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Why I Renewed My Library Card

I am a huge fan of e-readers, it’s so much easier to pack one lightweight tablet then a dozen big heavy books. If I’m not reading a book on my Kindle, then I’m probably listening to it on Audible – which is even more portable. Thanks to these two things combined I haven’t read a physical book in I can’t even tell you how long.

But the other day all that changed.

I met a woman who was telling me all about the book club she was part of. As she’s telling me about their current book she pulls it out of her handbag. I couldn’t believe it. Not only was she reading an actual hard copy book, but it was a book she had loaned from the library! Gasp!

It’s been a long time since I last stepped foot in a library.

The more I thought about it though, I realized this woman was totally on to something. If I’m being honest with you it’s not often these days that I finish a book. Having a e-reader allows me to read a few pages while I’m on the subway or waiting at the dentist, which means I don’t make as much time to sit down and just read! Read more

It’s Never Too Soon to Plan Weekends Away for the Summer

After all the bad weather we’ve been having lately, I’m really looking forward to the summer. So to help me lift my spirits and prepare for warmer days I’m bringing you the Summer Series. This blog post was inspired by my friend and regular reader, Sandra Keros. She’s a total expert on how to unplug and recharge.

In the last post Sandra explained how she takes little mini-destination breaks in the day to get out of her house and be inspired by the world around her. Read more

Join Me For a Popup Productivity Power Hour

We’re just a few days away from spring – it’s the perfect time to reevaluate your productivity style!

What’s working and what could use a little help?

Maybe you hit the ground running when the New Year started and now you’re losing steam on your projects.

Or perhaps you have a list of new things you want to do but haven’t gotten to yet. (Like your book, or your laundry?)

And what about your email? Maybe that’s overwhelming you again?

One of the best ways I’ve found to keep motivated and productive is to get a little accountability nudge!

So I’m thrilled to offer a “Popup Productivity Power Hour” just for you!

On this group video call I’ll laser coach you on whatever productivity woe is getting in your way of being more efficient. Plus you’ll get to meet fellow list lovers and bounce ideas off each other.

Many of you have done this kind of accountability coaching with me in the past and I’ve been told it’s one of your favorite things that I’ve offered.

So I’m doing it again! Read more

Stop Letting Your List Make You Feel Guilty

Over the years I’ve spoken to a wide variety of people about their lists, some who always cross every item off their lists and some struggling to make lists at all. But there is one thing we all seem to have in common when it comes to lists – guilt over not getting it all done.

Even when it’s a small item I haven’t crossed off my list I feel compelled to find some reason why. I couldn’t get milk because I left a meeting late or I didn’t go for a run because it was too cold this morning.

The excuses we make always find something else other than ourselves at fault.

It’s not because we are necessarily trying to shift the blame, but because our brains like stories. We understand concepts and ideas better when they are presented in narrative form. So when we miss an item on our list we want to have a ‘story’ as to why it’s still there.

These stories can sometimes have positive effects on our lives, just by believing you’re a more lucky or more confident person you can make it so. But the stories we tell ourselves can also hold us back. We might avoid trying something new or taking on a difficult challenge because we believe we aren’t good enough or smart enough.

Once you release that it’s mostly in your head you can start to break out of these negative behaviour patterns. Read more

FREE WEBINAR: How to Get on TV

“How do I get on TV”

As a senior TV news producer for nearly 20 years that is a question I’m asked a lot.

Honestly it’s not as difficult as you would think.

You don’t have to have special credentials, you don’t have to have a PR person or have a huge social media following — but what you do need to know is what the media is looking for.

If you are trying to get on TV, in magazines, on radio, etc. sometimes it’s more about what not to do!

OMG – in my career I can’t even tell you how many bad pitches I’ve been sent through the years!!

Well actually – I probably could because I’ve kept them all in my “bad pitches” folder. 🙂

Sometimes you can tell that the core idea isn’t bad, but the expert or publicist just don’t know how to present it correctly.

So what are these pitches faux pas and pitfalls? Well that is something I can teach you.

Register now for my FREE online training, “5 (Little-Known) Secrets to Snagging Media Attention (that Even PR Pros Get Wrong) on March 13th @ 8pm ET and March 14th @ 3pm ET.

I’m co-hosting it with Terri Trespicio who served as a senior editor for Martha Stewart for many years, hosted her own radio show and has appeared on all kinds of top-tier media like, “The Today Show,” “The Early Show,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” and many more!

I actually booked her as guest when I was at Fox News Channel.  That’s how we met!

During this live webinar, we’ll show you:

  • What the media is (and isn’t) 
interested in
  • How to get the media to take you seriously
  • The real reason you aren’t hearing back
  • The things everyone gets wrong about pitching the media

You’ll leave this webinar with ideas and actions you can take right away to start upping your media game!

Register now for my FREE online training, “5 (Little-Known) Secrets to Snagging Media Attention (that Even PR Pros Get Wrong) on March 13th @ 8pm ET and March 14th @ 3pm ET.