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Planning a Sparkle-tacular Year

I’m curious to know how you plan your day, week, year? Do you use a calendar or planner or journal to remember birthdays, anniversaries, grocery shopping and to-do lists, projects, travel, and events? Do you use a digital or computer calendar – something like Outlook, Google, or a specially designed calendar software program? Or do you prefer the tactile element of writing your tasks, activities, and appointments with a pen that flows like butter? Read more…

Word: Protect Your Documents

Most people aren’t aware that they don’t need Adobe Acrobat to send a protected document. Adobe Reader is free to download, but if you do not have Adobe Reader or Acrobat or another program that manipulates and converts to pdf, you will not be able to view or create pdf documents yourself. But that’s okay, […] Read more…

7 Days of Confidence – Introduction

Confidence Book Cover

Over the next 7 days you will receive seven steps to elevate your confidence with action steps to take. Over 21 days, you will receive ideas. This is an important topic and something we can all use a little help with. You may even get some download surprises throughout this series – so keep a lookout […] Read more…

Mailchimp – The Jedi User

Mailchimp isn’t that difficult once you get used to it. Just play around in it for a while and you will get the hang of it. I was giving a training class on Mailchimp and thought I would share with you. It has been edited to remove the extraneous, but you will find it helpful […] Read more…

Play to Your Strengths

Successful people play to their strengths or what they do uniquely well. The trouble with strengths is that they’re easy to overlook because you do them effortlessly. As Malcolm Forbes said, We tend to undervalue what we are and overvalue what we aren’t. Here then are a few clues for tapping into your strengths. The first is to ask what makes you feel […] Read more…

Your Big Audacious Idea – Solving a Problem

“Is your company hiring?” This is a commonly asked question amongst job-seekers. The dictionary’s definition of hire is “To engage the services of a person, for payment.” But, have you ever considered that the term “hiring” has a much broader definition? That hiring extends to every product and service we use. Whenever we buy something, we are hiring the product or service to […] Read more…

The Entrepreneur

Nearly every day, I meet someone who wants to start a business or who has already started a business but isn’t sure what to do next. These individuals dream of doing something grand. They dream of becoming successful entrepreneurs. I’m here today to help you realize this dream. I want to share with you what I’ve learned about starting and building […] Read more…

Educational Links Resources List

With that said, I would like to share with you an expansive collection of educational resources that include paid, free, professors, business leaders, some just fun, as they cover, most probably, any topic you would want to learn about that inspires you to engage in an alternative to traditional tv. http://www.fastcompany.com/section/30-second-mba http://academicearth.org/ https://www.academia.edu/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ https://www.udemy.com/courses/ […] Read more…

Equal Means Equal

I don’t want to say that “we need to start,” I am saying “we are in the midst of” a movement where women are demanding and expecting not only equal treatment, but respect. Read more…

17 Principles of Success

Definiteness of Purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Don’t be like a ship at sea without a rudder, powerless and directionless. Decide what you want, find out how to get it, and then take daily action toward achieving your goal. You will get exactly and only what you ask and work for. Make up your mind today what it is you want and then start today to go after it! Do it now! Read more…

Desiderata

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and […] Read more…

Managing Your Office Supplies

Tracking and managing office supplies can be a challenge at times. There are several things that come to mind when I need to track and manage office supplies. What should I keep in stock at all times? How much of an item should I keep on stock? Who is requesting what and how much? What […] Read more…

Living by a Code of Ethics

I believe everybody should have a personal Code of Ethics or Code of Conduct. I also believe every company should have a Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, and/or Mission Statement; every employee should have easy access to locating it; and any client should be able to easily locate it on the business website when considering doing business with them. Okay, with that said, I was really surprised at how difficult it was to search for Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, and Mission Statements. Absolutely, without a doubt, surprised. Really tough to find. Read more…

Build Yourself a Great Story!

Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life – the life you author from scratch on your own – begins. How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make? Will inertia be your guide or will you follow your passion? Will you follow dogma or will you be original? Will you choose a […] Read more…

What is Success?

When you google success and view images, you get a lot of men in suits and ties, several sunsets and a few rock climbers sprinkled in there. Fist pumps, stairs. Going upward. Going upward in what? What is success? These pictures show only two concrete ideas, work and upward mobility. The sunsets are a little […] Read more…

Service Value Assessment

When you think about it, every job is service related in one way or another. Whether it is a service for a client, an employer, even the people we are around on a daily basis. People like working with and being around people who are pleasant. As unpleasant as the job may be at times, […] Read more…

The Mirror That Lied

Barbie was originally a high-class call girl named Bild Lilli from the German comic strip Die Bild-Zeitung. Barbie has been a very controversial figure over the years. From the shape of her body to her career choices, and even her extravagant lifestyle and possessions. The owner of Mattel, Ruther Handler, even said in a 1977 interview […] Read more…

Sales is the “Life” Blood of Your Business

Sales is a skill EVERYONE should cultivate. Networking is not sales. It’s an important function; but until you implement sales, you have acquired a collection of names in a database or CRM. Which begs the question, have you set up your CRM? AND, you’re going to want everyone you know in this CRM; friends, family, […] Read more…

Barbara Corcoran – Inspiring Women

In writing on the topic of an entrepreneur and other people who are creating value in our world for a long time, I had two criteria. I wanted my subject to be a woman, inspiring women, and making an impact today, right now. For many, when you are young, you don’t really know what you […] Read more…

Use Your LinkedIn Profile for Your Resume

LinkedIn is making makes it really easy to manage and construct a resume. You still have to do the work writing the job description of each job and your educational history, but LinkedIn enables you to construct a resume-friendly format in seconds. You choose the resume template and export to PDF. You can edit within the program […] Read more…

Take Time to Uncover Passions

Do you ever wonder how life would have turned out if you had made different choices, nurtured different talents, or was surrounded by a different group of people? I’ve thought about that. I love what I do, but appreciating my other gifts has me reflecting on “what if?” I never doodled, but, when I did draw, […] Read more…