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It's not about you...

If you’ve been around leadership development, you’ve probably heard a phrase that goes something like this “you must know yourself before you can lead.” And I'm guessing you’ve worked hard to understand who you are as a person and…
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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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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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Are You Overthinking Giving Feedback? One question to ask yourself when you're debating whether or not you should "say something?"

I needed to give some feedback to a good friend and colleague. She was frustrated about the way a few collaborative projects had turned out.  She's an incredible person, consistently supporting others.  More often than not, though,  she's…
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Your Details Are Wasting Dollars. How to avoid getting yourself and your listeners lost when you talk.

“I want to make sure I hit every detail, you know, so they know that I know what I’m talking about." “I like to know all the details, so I want them to know all the details.” “But what if I miss something?” Sound familiar? Is…
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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…