11 May 2018 – Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams

I’m overjoyed and full of gratitude that the blossoms on my cherry tree are blooming once again! We planted it 22 years ago and every year at this time it blooms and reminds us that we will soon have sweet and tart cherries. The birds get most of the bounty and they thank us with their songs— sometimes up to 10 birds singing their hearts out at the same time…I wanted to welcome you [back] to my Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes where I hope you will find helpful tidbits of inspiration and insight that I stumble across on my journey. Please do share your thoughts with me – we learn and grow together and from each other as we collaborate to help women in business shine!


Meetings I’m attending:

I met with members of my core team as we finalize our new membership program. We decided to meet in person since we are located in different cities. I love it when an idea becomes a concept and that concept becomes a project and the project becomes a program and the program becomes something tangible… And I really love the iterations along the way. It’s kind of like that old game of telephone, but in a good way because the end product is always better for the many iterations and hands that participated.

 

 


Book I’m reading:

Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story, by Gail Larsen. I do a lot of speaking and I’m always interested in improving — keeping an audience’s attention is not always easy– so I read a lot about speaking and storytelling. What do you read about? Tell me here.

I digress! This book, as the title implies is more about speaking for impact. And interestingly, she means personal and public impact. She outlines 6 principles of transformational speaking. The one that resonated most for me is Principle #5: Use Your Authentic Power with Those Who Can Hear You Rather Than the Force of Argument with Those Who Can’t.


Ideas I’m Noodling…

zoom training callHow to ensure that technology works the way it’s supposed to. I recently invited 10 people to a Zoom training call … everything that could go wrong went wrong. Frustrating to say the least! Because I was speaking on a topic I know well, I was able to get all the salient points across. And yes, I know I’m being very critical, which fortunately did not last long because a trusted advisor suggested that I re-frame this into an opportunity to reach out to the participants and provide individual attention and resources to them. Which I did and that effort went a long way. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! Tell me a story of a time you ‘recovered’ at work here.

 

 


I’m following…

Cathy Heller’s podcast: Don’t Keep Your Day Job. I love that she focuses entirely on setting you up to do what you love for a living! Isn’t that what you want too? Here is the universe nudging you … Take me up on this! I am happy to help you chase your dreams and show you a thing or two about leveraging a women owned status. What’s stopping you?


Celebrating…

I’m overjoyed and full of gratitude that the blossoms on my cherry tree are blooming once again! We planted it 22 years ago and every year at this time it blooms and reminds us that we will soon have sweet and tart cherries. The birds get most of the bounty and they thank us with their songs— sometimes up to 10 birds singing their hearts out at the same time…

 

 

 

 


Nancy Allen

Certified WBENC




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