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LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU LAUGH

Pep Rosenfeld

REAL IS VIRTUAL AND VIRTUAL IS REAL

Good news and bad news from Mark Rutte. The good news is kids will go back to school. That’s lucky, because at our house we were going to send kids back to school even if it was still closed. ‘Sit at the gate until 3:00. We’ll pick you up then.’ But bad news for adults….

WORKING DURING CORONAVIRUS: STAY SMART, STAY ON MESSAGE, AND WE’LL GET THROUGH THIS

‘Hello and welcome to this day of interactive learning, exchanging best practices, and COUGHING INTO OUR ELBOWS!’ That’s how I began the workshop I ran for a front line service staff on March 10. Today, just a few days later, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte has stopped any events or gatherings of more than 100 people. Don’t…

ALMOST SPRING: A ZIGGO MIRACLE

It’s almost spring. Well, it’s not actually almost spring. But we’re a lot closer to spring than we are to the start of winter, and that’s good enough for me. Cause who doesn’t love spring? Flowers. Longer days. That first sunny day where everyone drops what they’re doing to sit on the terrace. (Doesn’t anyone in Amsterdam have…

2020: A POLITICAL YEAR AT BOOM CHICAGO

The year of the US presidential election is upon us. It’s the chance for America to end its experiment with Donald Trump and see what normal feels like. Or an opportunity to let the experiment continue, and the world can look on like Star Trek’s Mr Scott, warning that ‘We can’t hold on much longer…!’…

TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES AND GO WITH THE FLOW

I just spent a week in Bengaluru working with partners on a high level leadership program for an international company. Having never been to India, I was in learning/new experiences mode from the moment I got in my cab from the Bengaluru airport to the hotel and realized my driver wasn’t wearing shoes. Like Marge…

I GUESS A.I. IS COMING FOR MY JOB…?

Up until recently, A.I. still seemed like that thing that dystopian movies like The Matrix scared us with. Many of us thought A.I. could be a threat, but it seemed like something we would never actually see happen. Kinda how we thought about Donald Trump in the summer of 2016. But little by little, A.I., and its even more…

WINNERS SOMETIMES QUIT

As a comedian, I sometimes view the world with a cynical eye, asking: ‘What’s funny here? What’s so ridiculous it deserves to be made fun of?’ But this week, on a tiny island off the coast of Croatia, it is tough to be cynical. I’m here as host of a two-day marketing event, and I’m…

BE THE LION, NOT THE ANTELOPE. BEAT YOUR FEAR OF SPEAKING

Summer is winding up which means back to the real world of business. For many of us, this means speaking to groups, giving presentations, making sales, and other forms of (gulp!) public speaking. And sorry; I know that just reading the words, “public” and “speaking” are enough to make many people order another stiff drink…

BE HONEST, BE KIND

I was backstage at an event recently, and a speaker was about to go on. She was nervous, checking that her presentation was in order and that the technicians had her latest deck (as oppose to her second-to-latest deck, the one she emailed last night). While asking her the correct way to pronounce her name (my guess…

“BUSY” DOESN’T MEAN “FINE”; IT MEANS FREAKING “BUSY.”

Last week I was at a meeting and asked what I should write about in this blog post. Someone suggested, “Are you planning to take it easy this summer? Not us!” And then I would mention all the stuff we’ve got going on at Boom Chicago over the summer. But I had to say to…