Public Speaking Category Archive


Thursday, December 4th, 2008

In personal development terms, calibration is the process of progressively refining your thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors until you shift your equilibrium to the point where you can consistently achieve the results you desire. Just as you might calibrate a scientific instrument to provide consistently accurate measurements, you can calibrate your skills to generate consistently good […]

Share Your Shame

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

What personal stories have you locked away in the secret vault of your mind, vowing never to share them publicly? What would shame you terribly if it were ever posted on the Internet and connected with your real name for anyone to see? What events or habits from your past or present would you feel […]

Free Audio Interviews

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

I’ve been doing a lot of radio and podcast interviews in conjunction with my book’s release. Many of these interviews have been recorded and are available online, so I’m happy to share those with you if you care to listen to some interesting audio content for free. While many of these interviews discuss my book […]

Speaking in Tampa on October 5th

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

On Sunday, October 5th, I’ll be speaking in Tampa, Florida at Hay House’s I Can Do It! conference. This will be the same presentation I did in June at their Las Vegas conference, with improvements based on audience feedback. ICDI is a very popular self-help conference with thousands of attendees. I’ve been attending ICDI Vegas […]

Lessons From Ron Lewison (1938-2008)

Monday, August 18th, 2008

On Thursday a good friend and fellow Toastmaster named Ron Lewison was in a serious car accident. He was rushed to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe, including a broken pelvis and a punctured lung. Shortly after his family arrived, he passed away. He was 69 years old and is survived by his […]

I Can Do It! Conference Review

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Erin and I had a wonderful time at the Las Vegas I Can Do It! conference this past weekend. Although the conference was only 20 minutes from our home, we stayed at the Venetian Hotel. This is the 4th ICDI conference I’ve attended. In 2004 I went as a regular attendee. In 2006 and 2007, […]

Speaking in Las Vegas on June 29

Monday, April 7th, 2008

I announced this upcoming speaking engagement in my March newsletter, but I want to mention it here too in case any non-subscribers are interested. Hay House is the publisher of my upcoming book, Personal Development for Smart People, and they’ve invited me to speak at their I Can Do It! Conference at the Sands Expo in Las […]

Personal Branding

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Personal branding is basically the way you market yourself to the world. Your personal brand is what other people think of you. In some ways it’s outside your control, but you obviously have some influence over it. Personal branding is unavoidable. As others interact with you, they’ll automatically form mental associations that connect you with certain labels, often within […]

Blogging for Money

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Starting a blog is very easy these days. You can start your own blog in a matter of minutes if you want. Many web hosts will even install a blog for you or provide an easy installation process. And of course you can always use a hosted service like or Blogger to get started. […]

Humor Speech

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Recently I competed in Toastmasters International’s annual humor speech contest.  I wrote and delivered a speech titled “39-1/2 Winks,” which was based on my polyphasic sleep experiment. The Toastmasters humor speech contest has 4 levels:  club, area, division, and district.  I won at the club level but lost the area contest.  Technically I came in last place because I was disqualified for running […]