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Instant gratification or instant grace?

"Are you sure you don't want some? I mean, we live in a world of instant gratification, ya know? This will give it to ya."   Words from the aesthetician I was visiting, referring to Botox.  (and by referring I mean not so subtly suggesting…
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Success smells like laundry detergent

I find it easy to get sucked into the idea that success is complicated. That my greatest achievements are determined by profit and loss sheets, that success is measured in numbers of clients, deals closed or projects completed. I compare,…
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What would you say if you knew

What would you say if you knew that I fall within the 70%-96% of people who experience the fear of public speaking?  Not just a little, but a lot. What would you say if you knew that my anxiety level ranks moderately high to very high…
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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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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…
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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…