Looking for a way to spice up your speeches and presentations and connect better with your audience? Metaphors can help you do just that. Last week my husband, Michael, asked me for some public speaking help. He was preparing to speak at a human resource conference about building a leadership coaching culture in business. “I…

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Is That Your Problem to Solve?

This one’s for the thinkers and problem-solvers. Do you love a good challenge to think things through, connect the dots and come up with a solution? Me, too. And that leads to burnout, fast. I didn’t know I had a problem until my friend and client, Gwynne, a former lawyer turned non-profit executive Director, pointed…

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I love rock & roll. So when my husband, Michael, and I had the chance to see Joan Jett & the Blackhearts play at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston last month we jumped at the chance. At 59 years old, Joan Jett still knows how to rock the stage! Her look hasn’t changed…

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I recently gave a talk that didn’t go as well as planned. Humor fell flat. New elements didn’t engage the audience in (what I consider) a meaningful way. Nerves got the best of me. As I drove home this ticker tape ran through my mind: “That was awful” “What were you thinking?” “You’ll never speak…

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Over the winter my husband, Michael, and I hung three bird houses in the back yard. We got inspired last Spring after a bird family built a nest in one of our backyard rose bushes. Unfortunately the babies didn’t make it. They were exposed to predators. So, day after day we watched the houses waiting…

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Want to feel more confident about an upcoming presentation? Marie, VP of Operations at a boutique consulting firm, did when she emailed me for help. “I don’t have a lot of time to prepare!” she told me. Luckily her presentation was short – 15 minutes on a topic she knew well – the history of…

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Do you have a lot of things you want to say, yet sometimes you’re afraid to speak up? Maybe you feel uneasy speaking to groups, have a hard making a clear point or worry about what people will think. Here is what I want you to know: Your ideas matter. Want to make an impact?…

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Whether you own a business or work for a business, you are in the business of motivation. Things like getting buy-in for ideas, selling and promoting products and services, getting staff to follow a process. So, how do you keep people engaged and motivated in order to achieve your goals? *** Twice a week (during…

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A few years ago my husband and I went rock climbing at Carabener’s, an indoor rock climbing gym in New Bedford, MA. The first few climbs were fine. But as Michael finished his fourth climb, and I prepared for mine, our conversation went something like this: MICHAEL: Watch out for the broken hand hold about…

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