How to Define Your Purpose & Position Your Brand for Success

All brands, whether corporate or personal, become stronger (and more powerful) when their focus is narrowed. But for most of us, the challenge is that the closer we are to the brand (especially if it’s a personal brand), the harder it is to determine our direction, define our uniqueness, or narrow our positioning.

In fact, many times as our businesses grow it’s easy to lose track of our purpose and even become untethered from our “why” – and that can quickly spell disaster.

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Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott – A Photo Essay of Segregation in the 1950s

A new exhibit at The Museum of Fine Art Boston features Gordon Parks’ photo essay of my hometown, Fort Scott, Kansas, in a segregated 1950. One of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, this particular essay of Parks’ never ran, but his images and the story behind them have resurfaced after nearly 65 years in obscurity.

My great-grandfather’s Sinclair gas station can be seen in Parks’ image shown aboveUntitled (Outside the Liberty Theater), 1950. This particular image was the one that MFA Boston curator, Karen Haas, stumbled upon that started everything…

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It Ought to Be Otherwise

To those who are experiencing their first Christmas with an empty seat at the table this year, and to those who have dined with an empty seat for a while…

To those missing their family this season, and to those for whom the definition of that word has a complex or painful meaning…

To those who are sick this Christmas, and to those who are caring for someone who is…

To those in a pit, for which getting out of bed some days is a monumental victory…

To those who are sad, wounded, or angry; and to those who have been betrayed…

To those who have children who can’t control themselves, causing others to make assumptions about both you and your child…

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Action breeds confidence and courage. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

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Date: November 9, 2014—November 11, 2014
Event: Platform Conference
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Date: October 13, 2014—October 16, 2014
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11 Habits For Working From Home This Summer To Be Twice as Productive (and Create Extra Margin for Fun)

For some of us, the thought of working from home this summer strikes fear at the very center of our hearts (if you have young children at home you know what I mean!) Yet for others, it’s like reliving moments from the summer vacations of our youth.

I recall one summer, not that long ago, when I chose not to work from home during the summer months. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be as productive. I thought that I could “get ahead of the game” while everyone else was slowing down and heading off for vacation. Over the next few months I toiled away at the office on plans and projects and before I knew it, the summer was over. I was mentally and physically exhausted, unlike my colleagues who had taken advantage of the opportunity to rest and recharge while working from home. What a huge mistake!

With more of us working from home for a portion of our week than ever before, successfully navigating the summer months from home is not just a luxury – it’s a necessity.

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You never know when your moment will come

With Microsoft officially ending it’s support of Windows XP this week, it reminded me of this story…

Photographer Charles O’Rear – who happens to be my son’s great-uncle (both our kids are adopted) – explains the story behind the iconic Microsoft Windows XP wallpaper made from his photo, Bliss, in this video – which is now estimated to be the most viewed photograph of all time.

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New Coaching Program is Live!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of Communicator Coaching – a new coaching offering designed specifically for speakers, authors, and professional communicators.
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I’ve partnered with my good friends at The Frontline Group, an artist-management company with clients like Ken Davis, Michael Hyatt, and Crystal Paine (MoneySavingMom.com) to create this exciting new program.

Our team recently sat down to discuss what’s been happening in the coaching program with our charter group. Take a look at the video or check out our complete site at CommunicatorCoaching.com.