It’s Friday! This weekend (if I have to predict) we will be pool lounging and cleaning, and my son keeps asking me to go to the Zoo (they have veterinarian week at school this week complete with a visit from a vet and coco puffs to simulate dog food) so there could be a potential quick trip to visit our local animals. We’re also getting our retirement funds in order (I know total snooze fest). And my husband switched my waze app to the voice of Mr. T so he tells me things like “turn left sucka” and “go straight fool!”and it’s been cracking me up.
For the next few weeks my husband is taking night classes several times a week while I man the ship at home. If you’re like us, a little motivation, encouragement and fun-spirited suggestions go a long way during a long week. I’m sharing my latest favorites fool-proof for a positive week!
This Podcast| DAIS- Dr. Margaret Martin, Founder of The Harmony Project
If you’re looking for an inspiring podcast, this one is extremely engaging and encouraging, educational and eye-opening. Dr. Margaret Martin fought herself out of a difficult situation around the same time that she created The Harmony Project, a non-profit organization that provides multi-year mentoring through music to at-risk youth in the high crime gang reduction zones of Los Angeles. She talks about winning the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor in the US, how to take a walk when you feel terrible, getting emotional perspective from emotional perspective, and how just surviving was just not enough for her. She believes music is something we can use to elevate our spirits, develop a form of expression and become part of a community.
Public Speaking| Get On-board
“The fear of public speaking grips many people who avoid it at all costs.” Skip Pritchard reviews 7 Reasons Why You Should Improve Your Public Speaking in his article. He includes points of how public speaking allows you to influence others, increase personal power and increase empathy. If you feel like you’re not great at speaking in public you’re not alone, but the good news is you can get better. Baby steps! Check out a local Toastmasters group or read more about how to beef up your public speaking tool-box. And if you have small children- don’t underestimate the importance of speech contests and clubs in schools- encourage your kids to get involved. Speech club and speech contests in middle and high school helped improve my confidence in public speaking and elevated skills I use today in business and even just during social toasts or gathering people together in social settings. I am always trying to improve my public speaking skills so this article really hit home.
Fun Kid Reads
My son’s teacher, in the industry for 17 years, told us if we do nothing else this summer, we should read to our kids! Obviously this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this; it’s pretty much a pediatrician recommendation every check-up, but I thought I’d share a few of our favorites lately: I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, I Was So Mad, and The Nose Book. These books are just as fun for the adults reading and our kids have heard The Nose Book enough that I think they’ve memorized it, reciting almost every word during our readings.
This Book| The First 90 Days
I’m listening to this book for business on Audibile. It talks about how to make good things happen right away, how transition (either yours or someone else’s) is always impacting us at work (or even home), how to adapt and excel during these transitions and how your network need changes as your role changes. It includes what to focus on, how to accelerate your learning and how to secure early wins. And if you just aren’t a reader or don’t have time to read this book in its entirety, but you’re intrigued, there’s a PDF summary available.
How do you shoot the small talk? I’m not very good at it, but one thing that always works for me and that’s incredibly genuine (I don’t ask it just for the sake of filling the silence) is “Do you have anything fun planned this weekend?” It can tell you a lot about a person (i.e. whether they have kids, what they like to do for fun, or any hobbies they might have) without asking more personal and intrusive questions. What engaging things do you do to break the ice?
We’re Revisiting this Show
Michael Jackson, what can I say? I was in for the long haul when it came to Michael’s music. We popped in this video the other night and had the kids watching it. It was a fun trip down memory lane.
This Devotional|[RE] SOURCE
A sweet friend of mine and Assistant Pastor of Ministry at our Church, Jessica Morris created these devotionals called [RE] SOURCE. Download them, print them, write on them, do them- they’re a great way to revamp your devotional time (if you’re one of those inspiring people who wake up before 6 am- I am praying to make it there one day!) She also has a heart-felt Christian blog that is humorous and real. One of my favorite posts is this one.