Public Speaking

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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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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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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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

There’s a fear that cripples many potentially great speakers that no one really talks about. It’s not the fear of public speaking, that gets plenty of attention. It’s a deeper, more difficult fear that’s holding most of us back. A fear that I know all too well; the fear of not being good enough. Before […]

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What’s Your Process?

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Own It

When I attended my very first High Impact Presentations course very early in my career, my instructor didn’t really know what to do with me. Oh, I had the voice and my language was clean of the filler words that plagued some of the other students, but something was off. I had no problem getting […]

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Yes, You Should Work For Free

  Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight. Ronnie Coleman’s quote about bodybuilding, on its surface, might not seem applicable to the business world, but when we dig deeper, we find that it is. Phrased another way, everyone wants to be successful, but not everyone wants to do […]

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Authenticity; The Key To Charisma

Have you ever noticed that the harder someone tries to be charismatic on stage or in the front of the room, the less it actually works? You see this a lot with politicians who are trying to sound like the other politicians they admire, but it happens to the rest of us too. Why does […]

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Speaking Of Getting Mine Kicked

My theme for this week has been the lessons we learn when we get our ass kicked. I wrote on Monday that you can’t be an ass kicker without getting your ass kicked, and for me, that’s been true. I’ve learned a lot more from losing than I have from winning, but there’s another benefit […]

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Elements of Elevated Evaluations

On Wednesday, I made the case for why enhanced evaluations are the lynchpin to high performance. I wrote that post targeting Toastmasters, knowing that there’s carry over to the real world. Today, in a similar fashion, it’s my intention to outline how to improve evaluations for Toastmasters and carry those lessons over as well. When we […]

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