Showtime’s  ‘Billions’ and Enclothed Cognition

Showtime’s ‘Billions’ and Enclothed Cognition

I’m nothing short of a voyeur watching Showtime’s new series, ‘Billions.’ It’s a smart send-up of capitalism and democracy gone awry. Two powerful men – a rapacious hedge-fund manager with a shady past (played by the intense Damian Lewis) and an ambitious and twisted...

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Spark Joy

Spark Joy

A review of the book, Spark Joy, written by Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo piqued my curiosity. Kondo advocates a minimalist approach to decluttering by determining the value of what we want to keep (or donate to Goodwill). “Does it spark joy? ” is the question...

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Is Your Presentation Style Like New England Weather?

Is Your Presentation Style Like New England Weather?

The weather on Friday was 75 and sunny. Two days later we have three inches of snow.  Flip flops one day, winter boots the other. It's enough to throw anyone off their game. And that's what it's like being in the audience with an erratic presenter - someone who has no...

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The Best Advice: Be the You-iest You

The Best Advice: Be the You-iest You

Seth was scheduled to speak on the final day of a three-day conference. Day One was unremarkable, but Day Two was contentious. Lots of heated debates that morphed into name-calling.  Now, on the morning of Day Three, everyone was tense and edgy.  Seth walks to the...

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TED ’16 At A Theater Near You

TED ’16 At A Theater Near You

TED 2016 brought good news for those of us who can’t afford the $7,500 minimum attendance fee. This year, for only $20, we got courtside seats to the opening night at local theaters all over the USA. Thank you TED. I bought two tickets and dragged my teenage son...

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Are You Remarkable?

Are You Remarkable?

It seems like every January I make a resolution to read more business books. One of my favorite things to do is bring a new book with me to a diner, and read it while having a delicious breakfast. By the time I'm finished, I've learned something new, enjoyed a...

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The Top Two Attributes of Highly-effective Team Leaders

The Top Two Attributes of Highly-effective Team Leaders

Because I run workshops on team-building and conflict management, I am often asked for the best way to turn a group of people into a high-performing team. The answer, of course, is multi-faceted, but I always start with one question: Do you have a great team leader?...

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6.5 Communication Blunders to Avoid in 2016

6.5 Communication Blunders to Avoid in 2016

The entire world now knows about (and has seen with their own eyes) the verbal gaffe made by Steve Harvey at the Miss Universe pageant when he announced the wrong winner.  While very few of us will ever make a mistake on such a big stage, we can all make changes now...

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Are You Getting Your Message Across?

Are You Getting Your Message Across?

As we swing into the last month of 2015, I’ve begun the process of looking back over my notes – those I take on old-fashioned paper, and those I type into the Notes app on my phone. There is a clear theme: the majority of presenters fail to win over their audience, and the major culprit is not verbal, or nonverbal (though both of those skill sets are a huge contributor to your success).

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