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Hurry Up and…

Have you ever thought about how much of your life you spend waiting? Waiting when you’re young…to get older. Waiting to graduate, get a job,  save up enough money, fall in love… Do you remember your last trip to the doctor where you were trapped in a Waiting ROOM.  You wait --on average-- half an hour to see a doctor, which you know in real time is FOREVER. What is all this waiting about? One of my favorite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A young shepherd from Spain…

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The Secret to Connection: One Question

Studies show that feelings of loneliness are more dangerous than being fat. In fact, a six year study of 2,000 people over the age of 50 found that lonely people are twice as likely to die than those surrounded by people. You might think you're connected. You have cell phones, computer, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest...Every day, there's a new way to connect. There are billions of people on this planet. But statistics show that 20% of Americans consider themselves to be LONELY.  That's 60 million people. And this phenomenon…

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Why It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide and Mental Health

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Four years ago, I lost a close friend and colleague to suicide. I recently received an early opportunity to view The S Word, a movie I supported on Kickstarter. https://theswordmovie.com/ My friend’s name is listed at the end, on the Wall of Remembrance. The S Word is a powerful movie. It follows suicide attempt survivor Des’rae Stage photographing attempt survivors and sharing their stories on Live Through This.https://www.livethroughthis.org/ Here are some quick statistics: Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in young people ages…

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HOW TO EXUDE LEADERSHIP PRESENCE–EVEN IF YOU’RE SCARED AND INSECURE

How many of you have seen a person who can walk into any setting and all eyes are magically drawn to them? How many of you wish you could do that, but instead slide in the door and stay hidden in a corner, hoping no one makes eye contact with you? One of the most desired skills in the workplace is leadership/ executive presence. But what does it take to have it? Here are three quick tips to help you on your journey to success: #1:  Improve Your Body Language…

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DEALING WITH WORKPLACE TROLLS

Trolls. They're not confined to cyberspace. Are you having issues with someone in the workplace who also fits the definition? The word "troll" is used to describe people who sow discord on the Internet, start arguments, cause uproars and foment general discontent. In 2014, Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late comedian Robin Williams, was driven off Twitter after receiving menacing and abusive messages from trolls. In February 2015, the Washington Post published an article by Michelle Goldberg about trolls who have caused many feminist writers to stop writing. Many…

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JURY SELECTION 101: THE OPENING

Do you want to seem like an expert at picking juries...even if it's your first time in court? Below are 3 quick tips to coming across like a seasoned professional. I recently reported for jury duty, despite knowing with my time as a prosecutor, later as a defense attorney and teaching lawyers online nationally about jury selection, the chances of me being selected were slim to none. On this occasion, I didn’t even get asked any questions, but I did have two days to watch the process. I saw a…

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How to Compete at a Moth StorySLAM

Do you listen to The Moth podcast? Have you ever said "I'd like to do that!" Here's a post about the basics. The Moth just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founder George Dawes Green, a storyteller from the American South, used to spin tales in the summer to friends, while moths flocking to his porch light. He moved to New York and took his tradition along. Now, there are 500 storytelling programs each year in the U.S. and abroad. The Moth Radio Hour is heard on 400 radio stations and is…

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3 Secrets to Making A Great First Impression

You get less than a second to make a first impression. Here are 3 easy to learn secrets that will tip the scales in your favor. Perhaps you've heard the expression "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." How quickly do people form an opinion of you? Seconds? Minutes? WORSE.  Not to scare everyone, but Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov conducted experiments that showed first impressions occur in 1/10th of a second and aren't greatly altered by longer exposure to the person. It isn't…

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Learn to Speak the Language of Love

Is love a mystery? Not really. If you're in a relationship, or planning to be in one, one of the best things you can do is learn to be a better communicator. Below are some quick tips on how to bring even more love into your life. Determine your love language by taking the 5 Love Languages Test by Dr. Gary Chapman. http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/couples/ If you don't want to take this test online, there is an option to download the .pdf file. You will find which of the 5 Love Languages…

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Lawyers: How to Win Cases with Storytelling

What captivates a jury more? Facts or stories? Developing a story for your trial will keep your jury engaged. This blog post will help you develop those beginning skills. Remember being a child and having your favorite book read to you by a parent? Or hearing someone tell a funny family story that is often repeated? How about telling your friends about something great that happened over the weekend? Storytelling is the oldest form of narrative communication by humans. It's wired into our DNA. Every human culture uses stories in…

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