It’s Not About Your “Stuff”

I moved apartments last week. Stressful. Moving. Right up there on the Holmes-Rahe stress scale, along with death and divorce. But I found it a very cleansing experience, with a major insight about speaking to grow your business. When you … Continue reading

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Wanna Be Funny? First, Be Confident

Love Tina Fey. . .don’t you? Reading her really funny book, Bossypants—a great line hit me, as a speech coach who finds humor for my clients: “Comedy is about confidence, and the moment an audience senses a slip in confidence, … Continue reading

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Who Are Your Cheerleaders?

You know how we are so excited when we start our businesses? So much enthusiasm – we will set the world on fire! After the initial hoopla, what keeps us fired up? Who keeps you committed to your game? Who … Continue reading

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Women, All Together Now: “I GOT THIS!”

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke for 90 women at Southern California Edison about being “Pitch Perfect.” I know entrepreneurs come with business confidence already installed in their systems. But to speak in front of a group? Not so … Continue reading

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6 “M” Action Plan for Success

Do a bunch of achieving women business owner award-winners want to hear a long keynote speech at their award ceremony? I think not. So when I was asked to emcee the NAWBO Ventura Bravo Awards, they gave me some time … Continue reading

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When People Trust You, They Buy You

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” –Ani DiFranco One of the chapters in my new book begins with that quote. It’s the chapter on preparing about your audience. … Continue reading

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It’s Your Birthday — Take Stock!

I haven’t always loved my birthday. When I was 5 years old, the cruel Chicago winter got in my way. The Mayor issued a traveler’s advisory and my party was canceled. The next February, the same thing happened. My mom … Continue reading

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Your Speech Coach Says: Always The Student

In your marketing speech, you “lead with the need” of your audience. You point out the pain, need or problem they are facing – for which your product or service is the solution. And then you tell them your solution. … Continue reading

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Bless Your Holiday Stress, Revisited

Here it comes again –the season of giving AND receiving. You know how you’ll be “receiving” some family and friend obligations you never receive except during this season? Once you CHOOSE to receive, you now get to choose your attitude and behavior. … Continue reading

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Fun: The New Work Ethic

“Everything is for my entertainment or my education. If I’m not having fun, I must be learning.” I first heard that when I worked at Disney. Did Walt say that? Not sure. I say you can have fun while learning. … Continue reading

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