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How Your Voice Sounds to Others

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How Your Voice Sounds to Others

Jerry Seinfeld jokes that “Speaking in front of a crowd is considered the # 1 fear of most people. Number two is death. Death! This means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you’d rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy!” “Funny and true,” laughs, Linda Brice who is an international voice coach. She says that singing and public speaking elicit primal fear because we are terrified of being shamed, humiliated, or banished from our group at work, at home, or in our communities. This is why our voices can get creaky and...

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The Pain & Pleasure of Promoting Yourself

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The Pain & Pleasure of Promoting Yourself

Imagine you’re a hot shot professional ready to advance your career. You’ve won awards for your competence. You’ve been promoted and received bonuses for your extraordinary work. But as you work to climb the ladder, you discover that despite your success, you don’t feel confident in the interview process. Competent, yes. Confident, no. A Hewlett Packard internal report, which has been widely quoted, states that men will apply for a job if they have 60% of the qualifications for the position. Women only apply if they...

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Commit to New Year’s Resolutions with the 100-Percent Rule

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Commit to New Year’s Resolutions with the 100-Percent Rule

Happy New Year. Did you see any of those holiday media messages urging you to review 2016? “Find the Good! Blow-off the Bad! Make 2017 the best year ever!” Ahhh, loving and hating those New Year’s Resolutions. My sister, Missy, says her New Year’s Resolutions are always the same: Less sugar. More Yoga. Don’t procrastinate. (According to Nielson, American’s #1 New Year’s Resolution is getting fit; it’s also one of the first abandoned.) Why do we create such lofty goals for ourselves? Such pressure. And, I succumb.   Using the 100-Percent...

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Finding Hope & Learning Ubuntu in Rwanda

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Finding Hope & Learning Ubuntu in Rwanda

Last month, I visited a refugee camp in Rwanda, a place I never imagined I would go. It’s called Gihembe. Rwanda is in East Africa. Geographically, it is smaller than the state of Maryland, but has 12-million people. It is notorious for its devastating Genocide in 1994, where one million people were killed in 100-days. After the killings, those who committed acts of genocide invaded the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, sending thousands of native Congolese fleeing across the boarder to Rwanda. And, 20 years later, with the DR Congo...

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How to Exit a Conversation on KATU’s Afternoon Live

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How to Exit a Conversation on KATU’s Afternoon Live

Have you ever found yourself in a conversation that was difficult to get out of? Whether you feel trapped or feel like the conversation is dying down, you still don’t want to be impolite.   The Confidence Project‘s own Tracy Hooper recently visited KATU’s Afternoon Live, a television program about improving your overall lifestyle, to share some of her expert tips on how to gracefully exit any conversation you feel stuck in. Watch the KATU video to learn how to practice conversation exit strategies.   Some of the...

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Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders in Rwanda

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Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders in Rwanda

Greetings from Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. It is hot, humid, and spectacularly beautiful. I am fortunate to be on a Women’s Leadership Trip, presenting the Confidence Project to the next generation of African change-makers. This leadership trip was coordinated by These Numbers Have Faces staff. I’ve had a chance to work with this group previously and learn about the extraordinary work they are doing to empower young, talented students in Africa. Along with five other women with various life and work experiences and one high...

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Tracy Hooper Featured in Huffington Post

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Tracy Hooper Featured in Huffington Post

Back in Septemeber, I shared a story about a recent experience I had with professional ghosting. The growing scope of this phenomenon is becoming an issue in our everyday lives.  Huffington Post took notice, and referenced my article and continued the conversation around this topic. Read more about the problem with professional ghosting and what you can do about...

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How Our Own Actions Teach People How to Treat Us

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How Our Own Actions Teach People How to Treat Us

When I started the Confidence Project almost four-years ago, I decided, “No working on weekends.” (The best business books promote setting boundaries.) That plan didn’t last. The Confidence Project was a start-up. I worked all the time. After a few months, I told myself, “OK, you can work on weekends, but don’t answer emails after 5pm on Fridays & Saturdays. And, no working on Sundays, including emailing.” That plan didn’t work either. Often, I work on Sunday afternoons, to get a jump-start on the week ahead....

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Tracy Hooper on KATU’s Afternoon Live

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Tracy Hooper on KATU’s Afternoon Live

A few weeks ago, I was a guest on a new TV talk show in Portland called,“Afternoon Live.” My friend, Joey Jenkins from Intentional 360, was a guest and recommended me to the Producer, Kara Mack. She called to learn about the Confidence Project and we discussed what skills to feature during the 6-minute interview. Kara said, “For this segment, let’s focus on the Impact of First Impressions.”  We chose three simple skills to highlight, then she sent a confirmation email, “We’re set for next Tuesday. Here’s the address of KATU. The Show airs...

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An Anecdote about Professional Ghosting

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An Anecdote about Professional Ghosting

Have you ever been “ghosted?” I have. Someone says they will return your call and they don’t. Or, they ask you to call or email them. You do and they don’t respond. Ever. Why? Several months ago, I met at the office of the Managing Partner of a Fortune 500 company to introduce the Confidence Project. After we talked about the skills people practice in our workshops, he was so enthusiastic about bringing it to his incoming class of new hires, that he asked his Director of People Development to join the meeting. She seemed equally...

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