Fire Up! Your Networking Skills!

Networking is About People and How You Make them Feel

I recently attended three networking events in one day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I observed some interesting behaviors.  At the evening reception, I encountered a woman I had met a few times and I smiled and said hello.  She greeted me with great enthusiasm and we hugged.  She then kindly introduced me to her group, saying nice things about me. She immediately put me at ease and I wanted to know all about her and her group.  We connected on Linked in after the event and I sent her a follow-up email.  She was an excellent networker and was delightful!

That was in contrast to a woman I saw at the networking luncheon, whom I said hello to.  We had a shared learning experience in common and I asked her about it, and she distractedly looked around the room, never really answered my question and made it abundantly clear she did not want to talk to me.  So I moved on.  Which woman made a bigger impression on me?  Who would I be more likely to refer business to?

Do's and Don'ts of Networking

Do come prepared.  Know who will be attending, research the group, have business cards, breath spray or mints.  Wear appropriate clothing- nothing too wild. Smile often.

Don't try to get as many business cards as possible -aim for quality not quantity.

Do aim to meet 3-5 people and have meaningful conversations where you ask them meaningful questions like:
- How long have you been in that industry?
- What do you like best about it?
- What trends or changes do you see happening?
- Describe your ideal client
- What would you say to someone entering the field?
- Have you got any vacation plans?
- Anything exciting coming up at work or home?

Do get their business card and follow up. A hand-written note is very rare and highly prized.  Reference what you learned abut them in the conversation.

Don't spend the whole conversation talking about yourself, even if they ask.  Keep redirecting the talk to them.  Add value. . Offer to connect them to others.  Find out what they need and refer others to them.  Be the source for them.

Don't gossip or speak ill of others, particularly your competition.  Take the high road.  If you don't have anything good to say, don't say it.

Stay in touch every 3-4 weeks.  Add value.  Send an article they might be interested in, invite them to lunch, send them a referral.  Build the relationship.

Networking can lead to great business opportunities or friendships, if you do it right. Come with the idea of helping others and you will always come out a winner.

Last two episodes of Ignite Success TV Show:

Global leader for women Teresa Meares

Protecting your family,

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*** Want to Change the World? Here’s How***

Making a difference: Building a garden at a local schoolYou CAN Make a Difference!

In today’s world of negativity, divisiveness, and polarity, it’s easy to get cynical and pessimistic. But you can impact the world and it’s easier than you think.  You have more power than you know and more ways to make a difference.

Here’s how:

1. Don’t indulge in actions and behaviors that upset you, like constantly watching the news or spending hours on social media. Focus on the good, like the story about a 13 year old indigenous girl being nominated for a peace prize.

2. Be the reason people believe in goodness. Be kind to others, regularly, every day.  Your very presence in smiling at others, lending a hand, opening a door, picking up someone’s burden, and assisting someone could make a world of difference.  It re-instills hope, it establishes connection, it builds relationships. Like the three boys who saved a suicidal man’s life.

3. Share uplifting stories, funny jokes, positive news.  Praise others specifically and publicly.  It will create a contagion of good will and shift the energy in the workplace. Dr. Laila Samiian in Jacksonville is using oncoplastic surgery to preserve breasts when treating breast cancer.

4. When you observe someone treating someone else poorly, whether on line or elsewhere, stand up to them.  When you hear lies being spread, speak up. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Martin Luther King Jr.

5. Surround yourself with winners and seekers– those who are trying new things, developing solutions to problems and succeeding.  Avoid the ain’t it awful club. Share winner stories, like how local shero Kristin Keen’s organization which helps women victims of human trafficking, Rethreaded, was featured on Project Runway.

6. Send positive energy into difficult situations.  Whether you send the light, say a prayer, envision a positive outcome, send peace, your good thoughts can help.

7. Get excited about a cause and tie that into your purpose for being. I am passionately committed to liberating women from overload, because then they can share their gifts, talents and ideas with the world and make it a better place.  So I have a new TV show, Ignite Success! for women, and I have written a new book on women and overwhelm.  Line up your actions with your passions and you can have a big impact on whatever is important to you.

I am reminded of this great quote from Margaret Meade, because I believe it to be true. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

I believe in you, I believe in us, I believe in the good.  Harness your energy, ideas and creativity and make 2019 the year you have a bigger impact.

