Saturday, June 30, 2007


When my daughter, Kara, was an exchange student to Belgium her junior year none of us
realized what a huge impact that experience would have on her life. She has married a Belgium
man, has a lovely home on the river in a small country town outside of Brussels and works for
SWIFT in the public relations department.

It is difficult to stay up-to-date on where she is in the world at any given time. However, for the next week she will be home, here in Vancouver, Washington. When she called from the Newark airport in New Jersey she said "Flexibility is the word for this week." We are not sure what our activities will be; yet, there are a couple of things I have helped put on the agenda.

Waiting for her upon her arrival is a dinner of spareribs and sweet corn. One evening is devoted to Mexican food and another a good old fashion American barbecue. I've learned what foods she misses.

She has agreed to help me clean the garage. Just maybe we can get some more shelves free to "store" things from her past. Shopping is on the agenda and one day we are going to take off and explore the world in our area.

In case, you haven't guessed it, I've viewing this as a mini vacation. The weather is cooperating and I'm going to suggest we go to breakfast on a floating cafe tomorrow morning.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Last Friday I was honored to be one of two outside speakers that Marcia Bench invited to be part of her inaugural event --- "Career Coaching Boot Camp 2007."

Coaches and consultants from across the nation converged at Portland, Oregon for an all day event based on the concept of "Infopreneur's." I said to Marcia at the end of the day "If only we had this seminar when we started out."

At the event, Marcia released her new book "Career Infoprenueur's -- Success Roadmap" I haven't had time to read it; yet, Marcia presented great material from it during the day.

It was a pleasure for me to present my favorite networking tips and appreciated the great interaction with participants during the course of the day.

The day ended with a relaxing elegant dinner cruise on the river -- Perfect ending to a day filled with learning, networking and fun!!!


Remember ANY place you go is a place where you can meet and connect with people -- yes, it is called networking. Sunday night I went to a concert and ran into people I have not seen in three or four years......we're planning on having lunch soon. If you have met a person, it is NEVER to late to contact them. How flattered are you when someone calls you up that you haven't seen or heard from in years?

Monday, June 18, 2007


Fortunately, I am one of the those people that absolutely loves her work. I have a high need for variety, so my career that involves writing, speaking, training and one-on-one coaching fits my emotional needs perfectly.

There are all kinds of things that are not my favorite thing to do in connection with my career. Keeping papers I need for taxes has developed into a routine, yet, entering them into an accounting program has been delegated to my competent CPA, Steve Staudinger.

My beauty and health needs have been delegated to professionals. I listen to them and make sure I follow their suggestions---we work as a team.

My editing needs are provided by Steve Schone We have never met in person, yet, have developed a great relationship.

Technology?? I have come to the conclusion it is like having a financial manager. I have someone to "manage" my computer needs. You can rely on your financial manager, yet, it is still important for you to know how to review the monthly statements--ultimately, it is your responsibility.

Thus, I have to keep up with a basic understanding of new technology so that I can use it to enhance the way I reach people through my coaching, presentations and speaking--only then can I direct my computer person. (My VERY computer literate brother and sister are quite amazed at how I am keeping up! They know this is not one of my innate skills/or interests. I consider this one of the highest of compliments from them.) If I can do it--you can.


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Monday, June 04, 2007


During the last couple of weeks I have had some great one-on-one communications. It reminded me the importance of sitting down over coffee or lunch with just one person so that you learn something about them as an individual.

Brandie Kajino is a delightful young woman that called me up after she had heard me speak at Rotary's Regional Leadership Conference on "How to attract and retain the X Generation. "It was great having her confirm the statements that I made were very accurate.

We met at a local coffee shop and proceeded to have a great interchange. I learned about her business---smiles broadly when she talks about helping people rearrange their living areas and then helps shop for the perfect accessory to complete the look. Then we both laughed when we started to talk about the states of number of offices. She loves the challenge transforming messy offices.

Al Malone a Customer Category Manager for Kraft Foods had often sent me a note after receiving my Weekly Wisdom. Sign up for it on my website:

I called him up and we set a date/time to meet for lunch. Not only did I learn about the position of Customer Category Manager, I had a delightful exchange of conversation from a fascinating man who lives in our community.

Finally, I headed to California to do a training, yet, was asked by a new friend in California to come to her home for dinner the night before. I had the pleasure of meeting her family of animals, enjoyed a tour of her home and enjoyed her great cooking abilities. Once again, an evening where I truly got to know someone better.


If you have a major project that takes great concentration, plan to work on it when you are most alert. For some people it means early in the morning (I get up at 5:15 a.m. because my mind is so clear) for others it means carving time out late in the evening. Often I have given up working a project and tackle it the following morning--amazing how much easier is to come up with some creative ideas.

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