Throw a Parade Instead

February 19, 2011

When I was a child I hated parades. Actually, it wasn’t that I hated them, but I hated sitting on the side lines watching other people have all of the fun. I wanted to be the person on the float waving at the crowd. It looked like it was much more fun to participate in…

How Not to Work a Room.

January 28, 2011

I recently attended a networking event for marketers. It was a facilitated discussion and one of the topics was how to help others network. To my surprise, some of the marketers in the room left really bad impressions. As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here are ways to ensure that you will NOT win friends and influence people.

How Networking is Like

January 23, 2011

I am not a fan of exercise. I never have been. For the last seven months I have worked out five days a week on average. About two months ago I started working with a personal trainer. This week he was pushing me to embrace “the burn.” I hate the burn. The burn hurts. The burn makes me want to quit. I just don’t like the burn.

Karma Online and In Real-Life

January 20, 2011

If you read my 8th grade yearbook, you will see that someone wrote me a note that said “you’re a nice girl, but you are really negative.” For many years I saw the glass as half empty. I can’t exactly say when it changed, but over time I realized the power of positive thinking. I found that the happier I felt, the nicer I was to other people, the better my life got. Good things happened.

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me…

May 23, 2010

For those of us that live in a social media-driven world, we might feel like Rockwell in the 1984 hit, Somebody’s Watching Me. Between status updates on Facebook, check-ins on Foursquare and Gowalla and location-based tweets, our lives are everywhere.