The Lost Art of Listening

February 20th, 2020

Little Wonder It’s little wonder to me that people no longer know how to listen as they stress out communicating in a digital world flooded with text messages and email. Knowing how to listen is a critical component in your ability to have a meaningful in-person conversation with anyone. Sadly, too often, when we’re face-to-face […]

White House and Congressional Leadership Qualitites?

January 25th, 2020 Image of 1.) America: woman holding sign saying "The right to bear arms," beside the image of 2. Arabia, with woman holding a sign saying "The right to bare arms." From Leadership Qualities, by Larry Blumsack

“We build a fire in a powder magazine, then double the fire department to put it out. We inflame wild beasts with the smell of blood, and then innocently wonder at the wave of brutal appetite that sweeps the land as a consequence.” …Mark Twain

Our Congress

January 24th, 2020 The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. -Albert Einstein

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. -Albert Einstein

2020 Congressional Profile

January 23rd, 2020 Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But then I repeat myself. -Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But then I repeat myself. -Mark Twain

Today in Government

January 23rd, 2020

Times may change, but the challenges of self-governance remain.

Today in Government

January 22nd, 2020

Times may change, but the challenges of self-governance remain.

With all our devices we are missing a human connection

January 16th, 2020

There Are Numerous Sources Calling Daily For Human Connection.                 Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, LinkedIn, Facebook, and National Public Radio are only a few of the print, electronic and digital media bristling with stories about the need for face-to-face […]

Know Your Audience Before You Speak!

December 13th, 2019 Cartoon of man and woman on couch, man speaking and woman not interested, from Know your Audience Before You Speak, by Larry Blumsack

Know your audience before you speak! Know your audience and their triggers before you open your mouth to speak. It starts with WHY. Why are you presenting and to whom?  Examine the purpose of your talk, seminar or workshop in relationship to your audiences’ profile. Their age, profession, titles, projects, organization, company and the event play […]

It’s Not What You Say, it’s How You Say it That Counts

December 5th, 2019

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it that counts. And even that’s not enough for you to be fully understood. There’s a big difference between what someone says as opposed to what they’re really saying. And this is where emotional intelligence comes into play. How sharp are your skills in reading the […]

Are you just a talking head?

November 29th, 2019

Basics you need to know before presenting face-to-face with your audience. Spend the necessary time to analyze your audience. Don’t just be a talking head. Who are they? Why did they come to your presentation in the first place? Did you learn what your audience might want to take away from your presentation? How can your […]