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E58:  Dwayne Norris on Race Relations in America

E58: Dwayne Norris on Race Relations in America

October 13, 2020

Dwayne Norris of Soulful Synergy joins Michael Angelo Caruso for an open and honest conversation about race relations in the United States.

Watch the video version of this interview here.

At the time of this recording these two gentlemen were acquaintances, but didn't know each other well. They tackle difficult and challenging topics.

This particular conversation is more about dialog than it is about identifying solutions.

3:00 The best educated society ever?
4:00 Is tone (such as empathy) set at the top?
5:00 What happens when you let people inside your head
7:00 Separating politics from ideals and civic values
10:00 Being articulate and educated helps one cope
12:00 How civic engagement relates to accountability
13:45 Basic needs allow for reasonable dialog
15:00 Does protesting help or hurt?
18:15 How helpful is virtue signaling?
19:15 What happens after 90% of us start "taking a knee?"
23:00 Revisionism, re-evaluating statues (Wilson, Jefferson)
24:27 The value of looking forward even if symbols have power
26:15 Whitewashing the Incas, Mayans, Native Americans
27:30 Infer vs. imply (are statues ok in museums?)
30:00 Why is a Washington statue ok, but not a Roosevelt statue?
31:30 Do we make problems SMALLER than they really are?
31:00 Malcolm Gladwell on the Sandra Bland incident
34:00 The art of challenging authority
40:00 When authority is not articulate or well trained
41:00 Triggering as related to real and perceived subjugation
42:45 Where are we headed--exactly?
43:15 Fair pay, social equity, people over profits
46:00 Thomas Sowell (and now Candace Owens)
48:30 Soulful Synergy
50:15 Amazon, Wal-Mart and minimum wage
51:15 Is it ok for Gates and Bezos to eventually give away their $?
55:00 Which black business owner is a good role model for fair pay? 57:30 Accountability regarding social contracts
59:30 How can we measure success?
60:30 George Floyd, police brutality
61:30 Let's keep talking and making progress!

Both Dwayne and Michael are Rotarians. Rotary is the largest and best service organization in the world. Dwayne Zoomed in from his home office in Harlem, New York. Michael appeared from his home office in Rochester, Michigan.

Comments are always welcome.

Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.

The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.

Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event. He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America and he’s spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states.

Check out Michael’s blog post (on his website) for interesting educational articles about speaking, writing, leadership and marketing. He also shares writes about his unique experiences on the speaking circuit, so there are lots of great stories that take place all over the world. These posts are often rendered with humor and wit.

Michael is the author of many books, including Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to Speed Career Success, which is available as a print book and as an e-book. Also check out Michael’s booklet titled, Hmmm…Little Ideas With BIG Results.

He’s also the creator of the best-selling, Present Like a Pro DVD, a masterclass in speaking. All products are available on Amazon. _ _ _ Presentation Training More on Michael at his website.

Join his Present Like a Pro Group on Facebook for ongoing speaking tips. Michael’s online Present Like a Pro class is the best speaker training of its kind. Learn how to be an elite speaker in only six weeks!

Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales. More on Michael at MichaelAngeloCaruso.com. 

Subscribe to Michael's YouTube channel (ring that silver bell!) to be notified of new videos. Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s YouTube channel to learn how he can help your sales team. Click that silver bell on the YT video page to be notified of new videos. If you’re a fan of video, watch for Michael’s fun Facebook Live sessions.

E57:  Drummer for the band, Chicago, Walfredo (”Wally”) Reyes, Jr.

E57: Drummer for the band, Chicago, Walfredo (”Wally”) Reyes, Jr.

September 13, 2020

Walfredo Reyes, Jr., is the drummer for the legendary band, Chicago.

Watch the video version of this interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smZNaMcmJeY

Author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso interviews the music veteran on a wide range of topics, including life on the road with the Chicago band and stories about other famous acts.

