[Coaxing Creativity Tip] The story only you can tell…

Happy woman with stretched arms in flower fieldEveryone has a story…everyone has lots of stories. Now, I’m not talking about the old line, “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” where somebody may be telling tall tales to get out of a sticky situation.

I’m talking about the stories you tell yourself to keep motivated and on the right path to success.   The stories of your life…fundamental to open communication with others as well as yourself. Take a few minutes to write a character sketch about you. What do you want to be remembered for? Skip the statistics, you can find those almost anywhere.

  • Were you the first one in your family to graduate college…go to college?
  • Were you known for blowing the biggest bubbles with your bubble gum.
  • Were you the first kid on the ice every year?
  • Are you known for picking out exactly the right gift for each person on your list…Christmas, birthdays, celebrations?
  • Do you bake, sew, build, garden, or____________?
  • Do you travel, explore, ramble, or stroll?
  • Are you the person who is the first one on the scene when a friend needs a word or encouragement, or an outing to cheer them up?
  • Do you paint pictures with a brush, pen or camera?
  • Do you decorate, design, or create environments to nurture those who inhabit the spaces?

Write about something no one else knows.  We’re listening! Give us a story…

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Grateful for Girlfriends

tea girlfriends

We celebrate National Girlfriends Day this month! August 1st is the official designation. Did you miss it? I believe every day is an opportunity to celebrate my girlfriends.

“Friendship redeems. It pulls broken parts together and offers healing.” Luci Shaw

Friendship as a healing tool may be too far out there for some of you . These days I do live in California, but my roots are solidly Midwestern, so this is not a signal that I have gone off the deep end. We all need somebody to listen to our hopes and dreams, encourage us when things don’t work out as planned, and celebrate with us when those pipe dreams explode into successful gushers.

Your friends are those special people who have come into your life through school, church, work, volunteer situations, community organizations, with whom we share common interests or geography and nurture relationships.

Our grandmothers exchanged news over the clothesline, backyard fence or on the party telephone line. Today, social media uses “friend” as a term to indicate engagement…but the connection may be weak, perhaps even superficial. It’s up to you and me to develop a relationship with those who seek to “friend” us by helping them get to know us through our status updates and blog posts. Sharing our triumphant parts along with our broken parts helps our new friends learn about us…how we are different…and the same.  

Friends need friends to support, uplift and celebrate the divergent yet similar paths we travel alone and together. This common path. This sacred path. This path called life.

Hop over to my Facebook page and share what you think of this “friends” thing. On Facebook, we have the opportunity to extend this friendship thing farther than anything Grandma could have imagined.

Oh, the stories we will tell our grandchildren about the world of their ancestors.

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[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Everyone has a story…

Happy woman with stretched arms in flower field Everyone has a story…everyone has lots of stories. Now, I’m not talking about the old line, “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” where somebody may be telling tall tales to get out of a sticky situation.

I’m talking about the stories you tell yourself to keep motivated and on the right path to success.   The stories of your life…fundamental to open communication with others as well as yourself. Take a few minutes to write a character sketch about you. What do you want to be remembered for? Skip the statistics, you can find those almost anywhere.

  • Were you the first one in your family to graduate college…go to college?
  • Were you known for blowing the biggest bubbles with your bubble gum.
  • Were you the first kid on the ice every year?
  • Are you known for picking out exactly the right gift for each person on your list…Christmas, birthdays, celebrations?
  • Do you bake, sew, build, garden, or____________?
  • Do you travel, explore, amble, or stroll?
  • Are you the person who is the first one on the scene when a friend needs a word or encouragement, or an outing to cheer them up?
  • Do you paint pictures with a brush, pen or camera?
  • Do you decorate, design, or create environments to nurture those who inhabit the spaces?

Write about something no one else knows.  We’re listening! Give us a story…

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[Free Training] Some writing advice…

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-woman-writing-her-diary-secret-image33942382Writing in a journal is great advice for anyone…in my opinion it is an especially good idea for those who think of themselves as non-writers!

