“Oops! I Said the Wrong Thing. Now What?”

“Oops! I Said the Wrong Thing. Now What?”

monkey say no evilNone of us are immune to accidentally saying the wrong thing. We might have good intentions, but we unfortunately chose the wrong words. When your in a leadership position, the ramifications of saying the wrong thing are even greater.

That’s why I wrote this article for Entrepreneur.com – Correcting Leadership Communication Mishaps

I want to say a very special “thank you” to Ed Catmull, the President of Disney Pixar studios, for inspiring this article. His book, Creative, Inc., is phenomenal and I highly recommend it. I will write a few additional thoughts I had from that book here in the blog, but for now, I hope you enjoy the Entrepreneur article!

Traveling Through Influential Communication

Traveling Through Influential Communication

When people are first introduced to this world of influential communication, they naturally feel overwhelmed at first. There are many moving pieces – body language, techniques, profiling, strategies, etc.  It’s like opening up a watch and seeing all the gears at once for the first time. Which gear does what? What happens first? What connectsContinue Reading

Resisting Confidence

Resisting Confidence

  Okay, let’s face it. I’m not really known for being demure or meek. In fact, I’m pretty sure that neither of those adjectives have ever been used to describe me. In my line of work – speaking, coaching, and training – my outgoing and confident nature certainly serves me well. However, that doesn’t meanContinue Reading

Bringing the “Dark Arts” of Influence Into the Light [with VIDEO]

Bringing the “Dark Arts” of Influence Into the Light [with VIDEO]

I recently attended an amazing event in Los Angeles hosted by the wonderful Giovanni Marsico. It’s not too often that I get to attend conferences as only an attendee and not a speaker. Usually, when I walk into a conference, people have a vague idea of who I am because they recognize my big curly hairContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Better Meetings Made Easy

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 ideaContinue Reading

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

  One Influential Word That Can Make A Huge Difference In 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 ofContinue ReadingContinue 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

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 Entrepreneur.com 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 theContinue Reading

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

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

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