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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

Put the emotion back into your business.

Put the emotion back into your business by recognizing that intimacy with your customer is important. Create physical and virtual environments that inspire real connections and lasting impressions.

These days we're all craving connections. Real connections not just virtual ones. It seems that in the sea of text messages, Facebook posts, incessant email and the ability to get almost anything on-demand and instantaneously, we've lost a little of the intimacy that makes life meaningful. Why is this important? Building a successful business is almost impossible to do without building a recognizable brand and branding is all about emotion. There are many ways to infuse "feeling" back into the day-to-day, but one easy way to start is to create environments and physical spaces that are conducive to self-expression. For example, small spaces force people to communicate in a way that large spaces fall short. What are your ideas for "getting the intimacy back"? Post them here.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 01:16 PM - 3 COMMENTS
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

Creating rituals around some things makes room for creativity in the things that matter.

When we establish rituals in our lives, we make room for creative ideas to surface.

Here's why: Rituals and routines eliminate the need for making constant choices which allows us to conserve our energy and use it for other things. The only danger in this strategy is "structure overkill" which actually works against creativity, pigeonholing our brains into thinking in only one direction. The trick is to balance structure with open-mindedness for optimal results.
However, eliminating having to make too many choices on a daily basis is a great starting point for letting your creativity thrive.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 10:39 AM
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

The one thing you can do to make sure a task gets done

No matter how hard we work, how motivated we are, or how determined our mindset, no one is safe from the procrastination bug. Procrastination stems from a feeling of paralysis that sets in when a project is too big and the task break-down is unclear. Not having clarity around the execution and step-by-step sequencing, we avoid the project altogether and tell ourselves any number of excuses as to why we can't do it today. However, experts say that if you carve out a specific time to complete a task, you are more likely to make it happen. In fact, in a study of post-rehabilitation addicts, one group was asked to write a short resume before 5pm.
Another group was asked to complete the same task, but also to say when and where they would complete the resume. Eighty percent of the second group succeeded, as opposed to none succeeding in the first group. If planning ahead and stating what you will complete when becomes the difference between acting on our dreams and feeling stuck, I see little downside in integrating this method into our lives on a daily basis.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 10:30 AM
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

Throw Your Own Virtual Party

Looking for a party without leaving your home? Try Oovoo.com

Most of us have heard of or used Skype: a virtual video enabled telephone system that allows you to talk and see each other at the same time. But when it comes to conferencing multiple parties, while doable from an audio standpoint, Skype fails to allow visual capabilities of more than two people.

I recently discovered Oovoo.com, a free internet phone service, that allows you to talk and see multiple parties simultaneously. You may consider this as a teleconferencing business tool, but more fun is to gather your friends together and agree to throw a virtual party.

The best part is, you don't have to get dressed up or even leave your home. Sign up is free and takes less than 3 minutes. So party on...

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 10:26 AM
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011

Discovering the "It Sauce".

When you have a great dipping sauce, blanched vegetables go from tasty to divine. For years, my demanding work hours and overwhelming family obligations (including sick children, grueling school schedules, extracurricular activities and frequent business travel) were so intense that I would often forget to eat, then later binge on unhealthy foods. Although the calories I consumed were ultimately not excessive, my erratic eating habits translated into lower energy levels and a waning metabolic rate, causing me to feel physically drained and unhealthy overall.

I finally disliked the way I felt enough that I decided to change my habits and incorporate better food choices throughout the day. It wasn’t easy. A “foodie” at heart and easily bored, I developed a series of tricks that are easy to implement as well as satisfy the desire for flavorful, diversified eating. Here’s a simple practice that you can incorporate right away:
 

Start the week off by preparing a variety of blanched (lightly cooked) vegetables. Some of my favorites are asparagus, long-stemmed carrots, yellow and red beats, and zucchini sticks. Steam and salt them. Then prepare (or buy) a favorite dipping sauce. (See recipe below for my “it sauce” of the moment, from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck). The dipping sauce adds interest, variety and flavor , which are key to the enjoyment of this snack. Snacking on these vegetables throughout the day is very satisfying and you never have to worry about overdoing it. (Note that slightly cooked as opposed to raw vegetables also adds another dimension of flavor and enjoyment—you are more likely to want to eat them if they are partially cooked). For extra efficiency, if you are responsible for family dinner, incorporate these into your meal planning as well. My children love them, especially the range of choices.
 

