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20 YEARS – Looking Back, Moving Forward

Sept. 27, 2018, Vol.16, Issue 5 “If it doesn’t work out, you can always wait tables.” That was the advice doled out to me twenty years ago when I decided to go out on the skinny branches and start my own speakers agency. Thank goodness it’s been successful because, twenty years later, waiting tables is… read more

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The WOW Factor!

Jana Stanfiled, CSP

June 12, 2015 Vol.13, Issue 7 How is your spontaneity factor? I mean, really, where are you on the trust scale when it comes to leaving your meeting in the hands of your speaker to create something truly unforgettable on the spot, in the moment? Something that involves your audience’s participation, even possibly asking them… read more

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Brain Power – One Bite at a Time

March 5, 2015 Vol. 13, Issue 4 It’s time to celebrate another Rebecca Katz cookbook. If you’ve been with us for a while, you know I’m a huge fan. Her books are always beautiful, and fun to read (as well as educational), and the food that comes out of the kitchen is outstanding. In one… read more

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FAST Action Saves Lives

Jan. 9, 2015 Vol. 13, Issue 1 In early September, soon after we’d moved into our new house, my friend and one of my favorite speakers, Jana Stanfield stopped by on her way through Portland. While we were having lunch on the deck, she told me this amazing story about her Mom, so I was… read more

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Would Your Audience Die Laughing?

Laughing audience

Jan. 23, 2014, Vol. 12, Issue 2 The headline caught my eye:  “Laugh at Your Peril, Study Says.” What? What could that mean? So, I read on . . . it seems that a scholarly review from a British medical journal describes the many harmful effects of laughter — things like dislocated jaws, hernia protrusion,… read more

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For Your Well Being: Speaking of Priorities

Sept. 20, 2012 Vol. 10, Issue 18 Dear Friends, Last week an interesting report crossed my screen about meeting planners’ priorities and processes when choosing a keynote speaker. It was a survey done by Meetings and Conventions magazine, to which 114 meeting professionals had responded.  Not a large number by any means, but I think… read more

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For Your Well Being: Save the Hooch!

Feb. 2, 2011, Vol. 9 Issue 2 Dear Friends, Today’s issue features two of our speakers who bring their message home with music. Last month, my longtime friend Jana Stanfield’s songwriting was honored by the Positive Music Association. On another front, January was Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the effervescent Christine Baze, was out waving… read more

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For Your Well Being: Flowers in Their Hair

April 27, 2010, Vol. 8 Issue 4 Dear Friends, Our new beagle, Bella, makes me laugh. Talk about being in the moment. She sits in the back yard, all by herself and wags her tail. This is relatively new behavior. At first she would hunker down behind the sliding glass doors — her bunker —… read more

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For Your Well Being: Positively Speaking

Vol. 7, Issue 13, Nov. 12, 2009 Dear Friends, As the fall meeting season winds down, I have to say that the feedback from meeting planners has been inspiring. I heard about more than one sold-out event that will be moving to a larger venue. It seems women are starved for a night out, a… read more

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For Your Well Being: Born to Do this Work

  Dec. 4, 2008, Vol. 6 Issue 21 Heaven knows we can all use more laughter and levity in the midst of the uncertainty and chaos that we hear about daily. One thing that restores my joyful spirit, is listening to music with positive lyrics. And, happily that music has led me to musicians who… read more

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