How to Tame Your Nerves Before Giving a Speech

For fifty percent of the population, giving a speech produces as much fear as facing death. And yet, responding to a speaking request can boost your career, increase your standing in the community, and enhance your personal credibility and social status. In five simple steps, you can Learn how to get those butterflies to fly in formation and be remembered as the one who rose to the occasion, didn’t hesitate, and had the courage to take the lead.

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How Much Power Does the Past Have Over Your Future?

I haven’t been back to my old hometown in years. The last few times I was there, I felt like I was visiting a graveyard—lots of buried memories and too many headstones. So it wasn’t long before I began to feel uncomfortable and knew it was time to leave. A lot of it has to do with the recollection of things left unfinished—incomplete plans, broken dreams, and lost relationships . . .

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The Fine “Art” of Argument

In many situations and relationships you can either be right or you can be happy—but not both. Which is more important to you? By learning how to diffuse a potential argument and turn it into a productive discussion, you can preserve – and even strengthen – your relationships with others.

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It’s Not Luck . . . It’s Still Who You Know (Or Meet!)

While pure luck can play a part in everyone’s life, there are definite actions anyone can take to improve the chances of success. There’s no hocus-pocus involved, just a few straightforward steps that can increase the number of “chance encounters” with those who may influence your thinking, help with a project, or simply refer you to a critical resource or individual …

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Zen For Skeptics (and Engineers)

I went to college to become an engineer . . . to learn math, physics, and principles of electrical design. Black and white stuff. No gray in engineering. I remember my first introduction to digital computers. I learned to program the Digital PDP-8 and PDP-11 by moving banks of switches into either the on or off position. Ones or zeros. No other choices, no other possibilities. You were either right or wrong …

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This Year, Forget Goal-Setting & Try Something That Works!

Every January, the journals and notebooks come out of the drawer and we list the most important things we want to accomplish that year. But by April, 95% of us have completely forgotten about our goals. Bottom line, goal-setting doesn’t work for an overwhelming majority of the population. But there is an effective alternative …

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What Did Your Father Do During the War?

For a group of young boys, it was a frequent topic of conversation. With each boy determined to outshine the last with tales of his dad’s heroism and bravery, we listened intently to stories of gallantry and valor, all performed under the flag of patriotism. Until it was my turn …

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