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Engage in the Power of Negative Thinking

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:07:09 +0000

I’m a cheerful person. And I don’t like positive thinking. It makes me cringe. Instead, I try to spend some quality time every day engaging in negative thinking. For me, it’s a joyful meditation. “What’s the worse that could happen?” is a question I ask myself every day. And then, I imagine it. I take …



Five factors that make you more memorable

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:53:20 +0000

  I came across a stranger with a dog a few months ago. As we walked toward each other on my empty street, I grinned. “Cute dog,” I said as we grew closer. “Thanks,” she said. “It’s not mine, though. I’m dogsitting for a friend. Hey, do you know any good places to walk around …



How to deliver bad news

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 17:05:48 +0000

There’s no way around it. Sometimes, terrible things happen. And you have to be the bearer of bad news. To begin communicating your bad news, just say it. No hemming. No hawing. Get to the point. No couching it with “there’s no easy way to put this, but…” You must lead clearly and concisely with …



Microsoft Sway: give it a try, avoid the hype

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:58:51 +0000

Microsoft Sway is now freely available online. If you’re a story teller, check it out. Take a few minutes to watch the Microsoft tutorial video.  It will give you a broad overview of what Sway is and how you might use it. Then, go monkey around with it a little. It’s at Sway.com. Whatever you do, …



Do you want me to bore you?

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:15:25 +0000

“I can bore you to death with a couple hundred PowerPoint slides for the next hour, or we can have a discussion and make this fun and interactive,” said the speaker. Seriously. Those were the first words out of his mouth. The audience of around 50 just sat there, including me. After about 5 silent …



How good are you at answering simple questions? Take this easy quiz.

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:48:39 +0000

As an intelligent business person, you might think you are excellent at answering simple, direct questions. But are you? Take this easy, 5-question quiz to find out: 1. A venture capitalist asks how much your new service costs. You: A: Explain how you and your team arrived at the various price points. B. Respond, “$79 …



Say it out loud

Tue, 19 May 2015 11:35:40 +0000

Here’s my number one tip for writing scripts and speeches. It’s simple, powerful, and only four words long. Say it out loud. 1. Say 2. It 3. Out 4. Loud Four words. It’s such an easy tip. So simple. And so overlooked. I get to write and edit scripts and speeches and dialogues for a living. And …



Team Building & Crisis Communication Fundamentals

Thu, 14 May 2015 21:36:55 +0000

I hope you never experience a crisis. But when you do, be prepared. Introducing Crisis Communication Fundamentals, my latest online course. It’s available now in the Lynda.com content library. I felt inspired to write this course because I’ve watched people struggle to figure out how to communicate when something unexpected and unpleasant strikes their organization. My aim is to …



When making a surprise announcement, don’t say this…

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:04:58 +0000

You made a surprise announcement. You didn’t drop a bombshell. I’m more than a little strung out when I hear those in the news media say something like, “Mr. Peacock dropped a major bombshell at Wince Country Club today. We’ll give you details after the break.” Instantly, my mind goes to actual bombs. Wounded people. …



Spin doctors gotta spin…

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:52:29 +0000

Public relations pros don’t like the word spin. Call one a “spin doctor” and that’s a low blow. A rude insult. So how can we put a better spin on our profession? As a child, my mom gave me this piece of life advice: “Don’t call people names they don’t want to be called.” However, …