Jim’s Journal: Yes, You DO Need to do that More Often

August 19, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Ever go to a wedding, reunion, funeral or an event and see someone that you haven’t seen in a long time?  During your conversation you say, “It’s been way too
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Jim’s Journal: You Started It, Now Finish It!

August 11, 2013 in Jim's Journal

How many people do you know who have started to write a book, and then stopped?  How many do you know that began to complete the paperwork to return to
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Jim’s Journal: Yes, But…

July 14, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Do you know any “Yes, but…” people? These are the people that will finish your sentence by saying, “Yes, but…” They will hear you out, then offer an alternative for
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Jim’s Journal: I Choose YOU!

July 3, 2013 in Jim's Journal

  If you’ve read my previous Jim’s Journals you’ve come to realize that I love empowering my audiences and learners. Participant interaction works BIG TIME for me. I want the
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Jim’s Journal: Are you “Just a…?”

June 27, 2013 in Jim's Journal

I hear people say all the time, “I’m just a…” You can fill in the blank. I’m just a freshman. I’m just an assistant. I’m just a student. I’m just
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Jim’s Journal: Watch Out! That First Step is a Doozie!

May 28, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Recently, I was on a shuttle bus heading to the airport. I was the only passenger and we just had one additional stop to pick up someone else. We reached
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Jim’s Journal: Predictable is Overrated!

May 15, 2013 in Jim's Journal

During my BOOT CAMPs I teach people how to tell stories.  I give them a 10-step process and I even spend time showing them how to add POP, sizzle and
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Jim’s Journal: T.A.N.

May 14, 2013 in Jim's Journal

I started using the “Jr.” in my name after my Dad’s passing in May of 1999.  Prior to then, I went by Jim Smith.  My using “Jr.,” I thought, would
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Jim’s Journal: When Things Go Wrong DON’T…

April 26, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Over the years I have had many people share with me the tragedies they have experienced. These weren’t pity parties; they were heartfelt, meaningful pronouncements. The deliverer of the bad
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Jim’s Journal: There’s a New Calendar???

April 19, 2013 in Jim's Journal

Have they started printing new calendars?  Have we added more days to the seven we’ve always had?  We must have.  I hear people, when asked when they were going to
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