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How to design training for thousands of volunteers

How to design training for thousands of volunteers

The "Selfie" Ritual during the training session for the volunteers to Host Super Bowl 50. You get called in to play in the big leagues...what do you do? You take the ball and run for a touchdown. Here was our* approach to designing the training for the thousands of volunteers for Super Bowl 50.  Our first job was to redefine their role from [...]

If You Want to be a Leader, Follow This One Rule!

If You Want to be a Leader, Follow This One Rule!

A Class on Power At the Stanford Graduate School of Business, students cram into a small classroom to learn about power. The class is called “Acting with Power,” and it’s taught by professor Deb Gruendfeld and a team of experts with a background in both professional theater and executive training. I am fortunate to be one of those [...]

Travel Tips: Don’t leave home unless you ….

Travel Tips: Don’t leave home unless you ….

Do you travel?  What tips do you use to keep the fight-or-flight to a minimum? Here are my top 2 tips for the plane: Men, remove the wallet from your back hip pocket.  Sitting on that lump of cards and currency can cause hip displacement.  Pick up a small squeeze bottle of saline solution.  The air on the plane is horribly dry and the [...]

What to say when you are late to a meeting

What to say when you are late to a meeting

You're late, you're rushing and it seems that people and things are not cooperating with your schedule.  Why won't they get our of your way?! Finally you arrive at the meeting, slightly out of breath.  You burst into the room, everyone looks up and you begin a familiar pattern:  Apology followed by details about why you were late [...]

7 Business Fashion Rules: Jeans at an off-site

7 Business Fashion Rules:  Jeans at an off-site

Somethings about business never change....like the neck tie. Men still wear neck ties as a symbol of seriousness about the business. Heck, some men even fret about their neck tie knot cleavage!  (You do know about knot cleavage don't you?  The little wrinkle under the knot of the tie.) But blue jeans have definitely come into the [...]

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

I got a call on Friday to appear in Las Vegas on Wednesday at a CFO conference as The God Father. What are the questions going through your mind right now? Here are the questions I had: How can the 'fair haired' guy next door look like Marlon Brando? And Why do they want Marlon Brando at a CFO conference? Drop me a note...and I"ll [...]

Want to Engage the Audience? It takes character.

Want to Engage the Audience? It takes character.

When business needs to make a presentation they turn to an in-house subject matter expert and PowerPoint . This is the norm....the status quo . If you want to engage the audience sometimes a little drama is what you need. In this case a large silicon valley company wanted to demonstrate how their technology worked...so they brought me in [...]