Over 870,000 LinkedIn members have come to rely on me for a daily dose of clarity and positivity.
My strength is taking seemingly complex challenges and simplifying them, so you can act in a proactive manner.
On this page, you can listen to the webinar I did for MIT’s Alumni Association, which at the time was their most popular ever. Further down, you can find samples of some of my most popular LinkedIn posts, to give you a sense of the speaking topics I cover.
I’d love to speak at your company or next event. I promise to share insights that each person can use immediately.
"Thank you for providing an excellent keynote to kick off our conference in the main tent. Throughout the conference, each of us heard references to the challenges you put in front of our OD members."
— David Brown, President, Independent Doctors of Optometric Care (IDOC)
“'A delight... an inspiration... a breath of fresh air.' These are the kinds of comments we’ve been getting from attendees ever since Bruce spoke at Bend WebCAM in October.
— Cam Davis, Co-Chair, Bend WebCAM Conference
"Thank you again for the terrific job you did keynoting the Platinum PR Awards. It was a pleasure working with you, and your ‘Help This Person’ message is certain to inspire the hundreds of PR professionals at our event.
— Steve Goldstein, Editorial Director of Events - Access International/PR News
"You are inspiring (both personally and professionally). Haven’t stopped thinking about the words of wisdom, and the notable experiences that you shared during your two talks."
— Susan Sano Berado, Online Content Strategist
"I just wanted to say thank you once again for sharing your expertise with your dynamic presentation on Saturday. I had to watch most of it from the hallway due to the popularity!"
— Stephen A. Kirsche, Jr., Wesleyan University, University Relations
Please, please, please—don't spend your life focused on "getting somewhere."
Instead, treasure each day on your journey. Yes, it's okay to pick a direction and head that way. Yes, it's okay to have goals.
But it is far too easy to be so obsessed with getting somewhere that you miss the richness of life along the way. And 99% of your time is spent "along the way."
Treasure every step, and stop often to reflect and soak it all in.
Are you 22? 45? No matter. Your career and impact will accelerate when you learn to bring out talent in others.
Please repeat after me...
"I do not need to be a 'boss' to bring out talent in others."
"No leader needs to give me 'permission' to see someone's potential and help then realize it."
"Everyone has room to grow, and I can help them do it in a collegial and supportive manner."
What are you waiting for? Go forth and nurture...
You are a leader if you bring people together to unite behind a positive goal. Being a leader has nothing to do with your job; it has to do with your actions and mindset.
You can be a leader at 7, 27, or 87.
You can be poor or rich, short or tall, employed or unemployed.
Leaders recognize talent. They seek it out, and welcome it. "Can you help?" they ask.
You are a leader when bringing people together for a positive outcome starts to occupy more and more of your time.
One last point... being a leader does not mean any of the following:
1. You get all the credit.
2. You are in charge.
3. You get to tell people what to do.
True leaders inspire. They unleash energy and potential. Want to be a leader? Unleash energy and potential.
Everyone talks about growth as if it is easy and immediately self-gratifying. Nonsense. It is scary stuff, at least until you have actually made the growth stick.
How do you know if you take too long to get to the point? Here are some early indicators:
People get up and leave the room before you are done talking
Your boss - or a potential buyer - says "no" before you are done with your pitch
Colleagues ask you a question that you just answered, which suggests they were daydreaming about a walk on the beach while you were pontificating
The meeting leader calls Security to physically remove you from the podium
Basically, the more often you say, "One more thing," the greater the odds that you failed to get to your point fast enough.
It is far better to be positive, inspiring, uplifting or empowering... than to be "right".
If you love the sound of your own voice more than the sound of many people building on each other's ideas, you have a problem.
If you always need to be the smartest person in the room, you're not smart... you're a dolt.
True genius is bringing out the best in other people. That's how you build something big. That's how you have lasting impact.
Do your best, and you might have a nice little career. Bring out the best in others, and you can change the world. Do the math... to accomplish anything significant, you have to involve other people.
Here are 3 ways to get started:
1. Be generous: Give others your time and energy, and—most importantly—the benefit of the doubt. Believe in them, even when they stumble or fail to believe in themselves. It takes no talent whatsoever to believe in someone who is already knocking down walls. What's hard is to see the talent buried so deep inside someone that even he or she does not know it is there.
2. Be open-minded: Talent takes many forms, and it brings people to some unusual circumstances. Many of the most talented people you meet will be utterly different than you; they will think differently, act differently, and talk differently. They may be loud when you want to be quiet, and they may be quiet when you are searching for input.
3. Be nurturing: Your role in life is not to be the smartest or most capable person in the room. Your role is to interact with other people, to collaborate with other people, and to foster talent in other people. I say this without meeting you because... this is the highest calling to which any of us can aspire.
Your dreams and fears are neighbors. What you want most in this world often resides alongside those things that scare you the most.
It can be terrifying to admit what you truly want. In other words, the problem isn't that you don't care. The problem is you care too much. So if your intention is to grow, you have to be prepared to identify and overcome your fears.
Some will say: this is ridiculous; get some backbone. In a perfect world, we'd all be courageous and tenacious. But we are all part of humanity, and the human condition is that we are far from perfect.
So, the next time you are tempted to write yourself off because you got scared, please think again. We all have fears, and the closer we get to what we want, our fears can seem to grow in strength. Show yourself some empathy, practice self-compassion, and give yourself another chance.
When you meet up with a friend you haven't seen in three years, you wouldn't immediately say, "You look 15 pounds heavier."
Doing so would be tactless and cruel, so instead you say something like, "It is so great to see you again," even if you think to yourself that your friend looks a bit on the heavy side.
People say that honesty is the best policy, but that's only true if you also show compassion when sharing an honest opinion. In a civilized world, honesty and compassion need to go hand in hand. You must use honesty to help other people, not to hurt them. And you must be cautious not to accidentally harm others.
Here are a few tips how to do this...
Be human. Recognize that humanity is more important than the absolute truth. Use facts to help another improve his or her life, rather than to do something that might destroy their life.
Be cautious. Recognize that the "truth" is always subjective. Each of us sees "facts" through a haze of beliefs, attitudes and experiences.
Be generous. Ask more of yourself. The best skill is bringing out talent in others, so rather than judging others, do your best to help them.
Be compassionate. Share constructive feedback with tact, and do it when the other person is ready to hear it.
You're too young. You're too old. You're not good enough. You're over-qualified. You can't do it. You shouldn't try. Sometimes, the wisest path is to ignore your own beliefs.