Underscore: New Book

Underscore: New Book

Underscore. It’s the story of a man wandering through a homeless shelter looking for himself. He’s everywhere and nowhere, and unsure what to make of what he sees. He’ll tell you, though, with certainty, that he’s the real deal. Available for...
Peekaboo: Professional Speaker

Peekaboo: Professional Speaker

Peekaboo. I’d love to speak at your event. Energy. Motivation. Fun. Storytelling. My speech writing has raised millions of dollars and inspired tens of thousands of people. Let me bring that same vitality to your event. Let’s do some good together. Learn...
Job Interview Training

Job Interview Training

Looking for a job? Hoping to nail that interview? I’ve been training executives in public speaking and professional conversation for years. Now, I’m offering you focused training. One, two, and three session options. Job Interview Training. Like it says,...
Monday Tired

Monday Tired

Monday arrives as Monday often arrives. I wish I were fully rested, but the rain drumming the top of a metal shed won’t allow that. Last night’s screeching barred owl punctuated my sleep until dawn. Let’s not forget the tree frogs looking for lunch...
Gaffes, Blunders, Oops!

Gaffes, Blunders, Oops!

Ever have an awkward professional moment? MIstakes which make you cringe? That time I pocket-dialed an important client in Amsterdam at 2:00 am his time. He responded with grace. I’m careful about my phone and other technology and consider myself adept in those...
America: Wheat Fields and Cigarettes

America: Wheat Fields and Cigarettes

Amber waves of grain. In the United States, we have over 63 million acres of wheat planted yearly. That’s almost a hundred thousand square miles, or roughly 3% of the continental United States. And attached to this acreage are farmhouses filled with people...
National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

This is National Poetry Month. Read poetry. Don’t give it lip service. Read some. Go ahead. Now. Online. Google poetry. Or any poet you’ve ever heard about since birth. Or buy some online¬†(this searches poetry on Amazon). Write a poem. Be funny. Be sad. Be...
Don’t Miss the Message

Don’t Miss the Message

Don’t miss the message. Otherwise, you might get bit by a snake. Where I live, it’s a real warning, not merely a metaphor. I took the photo of this sign. Several other signs like this were through the park.¬† Copperheads are the biggest, but not only...
Rudy Trendl

Rudy Trendl

That’s my late dad, Rudy Trendl. More of a joke teller than witty, but as you can see, he had a smile ready to go. Here, he’s celebrating his 80th birthday, some eight months before he died. He helped me professionally without realizing it. As founder and...
Writing Through Thinking

Writing Through Thinking

WRITING TIP: I often write before I touch a keyboard. When I’m working with a client, I listen. I try to learn their voice and their message. Then I write the speech in my head. Actually, I don’t write it. I deliver it to an imaginary audience. I’ll...