Every day, we have a chance to show our courage. We could have that uncomfortable conversation with a colleague who is bothering us.  We could call the venture capitalist we met at a friend’s party and pitch a couple of business ideas. We could talk to our boss about the project we really would love to do. We could tell our parents we won’t be making the sixteen-hour flight to come home for the holidays. We could try that sea…

I don’t miss my old car, bubble gum or the snow in Boston.  But I really do miss lulls.   That’s right. Lulls. L-U-L-L-S. You know lulls, don’t you? They are those times in a conversation when neither party knows what to say and both parties are temporarily silent. Those lulls forced us to think.    Those lulls pushed us to  either think of something to say or end the conversation.  Our conversation reached a standstill so we had to…

I really am Bob.  But actually, I didn’t go to Yale.  Not even for a visit.  I did however go to Harvard.  It actually it was just a visit-a couple of visits.  It wasn’t far from where I grew up.  I did attend an executive development program at a top notch school but I don’t brag about it. Most people who graduate from top notch schools like these rarely broadcast it.  They’re more modest.  They don’t need to say anything….

When my friend J came over the other day, he told me something I had never heard before. “You live a curated life”, he said. I had never thought of my life or anybody else’s life that way. But I love the idea. Since his visit I’ve been thinking that curating is such a beautiful way to think about our lives. In the same way that a curator in a museum or an art gallery chooses the most appropriate works…

When I give a talk on how to give a great presentation, I always ask  about people’s past experiences.  There are always some people in these  sessions who answer that when it comes to presentations, “they can’t wait to get it over with.” I try to get them to see things differently.  I tell them that every presentation is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to get their ideas and thoughts out there to an audience that is [usually] listening.  Even at…