Leaders: Get in the Trenches and Connect!

As a professional speaker, I’m always stressing the value of mindful, genuine communication in building effective business relationships. So, it’s no wonder I get excited when I hear of companies ready to step outside their comfort zone to put this into practice. That’s especially true when corporate leaders show they’re willing to break out of…

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How to Get Started in the Speaking Business

If you’ve ever thought about launching a career as a speaker, you’ll want to read two blogs by my friends and fellow speakers Linda Larsen and Kelly Swanson. Linda shares some real-life experiences she has had during her speaking career that reveal the not-so-glamorous truth about being a motivational speaker. Kelly surveyed a dozen female…

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Four Reasons You Flub Up

Despite all the trainings, workshops, classes – and best intentions – we all flub up on the job. It can be as mundane as forgetting to book the conference room for the client meeting or as serious as administering the wrong medication dosage. Of course, no one wants to mess up, especially at work. Probably…

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Why You Must be Mousey

Following a recent speaking engagement near Orlando, I had a chance to attend the Disney Institute. No, this isn’t a place where you learn to wish upon a star or how to detect poison apples. Rather, the Disney Institute is the Walt Disney Company’s consulting division that teaches businesses and organizations how to engage employees…

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33 No-Cost or Low-Cost Ways to Reward Employees!

Who doesn’t love to be on the receiving end of appreciation for a job well-done? And in the workplace, it’s especially gratifying to see your hard work recognized. Even with companies keeping a sharp eye on the bottom line, reward programs can be effective. Meaningful doesn’t have to equal extravagant. Don’t get me wrong –…

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Tribute to Administrative Professionals Everywhere!

What does the crème filling of an Oreo cookie have in common with Administrative Professionals? Everything! Without that crème, there’s no magic center that holds it all together. You’re left with two chocolate disks that sit there waiting for something special to happen, and admin professionals are that special ingredient. Unfortunately, too often administrative professionals…

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How to Make Fast Yes/No Decisions at Work

In today’s new normal of fewer resources – less staff, less time, and constantly changing priorities, many of us are afraid to say no.  I get it. It’s natural to fear that if you say no, you’ll suffer consequences – poor performance reviews, your supervisor or coworkers won’t like you, or complaints that you are…

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The Power of the Name Game

“You’re too smart to not remember his name,” are the exact words Harvey Mackay, founder and chairman of a $100 million company and author of six New York Times bestselling books, shared with me prior to a dinner engagement during the annual National Speaker’s Association Conference. His sage advice ringed with truth and reminded me…

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5 Truths Kris Kardashian Leverages for Success!

Even if you despise pop culture, you’ve probably heard of the Kardashians thanks to Kris Jenner who landed her family $65 million in endorsement deals and TV shows just last year. This “momager” has made it her business to promote daughters’ Kourtney, Kim and Khloe incessantly. Reality shows, fragrances, make-up, calendars, books and as of…

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