Leaders are Listeners

As a school child, I was constantly reprimanded for talking too much. Mrs. Bissell, my 5th grade teacher, told me she saw the back of my head more than she did my face. (Apparently, I was always turned around in my desk talking to someone.) More recently, while in the gym, a trainer commented that […]

Lead with Laughter

I laugh a lot. I was unaware of how distinctive my laugh is until I was on a cruise with a bunch of friends. They informed me they could stand in the stairwell and listen for my laugh to locate what deck I was on. I would like to think it’s more musical than loud. […]

Survive or Thrive?

Today marked 3 months since Hurricane Michael slammed into Panama City. Our community paused to take a look at how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. Thirty percent of our school children have not returned to schools that are doubled up and sharing campuses. Many have relocated permanently. In an […]

Lead with Vision

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. You can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air—but not a single second without hope. With no hope, you might still be breathing but you won’t be truly alive. One of the saddest ways to live is […]

How to Recover from a Mistake

Ever noticed that you are quicker to forgive others for mistakes than you are to move past your own missteps? The fact is, we all make mistakes. I have repeatedly told those offering me an apology that the day I am perfect is the day I will expect them to be. That makes them totally […]

Avoid the 5 Most Common Presentation Mistakes

The art of communication is the language of leadership. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a professional communicator, your ability to lead well depends on your aptitude in connecting with people in a meaningful way. The good news? You can develop this skill. Consider this: most people speak, but does that make them a speaker? […]

The 36 Rules of Social Media [Infographic]

I’ve been enchanted by social media since I began flirting with it years ago. I expected it to be work and discovered it’s more like a dance class. We’ve been in a serious relationship since that time. My bio says I’m a Professional Speaker, Business Coach, Author, Team-Builder, and Online Marketing Strategist with experience in social […]

Seven Reasons to Invest In Your Team

Abraham Lincoln quipped, “If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 hours sharpening my ax.”  How Sharp is Your Ax? When I ask business owners this question, I often get a sheepish look and an answer like, “we have regular meetings to keep our staff current on all product […]

The Awesome Factor

I’m really happy that “Awesome” hasn’t made the recent lists of overused words . This morning, as I read a post on “Why Being Amazing is Not a Marketing Strategy“, I started thinking about “The Awesome Factor”.  Granted, awesome isn’t a strategy,  but  an amazing attitude sure is a game changer. As I pondered the power of this […]