Monday, August 31, 2015

Are you Blab-ing? Check out this new platform…

Blab is a new platform that is a game changer for Thought Leaders wanting to share their ideas and build community.

Periscope has become really popular and it’s fun, however to me it feels one sided (just you sharing with the world)… Blab is about community.

Periscope build a tribe and fans. Blab builds a community and engagement.

Here is a short video I created on this new platform – find out more here:

Blab Periscope Social Media

The Team at Blab also started to post a few things to do (and not do) – here is their list (and I kinda like it).


  1. Argue the point not the person.
  2. Control your reaction, not everyone else’s.
  3. Join Blabs you are interested in. Vote with your time.
  4. The host sets the rules to the party.
  5. Respect the viewer’s time.
  6. Be respectful!
  7. Have a good internet connection.


  1. Don’t Blab and drive! You can treat Blab like your own personal radio station, but just listen in audio only mode.
  2. Don’t be rude.
  3. Don’t creep people out (with your attitude or your attire).
  4. Don’t leave the real world behind. Remember you’re a person. So is almost everyone else!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Are You 'Blab'-ing?

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Are You 'Blab'-ing?

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Share Your Thinking

My friend has brilliant mind. His ability to process volumes of information, create strategies, manage many moving parts has always inspired me. I thought of him recently when I watched the incredible movie The Theory of Everything, based on the life of the famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane.

Share ThoughtsI have always been attracted to the way people think. Understanding how people get from point A to B is interesting to me.

This movie demonstrated the true unbreakable human spirit, the power of love and the choices we make to continue despite our circumstances.

It reminds me of a comment my friend Scott Ginsberg says ‘people don’t want to know what you think, they want to know how you think’. As a leader are you sharing how you think with your team, at home and in your community?  To have more influence in your communications, project achievement and with others, share your thinking.

Be Clear – once you are clear on your message and how you have made the decision share both your decision and if relevant, the process of how you achieved that decision. Sharing your process will also assist others in your team know the ‘why’ behind ‘what’ you want them to achieve.

Be aware  – many people are coming to the team or project with multiple agendas, diverse backgrounds and experiences; sometimes not everyone accepts your decision so sharing your thinking behind decisions can also allows others to get on the ‘same page’ as you.

Be open – something I admire about those I know who think brilliantly, is they are constantly learning, reading, always carrying a pen and paper to write things down; constantly open to learning and observing the world around them.

As an ah-mazing leader, today choose to share your thinking with those around you and have more impact and influence on those in your world.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Be Ah-Mazing: How to Stand Out

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How to Stand Out

In today’s busy workplace many leaders are overwhelmed, overstressed and overtired. Today you can choose to have more impact and influence and really stand out as a leader.

stand out as a leader

Today you can choose to be ah-mazing and be in awe and wonder as you approach the day and say ‘wow, this is amazing!’


Here are three strategies to assist you stand out at work, at home and in your community.



Be Ah-Mazing – choose to stand in service of your team today. Choose to approach this day with a positive mindset and determine that every person you meet today will have a better day because they came into contact with you. Surprise and delight those around you today. Pay attention to everyone you meet and prioritize people (for more ideas on how to do this check out our blog.


Be driven  – Know why you do what you do. Be clear on your objectives and remind yourself of what you are working towards. We all need to know our why. If you want a great resource on knowing your why check out Simon Sinek TED talk here – remember you don’t have time to do everything, only time to do what matters. What matters to you?


Be yourself – the world needs the best version of you. I love famous philosopher Dr. Suess quote ‘why fit in when you were born to stand out’. Honor your uniqueness. Share your skills, talents and your unique intelligence with the world. There are many great tools available to learn more about you. Check out Core Clarity, or complete a MyersBriggs Assessment, read Strength Finders 2.0 or complete a DISC assessment. Many will share how you are perceived, your personality and how you can enhance communication skills.


As an ah-mazing leader, today choose to stand out and have more impact and influence on those in your world.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Be Ah-Mazing: Schedule Me Time

You don’t have time to do everything, only time to do what matters.

woman relaxing readingYou matter. Making time for yourself so you can stand in service of others and achieve your objectives is not negotiable.

I know some of you are already rolling your eyes and heavy sighing… muttering under your breath you don’t have time. We all get 1.440 minutes in a day, how are you investing yours?

