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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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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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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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A Tale of Two Events

Let me tell you about two events I was fortunate enough to attend over the past few months. Let's call them Event A and Event B. They had the same mission; to gain support from the business community to develop leaders for the greater good…
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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…

I'm Sorry for What I Thought When I Looked at Your Website

"HA! See, she isn't perfect. Her site isn't even formatted correctly." I'd like to tell you I had a better reaction, but that wouldn't be the truth. I'm committed to telling you the truth, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Last week, my…

"I Hope I'll Get in a Car Wreck on the Way There"

Ouch. My client said it half-jokingly, but there was an element of truth in her words. She was talking about preparing for a speech. She went on; "My heart pounds when it's my turn to speak at work. Even when we're just doing introductions…