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About jcameron

People don't avoid tough conversations or tough actions because they are stupid or or lazy or don't care. People don't take on the tough things because they aren't confident and comfortable with a process to take them on. Confidence builds courage and courage leads to action. Through consulting, speaking, training and resources, using humor and great process, John Cameron helps teams and leaders own the skills, the plan and the courage to do what they must do to increase the wealth of their clients, themselves and their organizations. Before he became an energetic and powerful speaker and trainer, John Cameron was a proud member of the 1st of the 509th Airborne Battalion Combat team. After military service, he earned a business degree and worked as a stockbroker in Carmel and Sacramento, California.  John moved into the advertising field, leading his growing sales teams to 37 uninterrupted quarters of growth. During three of those quarters he was project manager during replacement of a legacy advertising system. While managing the project he led his team to double digit growth and found savings of $750K a year-without sacrificing people! When he became a speaker and trainer, John already possessed a wealth of life and workplace experiences to draw upon for his presentations. Add to this John's experience as a top trainer for major national training orgainizations and the result is consulting, training and speaking filled with strategies and techniques that have been tested and proven to work in the real world.

Public Speaking-Part 3-What Story Do I Use When I Write My Speech?

I talked to you before about using a story in your talk or speech.  The Dale Carnegie model for a short talk, two minutes or so, is called the magic formula and it is so effective that it seems magical.  … Continue reading

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Public Speaking: Part Two, How do I Write my Speech?

What else should a talk include?  A talk or speech should include a story to demonstrate a principal, an example of a payoff from the principal, a call to action and, if possible, some fun. Why should the speech or … Continue reading

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Public Speaking: Part One: How Do I Write My Speech?

After a recent networking event where we all had a chance to get up and pitch ourselves, some of the attendees asked me to write on public speaking, so here it is.  If you have a plan, understand the difference … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Ten-Celebrate

Humans are celebrators.  In ancient times we celebrated the sun coming up in the morning.  Our ancestors weren’t absolutely certain the sun would appear so they celebrated when it did. We celebrate births, stages in our lives, the passage from … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Nine-Evaluate

Congratulations on what you’ve learned so far.  You’ve learned that clearly defining the problem is the key.  You know how important it is clearly identify whether you are facing a problem or a condition.  You weighed different solutions, picked the … Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Part Eight-Complete or Finish

I mentioned in an earlier article that most problems required a project to solve.  The previous steps you’ve seen from me in articles on problem solving really reflect a project management process.  One of the biggest failures in project management … Continue reading

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Performance Improvement Coaching. Words and Phrases-Part Two

In the previous article on performance improvement coaching you saw a sample of a conversation and learned  key points.  In this article we will talk more about strategy and tactics.  Strategy is the framework you operate under.  Tactics are the … Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Part 7-Adjust or Modify

I know a man.   He’s a very smart man.  He is willing to work hard.  And he is so determined.  He has a flaw, like most men.  Okay, he has many flaws, like all men.  Okay, he is me. … Continue reading

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Performance Improvement Coaching Words and Phrases: Part 1

All of us, if we have been in management for more than a week, have had to have performance improvement coaching conversations.  Many of us, myself included more times than I want to remember, have been forced to fire people. … Continue reading

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Great Leaders Need to Learn How to Follow

Are you ready to lead?  Good Leaders know they have to learn to be good followers first. Joe and Lester, two directors in the organization, left the meeting with the Senior Vice President. They looked quickly to make sure no … Continue reading

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