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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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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…
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How Do You Know Where to Start?

When I decided to blog, my goal was to write one original blog post each week that revolved around the three passions of my business, public speaking, storytelling, and presence. So far, I'm on track to accomplish that goal. My plan in…
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Where Did You Start?

This is me before my high school graduation. The photos are fuzzy. Yes, that's a Marborlo light in my mouth. I started smoking when I was fourteen years old, and it took me until my mid-thirties to stop completely. I used one of…
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Who Are You Committing To?

We would've been married for 18 years this past Sunday. I can't remember the last time I did the math or thought about how long it's been since I married Tony. We've been divorced longer than we were married. I've been happily remarried…
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What Will You Do?

"I didn't really learn anything...new." (ugh) I was wrapping up a session, going around the room and asking folks what they'd learned from our time together.  I care, a lot, about making sure the people I coach get something that's meaningful…
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A Tale of Two Events

Let me tell you about two events I was fortunate enough to attend over the past few months. Let's call them Event A and Event B. They had the same mission; to gain support from the business community to develop leaders for the greater good…

"I Hope I'll Get in a Car Wreck on the Way There"

Ouch. My client said it half-jokingly, but there was an element of truth in her words. She was talking about preparing for a speech. She went on; "My heart pounds when it's my turn to speak at work. Even when we're just doing introductions…