How long will you wait?

In eighteen years of working her way to Senior Vice President of a bank, Stacy avoided invitations to speak. Comfortable leading board meetings, committees and speaking to clients, Stacy stayed in her safe zone. Stand and speak in front of 500 people? No thanks. An invitation to speak at a large community event landed on her desk. Terrified and uncertain, …

Did He Just Yawn?

After 23 years teaching high school, I’m still not immune to disinterested and dissatisfied attendee’s expressions. As I begin a training for 15 company managers, Jerri’s expression says, “I don’t want to be here and I’m pissed that I am.” You’ve seen them, attending your meeting, speech or participating in your training: yawning, looking at their watch, checking text messages or slumped …

What Is A Reappraisal Response?

“You didn’t get the job.”  “We don’t need your services any longer.”  “You weren’t accepted”    Have you received these kinds of message? Did it create: A momentary gut punch? Exasperation? Or a vortex of doom? And then, viola – you say, “I’ll figure it out. I always do.” That my friend, is a “reappraisal response.” You pause and reevaluate a …