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Papa, Don’t Preach

Papa, Don’t Preach

Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Although never formally affiliated with a denomination, Harvard’s primary aim was to train Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. Their faculty educated students...

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Top Ten Lessons Learned from Mark Twain

Top Ten Lessons Learned from Mark Twain

If Mark Twain were alive today, he would have more followers on Twitter than Oprah Winfrey.  Why?  He was a master of epigrams: pithy sayings or ideas communicated in a clever and amusing way.  He is one of the most quotable individuals, and for good reason. While...

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The Ancient Art of Storytelling

The Ancient Art of Storytelling

Before the onslaught of technology and information that follows us everywhere there was one effective method for passing along information from person to person, village to village, civilization to civilization:  Storytelling. Before there was the ability to write, or...

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Talking or Communicating?

If you've got whatever you've developed and you can't communicate it, you are no closer to the top of your mountain than you were when you developed it. I have been to multiple pitches and I always say to clients: "Tell me what it is that you're selling." They will...

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Top Ten Ways to Adjust Your Attitude for Success

Top Ten Ways to Adjust Your Attitude for Success

Public speaking is far from most people’s favorite thing to do.  In fact, it’s not just something people don’t want to do, but for many, it’s something they’re legitimately afraid to do.  However, with communication being such a critical element of a person’s...

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An Effective Politician’s Secret to Public Speaking

An Effective Politician’s Secret to Public Speaking

Most successful politicians find themselves in the position they are in due to their ability to masterfully deliver a message and persuade others to believe in their cause.  That is their job—to speak and inspire action on behalf of the people they represent.  This is...

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Top Ten Ways to Calm Your Nerves

Top Ten Ways to Calm Your Nerves

If you’re like most people, public speaking is one of the last things they’d volunteer to do.  In fact, it’s one of the greatest fears people experience. If I’ve described you, or if you fall anywhere on the fear spectrum for public speaking, I’m here to tell you that...

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Turn to the Experts

Turn to the Experts

When it comes to refining any craft – like public speaking – it’s always incredibly helpful to absorb as much relevant information from experts as possible.  Which is why I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of excellent books that focus on career development,...

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The Unknown Opportunity

You are in the unknown. For anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit, the unknown becomes an opportunity. For many people though, in life and in their careers, the unknown is a burden. They get tripped up by it because they fear the thing that they don't know. In...

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Who’s a Rockstar?! You Are! 

Who’s a Rockstar?! You Are! 

Just like your first record, 8-track, cassette tape, or CD, everyone remembers their first music concert. You'll more than likely have memories of the venue and those you were with, but what you remember most is the actual group.  No matter the genre: rock, jazz, pop,...

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Recent Blog Posts

  • A Lesson in Making an Impact

    A Lesson in Making an Impact

    For a master class in how to sell an idea with emotion—and, in this case, a product as well—watch Steve Jobs’s June 12, 2005 Stanford commencement address. It’s one of the most moving and effective pieces of oratory I’ve ever seen. During the speech, Jobs talks about something powerful. He …
  • Six Needs of Your Upcoming Audience

    Six Needs of Your Upcoming Audience

    Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author. In a LinkedIn post in November of 2014, he published an article entitled “The 6 Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do.” In the piece, he wrote, “While each human being is unique, we also share …
  • My First Commandment for Great Presenters

    My First Commandment for Great Presenters

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