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Ever wondered if there was an indispensable leadership quality? Probably not one, but a combination defined as one. Picture this. You have been selected to represent your department at an executive board meeting of your Fortune 500 company. Your mission is to present a proposal for a project your department feels is critical to the […]

• Would you like to consistently grab the attention of your audience, prospect, or client before you open your mouth? • Have you ever wondered why some people make an instant connection with others, while many folks struggle to be heard? • Did you ever wonder why certain people enter a room and, without saying […]

Have you ever: seen someone lose their cool in a negotiation, only to regret it? witnessed someone being overlooked by senior leaders because he wasn’t perceived as a heavy hitter? known someone to blow an opportunity simply because she lacked the confidence? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, what you witnessed […]

Every four years the Summer Olympics get my maximum attention. The athletes, with their stories, their struggles and their triumphs, always inspire and rarely disappoint, even when they fail to win the gold.  If you are as addicted to watching the games as I am, I’m wondering if you’ve noticed how many Olympians, when interviewed, […]

You’ve heard it said that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  I’d like to add that it also forms your character. Character has been defined as the sum total of all the little decisions you make daily, even when no one is looking.  Character and effective leadership go hand in hand. By your daily […]

My mother-in-law Katie just celebrated her ninetieth birthday. Over the years, she’s blessed us with a wealth of items she’s knitted, sewn, crafted, or quilted – each prized because each is unique, one-of-a-kind and made by Katie’s hands. Organizations spend millions of dollars annually to test and assess for individual uniqueness. Thousands of hours are […]

Recently, while doing a one-on-one presentation coaching session with a client, I was reminded of the power of presence to connect the speaker to the audience, be it one or one hundred. My client began his presentation in a BIG VOICE that radiated “fake” enthusiasm.  He spoke as if he were presenting to an audience […]