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‘The Leadership Challenge” by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner shared the findings of extensive research that surveyed thousands of people asking, “What values, personal traits, or characteristics do you look for and admire in a leader?”

After further empirical analysis, they reduced the results to a list of 20 characteristics and surveyed more than 75,000 people around the world.[…] Continue Reading »

What’s your goal when you step up to speak? Winning that next big piece of business, getting that hard-earned promotion, or becoming known as a mover and shaker? To achieve results, your presentation has to provide the value your listeners want and expect. If it doesn’t, your all-important goal may slip through your fingers.

Does your approach to speaking add the value your listeners need?[…] Continue Reading »

Netflix recently released the third season of its original production “House of Cards.” This critically acclaimed political drama is the story of Frank Underwood, a high-powered congressman who, after being passed over for appointment as secretary of state, initiates an ambitious plan to obtain a position of greater power.

As the third season unfolds, Underwood’s elaborate scheming has come to fruition and he steps in as president.[…] Continue Reading »

Everyone knows Superman’s great weakness: Kryptonite. It’s the one thing that’s guaranteed to suck away his strength and destroy his power. As public speakers, we all face a similar weakness that can bring us down and destroy our confidence or credibility. That weakness is doubt.

Superman did his research and developed strategies to overcome his weakness. Luckily, we don’t need to wear a lead-lined suit on stage, but as speakers we too can use proven antidotes to conquer our doubts and let our superpowers emerge.[…] Continue Reading »

In the season 5 premiere of of “Shark Tank” (the TV show with an average of 6 million viewers), two brothers, both aspiring entrepreneurs, made their pitch that was so pitifully bad it drove the shark Mark Cuban up to the stage to proclaim the proposal as “the worst pitch ever.”

Apparently, the brothers had no business plan, no sales, no marketing approach and no idea of when their proposal (a social network for medical professionals) would be profitable, if ever.[…] Continue Reading »