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I’m Not Interested

In the months before my first book came out, I was tasked with asking people to read the book and potentially provide a quotation for the book jacket.  The book, Thrive: A New Lawyer’s Guide To Law Firm Practice, is specific to the legal community, and so I reached out to lawyers and law school administrators specifically. On […]

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How’s Your Credibility?

When I was still practicing law, I worked on a highly contentious trial on behalf of a Hollywood producer.  This trial was unlike anything I had seen before.  In true Hollywood form, every day was full of drama and theatrics, twists and turns, lies and deceit. One of my favorite things about the experience was […]

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Two Must-Have Pieces of Content

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and that your upcoming year is filled with health, abundance, and joy. A quick thought today: “In every presentation, you should communicate two things: great content; and something about yourself.” Click to tweet!  The great content is a given.  You will have to prepare an impeccable […]

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An “I” For An “I”

I have been thinking about empathy today, and the value in listening. In conversation, when someone is speaking about themselves, allow them to. Listen. Engage them with dialogue that is useful to them. Demonstrate that you have heard what they have said. Validate it. Consider what is being said and ways you can support, reassure, […]

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You Are Not Alone

“As a speaker or presenter, it is your responsibility to deliver a powerful message in a direct, clear way.” Click to tweet! This will be challenging if you have a tendency toward verbal tics or idiosyncrasies or filler language (also known as “verbal hedges”). Common verbal hedges include “um,” “uh,” “like,” nervous laughter, etc. If […]

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The Truth About Quicksand

Did you know that you will not die in quicksand? Not from sinking into it, anyway. If you find yourself in quicksand, you will only sink to the point in which your weight is equal to the weight of the displaced sand/water mixture. If there is a surplus of butter or oil, the government has […]

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I’m Not Sorry

When I was still in college, my theater/dance professor, Jean Isaacs, taught me an incredibly valuable lesson. “Do not apologize for yourself,” she would say. This is one of my favorite principles, in business and in life. While it is incredibly important to apologize if you have done someone wrong, you should never apologize for yourself. […]

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Cash Is King (But What About For Speakers?)

They say “cash is king.”  And it seems to be the case.  For now, anyway, where real estate and stock and other investments have not proven especially reliable. “For speakers, content is king.  And delivery is its Red Queen.” Click to tweet! *     *     * Want to influence and inspire others with your […]

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You Asked For It! Top 10 Speech Writing Quick Tips

Almost everyone I talk to about delivering speeches tells me that they would like guidance in speech writing as a first step.  I can’t wait to share what I have in store for you to help you become a bold and brilliant speech writer.  In the meantime, here are 10 quick tips to get you […]

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I’m Going To Be Honest With You

You hear it all the time. Mid-conversation. Mid-sale. “I’m going to be honest with you.” This implies that the honesty is a novelty. That in prior conversations – or the entirety of the conversation before the honesty disclaimer – the speaker was not being honest. This is a horrible way to build a connection with […]

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