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How To Tell A Compelling Story

Can You Taste It? In Shawn Callahan’s book, Putting Stories To Work, he talks about making your stories visceral.  When you set the stage for your story, involve your listener or reader by hitting on as many senses as possible.…

A Tale of Two Speakers

I tried. I really tried. I tried not to wear my presentation coaching hat when I attended a conference last week. Speaker after speaker got behind the lectern and challenged me to listen, laugh and learn. The opening speaker was…

Are All Negative Events Equal?

“Of course not,” you say. Yet, we all know people who react to a broken nail with the same alarm as they do to an inferno.  For instance, I went to a relaxed discussion of Solomon’s Song of Songs during…

50 Shades of Green: Ireland and Rory D’Arcy

My synapses are still crackling from my 18 days in Ireland and Northern Ireland. (I didn’t know that they were two separate countries.) My tour group visited the sites of Bloody Sunday, the Titanic, Guinness and many other wonders. We…

How To Reboot When You’re Stalled

I’m Back! How embarrassing! My last e-newsletter was in October of 2017. No need to explain. Besides life getting in the way, I just got out of the habit. I tried to write several times between then and now, but…

Oprah For President: You Can Present Powerfully, Too!

Oprah Winfrey is a force of nature. You can’t deny her accomplishments. If you’ve read anything about her life, you know she came from poverty and rose above her raising to become a success in many areas. She recently received…

Bu-Bye 2016. Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet!

Bu-bye 2016. May 2017 Be Your Best Year Yet For many, 2016 has been a year of losses. Whether politically, celebrity death-wise or personally. I, too, have had a year of losses. Yet, I’m grateful for so much. My children,…

Grieving Tools Revisited

  Early this AM, my wonderful sister-in-law, Patti, passed away. She was an inspiration to all who knew her even in death. I ran across this enewsletter edition from August 6, 2012. It still has relevance. Whatever losses you’re dealing

Lying: A Bigger Epidemic Than Zika

There seems to be an outbreak of lying. I won’t set foot in the political arena. That’s too easy. But, how about Ryan Lochte the Olympic swimmer? OK. An athlete is allowed to get drunk after he’s finished his Olympic…

Tell Your Own Story or When In Doubt, Leave It Out!

Tell Your Own Story or When In Doubt, Leave It Out The recent Melania Trump alleged plagiarizing of Michelle Obama’s speech uproar prompted me to write about three points we all need to take seriously. There is no political intent…