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3 Articles You Won’t Want to Miss

What have you been up to this first quarter of 2015? I’ve been speaking, facilitating, and writing, but mostly writing. Here are three pieces, generously published by a trusted colleague, consultant and communicator Todd Schnick out of Atlanta, Georgia on his IntrepidNow Network.Reading Glasses

Hope you enjoy them. The theme? What else:  Live, Work & Connect at a Higher Level(tm)

5 Rules for a Happy, Amazing & Impactful Life

Years ago, after accepting one of my first professional awards, I had the opportunity to give a brief acceptance speech to those who attended the awards banquet. At that time I wanted to share a few things that had worked thus far in my life to make me feel happy, useful to the world, driven to do good work, and hopeful for the future.

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I’m sharing the basic notes from this little speech now because I still refer to this list from …

Please don’t pretend to care

Some of you may know that I come from primarily British (okay, and Cornish and Irish) heritage. So it’s no surprise that I love to brandish an occasional quote from whip smart, witty historic figures like Winston Churchill.  Here is one of his gems that I find terribly amusing: Winston Churchill

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit is again. Then hit it a third time – …

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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© nenetus

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.

You’ll find this …

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.

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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 LocalJobNetwork.com. 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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Courtesy of createyourlifestory.com

“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 …