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Storytelling - The Great Motivator of People
by Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE
In a data-driven world, facts and figures are the order of the day in sales calls, employee meetings, board rooms, and political assemblies. Traditionally, when a person is trying to convince someone else to do something they use the logic of benefits and features - long the sacred domain of anyone in sales.

And they are missing the boat. 

What truly moves us as human beings, what prompts us into action, is emotion. Imagination is the conduit of emotion and well-crafted storytelling carries the imagination.  <more...>

 

Fathers, Egos, and Youth Sports
by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC
“What kind of throw was that?” said the father to his son.  The boy picked up another baseball and threw it, this time with better results. “There, that’s better,” the father conceded.  <more...>

Awesome Dad's Top Ten Ways To Be The Foundation of Your Family
by Dovid Grossman and Ken Mossman 
Part of the responsibility of being a father is to establish a strong foundation for the family. Just like a building foundation, much of this work goes unseen and rarely gets acknowledged, yet the strength and integrity of the entire structure relies on it. The following intentions, although not always perfectly fulfilled, give us guidance in our mission. <more...>

Can Kids Talk to an Angry Dad? 
by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC 
We were going to be late. My kids were dawdling, even though I’d asked them to get ready on two occasions. “Come on!” I yelled. “How many times do I have to say this?”  <more...>

5 Ways Fathers Can Inspire Their Children 
by Karen Anderson
They’re both called parents, but mothers and fathers bond with their kids differently. For the mom, the relationship begins at conception and grows through the pregnancy and throughout life. For the father, the bond is forged at birth, when he first lays eyes on and holds his child. Most dads have to work harder than moms to sustain and nurture the bond they have with their children, and when they share a special <more...>

How are Your Family Rituals?
by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC
A few years ago, my four-year-old daughter was starting to say our grace before dinner. “Daddy, fold your hands like this!” she shrieked. Everyone else at the table was stunned at the intensity of her outburst.  <more...>

Are Your Kids OK?
by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC
When you work in the “helping professions,” you often hear people describe their loved ones. They sometimes let you know how much their loved ones mean to them and some of the wonderful things they’ve done.  <more...>

Get Beyond Your Tasks
by Nan Russell
Ever hear the story of the two masons working side by side at a building site? They're doing the same work under pretty much the same conditions. Then, one day a stranger comes along, approaches one of the men and asks him, "What are you doing?" "I don't know and I don't care," replies the man, his voice brimming with irritation. All I do is slap this crummy mortar on these crummy bricks and pile them up in a crummy line. That's what I'm doing." <more...>

If I Could Only Do What I Want To Do
by Lee Wise
"I don't want to do what I "should" do. I want to do what I would "love" to do."  I may be able to help you do just that -- at least in a small way.  Allow me to explain. <more...>

Coaching Your Daughter on the Quest for Good Grades
by V. Michael Santoro
It is important that as a dad, you create a flexible environment that supports your daughter, and provides her with the opportunity to grow into a self-reliant young woman. As a teenager, she will think at times that she has all the answers, and not need you. However, she will be happy to have you as a "safety net" when she realizes she does not have all the answers. This can include how well she is doing in school.  <more...>

10 Ways for Your Tween to Avoid Trouble
by Steve McCullen
1. Supervise your teens: Yes they are seeking independence - but you still need to know where they are going and who they will be with. Don’t assume every “teen” activity is properly supervised or safe unless you have chaperoned it or have otherwise satisfied yourself. All kids want a little fun, adventure and to “hang out” with their peers. You are probably going to have to work with other like minded parents in your community to provide safe supervised outlets for them.  <more...>

Empower Your Child to Make Right Choices
By G. David Nassief
It has been said, “The three best ways to teach are by example, by example and by example.” Many parents have found that  <more...>

We All Need A Father Figure To Lean On 
by Geela 
When I think of the ultimate father figure I think of the extraordinary paternal love and devotion of the Biblical King David for his son Absalom even when his son turned against him and attempted to kill him. As eloquently expressed by King David, when he wept over the death of his son, “Absalom, my dear son, oh how I wish I could trade places with you!” <more...>

Awesome Dad's Top Ten Communication Intentions
by Dovid Grossman and Ken Mossman
An Awesome Dad in by no means perfect. But that itself is perfect, because imperfection allows us to really understand the personal evolution our children are going through with us. The definition of an Awesome Dad, then, is the father who stays in the game, shows up fully and sets powerful intentions to grow <more...>

A Simple Guide to Writing (and Giving) a Speech
by Hal Warfield
Nearly as dreaded as snakes and spiders, public speaking ranks high in causing fear in many of us.

Whether your motivation is a desire to learn or simple necessity, here is a really simple guide to writing and giving a speech.  <more...>

15 Ways to Say Thank You
by Carren W. Joye
Leaders are always encouraged to thank their volunteers and staff to let them know they are appreciated. We want our volunteers to know how much we value their work, but sometimes just saying thanks does not seem enough. Sometimes we just run out of new ways to show our appreciation. <more...>

Let Dads Do It Differently
by Bria Simpson
A friend recently told me about a time she left her two children with their father for the day. When she returned in the late afternoon, she was surprised that they were already wearing their pajamas. When she asked her husband why, he said “what pajamas?” <more...>

What's Wrong with My Kid?
by Mark Brandenburg
As a coach who helps parents to be more effective, I’m often asked the same kinds of questions. “How can I get my kid to listen?” “How can I motivate my kid to do homework?” Or, “why does my child get so angry with me?” <
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