1:32   Lessons from Walfredo Reyes, Sr. 
5:00  Josephine Baker (in Havana, Cuba!) 
7:00  Making it in music is part talent and part personality 
9:15  The music BUSINESS 
10:00  Famous rhythm sections (The Wrecking Crew, The Section, The Toto boys) 


11:15  Making and maintaining connections 
16:00  Chicago's relentless touring schedule 
20:15  "Take the best and leave the rest" 
22:00  All Cubans do not know each other, lol 
23:15  Is it easier to make it in the music business now? 
26:00  Close encounters with the cold business of music 
28:30  Auto-tune, Pro-Tools, triggers, fix-it-in-the-mix philosophy 


31:15   Working with Lindsey Buckingham 
32:30  Chicago drums 
33:30  Music as fashion 
34:00  The many flavors of snare drums 
38:00  All kinds of drum students 
41:00   Staying in shape 
44:30  Obsessed with drumming
49:00  Neal Peart 
51:15  Danny Seraphine and Tris Imboden 
53:30  Taking requests from the boss(es) 
57:00  How Wally got started in Chicago (Robert Lamm story) 
1:00:00  Abe Laboriel, Sr. and Jr. (Paul McCartney's drummer) 
1:03:00  "I never want to worry where 'one' is" (Lee Loughnane story) 


1:06:00  Drumming is 50% playing and 50% listening 
1:08:00  The problem drum fills ("never disturb the dancers") 
1:14:00  Beginnings, Introduction, 
1:15:00  Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon, Old Days 
1:17:00  Time signatures; "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" 
1:20:00  Wally's legendary "Graffiti" drum kit

*Sorry, not sure why the drums were muted when Wally played during this podcast.

Walfredo Reyes Jr. (born Walfredo de los Reyes Palau IV) December 18, 1955) is a Cuban American expert in drum set and auxiliary percussion, a music educator, and a clinician. He has performed with many jazz, Latin, World music, World fusion, Afro-Cuban, and rock bands as a touring, session recording, and full-time player.

Reyes is known for his fusion of many of the world's percussion techniques, including the ability to play a drum set with his hands in addition to the traditional use of drumsticks.   It's said that he can "sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time".

He is well known as a long-term member of Santana, and a member of Chicago as the percussionist from 2012—2018 and the drummer since 2018. 

Walfredo Reyes Jr. was born on December 18, 1955 in Havana, Cuba. He's a third generation musician in a prolific professional musical lineage on both sides of his family, including several globally notable percussion experts.

His father is percussionist Walfredo Reyes, Sr.; one brother is World music percussionist Daniel de los Reyes (also with Chicago); another brother is actor Kamar de los Reyes; and his grandfather is trumpeter and Cuban orchestral organizer, Walfredo de los Reyes II.

Reyes has had a lifelong interest in the music of Chicago Transit Authority, now known as Chicago. He says that the band's debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, is the first album that he had ever purchased as a youth with his own money.

The following passage is written by Rick Van Horn:

“Few drummers playing today can successfully combine the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban and World Percussion with the drum set. 

For Walfredo Reyes, Jr., fusing the two disciplines has been his driving passion. In fact, by blazing this path, Reyes has challenged the technical levels of our instrument. Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and culminating his musical style in the U.S., Wally (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr.

"He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own truly global rhythmic style. Simply put, Wally is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do."

Not surprisingly, this one-man percussion show has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and/or recording with:

- Carlos Santana, Traffic 
- Steve Winwood 
- Jackson Browne 
- Celia Cruz 
- Gloria Estefan 
- David Lindley 
- Ricki Lee Jones 
- Richard Marx 
- Sergio Mendes 
- Smokey Robinson 
- Robbie Robertson
- Joe Sample 
- Boz Scaggs
- Christina Aguilera 
- Ricky Martin 
- Johnny Hallyday 
- Khaled 
- Lindsey Buckingham 
- Chicago 
- And many others

Because of his versatility, Walfredo is one of the most in demand musicians in the world today. He continues to expand his talents to recording, producing, composing, education, live performance, and touring.

E56: Dr. Diane Hamilton and the Art of Being Curious

E56: Dr. Diane Hamilton and the Art of Being Curious

August 22, 2020
Is it good to be curious these days?  If so, how can we use questions to improve our lives?

Watch the video version of Michael Angelo Caruso's interview with author and speaker, Dr. Diane Hamilton at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjmX61icfls.

 
Diane is a business behavioral specialist and has a PhD in business leadership. She's an expert in emotional intelligence (EQ), intelligence quotient (IQ) and curiosity quotient (CQ).

She's the author of "Cracking the Curiosity Code," a book on how to be curious and she created the Curiosity Index to help people cultivate curiosity as a characteristic. The "Thinkers50" has recognized Dr. Hamilton as an expert on the topic of curiosity.

