Why now?

What makes you or me (or anyone) take action? There's a need, and then there's a reason that the need surfaced now. In other words, there's a "why" and a "why now". Not too long ago, I started a Data Science program at Rockhurst University. When someone asked me "why?" I told them the true answer; it is a topic that interests me and I want to learn [...]

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A good quote is worth a thousand words

Need a quote for your next party? Here are some that you may find useful, along with one perception of what they mean: Craig Valentine "What got you here won't get you there" [...]

Done is more profitable than perfect!

How's that whole "procrastination" thing working out for you? More specifically, do you find yourself letting the pursuit of perfection (even occasionally) get in the way of [...]

37-second rule

Have you heard that, based on the way the human brain is wired, you only have 37 seconds to capture an idea before it's lost...possibly forever? I heard this recently from Ed [...]

Not to be confused

If you've ever posted a blog, and then the next day thought "what was that about?", welcome to my day today. Why did I call my post "Ace your Introduction", when I was clearly [...]

Ace your Opening

Imagine yourself standing in front of a room full of people, all waiting for you to begin your presentation. Now imagine that you begin with the words "Did you hear the one [...]

Looking for “no”

Raise your hand if you've dealt with someone who won't take yes for an answer. If it was you, keep your hand up until the end of the post. After last night's entry, I spent [...]

Productivity is not overrated

Have you ever looked at the clock on a Sunday night and wondered "Was this a productive weekend?" Welcome to my Sunday. As I stare at my copy of Money Talks by Alan Weiss, I [...]

Build the Foundation

I had the good fortune to read a survey question recently that asked "if the speaker had stayed on agenda and met his goal". I say good fortune in the same sense that Jay Leno [...]

Freeze the Design

As promised, I've worked on my introduction. This was one of my goals leaving Champ Camp last week. I need introductions for anytime I speak on on of my areas of expertise. [...]

Day two in the life

Have you ever wondered just how many random thoughts you have per day? If you were sitting next to me at my computer as I write this, you'd probably be amazed at how many [...]