#047: The Lost Art of Note-Taking [Podcast]

I don’t recall anyone ever teaching me how to take notes. I didn’t learn it in school—not even college. Nor did I learn it on the job. It was something I had to pick up on my own.

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Maybe this is why so few people bother to take notes during meetings or presentations. No one has ever told them why it is important or how to do it. In this episode, I do both.

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The key to casting a compelling vision is to help people see what you see, by being concrete. This video by Corning envisions a future where technology is built on glass. Don’t believe that’s possible? This short video just might change your mind.

Question: What can you apply from this video for making your vision more concrete—and compelling? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

A 4-Step Process for Making Better Decisions

Human beings are notoriously bad at making decisions. We seem to struggle with this in both our personal and professional lives.

Decisive by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

For example:

  • Forty-one percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • Forty-four percent of lawyers would not recommend a career in law to young people.
  • Eighty-three percent of corporate mergers and acquisitions fail to create any value for shareholders.

A Tale of Two Coaches: What Kind Are You?

There’s more to coaching than sharing your expertise. The way you communicate that expertise is as important as the knowledge itself.

How Your Leadership Is Impacted by the Way You Coach

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Years ago I went golfing with my friend and colleague, Dr. Victor Oliver. I had played quite a bit as a teenager, but had set aside my clubs when I became an adult. At the age of forty-three I decided to take it up again.

While Steve Jobs was known for delivering inspiring and memorable keynote presentations, most slide presentations are boring. The ten tips in this presentation will help you craft slideshows that will move mountains, or at the very least, get your point across in an effective and memorable way. (via HubSpot)

#046: How To Get More Twitter Followers–Legitimately [Podcast]

I joined Twitter on April 6, 2008 at the urging of my friend, Randy. I quickly came to discover that Twitter is one of the most powerful communication tools ever invented.

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But the power of Twitter is greatly impacted by the extent of your reach, and that means the number of followers you have. In this episode, I talk about how to get more followers–without gaming the system.

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Ideas on How to Deliver Extraordinary Results

Nine years ago, Mark Sanborn published Fred, a book about a postman and the extraordinary service he provided. The book was wildly successful, landing on all the bestseller lists and inspiring millions around the world, including companies, schools, and entire cities.

Fred 2.0 by Mark Sanborn

Now Mark has published an all-new book on the same topic. It is called Fred 2.0. New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results. I had the opportunity to read the pre-publication edition and endorse it. I wanted to share my thoughts about the book with you.

The biola.digital conference is designed to empower individuals with the vision, knowledge, and relationships necessary to be thoughtful stewards of digital technologies for ministry.

Date: June 4, 2013
Time: 07:00 p.m.
Event: The biola.digital Conference
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Biola University
Venue: Biola University
Location: 13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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7 Reasons I Picked Feedly to Replace Google Reader

On Wednesday, Google surprised denizens of the Internet with the news that they would be discontinuing Google Reader. This was a sad day for people like me who consume most of their blog content with this simple, easy-to-use RSS aggregator.

Reasons I Picked Feedly to Replace Google Reader

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Almost immediately, I was flooded with messages from people wondering what I was going to do. You would have thought the North Koreans had just launched a missile against California!

I am looking forward to doing a half-day seminar for the alumni members of the Christian Coach Institute.

Date: October 26, 2013
Time: 08:30-12:30 p.m.
Event: Inspired Coaches Impacting the World
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Christian Coach Institute
Venue: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
Location: 91 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
United States
Public: Private
More Info: Click here for more information.