Episode 073 – Plans, Prescriptions, Pitfalls, and Pivots

So often we look at other people, and think they have it all together.  Maybe you’ve even thought that about me. (Probably not if you’ve listened to this podcast much.)  But who really knows exactly what to do all the time?  Whose plans work exactly as planned?  So much of life is trying stuff to see if it works…and adjusting when it doesn’t.  On this episode we get real about just how much we can actually know, killing perfectionism once and for all, and the surprising element that all true success shares.

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What I Learned From Attending a Podcast Conference (and it wasn’t about podcasting)

Last week I attended the Podcast Movement Conference in California.  It was the first time I’d gone, and wasn’t sure what to expect.  As the time got closer, I wondered if I should even go at all.  It’s such a long trip, and I’ve been traveling so much lately that I’m pretty worn out.  And I’m not crazy about huge crowds either.  But in the end I decided to go.

John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield

John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield

I learned so much there – and it wasn’t really about podcasting.

Give Yourself an A

I have a confession to make.  In the past, I’ve been really hard on myself.  Expected more of myself than anyone can actually do.  And then I’d collapse in exhaustion.  It’s happened at least a few times in my life.

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(c) Thinkstock Photo

To the point where I’ve made myself sick.

Episode 072: The Art of Possibility

Do you know that every day you decide what is and isn’t possible?  That your mind tends to follow patterns established by our common ancestry and your own experience?  On today’s episode we explore how you can open your mind and imagination to greater possibility – and then actually do something with it.

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(c) Ann Thompson

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How Does She Do It All?

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I have a full-time job as well as this blog and a podcast.  Not only that, but I’ve been traveling most weeks from CT to NC for business.  Add on my music ministry at church and the normal responsibilities of a homeowner and just… well…life, and it’s quite a juggling act.

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You may be judging yourself by comparison.  You may be asking yourself, “How does she do it all?”

Episode 071: The Secret Success Formula – A + I = P

You’ve heard E=mc² and 1+1 = 2.  Well, now there’s A+I=P.  On this episode you’ll hear why this matters to much to you and your success.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make This…

It was February, 2012.  My boss had been laid off a few months earlier, and we had a new manager.  He decided to make sweeping changes to the organization.  The effect on me and my team was this:  my team was split up between two of my peers, and I was given a newly-created role – Strategic Planning and Process Design.

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It sounded like a job title they give someone who they don’t know what to do with and are trying to find a way to get them to leave.

Is Great Customer Service an Oxymoron?

You may have heard me talk in Episode 069 about how a certain airline could have handled a delayed flight if they made Customer Service a priority.  So many of us have experienced frustration with poor Customer Service.  And the most ironic is when we call and get into an endless loop of voicemail hell.   “We’re sorry.  We seem to be experiencing unusually high call volumes right now.  The next available agent will be with you shortly.”

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Sure.  And it actually takes 20 more minutes while that recording repeats at least 10 times.