Have You Ever Touched An Electric Fence?

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On May 18-19 2017, I attended the spectacular spring conference of District 95 of Toastmasters International in Berlin. We were more than 450 public speaking junkies from more than 17 countries. What a laugh! What learning! What goosebumps! Once again I felt the reason why I love this organization so much. One of the . . . → Read More: Have You Ever Touched An Electric Fence?

Where There Is No Hook You Cannot Hang A Jacket

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Once I asked my mom, Mom, what is your biggest lesson learned in 42 years of primary school teaching? My mom, back then 80 years old, looked at me, paused and took a severe sip of Bavarian beer. She targeted my eyes like a praying mantis targets her prey. Then she threw her eight-decade-wisdom . . . → Read More: Where There Is No Hook You Cannot Hang A Jacket

When The Audience Starts To Mentally Vomit

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What is the second slide in a PowerPoint presentation after the deadly boring title slide? Sometimes it’s the deadly boring agenda; sometimes, and that is even worse, it’s the “About me” slide. When the audience sees the “About me” slide they start to mentally vomit.

Having said that, the “About me” slide is supposed . . . → Read More: When The Audience Starts To Mentally Vomit

Seven Reasons Why You Should Never Work With Me

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It’s always the same. It happens every single time. In every single first meeting with any single new potential client, here we go… THE question: “So… [followed by a long and tension building pause, which is built in on purpose – that’s why they call it a dramatic pause!] … Why should we work with . . . → Read More: Seven Reasons Why You Should Never Work With Me

Four Empowering Public Speaking Lessons

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For the seventh year in a row, I had the great honor and pleasure to work side by side with Conor Neill, my fabulous friend and terrific teacher at IESE Business School. Add personal growth pros like Tony Anagor, Tobias Rodrigues and John Zimmer and you end up suffering from inspirational stress!

We all . . . → Read More: Four Empowering Public Speaking Lessons