The Power of Planning

The Power of Planning

There’s a reason that most road trips begin with a map, college courses have syllabi, and businesses create forecasts: It’s hard to succeed without a plan. If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you expect to get there? And while so many of us have goals and aspirations, many of us don’t have […]

7 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking

7 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking

One of the easiest and most effective ways for establishing your personal brand is through public appearances. When you get in front of an audience, whether it’s an auditorium full of people or just a handful of co-workers, you have the opportunity to convey your brand message and make a positive impression. I understand that […]

Standing Out By Stepping Up

Standing Out By Stepping Up

My wife works in finance and has been very successful in climbing the corporate ladder. She’s high in the chain of command and if you were an entry-level employee at the company, she’s someone you’d want to know and learn from. She recently gave a presentation to the company’s incoming interns. Of the hundreds of […]

Building Your Tribe

Building Your Tribe

I’ve spent the last couple weeks speaking at writing conferences around the country which, while tiring, gives me the opportunity to spend time with my primary tribe: publishing people. The time spent with authors, literary agents, editors, and most importantly, readers, are some of the nicest, most supportive people I’ve met and spending time with […]

On Going Slow and Getting Passed

On Going Slow and Getting Passed

Nearly a decade ago, I started competing in triathlons. I had never run more than a mile without stopping, I was a cautious cyclist who never felt 100% comfortable on 2 wheels, and although I was a strong swimmer by triathlete standards, I still resided in the slow lane at swim practice. But I wanted […]