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Ridding yourself of toxic habits and energy zappers

Looking for a ridiculously simple exercise that can help you see big results from a few small changes? This could be it! How do I know this? I have proof.

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When facilitating my workshops, I’m frequently and pleasantly surprised by the positive, if not giddy reactions I get to one of my favorite Intentional Networking exercises.  I call it “The Energy Test.” So given this is the season of resolutions and making positive changes, I’m going to share it with you here.

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Reasons I’m ditching the Expert mindset

I made a decision recently. Despite counsel to the contrary from smart and successful colleagues, mentors and coaches who I respect very much, I’m going to stop referring to myself as an Expert. Why? Because it just doesn’t feel right. In fact, it feels (forgive me) kind of cheesy, meaningless, and inauthentic.


For starters, it seems everyone is calling themselves an Expert these days.  Moreover, Expert feels like a rather haughty term, implying I’ve reached some kind of thrilling pinnacle in my career and that I’ve learned …

There’s impact every time you connect

Corrie ten BoomWant to know one of my favorite quotes of all time? It’s by Corrie ten Boom and hangs in a frame on my kitchen wall where I can see it everyday.   It goes like this:

Every experience God gives us; every person He puts into our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.

If you’ve never heard of Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom, she aided Jews trying escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II and was eventually imprisoned for …

10 Tips for Reconnecting

True story. The other day I was trying to reach a colleague and became extremely frustrated. He had put gate after gate, barrier after barrier, limitation after limitation between us. Possibly in an effort to limit distractions and focus his time on an important project, but possibly for another reason: to isolate himself.  Maybe even to “protect” himself – or avoid me. Whatever he was doing, it left me feeling small, unimportant, and insignificant. I eventually gave up.

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Confession: I know I’ve done this. …

Listen in on this conversation – and tell me about yours

In this season of Harvest festival friut and vegetables basketgratitude, giving, harvest, and holidays I have a little gift to share with you – and a small, but important favor to ask of you:

The gift: Listen in on a conversation I had recently with Tim Muma of You might glean some powerful ideas about how to maneuver confidently, successfully, and maybe even more joyfully through the myriad social and networking opportunities that come your way over the coming weeks – or the coming year.  Click here to listen in: Patti

15 easy ways to network, converse and connect

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“Where should I be networking?” is a question I’m often asked by my clients and audiences.  Other variations are “How often…?”  “Where…?”  “Which networking groups should I join?” And on and on.  Good questions, of course, but here’s my BEST answer: Networking happens wherever there are people and opportunities to offer a greeting and spark a conversation. You just never know when or where that will be – the gym, the dog park, the corner coffee shop, the barbershop or beauty salon – …

This month’s irresistible special offer

Stop and think, for just a moment. Do you know a woman who’s going through something tough – or challenging –  right now? A devastating loss? A rough patch in her education, career, or family life? Maybe she’s starting a business or new career?  Maybe she’s dealing with a health challenge or ongoing frustrations, fears, or self-esteem issues? Maybe she has an empty nest or is retiring – and doesn’t know what her Next Step is?

I’m here to help.

Here’s an irresistible offer that’s not …

It can be as easy as this

Today’s networking, relationship-building lesson – and it’s a quick one.Fotolia_61312810_S

To all you introverts who find it easier to work on your projects in solitude and keep to yourselves; to all you hard-at-work workers who have your eyes glued to your screens, your butts glued to your chairs, and your To Do List’s top-of-mind at all times; to all you sofa-loungers who’d rather watch another episode of whatever-you’re-currently-watching or get lost in the Internet and social media; and to all of you who move only …

Encourage as you network

One of my wise coaching friends shared some great advice with me: establish a morning ritual. One that goes beyond reaching for the snooze button or that second cup of coffee.  Studies prove that a positive morning ritual is conducive to being more productive, energized, and inspired for the rest of the day. For me, it’s reading something inspiring, journaling, enjoying my coffee, and taking my dog for a walk. Sometimes I reach out to one of my close friends or sisters for a quick catch-up …

What a dog can teach you about networking

Chloe the Wonder DogMeet Chloe the Wonder Dog. She belongs to my nephew Scott and is one of the coolest, friendliest and savviest canines I’ve ever met. She is so amazing, she inspired a valuable networking lesson that you really need to know about for your own savvy-ness and even safety.

Here goes.

Last summer I was driving up the driveway of my nephew’s farm just south of Minneapolis in a car I had borrowed from the friends with whom I was staying. As I pulled in, Chloe the …