Uncrapify Your Life This Year!

Happy New Years Eve!  I hope you’re planning something fun, relaxing, exciting, or maybe all of them to ring in the new year.  This also may be the day you sit down and think about how you’re going to better yourself for next year; however, New Year’s resolutions are always the same – lose weight,…

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Can a Keynote be Funny AND Useful?

If you’ve seen Jeff speak before, then you know that his rapid-fire combination of high caliber education and world class entertainment is wonderfully effective. But maybe you’re not the only decision maker, and everyone else on the committee is going to need some convincing. Unfortunately, experience has taught a lot of people to think that…

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4 Things to Cure the Fear of Public Speaking

I know that you probably don’t consider yourself to be in the profession of public speaking in the strictest sense. That’s because you, like most people, are smart enough that you’ve managed to accumulate skills you can’t pick up as an infant. I, on the other hand, learned how to talk and apparently decided that…

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How NOT to Go On Vacation!

Since the holidays are coming up and all of us are planning to take a few days off to spend time with our friends and family, I feel this is a good opportunity to remind my readers that we Americans are pathetic at taking vacation. A recent CNN article found that Americans are in fact…

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Turn $40 into $10,000,000

As a professional development speaker I feel I sometimes get caught up in offering solutions to improve your professional life, but I don’t offer practical applications to allow for growth in other areas, like wealth. So when I heard about this story from Warren Buffet, I thought, “Heres’ my chance!!”

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3 Effective Ways to Recover from an Argument

The holiday season is here, and that means you’re going to fight with your relatives. Not intentionally, of course, but some of them are really annoying, and it will eventually be impossible to ignore their annoyingness forever. We all get into arguments with others. It usually happens because other people are just being stubborn by refusing…

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Change is Coming… Except for Nintendo

Change management is a topic I discuss quite often in my keynotes so when I saw an article about Nintendo and their stance on mobile gaming, I thought this was a good opportunity to share my point of view. Enjoy!

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Do You Think ‘No’ Means ‘Try Harder’? Then Read This

Hi all.  That this article needs to be written makes me sad, but it’s the truth.  I was in Wichita, Kansas recently, which you might be surprised to learn is the airplane manufacturing capital of the world.  The Wichita airport would fit rather cozily into most suburban backyards, but Cessna, Lear, Airbus, and Boeing all…

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Costco Wants You To Spend Time With Your Family!!!?

Costco has really gone out on a limb with their plan to close on Thanksgiving day to allow their employees to spend time with their families. I’m not sure if they’re crazy or not, but I’ll give you my opinion in this short video!

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A Brief Case-Study in Laziness

  Hey guys.  You know how you sometimes are assigned a 5-page paper for a class, and instead of actually writing five pages you write three pages and then play with the font size, spacing, margins, and whatever else you can think of until you have a sentence and a half on that critical fifth…

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Laying the Smack Down! Speaking in Absolutes

Jeff Havens describes, in his backwards way, how to avoid absolute statements during your conflicts. The overwhelming majority of conflicts are the result of mutual miscommunication. When it comes to conflict resolution, very rarely is one side completely right and the other completely wrong.

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Choose Your Words Wisely

When choosing your words for any marketing campaign, it’s a good idea to consider that things can be taken the wrong way – like they did when I came across a news story mentioning that Panera Bread would be only using ‘clean ingredients’ from now on.