Til We Meet Again

  Grief. It’s a word that I’ve seen referenced over and over on social media sites, podcasts and articles. Have you seen it, too? Experts talking about our “collective” grief over the pandemic. Each time I read or listen, I think, Yes! That’s exactly what I’m feeling!  Then I think, wait, what am I REALLY grieving? Monday I…

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Virtual Meetings

  I’ve had more Zoom video calls in the last two weeks than I’ve ever had before. Everyone, it seems, wants to stay connected virtually. And I know I’m not the only one. For example, my dad, John, retired to Florida a number of years ago and spends a good amount of his time teaching…

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Living Our Values

  Fear & Courage Anger & Love These are the dances I’ve danced most of my life and they are now heightened. Tough to navigate for a brain that craves logic and data and something to truly sink my teeth into so I can make informed decisions. Not emotional ones. Last weekend I let fear…

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Public speaking courage, speak with courage

  Public speaking – you know things like networking, running workshops, presenting at an industry conference or giving talks at local business groups – is a great way to promote your business and cut through the noise that is social media. Yet, lots of smart, accomplished, creative entrepreneurs and service providers dread the task. Some…

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Are You Making a Good Impression When You Speak?

  Making a good impression when you speak is vital if you want to be memorable for the right reasons. The following anecdote is a true story. Names and details have been left out to protect those involved. Last week I heard and saw something professionally upsetting. Here is the short version: A speaker took…

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Playing It Safe

  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Have you seen it? Over the holidays I binge watched season 3 … twice. Once alone, and once with my husband. To say I love the show is an understatement.  But that’s not what this post is about. Without giving away any spoilers, the final scene in season 3, episode…

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Stop Settling in Business: Make Yourself Heard

  “It’s fine.” “No big deal.” “That’s OK.” How often have you settled for something you didn’t really want in business? That’s what today’s blog post is all about. Let 2020 be the year you stop settling, speak up and make yourself heard. It all started with a couch. My husband and I finally decided…

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Feeling Vulnerable and Exposed

  Last week my car got rear-ended in stop-and-go traffic on the highway during the morning commute. I stopped. The young guy behind me decided to go. My body jerked into place and instantly trembled. Stuck in a middle lane, neither of us could get out to assess damage to the cars or each other.…

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How Small is Your Small Talk?

  When you run a meeting, or attend one, do you jump right into business or start with a bit of “small talk”? That was a question posed to me last week during a presentation workshop I facilitated with a group of analytics professionals. Everyone agreed that yes, small talk matters. The real question became…

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