Tag Archives: Personal Branding

Letting your actions speak

December 8, 2015

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“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” Andrew Carnegie This quote bothers me. I’m fine with the sentiment when I see hypocrisy in others, but I don’t want it to apply to me. I want my intentions to count for something. I mean well. […]

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21 Coffee Shop Profiles

March 10, 2015

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Years of traveling and plenty of caffeine cravings can only mean one thing: I have spent an inordinate amount of time in coffee shops. Since there are over 24,000 coffee shops in America, chances are you can relate. But even though there are that many shops, have you noticed how the patrons almost always fit […]

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Just breathe…

February 3, 2015

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I have an odd appreciation for t-shirt wisdom. The front of a shirt provides less space than twitter for eye-popping images and catchy phrases.  It’s as if T-shirt makers are playing a graphic version of Name That Tune: “I can make you laugh with 140 34 characters!!” I especially appreciate when I’m treated to a […]

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Who do you want to be next?

September 25, 2014

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This quick and fascinating TED talk is worth seven minutes of your time if only because it surfaces an interesting fact; the person you are now is as transient and fleeting as your grade-school self. We don’t recognize our inability to picture who we will be in 10 years because most of us have an […]

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Do you think you’re not enough?

September 24, 2014

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“I don’t feel like I’m doing anything well. I’m not a great mom. I’m a VERY average wife, AND I’m definitely below average at work. I never feel like I’m enough.” This was a real-life confession from a friend. I wish I could say it was unusual. However, variations of these statements drift into far […]

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Who is calling you inferior?

September 18, 2014

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“I used to be self conscious about my height, but then I thought, #*@! that, I’m Harry Potter.” Daniel Radcliff I have good-looking feet. I’ll wait for you to stop laughing. Sure, I only have nine toes, but that doesn’t automatically mean I have ugly feet, does it? My family thinks it does. Aren’t they […]

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Manage Your Image or Build Your Character?

June 3, 2014

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As a child, what lengths did you go to in order to avoid brushing your teeth? This seemingly innocuous question makes for a surprisingly robust conversation. (I’m adding it to my “fool proof” icebreakers!) As it turns out, children go to extremes to avoid the teeth cleaning process. Of course there’s the usual lying (“I […]

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How to Make Marriage Awesomeness A Reality

May 28, 2014

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Monday was officially question night. We mentor a small group of newlyweds, and we spent the evening talking about some of the trickiest questions from the first year of marriage.  The discussion wandered around and then, when one guy was explaining why he and his wife make such extra efforts to connect, he replied, “Well, […]

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This is STILL How You Win Friends!

April 28, 2014

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I had been out of town and was catching up on the happenings at home when Billy told me the news: “David left Starbucks.” He said “WHAT? OUR David? The guy who smiles all of the time?” I was stunned. “Are you sure?” “Yes. He wrote everyone a note. Look for it tomorrow.” I was […]

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Guard Your Words

January 31, 2014

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The Purple Cow I never saw a Purple Cow, I never hope to see one; But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one. Chances are, if you have ever heard of a Purple Cow, it’s because of the famous poem by Gelett Burgess (quoted above).  Burgess wrote this verse as a […]

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