5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Get Ready to Blast Off with The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins! Are you are stuck in a rut?  Are you procrastinating and want to stop? Do you a few bad habits you want to change? Do you want to change the trajectory of your life?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you need to read The 5 Second Rule and get ready to BLAST OFF! The The 5 Second Rule Reading Experience…

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Mapping Inner Space  by Nancy Margulies with Nusa Maal

Learning and Teaching Visual Mapping When attacking a new project my business colleague, Lorraine Lane with Lane Business Consulting http://www.lanebc.com/, regularly recommends sketching out a mind map. We usually take a few minutes to do this activity in order to brainstorm and then organize our thoughts for a project. I am a very visual person, so this activity really resonates with my style of work. In an effort to hone this skill, I recently read Mapping Inner Space: Learning and Teaching…

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The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

How high will you fly? Many of you know what a Seth Godin fan I am, so you won’t be surprised that I’m reviewing one of his books. Prior to the launch of The Icarus Deception I received an announcement from Seth Godin that he was trying Kickstarter as a new way to promote his upcoming book. My friends say that I am a great marketer, but they also call me a marketer’s dream.  Being the marketer’s dream that I…

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The Art of the Handwritten Note

A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication                   by Margaret Shepherd Many of my friends and clients know my passion for sending handwritten notes. The Art of the Handwritten Note was a pleasurable and inspirational book to read. Shepherd suggests to “write from a space of your own,” and that you assemble your materials in one place (stationery, postage stamps, pen, address list, scratch paper, etc.). Her “simple recipe” for writing notes includes five items:…

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Small Move Big Change book_bigger

Try the Microresolution Challenge! What was your 2017 New Year’s Resolution? —  Lose Weight —  Stop Smoking —  Get Organized —  Spend More Time with Friends & Family —  Get Out of Debt / Save Money In the US there is an 88 % failure rate for New Year’s Resolutions!!  According to Caroline Arnold, author of Small Move, Big Change – Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently, being successful with your resolutions doesn’t take more will power — it…

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Data-Driven Marketing

Data-Driven Marketing – The 15 Metrics Everyone in Marketing Should  Know by Mark Jeffery This book claims that most companies don’t make data driven decisions. It also argues that most companies don’t measure their marketing efforts. Based on my more than 20 years of experience in working with hundreds of companies (large and small) – I agree with Jeffery’s statements. With a little planning, there are easy ways to measure Return on Marketing Investment (ROMI). If you are a small…

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The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving, A Practical Memoir by Judith Henry

For people who find themselves assisting their aging parents and/or family members, this is a must read. I highly recommend The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving, A Practical Memoir by Judith Henry. It can be purchased on Amazon.com or at www.JudithDHenry.com. My friend Deb and I were discussing our experiences supporting our older family members, and she mentioned that her friend wrote a book about caregiving. The book was a gift from Deb…and what a gift has been. For a heavy…

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My Kitchen Year 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

“Life-saving” and “Soul-saving” Recipes This summer my mother and I enjoyed a fun mother-daughter weekend in New York. The highlight was a Random House event called Off The Page. It was held in Hudson Valley, New York and was a day filled with authors and hands-on activities. We had a fabulous day! Off The Page Event Highlight One of the speakers at the event was Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, who was talking about her book…

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FL Political Preview Program

Hosted by Tucker/Hall and Florida TaxWatch Florida Political Preview – The Media’s View of the 2015 Session was held February 25, 2015. What a fun and informative session. The panel touched on many different topics. There was agreement on most issues, but there were some differing opinions. Topics discussed relating to the Florida Legislative Session: Medicaid Expansion Disruption in Transportation / Ride Sharing Lodging Hard Liquor in Grocery Stores Prison Reform Stadium Funding Enterprise Zones Tax Cuts Public Service Commission…

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Tampa Bay Happenings — Economic Club of Tampa

Picture of Marlene Spalten, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Dick Reeves, Economic Club of Tampa Member

Economic Club of Tampa Meeting – Monday, January 6, 2014 Speaker:  Mrs. Marlene Spalten President and CEO, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay How to be creative when it comes to Philanthropy — Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Spalten commented, “A strong community has strong philanthropy.” The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay’s impact is magnified through collaboration; it is a consortium of philanthropists.  There are 700 community foundations nationwide and Tampa Bay’s foundation is one of the youngest and one of…

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