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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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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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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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You're Moving to the Bottom of My List

I gotta tell you about a conversation I had last week. Bob (not his real name) works for a company whose goal is to be exceptional with client communications. (I bet your organization has goals similar to this too). We were in a group,…
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Are You Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop?

"I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop." I got to thinking about this phrase over the weekend. It used to make a lot of sense to me.  I mean, things don't always work out, right? We make mistakes, bad things happen, and stuff doesn't…
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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 for…
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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…