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  • Have you ever walked into a meeting and immediately felt anxious? If you are like the rest of us, you probably start thinking of all the things that you have to be anxious about. Maybe you remember that Bob from accounting is there today and often asks tough questions about your budget, or perhaps you […]

  • Trump is manipulating people with his communication style, and I do not approve. In my coaching work, I strive to help leaders be clearer about their intentions, more authentic in their communication and more resonant in their presence. What President Trump is doing with communication, however, is dangerous, manipulative and disorienting and no matter what […]

  • I have written a few times about the workshop I did with Keith Johnstone so you may recall me mentioning his work in improvisation and performance before. This post is another reference to a request that he made that continues to rumble through my mind. He said to us on the first day, “I ask […]

  • Do you feel like you are stuck? Stuck in your career, stuck in your relationships or stuck in your own growth? If so, good for you for being awake. While feeling stuck is not fun, knowing that you are stuck allows you to do something about it. Knowing is the first step to being able […]

  • I have had a few responses to my last post Stop Trying So Hard that centered around two questions: What about practice? What’s wrong with pushing for excellence? I love these questions because they point to both the paradox of the message behind trying too hard and trying to improve our skills. I made the title […]

  • I have recently taken up boxing.  (Here is a video of me training) After watching all of the Rocky movies in one week, my son decided that he wanted to learn how to box. We found out that there is a famous boxing club right here in Portland, Maine and that one of their teachers […]

  • Earlier this summer I was sitting down to lunch with a friend of mine who is an avid cyclist, a great listener and an all-around good guy. When we settled in I slid this card to him as a joke: He had recently taken a position as a board chair and I suggested he might […]

  • In the past I have been asked to give my thoughts on the communication styles of certain public figures. There is no better place to observe a person’s tics, tone and relatability than a Presidential debate. (This smile says “I’m very uncomfortable”) Debates are rarely moments when we learn important policy information or get a […]

  • When I was 17 years old I got a job being a breakfast prep cook for a small restaurant on Cape Cod. The head cook (let’s call him ‘Bob’) was an ex-semipro tackle who weighed about 300 pounds and had the unfortunate job of teaching me everything he knew about cooking. His teaching methods were […]

  • “You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now; but you cannot be, for you are life and exist Now–otherwise you would not be here.” Alan Watts   The above quote is from Alan Watts’ book Become What You Are which is a series of essays about the nature of enlightenment, […]

  • How do we communicate our best self to the world around us? How can we go into a job interview, an audition or an important pitch with confidence that we are giving our best? Working in the field of communication has brought me to a better understanding of the ways that we interfere and interrupt […]

  • What would it mean to you if you held the keys to remove the biggest obstacles to your success? What if the biggest obstacles getting between you and your deepest and most meaningful desires were inside you and your thoughts? Finally, what if the most important key to envisioning a successful future depended on your […]

Testimonials
  • “I had the great fortune to work with Seth in preparation for a TEDx talk. While I have given hundreds of speeches in the last several years, I still found myself scribbling down notes on everything he said. Seth has the unusual ability to go immediately to the essence of what you want to communicate and bring it to life. He does this by adjusting everything from the words, to the emotion and the way you move, all to make you more grounded, more comfortable and more effective at delivering that story or message.”

    —Karen Mills, Served in President Obama’s cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009-2013; Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School

  • "I worked with Seth as a speaker coach while preparing for a TEDx talk. Seth has that special ability to make you feel comfortable while he encourages you to be more open, and the result is more clarity about both your idea and your own presence."

    — John Coleman, CEO and Founder, The VIA Agency

  • "As an HR leader, I cannot speak highly enough about Seth and the value he has brought to key leaders in our organization. Seth is extremely credible, engaging, and authentic and through his coaching expertise and style has been an invaluable resource in helping our leaders realize their potential."

    — Zach Nelson, Global Head of Leadership and Organizational Development

  • "I found myself amazed at the number of 'pearls' he could share in 50 minutes on understanding yourself and others when it comes to communicating on the job in a healthcare setting."

    —Robin L. Perry, MD Chairman and Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Cooper University Hospital

  • Seth has a crazy ability to both synthesize and magnify messages simultaneously.  He provides the tools to filter your communication down to its naked truth, and the confidence for you to shout it out loud.  Seth helped me get ready for a TEDx talk. The talk was surprisingly well received.  I owe that to Seth and his coaching.

    —John Rooks, President The SOAP Group

  • "Seth is masterful at what he does, and I recommend him highly to anyone who wants to be a more effective leader and a more compelling speaker."

    —Ted O'Meara, Managing Principal, Garrand

  • "Seth has been a superb partner in our development work at L.L. Bean."

    —Joe Surace, Learning Design Consultant at L.L. Bean