Move to the Front

Something that has plagued me, along with many others, is when entering a room for a meeting, church, or in class, we/I tend to subconsciously, or even consciously sit towards the back. However, when it comes to sporting events, music concerts, or other events, I am willing to even pay MORE money to sit closer...
Read More

5 Tips to Improve Listening

Most of us spend more time listening than we do talking. Listening is a learned skill. Since it is a learned behavior it is something that can be improved upon. Whether you are a student or a working adult in a business meeting, you should find the following tips helpful when listening to others. Concentrate...
Read More

Rethinking Cognitive Dissonance

We were all shaken and dismayed by the recent violence and turmoil that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA, and in other places throughout the country. It can be hard to understand why these sorts of things keep happening. Just a few weeks ago, a bizarre extension of this tension manifested itself in the form of a...
Read More

3 Keys to Winning at Argument

I have been a professional arguer all my life. As a professor of Business Law and Ethics, I employ the Socratic method to help my students refine truth through the crucible of continuous argument. As a pastor, I argued for the cause of Christ every Sunday, and every chance I could between Sundays. Before that,...
Read More

Awaken Your Childhood Dreams

Do you remember your childhood dream to grow up and become a firefighter, a ballerina, a professional baseball player, or perhaps a nurse? My dream was to become a singer or a wedding planner. Quite often, those childhood dreams were fun, but they don’t always come into view when making the logical decision about what...
Read More

When Life Gives You Lemons…

As you go through life, you meet many challenges, curves, and obstacles – lemons. Think how boring life would be if you never make mistakes, everything goes exactly as you want all the time, and you never encounter challenges. You may be inclined to choose to surrender and let things have negative impacts on yourself...
Read More

Comfort Zone

There will be times in your life when you will be challenged or asked to do something that requires you to step out of your comfort zone. Several years ago, my minister asked if I would speak to our congregation about stewardship. While giving back to the Lord is something I do without hesitation, speaking...
Read More

How to Write Anything

During high school, you might have written short responses and essays. Now going into college and in your careers, and even in your daily life as an adult, you will be writing many other genres of writing: emails, lab reports, marketing plans, article reviews… the list is endless. While all of these might have some...
Read More

Tips for a Great Morning

We are all guilty of hitting the snooze button more than once before we stumble to the kitchen for our morning cup of coffee. We rush to get dressed and fly out the door. We start the day in chaos, and sometimes it feels like we spend the rest of the day in that same...
Read More