“Raise the Stakes” On Your Audience

During your next presentation “Raise the Stakes” on your audience.  “Raising the Stakes” is taking the audience’s takeaways from your presentation and elevating them. For example, when I present “Rip Off the Rearview Mirror,” I want audiences to create a “Through Line” in their life which is built on their short-term goals (Objectives) and long…

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“Shoshin”- A Beginner’s Mind

I had lunch with two men who run a cyber security company at my office in Dublin, Ohio last week, and they talked about “Shoshin*”- A beginner’s mind.  They said, when one of their clients get hacked they will contract out novices (individuals unrelated to the cyber security industry) to look at their client’s firewalls…

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Crazy Ideas for 2018… Are They?

Think back one year, the start of 2017 and if I would have told you the following: ·         Bitcoin would go from $1,020.47 to $13,378 per coin ·         Uber would be taking massive market share from the taxi business ·         Tesla is making electronic diesels ·         Amazon would buy a grocery store (Whole Foods) Would…

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Change “I” to “You”

As a motivational speaker, I would talk about how I “Smashed the Box” or “Ripped Off the Rearview Mirror” which are two of my popular keynote addresses.  I thought that by sharing personal stories about myself that the audience could relate too would inspire them.  However, it was always through my frame of reference and…

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“Orville Wright Did Not Have A Pilot’s License”

Orville Wright was out on the plains of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina trying to get a pile of metal, bolts, and wings up into the air and fly. He didn’t ask for anyone permission, wait to get a certification, or receive a diploma, he just did it. His mindset which was about experimentation, exploration, and…

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Wasted Energy- 66.6 Hours of It

Productivity blogger, Merlin Mann, calculated that on average we work an 8 hour day, 50 weeks per year, and check our email every 5 minutes- just to see if anything new is in there- we check our email 24,000 times a year. That isn’t responding to emails, that is only checking to see if we…

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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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Labels- Holding us Captive

The words we use to describe ourselves is powerful and has a direct impact on our confidence, self-esteem and mindset. Many of us receive labels from our days in schools which could include: • Loser • Class Clown • Underachiever • Bully • Victim • Weak • Nerd The question we need to ask ourselves…

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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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Escape the “Noise”

Noise” (social media, podcasts, blogs, TV, streaming radio) distracts us from our passions and ultimately, doing what we love. This week I had an “Unplanned Collaboration*” with a fellow tenant and we were discussing “Noise” and the impact it has on individuals. He brought up a great insight during our discussion and said, “Not only…

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Go to Mars

“Choose to go to the Moon”

President John F. Kennedy taught us to dream, to think bigger than our current situation, and make bold choices. JFK motivated his citizens to do the unthinkable and unimaginable which included going to the moon. All of us can have our own “Moon” experience if we: 1. Set goals- Create big, bold and audacious goals…

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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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