Diane has written a book titled "Cracking the Curiosity Code" and has created an assessment called the Curiosity Code Index, which helps evaluate your curiosity quotient and develop it further. She's also made the coveted "Thinkers 50" an internationally recognized list of important thought leaders.

Dr. Hamilton says there are four things businesses can do to create a culture of curiosity: minimize Fear in the workplace, push back against Assumptions, balancing Technology and Environment (FATE):

1) Minimize FEAR in the Workplace
2) Push Back Against ASSUMPTIONS
3) Balancing TECHNOLOGY
4) ENVIRONMENT

Being curious is a personal asset for people because asking questions helps us become more empathetic, solve problems, deliver customer service and think on our feet. Dr. Hamilton cites the work of the following experts:

- Dr. George Land's work on creativity with NASA
- Dr. Tony Alessandra's work with personality assessment
- Amy Edmondson's TED talk on how curiosity can be used
- Dr. Ken Robinson's TED talk

Being curious is a practical way to avoid going with assumptions, which can damage relationships and cost companies market share.

Learn more about Diane and her nationally syndicated podcast (she interviewed Michael recently) at DrDianeHamilton dot com.

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Listen to Michael's "Talk to Me" podcast to hear more of his interview with interesting people.

Subscribe to this YouTube channel to be notified of Michael’s new videos. More on Michael at his website. Join his "Present Like a Pro Group" on Facebook for ongoing speaking tips.

Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.

The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.

Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event. He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America. Choose from his menu of popular keynote topics. 

Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales. More on Michael at MichaelAngeloCaruso dot com. Listen to Michael’s popular podcast on Podbean, iTunes and other platforms.

Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/michaelangelocaruso to learn how he can help your sales team.  Just click that silver bell on the YT video page to be notified of the new videos.

 
 
 
E55: New York Times Author, Chris Brogan, on Creating Content

E55: New York Times Author, Chris Brogan, on Creating Content

August 8, 2020
You'll love this wide-ranging interview with the New York Times best-selling author, Chris Brogan.

His talking points with fellow speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso include:

 
1:25 Million dollar speaking tip
6:00 Is it getting harder to be funny?
9:00 Thoughts on appropriation
13:00 "Working on the gilding instead of the building"
14:00 How Chris became a content machine (Evernote)
18:00 Make something of your great ideas
21:00 Why write a book if no one's reading anymore?
25:30 The secret to writing clearly
29:00 Why language is changing
33:00 From pictures to words and now back to pictures, again
35:30 Content creation secret from Reddit
37:00 Attribution vs. plagiarism
39:00 How Chris uses Twitter, email (GDPR) plus his list size!
44:00 What Chris thinks about Gary Vaynerchuk
47:00 Brogan's adventure with depression
54:00 Chris Brogan's Success Tips (small bites)
57:00 "There are no solutions, there are only trade-offs." -Thomas Sowell
59:00 "We would rather take medicine than vitamins." -Chris Brogan
60:00 "The Backpack" is Chris new book on leadership
 
Subscribe to this YouTube channel to be notified of Michael’s new videos.  Like/Comment as you prefer. Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career.
 
If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life. The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people.
 
Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful. Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event.
 
He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America and he’s spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states. And his reputation is expanding in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
 
Choose from the menu of popular keynote topics on his website which cover the important topics of communication, selling, leadership, motivation speaking skills and change. _ _ _
 
Check out Michael’s blog post (on his website) for interesting educational articles about speaking, writing, leadership and marketing. He also shares writes about his unique experiences on the speaking circuit, so there are lots of great stories that take place all over the world. These posts are often rendered with humor and wit. _ _ _
 
Information Products Michael is the author of many books, including “Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to Speed Career Success,” which is available as a print book and as an e-book.
 
Also check out Michael’s booklet titled, “Hmmm…Little Ideas With BIG Results.” He’s also the creator of the best-selling, ”Present Like a Pro” DVD, a masterclass in speaking.
 
All products are available on Amazon. _ _ _
 
Presentation Training More on Michael at his website. Join his "Present Like a Pro Group" on Facebook for ongoing speaking tips. Michael’s online “Present Like a Pro” class is the best speaker training of its kind.
 
Learn how to be an elite speaker in only six weeks! Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales.
 
