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What you practice grows stronger.

 

My work with clients inspires me.

Hearing their stories, traveling the journey of clarity and content and confidence with them is a wonderful thing.

Recently I've been working with a client on the West Coast – she herself is a coach. Her studies, books and coaching center around meditation and mindfullness.

Within her content is the phrase “what you practice grows stronger”

These worlds have been tumbling around my head for the past week.

In this national climate where we seem to being quite adept at practicing violence, judgement, blame and division – heck, we've seemed to have damn near perfected these things – I wonder what else we can practice.

Indeed – as I struggled on both a personal and professional level with how I – as a woman, a business owner, an actor, a coach – can respond to and effect change regarding the long-seething truths that we have come face to face to.

And this phrase kept tumbling around – What we practice, grows stronger.

So I strive to practice awareness, kindness, compassion and empathy. I strive to practice civility, openness and optimism.

And The Studio. What do we practice, at The Speaker's Studio. Getting up to 'play' seems like such a small and little thing. I nearly cancelled the Improv : Leadership Lab last month after waking up to news of fresh violence and chaos. How can one 'play' in this environment when the climate is so heavy, so wrought with grief and frustration.

Again, the phrase tumbled, “What you practice grows.”

Perhaps spending a few hours connecting, collaborating and communicating is just the thing. The act of exploring, expanding, laughing and growing is the perfect anecdote to this shook up world.

So that's what we did. The 5 of us. 1 white woman, 2 white men and 2 African American men. We played. We were silly. We practiced saying Yes, And. We practiced accepting ideas and growing them. We practiced making our partners look excellent. We practiced awareness and attention.

Because what you practice grows stronger.

At then end of the 3 hours we had explored and expanded. We had formed connections. We asked and answered questions. We connected the dots to Leadership and to simply being human.

What are your practicing?

 

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Just wait one second! Lessons & Labs for Leaders & Speakers

Tip of the Month

Speaking is NEVER about "just." 

As in, "I'm just giving a team report." Or "I'm just introducing someone."

Qualifying the opportunity to speak with "just" shirks the responsibility you have. It discredits and devalues you, your words and the people to whom you are speaking. Every time you speak is an opportunity to influence, engage and inspire. 

A "just" opportunity is a wasted opportunity. Don't let ego, nerves or disinterest keep you from excelling; you'll just end up as a cautionary tale about missed opportunity.

 

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Improv

Curious about Improv? Spend your lunch break with us. It might just be the most productive thing you can do.

Click here to learn more about Lunch ‘n’ Learn Improv on June 15.

 

Improv : Facilitation 2

3 hours to explore your skills and expand your toolkit.

2 expert facilitators who will guide you through the experience, share their expertise and help you excel!

1 amazing experience to take with you forever!

Click here to learn more about Improv: Facilitation 2 on August 26.

 

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Introducing Shauvon McGill, and Other Nonsense

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Introducing Shauvon McGill, and Other Nonsense

My name is Shauvon McGill and I will be your guide through the land of nonsense. Now, I understand that calling it nonsense probably doesn’t set it (or me, for that matter) up as a terribly respectable or in fact useful subject. However, just bear with me here, because in my professional opinion, the whole concept of nonsense does not get the respect it deserves. “That’s nonsense!” You might say to me. “Yes, exactly,” I reply. Then you will probably walk away because that’s not a great way for me to retain an audience. I promise that over the next weeks, months, and perhaps years if Kate will keep me around that long, I will show you a thing or two that just might - dare I say it - change the world! I’ll also occasionally tell some jokes, so you might at least have a good time...

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3 Leadership Lessons from Star Wars: Episode 7

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3 Leadership Lessons from Star Wars: Episode 7

Star Wars and Modern Leadership

I have seen Star Wars: Episode 7 twice. I cheered. I clapped. I shed a tear or two.

The second viewing I was struck by what a completely different heroine Rey is for young girls today. And that perhaps a few of us 'older girls' could take a few pointers from her.  But in truth - her role offers lessons for ALL leaders.

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This is how it's done

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This is how it's done

Amid the drunkeness and profanity that was The Golden Globes on Sunday night,  Tom Hanks gave a Master Class in classiness. His elegantly written, well prepared and powerfully delivered introduction of Denzel Washington  made everyone else in the room look like spoiled children. 

Click "read more" to see the video.

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Confidence: A Case Study

Janet was terrified. She had been asked to speak at her MBA Commencement. While she often had to give presentations at work in her role as a mid-level marketing manager, this particular opportunity carried much more meaning for her.

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Is Your PowerPoint Necessary?

In a recent Lab 360 an Engineer came in with a PowerPoint Presentation. It was a 15 slide, 10 minute presentation. A perfectly fine presentation. Here’s how an exchange went during the Lab 360:

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