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TAPPING INTO THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF STORYTELLING…

TAPPING INTO THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF STORYTELLING… “The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves…and believes in.” -Harold Goddard  Notice that Goddard didn’t say the destiny of the world was determined by powerpoint presentations, graphs and pie charts, metrics, optics and statistics…or… read more

GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!

GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!  ( IF YOU DON’T MIND THE MESS…)                                                       How often do we hear – from our mothers, our friends, our bosses – something like, “Look, kiddo, you just can’t… read more

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

BUT WAIT, WHAT ABOUT CHARACTER?

BUT WAIT, WHAT ABOUT CHARACTER? This is a defining moment…in our country, in our major institutions, in our corporations… and certainly in our political parties. Will we move forward into an uncertain future (what future was ever “certain?”) fueled by a powerful vision, by our recommitment to living up to our highest possible potential – as individuals… read more

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING…

Remember “South Pacific” by Rogers and Hammerstein and the great Ezio Pinza singing those incredibly romantic lyrics from “Some Enchanted Evening.” Even as a little girl I got chills. Still do. Whatever happened to that idea that somewhere, somehow, the fates would smile, the stars would align, the Universe would provide and voila!…the love of… read more

“GET CRAZY…”

I say those words out loud to myself at least once a week – and say them with great frequency to the people whom I work with – to get them loosened up. To urge them to shake it up, break it up and make it up…. To think the unthinkable – the untried, the unproved… read more