managing self

Don’t Wait Until You’re in a Practice to Practice

It’s the ages-old issue – who am I and what should I be doing with my time? For the youth, I should be having fun. I will work, later. For the HS student, I can work later. I should have fun, now. For the college student, I will be employed later. I should have fun, .. read more

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On January 19th, 2016, posted in: business development, confidence, law student, managing self by

You Need to Stand Out. Here’s How.

You have your reasons. You need to initiate business, to be the role model, or to instill confidence for some other reason. And you need to do this, now. What do you naturally think about? Probably what makes you unique. And when you think about your own novelty you go down one of two paths. .. read more

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On December 10th, 2015, posted in: affirmation, anxiety, communication, managing self by

Seth Godin has it right

A presentation client of mine sent me one of Seth Godin’s recent blog posts – The Fermata. She said to me, “Merri, this is what you are teaching me to do. You’ll love it!” As both a presenter and a singer, I do love it. I appreciate Godin’s metaphor of putting a hold on our time in .. read more

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On December 14th, 2012, posted in: managing self, pace, perspective, planning, schedule by

2013 communication

This may not be your firm’s time for planning budgets, yet as you  move into December it can be a strategic time for you to both plan and practice how to communicate in the next year – regarding your relationship building, your marketing, your self-management and follow-through. Plan how to communicate? Yes. When we enter any experience with .. read more

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Action drives Purpose/Purpose drives Action

I don’t usually post in my blog more than 2-3 times per week. Although I once had a daily practice of writing, I adjusted it down so I could take the time to Do the work and not just Write about it. But this week I was inspired to write 4 days in a row .. read more

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On November 15th, 2012, posted in: action, commit, inspiration, managing self, Uncategorized by

2 Words for Motivation

It surprises me how much I am totally responsible for my own energy level, and therefore, for my commitment to getting things done. Don’t let me mislead you. I am not saying I am the epitome of motivation. Quite the contrary. On a scale of 1-10, if 10 is high, I rate my motivational level .. read more

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On September 27th, 2012, posted in: adrenaline, managing self, move forward by

Step Up

I get asked to do things that stretch me. No doubt, you do, too. Maybe it’s being a guest speaker in a webinar, a coach for a  new audience of professionals I haven’t experienced before, or even customize a topic for a presentation. My first reaction is usually, “gosh, am I good enough?”. And by .. read more

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Priority Management – a heady chore

For many professionals, Friday is a day to soften the load. We try to leave the office early, schedule events into the day to break up the disciplined focus and look for distractions before Monday rolls around and we’re tied to our tasks again. But for the entrepreneur, the focused business builder and professional trying to .. read more

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Slow down for thinking.

Need more conviction in your speaking? When’s the last time you gave yourself permission to think through what you will say? If you wish to speak with conviction, slow down to think. Brainstorming, gathering information, seeking perspective and bouncing your ideas off another person leads to our ability to speak with conviction. Not only is this .. read more

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Tips for Handling Toxic Environments

It seems I keep running into environments where stress is a killer for the employee. Not as in coffin or cremate, but at least regarding sense of isolation and anxiety and lack of recognition or support. In some of these cases, it does translate into loss of life, because it becomes loss of self. What .. read more

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