WELCOME — Thanks for dropping by!
This is our coffee shop. It’s a place where you and I can meet casually and connect over life issues – and maybe have a few others join the discussion. You might have come here from reading one of my blog posts, or one of my books, or heard me speak or connected through the recommendation of a friend. However you came, I’m grateful. I don’t take it lightly that you’re here.
We’ll chat about different things from time to time. Our common ground probably centers around how to communicate in a way that builds strong, real relationships. But we’ll also talk about productivity, writing, or just observations about life. My goal is to sit with you and look at life through fresh lenses.
Most of that comes from my background. I was raised in Southern California and Phoenix, and started writing in college. I took a journalism course from Professor Troup, and he said he’d give an “A” to anyone who got published during the semester. I think he assumed it wouldn’t happen, but I took it as a personal challenge.
I found a writer’s conference hosted by a church curriculum publisher named Success With Youth. I attended, and talked to the editor after the sessions. I explained the class challenge.
“How about if you give me a simple assignment. I’ll write it and turn it in. If you like it, you can pay me. If not, we’ll leave it at that.”
She said “yes.” I wrote the curriculum. She published it and gave me a check for $50.
And I got an “A” in the class.
From there, I wrote for that publisher and others for a few years. I ended up teaching at that college, and eventually transitioned into corporate training. That’s where I’ve been for the past quarter century, working for FranklinCovey to present seminars and speaking around my own books as well. Between Franklin Covey and other situations, I’ve passed the 3000 mark in speaking engagements over the years.
During that time, I kept writing. From curriculum, I transitioned to magazine articles and book chapters.
- I’ve written 5 books since 2006 (#5 comes out in August 2016)
- I’ve been a senior consultant for FranklinCovey for 28 years (but recently got off the road and am doing coaching from home).
- I’ve written articles for publications like Writer’s Digest, Entrepreneur, Pastors.com and others.
- I was a professor at Biola University, where I received my Masters degree. That was followed by a doctorate from Arizona State.
- In my blog, you’ll read about my best friend (my wife Diane), my kids and my grandkids. And other people who have wandered into my life and made it rich and colorful.
I’ll be expanding this website and content over the next few months, so keep visiting to see what’s new. In the meantime, sign up for the blog on the home page. I’ll publish it at least once a week going forward – probably every Tuesday morning. That’s where we’ll meet for coffee and conversation.
Thanks for showing up!
Here are the Amazon links to my books (click the pictures):
Updated version (2014) of the original Confident Conversation – How to Communicate Successfully in Any Situation (2008) – Basic conversational skills, especially for introverts
An introvert’s guide to sharing your faith (2006)