#070: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 2 [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?”

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In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic. So I sat down and interviewed her about this very topic. It was lot of fun. So much so, that we have decided to make this a three-part series.

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#069: Help! I Married An Entrepreneur, Part 1 [Podcast]

My wife, Gail, often travels with me when I speak at various events. Inevitably, she is asked, “How do you live with a entrepreneur?”

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In fact, two literary agents have encouraged her to write a book on this topic. So I sat down and interviewed her about this very topic. It was lot of fun. So much so, that we decided to make this a three-part series.

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#067: How to Have Better Dinner Conversations [Podcast]

A few weeks ago, my wife Gail and I were invited out for an impromptu dinner and movie with friends. Our schedules are often so tight that when we get a chance to do something like this we jump at it. We weren’t disappointed.

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The movie and the dinner were great. But what really stood out was our conversation.

It reminded me that being a good conversationalist is a critical success skill. It matters—not only in our personal lives but also in our professional lives as well.

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11 Situations That Commonly Elicit Resistance

I have been a fan of Steven Pressfield since I first read The War of Art. He wrote about the roadblocks that keep us from fulfilling our creative potential. He referred to these collectively as “The Resistance.”

As a writer and speaker, that resonated with me. Every time I sat down to create, I squared off against this internal, malevolent force. Pressfield gave me a name for it, along with the tools I needed to defeat it.

#066: The Difference Between the Wise and the Foolish (and Why It Matters to You) [Podcast]

I recently had a call from a business acquaintance who wanted to discuss a problem he was facing at work. I asked several questions, but it quickly became obvious that he didn’t really want to solve the problem. He had a quiver full of excuses as to why things couldn’t change.

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It became apparent I was dealing with a classic “fool.” I know that sounds harsh, but it is what it is. I knew immediately that talking about it any more was a waste of time. I had to change strategies.

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How Do You Become an Overnight Success?

Jon Gordon
9/16/2013

Successful people make it look easy. But most people aren’t aware that “overnight successes” are usually years in the making. Jon Gordon explains in this inspiring post.

#064: Two Kinds of Thinkers: Which One Are You? [Podcast]

Over the years, I have noticed that there are two kinds of thinking: Abundance Thinking and Scarcity Thinking. One leads to success, joy and fulfillment, while the other leads to failure, fear and discontent.

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If you look behind the outcomes—in any area of life—you will see specific actions that caused them. But if you look beyond the actions, you will see the thoughts that gave birth to them.

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#063: Watch Your Mouth: How Our Words Impact Others [Podcast]

Whether we realize it or not, our words carry enormous weight. In fact, you and I probably don’t have any tool more powerful—for good and for bad—than our words.

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A verse in the Bible that says,

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29, NASB)

This advice applies far beyond spiritual matters and goes straight to the heart of our leadership and our impact.

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#062: Dealing with High Maintenance Clients [Podcast]

If you have ever been in a service-oriented business, you have, I am sure, dealt with the “high maintenance client.” This is someone who not only has unreasonable expectations of you, but, very often, they are not happy with the work you do no matter how well it is done.

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I have learned that these are clients that you simply cannot afford to have, no matter how great the opportunity appears to be.

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How I Became a More Confident Public Speaker

I was invited to speak at Training Minds Camp in San Diego last week by Chris Jeub, father of sixteen children (seriously). The real story with Chris is his wife, Wendy, who used to be totally afraid of public speaking. Chris brought Wendy to The SCORRE Conference in 2012, and it has transformed her life. She has a powerful platform, and this is a guest post of how SCORRE helped her. You can follow Wendy and her husband, Chris, on their website.

Following Michael Hyatt’s lead, I guess you can say I have a significant platform. I’m mother of sixteen children. There’s “wow” for you. Needless to say, I get asked to speak for all sorts of occasions—women’s groups, conventions, and churches. I have a unique message on “Love in the House” that I enjoy sharing.

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My problem is this: I hate public speaking. I love the message, but the actual public speaking part makes me sick. My knees lock up, I can’t keep my notes organized, my voice shakes and I sound like I’m about to cry—because I am! Not a good combination for an audience who just wants to hear what a mom of sixteen has to say.

#061: How To Coach Your Boss [Podcast]

There seems to be no end to the wealth of material written on coaching employees. However, very little has been written on the subject of coaching your boss.

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While many employees probably dream of this, precious few act on it for fear of being fired. But what if you there was a way to approach this without jeopardizing your job?

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