Ten Lessons on Presentation Skills from a Local Pastor

Easter Sunday.  Westgate Chapel was packed to the rafters for second service, 11:30 am.   I reckon most people like to sleep in.  The music was inspiring, contemporary and lively.  Not why I came.  I want to see Pastor Alec Rowlands preach.  He is right in my backyard, in his late sixties, seasoned, savvy, fun and inspiring.  […]

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Go From Negative Mental Attitude to Positive Mental Attitude

I am a recovering pessimist.  I used to be caustic, cynical, negative and pessimistic.  I made fun of you given half a chance.  Hey, I was mean but i thought I was funny.  It pushed people away.  I didn’t have a clue.  Because I am a big guy, no one had the courage to tell me.  One […]

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How To Build Your Confidence and Understand Your Own Value

When I was in the 4th grade, I use to stand on the playground and wonder my insides didn’t match everyone else’s outside.  My confidence and self-worth were lacking.  I had a stutter. Girls terrified me.  Despite all that, I was searching.  Searching for answers to some of life’s questions.  The one thing I had […]

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How To APPLY and MASTER Human Relations Skills

In 1982, I read the classic self-help “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It changed my life. I must have read it 25 times. I listened to the audio cassette at least 10 times. (Cassettes were these these things we had…oh, never mind). Just remember, repetition really is the mother of […]

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Share Your WINS and Double Your Positive Emotions (Share Your Fears and Cut Them in Half)

One of my greatest teachers taught me a simple principle. “When you share your WINS you double your positive emotions. Conversely when you share your fears or challenges, you cut them in half.” Simple. Rare. Why donʼt most people do this? Women are smarter than men. They process all the things that are going on in their life. They […]

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Roosevelt’s Rough Riding Leadership

Upon reading an article on actor Tom Berenger, I went on YouTube and watched the 3-hour TNT Mini-series “Rough Riders” about our 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt. What a story. I am a huge TR fan, having read at least ten books on his life. My favorite was the Pulitzer Prize winning book “The Rise of […]

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This is the Way We Have Always Done It

Good is the enemy of great. The easier it is to be good, the harder it is to great. If good comes easy to, great will elude you. Deciding to be great is a choice, a lonely one. Rigid thinking is the enemy of innovation. “This is the way we have always done it” will […]

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What Got You HERE Won’t Take You THERE!

New Years Resolution don’t work. There, I said it and I am glad. We need to wake up! According to Newsweek December 24, 2012 article by Oliver Burkeman, “89% of American set Resolutions and only 49% are successful in achieving them six months later!” It’s a trap called “Fresh-Startism”. (This time it will be different.) […]

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The TWO Big Questions

When my children were young (ages 4 and 8), I asked them two big questions before they drifted off to sleep each night. After we read a book and said our prayers, I asked: 1) What was the most fun you had today? 2) What are you looking forward to tomorrow? The first question demands […]

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It’s About TIME!

My newest e-book It’s About TIME! is now available on my website bookstore. Here is an excerpt from it: This book is about living your life with no regret. It is about eliminating the IF ONLY I HAD’s in your life. If you follow the suggestions, you will live a full and rich life and […]

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