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Helping You Connect With Confidence                           July 9, 2011 
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I have a fairly active business-fantasy life.  One of my favorite fantasies is that I stay at peak levels of energy, productivity, and service without ever bottoming out.


Needless to say, I never actually maintain those levels of peak performance indefinitely.  That's why they call it "a fantasy".


When I do drop the ball, I get to remind myself that:

  • it happens to the best of us
  • it's inevitable
  • how I pick the ball back up is more important than having dropped it in the first place
  • it's yet another opportunity to learn and grow (yippee)

As you might guess, I did a ball drop recently which prompted this observation.  Thank you for being part of my growth process.  

Tip of the Week
Remember that "No" is a complete sentence.  

Thank you to Cindy Daniels for this reminder that we have a right to set boundaries without justifying our decision.
How's This for Success?   

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Never underestimate the power of letting your prospects "sample" what you can do for them.


Mary Ellen Scholl - known as "Mel" to her delighted clients - got to the point in her training as an empowerment coach where it was time to work with clients in the real world.  She coached a number of "practice" clients who experienced first-hand the value of the coaching process.  Soon after, one of these clients referred a friend to Mel, and Women's Pathways to Health was launched with paying clients.  Happiness!

A Really Good Resource

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Need help but don't have the cash flow to hire it? Check out your local college.

Many 2- and 4-year colleges would be thrilled if you offered their business students the opportunity to acquire good resume material by addressing a real-world business issue for you.

The student gets hands-on experience, you move forward in your business, and your only investment is time - no cash outlay is typically required to score an intern.

Gotta love those everybody-wins deals.
Thanks to my friend Flickr.


Here are this week's heroes who graciously allowed me to use their images, posted in the Creative Commons area of Flickr, in this issue of Networking Nuggets
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One of my favorite acts at the annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival is The Danger Committee.  This trio is not only jaw-droppingly skilled at juggling; they're equally talented at managing the audience's reaction when they drop a club.  

They know that dropping something sometime is inevitable, so they have a whole set of smart-ass comments prepared to acknowledge the drop and actually turn it into a key part of the entertainment.

Is this approach brilliant, or what?  They practice like crazy to be the best they possibly can be, and they have contingency plans in place for when the inevitable "oops" happens.  There's a fabulous lesson there.

Wishing you the agility to keep important balls in the air (most of the time) and the resilience to pick them up when you drop them...

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