Snowden

Latest episodes of Ignite Success!

Ignite Success!

1. This 13-Year-Old Indigenous Girl Has Been Nominated for a Global Peace Prize

2. Three schoolboys found suicidal man about to jump off bridge – they grabbed him and didn’t let go

3. See the story about Dr.Laila Samiian and how she is using oncoplastic surgery to help preserve women’s breasts when treating breast cancer.

4. Jacksonville-based Rethreaded featured on ‘Project Runway’

5. 4 Ocean Employees have removed over 3million pounds of trash from the ocean

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Train Your Brain for Success and Long-term Health

You Can Change and Improve Your Brain

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Dr. Daniel Amen is one of the world's leading authorities on the brain and how you can improve it to be happier, healthier and more effective.  Having done over 80,000 brain scans, he's learned some remarkable techniques that you can apply right now to your life.  If you're like me and want to prevent Alzheimer's and be more productive and joyful, you'll appreciate these tips.

Train Your Brain

1. Breathe deeply and slowly three times from your diaphram whenever you're feeling stressed. Your brain needs oxygen.

2. Meditate regularly at least 10 minutes a day.  There are great apps for that.

3. Eat organic blueberries instead of sugar.  They are one of the highest anti-oxidant fruits available.

4. Stand away from the gas nozzle when pumping gas so as not to breathe in toxic fumes.

5. Eat beans of some form every day.

6. Get a minimum of 7 hours of restful sleep in a cool dark room free of electronic devices and blue light.

7. When hit with negativity, go for a walk in nature and think of something else. Nature heals.

8. Try to spend time in sunshine every morning.  If you can walk outside in the sun, you're much more likely to sleep better that night.

9. Have two playlists for your car, work, and life.  One gets you fired up and ready to go and one soothes you and calms you down.  Use them whenever necessary.

10. Practice the hand-warming technique in your mind to relieve stress and migraine headaches.  Close your eyes and imagine you are warming your hands in front of a fire, or holding a warm cup of hot chocolate or green tea. Breathe deeply and count to 20.  You can actually raise the temperature of your hands doing this and it is great for your brain.

Your brain is integral to everything you do. Take excellent care of it.

I've been away from you for a while traveling and then working on my new project. I am now hosting a new TV Show called Ignite Success! for women about women.  It will start airing on tv in Feb. but you can get a sneak peak here: https://vimeo.com/310880565  Unfortunately I was very sick for the first taping but my guests were great.  Love your feedback.

Snowden

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Tap into a Sense of Wonder

Last night, my husband and I celebrated an annual wonder tradition- driving around looking at twinkling holiday lights. A church in St. Augustine has a fantastic light show accompanied by music.  Dozens of different scenes are captured in lights, including the nativity, and then at least 6 gorgeous trees change color in time with Amazing Grace.  It never ceases to create a sense of awe inside me. And gratitude.

Looking at photos of animals of different species loving each other does the same thing.  So does spending time in nature and watching the majesty of a coral hued sunset.  What creates awe and a sense of wonder for you?

Awe and wonder are part of innocence.  Spend time with a young child this season and you will capture it.  It connects us back to something greater than ourselves and fills us with appreciation.  What can you do to connect with wonder?

Wishing you a glorious holiday season and a terrific new year.  And if you want to join me for my Jan. 12 workshop, the discount  ends tomorrow.

Happy Holidays!

Snowden

 

Imagine a year of success, prosperity, joy, and excellent good health. In this highly interactive, fun, and informative workshop, you’ll learn how to:

• identify what you truly want to happen in 2019
• create a compelling vision of your success
• develop realistic, measurable goals & chunk them into achievable steps
• track your successes easily in a way that makes you feel terrific
• overcome limitations and negative self talk!
• stay Fired Up! even when you get discouraged
• tap into physical anchors to re-energize yourself daily
• use a dream collage to stay focused on achievement
• maintain long-term success with Fired Up! Accountability Circles

We’ll cap off the program by getting started on our own dream collages and share lunch at Bonefish Grill.

