Weekly #WOWfactor- Is Being Appreciated in the Workplace Important?

appreciationRecently on our great business trip adventure I was honored to meet Dr. Gary Chapman, marriage counselor and author of the #1 Best-seller “The Five Love Languages:The Secret to Love That Lasts.”  Isn’t it amazing that I had to travel 1200 miles to meet someone who is located only 45 minutes from my home?

Upon being introduced to Dr. Chapman he immediately called me Sue and asked where I was from! When I said Greensboro, NC we could immediately relate as he is from Winston-Salem,NC.  He left me with the feeling of  being valued and appreciated! Then as he addressed the audience of thousands he made you feel that he was only speaking to you, and was able to engage everyone into his powerful message!

How does he do that?  I was later to learn he has co-authored a book, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,” with Dr. Paul White.  After reading it I realized this is the key to doing business and living life; by not only knowing your “love language”  and recognizing the language of the others you interact with, but also knowing really how to encourage and empower others by appreciating them in a way they understand you are “real” and “sincere.”

Do you know your “Love Language?”  Can you see how that can relate to “appreciation in the workplace?”  Just so you will know when we meet, or next time I see you mine is “Words of Affirmation!”

Have a great Thankful Thursday living the best version of you possible!

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Weekly #WOWfactor- Is it Time to Plan Your “Re-entry?”

vacationWe are home from our 3300 mile “Road Trip”, a combination of vacation and work; and I am so grateful to one of the professionals represented here at “SSS”, Dr. Joey Faucette http://www.listentolife.org/3-strategies-to-avoid-vacation-anxiety-2/ for his great tips on how to avoid vacation anxiety.

I had a great time while away, and an even better time knowing I planned in advance how to make the transition back into my “real” world easier than it has ever been!

Before I always made sure my home and office were clean, and our work projects were on track, but this was the first time I was able to not envision the worst happening while I was gone, and also be prepared for things I might have to handle once we hit the door last night; by having my “re-entry” plan in place!

I also credit another one of our professionals,  Barbara Hemphill,
http://www.barbarahemphill.com/ for her many tips on helping me have a better office organization and work flow, as well as the handling of my “personal” stuff during and after the trip!

With help from these two today I am being a positive, productive business owner, instead of  “running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off!”  We were prepared to meet with an unexpected guest today, and ready to host an event tonight at our FTC- (Falcone Training Center) as well!

Isn’t it time you decide to make some changes, even if you don’t have a vacation coming up soon? Living a positive, productive life is possible, and makes all those special times even more memorable and rewarding!  I’m refreshed, renewed, and ready to work hard knowing I have better times ahead!

Enjoy your life, count it all joy, and live your dreams!

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Weekly #WOWfactor-Is It Time to Re-Invent?

reinventHappy Thankful Thursday from Ft. Worth, Texas! We are here for an annual business conference and as we toured Ft.
Worth last night I saw how this city has re-invented their downtown area to make it a safe attraction for families both in the day time and evenings. It is amazing the transformation since last year! Buildings and areas have been built, and we could see the results in the families that were flooding the streets.

This encouraged me to think of our workplace and what skills and solutions we are going to need for employment and operating successful businesses going forward.

Doesn’t re-invent sound better than change?  But where do we start? In reading many experts on this topic there are 3 major areas to address in making the leap to re-invent yourself and/or your company. These are the basics necessary to succeed and help others do the same!

These are:
Your Mindset- doesn’t everything begin first in the mind?
Plan- your personal and business model-including both time, skills, and finances needed to re-invent
Learn how to make collaboration with others work-this is a key area that is new and different for many

When is a good time to begin your re-invention?  Most of us know when life is not going well, or our businesses are not the exciting passionate places they once were!  The time is now, don’t delay!

I am honored to say I am on my 4th re-invention in my lifetime and loving every minute of it! It is possible to change and re-invent a healthy life full of dreams and working with and for the people that really value and appreciate you. There are jobs and opportunities waiting for you, time to reach out and find them!

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Weekly #WOWfactor-Magical Musings by Dr. David Calhoun-Corporate Magician

magical coinMeet Dr. David Calhoun, a unique Corporate Magician and Entertainer! Currently he is enjoying the marvelous city of Paris, but he left a Magical Musings  http://linkd.in/1mlJlEq for us to enjoy and put into place!

