I am looking forward to speaking at this conference, along with Francis Chan, Bob Goff, and John Lynch. The theme for this year is “Unlimiting God.”

Date: April 26, 2013
Time: TBD
Event: 2013 CEO Summit
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: Convene CEO Summit
Venue: The Westin Stonebriar
Location: 1549 Legacy Drive
Frisco, TX 75034
United States
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

5 Ways to Foster Great Communication with Your Team

This is a guest post by Chris LoCurto. He is a Vice President at Dave Ramsey’s, host of the EntreLeadership Podcast, and highly sought after business and leadership speaker. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

There is no doubt about it: Great companies foster high levels of communication. When team members understand what is expected of them and what’s going on in the company, you win.

Group of Business People in a Power Meeting

Keep the communication from happening and you will find that fear soon sets in, which is quickly followed by gossip.

The 7 Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal

Though I typically write several thousand words a week, I have never been a consistent journaler. I’ve tried. I have friends who swear by it. It’s just never worked for me.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/neomistyle

Until recently.

My wife Gail and I have been on an extended vacation for the past two weeks. We have been tucked away in the mountains of East Tennessee on the edge of a beautiful lake.

This short video pretty much sums up what not to do when you make a presentation. Unfortunately, about 90 percent of the presentations I have witnessed in corporate America make these exact mistakes.

This video stars my friends, Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton. It was created as a promo video for Tim Elmore’s visual book on communications.

It might be worth watching this with your team and asking how you can avoid these mistakes and make your presentations more compelling.

What Are You Doing to Protect Your Marriage?

The lead story in the news a little more than a year ago was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity. Apparently, he has fathered at least one child out-of-wedlock. There are likely more.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/dsteller

To be honest, this whole thing made me angry, especially when I consider the impact this had on his wife and children. He is also one more negative example for our own children and grandchildren.

10 Proven Practices for More Productive Leadership

This is a guest post by J.D. Meier. He is the author of Getting Results the Agile Way and blogs on personal effectiveness and leadership at Sources of Insight. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

Leadership is a verb, and productive leadership is an art. The art part is when you use your experience and judgment to apply proven practices to the situation you are in to produce effective results.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Hiob

While you can always wing it, or luck into success, you can use patterns and practices to find the shortcuts and make your success more repeatable.

Advice to First-Time Authors

As the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson, I receive a lot of email from would-be authors who are trying to get published. Because I make my email address public, it’s pretty easy to get to me.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/dougallg

However, by the time I hear from people, they are usually frustrated. They can’t get anyone in the book publishing world to respond, and they are convinced that they have a killer-idea. “If only someone would just read my manuscript,” they plead.

How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency

Please note: The way I organize Evernote today is completely different than what I wrote here. You can find my updated methodology here.

I have been using Evernote for months. However, I have not really taken time to explore the depth of this incredible program until just recently. I have mainly just used it for a place to store meeting notes and an occasional web clipping.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/STEVECOLEccs

However, thanks to Brett Kelly’s very helpful e-book, Evernote Essentials, the Evernote user forum, and a little experimentation, I have begun to see the incredible power of this digital repository. So much so, then I am committed to going paperless in my new office setup.

5 Rules for More Effective Presentations

Presentation software can be a wonderful tool if used correctly. It can also be a dangerous distraction that interferes with communication rather than facilitating it. The line between the two is thin.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/mbbirdy

Over the course of my career, I have sat through hundreds of presentations. Most of them were done with PowerPoint. Most of them are done poorly.

How a Shift in Your Vocabulary Can Instantly Change Your Attitude

This past year I have noticed how my vocabulary impacts my attitude. Words have power. They impact others, of course, but they can also have an impact on us.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gawrav

For example, several weeks ago, I was headed out of town to a speaking engagement. A friend called and asked me where I was going. I said, “Oh, I’m headed to San Jose. I have to speak at a convention.” I said it with a little resignation in my voice.