More on Michael at MichaelAngeloCaruso dot com. _ _ _
 
Listen to Michael’s popular “Talk To Me” podcast on Podbean, iTunes and other platforms. _ _ _
 
Subscribe to this YouTube channel (ring that silver bell!) at https://www.youtube.com/user/michaela... to be notified of new videos.
 
Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s YouTube channel to learn how he can help your sales team. Just click that silver bell on the YT video page to be notified of new videos.
 
If you’re a fan of video, watch for Michael’s fun Facebook Live sessions. Mastering the art of presentation is the single most important goal for any leader or salesperson.
 
Like/Comment as you prefer. Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome. Being able to motivate others is very important, so there’s a direct relationship between your success and your ability to make effective presentations.
 
Communication consultant, Michael Angelo Caruso has been helping business people be more successful for over three decades, primarily through presentation training.
 
“I help speakers and presenters stop working against themselves,” says Caruso. “It’s a careful balancing act to know what to include in a presentation and what to leave out.”
 
Improve your presentation nearly overnight with Michael. Sharpening your effectiveness as a presenter is an iterative process because you are changing habits. But working with Michael, you’ll see important improvements almost immediately.
 
E54: Joshua Riehl, Director of “The Russian Five” Movie About the Detroit Red Wings

E54: Joshua Riehl, Director of “The Russian Five” Movie About the Detroit Red Wings

July 21, 2020

Interview with Joshua Riehl, director of "The Russian Five" of the Detroit Red Wings and how they won the Stanley Cup.

 

Watch the video version of this interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oagm8CwUHW0

 

Author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviewed Joshua Riehl, director of "The Russian Five," on the "Talk to Me" podcast.

 

The movie features five Russian hockey players: Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Federov and Vyacheslav Koslov and their remarkable story of espionage, defection, bribery and courage.

 

In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played.

 

It took Joshua seven years to direct this movie. Keith Gave, author of the book, "The Russian Five," also served as a co-producer of the movie, along with Jenny Feterovich and Steve Bannatyne. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 did the music score.

 

Subscribe to this YouTube channel to be notified of Michael’s new videos. Like/Comment as you prefer. Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome.

 

Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.

 

The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people.  Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.  Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event.

 

He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America and he’s spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states. And his reputation is expanding in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

 

Choose from the menu of popular keynote topics on his website which cover the important topics of communication, selling, leadership, motivation speaking skills and change.

 

Check out Michael’s blog post (on his website) for interesting educational articles about speaking, writing, leadership and marketing.

 

He also shares writes about his unique experiences on the speaking circuit, so there are lots of great stories that take place all over the world. These posts are often rendered with humor and wit.

 

Michael is the author of many books, including “Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to Speed Career Success,” which is available as a print book and as an e-book. Also check out Michael’s booklet titled, “Hmmm…Little Ideas With BIG Results.”

 

He’s also the creator of the best-selling, ”Present Like a Pro” DVD, a masterclass in speaking. All products are available on Amazon.

 

More on Michael at his website. Join his "Present Like a Pro Group" on Facebook for ongoing speaking tips. Michael’s online “Present Like a Pro” class is the best speaker training of its kind. Learn how to be an elite speaker in only six weeks.

 

Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales. More on Michael at MichaelAngeloCaruso dot com. 

Listen to Michael’s popular “Talk To Me” podcast on Podbean, iTunes and other platforms.  

 

Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s YouTube channel to learn how he can help your sales team. Just click that silver bell on the YT video page to be notified of new videos.

 

If you’re a fan of video, watch for Michael’s fun Facebook Live sessions. Mastering the art of presentation is the single most important goal for any leader or salesperson. Like/Comment as you prefer. Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome.

 

Being able to motivate others is very important, so there’s a direct relationship between your success and your ability to make effective presentations. Communication consultant, Michael Angelo Caruso has been helping business people be more successful for over three decades, primarily through presentation training.

 

“I help speakers and presenters stop working against themselves,” says Caruso. “It’s a careful balancing act to know what to include in a presentation and what to leave out."

 

Improve your presentation nearly overnight with Michael. Sharpening your effectiveness as a presenter is an iterative process because you are changing habits. But working with Michael, you’ll see important improvements almost immediately. 

 

He’ll visit your company to deliver training seminars to your leadership or sales team or he can coach you online. Michael can speak at your industry convention on how to improve presentation skills

E53: The Power of Questions | Marketing Expert, Heather Doering

E53: The Power of Questions | Marketing Expert, Heather Doering

July 13, 2020
Enjoy this interview on the power or questions with Heather Doering.
 