We all know about the four “P”s of marketing: Price, Product, Place, and Promotion, but Master Magician David has added a 5th for us to consider: PURPOSE!

Comparing it to one of his magic coins, Dr. David shares what side one of the coin of purpose contains in regards to your business and customers!

Never before have I seen a Master Magician have such rich business content in addition to being able to fascinate, captivate,  and mesmerize his audience with his sleight-of-hand, and humor!

Dr. David Calhoun certainly brings the #WOWfactor to any event, click here http://bit.ly/1jBEzRC  to book Dr. David Calhoun  for your next event!david-calhoun

 

Weekly #WOWfactor- Are You Ready to Travel?

mycarJuly is the chosen month by many to travel!Many of us here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! are joining the crowds! However, I keep working to make it a memorable experience not another added job that I don’t have time to enjoy, how about you?

I was greatly encouraged this week by Dr. Joey Faucette  in his recently published article  http://bit.ly/1qy6oen  “How to Cure Vacation Anxiety!”

I realized all my preparation for a time away was usually focused on what I needed to do before we left and while we were gone, never on defining what constituted an emergency while we were gone, or how I would handle our business and life once we returned!

No wonder I felt like when we returned I needed another vacation to get over the one we just experienced! Also can only imagine what a “high maintenance” process it was for my husband to handle as well!

I now have one week before our 2500 mile adventure! I am beginning my planning in a much different way! Won’t you join me and cure your vacation anxiety too?

Love to meet you along the way. Just click on contact here and send me a message, so we can add you to our schedule to have coffee or tea and share life together!

Thanks Dr. Joey for your valuable insight, and I can already see the change happening! Are you ready to travel?

Enjoy the trip,

“Simply” Sue  

 

Weekly #WOWfactor- “On the Road Again!”

mycarIt’s that time of the year, and we are getting ready to be “On the Road Again!”  We are honored to be invited guests and take part at an annual business conference. We could fly but as we love meeting new people, seeing business clients, catching up with friends and family, and exploring new places, driving is the only way for us!

This year we are starting out a little earlier, leaving on July 3, and will be spending July 4th week-end in Memphis! Can’t wait to see how Memphis celebrates this great holiday!  We will also be meeting our daughter, Wendy and Brian there, so will be an awesome time of catching up!

From there we will journey onto Oklahoma City and go back to my roots of living and working in Oklahoma. While there we will connect with business clients, see friends from grade school, see the plans of our next high school reunion (a big one!) and I have been asked to speak to a group about what I do and why I love it!

Next is the big event of attending a 5 day conference in the wonderful city of Ft. Worth, Texas! I love seeing what they have added to the downtown, meeting with special friends and business clients, enjoying the overwhelming events of the conference, and exploring places we have not visited before. Being from the West “I was country before country was cool” and now as an avatar of “Simply” Sue Speaks! it brings it all together for me!

Once all is done in Ft. Worth, we will wander back home with stops in Memphis, Sparta, Tenn, and Gatlinburg before coming back to reality on July 16th. With all the modern technology I will not miss a beat in our business, connecting with my assistant, our clients, and the professionals I represent! We call this a blended life and love seeing how we can make it all come together and enjoy the moments we are in at the time!  We also love how we have family and friends who will be handling the events at our home while we are gone! They make sure our home is secure 24/7, our plants are watered, our Lifetree Cafe is open on each Thursday we are away, and everything is ready to welcome us back into the life we are blessed to have!

How can you our fans and new friends join us on this adventure?  We would love to meet you for coffee or lunch at your favorite place in your area. I am also available to speak at your groups or do interviews, radio and TV spots! We will be traveling around 2500 miles round trip so I am sure we can connect in some way!  We will be in Memphis, Oklahoma City, Ft. Worth, Sparta, Gatlinburg, and all cities in between! We want to hear about what you do, and how you do it!  We have met with many in our past years of this journey, but this year we want to set a record! Contact us here at our website so we can set up a time and place, and we will be there!

Wishing each of you a great week, and hope to meet you soon!

 “Simply” Sue        

 

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