April 6, 2014
As a recovering control freak, I admit that one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn (and relearn again and again) is that it’s ok to let go.
As I documented in my book, Touch the Sky: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Make Your Mark, when I...
March 31, 2014
“And every day the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say "No, this is what's...
March 24, 2014
Once in a while I feel compelled to climb up onto a soapbox and speak my piece.
So, here goes:
The reason to honor my Fourth Commandment of Great Acting, Great Speaking and Great Leadership, Turn Thyself On So You can Turn Others On, is because...
March 17, 2014
I once observed an esteemed surgeon deliver the keynote address to an audience of medical practitioners at a yearly conference. He spent forty-five minutes bludgeoning audience members to death with the driest, most data-and-graph-laden Power...
March 10, 2014
"The Most Terrifying Thing is to accept oneself completely." --Carl Jung. As I chronicled in my book, Touch the Sky: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Make Your Mark, I struggled for years to reclaim and embrace who I really was. Like many...
March 2, 2014
When her husband left her out of the blue, with two infants to raise and very little financial support, [my friend and BlueSkyCoaching client] Betsy instantly turned from stay-at-home mom to car salesperson. It was 1984, and Betsy was one of the...
October 23, 2013
This is part two of my Keynote Creation series focusing on how I put together, rehearse and deliver a Touch the Sky keynote presentation for an upcoming conference.Part one focused on putting together what I call a Presentation Production Schedule...
October 9, 2013
By Harper West
I’m pleased to guest blog for Eleni Kelakos who has been instrumental in helping me improve my public speaking ability. Some wisdom from the dog world from my book “Pack Leader Psychology,” might have some relevance to anyone who...
September 6, 2013
Many people choose to live their lives like they dance the Hokey Pokey—with one foot in and one foot out. On one hand they’re yearning to make a change, a difference, an impact, or a stand. On the other hand, they refrain from taking the focused...
September 5, 2013
Over the next month, I’m going to be putting together a 50-minute Touch the Sky keynote presentation for a professional conference scheduled for October 3rd. I thought it might be interesting and helpful for you to get a glimpse into my...