John Ruhlin: Present

In today’s show of Words with Friends, Phil interviews international keynote speaker, John Ruhlin.

The word for today’s show is “present”.

Considering the current circumstances, this word perhaps has never been more important and relevant. Right now, is it more of a challenge to “be present” as our mind tends to drift to bigger problems brought on by the pandemic. But by doing so, aren’t we being really unfair to our families and friends who are just looking to have a heartfelt conversation with us?

Like most of us, John shares how he is struggling with this particular facet of his life as well. He talks about the conscious effort that he is making to be a present father, husband, and relative.

In our next segment of the show, John shares how he strives to be present as a professional speaker. To be a great speaker, it is important to understand the listener’s mindset by putting yourself in their shoes.

But this is easier said than done. How can you create content that truly resonates with your audience?

John advises listeners to create content from a perspective of humanity…content that is industry agnostic. He also shares how he constantly seeks out feedback to better his content and connect with his audience on a deeper level.

In the next segment of the show, John discusses his book, “Giftology”. John goes on to share how you can come up with a thoughtful gift that your colleagues treasure and truly remember you by. Besides, Phil and John also drum up a list of ten terrible gifts that you should avoid.

We hope you enjoy this show!

What You Will Learn In This Show

  • How to be a present and emotionally available to your family members in these trying times
  • How to understand your audience’s psyche and create content that truly resonates
  • How to come up with a thoughtful gift that people treasure
  • And much, much more…


“My circle of influence and circle of focus has definitely become tighter”.

“Even though I have been sales in for twenty years, I have not considered myself to be a salesperson”.

“A lot of people are willing to receive something from a presenter if that is who they really are off the stage”.

“Gratitude is not just a feeling. It is an action. It is a doing”.

“A gift is a tangible way of transferring emotion”.


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Phil M Jones

Phil M Jones has made it his life’s work to demystify the sales process, reframe what it means to “sell,” and help his audiences to learn new skills that empower confdence, overcome fears and instantaneously impact their results.