Category Archives: Reblogs

presenting like a rock star

Broc does an awesome job discussing why presenting is so critical to your success. I realized this several years ago when I joined Toastmasters. Broc and I are online friends now, and his content “rocks”!

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Rock and roll2Does anyone else go to concerts and try to figure out how to do your job better? No? A side effect of being a presenter and facilitator is that I cannot attend any training, speech, or event without noticing what is done well, what could be better, and what I can learn from it.

Eighteen months ago I wrote a post called “Rock and Roll Presentation Skills” after seeing one of my favorite European bands perform. As a presenter, this band inspires me more than any other with their stage presence, energy, and connection to the crowd. By sheer coincidence the same band was performing in Dallas the same weekend I was there to attend HRevolution and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them again.

Reflecting on what I took from this performance, the presentation lessons hold true with what I learned from their last performance.

1. There…

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Getting coffee is not a sales strategy

I enjoyed reading Lloyd’s take on sales strategy this morning. Have a great day!

The Business of Social Games and Casino

One issue I find perpetually frustrating is how often companies neglect the goal of their sales efforts: Getting a deal. As someone who has been on both sides of the fence—initiating partnerships and being sold to –—I am particularly sensitive when I see people making fundamental mistakes.

Focus on the goal

The first manifestation of this problem is when people focus on arranging meetings (or calls), rather than qualifying potential partners and seeing if there is a reason to meet. There is no value in a meeting just for meeting’s sake.

Trade shows are a great example of people losing track of the goal. Prior to a major trade show, even if I am not attending, I got multiple meeting requests. Very rarely do people try to qualify whether or not it is worth their time meeting. Given that everyone has a limited schedule, they are potentially not only wasting 30…

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Top Tips for Brands Looking to Leverage the Twitter’s New Functionality

What do you think about the new changes to Twitter? I enjoyed this post!

Social Media Simplified

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So now when you are familiar with the new exciting features of Twitter, time to look at some effective ways of applying them. If you missed my previous post, click here What’s New with twitter?

Twitter will start rolling out the new change to Profile Pages to the users over the next few weeks. In the interim, it’s a good time for brands to start thinking about how they will leverage this new . Here are some tips to help get you started:

  1. Plan Your New Profile and Cover Images: There is no better time than now to begin designing and developing your new cover photo and profile image to meet the new Twitter requirements. Twitter recommends dimensions for header photo of 1500px in width × 500px in height.
  2. Offer Specials with Pinned Tweets: You now have the chance to feature a specific tweet at the top of your…

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10 Ways to Win at Office Politics

Another fantastic post by Dan Rockwell – aka the “Leadership Freak”. Check it out and have a wonderful day.

 

A City Moves Together

Just a great read on “Bat Kid”! If you don’t know who “Bat Kid” is, read at once. It will make your Sunday – promise!

WeMoveTogether

I am always proud of my hometown.  As I sit back and relax on a Sunday, I reflect back to the wonderful Friday before.  The place we natives call “The City” truly made me proud once more.

Batkid and BatmanIf by some chance you missed it, Batkid saved the day stopping the evil plots of the Riddler and the Penguin.  Along the way he got help from his sidekick, the real Batman along with the efforts of thousands throughout San Francisco.  The whole time millions cheered Batkid across Twitter and other social media.

Quite a good day indeed.

Our hero is five year-old Miles, a boy battling leukemia.  Off and on we hear wonderful stories of how the Make-A-Wish Foundation provides amazing experiences for children with serious and life-threatening health issues.  The wish of Miles, a boy from Northern California, was to be Batman for a day.  As such the nearest large city…

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Dumb and Dumber

Dan Rockwell, aka “The Leadership Freak” had me at “Dumb and Dumber”! I love the premise of this post, and how it relates to always trying to find answers. Enjoy and have a fantastic day!

 

10 Guaranteed Steps to Leadership Excellence

David Kanigan is one of my favourite bloggers out there. Check out these fantastic steps to leadership excellence!

 

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  1. Be strategic. Be Tactical. Be a firefighter.
  2. Push for productivity. For excellence. Pull. Pull with PURPOSE.
  3. Set pace. Drive. Pause. Stop. Change. BALANCE.
  4. Build Relationships. CARE. Keep adequate distance.
  5. Learn. Coach. Nurture. Correct.
  6. Hire. Upgrade. Right-size. Fire. (sigh)
  7. Lead. Manage. Own. Delegate. Follow. Release.
  8. Show Strength. Be Resilient. Be Tough. Be Fair. Be compassionate. Admit weakness.
  9. Cheer. Rally. Celebrate. Recognize. Recover.  Regroup. INSPIRE.
  10. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. Be on. BE ON.

 


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“No” Can Be Good

I loved this post today from my good friend Chris Goodrow! Have a read, and enjoy your Tuesday.

Sales, Life and Leadership

Did I mention it has been a busy summer?

Well it has.

What was designed to be a summer of nothing, turned out to be exactly the opposite. Please don’t mistake that statement for complaining however. Although our expectations and reality didn’t quite line up this summer, I feel that I have been productive and have demonstrated to myself that I can adapt and perform well under various pressures: certainly better than I ever have before.

Additionally out of the craziness I have some stories I would like to share.

Last year, my wife and I embarked on a new venture by investing in Real Estate. The first year has been rewarding beyond our expectations, both from a personal development perspective and a business perspective. One tiny aspect had been nagging at me since soon after we took possession. A small section of concrete at the back of the house…

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The Seven Powers of Words

Great post by Dan this morning! Hope you like it as much as I did. Have an awesome Thursday…

Broc Edward’s Incredible Perspective – Vanilla Passion

Broc Edward book “What Thinks You” has been sitting on my nightstand for some time. I have enjoyed it for the past few weeks. 

I keep gravitating back to one particular post, and I finally wanted to share with my audience.

We love ice cream at our house, so it is easy to compare life to ice cream flavours.

What flavours do you like? Better yet what flavours best describe your life, personally and professionally?

Enjoy the post! I would love to hear what you think.

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends!

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