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Taming the Butterflies

If you’re human, you likely get nervous when you are asked to take the stage or speak from a place of authority in front of others.  Even something as innocuous as introducing ourselves around a table can make the butterflies take flight.  The physical symptoms of nervousness take a lot of shapes but can include a racing heartbeat, clammy palms, …

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Speaking Out

When we were kids, we could position ourselves in the back of the class and avoid raising our hands to dodge being called on to speak at the front of the class.  It’s one of the most dreaded forms of communication even from an early age.  But in the professional world, public speaking is a vital skill to have and …

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I Have a Dream

Today is the day we celebrate one of the greatest men in American history who also happened to be one of the greatest orators and speakers of our time. I’ve listened to many of King’s speeches in their entirety, and I believe there is much we can learn if we pay attention to the things that made King memorable and …

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Public Speaking is Not an Option

Warren Buffet once said, “The most important professional business skill is public speaking.” I agree. Being successful professionally is directly linked to the level of influence you have with the people you work with and serve. If you have influence, then you can create positive change; positive change is what every business wants and needs. Even college students fresh out …

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We Can & We Will

One of my favorite sayings from my coach, Sara Connell, is “I Can and I Will”— sometimes taking the alliteration of “You Can and You Will” or “We Can and We Will.”   Sara always inserts this phrase (usually with a loud collective chorus from the room) whenever anyone expresses some doubt or self-limitation around a goal or dream. I …

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Habit Stacking

And now… back to our regular programming! Before Christmas, I had been sharing in my Monday Morning Stretches ways to support one of my favorite quotes:  Change your story, change your life. I’d like to give you another one today. It’s called habit stacking. The phrase “habit stacking” was first used by S.J. Scott in his book, Habit Stacking:  Small …

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My Favorite Christmas Prayer

One of my fondest holiday memories was probably 20 years ago watching my boys play tag football with two marines from nearby Camp Pendleton on the street where we lived while I cooked our holiday meal and decorated our table. The young new recruits were there because the school that my boys attended had arranged volunteer families to host young …

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The 4 “C”s

I have often believed that my actions in life and work are an extension of my confidence. In other words, if I want something to happen for myself, I just need to muster the confidence and do it. Over time, I have discovered that three things are wrong with this idea.   First, I had them backwards. You don’t need …

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What’s Different Now?

One of my favorite quotes is, “Change your story, change your life.” So simple and yet so powerful if you really understand the principle. If you’ve been a subscriber to our Monday Morning Stretch for any length of time, you know that one of the foundational beliefs at LionSpeak is that we create our reality. Neutral events happen around us, …

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Committed Sardines

You probably already know the largest mammal on earth is a blue whale. But, did you know the blue whale is so large that it can take up to five minutes to turn 180 degrees to swim in the opposite direction? No surprise, really, when you consider an adult whale is roughly the length of 2 ½ Greyhound buses, weighs …