From – How to Make Money Even If You Suck

Sometimes I am so grateful to have Carol Roth’s blog as a forum for my writing. While I am frequently described as “appropriately irreverent,” as a coach I try to bring a kinder, gentler vibe to this blog. (So I don’t scare prospective clients away!)

But even coaches have to rant sometimes – and this is a good one. Unfortunately, it’s also great advice and true. I hope you don’t provide products or services that suck, but if you do, here’s how you can still make money: How to Make Money Even If You Suck

Speaking at the Engaging Speakers Meeting January 21

It’s TONIGHT – can I get an “opaa!”? I’ll be talking about personal branding and how cranking up the volume of YOU can be the best thing for your business and speaking. Join me at the Engaging Speakers downtown meeting at the Parthenon in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. Saganaki will be served!

Check out “Engaging Speakers Chicago January 2015″ 

From – Productivity 101: Your Friend the Calendar

Yes, I am jumping on the new year, new habits bandwagon. This is actually an old habit for me, and one that I recommend to friends, family, and clients whenever they say they are not getting stuff done.

This does work – and it works for pretty much everybody who uses it consistently. Combined with the BIS (butt in seat) technique, you will achieve your personal and professional goals.

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2014: Year in Review

This was one of the longest years I have ever experienced. I can’t believe that it was just April when I drove west from Chicago to Sonoma County. Seems like a million years ago. This year sure has had its share of wild rides, although that particular one was quite fun and very scenic.

I feel compelled to share some of the highlights and challenges of the last year. I spoke 20 times in 2014 if you count podcasts with the speaking gigs. Not bad! Continue reading

Video Interview with Brian R. King Intl

I had a great time chatting with Brian R. King on the benefits of clarity – and why it might be the most important predictor of success. Listen and find out why I think so.

I am a huge fan of Brian’s show. It’s my must-watch podcast these days. You might want to catch up on some of his past episodes. He is super smart and the way he talks about effective communication is fascinating. Continue reading

Why a Major Success Made Me Want to Stop Career Coaching

This is something that happened in March. March 13 to be exact. My birthday. I found myself telling this story to Carol Roth yesterday. I am still raw, and realized I had to write about it.

I had been working with a woman for about six weeks. She had been out of work for a year and came into my practice completely freaked out and worn out from an extended job search.

She had been using a scatter-shot approach in her job search because she was in sales, and she felt she could sell anything. She had switched industries in the past and had always been successful. I got it. But her approach wasn’t working.  Continue reading