Interest

If you want to be interesting, you must be interested. Be interested in everything; be interested in current events, in culture, in daily life.  Be interested in new ways of doing things, in activities you’ve never tried, in subjects you don’t know much about. Definitely be interested in the people you are talking to.  The…

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Precious time

Time is important. We all know this.  We lead busy lives. Our days fly by. Time is valuable. Time is precious. Time is money. We bill hourly and count down minutes. The premium on time is what makes it so powerful.  Time is a gift. It is respect. It is consideration. You need to give…

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How-to: Writing Recommendations for LinkedIn Contacts

Lately, I have been brushing up my LinkedIn profile.  If you don’t use LinkedIn, I strongly recommend that you create a profile.  It really is a great way to keep in touch with professional and business contacts and build your professional network. LinkedIn has a couple of different tools you can use to vet the…

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Conference Terror #2: Searching for your stage

There is a very obvious barrier to presenting at a conference, and it is the one that is usually thrown in my face when I first suggest getting on the conference circuit: I don’t know what conferences I could present at. This statement is usually butted up against it corollary: I’m not qualified/good enough/experienced enough…

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Lost the groove

It is remarkably easy to get out of a solid groove.  The groove you lost may have been one centred around a good habit you had, or one for a skill you built up and were maintaining.  Either way, we can break out of these with surprising rapidity, losing the characteristic we worked so hard…

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Information is precious: give generously

I interrupt your current series on Conference Terror to refer you to today’s blog post by Seth Godin: Hoarding Information   Information – good information – is a precious thing.  If it is ours to give, we shouldn’t be afraid of giving generously.  Generosity tends to be reciprocated.  It doesn’t mean that you should happily do…

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Conference Terror part 1: Permission

Note: I haven’t decided how many instalments of this topic I’m going to do, but I do know that there’s a part 2 and 3 on the way… Finding a venue to broadcast your message is easy; what’s scary is actually doing it.  There are lots of ways you can practice speaking in front of groups or…

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So little space

We live in a hyper-connected, info-flooded world.  This is no secret. We have limited space in our brains to take in all the information and connections available to us.  This is also no secret. Limited brain space affects the speaker (or writer) as much as the audience.  The onus is on the receiver to decide…

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This is my art

“Art is the narrative of being alive. [. . .] The pain of facing the void where art lives is part of the deal, our stretching into a better self.” -Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception – Speaking is my art.  Communication is my art.  Bringing this art to others through coaching, training, writing, and presenting is…

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Analysing the interview: Justin Trudeau

The other day I was working with a client, and I gave him a section from a political commentary article to read aloud.  He glanced over the article, which was about Justin Trudeau and the recent Liberal Party leadership race.  We briefly chatted about Trudeau’s famous father and the current buzz around the newly elected Liberal…

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