I grew up in a house jammed with music. Or drums, anyway. My dad was a drummer, so a drum set was part of the living room furniture and a part of my childhood.
In fourth grade, it was finally time to join the school band. My classmates and I lined up to select our weapons of choice.
“But you have good, long arms—perfect for playing the trombone!”read more
Do you ever feel a struggle between creating confidently and serving with humility?
We hear well intentioned advice about being more confident, which seems to erode our concept of humility – and vice versa. This keeps many people stuck. (“Who am I to say or do this?”)read more
Once again, I’m challenging myself for the Thanksgiving holiday.
I’m taking some time to trace back how the good things in my life came about—the prized introductions, the unique opportunities, and the abundance of slack I’ve been granted… all by generous people around me.
People who had a choice!read more
Are you stressed about growing your platform? (Your email list and the number of followers on social media) More like obsessed, right?
Do you know the number of social media followers, accurate to within 3 people? How many times per week do you check?
A friendly reminder…read more
Would someone put your bumper-sticker on their car?
The world of presidential politics, and how brands influence people, is fascinating. Whether it’s personalities, causes we support, or products we buy, how proud we are of them affects our actions, interactions, and buying decisions.
I call this the Proudness Factor.read more
In high school, I dreaded gym class because I was a total klutz… still am! But I’ve learned to love daily exercise as a way to clear my head and connect with what matters.
Here are three reasons we don’t exercise, and three new ways to embrace physical activity as part of a successful business plan.read more
Nearly all emerging brands fall into the same trap.
Unless you’re a serial entrepreneur, it’s natural to feel hesitant about any new venture and especially tentative about a personal brand.
There are warning signs…read more
Does your bio tell a story? Or does it read like a resume?
Is there any personality in the words?
Do people get to know the real you?
Take some risks and put your heart out there when writing your bio.read more
If you want to begin speaking, or build your public speaking career, you know the get it to get picked in a crowded marketplace.
Personally, I’d like to do more public speaking, so I was jazzed to find out about the new book, Get Picked – Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Creating an Irresistible Speaker Proposal by Aurora Gregory and David Pitlik.
Turns out, my strategy of sending emails with “Pick Me! Pick Me!” in the subject line was flawed…read more
Am I the only one who needs some social media detox?
Instead of taking those daily 20-minute excursions, why not invest this time building your business? Small bursts of creative connection will go a long way.
With that in mind, here are 20 business building-alternatives which will make a dramatic difference in just 20 days!read more