Writing is another connection to working on our inner life and outer relationships. I can remember trying to find safe places to hide my journal as an 11-year-old pre-teen from my 13-year-old brother. Writing in my journal as an adult has helped me to:
  • cope with the frustrations of infertility
  • calm my anxieties as a 30-year-old college freshman
  • record my joy at the adoption of our daughter and receiving my B.A. degree
  • witness my grief at the loss of my father and brother
  • hold all of my fears and questions during both my breast cancer episodes

My journal is a safe place to vent and a trusted friend who always keeps my confidences. To that end, I share these thoughts about writing with you and invite you to explore writing for just 15-minutes a day.

The word journal comes from a French word meaning “day.” A journal is a record for yourself, about yourself. It is a daily record of a writer’s thoughts on various topics. Journal writing is a creative, empowering path to self-discovery and change.

A journal may be many things:  a sounding board, a collector’s cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue, a letter to yourself, a laboratory, a jewelry box, a treasury, or a dream-catcher. It is a record, an entry book that is kept regularly, but not necessarily every day. A journal is not “Dear Diary.” Nor is it only a record of your day-to-day life. It is a chance to keep track of your thoughts, record information, capture ideas, and perhaps stash parts of newspaper or magazine articles you find interesting. A journal is not meant for publication…although blog posts, articles and books have started within journal pages. Many people have discovered a trusted and valued friend in their journal.

By writing in a journal you will be better able to: 

  • Communicate with yourself and others
  • Ask for what you want
  • Retain clear thinking
  • Articulate thoughts
  • Express yourself clearly
  • Express your feelings
  • Translate your thoughts to paper
  • Get your point across
  • Become a better listener
  • Increase negotiation skills
  • Create and chase your dreams
  • Open your heart and mind

What will you journal about today?

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[free training] Share Your Standing Defiant Story

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image10494661Are you standing defiant? Is this the year you take aim to overcome your biggest challenge…communicating clearly in your life & business?

You know that YOU are the SOLUTION to their DILEMMA. Yet, your message is not being heard out there in the Marketplace. Are you stuck writing blog posts? Do your e-mails go unread? Has lack of sign ups forced you to cancel an event?

Your Crystal Ball reveals a very different picture! No matter how frustrated, weary and just plain tired you are, You will not give up. You pick up your bow and take aim at your success. You have a clear vision of the difference you are her to make in the world. You have unshakable faith that once you master your biggest challenge, clients and customers will flock to you.

Remember, your personal story has universal appeal. No one else can share your story from your perspective. And someone out there is waiting for you to write your story and to hear you give voice to your story so that they will not feel so alone in their story.

Along with your faith in your abilities and gifts, you must share your your gifts. Share with them your journey. Let them know how you have  fallen down and gotten back up…in order to deliver what they need. They need to know, like and trust you in order to do business with you. Knowing who you are and that you believe in what you do is vital to your success. Share your vulnerability…your standing defiant story…how you defy the odds in business…in life…to show that you are one of those people who stands up to be heard and to make a difference.

If you are ready to address those challenges, I’m here to help make your vision a reality. Make an appointment for a complimentary consultation today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business of wayfinding

1 copyJanuary is International Wayfinding Month. I just love the promise and potential of that word wayfinding.  Do you like to hike and explore different parks?  Or is your comfort level how to find the nearest restroom and the shortest distance to the food court? Even if your navigating skills  excel as you stand at a map at the mall trying to figure out which level your car is parked on, you know about wayfinding.

It is a term that defines the spacial and environmental information systems that help us find our way in our built environment. The signs that get us from place to place, direct us to the right road, to find the appropriate train track and point us to the correct gate at the airport.

How does wayfinding apply to business? As business owners, it’s up to you to create the systems to communicate and connect with your clients and customers. Using a variety of means available to stay visible (blog posts, articles, and social media to name a few) to your clients and customer, you make it a simple choice for them to choose you. Inform, educate and inspire. Transform readers into clients. Attract them with your knowledge and expertise, then keep them coming back with impeccable customer service and delivery of quality products and performance.

