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The world is getting smaller every day. Thanks to advances in technology, we can be connected to points around the globe in seconds through our computer or telephone. We can even be on the other side of the world almost in person in a matter of seconds. Businesses can easily reach people and places that were inaccessible just a few years ago.
Life is funny. As a businessman, public speaker and author, I especially love clever stories with a message because they make important points more memorable. Over the years I have collected a filing cabinet full of great material. Since April is National Humor Month, I thought I would package up some of my favorites which
Life is not a parabolic curve. It doesn't go straight up. There are a lot of lumps, a lot of bumps. I have never yet met a successful person that hasn't had to overcome either a little or a lot of adversity in his or her life. Overnight success is much more of a myth than reality.Remember the four-minute mile? Humans
The popular Academy Award nominated movie "Darkest Hour" has brought a lot of attention to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill recently. It's also brought a lot of attention to Gary Oldman, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Churchill.According to biographers, Churchill did not have the happiest of childhoods.
Other ministers told funnier jokes than Billy Graham, did a better job of illustrating Bible passages and organizing sermons, but no one was more effective than Graham in getting people to step forward in front of the congregation and make a commitment. Translated from evangelism, that is what I call closing the sale. It's no
Joe paced back and forth in his sister's kitchen one Sunday before dinner. His sister Carol recognized the worried look on his face and called him over to where she stood next to the sink. "Hey Joe, can you hold on to this for me?" She handed him a can of vegetable scraps.Joe took the can and walked outside where he threw the
In Greek mythology, Pandora opened her fabled box and let out all evils except for hope, which Greeks considered to be as dangerous as the world's other evils. Soon they discovered that without hope to offset their troubles, humanity was filled with despair. So Pandora let out hope as well. In the myth, hope was more potent than any of the other
I've long been a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) which is the leading organization for professional speakers. At this year's annual convention, I had the honor to introduce Terri Sjodin as she was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame held at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN. Terri was one of five
One day an entrepreneur took his young sales manager up to a magnificent estate overlooking a beautiful river. He then took him up on the highest peak on the property, put his arm around him and pointed down and said: "Look at that stunning home and gorgeous swimming pool! How do you like those fabulous tennis courts?
For about six weeks every year, beginning in late December and continuing through early February, football fans get the ultimate fix: the college bowl games, NFL playoffs, and finally, the Super Bowl. It's an interesting study in winning and losing that separates the champs from the also-rans, even though the also-rans worked mighty hard to get to
A great product doesn't automatically sell itself, as just about any businessperson who has built a better mousetrap can attest. Effective marketing is a critical factor in priming the pump and selling the customer long before the product is actually in his or her hands. So imagine my excitement in finding a wonderful book by one of the most
As any successful person will honestly admit, I've had my share of failures. Since this column is limited to 750 words, I won't bore you with the details! But from every failure I have learned an equally valuable lesson. The first lesson I learn is that there was at least one reason I failed. The second lesson I learn is that I can rebound from