I think most of us can agree that the number 13 has often been associated with superstitious beliefs and bad luck. The illogical fear around the number 13 has been connected to historical events such as “The Last Supper” where Judas, the betrayer of Christ, the 13th apostle to sit at the table, has invoked a superstition that having 13 guests at a dinner party is unlucky. This ominous number has become synonymous with other superstitions as well - a black cat crossing your path, walking under ladders, Friday the 13th, believing bad things come in threes, a broken mirror brings you 7 years of back luck and the list goes on and on.
There is actually a phobia called "triskaidekaphobia" in which people suffer from having an extreme fear of the number 13. This phobic phenomenon is so significant the business world has adopted its trepidation into their business planning and marketing strategies. Numerous...
Two days ago on social media, someone had posted a word puzzle asking to note the first 3 words you saw. I thought it was kind of fun and noted the first words for me were: wellness, beginning, massive-success. “I LIKE THIS,” I thought, and then went on with my day.
Yesterday was New Year’s Eve and it was a typical end of the year for me; enjoy some food and cocktails with family, watch the ball drop and off to bed. Unfortunately, sleep is rarely restful for me. I am a “lucid” dreamer. I am fully aware of what I am dreaming and can control and manipulate the outcome. It’s like being up all night watching movies, so I typically wake up “tired”.
Have you ever experienced those moments before you are fully awake from sleep when images or thoughts start to emerge? Well I have, in fact, often do. There is a name for this transitional state from sleep to wakefulness; Hypnopompia is a mental phenomenon that occurs during “threshold...
Loss. It’s a word we all know in one form or another. Loss of a loved one, loss of income, loss of stability, loss of relationships, loss of connection with self, loss of control… It’s a small word, just 4 letters, yet its impact is disorienting. And with loss comes grief.
During the holidays, loss and grief can be overwhelming. Whether you are or are not spiritual, holidays are the times we celebrate the joys of our family and friends.
When the rest of the world is in the throws of holiday bliss, for those dealing with loss and grief, all the “shoulds” are at the forefront everywhere you look.
You “should be happy”, after all, it’s the holidays.
You “should be grateful” for all you “do” have.
You “should be preparing” for the festivities with food and gifts for those in your life. You “should, should, should.”
Everywhere are reminders - the lights,...
Everywhere you look in the entrepreneur and business professional’s world there is an event taking place somewhere. Anything and everything to do with business is presented for you to explore.
Whatever you need, I assure you there is an event, a workshop or a conference out there, ready to assist you to expand your business, advance your professional development and heighten your Brand....
I was reminded recently how much I love Intimate Networking. I was invited to a potluck get together with a group of amazing women I have networked with over the past few years. It was an evening of good food and wine, fun music, big laughs and great conversation about anything and everything.
Spending time with people in a non-formal networking atmosphere allows everyone to let down their guard and just “be”. There is no shuffling of business cards or flyers and no scripted pitches. It’s just people with people, being who they are in the real world and not a business persona. It’s a breath of fresh air not to be “on”.
Intimate networking is one of the most effective ways to deepen connections with the people you network with. Whether its a potluck dinner at someone’s home, an evening of drinks at a local pub, an early morning coffee, or nine holes on the golf course - spending some quality time with the people you...
Sometimes it feels like each day runs into the other. We wake up and get ready, feed the kids, do the household chores, go to work, ride the crazy train, get home, make dinner, take the kids to hockey - dancing - skating - basketball - etc., make lunches for the next day, get the kids ready for bed, watch a little TV, read or even continue working into the wee hours of the night and then off to dreamland for a few short hours before beginning the entire cycle again. Everyday - 7 days a week!
It’s no wonder we are stressed, overwhelmed and often too exhausted to even think about anything other than “what’s next on the calendar.”
Most of us, if not all of us, live such busy lives that it is not hard to forget about keeping the one thing that keeps us steady in our daily life - our Faith!
I bring my own Faith-Walk into my daily routine. When I wake up in the morning I start with gratitude for “actually waking up.” It...
During a conversation with a friend, I was reminded just how strong my faith is. This conversation really got me thinking about what my “FaithWalk” means to me.
My faith is a personal relationship with my higher power - and that higher power for me is Jesus. He is whom I call upon when things are good, when things are tough, when I am having difficulty in knowing how to handle difficult conversations, and when I am just happy being in the moment. I invite Him into all areas of my daily life. He is also whom I call upon to keep me in integrity. My FaithWalk is striving to live a life that keeps me in kindness, compassion, understanding, and love.
Being a person of Faith didn’t always come easily to me. In fact, I would venture to say it doesn’t come easy for many. I still see so much behavior where judgment is passed. I, myself have been guilty of judgment in the past and I realized that isn’t who I am - and definitely not whom I want to be if...
In the past several few months my schedule has been full with networking events, a family wedding, out of the country on business, facilitating workshops, conferences, speaking, coaching clients,…blah, blah, blah! I love going to these events and being surrounded by people, but these last few months of interacting with others felt different for me. Very Different. Is it perhaps, I myself am becoming more aware in my journey of entrepreneurship?
I’m usually the person who gets in there, connecting, mingling and introducing people to others. This time, I found myself standing back just watching and listening. For years I’ve observed behaviour, conversation styles and how people interact with each other. I had no idea why I wasn't engaging and it felt foreign to me - after all, that is the premise for my work as a networking specialist and coach - meeting people and having conversations. I kept asking myself why does it feel so different for me?
Then it hit me. I had...
Have you ever been in unfamiliar territory when you are networking? I'm sure most of you have been, at one time or another, in a crowd where you don't know anyone and you feel completely out of place. I admit, in my career as a networking specialist, I no longer get blindsided with not knowing what to say or how to approach people. Well, I had that exact experience recently when I was at a digital media conference with my Mastermind Inner Circle Group The Mastermind City.
I was among 4,000+ people where the topics of technology weren't completely in my comfort zone. All kinds of uncomfortable fears and confidence issues began to bubble up and for the first time, in a very long time, I was able to re-identify and connect with the very issues that people hire me to help them with.
I am someone who thrives on networking, lives for the connecting and building relationships, I found myself in an arena of highly intellectual individuals who were...