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[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Everyone’s got a story…

November is National Lifewriting Month, so I thought it was appropriate to ask you the question – What’s your story? After all, everyone’s got lots of stories. Now, I’m not talking about the old line, “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” where somebody may be telling tall tales to get out of a sticky situation.

This time of year, Santa Claus is watching so we are all on our best behavior. No, I’m talking about the stories we tell ourselves to keep us motivated and on the right path to success. Lifewriting is telling the stories of our lives, fundamental to communicating with others as well as ourselves. Take a few minutes to write a character sketch about you. What do you want to be remembered for? Skip the statistics, you can find those almost anywhere.

  • Were you the first one in your family to graduate college…go to college?
  • Were you known for blowing the biggest bubbles with your bubble gum.
  • Were you the first kid on the ice every year?
  • Are you known for picking out exactly the right gift for each person on your list…Christmas, birthdays, celebrations?
  • Do you bake, sew, build, garden, or____________?
  • Do you travel, explore, amble, or stroll?
  • Do you paint pictures with a brush, pen or camera?
  • Do you decorate, design, or create environments to nurture those who inhabit the spaces?

Write about something no one else knows.  Give us a juicy story…

Simply push a button and share your message!

Are you a believer? No, it’s not a pipe dream or a techie gimmick. You really can simply push of a button and share your message. Well, several buttons to be honest – your keyboard to be exact.

Share your message with the world as simply as the push of a button!

You are an online influencer.

Sharing your expertise through your blog, website, articles, social media (dare I say in your book/s) makes you an influencer in our own right.

Sometimes when “branding” is mentioned, eyes glaze over and all the words sound like jargon filled with foreign terms.  A simpler way to think of branding, is being consistent in building your conversation on-line. Every effort you do to show up authentically…from the colors on your website, the conversation (dialogue) to foster relationships and build community, the products/services you offer, the events you host/attend… leads your audience to see you clearly as the answer to their dilemma.

Building a relationship with our clients and customers is key. It is so important to show up in a person-to-person manner and be your authentic self in our anonymous touch-free world. 

How are you handling being an on-line influencer? 

I’d love to hear from you. Hop over to my Facebook page to let me know what you are doing to be an on-line influencer…or not doing because it feels too hard and complicated.

Here’s a great idea…

Five-Minute Writing Prompt from Mary E Knippel, Author

Writing for 15-minutes-a-day changes your business and your life!

Writing for non-writers

Writing is another connection to working on our inner life and outer relationships. I can remember trying to find safe places to hide my journal as an 11-year-old pre-teen from my 13-year-old brother. Writing in my journal as an adult has helped me to:
  • cope with the frustrations of infertility
  • calm my anxieties as a 30-year-old college freshman
  • record my joy at the adoption of our daughter and receiving my B.A. degree
  • witness my grief at the loss of my father and brother
  • hold all of my fears and questions during both my breast cancer episodes

My journal is a safe place to vent and a trusted friend who always keeps my confidences. To that end, I share these thoughts about writing with you and invite you to explore writing for just 15-minutes a day.

The word journal comes from a French word meaning “day.” A journal is a record for yourself, about yourself. It is a daily record of a writer’s thoughts on various topics. Journal writing is a creative, empowering path to self-discovery and change. A journal may be many things:  a sounding board, a collector’s cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue, a letter to yourself, a laboratory, a jewelry box, a treasury, or a dream-catcher. It is a record, an entry book that is kept regularly, but not necessarily every day. A journal is not “Dear Diary.” Nor is it only a record of your day-to-day life. It is a chance to keep track of your thoughts, record information, capture ideas, and perhaps stash parts of newspaper or magazine articles you find interesting. A journal is not meant for publication…although blog posts, articles and books have started within journal pages. Many people have discovered a trusted and valued friend in their journal.

