Tips for Success

Wait For It: A Lesson in Success From “The Carrot Seed”

Yesterday I read my daughter the oldest book on her bookshelf, Ruth Krauss’ The Carrot Seed. This 99-word story brilliantly tells the tale of a little boy who plants a carrot seed and continues to care for it, even though everyone in his family tells...

Do Motivatonal Speakers Make People Happier?

Recently someone emailed me the following question: “Do you think motivational speakers help people find happiness?” It’s an interesting question. My answer is no. I don’t believe most motivational speakers help people live more happily. And usually that’s not why organizations bring in motivational speakers. They’re not concerned...

The Fear of Transition

The morning of my wedding I wept like a child. I remember waking up alone in my apartment, walking into my bathroom and staring at my tearful, red eyes in the mirror. It wasn’t the jitters. I knew Rachel was the one. I had no...

It’s Not About Earning; It’s About Learning

This time of year college students swarm back to campus. As a motivational college speaker, this is a busy time for me as I get invited to present back-to-school programs and new student welcomes. For the third time I’ll be presenting to 6000 incoming freshmen...

Activity Wrap-Up: How to do the Debrief

Extracting lessons from an activity requires more than the question “What did you learn?” Prior to the discussion, your group may have learned nothing. That’s what the debriefing is for. There are many techniques for facilitating discussion, but most of them generally follow the same...

You Can’t Teach ‘Em Until You Can Reach ‘Em

Every industry the in the world must adapt its products and services to the ever-changing needs of its customers. This is no less true in education. Students have changed. With increased exposure to television, music videos, advertising and the Internet, young people have developed shorter...

Using Activities to Teach

We learn best by doing. When students are actively involved, they wake up, rise up and speak up. That’s when the learning takes place. Educators, advisors and sponsors don’t always have the time for extended experiential activities. However, if facilitated properly, even with quick events...

Using Stories to Teach

For thousands of years stories have been used to educate, entertain and inspire. The books of most major religions are filled with tales that have guided the generations. Movies have influenced fashion, pop culture -even politics. (e.g., Calls for the declassification of Kennedy documents after...

Time Management: Setting Up Your Schedule For Success

Would you describe yourself as extremely busy? Do you often feel tired and stressed out? Sometimes our ambition is our worst enemy. Many of us with big goals try to do way too much. We spread ourselves a mile wide and an inch deep. We...

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