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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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Look Up! An Anecdote about Posture & Building Confidence

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Look Up! An Anecdote about Posture & Building Confidence

This week, my walking partner, Debi, was out of town, so instead of being engrossed in our conversation, I was engrossed in the early morning world. What did I notice? Many people were looking down. Others averted their gaze. Lots were talking on their phones, listening to something through their headsets or sending a text, tweet or email. One guy mastered the trifecta: riding his bike with headsets on and texting. A study published in Surgical Technology International found that bending your head at a 60-degree angle puts 60-pounds of...

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Dear Tracy: Try Introducing Yourself in Rwanda

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Dear Tracy: Try Introducing Yourself in Rwanda

Recently, I received an e-mail from a client and her Rwandan scholars, who shared their experience about making first impressions and powerful introductions. Read more below. Dear Tracy… Last month, I met five scholars from Rwanda. They were bright, ambitious, courageous millennials open to learning communication skills through the Confidence Project. The Rwandan scholars are part of the Portland-based non- profit, These Numbers Have Faces. They are undergraduates who are at the top of their classes in Engineering and Business and are...

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How I Achieved Good Posture From My Visit to the Facebook Campus

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How I Achieved Good Posture From My Visit to the Facebook Campus

In May, I was working on the Facebook campus. It’s huge and cool with an industrial feel. There’s lots of reclaimed wood, so the buildings look unfinished. On purpose. One of the Facebook slogans is “Done is better than perfect.” Around campus, you’ll also see, “Fortune Favors the Bold”, “Move Fast, Break Things”, and “Hack Early. Hack Often.” There’s a bike repair shop, laundry service, micro kitchens, pop-up shops, Philz Coffee (a Silicon Valley favorite), free valet parking, an enormous cafeteria with...

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How to Introduce Yourself with Confidence and Impact

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How to Introduce Yourself with Confidence and Impact

I’ve been a TV newswoman, as a reporter and an anchor, at several CBS affiliate stations on the East Coast. As a newsperson, you need to “connect” with people FAST…because, most people on the street, do NOT want to be talking with a news crew! Typically, those initial “connections” would start, with making eye contact, introducing myself and shaking someone’s hand. It seems like a simple-thing, doesn’t it? Introducing yourself. It is simple, but not always easy, if we haven’t been taught or we don’t get to practice in our everyday lives. And,...

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The Un-Champions

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The Un-Champions

For lacrosse fans, Spring is the best season of the year. Just ask my young friend, Annie. She’s an elementary school teacher in Southern California and the lacrosse coach for a U-11 girls’ team. That’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Girls like Sara, Mackenzie, Katie, Ali, Becki and 11 others. Annie’s first season coaching these girls was rough. They lost every game. In the second season, though, their record rocked: 8 wins and 2 losses. Those 2 losses were to another U-11 girls’ team (2-time Champions) who they were up against in this...

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