• Saving Money is Making Money! MP3

    You’ve heard the old adage: a penny saved is a penny earned.  That’s very true. The opportunities available to you to make money are not just limited to what you earn pursuing your career.  You also make money by investing wisely, living frugally, and purchasing products and services at a discount. Did you know you could save money on most of the things you buy?  Because of a new business I ha...

    02.10.2012

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  • Making Your Weaknesses Relevant MP3

    One on the most misunderstood statements today is this: “Focus on your strengths and make your weaknesses irrelevant.”  Every time I hear or read it, I cringe and think, “What if your weaknesses are relevant?” Excuses for Weaknesses Have you ever heard people make excuses for poor performance?  Then they followed it by an explanation like this: “That’s just the way I am; it...

    21.08.2012

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  • 10 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals MP3

    How would you like to increase the odds of achieving your goals?  Whether you desire to lose weight, create financial independence, build a healthy marriage, or raise responsible children, the formula for achieving any goal is the same. Here are 10 tips in sequential order that will help you increase the odds of achieving your goals:  (Each link is one of my related lessons.) 1.  Identify what’s impor...

    20.06.2012

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  • The Secret to Becoming an Effective Leader MP3

    After taking the last year off from my writing, I’m back! I am going to commit to writing at least one new article a month sharing some of the most important lessons I am learning on my journey! One of the things I enjoyed this past year was observing the attributes of men and women who are admired leaders—at home, in the work place, and in the community. I have also watched the wannabe leaders and have...

    04.05.2012

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  • A Farewell From Little Things Matter MP3

    After answering the questions in 10 Life Guiding Decisions more than a month ago, I have decided to lead my life in a new direction. Since launching this blog on Jan 11, 2010, I have written 220 lessons and published my book Little Things Matter, 100 Ways to Improve Your Life Today. I started this journey feeling called to help others. By using my gift of teaching, I have shared the knowledge gained over my 30-year ...

    15.03.2011

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  • 10 Life Guiding Decisions MP3

    There’s no denying the fact that our lives are a mirror image of the decisions we make. Sure there may be a rare exception—such as a major health challenge— but in the big picture of life, we are where we are today based on the decisions we made in the yesterdays. The key to living a happy and fulfilling life is to make wise decisions; decisions about where you live and work; decisions in how you...

    10.03.2011

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  • 15 Ways to Increase Your Value and Influence at Work MP3

    Put yourself in the position of the owner of your business or the leader of your organization. What qualities would you look for in the employee whom you would advance within your management structure? If you had to lay people off, what type of person would you release? What type would you keep? Now put yourself in the position of the employee. How would your employer rate your services? The fact is it’s the ...

    08.03.2011

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  • Take Control of Your Life by Setting Boundaries MP3

    Do you keep agreeing to do tasks you don’t have time to do? Do you allow people to interrupt you at their whim? Do you allow your children to ignore your requests? Do you allow people to treat you with disrespect? If you want to experience less stress, enhanced relationships, improved health, and better time management, then you must learn to set boundaries. Learn to take control of your life. When you donâ...

    03.03.2011

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  • The Ultimate Rapport Accelerator MP3

    Rapport is the process of building an amicable relationship—an emotional bond—between people based on trust, understanding, and a sharing of each other’s interests and concerns. It’s an attraction built on mutual liking, empathy, and camaraderie. Early in my career, I recognized that rapport is one of the most important characteristics of human interaction. I realized that if I were going ...

    01.03.2011

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  • The Power of Non-Verbal Communication MP3

    You have no doubt heard the proverb—Actions speak louder than words. It’s true. Your body is a crucial part of communicating your inner feelings. Of course, we can’t communicate ideas, thoughts, and plans without words. However, the way people interpret those words is tremendously influenced by our non-verbal communication. In her research, Dr. Isa Engleberg (Professor of Speech at Prince George ...

