Nervous public speakers should not present

Over the past few weeks, my coaching calendar has been full of anxious presenters. Every single one of them is an intelligent, successful business person who’s earned the right to speak about their area of expertise. Intellectually, they appreciate their “fit” to reach a given audience, and they know it’s

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Tight budget? Go talk to a communicator.

Everyone in business seems to be grasping for budget these days. Okay, maybe not everyone. But enough of my clients, colleagues, and collaborators have mentioned funding frustrations that it feels like an epidemic of penny pinching. Funny thing, though. As budgets shrink, expectations seem to grow. You’ve got to stop

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Some lessons must be (re)learned

Click SAVE How many times have I lost a good draft to a power outage or system crash? “For heaven’s sake,” I tell myself (after unleashing a torrent of profanity), “Save and name the file the moment you open it, then click SAVE every time you pause to think.” Just

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Why thought leaders need thought partners

So, you want to be a thought leader …Or maybe you feel pressure to become one …Or perhaps you’ve already reached this place of influence … Whatever your status on this continuum, as thought leader you’ll find yourself with a fascinating yet perpetual to-do list:

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Can You Stop The Scrolling?

TLDR: Is this too long to read? Has your focus been stolen? Here’s the gist: I’m tired of screens stealing my focus. From here on out, I read what I wanna read, buy only what I wanna buy, and talk to actual people IRL. Viva la revolution! **I started writing

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Shall we play 20 Questions with your story?

When I was a restless kid enduring long drives in the back seat of my dad’s VW Beetle, Mom would occupy my brain with games. We did a lot of “I’m going on a trip and taking something that starts with A,” then B, and all the way to Z.

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I Made A Mistake

It was a “hit send too fast” email. And it wasn’t even a huge mistake, more like a silly “I wasn’t paying close enough attention” kind of mistake. Which is of course exactly what happened.I have been obsessing over it for a day and feel the need to explain myself

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These are a few of my favorite apps

My friend Bill was lamenting a standstill in his creative process. He’d been working on a podcast for 5 years, had 2 episodes recorded, but stalled out on editing those conversations so he could publish the thing. “Have you thrown the audio file into Descript to do the editing?” I asked. “What’s

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What’s On Your Skip List?

It’s the start of a new year and for the past few months we have been inundated with Best Of lists, especially books, music, and movies that are not to be missed. Where is the list of books I should miss? How do we know what reading and activities we

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A new auld lang syne

As I write this, I’m on holiday break from “real” business communication. But I never take a break from sharing a monthly blog post. To have a little fun while honoring my self-imposed publishing schedule, I’m finishing 2023 with a semi-autobiographical poem inspired by a song I can’t get out

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