Ground Hog Day Again & Again


OK! OK! OK! Enough is enough! The ground hog says one day is enough per year but somehow you got stuck on the repeat button! Yikes!

What do you do?

1. First stay as positive as possible.

2. Check to see if you can unstick the button which seems obvious but just in case. Check the button!!!

3. Remain calm. Now this could be a challenge but what good is it in getting all worked up!

4. Make the best of your situation. Get rubber duckies if you have to and play with them. OK! This is where your sense of humor comes in or out wherever you put it! :)

5. Get your kids involved. They could cheer you up and have some quality time with them!

6. Get a friend or more involved. You may be able to go on an adventure while your luck changes.

7. Tell everyone you are fine because you are!

8. Go find a boat which looks like a duck and take everyone for a ride! You are having a blast by now!

9. Take pictures and share them because other people need to learn how to cope with a difficult situation!

10. Make sure everyone knows that you are stuck on the repeat button. Repeat yourself over and over again. Remind everyone that it is being worked on! Repeat as many times as needed! Again, remain calm! Sound confident!

If you have done all the suggested ways to cope, you are a leader in coping and deserve a leadership award. Some people might have stressed and not enjoyed their time on this earth stuck as much as you have.

Do you see how this way of coping could be magical when others could be stressed? Do you have other great ways of coping with getting through a difficult situation which feels like ground hog day over and over again?

Looking at Goals of Performing and Writing

In performing or writing, what are your goals?  Are they to get an audience to intently listen to every note or read every word?


Are you playing or writing to practice? Perhaps, someone will notice your quality notes and give you notice. Also, will you be rewarded for your practice?


Do you call a meeting and let them listen or read? Do you hope they will just come along and reward you for your practice?


How far do you go when you have people’s attention in performing or writing? Do you stand on your head and give them a stunt which few will perform to get to your goals?

Stop the Fear and Bring Inspiration

Do you want inspiration to get out of your fear of performing in front of people or feel that there is something bigger than yourself?  Lil Jaxe is a 13 year old who stutters. He has been bullied by teachers and other children at camp and school.  He transforms himself into a rapper who can inspire you to get you out of your fear of performing and speaking out.

This interview by Eric Alper of Lil Jaxe was done at the 140 Character Conference in New York City on June 20, 2012.  Lil Jaxe stutters during the interview with Eric Alper but transforms himself to a rapping sensation who can captivate your attention for his cause.  He has a number of videos on YouTube where he shows the world his rapping talent.  His performance shows his energy, enthusiam, and joy in life.

Lil Jaxe has transformed his stuttering and bullying experience to speaking out and rapping to express himself.  He amazed me.  He inspired the thought if you had a fear to go ahead an overcome it and make a mark in this world.

Do you feel the inspiration of Lil Jaxe has affected you in a significant way?


9 Tips to Making Friends at Conferences


Recently, I had a great time at Blogworld New York 2012. I made some new online and offline friends. This picture is of two new friends: Mitzi Eaker of Mitzi Jane Media and Scott Jacobs of Democast Media. I am in the middle.  We had the pleasure of enjoying a meal at Junior’s Restaurant in New York City, New York along with a special yummy dessert of original cheesecake with strawberries on top.

It made me think how making friends at conferences is a little different than in normal time due to the time restraints.  I am still learning but here are 9 tips after going to a number of conferences which are hopefully helpful to you.

1.  If you want to meet someone, do it as soon as possible.  Time goes by fast, you can miss the opportunity and time may get away from you.  This has happened to me a number of times.  Just do it!

2.  For some people, you are going to have to wait in line for.  This one is hard for me because I think that you will just catch them later but there is always a line or you miss out.

3.  Take a risk of rejection.  Noone likes rejection but if there is a saying, “No risk, no reward.”  It applies here.  You need to leave your shyness at home.

4.  Introduce yourself to others and find out their name.

5.  Listen to others and ask questions to gather information about them.

6.  Have fun with getting to know others.  Don’t take yourself so seriously!

7.  Invite others instead of waiting for an invitation.  This is a big one.  If your invitation is rejected, don’t get too disappointed or go back into a shell and never try again.  You may need to adjust the invitation to fit their needs.  It may not be about you.

8.  Don’t ask for too many favors from a newly acquired friend.

9.  Protect your reputation and don’t over drink alcohol.

Relationships and friendships are sometimes built over time by being aware of someone and getting to know them over several conferences can happen which is ok too.  Just remember to stretch your socializing muscles, they can help you make some new friends.

Do you have anything to add to making friends at conferences?

2012 Hope Live Love

This year is a new start.  I have been thinking about my three words.  Now last year in 2011, I wanted to work on my health and weight.  These areas are still priorities.

My three words for 2012 came to my mind and I am trusting with these three words everything else falls into place in my life.  My three words are hope, live, and love.

Hope is for the future and great things will be happening for everyone.  Hope changes and carries them through.  When you have hope, you can take the next step when you have vision.  Hope will keep the vision alive.  Hope carried from last year into this year on health and weight issues.

You may be surprised by my word live.  During my life, I have seen many people exist but they were not really living life to the fullest.  Living to me is having a full life with everything you do.  You have a productive, joyful, purposeful, and fun life.  A life you look forward to.  You wake up early because you are excited that you get to live another day on this beautiful earth.

If I had to pick just one word, it would be love.  You break through barriers to get to the other side and bringing love along the way.  You let go of negative feelings and working on positive feelings of love.  With love in your heart, you care and want others to thrive too.  The world needs more love and positive influence.  Hopefully, I provide a positive beacon of light in the world which causes others flames to brighten so they live their life to the fullest, happiest, productive, and fun filled life.  A tall order comes from love.

Hope, live, and love are three powerful words.  In putting them into action, my hope, life, and positive feelings will carry me wherever I go with the attitude that I want to live.

Do you see how these three words will work?