“I can’t tell you how much value I get from Snowden’s programs. Her excellent speeches and terrific audios are filled with great information and authentic motivation.?She has a way of tackling complex issues and providing clear, practical and easy to implement strategies which make you feel great, renewed and empowered. I love her work.” Anne Urban, Owner, Destination Planning, Center Stage, and Florida Wedding Supplies

“Snowden’s workshops, speeches, books and products have made such a difference in my life. Her incredible wisdom, backed by research, and her warm, inspirational, interactive approach make learning fun. Her material is so useful; I have applied it throughout the years and it has truly helped my career. You don’t want to miss out – register for any of her programs today.” Christina Elmore, Vice President, Fidelity Bank

Date: January 12,2019
Time: 10:00-2:00pm
Place: Bonefish Grill, San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville,Fl
Registration: $149 per person;
         save $50 if you register by Dec. 20, 2018
(Discount will show on the cart page)
All materials for collage included; lunch is paid by each person
REGISTER HERE:    
$99.00 before December 20, 2018

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Your Personal SWOT Analysis

Once a year, at least, take the time to assess where you are in your life, in all key areas: mental, physical, financial, spiritual, relationships, family. Take note of improvements you want to make and changes that need to happen.

yoga from Stress Express by Snowden McFall

As we approach the end of another year, we do all sorts of planning and strategizing about our work and companies. But what about a personal assessment of where you are? Consider doing a SWOT analysis of your own life.
As a reminder, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Take a few hours on your own to do this. Here's how:

Strengths:

• What strengths have you developed this year? Acknowledge areas where you have grown and expanded your capabilities. Reflect on personal and professional successes and what was required to achieve them. Which strengths did you employ? What 3 areas you would like to develop more? Include those in your plan for 2019.

Weaknesses:

• Where have you fallen short, personally and professionally? Which emotions or self-destructive habits have sabotaged your achievements? Are you impatient, quick to judge, self-critical? Do you procrastinate or linger in indecision? Pick 3 weaknesses you choose to change in 2019.

Opportunities:

• Consider the roads not taken. What personal and professional opportunities you have denied yourself? Is there a course you want to take? Is there a hobby you want to pursue? Is there some place you want to travel? Set an intention for 2019 to take advantage of those opportunities.

Threats:

• What threatens your happiness and success? It might be your health or not taking care of yourself. It might be your negative self-talk or attitude. It might be a lack of support. It might be the people you are spending your time with. Resolve to do something about those threats to ensure you have a great 2019.

You have the chance to make 2019 an incredible year. You are in control of your destiny and you are extraordinary. You deserve a great new year. Make it happen.

 

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Who Do You Want to Be in 2019?

Creating a New and Improved You!

One of the great things about the new year is you get to start fresh.  Whether it's relieve stress by celebrating successsculpting a new physique, starting a new project at work or taking some courses for a future dream, the new year signifies change and reinvention.  So who do you want to be in 2019?

Start with who you are now.  If you haven't taken my personal SWOT analysis, you may want to do that now. Go here.

Then ask yourself these questions:

What do I want to be different in my life? Think about:
Health, Fitness, Career, Friends, Family, Relationship, Money, Spirituality, Stress, Mental Stimulation, Community Involvement, Learning

What do I love about my life and want to create more of?  Consider body, mind, spirit, and what you would like to add.

Who do you most admire and want to emulate?  Could you meet them and pick their brains? Now mull over the fact that you probably share many of their qualities and you have something great to offer them, too.

• What strengths do you have that you could develop further?

• How happy are you on a day to day basis?

• How stressed are you on a day to day basis?

Now what's your plan for achieving that change or improvement?  If you're not sure what to do next or how to proceed, join me on Jan. 12 from 10-2 in Jacksonville, Florida for Get Fired Up! for Success in 2019!

Imagine a year of success, prosperity, joy, and excellent good health. In this highly interactive, fun, and informative workshop, you’ll learn how to:

• identify what you truly want to happen in 2019
• create a compelling vision of your success
• develop realistic, measurable goals & chunk them into achievable steps
• track your successes easily in a way that makes you feel terrific
• overcome limitations and negative self talk!
• stay Fired Up! even when you get discouraged
• tap into physical anchors to re-energize yourself daily
• use a dream collage to stay focused on achievement
• maintain long-term success with Fired Up! Accountability Circles

We’ll cap off the program by getting started on our own dream collages and share lunch at Bonefish Grill.