    24.02.2011

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    24.02.2011

  • 15 Ways to Increase Your Influence in Meetings MP3

    Meeting with groups of people is something we all experience. Whether it’s board meetings, business meetings, office meetings, church meetings, or small group meetings, you can do some simple things to build your personal brand and have your words carry more weight. 1.  Learn about the participants. If you are attending an important meeting where people will be present whom you have not yet met, learn ab...

    22.02.2011

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    22.02.2011

  • Don’t Worry About What You Can’t Control MP3

    This is lesson #48 from my book Little Things Matter, 100 Ways to Improve Your Life Today. If you are like most people you probably spend more time worrying than you should. Worrying about job security, project deadlines, health, shrinking budgets, rising taxes, the housing market, world poverty, our children’s safety, even the weather. Some things we can control, others we clearly cannot. The key to maintaini...

    17.02.2011

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  • 10 Key Elements of a Persuasive Presentation MP3

    If you are growing and advancing your life, there will be times when you need to give a presentation. A presentation is not limited to the times you stand in front of a group of people. It also includes conference call presentations, conference room presentations, one-on-one presentations, and even written presentations. One of the ways to stand out among your peers and competitors and increase your value to the mark...

    15.02.2011

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    15.02.2011

  • Improving Your Written Communication Skills MP3

    Do you form opinions about people based upon their written communications with you? Can you distinguish between the people who take pride in their communications and those who don’t? In today’s electronic age, one of the primary ways we are branding ourselves is through our typed words. Our emails, text messages, and posts on social media sites reveal much about who we are. How you are viewed impacts t...

    10.02.2011

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  • The Growing Importance of Soft Skills MP3

    We are living in an era of constant change. Because businesses are becoming less dictatorial and more social, the understanding and value of soft skills to an organization are growing daily. In Top 10 Soft Skills to Master, I touched on a couple reasons why soft skills are important, but those were just the tip of the iceberg. The more I look at the distinguishing traits of people who are advancing their careers, the...

    08.02.2011

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    08.02.2011

  • Give the Gift of Encouragement MP3

    Did you know you have the power to make our world a better place?  “Who? Me? Impossible!” I hear you saying. But it’s true. In this world of turmoil and strife, with chaos everywhere across our nation and around the globe, there has never been a greater hunger for simple words of encouragement. Excessive stress, lack of control, financial pressure, uncertainty about tomorrow—these are all...

    03.02.2011

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    03.02.2011

  • Becoming a Disciplined Person MP3

    Self-discipline is a pattern of behavior where you choose to do what you know you should do, rather than what you want to do. It’s the inner power that pushes you to get out of bed to exercise rather than sleeping in. It is the assertion of willpower over more basic desires and is synonymous with self-control. It includes having the personal initiative to get started and the stamina to persevere. Being discip...

    01.02.2011

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    01.02.2011

  • “Put Your Dream to the Test” by Dr. John Maxwell MP3

    What is the most dominate dream you think about? Would you like to know your odds of achieving it? In three minutes you will know your answer. As part of my desire to continue learning and growing, I attended a leadership event this past weekend hosted by Bob Burg and Paul Martinelli featuring three of my favorite teachers, Les Brown, Bob Burg and Dr. John C. Maxwell. Dr. Maxwell (internationally respected leadershi...

    27.01.2011

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    27.01.2011

  • 33 Ways to Reduce and Prevent Stress MP3

    Stress is evident everywhere in our fast-paced world. It’s a mental, emotional, or physical strain caused by anxiety or overwork. We all feel stress and often suffer the results of it in some way or other. What you are about to read can have a significant impact on the levels of stress you experience. This post is not about how to deal with stress; it’s about how to reduce and avoid it. Most of the stre...

    25.01.2011

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    25.01.2011

  • Be Present in Your Verbal Communications MP3

    Our relationships influence every area of our lives. From the friends we attract to the promotions we receive, all of our personal and professional success is built on relationships. This is why it is critical that we do the little things that nourish and strengthen our relationships with others. Every day we interact with people. During these conversations, it is important that we be fully present and give people ou...

    20.01.2011

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