Category Archives: Stories

Reviews and reflections from guest speaking recently

on September 1, 2017 in Education, Exercises, Leadership, Stories

I recently guest hosted an online seminar for Park Howell‘s course in the Executive Masters of Sustainability Leadership program at ASU. The student reviews and reflections touched and inspired me. I can’t help sharing them. I described and performed one exercise from my Leadership Step by Step book and course. You can imagine that if these results come from one session, how much doing all the exercises in the book[…] Keep reading →

How do I improve my storytelling?

on August 22, 2017 in Art, Creativity, Stories, Tips

My response to the question “How do I improve my storytelling?” on a forum got upvoted a lot: Practice, practice, practice. The best advice in the world only works in the context of practice. Practicing makes advice meaningful. Practice and then practice more. Then practice more. Get feedback. Seek advice. Iterate. But practice. Name anyone who mastered a performance art who didn’t practice more than most. Even if you can,[…] Keep reading →

After 20 Years, Reciprocating a New York Moment

on July 26, 2017 in Stories

In the 90s, when I was a graduate student, my father was away for the summer and left me his car. I was living on 100th Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive with two teammates from my ultimate frisbee team. A long time ago, it must have been the year we went to Nationals. Having a car up there meant a lot of parallel parking because alternate side[…] Keep reading →

Transformative Leadership, a guest post from Jethro Jones

on July 21, 2017 in Education, Leadership, Stories

Jethro Jones is hosting the Transformative Leadership summit. I know him because he hosts the Transformative Principal podcast. Here’s my conversation with him, “How You Learn Is As Important As What You Learn.” I’m participating in the summit. We recorded part of my session, and if you want to improve your leadership, you’ll benefit from the summit. I recommend signing up! There are many short recordings of what you’ll hear[…] Keep reading →

How to Step Up Your Leadership Game With Storytelling

on July 10, 2017 in Audio, Creativity, Exercises, Stories

Park Howell hosts the Business of Storytelling podcast. Today he released our interview about storytelling and how to improve your storytelling for business. Everybody agrees on the value of storytelling in all human communications. All the more in business. Listen to the conversation! Bonus that I missed saying in the interview By the way, when you listen, there’s one part where Park said, “You don’t want to know what’s in[…] Keep reading →

My 12-minute conversation with record-holding podcaster Engel Jones

on May 16, 2017 in Audio, Education, Stories

Engel Jones holds the record for most podcasts, I believe. Our podcast was the most mellow I’ve been on. We spoke about Education Memories Earliest memories Music, and More. Plus, all his podcasts are about 12 minutes, so convenient for listening. Mine was 16 minutes. He posted mine today—his 1,128th. I recommend listening to mine and more. Listen to the conversation! Listen to the conversation! About Engel: Engel Jones was[…] Keep reading →

The value of technique: My student connects with a billionaire and gets invited to Harvard using skills from the course!

on April 27, 2017 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Relationships, Stories

I was delighted to read the email below from a former student. You can tell that English is not her native language, nor is America her native culture. Yet you’ll see she turned a standard business meeting assigned to her into a meaningful connection. That’s the value of technique: it works even when you wouldn’t know what to do. You can fall back on it. The more you practice and[…] Keep reading →