Better Meetings Made Easy

Better Meetings Made Easy

I have to confess something. I hate pointless meetings. I’m sure I’m not alone in this and yet there are thousands of meetings happening right now and I’d bet that more than half of them are filled with bored, demoralized, and disgruntled employees. If you don’t want people dreading the idea of sitting in your next meeting, then I highly recommend that you watch my latest video: Better and More Memorable Meetings.

How to End a Meeting: 3 Tips for the Last 5 Minutes
How to Start a Meeting: 3 Tips for the First 5 Minutes
6 Easy Ways to Make Meetings Fun — Or At Least, Not Suck [Entrepreneur]


Which is More Persuasive: Positive or Negative Influence?

Which is More Persuasive: Positive or Negative Influence?

When you need to be influential, chances are you will be faced with the question, “how can I frame my pitch to be more persuasive?” 

In this quick video, I give you my best tip on how to prepare for that exact situation.

One Influential Word That Can Make A Huge Difference


One Influential Word That Can Make A Huge Difference

3753870273_04c6b6d6ac_zIn my recent article for Entrepreneur about The Art of Having a Productive Argument, I outlined ways that arguments can improve and strengthen your corporate culture and relationships.

I wanted to follow up that article with a bonus tip for my blog readers.

One of the tips in the Entrepreneur article was to be sure that you are framing your argument around what you desire, not what you are wanting to avoid. It’s generally easier for us to be very clear about what we don’t want rather than what we do. But, in an argument where you’re trying to entice change, you’ll get better results if you provide a clear vision and action steps for what you do want.

Once you have that vision and can clearly articulate it, you’ll increase your influence if you connect your request with a very magical word.

No, the word isn’t expelliarmus.

The word is Continue Reading

Body Language and Influence – How to See What Others Miss

In this video I share some tips and insights about body language and influence. See what others miss and leverage it. Enjoy!

Why Extroverts Need to Tone It Down: Lessons from Introverts

Just wanted to let you guys know that I have a new article up at called “Tone it Down: 5 Introverted Lessons for Extroverts.”

I hope you enjoy it. Within 1 hour of it being published, it become the #1 Top Story on the site! (And as I’m writing this, it still is the top story.) What Extroverts Can Learn from Introverts

Many people assume that I’m a natural extrovert, but truth be told I’m an extroverted introvert.

(It even says so on my Twitter profile, so it must be true.)

I have very strong introverted tendencies. I love to stay home. I love to be the quiet one in group settings.

In fact, many of the lessons I teach in my e-books and speeches about observation have to do with tapping into your introverted side.

I hope you takeaway a few tips from the article, and please share it on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn if you!

High-Pressure Presentations: Diagnosing Michael Bay’s Performance Bust

High-Pressure Presentations: Diagnosing Michael Bay’s Performance Bust I rarely comment specifically on someone else’s speech, killer or bust. However, the Michael Bay video from CES has gone viral in a matter of moments and I’m already peeved by the surface-level commentary. Be warned: this blog post is not going to bash Mr. Bay nor will itContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Influencing Negative Thoughts: One Phone Call and It All Came Tumbling Down

Influencing Negative Thoughts: One Phone Call and It All Came Tumbling Down ‘Twas the day after Christmas And all through the house Not a creature was stirring Except Sharí was balling her eyes out One phone call. One 10 second message. A flood of fears and insecurities. Yep. That’s all it took. I listened to aContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Dangerous Advice

 … … DANGEROUS ADVICE Something has been bugging me. I live in a world where advice – solicited or not – passes through the air like radio waves. I’m surrounded by experts who can quickly, easily, and energetically spout out tips for success, marketing, business, social media, relationships, leadership, podcasts, videos, spirituality, fitness, entrepreneurship…. This listContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Your Words and Your Happiness

Your Words and Your Happiness Happiness is a new hot topic in our culture. Everyone wants the formula for achieving the elusive emotion. Plenty of “5 Step/How To” articles exist, plotting your course to happiness. Phrases like “happiness is a choice” and “make happiness a habit” are bitter sweet to read. You know them toContinue ReadingContinue Reading

The Secret Behind Perfect Communication

“I can’t believe I’m sending this to her. This is so embarrassing. In 24 hours she is going to email me telling me to never write her again. Hopefully she’ll forgive me, but I don’t know what else to do.”  *click* Send. This is a snippet of what I was thinking before I sent my latestContinue ReadingContinue Reading