2019 vs Now


#116  Clearly so many changes have happened since 2019-2020.  How might they affect your people skills?  Here are 3 ways to jump start them.  

"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."  Albert Einstein

In the last few years, there is no doubt we've all had to do some changing.  Some circumstances were obvious, but some changes . . . have been hidden in plain sight.

We learned to varying degrees how to talk to others thru a computer screen or a phone, with software that put us in little boxes.  Gone were hugs, handshakes, and meaningful in-person conversations.  Would any of this come back?  At times we all probably wondered if it would.  

So here we are today and having to learn how to converse in this seemingly hybrid world.  Skills we had "before" need polishing up or quite possibly re-imagined into this new world we find ourselves in.  We need to move the...

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This 1 word switch matters


#115  Do you ever want to convey a negative concept to someone?  There is a one-word verbal switch you can make to avoid escalating bad feelings. 

Conversations can be tricky.

Conversations can be rewarding either for friendships, business, or just to expand your knowledge through others.

But occasionally frustrations arise.  You might be tempted to say something you'll regret.  Just turn on the tv/computer and from a reality shows to political shows you'll see a plethora of examples of conversations elevating into what you and I would call "a bridge too far".

Most of us want to avoid words that escalate bad feelings.   We just don't know how.  If you watch those tv shows a bit more closely, you'll see their mistakes.  

But there is 1-word you can add to your sentence that can change it's direction and still say something you feel needs to get said.



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How To Have an Impact


#114  "Now, who was it I met yesterday?"  If you can't remember, odds are high that you didn't do this one basic move. 

Who doesn't want to remember those we meet.  

Funny thing is, we often forget that if you don't remember them, they probably don't remember you either.  

Every person you meet has the opportunity of touching your life in one way or another.  And vice-versa.  It puts the phrase "FOMO" or "fear of missing out" in an entirely new light.

There are so many important principles at play when you meet someone.  But today, we are covering two very important aspects that can level up your people contacts.  

First: What are your priorities when meeting someone?

We have to WANT and care enough to meet and remember someone.  What you don't value, generally doesn't get done.  Making the other person a priority in those encounters will go such a long way in ensuring a...

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Are You Playing Checkers OR Chess?

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"  JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

#111  Do you want a network of friends/  associates and build meaningful relationships with all involved?  Then you must begin a framework with these 3 baseline steps.  

People often choose the slow way of learning instead of the fast way.

The phrase "build it before you need it" sums this up. 

Everyone knows the importance of connecting, building relationships and more for 1000's of reasons.  From friendships to business relationships laying groundwork should become a habit now.  Waiting till later only gives you missed opportunities. 

And this all starts with a workable framework.  It all begins with these building steps.  You can start now.  Following this method will work wonders in your people connections.  

In this podcast learn:

  • how many people most say they know
  • the #1 mindset to...
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Who's Your Boss? How's That Going?

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

#110  You've got at least 2 bosses.  One of them stares back at you in the mirror.  So how are you doing ... boss?  Are you stopping or helping yourself as you connect with others?

You're Not The Boss of ME!  said every sibling or childhood friend - everywhere.  

But we DO have at least 2 bosses in our life. 

The "main boss" - you - has the potential to be the best boss ever or the worst one.  That "boss" you have, helps you connect with others and builds your future.

Considering "firing" that "old boss" and hiring a new one?  Then this podcast is for you.  

In this podcast learn:

  • a system to design and reach the type of "boss" you really want to be
  • what really matters in creating your "network"
  • the #1 thing people you talk to are really saying
  • a concrete habit to push out...
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Are you missing opportunities ?

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"  JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  


#109  Quit looking back and thinking "wow, did I miss that opportunity".   Here are 3 ways, both big and small, to be able to say "I've got this!" 

"I've got this."   

That's a phrase loaded with major implications. 

Recently, I found myself looking in on someone that did NOT miss an opportunity.  Someone in this story can easily say "I've got this".  

What did they do?

This story is dramatic and a doozy.  Everyone I've told the story to would describe it the same way.  After listening to a quick rundown on it, I think you will as well.  

So what can we learn from this situation?  

In this podcast learn:

  • 3 moves (or more) on how you can be prepared and capitalize on networking, connecting, and more.
  • Hint:  Never be the smartest person in the room.  

This is...

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Phone a Friend

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  


#108  Nothing charts your growth in connecting with others (friends/networking, etc.) than knowing the signals you send to others and adjusting as needed.

Just as surely as you watch your favorite actor communicate on TV through words and gestures, we've learned to observe others in daily life.   We draw conclusions.  Of all types.  

You and I also do the same thing every day.  We communicate.  We interact.  We connect.   But how well?

We count on these interactions for friendships, business relationships, and just making it thru a day.   

What message do you send others, perhaps not even knowing it? 

Today's podcast covers 3 profound yet simple ways to discover: 

  • what not to rely on as you connect with others
  • a 1-hr game-changer assignment to reveal how to be authentic
  • what...
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Good News About Your Teen+

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

#107  Since your teen's brain is still connecting, how can you help them wire it up even stronger?  Here are 7 Ideas

(without being a helicopter parent)

emotional decisions vs logical?

memory challenges?

multi-tasking not there yet?

While we look at the above list and cringe, it might describe that young adult in your house fairly accurately. 

Once you know the "why" that many scientists are explaining to us about this age (generally teen-25+) it changes how we look and how we can relate to our almost grown child.  The opportunity to help strengthen skills they need while they finish "wiring up" is big.  

How to Use This Knowledge

With knowledge comes power, of course.  Research suggests that this age still learns at a much faster rate than we adults. Add in the fact that they can still improve skills they haven't really...

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The Battle of the Brains

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

 #106  You've asked yourself this question at least 1000 times.  "Where did my sweet child go?" OR   "I don't recognize them right now." 

Hear why and it will explain so much.  Good News Ahead.

"What you see is NOT what you get". 

Every parent of a young adult intuitively knows things are different now.  With their child's "one foot out the door" mentality, and their emotions and logic struggling, we parents deserve an explanation as to why we don't always recognize that seemingly fully grown person standing right in front of us.  

Once we parents understand even just a bit about that "why", situations, opportunities and understanding become easier.  We can reclaim some of our parent-sanity.  

The Battle of the Teen Brain vs. The Parent Brain

The hidden lesson here?  Your brain and...

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7 Ways to Ditch Parent Envy

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

 #105  My child can't do that . . . didn't make the team . . . had lower ACT/SAT scores than the kid down the street. 

Envy sneaks up on us.  Here is a plan to help stop that.  

Envy.  It's a thief that robs we parents of joy.  It transcends age and it's sadly timeless.

We all suffer from this envy-disease at some point. 

It adds stress.  It adds pressure.  It affects relationships with your kids.  If you are following my podcast you already know how much I believe in simple strategies and tactics that we parents can use in our last season with our kids.    I've got 5 ways that not only I, but other parents, have used to combat being envious of other people's kids and their accomplishments.   But they can be applied to so much more than just our child relationships.  You'll see...

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