Monthly Archives: February 2016

OPTIMISM OR REALISM: WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE?

OPTIMISM OR REALISM: WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE?  “What is reality, anyway? Nothing but a collective hunch.” Lily Tomlin              “C’mon, get real, will ya??” I hate that clichéd expression. And heaven knows I’ve had it said to me enough times…sometimes in the form of “We have to manage our expectations, Gail.” Really? Or, “Can you curb your… read more

“IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BECOME… WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN…”

Note: I finished today’s “motivator” on Saturday just moments before Jeb Bush announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination. I decided to go forward with the piece (as originally written) anyway. As you’ll see, it’s not so much about “winning” – but about having the guts to throw yourself into the game wholeheartedly – even… read more

HOW TO WIN OVER A HOSTILE AUDIENCE…

We are all, no matter our profession, position or personal situation in life, more and more frequently faced with an uphill battle in our effort to make a “sale” - whether we’re pitching a new product, a  new service, a new program – or ourselves for the next “big thing.” Budgets are beyond tight, “management” in most companies or… read more

IT’S NOT JUST WHAT YOU SAY, IT’S HOW YOU SOUND…

Here’s what I’ve learned over the years from my own public speaking and from helping others to present themselves powerfully and even unforgettably:The words we say are critical but just as important is the sound we make when we say them. In fact, if the sound is “off” your audience might not even hear the words… This past week,… read more

FULL OF SOUND AND FURY…

I’ve been amazed and yes, I’ll admit, even riveted lately by the stunning show of ego and self-infatuation from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. I mean, it’s a kind of theatre…bad theatre. Frank Burni in a recent piece in the NYTimes, described Cruz this way:”His voice swelled and swooped and dropped at times to a… read more