People are bombarded with information at every meeting. It is difficult enough just to convey the information clearly to a group of people, never mind having them understand it and take away the key messages.Storytelling is a skill that will help anyone be clearer and create stickier messages … [Read more...] about The Art of Storytelling: Making sense of the details
What do Ann Richards, Rodin, Hamdi Ulukaya, Wilbert L. Gore and Maria Grazia Chiuri have in common?Answer: they are all weirdos.(Oh, and John Ritter. He's a weirdo, too.) Or at least they are all different from the society around them.The key is that they were able to take that … [Read more...] about Cultivate the Weirdos
What do you do when you have to speak in front of a large group of people or when you are expected to present information at a high-stakes meeting?There are three basic steps that everyone has to do in order to prepare themselves to be at their best when presenting in front of a group:Know what … [Read more...] about “Expectation Is The Root Of All Heartache” – Shakespeare
You have a choice. How often do you hear people say, "I'm just not a public speaker" or "I'm just not wired that way" when they are asked to do something outside their comfort zone? How often do we feel helpless in the face of our own perceived limitations? While I know that personality traits and … [Read more...] about You Have A Choice
There is this moment in theater and in film where the actors and the director get together for the first time as a group to read through the script out loud. It is very chummy and people are often excited and a little nervous. They ask questions and talk and talk and read and talk. It's probably the … [Read more...] about You Have To Go Through It.
Perhaps you worry about whether people can hear your thoughts or know how you are feeling inside (especially when you are nervous), and that you are an open book to the world. The truth, however, is that people rarely see beyond their own thoughts and feelings. In truth our perception of how people … [Read more...] about Nobody Really Understands You
I always hated to feel embarrassed.There is something existentially threatening about everyone seeing me with my (proverbial) pants down.And over the course of my life I have made choices that helped to avoid that level of embarrassment and always to my detriment. I didn't raise my hand to … [Read more...] about Risking Embarrassment
I was meeting with a client a few weeks ago who told me that he looks for entrepreneurs with the "right kind of arrogance," which I found to be a fascinating way to explain something that is very confusing to most of us.What does it mean to have the "right" kind and what exactly is the … [Read more...] about The “Right Kind” of Arrogance