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Public Speaking Is Like Snowboarding

Public speaking is a thrill. It’s like snowboarding. But to be a truly great speaker you’ve got to master it, just like snowboarding. You’re not born an incredible orator. It takes training, practice, and the ability to pick yourself up when you fall down.

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Busy Is Not a Badge of Honor

Busy has become a badge of honor. We reward people who work 80+ hours a week. We reward people who don’t take breaks or time off work. We reward people who forgo sleep. We reward people who say, “I’m busy.” But is being busy productive? Or more importantly, is being busy healthy? I am learning it’s not.

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The Will To Win

Brands that win, fight. Growing a Sticky Brand takes more than building a strategy and executing it. It’s personal. It’s you versus them. And losing is not an option.

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Entrepreneurship: It’s The Life We Choose

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”

I don’t know who said this quote, but it’s stuck with me for several years. There’s so much truth to it.

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Personal Brands Are Not Corporate Brands

A personal brand is not a corporate brand. The brand building process is different. The outcomes are different. The goals are different. And this all stems from one simple reason: you can’t compress a career and a personality into a nice shiny box.

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Sticky Branding Beats Oprah

There is nothing more intoxicating than selling a product or service that you are passionate about. It fuels you. It motivates you. It pushes you to fight and win. And that passion is exactly what drove Sticky Branding (the book) to be listed on the Globe and Mail Bestsellers List.

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Skip New Year’s Resolutions, Focus On Goals and Habits

There’s almost no point setting New Year’s Resolutions, because the chances that you will achieve any of your resolutions are slim to none.

In 2007 the University of Bristol conducted a study on 3,000 people to see how many achieve their New Year’s resolutions. The result: not very many. Eighty-eight percent of people failed to achieve their resolutions. Even though they set their resolutions with the best of intentions, they didn’t attain them.

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Goal Setting Worksheet

Achieve your Big Goals with this Goal Setting Worksheet. The worksheet helps you develop SMART Goals, and transform your business and life.

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Giving Thanks: Take the Thank You Challenge

There are amazing people in your life and business, but in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it’s easy to lose sight of the great work they do. Over the next week try a little exercise. See how many times you can say “thank you.” Make it a challenge.

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Slay Your Time Vampires

The wrong employees, poor processes, weak systems, and bad partners can suck the life out of your company. They are Time Vampires. You cannot grow a vibrant, engaging brand if you are dragged down by Time Vampires. Find them, identify them, and slay them.