Heather is a digital marketing expert and owner of Kick Ace Strategies in Michigan. Heather's a smart lady. She knows that good marketing requires knowing your target audience and that means asking good questions.
 
Watch the video version of this interview on the Michael Angelo Caruso YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRvvL5qPHDc  -- Subscribe  to this YouTube channel to be notified of Michael’s new videos. Just click that silver bell!
 
There are two types of questions... read on to learn more....
 
Talking points:
 
1:00 Heather's background (inc. MA in Psychology from Michigan State University
3:00 Tips for marketing via social media and blogs
4:30 The art of questions
7:30 Questions that get good answers
11:00 Using "interviews" to qualify prospects
11:30 Save TONS of time with this screening strategy
14:15 How to use non-binary questions
18:00 How to not talk too much
16:40 The 3-word phrase that gets people to talk
20:00 Which famous interviewers have the best technique? (Jay Leno? Ellen DeGeneres? Oprah?) 23:00 How you can use questions to improve your marketing
 
There are two basic types of questions: binary and non-binary.
 
Binary questions are "closed" questions that can only be answered in two ways (yes or no, Tuesday or Wednesday, AM or PM, black or brown)
 
Non-binary questions are "open" questions that can only be answered through information exchange. Use binary/closed questions to qualify prospects and close deals. Use non-binary questions to learn how someone thinks and what they are feeling.
 
Ace Strategies is a digital marketing agency specializing in helping business-to-business clients. Visit the website to collect on your complimentary LinkedIn profile review or a strategy call. Visit KickAceStrategies dot com to get a complimentary evaluation of your LinkedIn profile valued at $200.
 
Heather has a degree in psychology from Michigan State University (Go Green!) and is a graduate of the Sandler Sales Training program. She also runs a women's entrepreneur group in SE Michigan.
 
More on Michael at his website and his "Present Like a Pro" group on Facebook.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.
 
Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event. He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America. Choose from his menu of popular keynote topics. And his reputation is expanding, as he’s now spoken in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
 
Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales. Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s channel on YouTube to learn how he can help your sales team.
E52: Improve Your Workplace Culture; Dana Vogelmeier Interview

E52: Improve Your Workplace Culture; Dana Vogelmeier Interview

May 18, 2020
Dana Vogelmeier helps organizations improve workplace culture.
 
Everyone deserves a dream job and to work in an engaging environment! If we are all operating at a higher awareness level, we treat each other differently. That behavior will spread like a pebble thrown in the pond!
 
Michael Angelo Caruso interviews Dana on best practices for making work a better place to be.  Watch the video version of this and other great interviews at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdpQ0CmA8Mk.  Subscribe to Michael's YT channel (ring that silver bell!) to be notified of new videos.  
 
Watch Dana's TEDx video, then check out all the other events Dana has enlivened with her amazing expertise and contagious positive attitude.
 
Dana earned her Masters Degree with a focus in leadership and has studied under John Maxwell to become a John Maxwell Team member. She's a certified Workplace Culture Specialist through The Culture Works and earned a Certified Professional in Performance Learning designation which specializes in pinpointing performance problems.
 
Additionally, Dana is an experienced speaker, trainer, and coach. Highlights of this interview include:
 
1:00   Why it's so hard to change workplace culture
3:00   Workplace culture is NOT the info on your website
3:30   Dana's bio includes, a Master's degree, John Maxwell certification
5:00   How to attract and retain top talent
6:00   Workers who stay can be a bigger problem than those who leave
8:00   Being a "business casual" has its challenges
14:00 Starbucks adventure with tattoos
16:15 The crossroads of personal expression, workplace culture
18:30 What the boss wants vs. what the employees want
20:30 The #1 pre-requisite for good workplace culture
21:00 The crucial role of middle managers
22:30 Visibility and value, performance and reward
26:15 The value of direct feedback
27:30 Giving people a choice
29:00 Coming trends include compassion and grace
 
Note: Dana's comment "right person in the right seat" references Jim Collins' book, "Good to Great."
 
Check out Dana Vogelmeier's website and her great "Making Great Work Places" Facebook page. Her terrific TED talk is easily found on YouTube. Like/Comment as you prefer.
 
Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome. Subscribe to this YouTube channel to be notified of Michael’s new videos.
 
