If Something is Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Wrong

What? WaLet's do something wrong handwritten designit a minute! Is that a typo? Am I encouraging you to do good things badly?

No, it’s not a typo. And I am definitely not calling for making mistakes on purpose.

Let me explain. I’ve just returned from the annual Winter Conference of the National Speakers Association, of which I am a proud member.

I spent the last three days with about 300 other professional speakers in Austin, Texas. The entire conference was devoted to learning, growth, innovation, reinvention, and change (and we managed to Keep Austin Weird – that wasn’t hard for us to accomplish). Special kudos to conference c0-chairs Gary Rifkin, CSP, Cavett Award, and Christie Ward, CSP. It was an incredible program. Read more

Just Say Thank You!

Fall colors galore!

(image of fall colors courtesy of Cindy Ware)

This is Thanksgiving week in the United States – a reminder to slow down, pause, spend time with family and friends, and be thankful for our blessings.

It is a tradition that goes all the way back to that first autumn when the Pilgrims (North America’s original immigrants) harvested their crops, supposedly shared their bounty with the native American Indians and got ready to hunker down for the winter.

While some aspects of that first Thanksgiving are no doubt mythical, we have made the holiday into perhaps the quintessential American celebration. Read more

Reaching Your Destination When You Think You Can’t Get There From Here

This past Saturday my local chapter of the National Speakers Association (Northern California) was graced with the presence and wisdom of two incredible women – Karen Jacobsen and Jessica Pettitt. Their presentations, while very different, both offered powerful life lessons that struck close to home for me.


My first selfie ( Karen’s on the right)

Today I will focus on Karen Jacobsen’s message; next week I’ll share some equally important insights from Jessica Pettitt.

Karen is an amazingly talented singer, performer, and keynote speaker. Her claim to fame is that the she is the iPhone’s Siri in Australia; her voice is on more than 100 million smartphones and over 300 million GPS units worldwide.

She calls herself “The GPS Girl,” but Karen’s deep passion is helping people “recalculate” their lives and their personal journeys – a far higher calling than helping you find directions for getting to that quaint little Italian restaurant across town. Read more