Are You Overworked and Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Cope

When I first got the email from Scott Eblin, a friend and sometime client, about his new book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, I was happy for him and secretly hoping that he wouldn’t ask me to do anything hard for him, like actually read the book. You see, I’m way too overworked and overwhelmed to need another book to read. They already pile up to dangerously high levels on, beside,… Read More

Useful Books for Speakers

Once again the pile of books that people have sent me has grown dangerously high, so here are a half-dozen quick takes to reduce the size of the pile and let you in on some interesting new reads. 1. The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change, Jannifer Aaker, Andy Smith and Carlye Adler I hate acronyms. They’re supposed to help you remember some… Read More

Seven Books for Public Speakers

The pile of books by my desk has become a block to the fire escape, so it’s time to read and review some of them for the insights that they offer public speakers and communicators in general.  Following are quick takes on seven that you may find helpful. 1.Absolute Value:  What really influences customers in the age of (nearly) perfect information, Itamar Simonson and Emanuel Rosen The authors of Absolute Value want… Read More

Are You a Freak? Then Chris Brogan Has Words for You.

When I first met Chris Brogan it was as a stage presence; he was holding forth with his co-author Julien Smith of Trust Agents at SXSW about the new world of the Internet.  The crowd was SRO and the mood was friendly: there were clearly a lot of Brogan and Smith fans in the audience.  I noticed that Chris had a warm, easy way of engaging with the audience, and that he… Read More

How To Reinvent Yourself – Or Detroit

I’ve become a story in a book.  In fact, it’s a story about stories.  I have Josh Linkner to thank for that.  I started working with him about five years ago, and while I’ve gotten a little older, he’s become a) the CEO of a venture capital firm, Detroit Venture Partners, b) a wildly successful public speaker, c) the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming the first and The… Read More