John's Blog

18 Sep: Being Relatable… As a Leader, a Speaker, a Human

    You’ll hear me quote Les Brown a lot. He’s amazing and he’s definitely had an impact on everything…

15 Aug: Public Speaking is Dangerous, but Snoop Doggy Dogg Can Assist!

Public Speaking is Dangerous! That’s right. Public speaking, stepping up as a leader, even just sharing something that really matters…

07 Aug: As a Leader This is More Important Now Than Ever Before

    Neil Armstrong’s birthday was August 5th and it got me thinking about one of my favorite stories of…

04 Aug: Procrastination Can Be Wisdom In Disguise

        Recently, I have really been noticing how much I’ve been procrastinating. I had a couple of…

24 Jul: Stories are Like Songs… Here’s Why.

  OK, you know that stories are essential. But, I find that people hesitate to tell their best stories more…

17 Jul: Blowing It UP with Navy Special Operations, EOD

  I recently relearned a lesson I find myself teaching quite often. It was humbling. It was an excellent reminder….

16 Mar: Leading in the Age of Coronavirus: Powerful Virtual Leadership

FREE EVENT: LEADING IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS; POWERFUL VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP IN A TIME OF GREAT UNCERTAINTY. More dates will…

25 Feb: Stories Are Essential…

Would you like to know the story of this picture? Read on! Storytelling is essential to Leadership Communication and Persuasion….

20 Jan: “Luck” Means Something Different Than I Thought it Did!

    For most of my life I thought that luck was something that just happened. Something that was out…

30 Apr: Find a Great Coach and be Coachable

I recently got this question in my online course discussion area from one of the very cool folks at MovesTheNeedle.com,…

24 Oct: Is Storytelling Fluffy? Maybe… But It’s Fundamental To Your Success!

Years ago I read a really good book called Tell To Win by Peter Guber who is a very successful…

26 Jul: What You Could Learn From Dolph Lundgren of the Expendables and Rocky IV and His TEDx Talk

In this photo Dolph Lundgren feels the catharsis, relief and emotion that comes along with the vulnerability and authenticity of his…

12 Jun: The Magic of a Woman’s Touch

I had always heard from married people that 1+1, in that context, equals a lot more than just 2. And,…

31 May: “Here” is Always on Local Time

I’m not a paragon of fashion, I know that. But, one thing I do love to do when I’m traveling,…

21 May: This is Probably the Most Powerful Leadership Tool of All.

And, it sure is a powerful, useful and amazing tool to have as a speaker. I call it your Super…

08 May: I Just Want to Make a Difference

This is a story which I find myself sharing with entrepreneurs I meet, all over the world, because it was…

04 May: I Crashed and Burned Onstage During a TED Talk. What I Learned Proved More Valuable Than Success

There are some great speaking lessons to be learned from the TED conference. I learned them the hard way! Read…

23 Aug: The ESS “Put Them at Ease” Challenge

  Here’s a potentially life changing challenge for you. It’s a great practice for public speaking, effective leadership, being a…

15 Aug: We Actually Do Want to Hear About You!

That’s right, we actually DO want to hear about you, if your intention and execution are right… And, it’s an important…

01 Aug: Look For Surprise!

Your Challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to: Look for Surprise! The Human Brain CRAVES surprise and if…

28 Jul: Powerfully Connect Others to Your Passion!

Human beings are deeply interested in other human beings. Knowing that, and taking it into account can give you a…

18 Jul: Children’s Stories for CEOs

Treat your employees like children? Well, in a sense, YES! Listen to this short video for an idea that could…

10 Jul: Speak to Them Like They are Great!

Are you up for a worthwhile challenge this week? It will put a fun flavor into your interactions and it…

29 Jun: Cool! I’ve Been Nominated for the Rule Breaker Awards 2016!

  “Entrepreneurs don’t play by the rules. Why should you be judged by them?” – from the Rule Breakers Award…

23 Dec: Thank you for an amazing 2015!

Happy Holidays to you from snowy Salt Lake City, Utah! I’m writing for Sharon, Nataly, Flash & myself to say:…

08 Sep: The Classical Guitarist at Portland Airport

As Sharon, Flash and I were changing planes in Portland Oregon on our way to Bend, where we recorded all…

29 Jul: Collaborating with Ben Zander: We Made the Ninja Cry

I had been turned on to Benjamin Zander’s purely excellent 2008 TED talk about Music and Passion by my friend…

20 Jul: From SXSW V2V: How to Use Neurobiology to Make a Successful Pitch

Thank you to everyone who joined us at SXSW V2V 2015 today! You are a 5 out of 5 star…

03 Jun: Absolutely Great TED talks: Benjmin Zander

  What do people remember about a train? The Engine and the Caboose! The opening and closing of your speeches…

12 Jan: Invaluable Resources for You

  You are up to great things … and it is my intention that this list of resources makes a difference…

06 Jan: A Hero of Mine Has Just Died

I just got the news that Tomas Dobrovolskis of Vilnius, Lithuania has died. A very bright light in the world…

10 Dec: Are You Using the Real Power of Story?

Here is a link to a great article: 6 Storytelling Tips to Tell Your Business Story Like a TED Pro in Business2Community.com…

02 Dec: Scientist, Communicator, Vogon Bass Player!

Doing good science is important, as is communicating science well! Stephen, you’re the Associate Head of Biological Chemistry Department at the…

01 Dec: Take This Year’s Annual Meeting Speech From Awful to Awesome.

Or, Quit Being so Adaptable! I have a very important piece of coaching for any executive who ever speaks at the…

11 May: What the Human Brain Craves

Here is a story from my travels around the world on a year long surf trip. It won First Prize in a…

07 May: Innovation and Entrepreneurs at the Antrepreneur Center in Irvine!

I’m an honorary ANTrepreneur! I had the honor and privilege of joining Ryan Foland, David Ochi and their awesome students…

01 Apr: The REAL Reason I Love Attending TEDActive

Yes, the speeches are amazing. Yes, the locations are beautiful. Yes, the accommodations are posh. AND, what is the REAL…

28 Mar: Who Wants to Make a Difference?

At TEDxVilnius I got a last minute opportunity to share something I call the compliment experiment. If you’re someone who…

12 Mar: New LA Bootcamp Date just announced!

You’ve been asking me when the next bootcamp is happening and I’m very excited to say that I just finalized…

05 Mar: TEDxVilnius – I Wish You Could Have Joined Us

I wish you could have been with us on Feruary 22nd, 2014. Flash and I just returned from Vilnius, Lithuania….

18 Feb: You’re Always Practicing Something.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how “you are always practicing something…” I’ll tell you what I mean. I…

18 Sep: One big lesson I’ve learned working with TEDx speakers

What people want is one of the most frightening things to give. People want you. The real, authentic, you. If…