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What a Group of 7th Grade Girls Can Teach You About Business Storytelling.

The Five Ps of Your Business Story My daughter and about 40 other tween and teenage girls participated in local STEM event a week or so ago.   Lured in by swag bags and brownies the girls were highly encouraged to stay for the remainder…
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Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Webinars Memorable and Engaging

Tell the truth. How many times have you sat through an online webinar, half listening, half responding to emails you've put off in your inbox? None? Really? Scrolling through social media then? (I'm joking...mostly.) Webinars…
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Are You Overthinking Giving Feedback? One question to ask yourself when you're debating whether or not you should "say something?"

I needed to give some feedback to a good friend and colleague. She was frustrated about the way a few collaborative projects had turned out.  She's an incredible person, consistently supporting others.  More often than not, though,  she's…
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Your Details Are Wasting Dollars. How to avoid getting yourself and your listeners lost when you talk.

“I want to make sure I hit every detail, you know, so they know that I know what I’m talking about." “I like to know all the details, so I want them to know all the details.” “But what if I miss something?” Sound familiar? Is…
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The Easiest Way to Avoid a Technology Disaster When You Present.

You have the BEST EVER (insert techy thing here) for your presentation. Perhaps it's a...GIF riddled powerpoint with fancy transitions, musical segway, dancing cat video, 3-D display of "fancy new" product... maybe even a robot. There's…
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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…