My New Fave: Mint-Soy Vinaigrette Dipping Sauce

Easy Recipe and Wolfgang Puck original

In a food processor, blend the following:

2 large egg yolks, beaten

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon soy sauce

½ teaspoon ground coriander

½ cup regular or roasted peanut oil

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

bon appetit
POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 10:39 AM
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

My favorite dream quote

I stumbled upon this quote about dreams from Sam Grawe, Editor-in-Chief of Dwell Magazine. I think it says it all about the importance of dreams and realizing them: "Many of us stockpile dreams for years, cataloging and filing them away for later. Some of our heads are so full of them that it is hard to believe there is enough room for them all. If space does become a concern, one of the best places to store a dream is in reality. Once your dream has been realized, it is technically no longer your dream, but it may serve as inspiration for other peoples' dreams, in which case, it is still something of a dream. There is something of a dream in almost everything around us." I ask: What dream are you tabling that you could be setting in motion? We have a responsibility not only to ourselves, but to the hopeful world of others, to set the example that a life of realized dreams is possible. What's holding you back from starting your journey? Start now.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 08:56 AM - 4 COMMENTS
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Creating intimacy in your business and your life

These days we're all craving connections. Real connections not just virtual ones. It seems that in the sea of text messages, Facebook posts, incessant email and the ability to get almost anything on-demand and instantaneously, we've lost a little of the intimacy that makes life meaningful. Why is this important? Building a successful business is almost impossible to do without building a recognizable brand and branding is all about emotion. There are many ways to infuse "feeling" back into the day-to-day, but one easy way to start is to create environments and physical spaces that are conducive to self-expression. For example, small spaces force people to communicate in a way that large spaces fall short. What are your ideas for "getting the intimacy back"? Post them here.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 09:34 AM - 5 COMMENTS
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011

The one thing you can do to make sure a task gets done

No matter how hard we work, how motivated we are, or how determined our mindset, no one is safe from the procrastination bug. Procrastination stems from a feeling of paralysis that sets in when a project is too big and the task break-down is unclear. Not having clarity around the execution and step-by-step sequencing, we avoid the project altogether and tell ourselves any number of excuses as to why we can't do it today. However, experts say that if you carve out a specific time to complete a task, you are more likely to make it happen. In fact, in a study of post-rehabilitation addicts, one group was asked to write a short resume before 5pm. Another group was asked to complete the same task, but also to say when and where they would complete the resume. Eighty percent of the second group succeeded, as opposed to none succeeding in the first group. If planning ahead and stating what you will complete when becomes the difference between acting on our dreams and feeling stuck, I see little downside in integrating this method into our lives on a daily basis.


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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 10:23 AM
THURSDAY, JUNE 09, 2011

Why rituals stimulate creativity

When we establish rituals in our lives, we make room for creative ideas to surface. Here's why: Rituals and routines eliminate the need for making constant choices which allows us to conserve our energy and use it for other things. The only danger in this strategy is "structure overkill" which actually works against creativity, pigeonholing our brains into thinking in only one direction. The trick is to balance structure with open-mindedness for optimal results. However, eliminating having to make too many choices on a daily basis is a great starting point for letting your creativity thrive.

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 08:38 AM - 2 COMMENTS
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Shedding Belief Systems Can Feel Like a Trick of the Brain

beliefWhen we start shedding past belief systems, it often feels like a trick of the brain, which may alternate between feelings of grief, anger or confusion depending on your perspective.  What I mean by this is that full-scale change happens in bits and pieces, in “in’s and out’s” rather than all at once. The experience can often feel like a tease, or worse, like a brain twister, as new ways of looking things come in and out of focus.

The important thing to remember in these moments is to embrace the fogginess and trust that clarity in all its glory and shine will come eventually. Take small steps in your business to capitalize on the shifts, trusting that new approaches lead to different results and a better life.  

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POSTED BY VICTORIA AT 01:07 PM