More than ever — we need them!
This Sunday is Father’s Day … we all had one! :-)
It seems like now more than ever we need to find and acknowledge the good men in our lives.
I invite you to make a random call to a man who has been helpful in your life — personal or professional and say thank you! Ask how he is doing … is there anyway you can be helpful?
A few weeks ago my guest for the Tuesday Virtual Cafe was the race director for the Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray. Listen in to his insights and what he learned from Katie. …
Over 40 people from around the world had signed up to learn about personal branding when a young male voice came over the Zoom meeting talking about his private parts.
It was confusing, disorienting and flat out embarrassing.
As the tech gods would have it, my guest speaker’s presentation went black and we were trying to sort that out at the same time. An attendee jumped in and made small talk while the speaker found his footing and got the PowerPoint back on the screen.
The voice returned with more vulgarities.
At that point I made the decision to apologize and immediately shut down the virtual event. …
I’ve worked in the event and hospitality space most of my life. Most recently, as a speaker and workshop leader. In mid-March, I saw a post in a travel newsletter that Amazon (parent company to Whole Foods) was hiring 100,000 including “grocery shoppers” and it could be an option for displaced workers.
I applied for a few reasons — people need food and it was a way to help in this crisis. I was also curious about one of the world’s most successful brands, could earn some money, and save a little on some groceries.
It seemed overly complicated, especially since Amazon said there was lots of demand for workers. The workshop trainer in me wanted to fast track the system. Emails came from multiple outsourced providers doing a criminal background check, providing information about benefits, and other various reminders. …
Right now there are doctors all around the world trying to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Physicians and researchers are calling people they knew in college, met at conferences, and other random ways they met saying, “let’s work on this together.”
I get it. People often think about networking in a bad connotation. Someone is handing you a business card and trying to pitch you.
When I’ve been in a crisis, I think about who can help me. In other words, I tap into my current network of connections.
In this moment of urgency, let’s take a breath and realize how important reconnecting and building relationships matter. …
I’ve recently finished a 10-city speaking tour criss-crossing the US. Some flights were less than an hour; others were five+ hours.
The road warriors made themselves known as travelers gather in the gate. Typically they have carryon luggage, are first to get on the plane, and have a swagger that lets you know, they’re a road warrior.
As we landed in Boston a bit later than scheduled, people were gathering their bags when one guy taunted another a row ahead commenting that the next time they saw each other, ‘there would be trouble.’
Several of us glanced at each other with a quizzical look. …
I’m not a fan of mornings … at all. Yet every time I go for a walk in the morning, something magical happens.
Today I all but threw myself out the door to go for a walk. I’d been on a roll learning video editing and hadn’t left the apartment AT ALL the day before.
I was barely a block away from home when a purposeful woman came walking at me at angle ready to jump in front of my path. Our eyes connected and I said, “you go ahead, I’m not quite awake and am walking a bit slowly.”
To be truthful I’m not exactly what was said next but we started talking as we were heading to the street corner. …
Some speeches stay with you for years. One of those for me was hearing Toni Morrison in 2001 … 18 years ago and I still remember her speech.
She commented that if there was a ‘silver lining’ of the Vietnam War, it gave black men access to college education. She explained that before then, if a black family could afford to pay college tuition, they would invest in their daughters.
Why? It was possible for a black female to work as a secretary or support person in the business world. Those jobs weren’t open to black men so they went for trade jobs.
I remember shaking my head in both disbelief and understand that she was right.
This past Sunday, CBS profiled a former auto-mechanic turned doctor. I thought of Ms. Morrison’s comments. Here’s to you Dr. Allamby and many others continuing the legacy of cherishing education.
I got rejected tonight.
I’m traveling to LA in October and I asked some people if they would meet me or make introductions for any speaking gigs while I’m out there.
“Dave” wrote back on LinkedIn messenger and said, “Diane, appreciate the outreach but not for me. Thanks.”
While I would have preferred he wanted to see me, I was impressed the top executive at this organization took 10–15 seconds and sent me a note.
So how do you reject people? With silence? With an explanation? Hide behind an assistant?
Tell others something they probably don’t want to hear feels awkward for many people. However when it’s done in a timely fashion and with some politeness, it’s not as much a rejection as it is the ask isn’t a match. …
I was curious about the new podcast so I signed up to get notifications of the next episode.
The auto-responder said thank you and then …. asked for a review!
I haven’t heard it yet!
Then in my email came a message confirming that I had subscribed and not only asked for a review, but asked for a positive one!
If you have a good product or service, let people experience it FIRST!
Clearly these people understand the automated marketing and they wrote the copy. Maybe I’ll listen, maybe not. But it leaves a yucky taste in mouth and my ears are waiting to hear something profound.
“Clean around me,” I explained to the airline crew, “it’s the last page of my book.”
If you’re looking for a compelling read, check out On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett.
It’s the story of Ross Perot’s executive team who go to Iran and Turkey to get their colleagues out of jail.
The TL;DR version is the government collapsed in Iran, Americans were rounded up and tossed in jail. Fifty-two people spent 444 days incarcerated. It was the birth of late night news shows like Nightline.
Ross Perot’s team got in the crosshairs. When word got back, he went to his management team to figure out what to do. Many of them had served in Vietnam and they come up with a plan to get their colleagues out. …