We Don't Poop on Hazel Dell

Annie was hurting. By hurting I mean, she was trying to quit because she was worried she was going to lose her poop on Hazell Dell Road. You need to understand that Annie and I have run many, many miles together. I know her well.  I know…

One Big Storytelling Mistake You're Making and How to Fix it

Steve owns a financial planning service company, and he wants to improve his connection with current and potential clients.  He says it this way "There are a thousand of us out there. I'm a penguin in a sea of penguins. I want to be the…

What to stop and what to start doing to be a better speaker, no matter who you're talking to.

"I walked out of the conference room and straight to the hotel bar." Clearly, things didn't go well for Ann. She's a senior VP of an employee benefits firm, self-proclaimed anxious speaker, and a recovering perfectionist. She was venting…
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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…
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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…