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In our July newsletter we shared a tip about speech introductions, and it’s a question I get a lot: “How should I introduce myself?” If I hear another speaker open with “Well, let me tell you a little about myself…”, I may scream. And usually in the audiences I’m in, screaming is NOT appropriate. But this could be the second worst opening of all time (Worst, closely related: “Hi, my name is ___, and I’m […]
I recently attended the baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event to hear the speeches of the inductees, even if I did have to pay $20 to park in some random farmer’s field and still had to walk to the ceremony.
The event had two basic parts (notwithstanding the superfluous infrastructure and the MLB network commercial delays, which drew boos from the audience). First, every living member of […]
When I worked in the corporate world, you were supposed to give a trip report when you returned from a conference or client travel. This was an opportunity to share learned information with the home office, and also provided some nice accountability to participate fully while you were away.
Since I’m the director of the company, there might not be as much an incentive to give trip reports, but I feel like I should give an […]
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