By writing in a journal you will be better able to: 

  • Communicate with yourself and others
  • Ask for what you want
  • Retain clear thinking
  • Articulate thoughts
  • Express yourself clearly
  • Express your feelings
  • Translate your thoughts to paper
  • Get your point across
  • Become a better listener
  • Increase negotiation skills
  • Create and chase your dreams
  • Open your heart and mind

What will you journal about today?

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World Hello Day

 

Hello World!

Hello World!

Celebrate World Hello Day!

One greeting…

Bonjour! Ola! Ciao! Guten Tag! Bore da!

= the same meaning!

Are you ready to make a difference today? Don’t worry, this doesn’t involve anything life threatening or traveling to exotic locations. You can play an important role in world peace today by participating in a simple yet powerful way…extend your hand in greeting to ten people.

Think it won’t make much impact if one or two people are out there shaking hands…well, what about? Martin Luther King? Mother Teresa? Ghandi? Golda Meir? Susan B. Anthony? Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

 

November 21, 2013 marks the 41st annual World Hello Day.  You can take a stand for the the importance of this cause with a show of very personal communication for preserving peace.

 

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973 and has since been observed by people in 180 countries.

With this single gesture on World Hello Day, you send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.

Thirty-one winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have realized World Hello Day’s value as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.

Today is the day you can make a difference with a smile and a handshake…start with family and friends…then expand to new acquaintances in the grocery check-out line, at the post office, or fellow passengers in the elevator.

Who knows…you may meet some fascinating new people today!

 

The World Hello Day web site address is http://www.worldhelloday.org.

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Friendship redeems…

back girlfriends“Friendship redeems. It pulls broken parts together and offers healing.” Luci Shaw

Friendship as a healing tool may be too far out there for some of you (I do live in California you know), but my roots are solidly Midwestern so this is not a signal that I have gone off the deep end. We all need somebody to listen to our hopes and dreams, encourage us when things don’t work out as planned, and celebrate with us when those pipe dreams explode into successful gushers.

Your friends are those special people who have come into your life through school, church, volunteer situations, community organizations, with whom we share common interests or geography…and have nurtured a relationship with.

Our grandmothers exchanged news over the clothesline, backyard fence or on the party telephone line. Today, social media uses “friend” as a term to indicate engagement…but the connection may be weak, perhaps even superficial. It’s up to you and me to develop a relationship with those who seek to “friend” us by helping them get to know us through our status updates and blog posts. Sharing our triumphant parts along with our broken parts helps our new friends learn about us…how we are different…and the same.  

I recently joined a Mastermind Group with some very dynamic women and as we were introducing ourselves I was struck by the fact that we were all so different…yet we had one mission! We are all passionate about serving the people who needed our particular expertise and were asking for help in sharing our message.

Friends need friends to support, uplift and celebrate the divergent yet similar paths we travel alone and together.

Building relationships with your Facebook Friends allows you to have friendships that extend farther than anything Grandma could have imagined…where has the web led you?

September song…

leaves greenCan you hear September’s song? Crisp, clean autumn days are here. It’s the end of the summer, and everything’s beginning to change, from cooler weather to the color of the leaves. Is it a waiting game for you until the end the year? Or are you using these few precious days to ramp up …to complete projects and programs you’ve been working on all year? 

Fall can be a time of reflection, or furious momentum using all the knowledge and information gained over the previous months.

Which is it for you?

Here’s an idea…

Do both.

Once a week, I’m spending dedicated time to self-care nurturing me, and to write in my journal about what has gone on in 2013 along with what my vision is for the rest of the year. Every day I make a list of tasks to move me from what I know I need to be doing…to a strategic plan of action on how I’m making that vision a reality. 

Use what is happening in your world to fuel your vision for the future. The trees sprawling branches go from green, to golden and then bare in cycles of the season. What season are you in right now?

  • Are you growing…sprouting green leaves?
  • Are you golden…building connections and strengthening relationships with clients and customers?
  • Are you bare…feeling isolated and alone that your efforts are not producing the results you want despite your best strategies and most impressive product properties.

Choose to not let the days dwindle down…use these precious days to promote you…Unleash YOU! with your own September song!