During a time that feels like another lifetime ago, I spent many a Saturday working on construction sites in Omaha, Nebraska. I was joined by many friends and family, and while my grandparents kept my oldest (at the time, just a little guy) I climbed up a ladder to lay shingles, or hang gutters. I used muscles I didn't know existed when I painted walls and placed new drywall and refinished hardwood floors. Enter, Habitat for Humanity!
What makes it so hard to make friends as adults? If you think back to the people who made you feel the most welcome in new or potentially awkward situations, what WAS it exactly that they did to bring you into the fold? Why is it that we don't offer more of ourselves to others and take advantage of all that beautiful friendships have to offer? Why don't more of us take time to select and hold aside a special gift of friendship, or spanish onion flowers?
In this article, I interview five people about questions surrounding guns, the use of them, our legislation, gun violence prevention and mental health. While their information is kept anonymous, their positions may move you to share your positions as well.
This article, How to be a Podcast Guest (and a great and gracious guest at that), will share the lessons I learned when pitching podcast hosts in 2017. I deep dive into how to be a great podcast guest, so that you best represent yourself, bring value to the podcast host and their audience, and potentially even be invited back for another episode!
Onlyness with a side of grace is my word of the year for 2018. Onlyness, as defined by Nilofer Merchant is your signature concoction of what matters to you, gives you clarity of purpose and enables you to focus on what matters. That is your path forward.
Every time I look at this African Violet, repotted in a citronella container, I get mildly irritated by the identity crisis it exposes. Why do we fail to make easy fixes in our life when the action steps toward solutions are typically small and simple?
If you're into attending business conferences, the Serendipity Conference in San Francisco, created by Anne Cocquyt, is one amazing mash-up of greatness! Snippets of my takeaways are here for you to soak up!
Everyone sat enraptured, still and quiet. Nearly 1,000 attendees all glued to her every word. The only phones out and utilized were to snap photos or to quickly scramble to capture her words in the Notes app. No one breathed, moved or shifted in their seats.
We build "home" in other people. We invest in others like we do when investing money. Instead, value, dignity and worth needs to live with you and in you - not in others. -Najwa Zebian
Brendon was the closing keynote speaker for the conference and as with the others, was ushered in with a ramped up version of Legendary Lane and the amazing drum line. But Brendon ... unlike ANY of the other speakers, brought an energy, an excitement and a ridiculous amount of passion to his entrance. He jumped and danced and high-fived his way down the aisle. He approached the stage and paused for just a second - with his arms raised high above his head, soaking up the audience. Closed his eyes ... and then danced for a full 60 seconds ... using the entire width of the stage to jive with the drummers. In a full suit, I must add.