October 2004

Thank you for reading the October 2004 L’Epée Coaching & Consulting Newsletter.

As a business coach, I specialize in helping individuals and organizations to sharpen their communication skills and heighten cultural awareness. My individual and corporate training programs build bridges of understanding between different cultures and promote more effective communication.

With more than 20 years of international experience, I offer a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge in understanding communication and cross-cultural challenges. My methods combine Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques with years of management experience, as well as practical knowledge of how companies conduct business in the United States, France and the Czech Republic.

Committed to the success and satisfaction of my clients, I provide services and solutions that offer a unique opportunity for participants to engage in the following customized programs:


My coaching programs give teams and individuals a deeper understanding of themselves and allow them to leverage their talents and abilities in pursuing their goals to the fullest. Through an ongoing partnership, individuals and organizations can accelerate their performance and build on the strength of their success.

Corporate Training and Workshops

My corporate training and workshops provide constructive insight and support in improving communication and cooperation. Intensive sessions address those issues most relevant to the long-term success of both organizations and the people working in them.

Business Lunches Series

My series of power lunches, focusing on immediate practical application of management and leadership skills, creates an open, inspiring environment where experiences are shared and valuable knowledge about communicating, connecting and working effectively across cultural contexts is passed on.

The Prague Coaching Club

The Prague Coaching Club is a forum for members to enhance their professional and personal development. Club members learn about new management tools and techniques in an informal yet well-structured environment.

Should you have any questions regarding these programs, do not hesitate to contact me.


October 5 WIB – Women in Business dinner at Mlynec
October 7 Leadership Power Lunch
October 20 ASTD Professional Development Series Dinner
November 1 WIB – Women in Business dinner at Mlynec
November 4 Leadership Power Lunch

Toastmasters in Prague (www.toastmasters.cz):

Everyone is welcome to the weekly Wednesday meetings from 18:00 to 20:00 at Novotneho lavka 1, DT CSVTS, Prague 1. Room # 401 A (It is the building next to Mlynec restaurant) For further information please contact Ivana Hospodarova at ivana_hospodarova@quick.cz

Communication Tip of the Month:Communication – The Root of Successful Management

Sound communication is at the root of successful management, as everything we do involves communicating. A large part of managing a successful organization rests on a manager’s ability to provide a continuous flow of information up, down and across the organization. That ability to effectively communicate not only ensures a productive, focused workforce and satisfied stakeholders, but also is ultimately felt by the customer.

Now think about all the tasks you face on a daily basis. Whether you are meeting with your staff, writing an e-mail or lunching with a client, your professional success rests on your ability to communicate effectively.

Of course, if you are like most managers, you would assess your communication abilities very positively. However, there is always room for improvement. A Communication Quotient (CQ) test can help you gauge your communication strengths and weaknesses by determining your communication level.

The following questions will help you think about how effectively you communicate.

  • Could you describe your job and what your company does to your children in 30 seconds?
  • How well do you keep your employees/team members informed of new developments in the business?
  • How would your stakeholders rate your communication abilities?
  • Which of the following skills do you think is the most important to your job: persuasion; negotiating; talking; listening?
  • How often do you invite your banker/accountant/lawyer to lunch just to chat?
  • Do you have a pile of letters, voice messages, e-mails you have put off answering?

Have you checked your CQ (communication quotient) lately?

Yours truly,Karin