Category Archives: real world success

What we wish we knew then: 27 bits of advice from seasoned leaders

For those of you who are adults: Remember what it was like back in your early 20s? The excitement, the possibilities, the ability to stay up late (having fun) and get up early (and still get some work done)?  (Boy, those days are pretty history in my life!)

For those of you in your 20s: Excited about your future?  You should be!  So much potential and so many possibilities in the years ahead.

Along those lines, I had the pleasure of presenting an interactive session …

And we wonder why nothing is happening…

Sometimes I feel like knocking my head against the wall.  And it’s because the most important answers are often the most elegant and obvious.  Problem is, we are often so caught up in our own heads, To Do Lists, and busy schedules, we don’t see the obvious or the big picture.

Not a good place to be if you’re trying to Live, Work  & Connect at a Higher Level(tm).

That’s exactly what happened to me this morning.  I was working on a document that had …

A new way to look at life’s most pressing problems

What’s scarier than walking into a roomful of strangers?  I’ll tell you what: the anxiety that takes place before you actually walk into said room. Ever experienced that?  Ever notice how the nerves, jitters, worries, and negative self-talk that take place before a potentially stressful event or encounter are generally worse than the actual experience itself?  Performers, athletes, speakers, brain surgeons: they know this.  Some even thrive on it and leverage it.

I’m no psychologist or human behavior expert, but I do know about fright, …

The benefits of a solid support system

Sometimes networking isn’t just a business thing. It’s also very much about surviving and thriving as a human being, in good times and in bad.

I wrote The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business because so many of my clients and colleagues kept asking me the same questions. They all wanted to know

Theme du jour: Little by little matters

Every morning as I sip my first cup of coffee, I get caught up on my favorite blogs.  Nothing spectacular about that, really, except that today I noticed something different: a connecting theme in every blog I read. Ever notice how that happens? Maybe it’s something all three bloggers heard or saw on the news that prompted them to write about similar topics. Or maybe this time it was just me who saw the similarities.  I was open to seeing them.  Ever notice how that

How to get lucky

For those of you seeking tips on how to attract a steamy, romantic encounter: Sorry, that’s not the kind of “lucky” I meant. The message I want to share here is more about what Luck really is and how you can attract it.  You can apply this to romance if you’d like, but my focus here is more on how you can bring in more customers, make more money, build a stellar contact list, and attract golden opportuities.

Why this topic today? I was with …

What are your networking goals for 2012?

As the new year begins, you’re probably in the throes of setting an array of ambitious resolutions, intentions, goals, and strategic plans.  As you do this, be sure to include a few that will guide your business networking as well.  Here are a eight questions that can guide you in this process:

  1. What 20% of your friends, colleagues, customers & contacts made the greatest positive impact on you and your business in 2011?
  2. Describe what these impacts were. (Hint: they don’t have to be monetary.)

From good to great: A relatively easy step

Ever notice that the people who need help or enlightenment the most are often the least likely to:  a) know they need it and b) seek it out?

My friend Nishi Whitely of Turnlane Consulting and I compared notes on this today.  After reading my book, The Intentional Networker™, and giving it a thumbs up, Nishi said,  “Patti, the people who read your book are probably the ones who are already pretty good at networking, but they’ve decided they want to be really great networkers.”…

The best networking advice of all time

I love smart, funny, original books.  So years ago when a savvy reader-friend told me to read The Sweet Potato Queen’s Book of Love by Jill Connor Browne, I obeyed.   I loved that book (still do) and laughed so hard I nearly pulled a rib.  Little did I know that one of the author’s many cheeky bits of advice would become a favorite quote, if not a mantra, and become a key theme for my own book The Intentional Networker™: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals &

Where networking really happens – if you’re ready.

My colleague Jan Goss and I spoke at a career transitions group last night at a local church. We shared both our expertise and encouraging words with those seeking work and going through career changes.  It was fun, fulfilling, and eye-opening.  Our topic was Networking, but given the needs of the group, we focused less on networking “events” and more on where networking can frequently occur…