Never Underestimate the Impact of your Presence

Earlier this year, as I was running errands, I was reminded of the power of our presence – even when we don’t speak.  As I walked through the parking lot toward the Target store, I noticed two men in the middle of the parking lot row.  Their cars were both partially backed up.  It was […]

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The Path to Charisma

Have you ever seen a speaker and felt as if she was speaking directly to you the entire time? Great leaders make us feel this way.  So how do they do it?  Is this something that people or born with?  Or can we all learn to do this?  The answers are yes and yes.  We […]

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The Other Half of Leadership

In the wake of the 2012 election in the United States, the nation and the world watched as President Obama gave his acceptance speech. He’s good. He’s an effective speaker. When he finished speaking, I googled “top public speakers throughout history.” Barack Obama makes the cut. Some of the other names that appeared frequently were […]

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Shattered Forward

Just as I’m feeling shattered, at times unable to move forward on the very things I (used to) care deeply about, the Jivamukti Yoga theme for the month arrives in my inbox. “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. “ Huh. Timing. Thank goodness. Thank you Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David […]

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Beyond Amy Cuddy and “Fake it ’til you make it.”

Every few months I catch another post about the Amy Cuddy Ted Talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc For me, Amy Cuddy is so close, and yet because of our tendency as a society to think in binaries, she falls short of the essence of where she’s attempting to take people with her talk and her research. She (and […]

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Real World Relationship Engagement ABC Example

Watch this video for a real world example of someone intuitively walking the Vocal Presence Path using the Relationship Engagement ABC’s. Let me be clear, I’ve never met Amanda Blake.  She’s never “studied” the Vocal Presence Path.  I came across this video online, noticed the alignment with the Path and instantly wanted to share it […]

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The Cost of Relationship Engagement C – Control

Let’s take a real-world look at the potential cost of Relationship Engagement C – Control. In 2004, front running US Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean arguably lost the race because he engaged from Relationship Engagement C in a moment that mattered to him. His passion, combined with the physical habits of the Control energy and […]

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