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"I'm feeling a little resistance"

My friend Jen and I send each other messages over Voxer pretty much daily.  We’re small business owners and self-proclaimed nerds trying to figure out the world of entrepreneurship. We share war stories, successes, and do our best to hold…
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Finding your voice is a consistent choice

“The path to finding your real voice is just one click away!”   “Find your true voice in just two days!”   “Seven steps to finding your authentic voice…”   Can we please stop now? Despite what popular…
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About that LinkedIn post...

As soon as I clicked post, my gut twisted.  That's not a good sign. You see, I'm committed to telling you the truth about what it's like to be a speaker, and I didn't live up to that commitment. I put up a post on LinkedIn about my success…
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Can we talk?

According to Gallup's recent State of the American Workplace report, only 22% of U.S. employees strongly agree that their company's leaders have a clear direction for their organization. And only 13% strongly agree that their organization's…
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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…
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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…
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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…