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
How to Separate the Friends-in-Need From the Drama Magnets By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta If you’re like most folks, there’s probably someone lurking in your life who is what I call a “drama magnet.” Oh you know them. They suck you in and bring you down and rob you of valuable time and energy. Sometimes you can even feel them coming can’t you? Those little hairs on the back of your neck stand up as a way for your subconscious to yell WARNING! It’s time to ditch the drama. First of all, I’m not saying everyone who tells you their troubles is a drama magnet. Far from it.
By Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta & Syndicated Columnist Julie Escobar Listen. We’re big fans of change. Connie’s a motivational speaker who travels the world, more often than not helping companies, organizations, associations and people ADAPT and leverage change. Julie was an early adopter of social media and in the speaking and training industry for years. We feel your pain. You’re disgruntled. Confused. Unsure. Ticked off even. It’s understandable. Change – well at least the way you just experienced it – is a tough pill to swallow. So let’s break it down. Here are
Six Top Tips to Being a Speaker They Will Remember….in a Good Way! by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta So, you’ve got to give a big presentation huh? Stand up in front of everyone and try to act cool and nonchalant—as though you had done this a million times before. But inside you know better…and you are just waiting. For “it” to show, whatever your “it” is. Saying “um’ a thousand times? Turning beet red? Mouth dry? Perspiration? Forgetting whatyou are going to say next? Don’t worry – that’s normal! Believe it or not, after 25 years and 60,000 people a year, I still get nervous.
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Reality: Leadership is a powerful privilege--open to everyone, regardless of title or job description. Leadership is about how you CHOOSE to live your life. Often people tell me that they would hate to do what I do—speak to thousands of people every year. And I get that. In fact, research shows that 85% of people rank public speaking as their #1 fear, with death coming in as #5 and drowning #7. Think about that one for just a minute. That means that most of you would rather have me come into your house, hold your head under water until you were dead—than
by Motivational Speaker and Executive Coach Connie Podesta I just hung up the phone with a coaching client who made this statement: “Connie, I am comfortable selling anything…except myself. That part – is HARD.” As much as I understood her feelings, I was also very concerned about her future success and job security. (FYI—she gave me permission to use “her story” for this blog. I NEVER share secrets from my clients.) I’ll share with you what I shared with “Mary.” There has never been a more for us to SELL OURSELVES, validate our worth and demonstrate how much we bring value to the
by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta All Right - Just Quit It! Stop trying to fill every minute with something to do. Don’t confuse simple contentment with BOREDOM. Listen, we all probably can agree that it’s a fast-paced, go-go-go world that we live in. The demands are high and the time management is a MUST. Don’t miss this thought though…You MUST also make time for YOURSELF. A walk in the evening, lunch with a friend, 30 minutes with your favorite book, watching a TV show you enjoy, listening to music, or just sitting on your favorite spot just thinking about nothing…these are all
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
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 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