Vacation Series – Are You a Work Martyr?

“How many of you have vacation days you haven’t used that you are at risk of losing?” – About one third of the room put their hands up. What??? I was dumbfounded when Julie Lancaster asked this question at a training we co-taught for City...

The Only Way Out is Through

I put my trekking poles out in front of me to provide support as I lowered my foot onto a steep “trail” of loose rock. My knee crackled as it took on the weight of me and my pack. Scar tissue from six years of playing rugby was arguing with my decision to...

Does the Amount of Risk = The Amount of Reward?

Our sandwiches started to get soggy as the rain quickly turned from a sprinkle to a steady pour.  My husband Jay and I got up from our seat on a fallen Aspen tree to seek shelter under a large Spruce tree.  I was only one bite into the sandwich from my new dry picnic...

Falling Down for Fun

Are you good at being inept and uncoordinated? I am, or at least I am trying to be. This morning I shelled out more money to fall down in the snow. Here in Flagstaff Arizona we actually get a lot of snow; (interruption to let that mind-blowing fact sink in— it...

The Influence of the Crowd

As I filled out my application to join an adult girl scout troop, Troop Pearl, I thought about what an effective manipulation strategy these women had used on me. Last week I taught a workshop about Influence and reviewed several ways you could subtly or not so subtly...

Maximizing Your Networking and Referrals

Are you intentional about the stories that you tell? Last Thursday I presented to the Flagstaff Communicators group about Maximizing Your Networking and Referrals. I shared what not to do when making a first impression. Do: Tell a compelling personal story that...