Networking Roulette: Spin the wheel, here is your next contact!

In October 2010 of this year, I was provided a unique opportunity to participate in an online networking event called Network Roulette, sponsored by  If it is one thing that I have learned in my professional career, it is networking…whether you have a job or do not have a job!  Being a part of the Network Roulette beta group, this had been the first time I have been involved in an online speed networking activity – an experience that I truly enjoyed. Continue reading


Why Should Anyone Follow You?


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I’ve decide to blog this week from a coined phrase used in the presentation from Anne Bruce, a keynote speaker at the 2010 ASTD ALC conference in Washington DC (for those not in the training profession, that is American Society for Training and Development Chapter Leaders Conference).  So, why should anyone in the world follow you?  Follow you on tweeter, listen to you teach, speaking engagements, follow your business plan?

How many of us have these great ideas, but when we truly become honest with ourselves, do we have an answer to why anyone would want to follow us?  Is it because of our wit?  Do we have or claim to have an upper handle on some type of knowledge that others might find Continue reading

Leadership: Help, I’ve Drawn a __________!!!

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As I’m typing this blog post, my mind is trying to focus on work but mentally making that packing list for my ASTD ALC conference in DC this year, not to mention the content that I am going to write below.

Yes, I’m talking about being scatterbrained.  As I’m getting back to this, been putting out fires at work, watching a webcast on Oracle and what they are going to be doing with all their applications, answering system configuration questions, entering in training time for taking classes for the project management certification, networking on Brazen and LinkedIn, digesting the news that my report analyst has been recruited for another project, and now time to finish this blog post, again!

As a leader, doesn’t this sound like a typical day?  Interruptions, distractions, often wondering how do Continue reading

iBrainOverload 3.0; 6 Tips on Combating Information Overload!

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In my return to the classroom for my journey towards the PMP, I have found myself to have the attention span of a 5 year old.  I knew going for my PMP certification would require tons of study and prep work.  For the past year, I have been slowly easing myself into this by reading and attending several webinars for this adventure.

One thing I have realized since being out of the education realm, one can never prep enough to begin exercising that brain muscle.  Continue reading

3:00 am Conversations – Three Things to Why They Are so Great!!!

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Over the weekend I took my folks, as an appreciation gift, over to The 1927 Inn of Lake Lure, NC for having to assist me over the past six weeks and met some interesting individuals.  For my blog followers, I have been in recovery from a broken foot and have been suppressing traveling fever for days since the cast came off.  After a relaxing evening taking a guided tour on the lake and capturing some beautiful sky shots, I sat with my family hearing of my mother’s childhood stories of her travels throughout the area visiting family and our travels as well. Continue reading

Brokenness: It Always Forces a Change!

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It is quite evident that BP is in every news article that you read lately. I personally can not wait to read the case studies that will evolve in regards to BP’s announced change. One thought that continues to go through my mind is, why does true/solid change only occur after a devastated type of event has happened? Why can’t we foresee such drastic change measures that need to occur either in our personal life or in our corporations  until a disaster has to strike before a change is made? Why is it that when we become “broken” through the process of a criss that we psychologically realize we need change? Continue reading

10 Steps for an Awesome Internship Tango Dance!

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Any one in business will tell you in order to be successful you need good people skills with a little knowledge.  Reality is, you are still in college and truthfully trying to figure out if this is the right career choice.  By now, you have completed over half of the internship program.  Have you taken a moment to do a pulse check to see how things are going?
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