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Opening Well

Opening Well

I love the New Year. It’s a chance to reflect on the past. To revel in the present and enjoy some time off with those we love. But it’s also a chance to start anew. Hang a new calendar. Clean up the office. Turn the page. Promise to do better. Plan for the future....

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What’s Your Gift?

What’s Your Gift?

As we careen towards year end, most of us will participate in the traditions of giving and receiving gifts.  No matter what metaphor we use around gifts or what they represent, it’s no mystery that most people enjoy receiving gifts.     It’s a wonderful metaphor...

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The Most Important Thing

The Most Important Thing

On the first day of my son’s Tee Ball practice, dads and coaches shouted the immovable rule of baseball to anyone who would listen: “Keep your eye on the ball!”  It’s good advice for baseball players (and fans).  It’s good enough advice that it’s still given by...

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A Happy Ending

A Happy Ending

Don’t look at the calendar.  It’s October.  October!?  Where did the time go?  For many of us, October means the fourth quarter is here.  Quotas.  The rush is on.  Throw in holidays, the changing weather, shorter days (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), the...

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Stage Presence

Stage Presence

About the time you are reading this, I’ll be involved in a new project that includes being the emcee/host for a series of live seminars. This involves weaving video, introductions, live panelists, a little content, and audience participation into a cohesive hour on...

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Making Your Audience Remember – Even After You’re Gone

Making Your Audience Remember – Even After You’re Gone

In a few short weeks, a day I’ve long known was coming will be upon me.  My youngest – my baby – the beloved daughter we call Sweet Pea – will leave to start the next chapter of her life.   Rest assured I am as proud as a daddy can be.  She has excelled at what...

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Independence Day – Going All In

Independence Day – Going All In

In America, we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day. That’s the day fifty-six rebels signed a document that meant they either fought and won or lost everything they had. Maybe a more proper label would be “All In Day”. No more wishing. No more hoping. No more...

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Anniversaries – What I’ve Learned Over the Years

Anniversaries – What I’ve Learned Over the Years

My last month is filled with anniversaries.  Anniversaries stir memories that are worth recalling.  For those willing to dig deeper, there are lessons that are worth applying and reviewing (and sharing).  And anniversaries remind us of how life grows and changes us....

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Three Content Tips to Make You a Better Teacher

Three Content Tips to Make You a Better Teacher

May the Fourth is National Star Wars Day .  I always wondered how those fans made the connection -- no one in the Star Wars movies speaks with a lisp (May the Fourthce be with you?).  But I digress.   May the Fourth is also National Weather Observers Day,...

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Having a Second Screen: The Absolute Key to Presenting Online

Having a Second Screen: The Absolute Key to Presenting Online

In this month's blog, I’m going to articulate my single best equipment recommendation, why it’s important, and how to use it effectively. It’s a second screen (or a third!). It’s been a year… since we were banished from our offices, restricted from live events, and...

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Find Your One Thing — Amidst the Junk You Keep

Find Your One Thing — Amidst the Junk You Keep

Find your One Thing BEFORE you create structure, add detail, or create visuals for your speech. We recently traded in the family wagon.  After almost a decade of serving us as a baseball team bus, daily commuter, vacation host, carpool waiting room, mobile business...

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The Ten Commandments of PowerPoint

The Ten Commandments of PowerPoint

The Ten Commandments of PowerPoint Periodically (we last addressed this topic in my article PowerPoint Templates: Great Idea or Pain in the Mouse?), we pile up thoughts on the #1 companion – I sometimes call it the Teddy Bear – of presentations.  Our friend,...

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