“I can’t tell you how much value I get from Snowden’s programs. Her excellent speeches and terrific audios are filled with great information and authentic motivation.?She has a way of tackling complex issues and providing clear, practical and easy to implement strategies which make you feel great, renewed and empowered. I love her work.” Anne Urban, Owner, Destination Planning, Center Stage, and Florida Wedding Supplies

“Snowden’s workshops, speeches, books and products have made such a difference in my life. Her incredible wisdom, backed by research, and her warm, inspirational, interactive approach make learning fun. Her material is so useful; I have applied it throughout the years and it has truly helped my career. You don’t want to miss out – register for any of her programs today.” Christina Elmore, Vice President, Fidelity Bank

Date: January 12,2019
Time: 10:00-2:00pm
Place: Bonefish Grill, San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville,Fl
Registration: $149 per person;
         save $50 if you register by Dec. 20, 2018
(Discount will show on the cart page)
All materials for collage included; lunch is paid by each person
REGISTER HERE:    

$99.00 before December 20, 2018

Call 904-200-6995 to register or for group discounts

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Kindness : Good for the Giver & the Receiver

You Can Touch Lives with One Small Act

It's World Kindness Day and that's a great reminder that being kind can change lives, in small but powerful ways.  Indeed, research shows that kindness is great for both giver and receiver and it tends to multiply and expand.

I remember being in line in the grocery store and a woman and I chatted about a specific cookbook for sale.  She looked at it longingly and said her children would love making those recipes.  I saw her count out small change for her limited groceries, and decided to buy her the cookbook. She was stunned, but very grateful.  I told her to have a wonderful time with her children - that thinking about it made me smile.  It made us both feel good.

Kindness is also good for your health.  Here's how:

  1. Empathy towards strangers increases the oxytocin (feel good hormone) in your body by 47%! (Claremont Graduate University study) ) This lowers your blood pressure and helps your heart function better.
  2. Being kind at least once a week increases your happiness.
  3. Kindness and empathy reduce inflammation in your body, by its impact on your vagus nerve.
  4. Kindness is contagious.  People tend to pay acts of kindness forward, such as when someone pays for your toll on the highway.  The tendency is you pay for the next person, etc., etc.
    A poignant example in the NE Journal of Medicine: a 28 year old donated a kidney at a clinic.   It created a ripple effect where the loved ones of kidney recipients donated one of theirs to others waiting for a kidney. The ‘domino effect’,  spanned the entire United States, with 10 people receiving a new kidney thanks to that anonymous donor.

Here are a few ways you can demonstrate kindness:

Pay for someone's parking meter, buy someone a cup of coffee, put a post it note with kind words on someone's desk, sweep your neighbor's walkway, give sincere and specific praise, carry an elderly person's groceries to their car, let someone into traffic, cuddle animals at a shelter, say thank you to the maintenance crew, smile.  There are infinite ways to be kind to others, and it can make your day as well as theirs.

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Boost Your Productivity in 3 Quick Steps

Productviity Clock from Stress ExpressDistractions are Everywhere; Productivity Suffers

In screaming color, moving fast, making noise, distractions fly across your computer screen, your phone, your office such that it's tough to concentrate and maximize your productivity.  In fact, new research from the book, Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey, says most people focus on one thing for 40 seconds and get distracted.  Then it takes you 50% longer to get back to work and between 25-27 minutes to return to thoughtful concentration.

So how do you turn off the distractions and amp up productivity?

  1. Psychologist Larry Rosen says most of us check our phones every 15 minutes. Change your settings on your phone so that everything is grayscale.  The phone is much less distracting without color and movement happening.  Also- when you really need to focus, turn off your phone completely and turn off any alerts on your computer.  60-90 minutes of uninterrupted work means you are getting things done. Productivity goes up!

The internet can hurt your productivity

2. Disconnect at night- say between 8 pm and whenever you wake up.  Turn your phone off or put in airplane mode.  You will focus more on your family and loved ones, and you will sleep better without the blue light wreaking havoc with your brain.

