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April 4, 2018

Recently, I had the good fortune of crossing paths with this thought-provoking quote from the Dalai Lama.

What I love about this piece is how each idea is in alignment with the rise and fall of our breath — positive statement inhale, negative exhale. Breathe as you read, give it a try...

"We have bigger houses, but smaller families:

We have more degrees, but less sense;

more knowledge, but less judgement;

more experts, but more problems;

more medicines, but less healthiness.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, 

but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We build more computers to hold mor...

February 28, 2018

There I sat, in a state-of-the-art conference room in the engineering department, listening to one scientific team after the next pitch a variety of promising biomedical breakthroughs to a small granting committee at a private California university.   

As a speechwriter and pitch coach,  I’d been invited to give feedback to this group of PhD scientists on how to improve their startup stories.  

While I’d coached hundreds of entrepreneurs on the fine art of crafting and presenting a compelling pitch — ideas ranging from lighting for the film industry to energy grid storage — I was feeling rather uneasy about critiquing biomedical...

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