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Speakers, Having Trouble Deciding What All to Talk About?

As a public speaking coach, I often hear presenters say, several days prior to their next scheduled talk, “I’m not sure yet what all I’m going to talk about on the topic.” This can be a crippling moment that, if it persists, buries a speaker in a hole of frustration. Looking at their indecisiveness, any .. read more

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Simply Break it Down

Got a barrier? Don’t destroy it. Simply break a barrier down. I recall occassions I stood in my own way. Because of a limited viewpoint or distorted thinking I held myself back. And because I love to read and study, I spent loads of time in psychological self-help books trying to figure out my inadequacies. I wanted .. read more

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On January 17th, 2013, posted in: anxiety, attitude, controllling self, move forward by

2 Words for Motivation

It surprises me how much I am totally responsible for my own energy level, and therefore, for my commitment to getting things done. Don’t let me mislead you. I am not saying I am the epitome of motivation. Quite the contrary. On a scale of 1-10, if 10 is high, I rate my motivational level .. read more

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On September 27th, 2012, posted in: adrenaline, managing self, move forward by

Step Up

I get asked to do things that stretch me. No doubt, you do, too. Maybe it’s being a guest speaker in a webinar, a coach for a  new audience of professionals I haven’t experienced before, or even customize a topic for a presentation. My first reaction is usually, “gosh, am I good enough?”. And by .. read more

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Tell a story. Ask for business

I used to go over the top with introducing myself, not knowing how much to say, and usually babbling until what I said sounded good to me. In this case, there were usually a lot of questions my listener had about qualifications and marketing strategy or simply blank stares. Quite often the conversation shifted pretty fast. At .. read more

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What I Believe about Coaching

So many of us are looking for the magic bullet. Whether to attack incompetence, ineffectiveness, self-doubt or lack of strategy. We want help. And the bottom line beneath this is our feeling of inadequacy. We want to feel adequate to others. We want to have our voice heard. We want to erase the past and .. read more

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On November 4th, 2010, posted in: asking for help, focus, move forward by

How Do You Manage?

Many of us are entrepreneurs, or working from home, or business building and enjoy having freedom within our day. Perhaps we are out and about while networking, or we can adjust our day to handle a visit to the veterinarian, or can adjust our direction with ease because we are the one calling the shots. .. read more

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On September 7th, 2010, posted in: asking for help, consistency, discipline, focus, move forward by

For Business Building – 1 single activity is all it takes

For the business owner and those managing the pipeline for the next sale, there is a single activity to exploit. And I mean exploit in the best way. Do it again and again and again. Often. With zeal. Many think it’s about picking up the phone. Although many salesfolks get appointments this way, it takes .. read more

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On September 2nd, 2010, posted in: challenges, confidence, move forward, trust by

Improv rules for everyday application

In my earlier career of teaching, I developed an Improv ensemble in my school system who were admirably received from the community. The scads of improv exercises and techniques these kids explored and developed through were huge tools for keeping their skills in check – and offered them great fun! Yet there were two simple .. read more

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On August 27th, 2010, posted in: Connecting, move forward, trust by

Being stuck

I’ve been reading up on what motivates people and have been reminded that the more people understand themselves, the better the chance they see the potential for change. Many of us want to be told what to do, what to say, how to respond and why. Yet if we were to be honest, we may .. read more

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On August 16th, 2010, posted in: asking for help, move forward by