28
JUN
2020

It's Official - We're ZOOMED!

I’ve been on three Zoom calls today – which have taken up 2.5 hours of my time. My head hurts, my eyes feel fuzzy, and aside from status updates and content of one kind or another – what was accomplished? In-person meetings tend to energize me (mostly). Online...
17
MAY
2020

12 Rituals to Elevate Your Virtual Meeting

Are we sick and tired of Zoom yet?  I sure don’t want to be because it’s here to stay and we’re all finding out how much time we save by not having to commute. Plus, many experts tell us that much of our educational and business systems are going to make heavier use of this tool,...
21
FEB
2020

Five February Jumpstarts!

I suspect I am allergic to coffee.  But I am in DEEP DENIAL.  So don’t rave to me about your macha or your mushrooms or the latest miracle herb.  I. Love. My. COFFEE. But it doesn’t love me anymore.  Sneezing, teeth grinding, TMJ, anxiety… you get the picture. And now comes...
16
JAN
2020

Let’s Add Value over Noise in 2020…

New Year, New Decade, New opportunities for… let’s call them “Behavioral Upgrades”.  Feels like a good time to ask “Am I adding value or just adding to the NOISE? “ We all have a driving need to be heard, connected, part of community of people who truly “see” us.  But now...
20
NOV
2019

Your Workplace “Weather Report”

I first notice the contrast in light – dark blue mountains in the background as the storm clouds grumble away – slapped into retreat by strong western sunlight.  And the lake is a blue expanse mirroring the mountains.  The foreground is bathed in the textured gold of a dry autumn...
31
OCT
2019

Ghosting in the Workplace? Employ Positivity!

Imagine you’re a recruiter contracted with a mid-sized company. You’ve throughly vetted your candidates, guided them through the interview process, and now you’re down to three; all qualified, skilled, talented, – just what the position needs.  The day of the final...
23
AUG
2019

Workplace Improv? Say YES!

What are your associations with the word “Improvisation”? Who’s Line is it Anyway?  The Groundlings?  Those Improv Everywhere videos on YouTube? Whatever the word brings to mind, it probably involves entertainment right?  It’s fun to watch people up there leaping into...
31
JUL
2019

“Perfect” Revealed as…Your Inner Critic!

I’m about to present at a conference.  I’ve done my legwork.  I’ve gotten my high impact slides sent in, I’ve gone over my visuals and my points and everything is on track to be…. Nope.  Stop. I’m not gonna to say it.  I’m not coming close to That Word.  Speaking it could jinx it...
29
JUN
2019

Tackling Addiction with the Motivational Interview

Standardized Clients help counselors develop Motivational Interview skills.
26
APR
2019

Spring: Time 2 Plant a Pod!

I’ve been intrigued for some time with podcasting.  I’m very taken with the potential to broadcast powerful true stories via audio flash and human imagination.  Some of my favorites include The Hidden Brain and RadioLab; specifically, the kinds of stories they tell, and...
22
MAR
2019

Radical Compassion – What the World Needs NOW

I relished the chance to be a Pecha Kucha presenter last month, (bucket list!) and the night’s theme “Radical Compassion” is sticking with me.  Compassion meaning:  understanding, empathy, “the desire to alleviate suffering”.  But what’s with the “Radical”? ...
17
FEB
2019

Speaker Op in YOUR Neighborhood!

I’ve been on the board of my local Pecha Kucha for a number of years now, and I’m finally taking the plunge to do one!  Not familiar with Pecha Kucha?  Think TED talk meets Twitter – Each presenter tells a story with 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide – total...