Confidence Stories


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.)...

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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,...

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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,...

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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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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.”...

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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...

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