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Keynote for Cox Communications

Keynote for Cox Communications

We all have the power to connect people to the extraordinary. On June 12, 2019, I brought this message to life through a magical keynote...

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VIDEO: Keynote at Rising Tide Summit

VIDEO: Keynote at Rising Tide Summit

  On March 28, I delivered a 30-minute keynote at the Rising Tide Summit in San Pedro. Over 100 leaders, thinkers, and innovators were in...

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VIDEO: About One Degree Connect

VIDEO: About One Degree Connect

Your team is often the most underutilized aspect of your organization’s success. I help connect teams to greatness through entertaining and...

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The Magic of One Degree

The Magic of One Degree

Magic is something I’ve loved ever since I was a kid. Being an only child with a single mom, I’ve always gravitated toward creative outlets such...

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A Taste of One Degree

A Taste of One Degree

I love this photo of my daughter Emma (hard to believe she’s 11 now). I use this photo in my seminars, not only because it brings joy, but because...

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Knowledge is NOT Power

Knowledge is NOT Power

Contrary to popular belief, knowledge is NOT power. Sharing knowledge in a way that inspires people, piques interest, and captivates curiosity IS...

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Speaker at NAYDO 2018

Speaker at NAYDO 2018

On April 26, I was a featured presenter at the 2018 NAYDO Conference on YMCA Philanthropy in New Orleans. This is one of the largest conferences...

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VIDEO: The Power of Team, Brand, and Cause

VIDEO: The Power of Team, Brand, and Cause

  Working with numerous corporate and nonprofit teams, I have seen that success boils down to three critical factors: TEAM, BRAND, and CAUSE...

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The Power of One Degree

The Power of One Degree

We often try to create massive results by making massive changes. However, the extraordinary is closer than we thing—just one degree away. Just as...

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Connecting Team, Brand, Cause

Connecting Team, Brand, Cause

I had the privilege of bringing the importance of Cause, Brand, and Team two two organizations this week: the Association of Fundraising...

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New SWOT approach

New SWOT approach

The SWOT Analysis is a great process for any organization (or even to use for your individual leadership). The purpose of a a SWOT Analysis is to...

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Building a Culture of Philanthropy

I had several speaking engagements in Illinois this year. I was invited to be the featured speaker with the Association of Fundraising...

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Connecting People to the Extraordinary

Connecting People to the Extraordinary

When I’m not working in business, I travel the world as a professional magician and member of the world-famous Magic Castle. I have the honor...

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Marketing Awards

Marketing Awards

Each year, NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) presents national awards to recognize excellence in communications, philanthropy...

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Core Concepts

Core Concepts

Short on words…packed with power. I developed this “cheat sheet” to add clarity to these core concepts because I’ve seen many people...

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European Speaking Tour

European Speaking Tour

In October 2017, I embarked on a 3-week speaking engagement across six European countries: France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, and...

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