After 22 years on stage, I never would have guessed I would make a mistake like I did on Sunday. Ouch! When was the last time you were really nervous? What do you think made you so nervous? Maybe your nerves were on overload because of the subject, or maybe it was because of who […]

Have you ever noticed the difference in energy at each event you attend? Why are some filled with excitement and some, quite frankly, so boring. A multitude of factors can add or detract from the excitement. Whether you are running your own event or presenting at someone else’s event, there is one simple, powerful secret […]

What project around your house or in your business have you been putting off? Why? Why do you put it off? Though I’m a big fan of getting things done, I also do face some challenges, and I get very creative about procrastinating. Whenever there is a software update, I let out an audible “Augh!” […]

If someone without hearing watched you for a week and could clearly see every action you took, what would they see? Would your actions show clearly what your goals were? If they took notes, what do you think they would write down? Time seems to be one of the biggest challenges that all of us […]

Who were your heroes growing up? Who influenced you throughout your life? Did you ever feel betrayed? Having a role model fall from grace can deflate our hope. I remember having to write a book report in my youth. I was sitting in the Auburn Public Library trying to find a book that captured my […]

Every year around this time I remind people of this powerful secret to tap into their own life stories. What happens when you get together with friends and family around the holidays? Conversation! Questions are asked, and stories are told. If your family and friends are anything like mine, you “revisit” the same stories again […]

When you see a courtroom drama on T.V. or in a movie, you see both the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyers pleading their cases. You hear arguments from both sides as to what happened and why. You see forensic experts go over the evidence to explain it. As viewers, the more evidence we see, the […]

There are many remarkable people in Toastmasters. One of the most remarkable people I’ve met is Marc Williams. Marc was a finalist in the 2014 World Championship speech contest. Why is he remarkable? Not because he was very coachable when working on the contest speech and dumping his final speech to create a completely new […]

Truman Burbank: “Was nothing real?” Christof: “You were real. That’s what made you so good to watch…” In the 1998 movie The Truman Show, an interesting premise was set up that I think can help presenters tell better stories. Truman Burbank, the main character played by Jim Carrey, was in his own reality TV show […]

When you think of the word addiction, it usually evokes very negative connotations. Dictionary.com defines it as follows: “Noun: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” Are there positive connotations? Do […]