Your Voice: A Choice

Your vocal behavior is arguably the most important part of your communication tool box. How powerful is yours? My Personal Brand Column for Twin Cities Business magazine this month covers some advice to help you put your best voice forward.


The biggest obstacle to your success is often you. Do a self-perception check. Are you confident with your content knowledge? Do you feel comfortable sharing your expertise? Do you truly own your perspective?

If you said yes to all of these questions, WOW!s should come easily in front of any size group, on the phone, or in written communication. If you answered no to any one of them, dig a little deeper and figure out the blocks.

Opposites Attract

I’m often surprised at how much a completely different way of thinking or way of doing things can make you really examine how you think or do something. Instead of a brick wall, perhaps these are doorways to improved methods. When we really ask ourselves why, and are open to honest answers, this examination could become a terrific inquiry.

Inquiry could mean book or online research. It could mean directly asking the opposing force why and how they do the things they do. Wishing you lots of WOW!s on this journey. And at the very least, some good lessons about yourself and others.

Happy Independence Day America

Religious or not, this quote makes a lot of sense as we celebrate the nation’s holiday:

“On life’s journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.”

Office Rituals

Check out this great article about office rituals:

The Minneapolis-based company Salo, Inc., was featured. Kudos to them!