Let’s Get Personal

MOPS – A Favorite "Tradition"

I feel so truly blessed to be able to speak to audiences all over the continent on a lot of different topics. I love to talk, and I love to travel, and to be honest it sometimes seems surreal that I get paid to speak in really fun places. But there is something so different…

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Why Personalities?

Have you ever found yourself asking one of these¬†questions? (To yourself or maybe even to me?) Why study personalities? Isn’t this just another way of stereotyping people? If people are “unique” why try to label them? How would this really help me? Great questions. Obviously I am passionate about understanding personality types or I wouldn’t…

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Without Reservations

This week I had a chance to take a break from my “usual” seminars and go back to my speaking roots. The Mothers of Preschoolers group at Grace Church Reno asked me to talk to the young moms there about creative ways to feed a family while decreasing stress and increasing opportunities for conversation and…

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What You Say AND How You Say It

Both matter. I just finished participating in a Toastmasters Evaluation Contest today. That probably sounds really strange to someone who has never been to one before but in this contest a “model speaker” gives a 5-7 minute speech and the contestants listen to the speech, have 5 minutes at the end to write notes and…

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Know Yourself…and Know Your Audience

The first time I attended a 3 day training for professional public speakers, I didn’t know that I was going to be spending those 3 days with fabulous speakers who were also personality experts. But looking back, it makes so much sense. As a speaker, I have a message that I want to share with…

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Social Media and TITS

I feel I ought to begin this post by saying that I spent two weeks debating whether or not I should write it. Finally, after seeking counsel, I am taking me husband’s advice. He wisely said, “You should write the post, just don’t include a selfie.” Honestly, the self-talk that I had going on in…

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My Dog is a Yellow (Lab)

This is Daisy. Daisy joined our family Christmas of 2013. She was supposed to be a gift for our kids, and while she does LOVE them, she seems to think she belongs to me. It could be because I feed her the most. Or because I am home with her a lot when the kids…

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Getting Real: Personalities & Painting

My dad is very Blue. Growing up, we learned that there was a proper way to do things. There is a proper way to load a dishwasher…and wash a car…and tackle a painting project. As much as I love color (and hate plain white walls) I dislike painting. This week I realized that my dislike…

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Good Directions

Knowing who you are speaking to matters. Hopefully you wouldn’t ask your spouse and your preschool child to help you with something using the same words and tone. In our every day conversations thinking about your “audience” – the person you are speaking to – focusing on what THEY need to hear can help get…

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Let's Get Personal: Dealing with Grief

My father-in-law passed away this week. My husband and I cried together when we first heard the news about it his dad. But over the next 24 hours I found myself realizing how differently he and I grieve. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to process, and will probably blog about this topic…

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