Are you anticipating perceptions?
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1M ago
My experience at the DMV yesterday was very different from the "olden days."  Even though my transaction was a bit complicated and I had several several wait times in between staff interactions, it was miles away from what I used to experience. The greeter/expediter was super helpful and got me off on the right foot.  The people were delightful, many wearing Christmas hats (it was Christmas hat day, to be followed by Christmas sweaters and whatnot).  One of them shared her fascination with an Orthodox Jewish woman's IG account that I'm now following! I had lovely conversations ..read more
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Monitor the chat... or don't use it
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3M ago
I was in a workshop on cybersecurity while attendees flooded the chat with links to random "cybersecurity" products. Oh, the irony.? It was literally impossible to determine if any of these links were safe (I certainly was not going to click one to find out), and yet, the hosts of the workshop were not paying any attention... ?? …even as they were explaining safety measures for our businesses, including avoiding malware. On top of that, there were SO MANY comments and questions in the chat, it was difficult to identify and reply to the legitimate posts.?‍? So I gave up and hoped for a recordi ..read more
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Don't wait for things to happen. Make things happen.
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4M ago
I read a post recently that said "It makes me sad that nobody invites me on podcasts, I have so much value to offer." Sometimes it feels like you're at the world's mercy. Like everyone is invited to the party except you. ? But you do have control over at least one thing: your own actions. When I'm not getting speaking inquiries or my previous clients don't need me at the moment, I have actions I can always take. 1️⃣ I make offers. I tell people what I do and invite them to find out more. This can be in the form of social media marketing where I post links and calls to action, or it can b ..read more
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Do not assume your message makes sense
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4M ago
Do ?NOT? assume that your message makes sense. This fundraising email I received makes a couple of assumptions: 1️⃣ I know what GOTV and EOQ mean. And no, these acronyms were not explained elsewhere in the email. 2️⃣ I've read previous emails which might clarify these acronyms, so it's not necessary to do it this time. I cannot emphasize enough that it is ALWAYS your responsibility—as a communicator, writer, marketer, content creator or presenter—to make your message as clear and simple as possible for your audience. Every time. If they don't get it, it's not their fault. ??Reminder: Adults h ..read more
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One perfect lime
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4M ago
One perfect lime. The only lime our tree produced all year. To be fair, it's a dwarf lime tree in a pot. So we don't expect dozens of limes. We might feel disappointed about "only one lime." But on the other hand, this lime made last night's dinner absolutely perfect. I doubt our little lime tree was disappointed in its efforts. Look what it made! This lime sat patiently on the tree, waiting for its moment to shine. And shine it did! As a self-proclaimed "chillpreneur," I sometimes get down on myself for not doing more. Not being more. Not shining more. I like to take things s ..read more
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Who decides what's "inappropriate?"
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5M ago
She complained that I said "pee." Once upon a time, an audience member e-mailed me to say that my language was inappropriate and to demand that I send an apology to the audience of 22 women. (For context, I was explaining that your attendees need breaks during a long workshop or presentation or they'll be resentful when they have to get up to pee and miss some of your content.) Also, I didn't say "resentful." I said "pissed off." She was offended by that, too. If I had known the Ministry of Ladylike and Appropriate Language was going to be at my presentation, I would've... …still said ..read more
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Stop thinking you have to know everything
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6M ago
Things no one expects you to know (without at least some research): 1. How to pronounce "floccinaucinihilipilification" 2. How to make Kung Pao chicken 3. Every word in the Constitution of the United States 4. What's causing that pain in your lower left abdomen 5. How to fix your own dryer So why is there so much discomfort around not knowing "business things?" As an entrepreneur, it can feel like you have to know everything about everything. But you don't have to become an expert in every aspect of your business. If your business isn't marketing, you'll have to learn a few things about marke ..read more
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They're never going to be ready for you
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7M ago
Nobody is ever ready for the people who are going to make the biggest impact. Nobody is ever ready for the outspoken thought leaders with the nontraditional ideas and the bold presence. They may be craving EXACTLY what you have to offer, but they don't know it yet. That's the whole point of standing out as a changemaker. My friend Precious Williams posted the other day "Remember when we all wanted to look, sound, and act successful and polished? Remember when we felt we had to fit in to be successful?" And she asked "Are they ready for the next version of you?" My reply was "They're nev ..read more
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You don't have to start a revolution
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7M ago
Guess what! You don't have to start a revolution! The revolution is already happening. There are plenty of people out there, established groups and organizations that you can join. There's no need to reinvent the wheel.  Do some research. Look around to see who's already doing what you want to do. And then get involved. You do not have to start from scratch!  Here are some to get started: EMILY's List HIGHER HEIGHTS FOR AMERICA She Should Run LGBTQ Victory Institute Black Girls Vote National Organization for Women In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Ag ..read more
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Your presentation is like a bird's nest...
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8M ago
This mama Dark-eyed Junco has been building her nest in a potted plant just outside our front door for a couple weeks. She's been building it in secret; we literally never see her there but when we peek in the nest there's more material. This made me think about you! And your presentations. ? Inexperienced presenters often think that your performance in front of the audience is the most important thing. And yes, if it's important to you to change attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors with your presentation, then your performance in front of the audience and your ability to engage and persuade ..read more
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