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Three words that can improve how you Live, Work & Connect – Part III

In my last two posts, Part I and Part II of this series, you learned two words that came from other cultures, but are so pertinent to where you live now – wherever that is. Today I’m sharing the third one – and throwing in a fourth that I wrote about awhile back. Just as a refresher and a little lagniappe. (Ah, there’s a fifth word you should know! It means “a little extra” or “something given as a bonus or a gift.”)

Today’s …

Three words that can improve how you Live, Work  & Connect – Part II

If you read last week’s post you learned the first word in this series. Now on to the next word, which is the Hawaiian word ono.  Don’t get this ono confused with the other ono: “the significant other of a band member who often sits in on band practice, much to the annoyance of other band members.”

Hah. You may not get that one if you’re under the age of 45.  (And I threw in the Elvis photo to throw you off.)

I might …

Three words that can improve how you Live, Work & Connect – Part I

There are so many things to love about other cultures. Among these are three words that absolutely delight me because they offer inspiring ways to improve how we live our lives, do our work, and conduct ourselves as we converse and connect with others.  I’ll cover the first word today.

It’s mana.

No, not manna, the Divinely-generated superfood that sustained the Israelites as they wandered around the desert for forty years.  This mana comes from the Polynesian, Melanesian, and Maori cultures and can …

Who’s on your Twenty Percenter list? And why?

Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto – 1896

In many of my presentations I speak about applying the Pareto Principle (a.k.a. the 80:20 Rule, the Law of the Vital Few, and – most amusing – the Life Isn’t Fair Law). The application of this little axiom suggests a way of being more intentional – and even more persnickety – about how you build, view, leverage, and up the standards of your network and networking activities.

For example, if you have 500 contacts in your address book, database

Good mornings can change your life

Sometimes two simple words can make all the difference.  For example, take the words “Good Morning.” Never underestimate the power of this simple greeting that we so often take for granted – and often forget to say. And while it’s true that not everyone is a morning person, who doesn’t like to be acknowledged and wished something positive? 

Take the time to say Good Morning to the barista who makes your coffee. The clerk who sells you your newspaper. The person on the treadmill or

Better writing = Better Connecting

Wondering what spiffing up your writing has to do with connecting and networking better?  Plenty! 

Here’s an example: Imagine you met someone interesting at an event or in the course of your daily activities or travels.  You exchange business cards or contact information and decide to follow up, which very few people do. (So good for you!) You write a quick email and send it to your new contact the day after you meet.

A few days go by.  You hear nothing back.  You follow …

The Joy of Discovering and Leveraging Buried Treasure

It’s confirmed. My closet, my bookshelves, a collection of notebooks full of notes from conferences and seminars, and a binder full of business cards have a lot in common. What’s more, they have a lot to teach us about being a more resourceful – and intentional – networker. 

Let me explain.

Ever heard the term “mining”? Of course you have. But I don’t mean the literal definition: the extraction of valued gems and minerals from the earth via digging,  picking, and other methods.  

Close, though.

Have a steady paycheck? You still need a powerful network

You have a full time job within a successful company. You get a steady paycheck every other week. You come in to work each day (maybe even a little early), work very hard, and put in the hours expected of you (maybe even a few more).  Your performance reviews have been positive. You have a few friends in the organization: the trusted and familiar faces from your department with whom you can go grab some lunch or an after-work drink and share a few war …

The Art of the Productive & Energizing Interruption

Whether you work in a cubicle, a co-working space, in a home office, or even at your kitchen table,  one of the fine arts you need to master if you are to become a true ninja-level Intentional Networker is that of the Positive Interruption.  Why?  Because we humans all need a little break now and then. A short and energizing respite from the routine or work has been proven to impact us in positive ways.  And despite our busy-ness, we need to stay connected to

Books, death and powerful conversations

First grade teachers are changing the world. They are the ones who are encouraging kids (and we grownups, too) to read every day. For at least 20 minutes. I couldn’t agree more. And not just because I have a sister who was a first grade teacher and a school principal.  (Thanks, Liz!)

Reading doesn’t just make you a better reader; it changes lives. Yes, there is the learning component. But reading is also a practice that puts you smack dab on the path to enjoying