Book Excerpts

Why Do We Misbehave?

Misbehaving can be a great source of fun, pain-shame-guilt-blame, or both. Most of us know the right thing to do. In one of my favorite movie scenes from Four Rooms, Antonio Banderas says to his kids, “Don’t Misbehave!” Clearly, the kids immediately devote themselves to misbehaving. Misbehavior So, why do we misbehave? We misbehave for three…

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NSA Ethics Code Case Studies for the Ethical Speaker

Case studies illustrate the eight principles of the National Speakers’ Association Code of Ethics. This is an excerpt a book I wrote for professional speakers, The Ethical Speaker. REPRESENTATION ARTICLE 1 NSA CODE OF ETHICS “Be impeccable with your word.”   —don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements (Amber-Allen Publishing; Box edition, 2008.) The ethical speaker is honest and…

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Business Ethics: Ethical Foundations

“Yes, of course!” This is the answer for a great deal of professionals if they are ethical. Yet, even the best professional speakers struggle with ethical dilemmas and, sometimes, land on the wrong side of ethical decisions and behavior with their ethical practices. Your professional reputation is about who you are, what you do, and how you…

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Effective Leadership Communication for Ethical Speakers

Great communicators exert a great deal of influence over the lives of individuals, team members, organizations, and communities locally and globally. With such impact, it is critical that we get it right. Good leaders do well to follow the example of the National Speakers Association Founder. Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE created a culture of excellence for global…

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