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At a Loss for Words…in the Worst Sort of Way!

There I was, on the “big stage” at the Toastmasters District 3 Tall Tales contest. I began my speech by saying: “Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever…” Almost immediately, the little voice in my head kicked in and said, “That’s not what you’re supposed to say!” and my mind instantly went blank. I could not remember the rest of my…

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A Lesson in Integrity

Each month, we receive a short newsletter with our Phoenix city services bill. I usually breeze through it before putting it in the recycle bin. Most of the time, the information in it doesn’t concern me. This time, though, the city included a great story featuring an employee who went above and beyond the “call of duty.” In one of…

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Get BIGGER by Surrounding Yourself with BIG People

Get BIGGER by Surrounding Yourself with BIG People

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment (and the people in it*) that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things (and people*) helping you toward success, or are they holding you back?” -W. Clement Stone (* – my additions) When I was in my early…

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The Ugly Win

The Ugly Win

When Success Doesn’t “Feel” Successful In an earlier article, I wrote about the similarities between auto racing and leadership. This article will deal with an event that happens to both race teams, and leaders…or anyone who is working to achieve goals. It’s called…the ugly win. If you follow any form of auto racing, you may have seen it at one…

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Respect Thine Audience!

Respect Thine Audience – No Matter the Size!

Whether they number 5, 50, or 5000 – Give Your Audience the Show (and Respect) They Deserve! I recently read a couple of articles about a Google executive who walked out of a conference 30 minutes before he was scheduled to speak. The reason – there were only about fifty people in attendance to hear his speech. His excuse for…

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Lessons from “The Helicopter Man”

Dealing with Toxic Leaders…and How to Avoid Being One Yourself! Several years ago, I was a mechanic in a privately owned shop that specialized in German cars. It was an interesting and challenging job. I got to work on a lot of nice cars…and some that were not so nice. There was one “challenge” on that job that I did…

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A Simple and Powerful Message to Save Lives

How 4.6 Seconds and the Length of a Football Field Can Change Lives…Forever I checked my email this morning and came across this article from sales strategist Jill Konrath. The email heading read This is the most important blog post I have ever written, so I decided to open it and take a look. When I opened the email, I…

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Everyone Gets a Trophy!

When I was a kid in the second or third grade back in the 1980s, I wanted to play baseball. Unfortunately, I did not have the greatest athletic ability, and wasn’t able to play on the school league. Instead, my parents signed me up for the summer T-ball league. This program consisted of three teams that played each other in…

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Speaking Notes – Public Speaking “Felony” or Useful Tool?

Tips on using notes when speaking in public At Toastmaster meetings, I often see new speakers using notes when they give their speeches. Later in the meeting, when the speech is being evaluated, one of the suggestions that I constantly hear from the evaluator is: “I would like to see you reach a point where you don’t use notes when giving a speech in the…

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Get Back on the Horse – Part II

If you missed Part I of this article, click HERE. Earlier in Part I, I described myself as a “gym rat” when I lived in North Carolina.  I lifted weights with friends almost every day.  We scheduled what body parts we would work on, and the exercises we would do every day.  We would improvise and change up the program for…

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