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Post Election: Mending the Political Divide

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Post Election: Mending the Political Divide

In Portland, Oregon, I am surrounded by people who are still feeling devastated by the election of President Trump. These aren’t the ones you see on FOX News who are breaking windows or lighting cars on fire. They are civilized, successful individuals who refuse to turn a blind eye to the injustices happening around them. Conservatives are...

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What Would Happen If Everything Was Positive?

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

What Would Happen If Everything Was Positive?

Do you love quotes that encourage people to be happy and optimistic? Are you committed to shunning negativity and removing darkness from your life? Those are noble intentions, yet there are certain situations where the banishment of negativity could perpetuate a downward spiral. If positivity is your ultimate goal, let’s explore where it might...

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Why Didn’t You Answer My Email?

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Didn’t You Answer My Email?

Do you ever send emails and wonder why you don’t get a response? Does it cause you to create a story about WHY the other person hasn’t been able to answer you? Technology is meant to bring us together, but it has limitations. In emails, we aren’t able to hear a person’s tone of voice, read their body language, or understand their...

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Your Period: How Women Can Play the Trump Card

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Your Period: How Women Can Play the Trump Card

By now, we all know about the exchange between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump during the first GOP debate, and the “blood comments” that followed. As a thinking women, I was appalled by his (alleged—because he is denying it—) assumption that Megyn was “bleeding out of her eyes and her whatever,” but then I saw it as a golden...

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Why “Mommie Dearest” Intrigues Me

Posted on May 7, 2015 in Blog | 4 comments

Why “Mommie Dearest” Intrigues Me

Last week on YouTube, I stumbled on a clip from the 70’s where Phil Donahue was interviewing the daughter of late Hollywood actress Joan Crawford. Christina’s haunting memoir, Mommie Dearest, had just been released. On the show, she told an unbelievable story that was recounted in the book, but not in the movie.  When Joan was on her...

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Rejection: Why It Happens & Why It Hurts

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Rejection: Why It Happens & Why It Hurts

“Thanks for your time. We decided to go in another direction.”  When I read these words today from a business prospect, time stood still. My posture slumped, breath become shallow, and my first response was to scrutinize what I said or did to lose this client opportunity. Surely, it was my fault in some way.  After 20 years in...

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How to Speak Up for Yourself

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog | 9 comments

How to Speak Up for Yourself

As a young girl, I was encouraged to voice my opinions and stand up for what I believed, yet I received only minimal training in what to do when others did not agree or had a negative response to what I was saying. The advice I received was not to take their reactions personally, to focus on the positive, or to “let it go” when my...

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A Heated Debate on Shark Tank

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A Heated Debate on Shark Tank

Last week, I asked you to watch this 1-minute clip from Shark Tank, a TV show where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of investors.  Your feedback was fascinating to read (and listed below)! The majority of you were impressed by how eloquently Lori Greiner (long haired blond) expressed herself when she felt that her voice was...

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Best Smile in Portland

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Smile in Portland

Have you ever noticed how life can get dull after the holidays? As we begin the New Year tradition of self-improvement and reflection, moments of generosity and connection can sometimes seem to go by the wayside. To combat this situation, Allison Clarke, an expert in leadership and influence, developed a plan to keep good cheer in motion...

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Helping People Doesn’t Mean Pleasing Them

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Helping People Doesn’t Mean Pleasing Them

In my communication trainings, I often ask participants, “If you could find out how others perceive your words, would you want to know what they think?” In most cases, they say YES. But what if you learned that your attempt to uplift, inspire, or keep the peace wasn’t actually helpful or appreciated? Would you be willing to be...

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