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Is it hard or does it require more care?

"White pants are hard..."  I got lipstick on my white pants the other day. The spot wasn't big, nothing too noticeable, I made a passing attempt to blot it out in the bathroom, which failed.  I commented to a colleague about how it was…
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Boardroom or bored room?

How do you turn a room full of bored executives into a boardroom full of people who want to take action? Good question. According to a recent Harvard Business Review survey, 71% of senior-level managers said meetings are unproductive…
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Can we talk?

According to Gallup's recent State of the American Workplace report, only 22% of U.S. employees strongly agree that their company's leaders have a clear direction for their organization. And only 13% strongly agree that their organization's…

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…