Dedicated to our 2019 college graduates: I pointed toward a figure way down below. “There she is! Tenth row on the LEFT.” We were seated in the Allstate Arena attending our first-born’s college graduation. From a vast sea of blue caps and gowns, I had managed to spot our Kaitlin. Twenty minutes into the ceremony my phone buzzed. Text from Kaitlin: “BTW, if ur not sure where i am, i’m on the RIGHT side, row 15.” Oops! Now our son Alex will be graduating in three short weeks. He’s … [Read more...] about 3 Irresistible Storytelling Tips for Acing the Interview
Dear Marie, There’s a book of my father’s that I often return to: Classical Rhetoric. It was one of the first books he used to teach a course by the same name more than 50 years ago. Heady, boring stuff, I guess. Aristotle and the art of persuasion. Syllogisms. Fallacies. Ad Hominem. I know exactly where that old book sits—right on the second shelf of my skinny black IKEA bookcase in the backroom. Even before I open Classical Rhetoric’s familiar blue cover with its well-worn spine, I can … [Read more...] about To: Marie Kondo aka Tidying Up Guru and Book Purger
After a loud outburst from my husband, I knew the Bears’ playoff game was over. Bill emerged from the basement in a combined state of shock and awe. The play-by-play of the final moment—when the Bears were down by one point and Cody Parkey hit the goal post resulting in a devastating loss and end of the Bears’ season—tumbled from his mouth. “But it was a great game,” he said. “The whole season has been unbelievable!!!” The next morning, still reeling, Bill headed off to York H. S., stood … [Read more...] about What’s Holding Your Stories Back?
That’s my attempt at a group selfie. As an entrepreneur, I’m constantly bombarded with the advice that in order to increase my business I need to be on all the social media platforms: facebook, instagram, twitter, plus others that I don’t even know the names of. But with social media, I always feel like I’m swimming upstream as others in my industry are posting multiple times a day or as I observe the other-worldly nimbleness of my children’s dual thumbs (not one index finger) tapping out … [Read more...] about The One Secret To Leading a Fulfilling Life
Up until a year ago, I used to drive a little Honda Civic. It was a pretty economical car with cloth seats and basic amenities. I would bring my big dog Sylvie in that car a lot too, so I’m sure it smelled like—well, dog. All of that was fine until I would show up for a speaking engagement at a country club or fancy shmancy place and have to use valet parking. Drat, I thought. Why didn’t I vacuum out my car before I came—get rid of some of the dog hair—or at least spray some Febreze to cover … [Read more...] about How To Show Up As Yourself