You Get What You Expect

In life we often get what we expect. If we expect something good, it has a way of showing up. If we expect something bad, it too has a way of showing up.

Two People at the Checkout Counter

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It reminds me of a story I heard about a wise clerk who worked at a convenience store in a small town out west.

How I Became a More Confident Public Speaker

I was invited to speak at Training Minds Camp in San Diego last week by Chris Jeub, father of sixteen children (seriously). The real story with Chris is his wife, Wendy, who used to be totally afraid of public speaking. Chris brought Wendy to The SCORRE Conference in 2012, and it has transformed her life. She has a powerful platform, and this is a guest post of how SCORRE helped her. You can follow Wendy and her husband, Chris, on their website.

Following Michael Hyatt’s lead, I guess you can say I have a significant platform. I’m mother of sixteen children. There’s “wow” for you. Needless to say, I get asked to speak for all sorts of occasions—women’s groups, conventions, and churches. I have a unique message on “Love in the House” that I enjoy sharing.

Microphone and Crowd

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My problem is this: I hate public speaking. I love the message, but the actual public speaking part makes me sick. My knees lock up, I can’t keep my notes organized, my voice shakes and I sound like I’m about to cry—because I am! Not a good combination for an audience who just wants to hear what a mom of sixteen has to say.

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

#061: How To Coach Your Boss [Podcast]

There seems to be no end to the wealth of material written on coaching employees. However, very little has been written on the subject of coaching your boss.


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While many employees probably dream of this, precious few act on it for fear of being fired. But what if you there was a way to approach this without jeopardizing your job?

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Listen to what Steve Jobs has to say on the importance of passion in order to be successful, and why if you don’t have it, you may as well give up.

Question: Do you agree with his perspective? Share your answer on , , or .

Encore Episode: A Peek Inside My Toolbox [Podcast]

I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy!

In this episode, I give you a peek inside my toolbox. These are “tools” I use virtually every day in my professional and personal life.


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I want to look at my tools in six different areas: Hardware, Startup Software, Blogging, Writing, Speaking, and Podcasting

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How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less

More than 6,000 people have used this simple tutorial to set up their own self-hosted WordPress site. And now, for a limited time, Bluehost is offering a special for my readers for only $3.95 a month. Honestly, this is a steal. Get it while you can!

The easiest way to build a platform in today’s world is to start a blog. While you can do this with free hosted options like,, and, you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress. This is what most serious bloggers use. It is what I use here at

However, this is where many people get stuck. They assume that the process of setting up a hosting service and installing WordPress is complicated and time-consuming. It’s not.

10 Software Tools for Collaborating with Virtual Assistants

Currently, about fourteen people work with me in some capacity or another. Interestingly, none of them are employees. All of them are virtual assistants.

10 Software Tools for Collaborating with Virtual Assistants

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Only a few of them live in my community. Most of them live hundreds of miles away. But that doesn’t keep us from working together effectively. Thanks to some really cool software, we are able to communicate and stay totally in sync.