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Birthday One Liners aka Birth Mirth

Birthdays happen every year           You can toast with pithy cheer Take your time Learn one line It’s a precious souvenir Far too often I hear tributes that sting like the spank on your tush the day you were born. Yes, I’m referring to old age jokes. For example: – “The twinkle […]

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5 Ways to Follow-Through in February

  After teaching a workshop at the sold-out Leadership and Communication Expo in San Diego, Calif., I had an epiphany. You can use the same five Facebook posting techniques to keep yourself energized about your New Year’s resolutions. My session, Facebook for Fun and Profit, listed five ways to engage website viewers to click-and-order or visit […]

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Barbara and Michael Varma Celebrate 2013

Pick One and Get It Done

Every January you read dozens of articles on New Year’s resolutions, everything from how to eat right, exercise, and balance the work/home life. But all are missing a vital piece of information. I’ve even written a few articles that were printed in newspapers and circled the globe online and yet I, too, overlooked the basic […]

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Tasteful Halloween Toast

Three Tricks and Treats for Toasting

Learn how to ward off ghosts and goblins before taking the stage. Halloween is a good time to be scared, but a bad time to have the hebejebes before you stand up at a party and give a toast. If you feel the tension creeping into your shoulders or your stomach tightening up it’s time to relax […]

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are you conditioning yourself for professional speaking

What are you conditioned for?

As a public speaker,  are you conditioning yourself? Our bodies conform to our lifestyle habits. A typical blood  cell lives in our body for 120 days.  A typical skin cell dies and is replaced every 35. Your body is constantly changing, out with the old & in with the new. And each time, each cell is […]

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Fixin’ Our Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Questions to discover a simple solution For a long time I believed accidents were always going to be in my future. Frequently I’d find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, once I was stopped at a red light and observed a car crash and another time, while out for a […]

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The Great Ginko Goof

Learn what to do after you forget something or someone important. I stood embarrassed like a monkey’s uncle on the stage at a family celebration when I forgot to formally acknowledge my cousin David’s engagement to his sweetie-pie Amy. Fact: every speaker, from emerging emcee to professional presenter, will encounter a lapse in memory and forget […]

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Be Lucky Like a Leprechaun

And discover your own pot of gold Leprechauns are lucky, that’s for sure, but who do they search for to capture their fairy fortune? Nobody. These harding work elves discovered to be lucky simply offer one (or all four) magical well wishes related to the universally accepted symbol of good luck; the four-leaf clover: hope, faith, love, […]

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Multiplier Effect

How would you like to have a multiplier effect and leave a legacy? Todays post is courtesy of Hugh MacLeod and the gapingvoidgallery.com.  I have posted on him before, in a post titled Making Traction,  but today’s post is relevant to the EDU I presented on 1.11.12. I cannot tell you what to do.  Lord […]

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