Remember, the team usually improves right after the leader does. Michael Angelo Caruso delivers a fantastic keynote on leadership that’s both educational and entertaining. The session covers what your leadership group needs to know about the best ways to educate, motivate, and reward team members.
 
He’ll talk about ways to handle the four most challenging work personalities, giving special attention to handling negative people. You’ll learn a simple, yet effective technique for confidence that few leaders use and the best way to offer criticism.
 
Unfortunately, most managers try to motivate employees using three tools that usually don’t motivate: job descriptions, performance reviews and evaluation forms that are linked to money. It turns out that money doesn’t motivate most employees anyway.
 
Michael uses the amazing power of story to motivate leaders who attend his presentations. Like/Comment as you prefer. Your informed opinion on this content is always welcome. Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. I
 
If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.
 
Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event. He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America and he’s spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states. And his reputation is expanding in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
 
Choose from the menu of popular keynote topics on his website which cover the important topics of communication, selling, leadership, motivation speaking skills and change.
_ _ _
Check out Michael’s blog post (on his website) for interesting educational articles about speaking, writing, leadership and marketing. He also shares writes about his unique experiences on the speaking circuit, so there are lots of great stories that take place all over the world. These posts are often rendered with humor and wit.
_ _ _
Information Products Michael is the author of many books, including “Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to Speed Career Success,” which is available as a print book and as an e-book.
 
Also check out Michael’s booklet titled, “Hmmm…Little Ideas With BIG Results,” also on Amazon. He’s also the creator of the best-selling, ”Present Like a Pro” DVD, a masterclass in speaking. All products are available on Amazon.
E51: Surviving COVID-19; My Interview with Sam Abu-Hamdan

E51: Surviving COVID-19; My Interview with Sam Abu-Hamdan

May 2, 2020
Surviving COVID-19 is a unique achievement. Michael Angello Caruso interviews, Sam Abu-Hamdan, a coronavirus survivor.
 
[Watch the video version of this interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlnrwO5qO8   Subscribe to Michael's YT channel (ring that silver bell!) to be notified of new videos.]
 
COVID-19 survivors are interesting people on a number of levels. Compared to the total population, not many people contract the illness, but a large percentage of victims have died from it.
 
In addition, the coronavirus attacks the respiratory system and makes it difficult to breathe, a terribly stressful condition, especially if you're self-quarantined.
 
The novel (new) coronavirus was officially named COVID-19 on February 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization. By that date, it had already killed hundreds of people. Originating in Wuhan, the Central Province of China, the coronavirus has had a cataclysmic impact worldwide.
 
As of April 20, 2020, the COVID-19 had infected millions of people and killed over 165,000 within a short time period.
 
Sam Abu-Hamdan shares his story of how he recovered from COVID-19 in a fascinating interview with Michael Angelo Caruso on the "Talk to Me" podcast. Highlights of this conversation include:
 
1:30 How COVID-19 got its name (CORonaVIrus Disease, discovered in 2019)
2:00 Sam's memory of contracting COVID-19
4:00 How Sam's symptoms presented (everyone's different)
5:00 Why it can be hard to know if you have the virus
6:00 Why in some ways it doesn't matter if you've contracted COVID-19
7:30 A "flu" that kills
 
10:00 How Sam coped in self-quarantine
11:00 The simple oxygen measurement device that helped him get through the night
13:30 When breathing panic means a trip to the hospital emergency room
16:30 And the unbearable headaches!
 
20:00 Why nights are the worst and how to cope
23:00 What "exponential" means
24:00 Public health vs. private wellness decisions
26:00 Economic impacts
 
27:00 Why comparing COVID-19 to the flu isn't helpful
31:00 Getting back to normal
 
Welcome back, Sam--we're glad you're feeling better!
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Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people. Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful. Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event.
 
He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America and he’s spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states. And his reputation is expanding in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
 
Choose from the menu of popular keynote topics on his website which cover the important topics of communication, selling, leadership, motivation speaking skills and change.
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Check out Michael’s blog post (on his website) for interesting educational articles about speaking, writing, leadership and marketing. He also shares writes about his unique experiences on the speaking circuit, so there are lots of great stories that take place all over the world.
 
