Posted by capcityspeakers on September 22, 2016
Donna Cardillo’s Latest Book Now Available!
There are times in life that shake us to our very foundations. We wish for things to get better, fast. But the truth is that moments of “falling apart” are also our most powerful catalysts for growth and change. In Falling Together, Donna Cardillo, a registered nurse, Dr. Oz blogger, and beloved public speaker, reflects on the overwhelming challenges that fall into every life, and the renewal that comes when we are able to meet them with courage.
A funny, big-hearted self-help memoir that takes on issues like divorce, caregiving, and burnout―and many women’s biggest enemies of all, fear, insecurity, and self-doubt―Falling Together shows how to turn the challenges that threaten to knock us to the ground into the building blocks we need to become more successful, more joyful, and ultimately, more alive.
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookseller.
For more information about Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, or to book her for your next event, go to: Donna Cardillo
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Posted by capcityspeakers on September 15, 2016
by Don Yaeger
Mallory Weggemann competes in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
One of America’s most inspiring athletes is about to compete for the gold in Rio and once again live up to the words her father would say to her when he tucked her in each night in her childhood. “You’re the best, you can make a difference, you can change the world.”
Of course, the Summer Olympics ended last month but the Paralympics kicked off last week, and American swimmer Mallory Weggemann is set to shine. Yet as remarkable as her abilities in the pool are, what makes Mallory truly special is her incredible story of determination. Her story is a challenge to each of us as we consider the ways that we handle disappointments and setbacks in our own lives.
Mallory was a stand-out varsity swimmer in high school but never set her sights on making a career of it. Instead she always imagined her future would look quite typical: a career, a family, a quiet life in suburbia. But on January 21, 2008, that future was forever changed when she walked into a clinic for a routine procedure… and she never walked out.
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Posted by capcityspeakers on September 8, 2016
by Christine Cashen
A Kroger opened in our neighborhood. You’ve gotta love that new store smell and the fresh and perky employee attitudes. This store is awesome! It has a Sushi Bar, a Starbucks and, the Express Lanes have a sign that states, “About 15 items.” Sweet! The pressure is off.
As usual, we are out of milk, cereal and dog food. I’m on a fast grocery run between kid pick-up and 17 other errands. I approach the checkout and see that you can ring a bell for exceptional service. When you “ding,” everyone yells, “WOOOOO!” I don’t know why this cracks me up, but it does. So I have been experimenting. If I ring the bell the moment I arrive at the cashier, does that ensure better service? If I don’t ring the bell, do the checker and bagger feel disappointed? Do I get to yell, “WOOOOO!” or is it just for employees?
After many failed attempts at gathering any true intel, I decided to ask. Except, I may have asked the wrong cashier.
“Excuse me, do you get happy when people ring the bell?”
“Well, I only like it when a manager is around to hear it. Mostly, it’s just annoying.”
This was a totally unexpected answer. Seriously? Doesn’t everyone want their bell rung? (That doesn’t sound right — but stick with the story). Doesn’t everyone want to provide great service, whether a manager is around or not? If great service happens and a manager isn’t around to witness it, did it actually take place?
As a frequent bell ringer, I walked to my car downtrodden. It’s like finding out there is no Easter Bunny or the real age of Mick Jagger. Sitting in the car, I thought about what just happened and there are some great lessons here:
- What you think motivates your employees, kids, bosses, partners… may not be what actually motivates them.
- Hire, surround yourself and make friends with people who want the bell ringing.
- Check your own “WOOOOO!” Are you doing things that motivate others to want to ring your bell? Great service, attitude, professionalism?
- Are you ringing others’ bells regardless of who is or is not watching?
SO… Will I still ring the bell? Absolutely! If I truly get good service, the world should know! In this crazy life, there’s still nothing like giving and getting a real, “WOOOOO!”
Go forth today, “WOOOOO” and be “WOOOOOed.” Now more than ever we need more cheerleaders, fewer critics and better customer service.
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Posted by capcityspeakers on September 1, 2016
by Brad Nieder, MD–The Healthy Humorist®
I know! I know! I seem like a hypocrite. I call myself The Healthy Humorist®, yet whenever I write about diet and nutrition, I appear to be decidedly unhealthy. Cheesesteaks in Philly. Pizza in Chicago. Barbecue in … well, wherever it’s nearby! (See The Healthy Humorist®’s Unhealthy Eating Adventure Across America (#THHUEAAA).)
But that’s me on the road. I splurge. Most of the time, though, I try to eat healthy. And I encourage others to do the same, offering nutrition advice whenever I have an audience. With so many diet plans (sorry, “lifestyle choices”) out there, I know how confusing the issue can be.
At the moment, many of my friends swear by the Paleo diet. They tell me that our caveman ancestors in the Paleolithic era did not develop heart disease or cancer despite eating a lot of animal protein and very few carbohydrates. But what they don’t point out is that those same caveman ancestors didn’t live long enough to develop such diseases, as they all died in their mid-twenties via dinosaur trampling.
Anyway, if you’re trying to lose weight, here’s the plan I recommend:
- Eat whatever you want.
- Eat as much as you want.
- Don’t exercise at all.
- Drink eight glasses of water a day … from Guadalajara, Mexico.
You’ll quickly lose a lot of weight (and your appetite!) And you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment (and a bottle of Imodium!)
Ha! I am kidding of course. The truth is I keep my nutrition advice very simple. First, choose healthy foods. Read the rest of this entry »
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