Unlocking Creativity: The Surprising Connection Between Running and Creative Thinking
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by Curtis Campogni
2w ago
Ever gone for a run and suddenly found yourself flooded with brilliant ideas? You're not alone. Many people experience their best creative thinking while pounding the pavement. But what is it about running that sparks creativity? Let’s dive into the fascinating connection between physical exercise and creative thought. The Science Behind It Running increases blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive function and stimulating creativity. This boost in brain activity can lead to what scientists call "divergent thinking," a thought process that generates multiple solutions to a problem. Esse ..read more
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The Ultimate Guide to Asking Open-Ended Questions
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by Curtis Campogni
3w ago
Asking the right questions is an art that can significantly impact the quality of communication, whether in business, education, or everyday interactions. Here's how you can transform closed-ended questions into open-ended ones to foster richer conversations and gain more insightful responses. What Are Closed-Ended Questions? Closed-ended questions are those that can be answered with a simple "yes," "no," or a specific piece of information. Examples include: "Did you like the presentation?" "Are you coming to the meeting?" "Is this your first time here?" While these questions can b ..read more
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How Superhero Communication Can Transform Youth Engagement: Insights from 'C.A.P.E. Conversations'
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
Most would agree that effective communication with young people is more crucial than ever in today's fast-paced world. Drawing inspiration from the world of superheroes, my book, C.A.P.E. Conversations: How Superheroes Communicate with Children, offers a unique approach to engaging and inspiring youth. Having worked with youth and families for over 15 years, I’ve seen firsthand the power of these techniques. Why Superheroes? Superheroes are not just fictional characters; they embody qualities that are essential for effective communication. They make sacrifices, prioritize others, and consi ..read more
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The Emotional Empathy Challenge – Do you have the Power?
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
Recently, I had an unexpected and heartwarming encounter at Lego World. A young man who worked there approached me and, with a beaming smile, told me that I had been his mentor about ten years ago. He shared how our time together had a profound impact on his life, helping him stay out of trouble and navigate his challenges. This unexpected affirmation of appreciation meant the world to me. It reminded me of the power of emotional empathy and gave me the fuel to tackle even the hardest tasks. The Heart of Emotional Empathy   Emotional empathy is about being fully present with someone el ..read more
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Behind-the-Scenes: 5 Tips for Successful Presentations and Conferences
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
This week, I had the privilege of hosting two uniquely themed workshops at the United Way of Broward County Conference in Fort Lauderdale: "Choose to Be Super: Why Wearing a C.A.P.E. Makes You a Hero" and "Motivational Interviewing for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers." Before proceeding, I want to give the United Way of Broward County a BIG shout-out! The conference was phenomenal, and the attendees’ energy was incredible! Here are five crucial behind-the-scenes tips that saved the day and could help any presenter turn potential challenges into big wins. 1. Embrace Conference Technology: The W ..read more
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Speak, Earn, Inspire: 3 Proven Tips to Monetize Your Public Speaking Passion
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
Recently, I've received an increasing number of requests for advice on how to get paid for public speaking. Often, these are from individuals who have attended my workshops, eager to learn how I carved out my niche in this field. I always strive to provide actionable advice, and I encourage you, the reader, to also reach out. To assist a broader audience, here are three pivotal tips for entering the world of paid public speaking.   Understanding the Market When entering public speaking, one of the most critical questions is: Who is your market? This tip is common and crucial in any b ..read more
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From Nervous to Noteworthy: Insider Tips for Delivering Powerful Speeches
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
Recently, a friend and colleague reached out to me for guidance. They were nervous about an upcoming keynote speech and unsure how to deliver it effectively. Having given numerous keynote speeches myself, they sought my advice to help calm their nerves and ensure their presentation would be memorable. This conversation inspired me to share three fundamental tips to enhance your effectiveness as a speaker and ensure your message resonates powerfully with your audience. Tip 1: Seek Objective Feedback Start by doing what my friend did—talk to someone objective. This should be a person who acti ..read more
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Motivational Interviewing for Florida Families: Empowering Parents and Children
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
Parents always seek ways to foster growth, change, and independence in their children. That's why I recently conducted a training session for the community, introducing the principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a tool for Florida families. This blog post explores how MI can be a transformative approach for enhancing family dynamics. Over the past few sessions, held at locations including SPC College and the Boys and Girls Club, we've shared these tools not only with parents but also with police officers, teachers, and even children, spreading valuable skills that are often reserved f ..read more
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How Communication and Collaboration Impact Interpersonal Relations
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
About a year ago, I contracted with the City of Tallahassee to provide training on Interpersonal Relationships in the workplace. Since then, I've gained a wealth of knowledge about how interpersonal skills influence organizational culture, coworker relationships, and overall team motivation. My experiences have inspired me to share my insights through this blog. Defining Interpersonal Skills What is Interpersonal Communication? Interpersonal communication is the process through which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and non-verbal messages. It's not just ab ..read more
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Inspiring Change: 5 Insights Gained from Hosting Community Events
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by Curtis Campogni
1M ago
On April 18th, I hosted my sixth community event aimed at parents and professionals. This was a no-cost event primarily funded by my company, which absorbed about 90% of the costs related to marketing and materials. My goal was to raise awareness about tools and techniques that inspire and to create a platform for community members eager to make a difference. The events were successful, drawing around 300 attendees across six sessions—one virtual, two in Pinellas County, two in Highlands County, and one in Pasco County. Almost all attendees felt the content would positively impact their int ..read more
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