Speed matters

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Speaking speed matters. The brains of your audience members only work so fast. You need to give them time to take in what you’re saying. What’s the speed to shoot…

No notes no more!

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Have you ever sat through a presentation where the presenter read the PowerPoint slides word for word? I mean…they read EVERYTHING and added NOTHING else. If so, do you remember…

I’m nervous about giving a speech. What should I do?

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You have a speech to give, and you’re nervous. So nervous that you’re thinking of every excuse in the book to get out of it. What can you do to…

Why entrepreneurs should embrace public speaking + FREE Course

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If you’re an entrepreneur, I’m sure you value the ability to speak well in front of people.  If you’re an entrepreneur who is seeking investor funding, effective public speaking becomes…

Be done with bank fees!

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This post has nothing to do with anything I’ve written before. A fellow member of the Freelance to Freedom Project Community Facebook group asked a question about monthly expenses. She…

3 reasons employees should improve as public speakers

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When I worked as an engineer, I knew that public speaking was an important skill to have. I didn’t work on it, though. I wasn’t at work to be a…

3 Tips to Make People Understand

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For several years, I worked in the medical devices industry as a product development engineer. I often had to make presentations to my coworkers about what I was working on….

Low attendance for your speech? No problem!

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I recently gave a presentation at the regional gathering of the Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa (GLAAM). I’ve never attended a “gathering” before.  I guess GLAAM’s too cool to call…

3 must-do tips to improve your conference presentation

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Do you have to make presentations at conferences? Back when I was an engineer, I’d sometimes have to go to conferences to present my work. After doing several of these…

The Top 10 List for Pitching to Investors

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A few months ago, I attended a panel discussion involving pitching to investors. I had the pleasure of hearing from four panelists: Jeff Friedman (Tech Coast Angels), Larry Fromm (Achates…

Pitching & public speaking

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A few months ago, I was at a San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange event about pitching to potential investors. The event revolved around a panel discussion. One of the panelists, Diane…

I Have Responsibilities…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. It took me a long time to build up the courage to reject corporate life and…

Keep it simple!

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Have you ever read something that speaks directly to you? I read such a thing a few days ago. The title of the blog post was, “The Simple Secret to…

One visit. That’s it!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I often read job search articles online. Not because I’m looking for a job, but because…

A sales job done poorly

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Since I started working for myself, I’ve attended seminars and workshops on…just about everything! Email marketing,…

Are quarterly emails for you?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I recently had consultant Amy Rasdal of Rasdal Associates and Billable at the Beach on my…

Want to be an entrepreneur? Ask these 3 questions

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I recently had Gregg Ward of the Gregg Ward Group on my podcast. I asked him…

When the time is right…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. “The company offers great health insurance benefits and a 401(k) match.” “I was planning on taking…

I love it!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. If you’ve read my previous posts, you may get the impression that I want everyone to…

I can’t do any better…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. “I can’t do any better.” “I can’t do any better.” “I can’t do any better.” If…

What do you want from life?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I’m going to start every blog post with the preceding sentence. You know why? Because it…

I’m scared…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. From last week, I offered an excuse we often give ourselves when we won’t leave a…

I don’t have skills…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Last week, I was scared. This week, I don’t have skills. That’s right. I don’t have…

I’m unmotivated…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Do you have things to do around the house that you just put off? Cut the…

SO says NO…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Imagine this scenario. You don’t like your job. You show up day after day hoping things…

My title and employer, though…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Person 1: “What do you do?” Person 2: “I’m a Senior Director of Product Management at…

The grass isn’t always greener…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Have you ever heard the expression, “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side?” When…

No one’s hiring…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. You’re sitting at the desk in your office. You’re bored out of your mind. You finished…

I tried but…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Last week, I wrote a post about staying at a job because no one’s hiring so…

But I get paid every 2 weeks…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. You may hate your job, but on the 1st and 15th, you hate it a little…

I hate interviewing…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Your hands are clammy. Your throat is dry. Your mind is racing. You’re seated in the…

How it all started…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I gave a speech yesterday at the San Diego County Fair. I talked about my life…

Networking be like…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Now that I work for myself, I go to a lot of networking events. I’m naturally…

Going it alone can be…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. For years, I worked in corporate America. It never occurred to me to go off on…

We need a meeting…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Have you ever been sitting in a meeting and wondered to yourself, “Why am I sitting…

Why you should blog…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. A couple of weeks ago, a piece I wrote for the San Diego Business Journal was…

Interviewing is like…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I hate interviewing. Interviewing probably ranks in my top five of least favorite activities. I know…

Why should we hire you?

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I gave a speech on Thursday about my journey from corporate employee to independent worker. In…

Brainstorm meetings be like…

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I was on LinkedIn recently, and I read a very funny post about meetings. It goes…

Fear forward!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Today, I want to write about death…well, not exactly. I recently attended a meeting of aspiring…

Down with performance reviews!

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. How many of you enjoy performance reviews? Me neither. When I worked in corporate America, I…

Why I tout telecommuting

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. I worked in a cubicle for most of my time in corporate America. Those three walls…

The virtues of volunteering

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. Do you think that there’s a correlation between employee engagement and volunteerism? I don’t have any…

3 issues that new entrepreneurs face

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I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who likes to think about stuff. What are the main issues that newly minted entrepreneurs encounter? I have a podcast, Neil Thompson…