Tom Hanks and Typewriters?

This morning's CBS Sunday Morning broadcast included a story of Tom Hanks and one of his favorite artifacts to collect…typewriters. Who knew? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tom-hanks-uncommon-type/ As one of my favorite actors, Hanks has always played his characters on...

Do You Need Another Reason to Listen?

I have respected Joe Zente with ZThree Performance Development http://www.zthree.com for many years now. In this article, Joe expresses more reasons why we should be better listeners http://tinyurl.com/y86wvb6h. Most people don't think about listening as a skill they...

Think Poorly of Starbucks? Think Again.

From time to time I hear people speaking negatively about Starbucks. The national brands will always get some negative press which causes some folks to jump on the band wagon and begin to pour on the hate (pun intended). While I have a favorite local coffee shop where...

What I Learned From Robin Williams

I just finished watching Robin Williams Remembered - A Pioneers of Television Special (PBS). After watching this wonderful PBS special, not only do I miss him more than before, but I feel I have learned new things about him that might help me and, hopefully, you as...

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The Life Story Not Recorded

“I wish I would have known you (x number of) years ago when my grandmother (or grandfather) was still alive. She had the best stories and once she got going telling those stories, you couldn’t get her to stop!” My next comment is typically, “Did you record those...

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Why Do We Tell Stories?

As one who helps people tell their stories (on video), I particularly enjoyed this week's episode of KUT Radio's "Two Guys on Your Head" with Dr. Art Markman​ and Dr. Bob Duke.  "We need stories in order to make sense of things" is one of the things they...

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Want to Spice Up That RFP (Request For Proposal)?

If you want to separate yourself from your competition with the next RFP (Request For Proposal) you submit, think about what my client, Wayne Gonzalez of Gonzalez Office Products http://www.rwgop.com, did. Here is a kind endorsement and story of Wayne's success: "The...

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Kind Words Go a Long Way

Kind words can go a long way. Yesterday, I was having a "so-so" day until late in the evening when a client of mine, Spencer Hayes (name given with permission) http://www.oxfordcommercial.com/our-people/spencer-hayes/, wrote a very kind note regarding the work I did...

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I Thought I Would Learn About Classical Music…

I thought I would learn about classical music, but ended up learning about life. This is my conclusion after listening to yet another great TED Talk. This one is by Benjamin Zander. To prove to you how little I knew about classical music, I didn't know who the hell...

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Honoring a Hero Today, Col. Richard Cole

Today is Veterans Day, 2013. Not just any Veterans Day, but one that is especially meaningful. Last Saturday, at a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, a final toast was made for the Doolittle Raiders. A bottle 1896 of cognac was ceremonially uncorked...

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Oh Sweet Lorraine

Sometimes it just all comes together. You have one of those days like mine has been today. It started out with a meeting with a new group of friends whom I admire greatly. In our discussion this morning, many were reflecting on the memory of a young friend who died...

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Listening More to be More Persuasive?

In a recently published article in Inc. magazine, author Kevin Daum wrote about 7 Things Really Persuasive People Do http://tinyurl.com/m4h2c69. Number two on the list is "They Listen ... and Listen ... Then Listen Some More". What? Listen more to be more persuasive?...

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Tips on Archiving Family History

I am often asked about tips on archiving family history from the assortment of things passed down from generation to generation. Specifically, I am asked about photos and recorded items: old photos, audio tapes, cassette recordings of many sizes, video tapes, etc.. I...

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What Impact Can We Have On the Life of Another Person?

I just finished watching the only TV program I watch on a regular basis - CBS Sunday Morning. I appreciate their consistent cavalcade of positive, meaningful stories. Today's program was no exception. One of the stories today highlighted the life stories of a living...

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