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Find Your Signature Stories

Everyone has at least two fantastic signature stories that will add great interest in his or her presentations.  Signature stories are usually personal – something from your life, and something that has a strong message behind it.  You want something memorable.  One of my favorite stories, “I Wanna Be a Philly,” answers my Dad’s question about what I want to be when I grow up.  To develop your own story, dig deep into your past, paint the pictures with words, and fill it with emotion, using gestures and the sound of your voice.  Notice that in this clip I use …

Milkshake Motivation

I was driving home after attending an exhausting three-day seminar.  In the middle of the five-hour trek, I decided to stop at my favorite fast-food restaurant:  Burgerville USA.  Burgerville is located on the West Coast and has become famous for using local, fresh ingredients such as Tillamook cheese, Walla Wall onions, hazelnuts, etc.  As I was sipping my extremely delicious fresh strawberry shake, I noticed some motivational thoughts printed on the side of the cup.  I thought that was really cool:
*Be the difference
*Reach out
*Start a conversation
*Share a smile
*Create a memory
*Inspire hope

Michael Jackson: A Lesson for all Speakers and Presenters

Donald Trump tells the story about the first time he met Michael Jackson – backstage before his Thriller tour concert at Madison Square Garden.  Trump describes Michael as very soft spoken, kind, and humble.  He thought that there was absolutely no chance that this gentle character could possibly go onstage and blow out the building with song and dance.  Of course, he was wrong.  Jackson was spectacular.  How can a mild- mannered person carry forth the persona onstage or (for a business presenter who is shy) get up in front of any group and appear powerful and confident?  The answer …

Happy 4th of July!

I’d like to wish everyone a great summer, and the cute little Sheltie in the picture is my dog Indy’s little sister, Mandy.  Mandy and her agility handler, Carol Carlisle have been training inspiration for me – it doesn’t matter that their adventure is in the dog world.  Training is training.  At the beginning of her career, Mandy was nervous and lacked confidence, but through Carol’s understanding of Mandy’s personality and a step by step approach to conquering her fears, Carol guided Mandy to her championship title.  Hurray for Carol and Mandy!  Hurray for all the people I have worked …