To achieve more ‘me time’ begin with the 15 minute rule.

Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning to spend time alone determining your most strategic activities for the day or simply enjoying your morning beverage (I love strong coffee) and spend time reflecting on what’s important to you, meditate, review your goals or objectives. If you share your home with someone get up earlier than them if you can.

Schedule 15-minute breaks into your calendar as not negotiable appointments with yourself and honor those appointments like you would for your clients.

Schedule 15 minutes to work out – enjoy the time focused on how you are looking after yourself and changing your body at the same time. The bonus is your get mental health too :)

Schedule vacations for the entire year so you have something to look forward to.

Schedule a long weekend so you know you have a break coming soon.

Plan to arrive early at your kids soccer game or next appointment so you can spend a few minutes catching up on reading a magazine, sipping your coffee while it is hot or playing on Pinterest.

Schedule a Skype date with someone you care for and pour yourself a wine (or in my case a champagne) and have a virtual date.

The definition of ‘me time’ is different for everyone. Your ‘me time’ might mean something that energizes you: coffee with a friend, working out, walking around your neighborhood, calling your mum – it’s not about alone time for everyone it’s about what re-energizes you and your spirit.

I schedule ‘me time’ with the following systems:
Any day I am not traveling for clients or speaking at a conference, I schedule a Barre3 class at my local studio in Doylestown – barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and pilates. This tough but energizing workout is a treat for me and my body… and I shake like a leaf the whole time.

I love to run so running is a mental, physical and emotional opportunity for me to be alone with my music and my thoughts and while I am running I have several mantras (especially on days when the run is tough ‘I love this, I love this’ or ‘one foot in front of the other’ or ‘relax.savor.enjoy’

This year the whole month of August is ‘me time’. As an Aussie living in the US it’s important to see my family so I scheduled the entire month off to relax and rejuvenate with 2 weeks in Australia visiting my family, a week on a Harley bike trip and a week at home. I know it’s a luxury to take off a month … could you start with taking off a day? Disconnected from technology or just being with people you care about?

To schedule more ‘me time’ start small, start with 15 minutes.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Be AhMazing Create a contextual model

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Be AhMazing Create a contextual model

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Create Contextual Models

To have more impact and influence as a leader when you communicate, consider creating a contextual model. Models appeal to the strategic thinkers in your organization or audience.


Models help you present ideas with more clarity, position your message if consulting on a project, and provide a framework for your audience. A great model can take complex ideas and simplify them.


Creating contextual models is a great strategy to capture your unique intellectual property for you, your team and your organization.

Contextual Model

Famous contextual models include Covey’s quadrant model (the urgent versus the important) and the food industry (food pyramid).


Use these strategies to elevate your message and create a contextual model to accelerate your communication and engagement.


Choose your shape – models are squares, circles or triangles – simple really!  When you think of the idea you want to demonstrate in a model, what shape comes to mind? If you are sharing a process maybe it feels like a ladder (a triangle can work well here), maybe it is about relationships (circles, maybe even a ven diagram, works well).


Choose your main messages – determine the main messages you want the model to demonstrate. Do you want to outline steps in a process, compare information or demonstrate characteristics or provide outcomes? Once you determine your contextual messages you can then determine how to share them in the model.


Choose your movement – great contextual models also include movement, especially if the message is aspirational. Can people quickly identify where they are on the model and maybe where they want to be? To show movement in a model could include x/y axis or arrows.


Next time you are presenting key messages to your team or provide an update of your project in your organization could you consider creating a contextual model to appeal to the strategic, left brained thinkers in your audience.


For an example of our contextual model on how to be ah-mazing everyday click here:


You don’t have time to everything, only time to do what matters. Today choose to quickly share your messages through models.



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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Are You Delightable? Guest Blog by Jason Kotecki

How delightable are you? When it comes to delightability, kids are king.


The next time you’re around children, pay close attention to them. Notice how delighted they are to find a penny on the ground (even more so when they get to throw it into a fountain). Observe how excited they become when they get to push the elevator button. It won’t take long, but after some serious study, you’ll start to smile at the little things kids get excited about. Kids are thrilled by lightning bugs, bubble baths, and the intricacy of a snowflake. They’re turned on my helium balloons, bedtime stories, and cereal box prizes. It is undeniable that kids make a big deal out of little things; as far as I can tell, they seem to be having a pretty good time.


