Interview Spotlight: Liz Murray

If you’ve heard me speak or read my past blog posts, you may know I have a few themes that apply to all audiences. Dream big, then make a plan to reach your goals We are all just one mentor away from becoming our best self Your success is heavily reliant on your personal brand […]

KCTV5 | Generational Communication Differences

Earlier this month I was on CBS KCTV5 Better Kansas City TV Show for my monthly segment. These segments explore a variety of topics that align with my keynotes. From emotional intelligence and personal branding to this month’s topic: personality and generational differences. Thanks to technology, there are many ways we communicate with loved ones, friends, […]

The Go-Giver

CBS KCTV5 Better Kansas City TV Segment | The Go-Giver “The Go-Giver”, one of my all time favorite books was given to me in 2011 by two individuals I now call dear friends. The premise of the book is that shifting one’s focus from getting to “giving” (in this context, giving meaning constantly and consistently providing […]

3 EQ Strategies to Get A Better Read On Your Boss

3 EQ strategies to get a better read on your boss When it comes to getting ahead in your career, understanding your boss is paramount for your own career goals. This month on CBS KCTV5 Better Kansas City, I chatted with Alexis about how to read your boss’s behavior using some techniques of Emotional Intelligence. Here’s […]

Honoring A Legacy

Last night as I watched many of my friends on social media post in shock, excitement or outrage; I silently pondered what the next four years would look like. It was an easy answer for me. Recently, the world lost one of its brightest lights, pioneers and inspirational women and the next four years won’t […]

The Power of Kindness

If you follow my travels on social media, you know that I just finished up 23 presentations in 21 days across Missouri, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan and New York, and also enjoyed a quick trip over to Barcelona, Spain. I’m exhausted. Since I got home, it has taken everything inside of me not to […]

Patience is a Virtue

About a year ago, I made a bold decision. After only being a member of the National Speaker’s Association for a short time, I decided to submit a proposal to present a workshop for my peers at the National Convention. I knew it was a long shot – there were people far more experienced or […]

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Why You Should Use SnapChat

Do You Snap? SnapChat isn’t just for your tweens anymore. The Wall Street Journal, ESPN and President Obama Snapchat, and you should too! Snapchat has evolved and, it’s continually updating features and adding users, making it the fastest growing social media app across all demographics today. Gaining Popularity Disruptive technology. Disrupters are popping up in […]

Building your Personal Brand for 2016

No matter your age or your occupation – chances are good that you’re being hit from all angles with messages from several mediums.  Social media helps us stay in touch with our audiences – but it can also hurt our personal brand if we’re not sure how to communicate who we are and what we […]

Tedx Talk | Connected vs. Connecting

If you’re familiar with TED or TEDx Talks, you know that the premise is: “ideas worth spreading.” TED Talk speakers have included people like magician David Blaine, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe, activist/musician Bono, and motivational speaker Shannon McKain. That’s right – ME! I am honored to join the TED and TEDx community with my idea: […]