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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Stop Scrolling & Start Creating

How much of your day are you scrolling through: • Texts • Emails • Google • FaceBook • Any other social media mechanism This is what consumes our hours, our day, and for some, our life. We need to take control back in our life and control the machines that are controlling us. To give…

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Fear is Energy!

Feel fear, embrace it, and allow it to energize you! The problem with fear is that we run and hide from it, allowing it to grow and take over our lives. Once we bring our fear to light and face it head-on we can use it as an energy source. First, define where the fear…

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“A Lifeguard Not Knowing How to Swim”

Imagine a lifeguard not knowing how to swim; having all the knowledge and training, however, when it comes time to jump in the pool, he/she can’t deliver (swim). The same could be said for all of us who do presentations and have all the knowledge and training, but can’t communicate our message clearly and effectively….

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Getting Off the Script

Getting off the script (breaking patterns and routines) is where creativity, spontaneity and innovation lie. Steve jobs had a concept called “Unplanned Collaborations” where his employees from all different departments would bounce ideas off of one another throughout the workday unannounced, unplanned and unscripted. Mr. Jobs purposefully designed the atrium at Pixar to include all…

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The “Box” of Life

We live in a time where we get “Boxed” in by labels! It appears we are our job title, nothing more, and nothing less. It is all part of branding, image control, and specializing. We limit ourselves to the job we do and the title associated with it. Recently, my wife and I began flipping…

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Energy Management

In his book Be Excellent at Anything, Tony Schwartz argues that energy management is at least as critical to success as time management: “The real issue is not the number of hours we sit behind a desk but the energy we bring to the work we do and the value we generate as a result,”…

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Strategic Improvising

Many of us have our day/ week/ month planned out to the minute.  We have everything scheduled, however, there is only one problem.  We forget to capitalize on the unplanned moments in our life as they transpire. Professionally speaking, we forget to plan an “Unplanned Collaboration” (An impromptu meeting with a co-worker at work) where…

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Casting Positive Blame

If you want to “Rip Out the Rear View Mirror” you need to let go of the blame and move on in life. So many of us live our lives with regret, tension, and aggression towards men and women who did us wrong: Mom, dad, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, boss, supervisor, teacher, etc. We all…

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Differentiate

Businesses know that one of the key to success is to be different than your competition- Differentiate.  Here are three ways to differentiate your business: Think Different: Think different by doing the opposite of what your competition does.  If your competition doesn’t do cold calling, do it with your clients.  If your competition relies on…

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Giving People Power

Why do we reward individuals who are negative and give them additional time and attention? When I first began speaking, I remember during a Q & A session of “Smash the Box” being put on the spot by a man who was sitting in the back of the room.  His body language was negative and…

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Inspiration vs. Desperation?

The times I get the most done, cross things off my “To Do” list, come from inspiration, not desperation. Inspiration is what drives us, gives us energy. It is why we get up early in the morning and work out, arrive first to work, and focus our energies at the task on hand. Some say…

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