We talk a great deal about how important first impressions are in business, but suggestions are almost universally spelled out for our own self-improvement, leaving out how we affect the first impressions that others make through our introductions. A bad introduction can cripple a conversation, and sour relationships, whereas a good one can make a conversation not only informative, but useful, as it can lead you and people around you to a world of opportunities down the line.
Just hours before I spoke with Jose Antonio Vargas, he found out that Washington State was revoking his driver’s license. “This is all getting very real,” he says.
The month since Vargas announced his undocumented status in a New York Times Magazine essay has been incredibly anxious, overwhelming — and empowering — for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. ...more
After a long day of education and inspiration at BlogHer ’11, we know that a lot of you are looking to unwind. For some, that’s dancing. For others, that’s chilling on the sofa. And for still others, it’s mingling and mixing with bloggers, networking to your heart’s content. But ... where do you go to do all that? BlogHer has the answer for you: Each night (Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 4-6), we’ve got three fun parties lined up, just for you! PLUS, if even the word "party" makes you shudder, the Serenity Suite (which is exactly what it sounds like) will stay open late on Saturday night....more
Day Two of BlogHer Food '11 kicked off with a later-than-usual welcome from all three of BlogHer's founders—the schedule allowed for attendees to have a slower morning—followed by the first sessions of the day, which focused on recipe writing, visual voice, ...more
On Day One of BlogHer Food '11, the more than 400 attendees of BlogHer Food '11 immersed themselves in sessions about food writing, the technical side of blogging, and social networking. They met the next generation of food bloggers, got a sneak preview of Molly Birnbaum's forthcoming memoir of life and cooking without a sense of smell, and learned strategies for raising kids who value healthy eating and meals with family.
As I sat down in the seat at the back of the auditorium, I quietly prayed that God would "just do whatever He wanted in me" during the time I was there for our annual women's conference, Pink Impact 2011. I wasn't overly excited, but thankful to get to attend. I've been to these things before, and sometimes I would be on the edge of my seat expecting God to do great things in me. But this week, I just felt at peace, not expectant of anything, just waiting to listen to some good preaching and get in some worship....more
Conferences can be very worthwhile, both for business and pleasure. You look forward to the event and can't wait to see friends or colleagues you haven't seen in a while.I attend many conferences each year, both trade shows and meetings. Whether I am a speaker or an attendee, I have learned how to be well prepared for the event.Here are 7 things to do before heading to your next conference that will ease some of the challenges and help you enjoy your time there:...more
Tomorrow is Parent Teacher Conference.It is also the day I meet with the school psychologist and special education team who oversee Emily's IEP.In many ways, one could assume that I am a pro at these meetings. I have been dancing this dance since she was three years old and I asked for testing for her speech issues. Not to mention the whole multiple degrees in education thing.The truth though? Is that I dread these meetings....more
I know, it is crazy that I wasn’t able to finish the party recap in one post, but even in my diminished state (because of work to be done at BlogHer) I still managed to hit a lot of great parties that demand to be dissected.Because that’s how I muthaf*ckin’ roll, people.Friday Addendum...more
If you are like me, you probably came out of BlogHer with a giant pile of business cards, and now you are thinking to yourself as you go through them… where do I put them now? What can I do with them? How can I organize them? And I totally have an answer for that! I am not creative by any means, but I felt like a rocket scientist when I came up with this idea. I am sure it has been done a million times before, but I thought I would share what I did. And also make my first Do It Yourself post. What will you need?...more
Find out what the new generation of makers, creators and mold-breakers thought of Goldieblox and the American Express #PassionProject, and enter to win a game for the young girl in your life. Read more
We asked 15 bloggers how PAM Cooking Spray helps them spend less time in the kitchen, and more time eating and celebrating with loved ones. Read their tips, tricks and recipes for great holiday cooking with PAM Cooking Spray, and enter to win a $100 Visa gift card. Read more