Start Saying “No!” (Trombone Arms)

Start Saying “No!” (Trombone Arms)

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!”

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Giving Thanks – to People

Giving Thanks – to People

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!

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Politics, Proudness, and Your Brand

Politics, Proudness, and Your Brand

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.

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A Healthy Bottom Line

A Healthy Bottom Line

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.

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Public Speaking and Your Brand – Book Review

Public Speaking and Your Brand – Book Review

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…

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