Be Curious. Never Assume.

Curiosity is respectful. Assuming is not. I learned this from a wonderful therapist long ago, and it was my lesson this week. When you don’t bother to find out about people who think differently from you, you can assume things … Continue reading

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Cubs Win! Women Win!

“C’mon Chapman – be a hero!” I found myself talking to the pitcher under my breath in my sister’s living room, watching the large screen. Then, double play, and it was over. Cubs win! Cubs win! I thought of my … Continue reading

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Strive to Keep it Alive

In the first week of the season, the story of the NFL games was come-from-behind victories. Exciting games to watch, but frustrating if your team was not the one that came back. You would think, or at least I think, … Continue reading

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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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