WWBD- What Would Batman Do?

Do you remember when you were little and people would ask “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was 5 years old someone asked me that question and there was only one answer. BATMAN. Watching cartoons, I’d learned about Batman. He’s the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire who witnessed the […]

THREE QUICK TIPS FOR TACKLING TOXIC PEOPLE

          Know-It-Alls, Bullies, Whiners, Gossips, Angry Aggressors, Passives…           We’ve all come across toxic people, in both our work and personal lives. But what do you do when you’re stuck dealing with one for a LONG time? During a recent seminar I taught on how to read body language, an attendee […]

How to Detect a Liar

Let’s face it, everyone lies. Fortunately, with a little practice, liars become easy to spot. These simple tips will help you not be deceived. Lies can run the spectrum from trying not to hurt someone’s feelings to toxic manipulation in work, life or love. Listen To What Is Being Said “Timmy, did you eat one of […]

5 Reasons Leaders Crash and Burn

Can you recall when a supervisor/manager/CEO in charge of a business, committee or project caused everything to derail? Here’s why this happens.   They Aren’t Natural Born Leaders Leadership comes pre-loaded in some people. They’re the ones everyone turns to when a decision needs to be made. They step in and say “Here’s what we […]

How To Be a More Effective Communicator

With a little practice, you can be a more effective communicator. More so than famous people, athletes and politicians. Here’s how. I’ve been a fan of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast quite awhile and was surprised former President Barack Obama had decided to visit Marc’s garage in LA and give an interview. Then I listened to […]

Adding Drama to Public Speaking

Would you like to make a bigger impact when you give a speech? These tips will bring added interest and excitement to any presentation. Every time we talk, we use different tones of voice, gestures and body language. When it comes to public speaking, it’s no different. After determining what message you want to convey […]

IMPROVING YOUR LIKABILITY FACTOR

One of the most powerful talents you can have is to be naturally likable. But how? Can this be learned? Absolutely. In the past week, I’ve had two people tell me that I have a rare quality: likability.  One of these people proclaimed it loudly to others, delighting me, of course. Some people are instantly […]

5 Quick Tips to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Have you ever wanted to be better at public speaking? It’s possible! Jerry Seinfeld said   “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in […]

DEATH BY POWERPOINT

As a speaker, Toastmaster and public speaking/trial skills coach, I get to see lots of presentations. What’s the one thing that makes me want to put my head in my hands? POWERPOINT This product should come with a warning label: IF MISUSED WILL PUT AUDIENCES TO SLEEP OR MAKE THEM WANT TO DO VIOLENCE. Think […]

Beta Traps and Crocodile Brains

Are you job interviewing in this down economy? Pitching a book idea?  Picking a jury? Trying to convince a loved one they really need to go to that football game with you? Raising venture capital? Life’s about sales, no matter if it’s business or personal relationships.  I recently read a book by Oren Klaff called […]