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Aliens, Flying Monkeys, and the Coronavirus

These are scary times and I should know because I’m no stranger to fear. When I was nine years old I watched Earth vs. the Flying Saucers on TV and it flat out scared the living bejibbers out of me. Most of the movie wasn’t all that bad. I could handle the flying saucers zipping […]

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Your Customer Service DNA Test Result

My wife gave me a DNA test kit for Christmas and I had big hopes for the results. The first thing I was hoping for was some sort of exotic heritage so people will think I’m cooler than I really am. So when I found out that I am 1/1000 Japanese (True story. Not making […]

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Driving in a Blizzard – The Power of Vision

As I drove away from Holland, Michigan, I knew I might be in real trouble. I had read about blizzards and seen them on TV plenty of times, but I had never experienced one firsthand. Creeping eastward on I-196, the dim outline of dark shapes punctuated the whiteness on either side of my car. I […]

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The Power of Vision – Video Excerpt

The beginning of the year is an excellent time to focus on your vision. I mean, after all, the year is 2020! What bigger hint do you need to take a moment and think about what you would like to see in your future?  © 2020 Charles Marshall. Charles Marshall is a nationally known humorous […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life Leadership Lesson

If you haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life, stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it. Then call your parents and ask them why they omitted this crucial piece of awesomeness from your upbringing. I watch it every year and, if the other members of my family are to be believed, I always […]

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SERVE Like Robin

Have you ever experienced truly remarkable customer service? In this video I talk about the my favorite mail carrier and how she exemplifies The SERVE Method. Feel free to share this video with your staff and use it in your customer service training. Its use is my gift to you! © 2019 Charles Marshall. Charles Marshall […]

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Inner-Office Conflict When You Work By Yourself

What can you do about inner-office conflict? For the first several years of my career, I was the sole employee of my company. I was both manager and employee. Receptionist and CEO. I was the one and only occupant of my office, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t conflict between me and my coworker. One […]

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Seven things you need to know BEFORE booking a speaker

Most of the inquiries I get are from people who don’t make a living booking speakers. They are assigned to get a speaker for an upcoming event, so they scour the Internet, cross their fingers, and then hope they made the right decision. The problem is that often the experienced and inexperienced can speakers can […]

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Real Heroes Don’t Wear Spandex

There have been four live-action iterations of Batman in my lifetime.  1] 1960’s Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson pretty much just sat around Wayne Manor all day until they got a call on the red Bat-Phone from Commissioner Gordon. Then they slid down the bat pole and somewhere […]

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