business management

The things we don’t know

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In our culture knowledge is prized. Everyone wants to be in-the-know. When we don’t know we experience vulnerability, humility, and beginner status. People often associate these feelings with negativity, but embracing them can truly change our lives. Vulnerability is important because it is how we grow. We must be vulnerable when we try new things, […]

business management

Putting your Vision into Words

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Once we have recognized the need to make a change, and started to lay the foundation (for some background on this, check out the first article in this series: Change Making…), the next step is to put our vision into words. Look for the common ground that was established earlier on in the change making […]

healthy-lifestyle

Changing the story from shooter to safety

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Thousands of school shootings have happened over the years in the U.S., and as they became more frequent people became more vocal about preventing them from happening, but the story stayed the same. For a long time the story was about the shooter. The media pored over the details of why the shooter committed his […]

healthy-lifestyle

Networking for a funeral

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A while back I came up with a rather morbid benchmark for evaluating my success. I’ll call it the “funeral test”. As an introvert and a borderline perfectionist I used to keep my distance from people. Just thinking about the word “network” would give me a panic attack. I only wanted to interact with people […]

business management

Clarity, Brilliance, Precision

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I have always been a thinker and I am obsessed with efficiency, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized the (ironic) inefficiency of my thought process. I tend to ruminate, and the more invested I am in ruminating, the more anxious I become. The more anxiety I feel, the more time I invest ruminating. […]

public speaking

Made Legendary by Passion and Precision

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On the anniversary of the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I can’t help but think of the powerful and poetic words he spoke. Listening to his speeches gives me chills, and I–like many people in this country–know some of the lines by heart. Dr. King delivered many inspiring speeches, but one of […]

public speaking

Speaking with humor

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Humor is one of the best ways I connect with people. I am happiest when I’m speaking to an audience who is laughing! The speech above won a humorous speaking contest, but I love incorporating humor into all different kinds of speeches. If humor isn’t your strong suit I still recommend giving it a go. […]

healthy-lifestyle

Expertise

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I’ve always wanted to be an expert at something, but I never had the unrelenting drive to earn the title for any one thing in particular.  Instead, I’ve spent my life intensely studying lots of different things for short periods of time. (As a result, I have become reasonably good at a wide variety skills: everything […]