THIS is Getting on My Nerves

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The word PIVOT is getting on my nerves! I have already admitted I am not great with change so why would I embrace the idea of a PIVOT. It is just a fancy word for change.

OK, I needed to get that out – now I can deal with it.

Years ago I was asked to do a talk for J&J on Change and Likability. In other words, how to play nice in the sandbox when you don’t like anything that is happening around you. In developing that talk, I learned that the stages of change emulate the stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

It feels like we are going through all those stages with Covid. If the past several months have taught us anything, it’s that we are constantly adjusting. Some kicking and screaming, some whining and complaining, some reluctantly, but all of us inevitably pivot.

I am telling myself that it isn’t really a pivot. After all, I have been training online for over a decade. I even taught the top US business school how to create an engaging virtual program back in 2015. This is nothing new for me.

But the amount of online time is the change. Missing the face to face is a change. So I have been focused on how to recreate the live experience in a virtual setting.

I was asked to do a remote keynote on connecting remotely. (read it twice and you will get it). Since March we have struggled to stay connected while social distancing and working remotely, and I am constantly thinking of ways I can help find solutions to these problems.

I have witnessed, and experienced, the struggles of the new networking environment, which is why I am excited to share the new presentation I created,  KEEP CONNECTED IN A VIRTUAL WORLD. My goal is to help and inspire you to seek and create personal connections through a virtual environment. I want the strength of your relationships to help lead you on the path to success.

If your team could use some connection, I can help create that during and beyond my program. I share how to recognize the benefits and limitations of the new networking environment, how to create opportunities to add value to teams, colleagues and clients, and how to reduce the excuses that hold you back from reaching out and following up.


Speaking is a big part of my work, and sharing my knowledge and experience is something I love to do! I am beyond excited to deliver this new talk. Reach out if you would like this talk for your team.

I hope you will join me as we move from responsive to proactive connections.

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