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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Conquer fear

Mindsets- “Attack”

I had a guest instructor at my acting studio this past weekend and he told my actors to “Attack:” Attack the script, get in character, be loud, and don’t hide from the audience. It is all about a mindset, when we attack our situation more times than not we are going to come out with…

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“Status Quo”

Your number one competitor is status quo! Companies spend millions and millions of dollars researching their competition, yet, their fiercest competitor is inside their own walls. When “Status Quo” wins the following happens: Mindset- Doing things the way we have always done it is built on the premise that it has worked in the past…

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“Flying Cars in 10 Years”

Flying cars will be zipping across U.S. skies within the coming decade — at least that’s what Uber Technologies Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi predicts. “There will be people flying around Dallas, Texas,” Khosrowshahi said at the DLD tech conference in Munich, his first public appearance in Europe since taking over the top job at…

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“Dogma”

I re- watched Steve Job’s commencement speech at Stanford University and he talks about living the lives we want to live, not the life someone else wants us to live- “Dogma.” The last thing I want to think about is that I am living someone else’s life and not being true and authentic to myself….

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Motivational Speaker

We Know About the “Why”… What About the “Want”

Simon Sinek made knowing your “Why” very popular during his TED Talk presentation. Recently, I also heard a gentleman at Toastmasters International give a talk on his “Why” and how it changed his life. I want to go one step further, the “Why” is important but just as important is the “Want.” What do we…

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Pattern Disruptors

Many people live a life filled with structure, predictability, and endless amount of patterns and routines. Patterns and routines lead to predictability, comfortability and complacency… Only when we disrupt our patterns and routines do we change our perspectives, generate new ideas and find our forgotten passions. Recently, I took a trip overseas with my wife…

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Live outside the box

Change Roles/ Change You

I had a student in my film acting class who was a doctor at The Ohio State University and he took the class to improve his presentation skills. His name was Zulfiqar and he went by “Z.” Z took the 8 week film acting course and after the class ended, he and I were backstage,…

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