Why We Say ‘Uh’ and ‘Um’ When Speaking in Public

The last time I hosted a workshop, the session was recorded so that attendees could access the material later. When I played the recording for myself, I was shocked at how many instances I had uttered um. I couldn’t consciously remember using this filler word, but I knew that to become a more effective presenter, I had to eliminate...

Bad Times Can Make You Bitter or Better

The maxim, “A setback is a setup for a comeback,” coincides with famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s philosophy for dealing with adversity. In his book The Pyramid of Success with Jay Carty, Wooden described his perspective on adversity: “We cannot allow difficulties to discourage us. Roadblocks may cause us to alter our course a bit, but we cannot let them...

3 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Performance

With each passing day, the bar for excellence grows higher. New innovations come, someone hungrier and more talented than you enters the market, and external conditions change all around you. What was good enough yesterday, no longer is today. Professional sports is a shining example of this phenomenon. It seems new world records are set left and right. If you...

How I Stay Motivated to Exercise

Not too long ago, exercise and I were total strangers. We traveled in different circles, kept totally different schedules and didn’t have any mutual friends on Facebook. Then I started running—at first to see if I could and then to see how far I could. Eventually I ran a marathon. As much as I exercised however, my laziness was...

5 Everyday Ways to Practice Positive Self-Talk

We all have that little voice in our heads. Sometimes it offers encouragement, and sometimes it tells us we’re not good enough. I listen to my voice only when she’s telling me, “You can do it!” My confidence comes from knowing that no one else has traveled my road and that unique journey means that my contributions matter. —Shelley Zalis,...

How to Be Resilient: The Art of the Bounce Back

Life is a series of ups and downs, and this is a fact we can’t change. What we can change, though, is how we react to the negative situations which arise, and perhaps even more importantly, how we bounce back. Let’s talk about resilience. Merriam Webster’s definition of resilience is “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune...

How to Guard Your ‘Yes’ (and Own Your ‘No’)

A year ago, my wife signed me up for a drop-in improv workshop. After just one class, I was hooked. Soon, I was taking weekly classes, going to shows, and pretty much out of the house several nights a week. At the same time, I began hosting monthly dinners with my friends at different local restaurants, I was in the...

How to Get What You Want From People

In my role as a business coach, I have the pleasure of working with different companies of every size, revenue and employee count. The one roadblock that I keep running into with all of them is that team members keep waiting for their peers to behave how they want, rather than just telling them. For some reason, these individuals have...

7 Brave Steps to Become Fearless

Growing up on a farm in rural Australia, I spent countless hours riding the wild brumbies (horses) that came from the rugged Snowy Mountains. Or should I say, learning how not to fall off. Along the way, I not only became the local barrel race queen, but I learned a powerful lesson for life: Growth and comfort can’t ride the...

4 Actionable Steps to Build a Positive Money Mindset

It’s no question that the modern entrepreneur community has become fascinated with wealth consciousness and money mindset. What used to be deemed as “woowoo hippy” content—something I would even admittedly roll my eyes at—is now considered mainstream and essential to an entrepreneur’s toolbox, making every online business owner rethink the importance of mindset work in their creative and business...

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