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How To Rock A Conference Speech

  Public speaking scares people. It doesn’t have to, but it does. Despite the fact that no one is yet to die while giving a talk in public, millions of people are still terrified of the prospect. It’s for this reason that I congratulate you for having the courage to accept the opportunity to present […]

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To Me of For Me?

I love what I do. I love speaking, teaching and training. I love meeting new people and watching them reach their potential with just a few small tweaks to their communication skills. Put me in a room in any American city and I will be in my element. Getting there, however, is another matter altogether. […]

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Practice, Man

“I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not … Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game, but we’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? … […]

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The Discipline To Rest

This is a true story. I haven’t even changed the names to protect the guilty.  If you’ve poked around this blog at all, you’ve noticed that discipline is a big subject for me. In just about every post, I will somehow allude to the fact that discipline separates winners from losers. I’m a big believer […]

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Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

  Flattery won’t get you anywhere. WRONG Flattery will get you everywhere if you use it correctly. The problem is that most people miss the mark and their attempt at flattery comes off as a cheap, inauthentic Eddie Haskell impression. (if you’re younger than 35, ask your parents). When used the right way, however, flattery […]

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No One is Born Great

“I can’t do it. I’m just not good at it.” This was the phrase my daughter used with me when it was time to blow dry her show steer. Barn work doesn’t come naturally to her and because she doesn’t think she’s good at it, she was ready to give up.  I was ready to […]

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38 Lessons Learned

Yesterday, I turned 38 years old. When I was 17 and my dad was 38, I thought he was ancient, and it’s funny that now the roles are reversed, I see how wrong I was about just about everything. In the 38 years, I’ve spent on this planet, I have realized two things: 1. I […]

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How I Pulled Off a 72 Hour Water Fast

A couple of weeks ago, I shared something on Twitter that I had run across one morning that really intrigued me. It was before and after photos of someone who underwent a 72-hour water fast. Yeah, you read that right, some guy didn’t eat or drink anything but coffee and water for 72 hours. The […]

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Video: Own Your Credibility

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The Starting Point For Communication

In every seminar I lead, I try to make the point that the there are really only three things that one has to in order to be a great communicator; Maintain Credibility, Make Others Feel Important, and Don’t Be Creepy. I know it’s simplistic, but try to poke a hole in this argument. If you’re […]

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