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Crested Butte, Colorado

Connecting Dots – A view from behind the microphone

Traditions, new and old. My brain has been connecting a lot of dots from an amazing kickoff to the summer season.    I write this sitting at the base of what we call W or Tenderfoot Mountain.  Surely the earlier inhabitants of our valley had another name as archaeologists have found  60 clusters of artifacts on […]

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Workshop: There is no fear in public speaking…

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  but there is puking….. Literally the letters for the word “FEAR” are not in the words “Public Speaking” but you can pull out the letters for “PUKING” easy enough.   It’s very normal to get a little (or a lot worried) when you’re speaking to a crowd or even presenting at work and nearly 80% of […]

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Keynote: I Love My Mediocrity!

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Failure teaches lessons, so does mediocrity. I love mediocrity. Yep, I said it.  I love mediocrity.  I embrace mediocrity and not like one of those awkward side-hugs. I mean a bear-hug that leaves you gasping for breath type of embraces. There are some things I’m not good at (some would say blogging), I would say accounting […]

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Instantly Connect with Anyone…..Rapport!

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Anyone! Yes, anyone!  I’ve now said “anyone” three times, now. Maybe four. First, a question: if you need to effectively communicate with people daily please nod right now.  That should be almost everyone, right? Now, nod again if you’ve ever communicated poorly.  Ouch, right? Poor communication makes life hard!  And life is hard enough and worse still […]

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My list of failed bands….

And why you should come to the KBUT Kampout! The 2017 KBUT Kampout is coming up in a month and will once again be right around my birthday!  Last year I served as emcee and man-oh-man (and man-oh-woman, #equality) what a great day at Ibar Ranch.  Don’t judge but: I’m generally not a fan of […]

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Me Like Microphones….

  And me good with words too I did a fun exercise at the Ibar Ranch with the audience this week. I asked everyone, in chorus, to yell one-word or phrase related to something they’re grateful for. It was a fun activity and most people likely yelled “family”, “money”, “beer”, or “sex” or “live music”. […]

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Triumph and Tragedy: Hockey Life

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Marrying truth with fiction… The ice rink of Gunnison, Colorado is home to many a triumph and many a tragedy.  Rec League hockey at it’s finest and the human animal at it’s worst.  Ice skating brings out the grace and fluidity of movement in human form – but hand and ice-skater a stick and ask […]

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Running from Tony: Embracing Discomfort

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Growth through embracing discomfort… I’ve had a wonderful winter back in the Gunnison Valley after 3+ years in Hawaii.  My time in Hawaii gave me many unique opportunities to embrace discomfort.   As a professional I progressively advanced my fundraising and public speaking skills and reconnected with my youth in poverty through the most powerful mission I’ve […]

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Thanks Mom! (Alternate Title: Don’t Read Into It Dad)

Poverty is powerful I’ve recently made a significant transition out of the largely non-profit/environmental track I had been on for most of 18 years.  Moving over to a organization (who paid to remain unnamed) with a focus on children was a big shift.  Granted I’ve been a foster parent twice (overall grade B-) and part […]

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Red Noses & Blue Doors

I left Hawaii and one of the most powerful missions back in July. Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii serves over 15,000 youth each year on the islands of Oahu and Kauai and the kids are AMAZING.  Lifting up impoverished youth is at the core of the mission and inside the Clubhouses the kids find a safe […]

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