Adults however, are a different story.


As we grow up, Adultitis sets in. We walk around with a “been there, done that, got-the-t-shirt” attitude. We’ve seen it all (or so we think), so it takes more and more to impress us. And that is a dangerous and expensive road to be on.


Eventually, complacency and cynicism set in, and that’s the kiss of death. Not only to a passionate life, but a successful one as well. The fact is that people who are delightable are way better off than those who aren’t.



People who are delightable have better relationships.


If you’re not delightable, good luck finding friends. Who wants to be in the company of a know-it-all who is impossible to impress and is always looking past you for the next big thing? On the other hand, people who are delightable are more fun to be around. They ask great questions. They respond to your stories enthusiastically. And they have a sense of anticipation about them that just makes life feel more exciting when you’re together. Who would you rather be?


People who are delightable are more successful.


The more delightable you are, the more receptive you are to the little things that can make a big difference. Anything can be interesting, so you live life with eyes wide open. You’re more able to see opportunities that others miss and notice connections that can help you solve your most pressing problems. And the ability to celebrate tiny successes keeps you fired up so you don’t burn out on the path to your big goal.


People who are delightable enjoy life more.


Kids go crazy for Cracker Jack prizes. Guess what? Life is FILLED with Cracker Jack prizes; those little treasures hidden just below our hurried consciousness. The smell of a newborn baby. The watercolor sunset of a summer day. The feeling of walking barefoot on a beach. The sound of rain on the rooftop — on a day you get to sleep in. It’s the stuff we miss when we’re racing through life like a chicken with its head cut off. Life really is all about the journey. And the journey is made richer when you slow down enough to notice and appreciate the Cracker Jack prizes along the way. To become awakened to and get caught up in the mundane details and hidden surprises that often get lost in the ebb and flow of our busy days are among the greatest blessings life has to offer.


If life seems to have lost its magic, take a cue from kids and practice becoming more delightable. With a potential new discovery just around the corner, your life will surely become more exciting, fulfilling, and fun.


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Jason Kotecki is an artist, professional speaker, and author of the book “Penguins Can’t Fly +39 Other Rules That Don’t Exist,” which uncovers some of the most useless so-called rules we can find ourselves living by. It explores some small but mighty actions you can take to turn your life into the fun, adventurous and exciting story you deserve. This beautiful 240-page hardcover work of art is a magical combination of Jason’s whimsical illustrations, humorous wit, and poignant anecdotes. Learn more at

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Productively Prioritize People

Success Pyramid of PeopleAll leaders know their success is dependent on the people around them.

To have more impact and influence everyday we need to prioritize people. There will always be processes, to-do lists, targets and objectives to achieve… and it is with people we achieve the greatest results.


Here are three strategies to assist you prioritize people in your work, home and community.

Pay Attention – to accelerate your engagement consider eliminating distractions. Distractions can include our cell phones, meetings, social media and other people. One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is the gift of your undivided attention. Today can you choose to pay attention more and as my five-year-old friend Donovan says, ‘listen with your eyes.’ Spend time today noticing everyone who assists you in a day. It might be the barista for your morning coffee, the security guard, and the people at the bus stop. Who are the people around you who would benefit from your attention today? When is the last time you scheduled a one on one with your team to check in on their progress?

Pay it forward – many of us are fortunate to live great lives in a country that allows us great freedoms. Today could you decide to pay it forward by recommending a service to someone else, recommending someone by providing an unsolicited recommendation on LinkedIn, or endorse the work of a team member to someone else? When was the last time you proactively paid it forward for someone you know?

Pay for expertise – to accelerate personal and professional development you could invest by working with a coach, buying a book on a topic you will benefit on you knowing about, listening to a podcast to keep your skills current. I am a huge believer in paying for the expertise of others. We use people to help us with accounting, video, social media, business coaching, speech coaching… you can see I need A LOT of help! If you can’t pay money for expertise could you barter time and expertise. When was the last time you reached out to someone to learn a skill or talent you would benefit from knowing? When was the last time you shared your expertise with your team?

You don’t have time to everything, only time to do what matters. Today choose to prioritize people; you will be so glad you did.


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Be AH-Mazing: Prioritize People

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Be AH-Mazing: Prioritize People

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