These posts are often rendered with humor and wit.
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Information Products
 
Michael is the author of many books, including “Work Hacks: 300+ Cool Ideas to Speed Career Success,” which is available as a print book and as an e-book on Amazon. Also check out Michael’s booklet titled, “Hmmm…Little Ideas With BIG Results,” also on Amazon. He’s also the creator of the best-selling, ”Present Like a Pro” DVD, a masterclass in speaking. All products are available on Amazon.
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Presentation Training
 
 
Join his "Present Like a Pro Group" on Facebook for ongoing speaking tips. Michael’s online “Present Like a Pro” class is the best speaker training of its kind. Learn how to be an elite speaker in only six weeks! Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales.
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Listen to Michael’s popular “Talk To Me” podcast on Podbean, iTunes and other platforms.
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Subscribe to Michael’s YouTube Channel Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s YouTube channel to learn how he can help your sales team. Just click that silver bell on the YT video page to be notified of new videos. 
 
If you’re a fan of video, watch for Michael’s fun Facebook Live sessions.
E50: Networking Expert, Terry Bean

E50: Networking Expert, Terry Bean

February 22, 2020
Here's a fun interview with the one and only, Terry Bean from Detroit, Michigan.
 
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Terry is a Co-founder of TEDx-Detroit and the Executive Director of Motor City Connect, Detroit's premiere live networking organization.
 
Enjoy this wide ranging interview as Michael Angelo Caruso and Terry cover a bunch of interesting topics, including:
 
 1:00  A behind-the-scene look at TEDx-Detroit (ongoing convo throughout)
 2:15  Event planning strategies
 6:30  Detroit as "comeback city"
12:15 Motor City Connect
15:15 Ch-ch-ch-changes!
16:00 Why you can't say "I don't know" anymore
24:00 Terry's new online coaching program
 
Watch to get many great tips from Terry on how to make the most of change.
 
Plus, some EPIC name dropping, including Dan Gilbert, Apple, Rock Financial, U2, Cleveland Cavaliers, Bono, Charlie Wollborg, Uber, Lawrence Tech, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr., Google and Cher!?
 
Terry is a public speaker, a networking coach and author of the book, "Be Connected," a primer on how to develop quality relationships.  He offers online coaching so you can level up your networking skills and amp up your career.  Learn more about Terry at TryBean.com.
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Subscribe to this YouTube channel to be notified of Michael’s newest interviews.
 
More on Michael at his website and his Present Like a Pro group on Facebook.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. If you’re a leader or salesperson, Michael will help you become a better presenter for the rest of your life.
 
The most important business skill for leaders and salespeople is the ability to effectively communicate with groups of people.  Look into leadership and sales training so you can keep teams interested, motivated and successful.
 
Use Michael to pump up your next conference or industry event.  He’s one of the top keynote speakers in America.  Choose from his menu of popular keynote topics.
 
And his reputation is expanding, as he’s now spoken in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. 
 
Set up a free consult with Michael so you can crush your presentations and improve sales.  More on his website
 
Watch (and subscribe to) Michael’s channel on YouTube to learn how he can help your sales team.  Just click that silver bell on MAC's YT channel page.
E49: Surviving a Brain Tumor

E49: Surviving a Brain Tumor

February 7, 2020
Trauma is part of life and so is recovery.
 
Check out Michael Angelo Caruso's interesting interview with Lynn McLaughlin, who survived a brain tumor and then came back stronger than ever.
 
[Watch the video version of this interview here.]
 
Lynn McLaughlin is a life-long educator who has owned and operated her own business, Steering Through It since December 2017.  Lynn’s public speaking experiences have been local, provincial and international.
 
As an author, she offers consultation services to writers.  Lynn is driven, through her personal experiences, to help us become self-advocates and question our true purpose in this life. 
 
An active Rotarian, Lynn is dedicated to community causes.  She's a member of 100 Women Who Care Windsor/Essex and works tirelessly to support the goals of the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada.
 
Lynn has recently joined the National Advocacy Committee as a Community member. She strives to meet each new personal goal and completed her first Detroit International Half-Marathon (post brain trauma!).
 
Lynn McLaughlin was the Superintendent of Education with the Greater Essex County District School Board for six years, retiring in 2018. She is well versed in all areas of special education, school and board operations. She continues to be active in education, teaching future Educational Assistants.
 
Check out her book, Steering Through It, a story of illness, recovery and discovery, available at her website.
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More on Michael at his website and his Present Like a Pro group on Facebook.
 
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills that will help you command the room, get noticed and advance your career. 

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