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5 WAYS TO STOP ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FROM TAKING YOUR JOB

Robots are taking over the world. In 2017, PwC shared that within the next 15 years, 38% of American jobs will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence or Robotics. 61% of the jobs performed by humans in the financial services sector will be gone.  Kai-Fu Lee , head of Beijing’s Sinovation Ventures and former head of Google China…

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Dont Call Me a Comedian

What’s the difference between a comedian and a humorist? Most humorists, especially those who began their careers as comedians, would say that the difference is context…(and money). Comedians primarily perform in comedy clubs while humorists are often writers and speak and perform at conventions, association meetings, and corporate events. A popular quip among my buddies…

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I'LL HAVE THE LOBSTER… WITH A SIDE OF COMMUNICATION

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SELLING THE EXPERIENCE I was coming to the end of a long Honey-do list which had me standing in the liquor store staring at bottles of Skinny Girl Vodka. My wife is a teacher so during the school year we rarely drink alcohol but since it was summer, we’ve resurrected the age old tradition of…

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LAZY LEADERSHIP

  It’s finally over. After three years of planning, organizing, creating and agonizing as the convention chair of the 2012 National Speakers Association convention in Indianapolis this summer, I’m officially old news. My synapses are once again beginning to fire steady, my world is coming back into focus, and now I reflect. The convention was…

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Social Media Is For The Dogs!

I finally get social media.  No, I didn’t just acquire 500 linkedin connections, or get my twitter account up and running. Like 3/4ths of the human population, I have been a user of social media for years. It is only now that I finally get it. Like most facebook users over thirty, I segment my…

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HOW TO WRITE AND DELIVER A FREAKING AMAZING SPEECH IN 30 MINUTES SERIES

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HOW TO WRITE AND DELIVER A FREAKING AMAZING SPEECH IN 30 MINUTES SERIES

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SPEECH SERIES PART 5

HOW TO WRITE AND DELIVER A FREAKING AMAZING SPEECH IN 30 MINUTES OR LESSCHAPTER 5. To Script Or Not To Script  I have had more than one person tell me that they don’t like to prepare a speech, they’d rather just wing it. When I hear that I immediately think that they are  over-confident ,…

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CAN YOU EAT YOUR OWN CRAWFISH?… Leadership with a kick

As a student at the University of Southern Mississippi, I began a love affair that has endured throughout the better part of two decades. No, the affair of which I speak was not with one of the beautiful southern belles that make up 60 percent of the student body, but rather with a dirty, disgusting…

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