In my business, we talk a lot about what to say, how to say it and when. The focus is on using words both on screen and in person to communicate a message. But there’s another side to the conversation.
While it is important to know how to talk, it is also important to know how to listen. The thing about being a good listener is that you will not only be better informed but also find it easier to get your message across. When people feel they have been heard, they are more open to hearing.read more
Would you call you? One of the best bits of wisdom I picked up in the early stages of my business is that people want to do business with people they know, like and trust. I have found this to be true and a little frustrating. Afterall, you can only meet so many people in a day. If you can’t meet them, how are they ever going to like and trust you? Fortunately, there is the internet, which gives us the capacity to meet people from all over the world with whom we could potentially do business.read more
My 14-year-old daughter came home appalled the other day because a friend had declared she was not a feminist and not interested in the concept of fighting for women’s rights. My daughter couldn’t understand her friend’s indifference. Her ire wasn’t surprising – like her mother, this one is inclined toward strong opinions and voicing them.read more
I was under the impression that the drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon was just about 2.5 hours. There were plenty of tour buses that would pick you up early in the morning from your hotel, bring you there and return you just in time for dinner, so a day trip seemed feasible.
I was in Vegas to organize a conference. It was three days of intensive activities following several weeks of intensive planning and preparation.read more
Learn how to create a business video and make one for your business during the Perfect Pitch, a one-day seminar to help business owners promote themselves.read more
How is your year going? Have you accomplished all of what you set out to do? Are you where you had hoped to be?
Last January, I did what any good business owner should do and made plans for 2016. I drafted great dreams and wonderful goals. I broke them down into actionable items and set off for the year.read more
Why did the Pilgrims celebrate Thanksgiving? Basically, it seems, they were thrilled that they had food. It had been a rough journey across the ocean and a shaky start in their new home.
The holiday was celebrated generally over the years but it didn’t really become a big national thing until around the time of the Civil War. According to the History Channel, Sarah Josepha Hale, a writer and editor, advocated for a day of thanks. And, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to officially be a national holiday for giving thanks as a way to bring together a divided country.read more
Just ten months ago, we were prepping to launch into a new year. We were making plans, setting up goals, and outlining hopes and dreams.
How has it gone? Have you met expectations? Did things go according to that plan you so carefully developed? Often these questions aren’t asked until after the end of the year when you’re starting to a new plan.read more
It’s generally easy to get kids talking when it’s near Halloween – just ask about their costumes. They’ll go into great detail about their plans, their make-up, the things they need to buy or have bought and the things they’re going to make or have already made. After all, many have spent a long time planning, some have devoted months to it.read more
It was just 9 a.m. on Monday morning and now it’s noon. I meant to have this written and posted long before now. Ironically, the topic I wanted to write about was making time for blogging and marketing. And here I am, a living example of how hard it is.
This post almost didn’t exist. I have a lot of very urgent things to take care of. They are important and the people for whom I am doing them are important.read more