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Finding Courage for the Scariest Step in Tough Conversations

“Would anyone like to role play a tough conversation?” I ask. By their response, it looks like I’ve asked if anyone would like their hair pulled out one strand at a time. They look down at the table, then sneak wide-eyed looks at each other. I had just finished teaching my 7 Steps to Tough

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad, Boss? 4 Ways to Avoid Using Fear to Persuade

Last week, I wrote a message to the students I teach in my undergraduate public speaking class: “If your grade is on the edge and you do not turn in a final paper, you may fail this class.” Fear is a powerful motivator, and I know it. Chances are, you know it, too. Whether with

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When You’re Angry

As we continue through Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we turn the pages of my new devotional, The Faith to Free-Fall, past the first chapter, “Shock,” to the second chapter- “Anger.” Though I wrote this devo specifically for women anticipating undergoing a mastectomy, I believe we’ve all been angry at times when things haven’t turned out the

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Derrick: Former Inmate Starts New Chapter

(Let’s pretend we’re sitting down for coffee and I’m telling you this story 🙂  Click the audio link above.)   Every one of us is a storyteller. We tell stories to friends over a cup of coffee, stories to our kids while we’re tucking them into bed, stories to co-workers, relatives, neighbors. Some stories make us wince

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