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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...]

One Thing Good Speakers do to Become Great

This past week I've attended a pair of communication conferences, the Launch and SCORRE Conferences respectively. The conferences introduced a novel way to organize information using the SCORRE methodology.  Then attendees were challenged to convey that information in a presentation that gets recorded and critiqued in a small group. This recording and critiquing process is a tactic that good communicators use to become better at public speaking. I've been making periodic video blogs … [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...]

An Ending and a Beginning – all on the same day

Yesterday afternoon marked the end of the Launch Conference that I've been attending since Sunday. It has truly been a tremendous learning experience. The video blog below marks my third installment of the trip and I recorded it late yesterday afternoon. I talk about the close of the Launch Conference and the start of the SCORRE Conference, which was just about to get underway when I made the video. EdiTOR's Note: Please be advised, I tried a little "motion effect" in the video that … [Read more...]

Have No Fear – How to SCORRE as a Speaker

The fact remains that one of the top fears that people have - even more than the fear of death - is the fear of public speaking. I'm not a counselor or psychiatrist, but the best way that I've overcome fears in life is by facing them. That's one of the reasons I'm attending the Launch and SCORRE Conferences, which help individuals become more confident and accomplished at conveying the benefits of a product, service or message. Public speaking is part of that. It can be developed and … [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 out … [Read more...]

Moving Toward Launch

One of Newton's laws of motion is that bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. Not only does that apply to physical objects, I believe that it applies to people as well. The inertial energy, risk and commitment to start something new is often too overwhelming to motivate an individual to try - so they don't. I'm attending the 2012 Launch Conference to learn from top-tier speakers and authors about what it takes to launch your message, product or service. Here's an infographic I … [Read more...]