Medium Rare Please
You gotta love it, or else

I’m the restaurant guest who sends back her steak to the kitchen when it’s not rare enough.

In fact, I’ll send back just about anything if it’s not prepared as I had requested.

My philosophy is ‘Why should I suffer through a meal that doesn’t taste great, especially when I’m paying for it?’ Why should I feel like I have to eat something I don’t like just so I’m not inconveniencing the waitress or the kitchen? I can send it back nicely; but I gotta send it back.

Try Bite-Sized Answers

“How’s everything?”

What kind of question is that?

Well, it’s the kind of question I bet you get asked very often. It certainly is for me.

The quandary is how to answer it.


It’s been a few months since I attended the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) conference in Spokane, Washington, and there’s one thing that continues to stick in my mind.

Two of the guest speakers at this inspiring event each focused on one topic near and dear to my heart.


They talked about how to achieve it, how to live it and how to keep it.

Embrace the Pause; Capture the Silence

It’s not what you say; it’s what you don’t say that counts.

As a speech-coach for a wide variety of C-level executives, I am quick to teach them just that among my 10 Tips of Effective Speaking.

I’ve found that most speakers…well, most people—whether in meetings or on the big stage—are less than comfortable with dead space. Sublime silence.