Focus on yourself for a better career

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At the Toastmasters D44 fall conference, my friend Kene Iloenyosi gave a wonderful keynote on change. While he wasn’t focused explicitly on career change, one of the most impactful parts of this presentation was Kene’s second point about the need to focus on yourself. this made me think about my recent career changes and how his points […]

Does everyone agree?

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When I speak, I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions. I do this for at least three reasons. First, to check in with the audience and keep them engaged. Second, to help them see that they aren’t alone. Third, to learn something about the audience so I can tailor my message (if […]

Midyear check – have you completed your goals?

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As we finish up the month of July, it’s a good time to reconsider your progress in your goals. What did you say you would do this year, and how far along are you? Is it time to reevaluate those goals? Maybe things in your life have caused some stumbling blocks. Maybe your goal to lose 40 pounds is […]

Easy to be Cynical

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“Branding demands commitment; commitment to continual re-invention; striking chords with people to stir their emotions; and commitment to imagination. It is easy to be cynical about such things, much harder to be successful.” I recently saw this quote, from Sir Richard Branson. The second line is what caught my eye – it’s easy to be cynical…much […]

What’s the best word?

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Each New Year I post something about setting a resolution, and I receive a variety of comments that fall into three varieties: 1. I don’t believe in resolutions, I set goals. 2. I don’t believe in resolutions, no one keeps them. 3. I don’t believe in resolutions. Why do you limit yourself? Let me rephrase, […]

Is 2011 really over?

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Can you believe it? 2011 is coming to an end. Did you accomplish anything, or did you “make it”? Don’t feel bad if that’s the case, sometimes just making it can be an accomplishment. Especially in an annoying economy with equally annoying political and social issues all around us. Now’s the time of year when […]

Avoiding the dry spell

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It’s easy to let life “happen” and cause you to miss doing some of the things you need to do. In fact, it’s even easier to let those distractions keep you from doing the things you enjoy doing, right? So, what’s the trick? How do you keep doing what is important, while also getting in […]