Bob Schwenkler

Bob Schwenkler

When Tragedy Strikes

Written by on January 7, 2017

What do you say to someone when they’ve experienced a tragedy? Have you ever felt unsure what to say? Have you ever let that stop you from reaching out to them? My sister’s best friend’s brother killed himself just a

How to Sell With Integrity

Written by on December 27, 2016

There are a lot of messages out there in the world about what it takes to build a thriving coaching practice. If you’re a coach, and if your Facebook feed is anything like mine you scroll through ad after ad (after

Taking a Stand Against Sexism

Written by on December 17, 2016

What does it mean to take a stand against sexism when doing so could get me hurt or killed? I’d made eye contact with the two women sitting just down the metro from me. My seat was at the end

What It Means to Be an Artist

Written by on December 10, 2016

My art used to be tangible: A recorded piece of music that you could hold in your hand and listen to when you chose. A song that I wrote on my guitar and could record or play for you. My

A (White) Middle Class Man and a (Black) Homeless Man Walk Into a Burger Joint Together…

Written by on November 16, 2016

Last night as I was walking downtown a homeless person asked me to buy him a burger. I instinctively said yes, and asked him what kind he wanted. He said cheeseburger. With fries. So I went in and ordered it,

What I Learned From Having Authentic Money Conversations with 50 Different People

What I Learned From Having Authentic Money Conversations with 50 Different People

Written by on September 26, 2016

Recently I was challenged to have 50 separate conversations about money with people in my community. I took up the challenge, and within a couple months I’d had an incredible variety of conversations and experiences with people… all centered around

How I Discovered My Purpose

Written by on August 2, 2016

Advisory: This article gets real in its description of my experience of death and suicide. If you’d rather not go there today you might be better off with something different. ____________ This might surprise a lot of people to hear, but for most of

I’m the Oldest of 4 Children… Not 3

Written by on May 29, 2016

It took me 33 years to be able to speak the words. The first couple times I spoke them I could barely get them out of my mouth: I’m the oldest of 4 children… not 3. And though I was only

Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You…

Written by on February 11, 2016

Steve Martin once shared his “secret” to his success: What I always tell them, and nobody ever takes note of it because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear… What I always say is “Be so good they can’t

Why I Chose to Support a Man Accused of Sexual Harassment

Written by on February 4, 2016

I ran across a story in the media recently, about a man who’s been accused by a number of women in his industry for sexually harassing them. Within a few days he’d resigned as president of the company, the company dissolved, and