Powerful Tips for your Next Raise Conversation – Tip 2

  Last week I wrote about the importance of releasing the Soul Suckers from the responsibility of being in charge when it comes to asking for a raise.  When we do not truly value ourselves, our Soul Suckers tend to take charge of our words and actions (or lack...

Powerful Tips for Your Next Raise Conversation – Tip 1

Asking for a raise is an action that affects us on so many levels.  It might trigger us or call us forth or both.  This topic is so full I spent weeks with writer’s block about this post.  Then, when I finally “went there,” I realized that it’s such a full topic that...

How to Cure Brain Freeze

Remember that feeling after eating a frozen Popsicle or drinking a Slurpee too fast as a kid?  Ouch! Now imagine yourself giving a speech in front of a BIG crowd when suddenly, your mind goes blank … Oh no! Those two experiences can be painful and brain freezing in...

How to Give a Tantalizing Introduction

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou   Have you ever been asked to introduce yourself in 30 seconds or less to a group of people you’ve never met before?  Zounds! The...

Take the First Steps to Thriving in the Conversations that Matter

Take the First Steps to Thriving in the Conversations that Matter If we’re living fulfilling lives, every so often we’re going to find ourselves having important conversations.  Fortunately, this is a hot topic these days among emerging leaders.  I’m thrilled to see...

The Tap & Run

This week I thought I'd share this helpful (and sometimes humorous) look at the difference between Anchoring & Including and other speakers' habits.   Notice the power of Anchoring & Including in comparison to other options we...

Never Underestimate the Impact of your Presence

Earlier this year, as I was running errands, I was reminded of the power of our presence – even when we don’t speak.  As I walked through the parking lot toward the Target store, I noticed two men in the middle of the parking lot row.  Their cars were both partially...

5 Ways to Say “Goodbye Overwhelm, Hello Fulfillment!”

A good friend recently asked me how I (mostly) got over overwhelm. Ha. Okay. Mostly. One of the biggest influences in my learning to let go of overwhelm was another coach - Marla Skibbens.  During a sales class call, as we checked in, she let me check in with some...

The Path to Charisma

Have you ever seen a speaker and felt as if she was speaking directly to you the entire time? Great leaders make us feel this way.  So how do they do it?  Is this something that people or born with?  Or can we all learn to do this?  The answers are yes and yes.  We...

The Other Half of Leadership

In the wake of the 2012 election in the United States, the nation and the world watched as President Obama gave his acceptance speech. He’s good. He’s an effective speaker. When he finished speaking, I googled “top public speakers throughout history.” Barack Obama...