The Internal Combustion Engine of Anything

AKA: Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow

Time we invest now leads to better decisions later.

A first-time decision doesn’t have to be the first time you’re making that decision.
That’s right, you read that correctly.

In this workshop, attendees will be taught an effective process to make more productive decisions. We’ll accelerate our decision making by slowing down. Yes, it’s true. We'll speed up by slowing down.

Corporate hiring

Is this candidate a good fit for our organization?

Job transfers

Should I stay or should I go?


Boxers or briefs? (What you do with the decision-accelerator is up to you, I'm not here to judge (out loud))

While many of us feel like decision-making can be draining, complicated or a waste of time, it can actually be quite simple.
I’m ready (to stop wasting my time)

The Promise:

Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow provides tools to accelerate effective, thoughtful decisions.

By the close of this workshop, your crew will:

  • Gain flexibility to pivot during
    inevitable changes

  • Discover how to reduce the initial workload
    when learning new tasks

  • Gain simple, immediately-actionable, repeatable
    tools and techniques

  • Learn intentional and prioritized
    decision making

  • Laugh and

Ready to up your decision-making game?

Let’s talk about bringing this to your organization!
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Watch my LEDx talk, “Suck Squeeze Bang Blow” for an overview of the workshop's theme.

The workshop expands this theme and adds exercises to bring the concept to life for your organization.

PS: What’s the deal with Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow?

In pilot training, we studied the mechanics of the internal combustion engines onto which would eventually strap ourselves before hurtling into the air.

I’ll truncate the months of academics and just say that the basic phases of the internal combustion engine are: intake, compression, combustion and exhaust.

No one has time to say, “Intake, compression, combustion and exhaust” everytime you want to bring it up in conversation (not that you would, I’m not sure where you hang out).

So “Intake, compression, combustion and exhaust” became simply, “Suck, squeeze, bang, blow.” And like all good mnemonics, “Suck, squeeze, bang, blow” is catchy, sexy and a little naughty, and *that’s* the kind of thing you can work into a conversation.

Mo, the monosyllabic-monikered author leverages laughter for levity and lighthearted lessons. As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and her anecdotes viewed through the lens of humor help any reader find the funny in everyday spectacles. But that’s not all. She widens the aperture beyond the laugh, helping you learn from every interaction, giving you something to think about and prompting you to see the humor in your own life. No need to pardon her quirk, these anecdotes DO make you laugh, learn and think.


Andrew Tarvin

Humor Engineer & Keynote Speaker

When I first met Mo Barrett a little over a year ago, I was impressed with her wit and intellect. You can’t help but feel cheerful in her presence. She has a remarkable ability to extract wisdom from what most people see as just mundane everyday events. In her book Pardon My Quirk, she uses an easy storytelling style to share some of these gems with us. As a fellow U.S. Air Force officer, I could relate to many of the situations she shares in the book. I found myself nodding, smiling, and laughing through every page!


General Ellen Pawlikoski

U.S. Air Force, Retired

In addition to her kick-ass pilot creds, Mo Barrett is a compelling storyteller and inspirational speaker. In her book, she carefully compiles her best short and personal stories so that each chapter becomes a potential self-coaching tool and exercise in self-development. She promises to make you laugh, learn and think—I’d add tears of self-discovery to that—and she delivers in style!


Dr. Helena Kim

Coaching Psychologist and Author

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