Too Quick to Judge

Too Quick to Judge

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG I was a passenger on a public transportation system, almost three thousand miles away from home.  I began to notice that one of the transit conductors was staring toward me. It appeared to be a stern look, and I became troubled. Within a matter...
​Evaluations!

​Evaluations!

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Monitoring is a necessary growth tool for the professional speaker and others who want to soar beyond success. Over 50 years, I have observed the polarization of my evaluations: 1) I have been described as “A Georgia Treasure and a National...
Incremental “Finished-ness”

Incremental “Finished-ness”

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG The afternoon project was to weed the garden. Fatigue set in after two hours.  In the past, this gardener would have pushed himself toward conclusion. But, on this occasion, there was a halting and a trip to the ice tea. There was no frustration...
Use “I” Sparingly

Use “I” Sparingly

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG “Sir, you took notes today, but did not take notes the first four days. Is there a reason for this?” “I was not taking notes. I was counting the number of times that you used the word ‘I’. In the first hour, the count was 75.”  ...
Pass the P’s

Pass the P’s

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Pass the P’s please: Parkinson’s, Perfection, Practice, and Passion What you think can/will hurt you, can rise up and help you. I was not prepared for my shock when I was told that Parkinson’s was the diagnosis. Years before I...