The Elements of Story (6/11/2018) I never thought I’d learn about business while sailing alone on a small boat at sea, but here’s the story: When I was a young man still in college, I found myself—quite through happenstance—in the company of an odd band… READ ON
“Pit of Despair” Stories (11/22/2022) I watched Jannie Kruse give a short talk on “labels.” She talked about the categories we put ourselves in—how we label ourselves based on our upbringing, and about her stern and abusive grandfather. To make her point, she stuck a… READ ON
Real Estate and Storytelling (11/8/2022) Maria, a realtor attended one of my storytelling workshops at the suggestion of a mutual friend. “What does storytelling have to do with real estate?” she asked before the session started. Tell me about a property you’re excited about,” I… READ ON
Lost and Found Loserslost-found-header (10/25/2022) Lost and found items create logistical challenges, but stories are always about people. The story of how (or whether) a person is reunited with a lost item they need or value determines the success of important business relationships. Create a… READ ON
Avoid the Data-Dump Doldrums (10/11/2022) Data-dump presentations are guaranteed attention-killers. Information is important, but storytellers make that information meaningful. Add PowerPoint slides full of tables and tiny type to create a particularly excruciating audience experience. The following statements are true. The description is accurate. But… READ ON
You Can Keep Your Business Cardsbusiness cards header (9/27/2022) I was talking with a friend at a business networking event when a man came plowing through the crowd doling out business cards as if he were handing out candy on Halloween. After the most cursory of introductions, he put… READ ON
Rewrite the Bogus Story of Happiness (9/13/2022) What’s the number one cause of unhappiness?   Love?   Money?   Hunger?   Insurance companies?   The number one cause of unhappiness is the pursuit of happiness!   You can never be happy.   Think about your last new… READ ON
Put a Price on Your Passion (8/30/2022) How do you put a price on your passion? How can you charge a fair-but-high price for your services?   You’ve got a fantastic prospect on the line. The conversation is engaging. The relationship develops instantly. Your hopefully-soon-to-be client is… READ ON
Inspire Prospects to ASK You to Sell! (8/16/2022) Inspire prospects to ask you to sell to them. Many years ago I was out sailing on Biscayne Bay with an old sailor friend. The conversation drifted from how to adjust the sails to light talk about our personal lives,… READ ON
Sound Advice for Writers & Publishers (7/26/2022) The following advice on writing and publishing is based on my own experiences and those of my clients. I hope you find it valuable and encouraging, even if it changes your expectations. I’ve written and published twelve books, and I’m… READ ON
Hobbyist or Professional? Be the Best in the World. (7/12/2022) Hobbyist or professional? True professionals dedicate their lives to being the best in the world at whatever they do—not some day, but today—every day. Not try, do. I have played guitar almost every day for almost forty years. I play… READ ON