Learn from the Speakers You Admire


I just listened to an old speech by Martin Luther King Jr. from April 4th, 1967 at the Riverside Church in New York City. It wasn’t his most famous speech, but perhaps one of his most underrated. In this speech he changed his course and for the first time spoke out...

Naked on Stage


Last week I did a talk in front of 600 people. I was naked. No colorful Powerpoints, no music, no flashy videos to hide behind. Just me. Just my naked voice. Here is what someone tweeted just after my talk: You know you're a confident speaker when you go on...

Words, Dance but no Music


It's Friday morning and I'm sitting on a crowded plane in the midst of 8 young men who are headed to Amsterdam for a big weekend together. They are incredibly talkative in an endless stream of chatter, banter, intense debate and raucous laughter. Normally I would have to put in...

You know, umm, like Russian Parasites


Today I am in Moscow.  доброе утро(“Good Morning” in Russian).  I just finished leading a workshop for a fantastic group of Russian executives from the pharmaceutical company #Valeant. I taught them about leadership and powerful communication.  They taught me something about speech. When someone is speaking and ummm, you know…...

A Tolerance for Silence 


Right now I am on an airplane. I’m flying home at 20,000 feet from Kuopio, Finland. I’m decompressing. Imagine a town dropped right in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Imagine being surrounded by a thousand miles of flat and nondescript landscape with nothing but seemingly endless trees and lakes… then...

7 Fatal Voice Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make when Pitching


Why some of the things you can't even hear yourself saying may be killing your pitch and ruining your first Impressions In my head I sound like George Clooney – deep and sexy. But when I hear a recording of myself, I’m reminded more of Stevie Urkel. The voice inside...

Entrepreneur Success Factor? Words-Music-Dance


  Many entrepreneurs struggle. Some fail, yet some entrepreneurs succeed beyond their wildest dreams. What is the difference? What is the one key success factor that separates the winners from the losers? (more…)

The Secret to Pitching your Business in 30 seconds


If you can’t tell me in 30 seconds what you do and what you want, then I am not buying, investing or probably even listening any longer (except out of politeness). While serving as an expert reviewer at venture contests I have heard hundreds of entrepreneurs pitch their ideas. Sadly...

What’s Wrong with Positive Thinking?


Whenever I talk so enthusiastically about entrepreneurship, a few people really feel the need to correct me. They say that positive thinking is naïve, oversimplified and at best just a placebo. The serious pessimists love to point out that nothing so simple as positive thinking can be true. (more…)

Off The Beaten Path


Over the last year I have been working on a project funded by the European Investment Bank to help young entrepreneurs in the occupied territories in Palestine. The project has been an amazing learning experience for me. Sometimes you have to move outside your comfort zone and beyond your normal...