Using Active Voice vs. Passive Voice – Answer The Call To Conscious Leadership

When Lindsey Ackerman, Geotechnical Project Manager, came into the C3 community, she introduced us to a change that she made in her communication style that helped level up her conscious leadership. As it turned out, the C3 community proved very curious about this change, using active voice instead of passive voice, and so it became the last topic of our 1st year of these events, and what an event it was. Lawrence and I were joined by Lindsey and Jay Hurt, COO at The Academy of Creative Coaching, who came to serve as our persuasive communications expert and co-panelist.

The usual topics came up, but so did some things we realize we need to spend more time talking about in the next year.

Check out the highlights of our event listed below and be sure to request to join the C3 community so that you can get the replay link.

  • What was the feedback that spurred Lindsey to make this change?
  • Can you be nice and be an effective leader?
  • How quickly did Lindsey realize better results and what were they?
  • Why is it important for women to adopt active voice?
  • What is a tool that you can use to help increase your self-awareness of when you are using passive language?
  • What are some words that you can eliminate and add to activate your voice?
  • What are the costs of using passive voice and not communicating well?
  • How does active voice most effectively facilitate the sales process?
  • What are the two different kinds of closing in sales, and how can both active and passive voices fit in?
  • What is the value and the detriment of selling to people’s pain and what works even better?
  • What skills are leaders going to need in this century and in the next century to be successful?
  • How do we sabotage ourselves and limit our leadership capabilities when we use passive voice with ourselves, and what happens when we start using active voice in our self-talk?
  • How do we get people to care about making these changes?
  • How do we build up our vulnerability muscle as we become better at using active voice?
  • What does the new leadership narrative look like?
  • What is reframing and how does that help leaders better leverage self-awareness? Plus, how did Jay use reframing to lead his team to #1?
  • How do you e-mail like a boss?
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Lindsey was hesitant to present herself as an expert on the topic because this was something she learned about, applied, and realized success. And guess what – this was a perfect example of how powerful sharing your knowledge with our community can be. We learned so much from Jay and Lindsey’s anecdotal experience and Jay’s expertise.

As Lindsey said, we’re all a work in progress, and it’s all just practice. As Lawrence said, it’s all about the reps. Aim for progress, not perfection. Perfection is an illusion. What matters is – Are we showing up? Definitely show up. Here’s how!

Join the C3 community, introduce yourself, and please share with us something you’ve learned that has improved the way you show up.

Then, join us next month to commemorate the end of our conscious community’s 1st year with a year-in-review. What a year it’s been! And, find out what we have planned for the C3 community in the coming year – we have very exciting news!

Adventures ahead!

Karen Huller is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a leadership and career development firm specializing in executive branding and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

She was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. As an instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, she has helped two of her students win the 2018 National Competition to be named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, to win the 2019 People’s Choice Award, and to land in the top 8 during the (virtual) 2020 National Competition.

She is board secretary for the Upper Merion Community Center and just finished serving as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, for which she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. She lives in King of Prussia with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

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