3 Minutes to Tell Your Story + a template

February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

    At The Southern C Summit (a creative business owners confab) recently I got to watch some amazingly creative and smart small business owners pitch to leading magazines. By “pitch” I mean that terrifying experience where you both introduce yourself and explain what you do or propose. It’s the dreaded job interview equivalent of “So, tell […]


Find Your Best Voice -and- An Exercise

February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sounding like a Mad Hatter when I tell you this, but nonetheless it’s true. You don’t actually find your best voice; it’s not lost. You create it. #mythbusters That’s why George Bernard Shaw famously claimed: Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Yes, your “voice” is something you actually create — not […]


The Google Effect and the Luxe Brand You Opportunity

January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Google changed everything. After the Internet changed everything. Back in 2008, when I was teaching at ECU, I had this light bulb moment that my students could now Google everything, or almost everything that was being taught in higher ed except knowledge gained by personal experience. Never before has infinite information and knowledge been so […]


Stronger Words for Quiet High Achievers

January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Probably you’re a high achiever precisely because you don’t chatter a lot. No worries. Quiet people can have higher impact with stronger words. Here’s a quick-start guide for using strong words to make your boss look good and get some attention for your amazing results. How to use this? Easy. When you run into the […]


Give Your Boss Constructive Feedback and Keep Your Head Attached

January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Okay, so not everyone who criticizes their boss suffers the fate of Cicero, who was executed after being declared a public enemy by Antony. Perhaps he should have made his comments privately.  Don’t think it’s impossible to communicate upward just because of the unusual number of Korean Air plane crashes, attributed to co-pilots not feeling empowered […]