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5 Famous Folks I Know (because of my blog)

If you've read The Daily ReTORt during the past few months, it's difficult to hide the fact that I'm a HUGE fan and supporter of author, blogger, podcaster and nationally-sought speaker - Michael Hyatt. Michael is the former CEO and current board Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing - the seventh largest publishing house on the planet. Michael is also a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and an individual whom I deeply respect. My friendship with Michael began from a series of … [Read more...]

Communicating Without Speaking

Communications experts estimate that more than 50% of communication between humans is non-verbal. In other words we convey at least as much meaning with our body language and gestures as with our voice and words. That's an amazing statistic, especially given the fact that very few people give much thought to the non-verbal cues they use every day. That's one of the reasons I put together this infographic on body language tips for communicators. I gleaned all of the content from the … [Read more...]

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...]

The Dicey Game of Using Humor

Humor is risky - it's often an "all or nothing"  roll of the dice. I respect people who are funny and want to be like those people who have the power to make me laugh. Regrettably, I'm the first to admit that I'm not naturally funny. Oh sure, I try to be - but my attempts are often strained and miss the mark. Sometimes a failed joke to a single person gets a "courtesy chuckle" because the other person is kind and gracious. However, that "graciousness" quickly dissipates in direct … [Read more...]

How I’m Learning Humility This Week

This week I'm attending a pair of communications-training conferences in Colorado. It's been a great experience thus far - except for last night. Below is a video post I shot this afternoon where I talk about the first presentation we had to deliver and how I crashed and burned. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

The Need for a Sharp Axe

When I was 10 years old I used to go to my grandpa's house on the weekends, and he would have me chop small logs for kindling that he used in an outdoor fire pit. The first several weekends I split the wood there were no problems. However, the sixth time I couldn't cut a single log. In fact, my final swing of the hatchet that day bounced like a rubber ball off the wood and flew out of my hands. I went to tell my grandpa. He picked up the hatchet, went into the basement and then came … [Read more...]

My First Video Blog and Telling a Story….

This week I have the privilege of attending the 2012 Launch and SCORRE Speakers' Conferences that are organized by the outstanding team at Dynamic Communicators. These conferences are specifically designed for anyone who has a message, service or product they want to share with a larger audience. The Launch Conference  strives to equip organizations or individuals with the skills they need to grow their business. The SCORRE Conference seeks to empower organizations or individuals with … [Read more...]

7 Questions With an Author: Debi Gray Walter

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 featured author is Debi Gray Walter, who finished her first book - a historical fiction novel based on the life of her grandmother titled Through the Eyes of Grace. Debi's desire to write first began when she learned her grandmother's story shortly after her death in 1979. She realized then that … [Read more...]

7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

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 featured author is Clay Morgan - a writer, professor, and speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who writes about pop culture, history, and the meaning of life. He is the author of Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Most days you can find Clay doing his best Dead Poets Society impersonation at … [Read more...]

7 Questions With an Author: Kimanzi Constable

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. Kimanzi Constable is the author of The Difference Between Living and Existing. He is an international speaker and consultant who has logged nearly 50,000 travel miles since June of this year. Kimanzi's mission is to help people stop settling, stop making excuses, so that they can live the life of their … [Read more...]