My week in pictures… (L-R) Creative & inspiring Winterlicious lunch with Jenny McKaig & Dan Blackburn, DivaGirl event ‘La Tease’ with performance by High Society Cabaret, posing with founders of My Femme Crush (AMAZING jewelry!) Shirley & Laura, Laura Furtado & I (DivaGirl Founder), SheEO Mixer with other fab female entrepreneurs, bestie & oysters at La Societe, group selfie at Million Dollar Speaker with James MacNeil, Ontological Coach & colleague Jenna Smith & I, group selfie with Shane Culls at Oakville Chamber YPEG event, catching up with The Extreme Bean founders Matt & Steve (we used to work together at Sharkey’s way back in the day! HA!)
Happy Friday! Happy Friday the 13th! And Happy Valentine’s Day Eve! (at least, for those of you who prescribe to the somewhat Hallmark Holiday!) from where I sit overlooking the deceiving sun (let’s be honest, it is NOT warm out there!!!) and the freezing mist above the lake. Brrr… I’m getting shivers just looking at it!
Good thing I’m nice and cozy with a warm cup of jo at my bedside table.
So tomorrow I’m going to make sure I indulge in a few extra chocolates… who’s with me?!? I may even treat myself to a massage. Even if it is an excuse to show ourselves or our partners a little extra love, why not, right? (although I actually think you should be doing that everyday…!!!)
So, what’s love got to do with it, anyway?
Well Tina Turner, a lot, actually.
Allow me to explain. (I know, it’s true… I’ve fallen prey to the whole idea Valentine’s Day should take the lead ~ however I promise this is not going to be your soppy love story! So stay with me.)
It’s been said that love makes the world go around. That all you need is love. That love is a many splendored thing. Now I may very well agree. AND, I think love extends far beyond our the traditional two-people-in-love scenario.
This past week alone I have enjoyed four powerful days of training. As I am working now with James MacNeil and the team at EQ Communications, we had a two-day ‘Verbal Aikido’ training (pretty powerful content and experience overall) and then his Million Dollar Speaker program. Both, at the core, are about effective communication ~ whether it be effective communication in your one-to-one connections, or in your one-to-many.
James has an acronym (and you know how must I love acronyms!!!) to explain his viewpoint. If you want to be an effective communicator, you must strike the right CHORD. Communicate Honestly, Openly, Respectfully, & Directly. It goes a long way.
You must also be true to yourself. And you must put your partner, or your audience, before yourself.
I’m going to let you in on a million dollar secret.
It’s not about you, it’s about them.
- You want to be more effective in your relationships? Make it about your partner.
- You want to be more effective in your speaking? Make it about your audience.
- You want to be more effective in your writing? Make it about your reader.
- You want to be more effective in your workshops? Make it about your participants.
- You want to be more effective in your marketing? Make it about your Avatar.
- You want to be more effective in your work? Make it about your clients.
Are you noticing a trend here?!?
It’s all about YOU. Well, for me it’s you. But for you, it’s not actually you, it’s the you that is is the other person or people you are engaging with. Does that make sense?!?
The moral of the story here folks, is that you can show a little love by givin’ a little love. Make it about them… listen, show you care, treat them honestly and with respect, and they’ll feel the love.
What’s love got to do with it? Well, actually, a lot. Show some lovin’ by making it about others, because it ‘aint about you! (Click to tweet it out!)
Now for those of you who are planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day, have a blast! And for those of you who prescribe to the idea everyday is Valentine’s Day, enjoy another loving Saturday! (although maybe allow yourself to indulge in a few extra chocolates… I know I will!)
Have a FAB & loving week!