Even Germans Have Feelings

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I am German. Being a German I am predestined to talk about emotions. We are the front-runners of emotional transparency. When Sinead O’Conner wrote her song Nothing Compares 2 U, she was thinking of pretzels, sausages and Lederhosen. The final Love Story scene originally took place on lake Bodensee. And what William Shakespeare really . . . → Read More: Even Germans Have Feelings

Four Empowering Public Speaking Lessons

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For the seventh year in a row, I had the great honor and pleasure to work side by side with Conor Neill, my fabulous friend and terrific teacher at IESE Business School. Add personal growth pros like Tony Anagor, Tobias Rodrigues and John Zimmer and you end up suffering from inspirational stress!

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Do You Speak Like An Image Brochure?

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When people present something, far too often they speak like an image brochure: We add value to our clients; we offer legal advice to NGOs; we turn your company into an agile powerhouse. Don’t tell people what you do. Tell them what you did. For a simple reason: proof.

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Is Name-Dropping Really Bad?

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Think about the greenest grass you’ve ever seen. Now add 50 shades of green. That’s how the grass looks like at Getxo golf club outside of Bilbao in Basque Country. The year: 2006. We stand on the terrace of the main building. In our hands delicious Basque pintxos and heavy red wine from Rioja. . . . → Read More: Is Name-Dropping Really Bad?

Eleven Calls To Action

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A speech without an objective is like a ship without a harbor. When it comes to persuasion, the most effective objective is a concrete action by the audience. Persuasion loves action. Persuasion needs action. Persuasion needs action like the ship needs the harbor.

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