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Personal Branding Elements Part II

On Monday, I posted about three elements of personal branding. Today, I want to cover another in more in-depth detail. One that I believe can set us apart, help us stand out and put us further ahead than just about anything else: Subject Matter Mastery.  All things being equal, people do business with people they […]

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Three Elements of a Personal Branding Plan

The most undervalued skill in professional development is personal branding. Long thought of as a skill needed only for politicians and entrepreneurs, personal branding has been neglected by large groups of professionals that could truly use it. How our clients, prospects, coworkers and superiors remember us is as critical as anything else to our success. […]

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Your Black Friday Shopping List: Books for December

So much of the American economy depends on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you’re going to be shopping, and want the perfect gift for that special person that has everything (YOU), I have a list of five books that you might consider picking up for the month of December. 1. The Subtle Art of […]

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Why You Should Compete

Beginning in January, Toastmasters Clubs around the world will begin holding their club contests. If you’re in Toastmasters, and serious about improving your communication skills, I highly recommend you sign up to compete. A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece about why I joined Toastmasters. It’s generally been my experience that Toastmasters talk […]

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Thanksgiving is Practice

Thanksgiving has never been on of my favorite holidays.  I don’t like turkey or NFL Football and I’ve joked many times that I have to see my family but no one gives me a gift for it. That being said, Thanksgiving has been a blessing to me for one big reason: Practice. When I say […]

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The Greatest Speech Ever Delivered

One Hundred and fifty-three years ago tomorrow, on a field in Pennsylvania, the greatest speech in American History was delivered. As you read the words below, you can feel the power, the emotion and the wisdom that changed the course of American history: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this […]

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Filling Up My First Journal

On Monday, I posted a piece about planning for 2017 today following a proven, three-part strategy: Identify What You Want, Identify Why You Want It, and Identify The Steps Required To Make It Happen. This is a system that has done great things for me and countless others, but only because the plan never really […]

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It’s Almost Thanksgiving

Don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is next week. If you’re at all like me, it seems like we just carved a turkey and yet here we are flooded with Facebook posts of gratitude again. Before long, we will all be watching the ball drop and welcoming 2017 while hoping our lives change with New Year’s […]

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Why I’m A Toastmaster

Since 2006, I’ve been a member of an organization called Toastmasters International. It’s an international organization dedicated to helping people improve their communication and leadership skills. In essence, it’s a club dedicated to public speaking. Usually, when I tell people about Toastmasters, they give me a look that tells me that they think I’m crazy. […]

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You’re In Control

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried […]

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