Seems like everyone is in the persuasion business these days. Advertisers find us through television, direct mail, billboards, radio, YouTube videos, pop-up ads, and even when we least expect it. My dentist uses a ceiling tile to promote a teeth whitener. Marketing companies track what we post about on Facebook and then arrange for us […]
I’m speaking in Jamaica and brought some reading material on the trip.
My September/October issue of AAA Living magazine features an interesting article on the dangers of “deering while driving.” It got me thinking about how humans handle problems.
Apparently, there are 1.5 million car-deer collisions annually. The magazine states that the crashes kill some 150 people. These accidents aren’t healthy for the deer, either, as hardly any of them are wearing safety belts.
Here’s a surprising driving tip
The article lists three ways to avoid an unwanted wildlife encounter:
1) Stay alert. Deer are the most active at dawn and dusk.
2) Deer travel in herds. If you see one animal, there are probably many more nearby.
The third piece of advice is rather surprising:
3) Don’t veer for deer. Experts say that swerving is much more dangerous than hitting the animal. Veering could easily introduce oncoming traffic or an unforgiving bridge abutment into the equation.
Sales are the lifeblood of every organization, right?
Even non-profit businesses and Rotary clubs must generate revenue in order to survive.
And yet, it seems to be getting harder and harder to sell. The government instituted a “Do Not Call” list in 2008. Savvy prospects are often one step ahead of the salesperson. Sales expert Jeffrey Gitomer is right when he says, “People don’t like to be sold to.”
Training events can be a lot of fun. A good event can motivate your team or train them on a particular initiative. But game-changing improvements cannot happen in one day. Improving sales, for example, is an iterative process that must take place over time. The same is true for shaping great leadership teams. Not even […]
So you need to hire a keynote speaker? Your conference, trade show or corporate events are big deals. So much time, energy, and money will be spent entertaining and educating your audience. And now, your reputation is staked on the success of the keynote speaker you select, wow. Hiring the right keynote speaker is challenging […]
Have you ever noticed that when a photographer says, “Smile!” that people in the photograph look a little fake?
Smiling, although natural, can be complicated. That’s probably why we don’t do it more often, even when we’re being photographed.
But there are other reasons people don’t smile. The list is extensive and includes, insecurity, lack of self-awareness, discomfort, low self-esteem, fatigue, and unhappiness.
Once in a while, I’ll accidentally catch a glimpse of my resting face when I use the reverse lens on my cell phone to do a selfie. Us self-promoters do a lot of selfies.
There are over 500,000 words in the English language, but some words are more important than others.
Language can motivate, inspire, and also depress, so the power of words cannot be underestimated.
As the author of many books on communication and a veteran public speaker, I’ve identified what I think are the most important fifteen words you can ever use with another person.
And since words are usually used in phrases or sentences, I’ll give you the five most powerful words, then the four most powerful, followed by the three most powerful, the two most powerful words, and finally the single most important word you can ever use with another person.
Professional speakers get tons of feedback.
MAC green purple speak 300 dpi crpd We may get formally evaluated more than almost any profession. Conference chairpersons, meeting planners and Human Resource executives love to collect exit evaluations after every program. This data is then analyzed and computed before it is shared with all concerned.
“I don’t know how to say ‘goodbye’ to people anymore.” My old friend, Bill Cowger, was in a predicament. Bill, not normally shy for words, was having to bid adieu to everyone he had ever met. My pal had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. There is no Stage 5. I was surprised to be having […]