Saturday, September 15, 2007


Lately, I have been flying off to some place every week to do a training or give a speech. People who do not know me well cannot imagine a life like mine for they hear about plane delays, lost luggage and believe travel is a hassle.

I, on the other hand, look at it as adventure. Each time I travel I make sure that I have at least one day extra at the destination so that I can learn about the community. If I am lucky, I will have the opportunity to see what it is like living in these communities.

Last week I flew in two days early---I would be training in Fairfield. My friend, Cyndi picked me up at the Sacramento airport and we drove to Old Sacramento and had a lovely lunch on the river catching up and I had the opportunity to meet her new son, Michael.

A few hours later, my friend Carolyn picked me up and after another nice dinner, we headed to her home in Suisun Valley. Carolyn and her husband, Warren, families settled the Valley so they are a wealth of information about the "real" history of the area.

The next day we got up and Carolyn started my tour through Napa Valley which ended at the lovely town of St. Helena. It was a beautiful day and made even more interesting because the grapes were being harvested. I learned that often grapes are picked at night, under flood lights, because the sugar content is much higher.

The next day it was time to train and we had an outstanding group of bright, fun people who were eager to learn. What a joy! I headed home that night feeling like I had learned, rested and helped stretch individuals. The perfect combination.


Many people are now getting their news from the Internet. It is a great way to keep up and the links often lead to great additional information. However, there is one thing that is missing. If you are serious about networking in your own community, you are missing all of the ads that are advertising events. These events are often fun and provide you with an opportunity to learn and connect with people.

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