We Don't Poop on Hazel Dell

Annie was hurting. By hurting I mean, she was trying to quit because she was worried she was going to lose her poop on Hazell Dell Road. You need to understand that Annie and I have run many, many miles together. I know her well.  I know…
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It's not about you...

If you’ve been around leadership development, you’ve probably heard a phrase that goes something like this “you must know yourself before you can lead.” And I'm guessing you’ve worked hard to understand who you are as a person and…

One Big Storytelling Mistake You're Making and How to Fix it

Steve owns a financial planning service company, and he wants to improve his connection with current and potential clients.  He says it this way "There are a thousand of us out there. I'm a penguin in a sea of penguins. I want to be the…
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My definitive answer to the age old question...what should I wear?

Before I give you my answer, let me preface by saying I'm not a stylist, but I do get a lot of questions about this topic. People have pain about how they should or shouldn't dress. People like Bill, an executive who wore a suit to an…

What to stop and what to start doing to be a better speaker, no matter who you're talking to.

"I walked out of the conference room and straight to the hotel bar." Clearly, things didn't go well for Ann. She's a senior VP of an employee benefits firm, self-proclaimed anxious speaker, and a recovering perfectionist. She was venting…
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Should you do a TEDx talk?

If you've been around me or read my email newsletter these past few months you know it's been an exciting time here at PS. I've spent the last six weeks getting ready to talk at TEDxUCincinnati. Saturday was the big day and let me tell…
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What is Presence Anyway?

I'm glad you opened this today because I'm talking about a hot topic in leadership development. Presence (aka executive presence, leadership presence, professional presence)  Let's get right down to business, shall we? What it is and…
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The one thing people really want from you when you talk

Picture this: you're at work and trying to explain to Steve (a co-worker) how a new software program works. You think you're giving directions that are clear, however, Steve is getting fidgety. Then he turns red in the face and then gets…
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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…