The Power of a Genuine Smile



Business magnate Charles Schwabb, who decades ago amassed a fortune worth more than $400M, attributed his success mainly to his smile. While I’m sure there was more to him than his smile, the fact that someone of that magnitude would consider a smile that important speaks volumes of what your smile means to the release of your vision…

A smile communicates warmth, trust, good will, and so much more that it can often create opportunities to connect with people who will become a vital part of your journey. Don’t just smile with your mouth… though some people say smile with your eyes, I say smile with your whole body. Most communication is no-verbal, and since people really can’t see your heart, your smile gives you a chance to express your good will, openness, and friendliness. Your most powerful position in business is that of safe strength. People want to know you can get the job done, so to speak, but they also want to know that you are ‘safe.’ While a smile doesn’t tell your whole story, it can position you to be able to tell it yourself!

Let your smile be your chance to communicate the very best of you to the world around you, and watch your journey’s direction change for the better.

The James Bond Walk

What makes James Bond different isn’t the cars, the clothes, the looks, the gadgets or the girls. It’s his walk. Every actor who has ever played Bond has been assigned trainers to teach him how to walk like James Bond. No one’s nailed it quite like Daniel Craig. Roger Moore even said, “Daniel Craig IS James Bond.”

Now, we can’t all look like Daniel Craig, but we can walk like him. Bond always walks with his chest out, shoulders back, and chin parallel to the floor. Observe a few billionaires, and you’ll see they walk the same way. Try this walk out some time, and you’ll be amazed at how people react to you.

Remember, your vision deserves to be communicated well, and a big part of this is confidence. So, when you walk, walk like 007 and not like WTH ;)

I hurt my back and knee recently, so I don’t quite pull it off right now, but hey… ;)



Godzilla, monsters, and courage

Yes, I went to see Godzilla. Yes, I liked it. A lot. I’ll admit I was hoping for him to get more screen time, since I grew up watching old Godzilla films on Saturday mornings like so many other people of my generation. Also, not unlike most of us, I have a fascination with monsters, but perhaps not for the same reason.

There’s something in most of us that enjoys the thrill of a good scare, and people have different theories as to why this is, but in my own case i’d have to blame it on my older brother. You see, at an early age, my brother had me convinced that monsters were real, with particular emphasis on the one in the closet and the one under the bed. Not content with tormenting me in the usual manner of big brothers, he went so far as to sneak into the closet, climb under the bed, and do various other things to persuade me that monsters were real indeed.

Unfortunately for him, I didn’t cower in terror for long. At the ripe age of five, it occurred to me to throw objects at the closet as hard as I could, and even to swing a broomstick under the bed for good measure. Eventually the ‘monsters’ made no further appearances, and to this day I wonder whether my brother had managed to catch an unintentional beating at my hands.

Looking back, the truth is that whether we’re dealing with a monster in the closet, or the various fears we encounter in life, courage is a decision. Sure, I was scared out of my wits when a pale hand would reach up and grab me as I was falling asleep, and the shadowy figure in the closet visited me in my dreams more than once, but I’d watched too many old monster movies to believe a monster couldn’t be hurt.

Will you face your fears today? I hope you do. You may find out that your monsters aren’t quite as tough as you thought they were.



What if?

Imagine for a moment that you’ve achieved your wildest dreams of success. How wise, fun, witty, capable, confident, and discerning would you be at that point? How would you communicate with and relate to people? What would you allow to waste your time?

Now, I want you to realize that this person you just imagined already exists inside you. You just haven’t given yourself permission to behave like him.

So, what are you waiting for?

Behavioral Branding

It’s crucial to the execution of your business or creative vision that you establish a brand, but very often while we’re concerned with things like placement, market positioning, advertising, design, and so on, we sometime ignore a vital aspect of branding: behavior.

Now, Dr. Sven Henkel will tell you that ‘behavioral branding’ is the idea that the employees of a company are the best ambassadors of its brand. Now, I agree with that assertion. Sure, if you’re selling something that requires no personal contact whatsoever, then perhaps this would seem to be an unimportant matter, but the day someone calls your support or customer service number, or you happen to get into a Twitter shouting match, this can change very quickly. Continue reading