3. Track your time for a whole week.  Record somehow- whether using an app or a timesheet for every 10 minutes of every day.  You'll probably discover you're spending way too much time on social media and not nearly enough time with your loved ones.  One woman discovered she spent much too much time cleaning her house and got an automated vacuum. Really study your sheet at the end of the week.  Are you doing what you want to do in your day?  What could you eliminate to boost your productivity and also have more time for fun?

Focus means letting go of distractions. It requires awareness, discipline and choice.  Years ago, Barbara Sher had a phrase that I love: "I'm choosing between the best and the best in my life."  So not choosing between the bad and the good, or the good and the better, but the best and the best. . You can make the same choice.

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Is Lack of Trust Costing You Business?

"Lack of trust is your biggest business expense." David Horsager

"Trust, Not Money, is the Currency of Business and Life"

lack of trust creates stressThink about it.  What products do you buy consistently?  Why?  Because you trust that they will deliver their promise every time.  And what happens when they don't?  You change products and they lose your business.  The same is true for everything in your life.  When someone you respect breaks agreements with you, you no longer trust them.

Growing your trust edge is one of the best ways to get more business, grow your clientele, and improve your life. . So how do you do that?

In his book, the Trust Edge, David Horsager describes 8 qualities of trustworthiness, all of which can be developed and honed.  These include:

Clarity- people trust the clear and mistrust the ambiguous

Compassion- people trust those who demonstrate caring for others

Character- people value those who do the right thing rather than the easy thing

Competency - people have confidence in those who stay current and knowledgeable in their industry

Commitment- people believe in those who are reliable and steadfast through adversity

Connection- people want to follow and do business with those they like and have a relationship with

Contribution- people want to work with those who get results

Consistency- people love to see small things done consistently; it builds trust.

As you work on growing your business, spend time thinking about how you can develop each of these qualities, both in yourself and in your culture.  The way you train your employees in how they deliver goods and services can make a huge difference. . Do they meet their deadlines consistently?  Do they treat others well with compassion and caring?  Do they have clarity about exactly what they're supposed to do for whom by when? Do they know what they're doing?  All of these qualities are key to building trust internally and externally. You can cultivate greater trust in your organization and it will pay off in countless ways.

"Trust multiplies influence and impact." David Horsager

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Avoid 5 of The Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

Don't Be That Speaker

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Conferences, workshops, company meetings.  We've all been to public speaking presentations that did not fulfill expectations.  The speaker doesn't deliver, his content falls flat, and everyone is disappointed, feeling like they wasted their time.

When you're asked to present for whatever reason, don't be that speaker.


Here are the key mistakes to avoid in public speaking

  1. Being Boring.  There's nothing worse than a dry, monotone speaker who has zero enthusiasm.  Avoid that by getting excited about your content, by varying your pitch, speech rate, volume and vocal tone.  Your energy and passion is contagious: show it and fire up your audience.

2. Relying on AV.  "Death by Powerpoint," means standing there and reading your slides.  If you must use slides, have big photos and very few words.  Use funny slides. Videos are great, but audio can fail. Let your material stand on its own.

3. Letting Anxiety Win  Everyone gets nervous; good speakers convert that adrenaline into enthusiasm. Shaking, high pitched voices, pacing or licking your lips are all signs of anxiety.

Instead of giving into the nerves, do this:
• Breathe deeply from the belly
• Swallow rather than clearing your throat
• Shrug your shoulder and roll your neck
• Smile and realize everyone wants you to succeed
• Practice and “own” your message
• Visualize a successful outcome - Believe in the value you offer

4. No eye contact and no smiles.  Audiences don't trust speakers who won't look them in the eye.  Smiling at people shows you're confident.

5. No audience involvement.  Today's audiences have very short attention spans, and if they can look at their phones while you're speaking, they will.  Engage them every 10 minutes.  Use dyads, small groups, ask questions, do surveys, play games. Get them on their feet engaging with your material.

Sooner or later, almost every professional has to do public speaking.  Know your content well, practice, get the nerves out before you go on, and smile.  Get everyone involved, having fun, and they are sure to remember you and your message - in a good way.

 

A 25 year professional speaker, Snowden provides private coaching on presentation skills. Contact her at 904-200-6995 or email her at orders@firedupnow.com to schedule your session.

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