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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…

How to Keep Your Expectations Reasonable

I got an email from a speaker friend the other day asking; "How do speakers know when they've made a meaningful impact?  I feel like my only measurement for success would be a standing ovation, people weeping at my content or maybe a parade...these…
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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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What Will You Do?

"I didn't really learn anything...new." (ugh) I was wrapping up a session, going around the room and asking folks what they'd learned from our time together.  I care, a lot, about making sure the people I coach get something that's meaningful…
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Are You Direct or Indirect?

"It cost us $8,000," Ben said. He was talking about a situation where he " was just talking through things out loud" and "the next thing you know, things got done."  (The thing that got done was unapproved rental of a very expensive…
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Are You on Edge?

These are my toes in the sand, next to my dad's. (It's a little blurry because we were trying to maintain balance at high tide on vacation last week) It's a privilege to spend time with him.  The older I get, the more aware I am of…