How to Snap Out of It: A 3-Minute Lesson on Staying Present in 2023

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In this podcast, I challenge you to be more present as a leader. In just under three minutes, you can learn how to tune out distractions and focus on your surroundings and the needs of your team. Being present as a leader not only improves communication and decision-making, but it also sets a positive example for your team to follow. Being present lets those around you feel seen, heard, and valued. Will you take on this challenge?
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Key Takeaways
  • Actively listen and engage in conversations without distractions, such as putting away your phone or closing other tabs on your computer
  • Show empathy and understanding toward others’ perspectives and emotions
  • Give your full attention when someone is speaking to you, and refrain from interrupting or multitasking
  • Show appreciation for others’ contributions and efforts, both at work and at home
  • Be open to feedback and willing to make changes to improve your communication and relationships with those around you.

Heather R Younger’s Bio

Heather Younger is the Founder & CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, bringing the best insights from over 30,000 employee stories to the stage, a diversity, equity and inclusion strategist, and the world’s leading expert on listening at work. Drawing from her personal experiences as the only child of an interfaith and interracial marriage, Heather is committed to inspiring leaders everywhere to flex their empathy muscles and master the art of active listening to ensure every employee feels valued, heard, and supported. Her presentations are dedicated to helping leaders and organizations create supportive cultures of care by improving how they listen to and communicate with employees.

She is a two-time TEDx speaker, sharing universal insights with millions all over the world, and
the host of Leadership With Heart, a podcast about how leaders can better engage and retain talent. A regular contributor to leading news outlets, she has been featured in Bloomberg Business, CNN Business, and FAST Company, to name just a few.

Heather is the author of two bestselling books: The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty, which
was named one of Forbes’ "Must-Read” books for HR Professionals, and The Art of Caring
Leadership, which teaches the radical power of caring support in leadership and the workplace.

In April 2023, Heather’s third book, The Art of Active Listening, releases through Berrett-Koehler. Known as An Employee WhispererTM , Heather harnesses humor, warmth, and an instant relatability to engage and uplift audiences, and inspire them into action. Her presentations are dedicated to helping teams, leaders, and organizations shine by improving how they listen to, communicate with, and empower employees.

The Listening Guide

Create a listening culture that elevates the employee experience with The Listening Guide.

Through this guide, Heather uncovers how you can ensure those you lead feel heard by taking 3 approaches to listening inside an organization.

  • Understand why listening is the key to employee engagement
  • Learn how the Cycle of Listening contributes to strong workplace relationships
  • Get a practical framework for creating a listening culture that is bidirectional, responsive, and supportive

Download it here.


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Leadership With Heart With Heather R Younger

“Heather’s courage and vulnerability to share her authentic self are truly inspiring. She shares the most cutting-edge leadership strategies on topics like emotional intelligence and employee experience. If you’re looking to sharpen your leadership skills, this podcast is for you.”

Creating a Culture of ListeningTM is Heather's Specialty

She's the...

CEO of Employee Fanatix

A leading workplace culture and employee engagement consulting & training firm.

A highly sought-after keynote speaker

Bringing the best insights from over 25,000 employee stories to the stage.

A diversity, equity, & inclusion strategist

An expert in creating safe spaces for these vital conversations.

A contributor to leading news outlets

A trusted expert for stories on culture, workplace engagement, and employee retention.

Cycle of Active Listening Guide

The Cycle of Active Listening

Create a listening culture that elevates the workplace experience for everyone.

Through this self-led assessment, you will uncover how to ensure those in your care at work feel heard and valued, resulting in increased loyalty and satisfaction.

  • Understand why listening is the key to improved engagement
  • Learn how the Cycle of Active Listening contributes to strong workplace relationships
  • Get a practical framework for creating a listening culture that is bidirectional, responsive, and supportive
Get the Guide
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