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Impromptu Storytelling for Gavin

Improve Your Impromptu Storytelling with the Three Cs

You are surrounded by inspirations and life lessons and may not even know it. For example I recently learned three key concepts to improve my impromptu storytelling when Craig, my fiction-writing friend, told me about his Bluetooth bedtime stories. Craig can be in his car or traveling afar when he calls his three and a […]

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Once Upon a Skype by Michael Varma

Once Upon a Skype

A tornado of technology has turned storytelling, for business and pleasure, towards webinars, seminars, and Skype. Whether you’re training sales people in Pennsylvania or sharing a bedtime story with kids in California, you need to know how to best communicate and engage your audience across a computer or tablet screen.  My wife’s cousin Matthew, for […]

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2014 Magic Square

Achieve more with a Magic Square

I remember laughing in class after hearing the classic question: “What would you do if you could not fail?” I thought, That’s silly, at some point in time everyone fails. I can learn from my and other people’s mistakes, so failing can be transformed into a good thing. But I played the instructor’s game and […]

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Write Your Goals

Three Writes Make You a Winner

Becoming a self-motivated dynamo is easy as one, two, three and generates three glorious benefits: clarity, confidence and charisma. We’ll do this together. Get a blank piece of paper and pen – I know, so “old school” – but this allows you to read and write as we go step by step. 1. Write down […]

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Alternatives to Powerpoint

If you have ever had to sit for a presentation during your lifetime, I am sure you have had to experience a boring speaker. For many inexperienced speakers, their biggest sin is to rely on a boring Microsoft PowerPoint slide deck. There is nothing wrong with using a set of slides to support your message […]

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Harry Lorayne

Six Ways to Win the Name Game

I used to feel embarrassed and socially inept when I forgot people’s names until I learned that 90 percent of healthy adults forget names. Yay, I’m normal. But as a magician and frequent public speaker I can meet up to two hundred people in a week and want to greet them by name when we […]

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Chicken Idol

Birds of a Feather Joke Together

With nearly 10,000 people following my monthly blog, I’m frequently asked to speak and present at various events. Many of the workshops, seminars and evening engagements include a “winner, winner chicken dinner,” which tickled my funny bone. At a June luncheon I told an impromptu chicken joke which produced a hearty chuckle. The next mealtime […]

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Have the Courage to Compliment

Have the Courage to Compliment

Praise is powerful and under the right circumstances it can be transformational unlocking the human potential. You might think I’m exaggerating the effects of a simple and sincere compliment, but evolution and science is on my side. Why You Don’t Compliment Our brains are wired to pay more attention and give more weight to negative […]

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Proper Praise for an Extended Tasteful Toast

Five Key Questions for Proper Praise

Last month I received a question, “Michael you tell us, ‘Remember the rhyme and you’ll do fine,’ but sometimes I want to say a little bit more at a celebration. How do I figure out what to say?” Always thrilled to receive requests – a.k.a. fan mail (in my mind) – I’m equally happy to […]

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Tasteful Toasts Aloha Spirit

Make Magic with the Aloha Spirit

Image how wonderful your world would be if everyone shared the Aloha Spirit once a day. You’d feel giddy inside knowing you helped make someone’s day a little bit brighter with minimal effort. That’s real magic. Hawaiians are known for their generosity, hospitality and warm sharing. This giving nature is grounded in the principle of […]

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