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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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Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Webinars Memorable and Engaging

Tell the truth. How many times have you sat through an online webinar, half listening, half responding to emails you've put off in your inbox? None? Really? Scrolling through social media then? (I'm joking...mostly.) Webinars…
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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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Wealth is the Word for 2019. W​ha​t I'm Choosing to Focus on in My Life and Business in the New Year and Why you​ Should too.

Ok, maybe it's not the word of 2019; I don't wield that much influence (yet), but it's definitely my word for 2019. If you haven't heard about choosing a word for the year, let me explain how this works. The idea is to pick a single word…

10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Drama by Using These Public Speaking Tips

Obligatory Christmas picture with our bio kids.  Max. The Dog. Our Bonus Kids  What does Christmas look like at the Practically Speaking household?  Well...let's see there's: Four sets of parents, five kids (explained…

When Not if

You know enough about me by now to know that I believe in thepower of words. I'm constantly thinking about words, how we use them, what impact they have. I believe our words have the powerto change the world. As I'm sitting here…

Six Strategies for Speaking on the Spot

Picture this. You're sitting in your meeting or wrapping up a company event when out of the blue someone asks you... Would you mind saying a few words? Maybe you don't mind (because talking is your jam) or maybe your mind goes…

Big Goal=Accomplished

It's time to CELEBRATE! Last year I set a BIG goal to write a weekly blog.  As I type, I'm meeting this GOAL! I've learned a lot about writing, business and you in the past year.  I'm so happy you decided to read along. In honor…
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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…