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My Closing Thoughts…

Here's my final video blog post from the SCORRE Conference, which I attended last week. The conference helps communicators organize and present virtually any kind of  information in a clear manner. The need for the conference became apparent when the organizers conducted a study of 2,500 individuals who had attended a series of speaker events and found the following results: 75% of attendees could not communicate the purpose of the speech they had just heard; 50% of the speakers … [Read more...]

If You’ve Ever Been Afraid to Try…

Last evening I was trolling around the web when I came across this incredible compilation video that I've embedded below. It is an amalgamation of snippets of people doing some incredible tricks, stunts and skills. As goofy as it sounds, this montage inspired me to take action on a couple of projects that I had been avoiding - because of fear. I hope you find this "fearless" collection of clips as inspiring and entertaining as I did. The little girl slide-parking her bike with … [Read more...]

3 Traits We Correct in Our Kids But Ignore in Ourselves

One of the things I love about my family is that we take regular walks together around our neighborhood. It's been during these walkabouts over the years that I've noticed three traits in our kids that my wife and I have tried to correct when they manifest. Distraction Anybody who has walked with a toddler knows that they want to stop and look at every stone, sidewalk crack, bug and dried worm that might catch their little eye. These constant side excursions often turn what should have … [Read more...]

I’ve Been Drafted…

It seems I've been recruited into a battle of bloggers. The masterminds of this battle royale are Rob Shepard and Ricky Anderson respectively - who are actually great friends but highly competitive. In fact, these two guys are so stoked by the thrill of competition - they've pooled resources and commisioned an original cartoon drawing of all us blogging "combatants" by the gifted artist Wes Molebash. [EdiTOR's Note: In the picture  above, I'm depicted on the right hand side, third … [Read more...]

The Key to a Better Marriage is Laughter

Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he drank his fair-trade, organic, Rainforest Alliance decaffeinated green tea before it was cool. Ok, maybe I shouldn't quit my day job and become a comedian after that joke but laughter, humor and comedy are integral parts of our culture. We love to laugh. Many people have careers that consist of making people laugh, but did you know it is also a crucial component to your marriage and relationships? My wife (Jen) and I have found … [Read more...]

Parenting Tips From a Friend – Guest Post

Tor, I know you've done this before. You have two beautiful young girls. You're a great dad. You've raised them well. But you're rusty. It's been a while since you've had a brand new young'n. I thought I'd give you some tips on what's changed since you've been out of practice. Poop No change. Still stinky and manages to get places you'd rather it didn't. Food It's not just Gerber jars of greenish goo anymore. The cool new trend is to make it yourself from purely hippie, er, … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Building Your Platform [Infographic]

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Rising Above the Noise

If you have a message that you're trying to share with an audience, it's tougher AND easier than ever to accomplish that. It's tougher than ever because the noise from competing messages via TV, radio, print, mobile apps and the Internet are "louder" and more abundant. At the same time, it's also easier than ever because social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and blogging allow you to engage directly with the exact people you want. That's the premise of Michael … [Read more...]

Rapper Rails Against Empty Sex

You may not have heard of faith-based poet/rapper Jefferson Bethke, but he recently had a YouTube video go viral and received  national media attention for a spoken piece he performed about why he hated religion but loved Jesus. Below is another installment of Bethke's that a close friend of mine (Beeg you know who you are) shared with me a few days ago. It's only four minutes long and should be viewed by every husband who's currently in a good, middling or bad marriage. … [Read more...]

7 Questions With an Author: Jason Boyett

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s co-featured author is an online acquaintance of mine named Jason Boyett. He’s a bestselling author with more than 10 books, an events speaker, an embarrassingly prolific writer with published work on Salon, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post as well as a dedicated dad and husband. Jason is one of … [Read more...]