One hundred words every day for 10 days: lessons learned.

To become good at anything, there is no substitute for regular practice in a spirit of discipline and apprenticeship. 10 days ago I challenged myself to publish a 100 words article every day for 10 days. It was a simple challenge, and I had two objectives. 1) To develop a certain discipline in writing regularly. 2) To see if by simplifying the process of  writing in my mind (100 words only), I would actually approach the task with less apprehension. Here is what happened: I wrote and published 10 articles in 12 days. The average article size was 299 words Continue reading One hundred words every day for 10 days: lessons learned.

Two popular innovative alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint

If you have ever had to sit for a presentation during your lifetime, I am sure you have had to experience a boring speaker. For many inexperienced speakers, their biggest sin is to rely on a boring Microsoft PowerPoint slide deck. There is nothing wrong with using a set of slides to support your message during your presentation. They can be very effective in helping your audience develop a better understanding of your subject. There is one rule I use before every using a slide deck for a public presentation. I ask myself: “Can I effectively deliver this presentation without Continue reading Two popular innovative alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint

Seven keys to live full and die empty

The only place on earth where you find the greatest concentration of people with unfulfilled dreams and regrets is the cemetery. Regardless of the country where you find yourself, there will always be the wealthiest 3% and the 97% others, not so wealthy and for many, living just above poverty, if not below. Observing those who make it to the top 3%, it is easy to see patterns. The good things with patterns is that they can be reproduced. Like Brian Tracy states in many of his books, “Success is predictable.”  Success has different meaning depending on the person, but Continue reading Seven keys to live full and die empty

Two effective techniques to reduce the number of items on your to do list

With the amount of information available to us today, we can easily feel overwhelmed by all the things we consume consciously as much as subconsciously. Most people start their days with a to do list. The average to do list has a dozen items and oftentimes more, for me.  If you are a productivity oriented achiever and also have a to do list with a dozen items or more it will help to reduce the number of things you have on your list. There are two simple techniques to reduce the number of items on your list. I have personally Continue reading Two effective techniques to reduce the number of items on your to do list

Five quotes to inspire you to become a better communicator

Most outstanding leaders are great communicators. A few of the people who come to mind thinking about great leaders are the likes of Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Barack Obama, Mark Twain, Oprah. I scoured the web looking for shorts inspirational quotes to inspire me in becoming a better communicator.  Here are the top five on my list of quotes to inspire you to become a better communicator: It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Mark Twain Lesson: You should be constantly practicing to become a better communicator. The next words that come Continue reading Five quotes to inspire you to become a better communicator