By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Here is my two-minute tip of the month on leadership. Short & Sweet! Share with your friends and co-workers and let me know what you think! How are YOU standing out in a LEADERSHIP role?
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Before we go any further, let me just say this: I hate to exercise. I love dessert. And I am just a teeny bit proud of my type A, always-on, overachiever, tad-compulsive personality. So how did someone like me end up at Hilton Head Health for seven days where exercise is the agenda for the day, daily meals and snacks total 1200 calories, and s l o w i n g down and focusing on the moment is the name of the game? This is definitely NOT a place where you would usually find me hanging out. But...I also can no longer avoid the pull of gravity on my body or
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta As a motivational speaker, clients often ask if I have a keynote topic about "How to Deal with Change." And my answer is always "Yes, I do. It is a four-word workshop and the title is ‘Change. Deal With It!’” It always gets a laugh --until they realize I'm serious. I can read their minds. They think, "What? No sympathy for what we are going through? No techniques on how to 'survive' change? No words of wisdom telling us we need to 'embrace' change? No lectures on how to be a better 'change agent'?" Nope, none from me. Why? Because the truth is:
By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta While traveling this week I was reminded of how I came to write my book Texting Harry. It was an eye-opening story about one person’s willingness to re-think options, re-assess the desire to learn new things and re-evaluate how to fit into a future where change happens at the click of a mouse. Harry believed that texting was “stupid” and social media was a “waste of time.” It’s funny isn’t it? How sometimes perceptions can change and lives can change in the blink of an eye? I was on a plane and delayed, texting my husband, and “Grumpy Harry” as
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta When was the last time you did something you've never done before and then wondered why it took so long for you to discover this new experience? I just went to a yoga class and my body is asking why I didn't do this a LONG time ago. Don't get me wrong. I exercise (although not as much as I should.) I take long walks (but not as much as I'd like.) And I've even tried meditation (did you know that means NOT talking for an extended period of time???) But yoga – this was something else altogether. It was pure, joyful peace. And I realized something. I
Not for Me! by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta This year I made just one New Year's resolution--that I would NOT make any New Year's resolutions. Why? Because resolutions are usually about what I'm doing wrong (and want to make right) or what I need to do (and haven't been doing) or what I've been putting off (and need to start doing NOW!). In other words, resolutions--although they sound positive and strong--are really focusing on what we didn't do, failed to do, wanted to do, need to do, or should do. ENOUGH, I said to myself. To be honest, I'm tired of setting goals that keep my
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Being a professional motivational speaker is such an awesome job--but sometimes something happens at an event-- that even for an old seasoned pro like myself--makes me so glad I do what I do. First of all, Colorado Springs is one of my all-time favorite places, especially when it gets me away from the 100 degree heat of Dallas. The event audience was mostly guys who sell to small, family-owned businesses. One of the topics I was asked to touch on was....social media! So I started by telling my story "Texting Harry" which is also the title of one of my
By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Last time I introduced you to the eight high performance behaviors that can give you the best odds of staying employed. Remember we are NOT talking about necessarily keeping the job you have, but rather focusing on how you can keep income coming in regardless of what may happen to the particular job you have at this moment. I am interested in you having the skills necessary to STAY EMPLOYED even if something were to happen to the job you have. Think of yourself as the CEO of your career. YOU are in charge. And, as a result, you may have one client
An Q& A With Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Question: Connie, although I have no reason to believe my job is in jeopardy, I still worry. Everywhere I turn I meet someone who has been laid off, fired, or let go. I go to work each day and try to do my best, but I'm not sure that is enough anymore. My boss is not very good at communicating what he needs or expects and rarely gives me feedback. What can I do to guarantee I will keep my job and stay employed, especially in tough times? Answer: You are not the only one to ask this question. I hear it from people everywhere, in every
A Q & A With Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Question: My boss called me in to his office the other day. He told me that he thought my "attitude" lately had been getting in the way of me doing my job well. I resented this very much and I want to know what I should do. A lot is going on in my personal life right now, and I may not be the happiest person all the time, but I still manage to get to work everyday, and I try to do my job the best I can. I think my personal life is none of his business. What do you think? Answer: I think you need to reaccess your situation more honestly.