Do Something Different

In order to operate outside the box of life we need to take calculated risks and try something different. Yes, it may or may not work, but that is what creativity is all about. The enemy of creativity is patterns and routines, and when we get stuck in them we stay “Boxed” in. Here are…

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Generation “Z” & Labels

Think about the labels that have been put on millennials over the past decade:  Self-absorbed/Lazy/ Greedy/Job hopper/Entitled. These descriptions we put on “Millennials” impact their psyche, self-confidence, and self-esteem.  When someone is told they are self-absorbed, greedy, lazy and entitled many will live up to that expectation. Now, we have a new generation entering the…

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Abandon Auto Pilot

I had a conversation with a client and it was fierce! Over lunch, my client told me that I wasn’t as good as a presenter as I was two years ago when she saw me present, “Smash the Box.” She said, “The keynote address you did lacked energy, audience interaction and the overall tone was…

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The “70/30%” Rule of Communication

The 70/30 Rule of Communication says a prospect should do 70% of the talking during a sales conversation and the sales person should only do 30% of the talking.  That means the sales person is actually doing more listening during the sales call than anything else. I take this rule one step further and apply…

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Unbalance= Success

I had an “Unplanned Collaboration” with Ken Lazar (Principal) at Ability Professional Staffing and he said: “People who strive for balance in their lives are boring.” “Balance is over-rated.” “People who place total energies in either their work life or personal life for short periods of time do REMARKABLE things.” Balance is a powerful word…

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Contrarians “Smash the Box”

Contrarian thinkers question, debate, and challenge conventional wisdom. They have a greater chance of breaking free from the herd mentality by taking the opposite sides of issues, taking risks, and allowing him or herself to think and act different. Contrarian thinkers are trailblazers in business. They are the polarizing visionaries who are just as likely…

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“Three Wins a Day”

At closing time, the Philadelphia 76ers sales team employees are asked to send a daily email with their 3 wins of the day.  This could be sales, conversations, helping an associate or learning a new task. Imagine you and your team capturing three wins a day on the phone, in person, with co-workers, colleagues, or…

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The Bricks Keep People Out

Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon gave a presentation called, the “Last Lecture” when he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the presentation he talks about how bricks (barriers) keep people from achieving their dreams. A question he poses to us is how bad do you want it? Those who want…

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“When Rome Is Burning”

The global economy is burning!  When you look at the countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia they all have one thing in common- DEBT.  For example, the United States current national debt is 23.3 Trillion dollars and the yearly interest on this debt is $479 billion dollars. The idea of this blog…

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Straightjacket – The Perfectionist Mindset

Are you a perfectionist?  Do you think you are a creative person?  The majority of men and women I talk to who describe themselves as perfectionist don’t see themselves as creative.  While, those who describe themselves as imperfectionist see themselves as creative people. It comes down to the mindset (Perfectionist/ Imperfectionist) you and I take…

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Humor is Truth

While presenting, getting laughs from your audience is key to connecting with them, breaking the ice, and gaining instant rapport.  I have noticed in my speaking career the more the audience laughs the greater the impact I have on them in my talk. So, how do we get laughs?  Be honest about yourself and poke…

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“Virtual Reality Living” vs. “3-D Living”

Do you live in a “Virtual Reality” or a “3- D Reality?” With all the terrible tragedies going on around us, it is essential that we take the time to re-evaluate our culture, the way we live and the way we communicate.  Many of us experience a “Virtual Reality Living” on a daily basis, which includes…

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