In my thirty-plus year career in publishing, I have had the privilege of working with a number of amazing authors. One of those is my friend, Max Lucado.
In twenty-five years of writing, Max has sold more than 80 million books. His new book, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, was published by Thomas Nelson last month.
My backside aches this morning. Forty miles of riding a bike with a well worn seat will do that to you. But this pain is nothing compared to what almost happened yesterday.
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As Kellie and I ventured through the countryside on our twenty-one speeds, we experienced a pain that many people experience in their own personal lives and don’t even know it. Here’s what happened and how it relates to you.
Whether you are a professional speaker or someone who only makes the occasional presentation, you could be more effective with better slides. In this podcast, I share my seven rules for better presentations.
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I have sat through hundreds of slide presentations, maybe thousands. Some of them were stunning; most of them mind-numbing. I will also share with you from my experience as a professional speaker, who doesn’t have it all figured out but who is committed to never-ending improvement.
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Recently, a woman approached me after I finished a keynote presentation. In the speech, I had mentioned the importance of living with intention.
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She got stuck on that thought and realized she had not been intentional, particularly as it related to her career.
“Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” I can remember when and where I heard that phrase for the first time. It was at a Campus Crusade meeting on a Thursday night in Hardin Hall on the campus of Clemson University.
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I’m not sure why those words are burned into my mind, but this quote took my leadership to the next level. Soon after, I started soaking up anything I could find on the topic of leadership.
I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
As leaders, we have an impact on others—whether we realize it or not. This is one of the five marks of authentic leadership.
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But that impact is a double-edged sword. It cuts both ways. It is either positive or negative. It is rarely neutral.
In this backstage interview at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2012, I asked Andy Stanley about making better choices in the context of uncertainty. I asked him about how he personally does this and what he has learned over the years. We also discussed his new book, Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend.
This would be another great interview to watch with your team, take notes, and then discuss.
Fiascos are inescapable. A change of circumstance. A wild goose chase. An obstacle that thwarts what you had envisioned.
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- Flights get delayed.
- Guest speakers cancel.
- Donors drop support.
- The flu comes around.
- Equipment breaks down.
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In this backstage interview at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2012, I asked Patrick M. Lencioni about corporate culture and how leaders can use it to drive performance. His new book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business, is focused on this topic.
This would be a great interview to watch with your team, take notes, and then discuss. There are few things more important than intentionally creating your organization’s culture.