Thought leaders must regularly develop their expertise in a variety of arenas. What skills would you like to develop in the coming year?

improve your ability to tell stories

The people who join your ‘tribe’ want to identify and connect with you. The more clearly you can tell a story, the more likely you are to build a loyal tribe. Sadly, few are born with the gift of storytelling – the rest of us have to work to develop it. Here are some resources that we recommend;

  • WATCH: TED Talks – to see how others present their ideas. A few of our favorites are featured below including Simon Sinek, Brene Brown, and Seth Godin.


Learn how to make your ideas catch on. Read Pop! Stand Out in Any Crowd by Sam Horn.

Discover how to tell a great story in a slide presentation with Resonate by Nancy Duarte.

Tell a great story in a slide presentation with Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte.

Bring innovation into your business. Read Creativity in Business by Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers

Learn how to lead a conversation by reading Moments of Impact by Lisa Kay Solomon

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Discover writing tips by reading The Writer’s Process by Anne Janzer

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More writing tips read If You Want to Write by Breanda Ueland

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My favorite book on change read Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard



PRESENTATION | Present Your Ideas More Effectively

  • GRAPHICS: Explore Canva – use one of their templates to better present your ideas
  • PRESENTATIONS: Hire someone to help you create a top-notch presentation. Here are some talented folks we recommend – my friends at Alimat, Inc.
  • APPLICATION: Explore the very cool Mmmhmm app to make your presentations come alive.


BUSINESS | Nurture Your Innovation & Change Orientation Skills

  • Trying to sort out what to do first and build your efforts for success? Try this updated resource and rethink the basic SWOT analysis from Justin Gomer and Jackson Hille
  • NEWSLETTER: Read innovation newsletters like Springwise.
  • HOST AN EVENT: Host a strategic conversation about the change needed in your organization.
  • BLOG: Discover how to be a champion of change in this article.

RECOGNITION: build your leadership skills & credentials

  • AWARD: Ask someone to nominate you for an award – like the San Jose Business Times Women of Influence Award or the Crain’s 40 Under 40 Award.  Provide them with your bio and the key supporting information for the nomination to assure they put the best case forward.
  • CLASS: Take an online Masterclass with an expert. I love the classes from Bob Woodward and Malcolm Gladwell but there are many topics to choose from. * Before seeking another credential or degree, be sure that it is really necessary to what you want to achieve.
  • FREE ONLINE COURSE: Take a free online business course with Academic Earth or LinkedIn Learning.
  • BLOG: Read blogs related to your field so you stay up to date on what’s happening – Try Alltop to find the top blogs by topic area.
  • WEBSITE: Create a personal web page. Try Go.coSquareSpace or WordPress for easy site set-up.

more great thought leadership resources

We tend to get carried away. So here’s another great page of resources.

career resources

In a career transition? Here is a page of career resources for you.

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