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Stop Boring Me!

It’s 2:30 p.m., but it feels like 6:00. You’ve been in this seminar since sometime this morning and, while it’s been full of good information, you’re on overload and squirming in your seat. Can you relate? We all can. Later, when you try to bring all your carefully written notes back to your team at next week’s team meeting… they …

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Whose agenda is it, anyway?

I just taught my 57th Transformational Trainers Workshop and for most of them, the attendees have been independent trainers, consultants, workshop leaders, and speakers who wanted to get more engagement, buy-in, and interaction with their trainees. But in the last few years, we’ve noticed a trend. More and more, our attendees are comprised of small business/practice owners, managers, and team …

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Foolish Tricks

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I began playing innocuous little jokes on my two boys when they were very young on April Fool’s Day. I soon regretted it. I quickly discovered their naughty little minds fell in love almost instantly with the notion of planning and implementing mischievous pranks on all of the adult members of our …

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Oh, hey… Remember Me?

My son, Austin, is doing well after a decade of struggles. During those hard years, he would go “dark,” meaning I would not hear from him for weeks on end— a mother’s nightmare. Thankfully, as he has healed and found success in life, that has gotten a lot better. And yet, no matter how often he picks up the phone …

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Empathy First

Courageous Conversations (as we call them at LionSpeak) often involve confronting someone about a behavior that you’d like them to change. When I coach people on having these conversations, I ask them to empathize with the person whom they are confronting. And they say things like, “I’m not going to feel sorry for her. She knows when our morning meeting …

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The View from the Balcony

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and instead of enjoying the beginning of our weekend together, we were in the middle of a heated, spiraling argument with all that goes with it: raised voices, angry looks, accusations and defensiveness, finger pointing, blaming, ultimatums, and failing attempts to make the other person believe that our viewpoint was the right one. It …

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Living Our Best Life

You’ve heard the saying, “Health is wealth.” No money in the world can help or heal us if we do not have our health. Life is not worth much if we do not possess a sound mind and body, regardless of how big our bank account is. Steve Adams found this out the hard way, and, fortunately, he did something …

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Finding Your Ikigai

At the start of the new year, I decided my morning routine needed an update. So, I created a small space in the corner of our bedroom that the British call a “snug.”  A snug is a small, cozy space where you can relax. I turned my comfy chair around to face the sliding glass door to the view outside. …

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Breaking the Ice

I bet all you East Coast subscribers would like to know how to “break the ice” right about now!  I’m sorry, I don’t have any tips for sending our West Coast early Spring temps to your side of the country, but I do have a few awesome reminders for how to break the proverbial “initial conversation ice” when you are …

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A Better You

My clients who have had a Phone Skills Training Call experience with me know that perfection is not a quality I value nearly as much as a commitment to constant improvement and growth. If you believe that you have not become your best self yet, then there is always something more that can be learned. Likewise, you should never fall …