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What Snoop Dogg Can Teach You About Storytelling

My friend Darcy put this little gem in our annual white elephant gift exchange. I laughed so hard when I opened it...so hard. Then I tried to hide it with my hands until the game was over. Unfortunately, Joe had eyes for it. When he…
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Wealth is the Word for 2019. W​ha​t I'm Choosing to Focus on in My Life and Business in the New Year and Why you​ Should too.

Ok, maybe it's not the word of 2019; I don't wield that much influence (yet), but it's definitely my word for 2019. If you haven't heard about choosing a word for the year, let me explain how this works. The idea is to pick a single word…

10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Drama by Using These Public Speaking Tips

Obligatory Christmas picture with our bio kids.  Max. The Dog. Our Bonus Kids  What does Christmas look like at the Practically Speaking household?  Well...let's see there's: Four sets of parents, five kids (explained…

When Not if

You know enough about me by now to know that I believe in thepower of words. I'm constantly thinking about words, how we use them, what impact they have. I believe our words have the powerto change the world. As I'm sitting here…

Six Strategies for Speaking on the Spot

Picture this. You're sitting in your meeting or wrapping up a company event when out of the blue someone asks you... Would you mind saying a few words? Maybe you don't mind (because talking is your jam) or maybe your mind goes…

Big Goal=Accomplished

It's time to CELEBRATE! Last year I set a BIG goal to write a weekly blog.  As I type, I'm meeting this GOAL! I've learned a lot about writing, business and you in the past year.  I'm so happy you decided to read along. In honor…
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It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry

My friend Ricki asked me this the other day; “How do you say I’m sorry when you don’t feel like it?  You know, you’ve done something that's upset a co-worker, it’s not a big deal, and you’re told or know you should apologize…

How to Keep Your Expectations Reasonable

I got an email from a speaker friend the other day asking; "How do speakers know when they've made a meaningful impact?  I feel like my only measurement for success would be a standing ovation, people weeping at my content or maybe a parade...these…

Who Are You Trying to Be?

I was catching up with my friend Mike last week when asked me this; "Who do you compare yourself to as a speaker?" Hmmmm. I told him "I work hard not to compare myself to others." "Yeah, I get that, but like, who do you watch and…