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Winning a Bowl Game and Your Success Playbook

The Shef December 31st, 2015 No Comments

No championship game has ever been won using a mental playbook. College football bowl games are upon us, and millions of people will be watching the games live and in person. (My Iowa Hawkeyes will be playing in the Rose Bowl.) Anyone who has watched a football game, knows that the coaches are constantly referring […]

Adele’s Model for Your Success

The Shef November 27th, 2015 1 Comment

Adele pulled a great joke on an audience during a BBC audition, but her lessons for your success are priceless! Adele may be a worldwide superstar, but when she played a joke on a group of talent show contestants, the lessons learned will be music to your ears. Adele auditioned for an Adele look-alike competition on BBC. […]

Awesome Reel

The Shef November 11th, 2015 1 Comment

What Is an Awesome Reel? It is that special video clip in our minds that brings us back to our accomplishments. When we are pursuing a meaningful milestone or goal and recognize a little progress, it is like a shot of encouragement that keeps us going. The only problem is that moment of euphoria doesn’t last […]

Inspiration In a Blink of an Eye

The Shef September 30th, 2015 1 Comment

If you’ve ever ran across the finish line of a race, you know that it is one of the most inspirational moments in anyone’s life. You did it! You trained, sweat, sacrificed, and realized your goal. Whether you completed a 1/4 mile, 5k, marathon, or 100 mile endurance race; there is a sense of accomplishment that no […]

Meeting Planner’s Nightmare Saved with 2 Words

The Shef September 18th, 2015 No Comments

Every meeting planner dreams of a smooth event…but conventions don’t always go as planned. Imagine that you are a meeting planner in charge of planning a convention for 350 people in Baltimore, MD. The speakers have been hired, hotel rooms and meeting rooms are booked, and everything is running smoothly…until the roof of your hotel collapses  just […]

7 Life Hacks from My Son’s Boot Camp

The Shef August 18th, 2015 No Comments

Military boot camp is an amazing experience, both for the young person going through it, and for the recruit’s loved ones. My son will be graduating from Navy boot camp at Great Lakes, IL in just 3 weeks; and I can’t wait to be introduced to the young man he has become. US military boot camps […]

3 Ways to Capture Your Morning for Success

The Shef August 7th, 2015 No Comments

The first 15 minutes of your day can either set you up for success, or leave you spinning your wheels! Stop beginning your day with email, social media, and other demands, and start putting YOU first in the morning. I’m out on my front patio, having finished meditating and am about to start my yoga routine. I […]

Your Customers Demand More Cowbell!

The Shef August 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Give your customers more of what they rave about. While it is valuable to fix problems and shore up your weaknesses in business; the highest performing people and brands all do the same thing…they focus more on what they are awesome at. Being a “Jack or Jill of Everything” is a recipe for disaster. A fun […]

Time Crunch and Success

The Shef July 10th, 2015 No Comments

Perfect timing rarely exists. I recently found out that I had 10 days to find a new place to live and move due to an expedited closing on the house I was living in. The move couldn’t come at a worse time; after all, I was performing in a huge event, and was taking my […]

Bridge or Bullhorn Marketing for Your Small Business

The Shef June 5th, 2015 No Comments

You’ve just received a private message from someone on one of your social media accounts, and it reads something like this: “Thanks for connecting with me on LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter. I’d like to offer you a special 15% discount on your carpet purchase……” Offering a special to your readers or followers via social media is smart, however, […]


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