The Chemical Kick that Makes Stories Stick
I'm fascinated with human behavior. When I go out into the world and have an experience, I typically end up with a story about it.
Sometimes it's a nugget of inspiration like the other night when I witnessed some amazing performances at an open mic night. Ah, such courage and dedication, I thought as I watched the varied performances. Then there's the head-scratching moments, like when I recently told someone I create animated story video and they said, "I'm not sure who really needs that." Um,…
5 Tips for Business Storytellers
If you own a business, you have an obligation to tell good stories. As a business owner you, quite frequently, talk to an audience. Whether that's an audience of one or many, it's an audience.
On a daily basis you speak with customers, employees and prospects. Think of the last person you spoke to about work. What category did the conversation fall into?
- Were you in a training conversation?
- Were you in a selling conversation?
- Maybe it was a networking conversation?
Because of your posi…
Problematic Pitch Decks And Solutions to Solve Them
Not one of us is immune. It's just too easy. We need a crutch. After all, the stakes are high when you stand up in front of a group to pitch your passion.
Judging Your Pitch Deck
I once had the honor to be a part of a tech entrepreneur incubator pitch competition. Since I had previously taught public speaking for college students, I was chosen to be a judge of the competition. There were a number of great business business ideas. The concepts covered various sectors of society from nonprofit…
This is Your Brain on Story: How and why storytelling works
“If a picture is worth a thousand words
then a story is worth a thousand assurances.”
– Annette Simmons, The Story Factor
Once upon a time a young woman worked as a marketing professional. Her career spanned 15 years before she found herself working for a toxic boss. The boss regularly verbally attacked members of the team. As a result, eventually a full, 22-person department turn over occurred under that person’s leadership (or lack thereof). The woman in marketing decided that if ever there…
Can You Increase Intelligence Through Coaching?
I'm a big fan of assessments. It's not that I believe assessment tools are 100% true or because I'm certified in the DISC assessment. I like them because they provide us with a framework for discussing things we normally don't talk about. Things like:
- How are you being perceived?
- What stresses you out?
- What matters to you the most?
Assessment tools don't make us more intelligent in terms of I.Q but they do make us more aware and that awareness helps us deal with people more effective…
4 Phrases That Kill Your Brand Influence
I’ve been meeting a lot of new people lately. If you’re a soloprenuer, coach, or consultant then you know just how important networking is to your success.
The trick to networking is making it effective by elevating your brand. The challenge is, how do you define “effective” networking? Do you think networking is only effective if it results in sales? If you said yes, then I have to blast the buzzer on you and say: EEEE wrong answer! Here’s a story to prove it:
I recently went to a lunch with…
Choose Your Words Wisely: They are Your Brand
Words have power. They can create. They can destroy. This is as evident historically as much as it is today. They are the key tool used to influence.
When it comes to business, the mark of an influential brand is when it’s gets woven into the fabric of our lives through language. For example, do you search things online or do you Google them? Do you send overnight packages, or do you FedEx it? When you hear, save 15% in 15 minutes or less, you know it’s a Geico commercial.
Feel Attacked? Learn Your Stress Communication Style
We are living in a time where we are surrounded with confrontations and conflict. As you know, it can be quite stressful!
When you get stressed out, emotions run high, and you may find yourself reacting in a way that doesn’t portray you as the best version of yourself (or your personal brand).
A prominent psychotherapist, Virginia Satir, pointed out that we react to both stress and threats to our self-esteem (ie. think intelligence insults) by taking on one of five defensive communication st…
How (Socially) Wealthy are You? Create it with Conversational Power
I bet you want to be wealthy. I know I do.
Some might read that as greedy or selfish. That makes me curious…what is your definition of “wealthy”? And how much time do you spend evaluating other types of wealth beyond financial?
What does Wealth Mean, Really?
First, we tend to think of wealth as it applies to being financially wealthy. But there are other types. As far as finances go, doesn’t it make logical sense that if your needs are met, then you can more effectively help others? If y…
Boost Speaking Confidence with a Daily Practice: 4 Ways to Speak with Sway
Most communication coaches and consultants focus on improving public speaking and leadership skills. They may help you prepare for your next big event presentation or lead your team with confidence in meetings.
But here’s the problem... You get so consumed with what you say and how you say it that you forget who it’s for.
And let me be clear, public speaking is a very valuable skill. And giving a speech in front of an audience can be very powerful for your brand and business. BUT…