Does remote working work?

By now, you’ve heard everything about remote working: The Zappos CEO doesn’t work from home. Yahoo! is no longer allowing remote workers. Best Buy, one of the innovators in a remote workforce, has revisited their work at home policy. Jason Fried preaches telecommuting more than a baptist preaching hell, fire and brimstone. Aetna swears by their telecommuting policy. Who is …

The Gmail productivity feature you don’t know about, but need – auto-advance

This little Gmail feature has increased my productivity incredibly over the past week. I’ve spent the past week trying to check email only a couple of times a day and this little feature is perfect. When you archive a message, instead of going to the inbox, it simply goes over to the next message. Remember: your inbox is NOT your to-do list. You …

Get your sound bite right. Your guide to creating and using sound bites.

Sound bites are remembered. Sound bites are played on the news. Sound bites get you hired. I’ve got a million of them. I save them and collect them. I’m really ADD and it’s tough for me to pay attention for long periods of time. I learned the power of the sound bite from my pastor Ed Young. He’s an incredible …

Want to be a better public speaker? 5 takeaways from the Presidential Debate

Don’t worry, this post won’t be talking about Democrats versus Republican or the best tax strategy – I’ll be focusing on the key things you can take away to become a better public speaker. 1. Public Speaking is tough. Be prepared. If you’re anything like me, the worst speeches you give are the ones where you are the least prepared. For …

How to manage email in 6 easy steps

  We all have a love-hate relationship with email. In fact, that relationship is scientific. It turns out that we all release a little bit of dopamine when we get a new email. It feels good, it’s addictive. Too many of us are addicted to email, hanging on until we get that next email, that next push notification, that next …

The secret to being likable from Will Ferrell

I love Will Ferrell, he’s hilarious. Let me introduce you to one of his techniques that I learned in improv training and Will uses all the time. It’s the “Yes, and…” secret. It’s the secret used by many comedians, politicians and CEO’s. The premise is simple, you always agree with what’s being said and build on it. Here’s a great …