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In the past week: I was rushing off to emcee an event, scrambling to gather my notes IN THE CAR, ON THE WAY TO THE EVENT. One of my clients, so busy with other (also) important meetings, ended up giving 5 hours prep to a presentation that normally gets much more. After I shared my feeling of overwhelm, someone suggested I check out Oprah and Deepok’s meditation on Time. …

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Once upon a time, there was a savvy business woman.   (…And, just to be clear, if the aforementioned definition didn’t make this clear, let me: this isn’t about me, though I have been here many, many times. …)   This savvy business woman had a talk to write. It wasn’t a long one. And it was for a cause she was especially passionate about. It shouldn’t have been …

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Today’s post is written by theater professor, actor, director, speaker and teacher – Elise Robinson. Elise happened to be my theater professor when I was in college, directed me in several shows, and is someone I admire and adore. She is brilliant and funny – and has taught me so much. Way back in November I interviewed her for This Moved Me on the episode about Holy Theater – and …

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I spend a surprising amount of time helping people walk through the mental preparation required to walk into the room and knock people’s socks off with their message. (See yesterday’s post on Hutzpah!) I was working with a woman who is pitching a new idea to some folks internally, and the questions I asked her were something like:   How well do you know them?  And, what do they think …

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A big-time motivational speaker-guy (you know the type) once said to me that in order for you to make your living being a speaker, you needed a story that people wanted to hear. Were you in New York the day the Twin Towers came down? Did you survive a tragic accident? Were you diagnosed with something awful, but have found your way through? If so, you can trade in all that …

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Hello dear readers… Do you know who Seth Godin is?  I hope you do. He is a voice of clarity and insight in the loud, loud world of marketing. He pushes all of us to do better work – to push beyond the junk that too often crowds this internet landscape – and do something that matters. And this week, he has thrown out a challenge that I have accepted. …

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It’s T – two weeks to the launch of This Moved Me, the new podcast that will soon be hitting the front page of this website. I’m beyond excited!  The adrenaline is coursing, I’m sleeping too little and eating too much and have discovered that I suddenly like Latte’s.  (Uh oh!  And you thought I had a lot of energy before!)   I remember when I was heading off to …

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Last week I listened to a fabulous TED Radio Hour podcast on creativity.  As a “creative,” there was so much about this set of talks that I found intriguing. But the idea that has stuck with me the most is this:   When we are in the flow of creating, two things happen – One, a certain area of our brain lights up. (The creative part!) And, more importantly, another …

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“You begin to string words together like beads to tell a story. You are desperate to communicate, to edify or entertain, to preserve moments of grace or joy or transcendence, to make real or imagined events come alive. But you cannot will this to happen. It is a matter of persistence and faith and hard work. So you might as well just go ahead and get started.”       Anne …

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I’ve got to be honest: one of the most frustrating things I find when I’m trying to put together a persuasive speech are the gazillions of how-to lists that will make it “effective” and “powerful” and “attention-grabbing.” Ok, sure: “Follow these 10 simple steps…,” and voila – you are a great speaker! They aren’t wrong, necessarily. There are, of course, many things you can do to become a skilled speaker.  …

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I set out this morning to get through my email, and instead got lost in the wormhole of some friend’s Facebook link, which led me to this, which led me to this, which led me to this… …And then I finally came to this: A first-person account of one woman’s 9/11 experience, blocks from the World Trade Center. I realize it’s nowhere near September and our seemingly obligatory remembering, but it …

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