Find Your Voice

How would you feel if You were told your presentation time, previously promised as 45 minutes, is now only 5? Angry? Confused? Disrespected? Manipulated? Based on that feeling, how would you present yourself? If your answer has anything to do with being less than powerful, you are right. Our power does not come from negativity, .. read more

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On May 9th, 2013, posted in: affirmation, calm, clarity, confidence, courage, speak up by

Top 2 Reasons We Get in Our Own Way

We’re capable, yet we still get in our own way more times than not. How do we do it? 2 simple ways have become patterns for most of us in holding ourselves back. First off, the majority of us are introverts. As such, we keep our mind busy focusing on how we measure up to .. read more

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On April 15th, 2013, posted in: behavior, confidence, courage by

What a gift idea for your loved one

Imagine your husband/wife/partner standing up to an admiring audience, breaking smiles on their faces, getting them to nod and then applaud. And then imagine your partner accepting the request to return to another opportunity. Your loved one has what it takes but has simply forgotten how to focus on their assets. This is where you .. read more

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On November 8th, 2012, posted in: confidence, courage, inspiration by

Make Your Thoughts Count

As a friend of mine recently told me, “Your thoughts don’t count unless you share them.” We introverts are often go-to people, but this cannot happen unless we first prove that we have thoughts worth paying attention to. And to do so, we must get out of our own way. We must speak up. Take .. read more

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When it’s Time to Uproot

One of the things that shakes my values is the Bible. This isn’t going to be a rant on religion or Christianity – simply a focus on everything being acceptable. I hope you get my point in a few minutes.  If you are a regular reader, you know that about 5 days ago we moved, .. read more

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Bold or Purposeful?

There was a time when my eyes were opened to my own selfishness. Now a member of a Presbyterian church, I have contributed in church services with my artistic talents, namely my acting/singing skills. But growing up in a strict Lutheran church, I learned to keep my talents hidden so as to not brag on them. Although .. read more

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On May 10th, 2012, posted in: courage, purpose, sharing by

Believe or Don’t Believe

On Easter Sunday, our minister made a startling point. “It’s not my job to convince you of anything today. Either you believe or you don’t believe. But I am here to tell you what this day means to me.” And on he went with a series of stories about what it means to have Jesus .. read more

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On April 10th, 2012, posted in: courage, introverts, speaking up by

Breaking down barriers

Last week I addressed an audience I thought would be out of my range on a topic I have prepared and presented before. I had the sense this particular audience was more informed in the topic than my previous one and had concerns about my content being meaty enough. I worked and worked and re-worked .. read more

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On March 6th, 2012, posted in: courage, Fear of public speaking, inner turmoil by 2 Comments