The Art of Feedback: Guidance and Criticism

It’s easy to assume that pointing out a mistake constitutes as feedback, and to an extent it does, but that’s similar to telling your partner it’s raining outside and not handing them an umbrella. Feedback is instructive language that positively influences behavior. It has an assumed intrinsic benefit: it provides knowledge on how to improve what we do and how we do it. It helps us grow and become better. This value can be easily...

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The Number One Tip for Achieving any Goal

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Brilliance Inc. With all due respect to the marketing gurus at Nike who came up with “Just do it,” a recent member of my group coaching programs said it better. When I asked each participant to share their biggest insight, one brilliant Enterprise Architect said “Just start it.” While Nike’s mantra may respect what drives people to spend money on work-out gear, my client’s mantra actually respects...

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The Art of Presentation Remotes

It’s been 8 years since I wrote a blog post about presentation remotes. The devices I recommended are no longer available. So, clearly it’s time to post again. All three of these units that we recommend have the basic features that should be standard on presentation remotes: Laser Pointer Go Back Go Forward Black Out the Screen For all three, the USB receiver is stored in the remote itself and all are plug-and-play. No additional...

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The Magic of the Long Snapper

Somehow, Men’s Journal magazine keeps showing up at my home.  My father-in-law, Bob, somehow ended up with a subscription.  In any case, I’ve enjoyed many of the articles but few as much as the one referenced here. The piece tells the remarkable story of Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper of the Philadelphia Eagles.  This position may be the least well known in all of football.  However, if a long snapper does his job poorly, entire...

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Become a Director – Not an Actor – of Your Life

  This is a guest post by Brilliance Inc. All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players – Shakespeare Step Off the Stage If you want to take control of your results and your life, get off the stage, get out of character, and get into the director’s chair. More often that not, we are so immersed in the show called life that we forget we own the script rights....

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Inspiration trumps clicks

I was very proud of the work of my client, Peter Arvai, the CEO of Prezi. Peter delivered a meaningful talk at the Bits & Pretzels conference in Germany in late September 2015. The video is embedded below. Notice the presentation best practices that Peter models during the talk: He opens with a compelling personal story that incorporates all the elements of good storytelling: Characters, conflict, dialogue, high stakes, and a big helping of personal...

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Podcast Serial is addicting, entertaining and offers good lessons on storytelling

I’ve become addicted. Specifically, I’ve become addicted to the viral podcast, Serial by Sarah Koenig. Serial is a podcast from the creators of  This American Life.  Serial tells one story – a true story – over the course of an entire season.  Its fascinating listening and a great way to kill time while you are commuting or on a plane. As the podcast website states: On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee,...

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7 Simple Ways To Say “No”

by Celestine Chua of The Personal Excellence Blog. Do you have difficulty saying “no”? Are you always trying to be nice to others at the expense of yourself? Well, you’re not alone. In the past, I was not good at saying “no”, because I didn’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings. For example, whenever I get requests for help, I would attend to them even though I had important work to do. Sometimes the...

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What Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, and Other Top Executives Do to Stay in Shape

When they find the time to work out, that is. Highly successful people often push themselves both inside and outside the office. Though it can be difficult to find time to exercise when you’re working around the clock, several tech executives have found techniques, routines, or sports that resonate with them and help them grow. Here’s a look at what the CEOs of Facebook, Microsoft, and others do to stay in shape. Facebook CEO Mark...

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8 Master Strategies For Public Speaking

The best speeches may seem effortless, but they aren’t. Here’s what it takes to make them feel that way. By Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield Your legs wobble as you approach the podium. Your hands tremble as you adjust the microphone. Your head throbs. A wail builds deep inside you and threatens to escape. It’s showtime—and the feelings are primal. Evolutionary biologists tell us that in the presence of a presumed threat, we go into...

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