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I've been a fan of Denyse Schmidt's quilts, artistry and community commitment since I met her many years ago. I was sent by the WBDC (Women's Business Development Center--then AWED--American Women's Economic Development Corp.) to serve as a mentor. Within 20 minutes...read more
I was walking at Compo Beach (Westport) with a new friend who recently left her place of work. She was cataloging her job search activities--informational interviews, lunches with colleagues, etc. "But what I would really like is to spend two weeks on the beach," she...read more
My blog expert/teacher/friend Lena West sent me a link that I wanted to share with you: The Business Traits of Successful Artist Entrepreneurs It's written by Steve King (not Stephen King, btw) and enumerates what it takes to be successful today, as an entrepreneur...read more
My father didn't curse often, but he inevitably would when the phone rang during supper. This was the 50's and 60's--before answering machines, voice mail or even off buttons for the ringers. He hated that anyone from the outside world could disturb our family's...read more
I recently gave a 20-minute sneak preview of my Create Your Own Future program. Wainwright House (a Welcome Home for Mind, Body and Spirit) had an all-day festive indoor/outdoor open house to introduce people to their wide array of offerings. They invited me to share...read more
I spent 30 years creating intricate artwork and successfully marketing and selling it. My attention to detail was pretty intense, but I was humbled by what I witnessed during my recent stay at the Golden Door. I found their devotion to the customer's experience...read more
I posted Monday's entry (8/25) from the San Diego airport while waiting for my return flight to JFK. The draft, written a week or two earlier, was ready to go. Until I left for my Golden Door retreat, it accurately reflected my mid-August doldrums. It was amusing to...read more
Lest you think that every day in this entrepreneur's life is bliss-filled and stress free, let me set the record straight. In the dog days of summer I have days that would drive many to drink, shop, abandon ship or nap. My phone stops ringing. A big prospect I'm...read more
I met a businesswoman for coffee recently so that she could tell me about her company. I noticed myself turning off fairly soon into the conversation. Here's a short list of things that contributed to the disconnect. I offer them in the hopes that you and I will never...read more
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