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How to Manage Your Energy When Leading an Event

The tornado siren went off three times.

We were on day one of a family reunion, a three-day camp out at a beautiful state park in southern Alabama. My cousin, a project manager by trade, literally spent the last year planning the whole thing.

We had a special awning set up to provide shade, tons of good food, a rented speed boat AND bass boat, 100 years’ worth of family photos, a Saint Bernard…

…and now, a tropical storm and a tornado warning.

So while everyone headed to the campground bath house or other shelter, I couldn’t help but think about this week’s blog post.

I made today’s video for you right before heading to that reunion. And although this wasn’t a business event – the planning that went into it, and the energy it takes to manage it – was much the same.

And I’m not even talking about when little things like hurricanes, tornadoes and power outages hit. :) Continue reading

12 Questions That Will Help You Plan & Promote Your Event

Photo Credit: Wendy Pitts Reeves

They filled within a couple of hours.

I’d open registration on line around seven p.m., and by nine, the trip was full.

And I did that month after month after month.

I was running a business called “Secret Adventures for Courageous Women”, a series of events designed for small groups of 8-10. Some adventures were physically challenging (hang gliding, canoeing) and some more emotionally so (lessons at an indoor shooting range).

And sometimes, it was just plain fun, like dinner and a play.

But there was a catch.

The “Secret” meant they had no idea what they were getting into. Once the group was formed, I’d tell them what to wear, what to bring, but that’s it. They would only learn what we were doing when we arrived on site.

In other words, I created monthly events that filled with clients who didn’t even know what they were buying.

Or did they? Continue reading

Why You Should Be Using Events in Your Business

Photo Credit: Robert Scoble on Flickr

“Mind blowing,” she said, “that’s all I can say.”

“Just mind blowing..”  My client shook her head as she stepped outside for a break.

We’d spent the morning looking at the whole of her business, mapping out a framework that tied it all together, and clarifying options for meeting her income goals. Though we were only half way through our day together, she already saw a clear path to the kind of money she wanted to make – and it was pretty exciting.

“You’ve said all this to me before, but I just couldn’t get it in my head. It really helps to see it in person…”

And that’s just one example of why events matter.   Continue reading

On Building a Life: What Are You Waiting For?



This is Part Three of a Series:

Exploring the World Outside Your Door Through DIY Adventures

Click here for part 1, and here for part 2.



So, what are you waiting for?


It’s so much easier to wait, isn’t it? And wait.

And then wait a little longer.


Time’s not right.

Money’s not right.

Weather’s not right.

Feelin’s not right.


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One (Overlooked) Tip for a Perfect Thanksgiving, With a Bonus!

The Thanksgiving Table


So, are you cooking tomorrow?

It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a major holiday when most thoughts turn to turkey and dressing, family and friends. Many of us will be tuning in to watch the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, then we’ll enjoy a huge, delicious meal before dozing, off and on, through an entire afternoon of football. It’s tradition!

Life slows down a little. We gather to recognize and celebrate those things for which we are grateful.

We stop. Pay attention. Count our blessings.

And on a major holiday that centers around a meal like this, I know that many of you, my Courageous Sisters, will be in charge of the gatherings at your house. Many of you will feel the pressure of preparing a special dinner for those you love.

Some of you do it with pride and joy. And confidence. Some of you, like me, cook with fingers crossed behind your back that somehow it all comes out okay, whether you know what you’re doing or not. :)

But no matter how it goes, afterwards, someone’s going to give you a compliment. “That was great, Ann!” “The turkey looks perfect, Sue!” “Wow, look at that pie. Can’t wait to dig in to THAT one!”

And what will you do when that compliment comes your way?

Most of the women I work with do a great job of showing gratitude to others for all that they do. They think nothing of tossing out a hug and a “thank you!” for this or a “great job!” for that to a family member, their friends or co-workers.

And if you’re a guest at someone else’s kitchen this year, betcha money YOU’LL tell HER –(or him) – what a great job she did.

But when someone throws an “atta girl!” out to YOU, you don’t handle it so well, do you?

In fact, most of you pick up that compliment and throw it right back.

Oh that? That was nothing. Anybody could do that…” “That” could be anything. Cook a great dessert, raise a great kid, bring a project in on time and under budget.

But a compliment is a gift, Courageous friends. And when you toss it back, you are returning the gift unopened. You are declining a treasure just as surely as if you’d handed back a present wrapped with love in beautiful, shimmering paper – unopened, refused.

What would that feel like to the gift GIVER?

I can tell you – it’s not good. I know you don’t MEAN to hurt anyone’s feelings. You certainly don’t MEAN to be so ungracious as to turn DOWN a gift! But that’s what you’re doing. Plain and simple.

Most of us don’t realize this. We think being modest is somehow more, what, ladylike? Oh my goodness. I’m not EVEN going there! :)

When someone says something nice to you, I challenge you to receive their words with Grace. Their words are a present being offered to you. Receive them well. RESIST the temptation to pick them up and toss them back with a careless, “oh that was nothing.”

Just say, with all the courage, and grace, you can muster, “Why, thank you!”

No qualifiers. No little statements afterwards that take it all back.

Just a simple smile and a thanks – and that’s IT.

Stop RIGHT there!

So by all means, do stop to give Thanks this Thanksgiving, but practice RECEIVING thanks, as well.

Oh, and here’s your BONUS TIP:

When they offer to help you do the dishes?

Say thanks, and yes, to THAT gift, too.

Now for extra credit:

Tell me below at least ONE compliment you receive sometime this week.

In writing. Here. 

Happy Thanksgiving! :)


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