Are You Afraid of Spiders?

When I saw that picture of the spider above, I have to be honest and say that I didn’t feel 100% comfortable.  It’s not like I hid under my desk or ran across the street, but unlike my own picture, it wasn’t one that I would want to stare at for hours!  Sorry about that, I’m listening to Carly ...

Are You Cultivating?

Ok, so I’m going to go against the grain of the message I normally send.  As many of you know, I often pontificate on the importance of living your life in the moment and taking risks that will make you feel alive.  As much as I believe in that doctrine, I have decided to swing to the other end ...

Are You A Good Listener?

Ok, so I’m going to tell you something you might not want to hear.  It may hurt your feelings and there’s a good chance that your natural instinct will be to disagree with me.  Before you run to unsubscribe from my newsletter, I ask that you give me a chance.  Here we go…. You might be a bad ...

Do You Get Jealous?

As embarrassed as I am to admit this, I get jealous.  I’m not proud of it, but it happens from time to time.  One of the great things about being a keynote speaker is that I get to meet a lot of people.  However, meeting a lot of people often exposes me to many stories of great things people ...

Can fake bring you happiness?

When I'm on the road speaking at conferences or doing keynotes, I am sometimes approached by people who spit out all of their accomplishments the second they start talking to me.  It's not like there is something that comes up in the conversation that sparks the comment.  Instead it's a long ...

A Story of Courage

As a keynote and conference speaker there are different periods within the year where I am "forced" into vacation.  As I'm sure you can guess most companies don't hire speakers when a majority of their employees are not around.  For me that happens to be the Christmas holiday period and during ...

Do you fall for the hype?

I was talking to someone yesterday after they had dinner at a popular restaurant in Toronto.  I asked her how the food was.  She told me it was only okay.  I laughed and told her that I have had the exact same conversation with so many people about so many restaurants.  It happens all the ...

Can you be like Nelson?

A great man died this week.  Every day, great men and woman die.  Is Nelson Mandela greater than the others that you never hear about?  I suspect that if you could ask him that question he would be the first to tell you that he isn't greater than those other people.  However, I think he would ...

You'll eventually die! Grow up!

Last night I was presenting a keynote speech at the HRPA event in Hamilton. The audience was an amazing group of people and I really enjoyed myself. On the way back to Toronto I decided that I would treat myself to a long deserved night on the couch and a movie. I've been touring across Canada ...