Act First. Confidence Follows.

Susie’s name was called. Finally, the opportunity she’d hoped for: to share her story and apply the speaking skills she learned the past two months was here! She performed on stage, under theater lights to an audience of 60 people. The video proved it. She rocked! Even came in second place! Honestly, she implemented everything we practiced: varied vocal inflection, …

You Will Be Misunderstood

“How did he come to that conclusion?” An email arrived from Drew who attended a meeting I had recently lead. He was frustrated. Exasperated even. The tone of his email told me….he had completely misunderstood my message. I didn’t take it personally – but I did think this…. …I must be absolutely clear in my communication! The audience arrives with perspectives, …

A Winning Equation

A Winning Equation

It’s 1966. I’m in 1st grade at Ira B. Jones Elementary School. We are learning gallons, quarts, pints, cups and all those measuring computations. Numbers and I are not friends. Overwhelmed with too much information, too quickly, my little 6 year old says with unwavering clarity, “I’m not going to learn this.” And, so, I dragged it into the mental …