Fighting for Happiness in the Midst of Tragedy By Motivational Keynote Speaker Connie Podesta Whoa! Life is moving along just fine, thank you very much—when out of the blue, it hits us—a crisis! For me it was a recent house fire which destroyed 90% of everything material that I owned, loved and cared for. A crisis is something so far from what we wanted or expected that it totally knocks the breath out of us. “It’s like a dream,” we say. “I’m going to wake up and discover this never ever happened at all.” But unfortunately we don’t wake up. There it is, a looming force to be reckoned
Six Essential Elements to Adopt in Your Business By award-winning Keynote Speaker and Author Connie Podesta Bottom line: If you don’t understand PEOPLE-- customers, colleagues, leaders, owners, family, friends and YOURSELF, there is NO WAY you can ever experience success—at any level. Imagine just for a moment how much you, your team, and your franchise could accomplish if you understood WHY people do what they do and say what they say. Especially when it comes to your customers. Reality check: Customers are picky, internet savvy, impatient (even INSTANT gratification takes way
Top Tips for Dealing with THESE Difficult People By Connie Podesta In any situation where you suspect passive-aggressive behavior, you must begin by first taking a close look at yourself and your dominant communication style. This is NOT to excuse them in any way, because their behavior is definitely unhealthy, non-productive, and usually hurtful. But we need to take an honest look at our own behavior to determine if we are possibly contributing to an environment that allows passive-behavior to grow and thrive. Passive-aggressives are reacting to us and to what they believe we are
More From the Life Would Be Easy Series... By Connie Podesta Passives take the path of least resistance by tuning out, ignoring, avoiding or backing away and withdrawing from people and situations rather than dealing with them head-on. I know they say the “meek shall inherit the earth” but it sure don’t make it any easier for the rest of us (or themselves for that matter) whether it’s in the workplace, at home, at a family gathering or dealing with customers. So let’s explore what’s going on inside this always intimidated, afraid-to-get-their-needs-met and often frustrating personality.
Communication: The Good & The Bad By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Let’s face it – there’s some real intolerable, grumpy, difficult people in this world-- and more than likely you’re running into them on a daily basis thinking, “What the heck? Why do they have to be LIKE THAT?” Truth is, there are a whole lot of reasons they are and we’re going to walk you through the good, the bad and the ugly of it so that you can better steer clear of the ones that are over-the-top trouble and leverage the ones whose actions can help you. I’m also going to share how to assert yourself
By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Go on, it’s okay. Admit it! We all know that life would be a whole lot easier if we didn’t have to deal with those few (or many) difficult people we just can’t seem to avoid. I think you know who I’m talking about. What’s not okay is to give up something you need, want, or deserve because of their rude, obnoxious, sullen, and apathetic habits. Yes, I do mean “habits.” If you’re tired of playing their game, take charge of your life by taking a good look at yourself! You can not change them, but you can change what you do and how you act around
An Amazing Series on How to Become the Best YOU! Tip #3: Quit Expecting Life to Be Fair By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta How unfair is it to even talk about this subject? Let’s face it—the deep desire for fairness and what it stands for should not have to be disputed, explained or justified. Unlike many things we value in life, a sense of fairness does not have to be taught or modeled in order for us to know when it happens and when it doesn’t. Even young children intuitively know whether something is “fair” or not. It is almost as thought we were genetically hardwired to
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Like most people I guess, I’m excited about the coming of a new year. Clean slates, fresh starts, new opportunities and new people. It’s funny when you’re someone like me – one of those NON-GOAL-SETTERS to see everyone already busy with resolution lists and goal charts. Yeah, that’s not me. I’m more of a ‘take the world as it comes’ kind of gal, and I like it that way. It gives me more freedom to roll with the punches, choose new paths, open new doors and see opportunities where I otherwise might not if I were focused solely on “the
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Not long ago I was being interviewed on a teleconference with a large group of sales professionals and the subject of GOAL SETTING came up. (I love when that happens!) It took me back to a time in my life where I did something so empowering for myself, so freeing and believe it or not, something I know to be one of the best decisions I ever made in opening doors to my success... I'll tell you all about it in this excerpt from my leadership interview with Michael Hyatt. Enjoy! Let me know your thoughts!
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Pssst...I’m going to share with you a little “inside secret.” “Motivational?” Wasn’t always my thing. Look, I LOVE what I do – I mean REALLY love it. Getting people fired up and eager to embrace and adopt change in their lives. Watching those “light bulbs” go off when I’ve said just the right thing to get them off of the fence and into an action plan that can change the course of their career or even their life. That’s good stuff – right? But I fought the “motivational” part of it. For a long time. In my mind if you were a “motivational