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Stories by Susan Samakow

Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, is a Certified Business, Life and Leadership Coach. Susan focuses on life and career transition, business and leadership, and confidence and resilience strategies. Susan is also a speaker and facilitator, as well as a Community Content Producer for WUSA 9 TV. She is the former president of the ICF Metro DC Chapter, the largest in North America. Susan’s clients are individuals, any size business and the government. Visit Susan’s website: www.selftalkcoach.com. Susan is on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

Work/life integration and self-care: Not trivial pursuits

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2016 – Integrating work and personal lives as well as self-care, are topics that have come up remarkably often in my coaching sessions. That’s true whether I am working with a government agency, a private sector business, or with individual clients. That’s why I wanted to address this area today, because it ...

How to solve the heavy burden of endless clutter

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2016 – Take this simple quiz: What do piles of paper, too many unanswered emails in your inbox, clothes you don’t wear, prescriptions that have expired, random items like toys lying around the house and negative thoughts all have in common? Answer, please: They are all clutter. Whether physical or mental, all ...

How to identify and influence behavior patterns

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2016 – On both personal and professional levels, creating effective and positive communication can be challenging for many people. This is true because we all have different patterns of behavior and language that we use when communicating with groups or with one another. Judith Glaser’s “Conversational Intelligence” is the standard bearer not ...

Relationships: Moving from Distrust to Trust

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2016 – When we are in conversation with someone, a great deal depends on the mindset of both parties. Is there a state of trust or distrust? Now… what if you could make those difficult conversations easier to navigate, to get productive, positive results? The answer is, you can! But first, in ...

Public Speaking: Create crystal clear, powerful presentations

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 – Quick review: As you may recall, in my previous article I shared three key tools that will support you in any type of public speaking endeavor: Use a Memory of a Peak Experience Adjust Your Posture Visualize Yourself Speaking. I also noted that most people have two reasons they are ...

Public Speaking: Conquer the fear

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2016 – According to experts and studies, the No. 1 fear for most people is the fear of public speaking. That may seem surprising. But studies have shown that the fear of public speaking is actually more widespread than the fear of dying! Hard to believe, isn’t it? Working with many clients ...

Life and Career: How to cope with those post-Holiday blues

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2015 – After the year-end holidays and New Year’s Day celebrations it is not uncommon for people’s moods to droop. All the build-up to and excitement of the holidays—beginning with Thanksgiving, followed by the media blitz of those perfect Norman Rockwell holiday celebrations with family and friends along with the giving and ...

A time of year for helping others: A holiday call to action

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2015 – I recently saw the documentary movie, “Rosenwald,” about Julius Rosenwald’s leadership, his involvement with the civil rights movement, his philanthropy and the many contributions he made in this country. In 1895 Rosenwald became partners with Richard Sears (the salesman of the business) and under Rosenwald’s leadership Sears, Roebuck & Company ...

Thanksgiving: A time to give thanks, and the Power of One

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2015 – In a world filled with uncertainty and an increasing amount of violence in all parts of the world, it is imperative that we keep our eye on a positive vision of peace and unity. As for myself, I’ve never been a political person. The truth is I am not a ...

Toward better communication: The Three Levels of Listening

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2015 – To sum up my previous article in this communication series, I provided the following key tips on how you can become a better listener. You can accomplish this by Paraphrasing or restating a statement for clarification; Focusing and being clear; Minimizing multi-tasking since our brains are not hard-wired to do ...

The art of communication: Hearing is not listening

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2015 – In my next several articles, I will focus on communication. I will provide tips on how to be a better listener and the benefits it will bring, on aligning verbal and nonverbal cues and on how to ask the appropriate type of question to get the information you seek. Simply ...

Out of control? Answers and solutions for stressful situations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 – It is so easy to say to someone, “feel calm, handle situations constructively and with ease.” That does not feel like a big order to fill when we are not all charged up and ready to go. But what about when we (and our feelings) are triggered, angry or upset? ...