust, vulnerability, and conflict in teams, as well as the six types of working genius. Patrick shares personal experiences and insights, providing valuable advice for effective communication and leadership. The conversation explores the five dysfunctions of a team, emphasizing the importance of trust, healthy conflict, commitment, accountability, and attention to results. It also delves into the significance of effec…

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Episode 212: Pat Lencioni, Founder and President at The Table Group.

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Patrick Lencioni, author of 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' and 'The Six Types of Working Genius.' They discuss the importance of trust, vulnerability, a…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Patrick Lencioni, author of 'The Five Dysfunctions of a Team' and 'The Six Types of Working Genius.' They discuss the importance of trust, vulnerability, and conflict in teams, as well as the six types of working genius. Patrick shares personal experiences and insights, providing valuable advice for effective communication and leadership. The conversation explores the five dysfunctions of a team, emphasizing the importance of trust, healthy conflict, commitment, accountability, and attention to results. It also delves into the significance of effect…

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Jeffrey Orlando, Bristol Myers Squibb: Simplifying Messages – The Rule of Three

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Jeff Orlando, the Chief Learning Officer for Bristol Myers Squibb, about leadership communication. They discuss the importance of simplifying complex conce…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Jeff Orlando, the Chief Learning Officer for Bristol Myers Squibb, about leadership communication. They discuss the importance of simplifying complex concepts and using the rule of three to convey messages effectively. Jeff shares a story about missing an opportunity because he held back and waited for more support, instead of Moving forward with a smaller group of influential leaders. They also discuss the value of engaging in conversations with senior leaders and asking them what they want to hear. In this episode you will learn:The importan…

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Martha Sharkey: Letting Go as a Sign of Strength

Martha Sharkey, founder and CEO of Today Is a Good Day, shares her experience in nonprofit leadership and the mission of her organization to provide support for families who have experienced the Neona…

Martha Sharkey, foun…

Martha Sharkey, founder and CEO of Today Is a Good Day, shares her experience in nonprofit leadership and the mission of her organization to provide support for families who have experienced the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She discusses the inspiration behind the organization's name and the importance of celebrating the good moments in the NICU journey. Martha also talks about the leadership communication lessons she has learned, including empowering her team members to take the lead and solve problems, and the challenge of asking for financial support. She reflects on missed opportu…

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Episode 210: Martha Sharkey — CEO of Today Is a Good Day

Martha Sharkey, founder and CEO of Today Is a Good Day, shares her experience in nonprofit leadership and the mission of her organization to provide support for families who have experienced the Neona…

Martha Sharkey, foun…

Martha Sharkey, founder and CEO of Today Is a Good Day, shares her experience in nonprofit leadership and the mission of her organization to provide support for families who have experienced the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She discusses the inspiration behind the organization's name and the importance of celebrating the good moments in the NICU journey. Martha also talks about the leadership communication lessons she has learned, including empowering her team members to take the lead and solve problems and the challenge of asking for financial support. She reflects on missed opportuni…

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Dr. Laura Sicola: What’s Your Executive Communication IQ?

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of measuring and improving executive presence and leadership communication. She introduces a simple tool that assesses 10 core communication …

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of measuring and improving executive presence and leadership communication. She introduces a simple tool that assesses 10 core communication contexts and competencies that are essential for a leader's brand. The tool measures confidence and effectiveness in areas such as public speaking, storytelling, charisma, reading the room, nonverbal communication, diplomacy, inspiring others, networking, handling impromptu speaking situations, and reflecting the company's brand. Take the assessment and find out how to join a live group call to de…

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Episode 209: Self-Assessment: Your Executive Communication "IQ"STI

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of measuring and improving executive presence and leadership communication. She introduces a simple tool that assesses 10 core communication …

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola discusses the importance of measuring and improving executive presence and leadership communication. She introduces a simple tool that assesses 10 core communication contexts and competencies that are essential for a leader's brand. The tool measures confidence and effectiveness in areas such as public speaking, storytelling, charisma, reading the room, nonverbal communication, diplomacy, inspiring others, networking, handling impromptu speaking situations, and reflecting the company's brand. Take the assessment and find out how to join a live group call to de…

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STI 208 – Jane Boulware – Author of "Worthy" and retired Microsoft Exec: Worthy

In this episode, Jane Boulware, author of Worthy: From Cornfields to Corner Office of Microsoft, shares her journey from rural Iowa to becoming a top executive at Microsoft. She emphasizes the importa…

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In this episode, Jane Boulware, author of Worthy: From Cornfields to Corner Office of Microsoft, shares her journey from rural Iowa to becoming a top executive at Microsoft. She emphasizes the importance of overcoming self-doubt and claiming one's worth. Boulware discusses the need to adapt communication styles to connect with different audiences while staying authentic. She also highlights the difference between managing and leading, emphasizing the importance of inspiring and motivating others. Boulware shares her experiences of being dismissed and how she used the word 'yet' to fuel her d…

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Jeff Wetzler, Transcend: Curiosity and Reinventing School

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Jeff Wetzler, co-founder and co-CEO of Transcend, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming education. They discuss the need for education reform …

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Laura Sicola interviews Jeff Wetzler, co-founder and co-CEO of Transcend, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming education. They discuss the need for education reform and the challenges of communication in leadership. Wetzler emphasizes the importance of listening and creating a safe space for open communication. He also highlights the power of curiosity and asking questions to learn from others. The conversation concludes with a listener challenge to practice no BS listening. Overall, the episode explores the role of effective communication in driving educatio…

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Amy Bernstein, Harvard Business Review: Motivate, Don't Micromanage

In this compelling episode, Amy Bernstein, esteemed editor at Harvard Business Review, delves into the nuances of leadership communication and the transformative power of relinquishing control. Drawin…

In this compelling e…

In this compelling episode, Amy Bernstein, esteemed editor at Harvard Business Review, delves into the nuances of leadership communication and the transformative power of relinquishing control. Drawing from her wealth of experience, Amy underscores the importance of motivating over micromanaging, advocating for a leadership style that empowers others and fosters trust in their capabilities. Through candid reflections, Amy navigates the challenges of self-doubt and missed opportunities, urging listeners to embrace risk-taking and cultivate unwavering self-belief. She shares a poignant personal…

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Dr. Robert Cavagnol, St. Luke's Hospital: Listening, Advocating, and Admitting Mistakes

In this episode, Dr. Robert Cavagnol, President of St. Luke's Clinic, shares insights on communication and leadership. He emphasizes the importance of listening and empathetic listening as key communi…

In this episode, Dr.…

In this episode, Dr. Robert Cavagnol, President of St. Luke's Clinic, shares insights on communication and leadership. He emphasizes the importance of listening and empathetic listening as key communication skills. Dr. Cavagnol also discusses the use of the DISC profile for understanding communication styles and adapting to different individuals. He shares personal experiences of taking risks, making mistakes, and learning from them. Additionally, he highlights the importance of advocating for others, especially in challenging situations. Overall, Dr. Cavagnol's insights provide valuable le…

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