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...

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...

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...

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...