10 Ways to Stand Out

Creating an Incredible Virtual Experience – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker When a pandemic forced event planners and leaders to cancel all live events almost overnight, it was hard to even imagine what the future would look like. I totally get it. As someone who makes a living speaking to conventions packed with hundreds and thousands of people, often shoulder- to-shoulder, I feel your pain, and your frustration. Social distancing has seriously thrown a big global wrench into all our calendars. The…

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Take Charge of Your Personal Life So Your Professional Life Can Soar – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker First of all – the idea of personal and professional balance is really a myth. You don’t have a personal life and a professional life – you have a life — and the two most DEFINITELY are intertwined. . Chances are that despite your best attempts to keep the two separate, the quality and stability of your personal life often have a direct impact upon the quality and success of your…

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Success Lies in How We ‘Act’ or ‘React’ – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Connie Podesta, Hall of Fame Speaker, CPAE, CSP Success is NOT the result of good timing, karma, coincidence, fate or good luck.  Those are the labels used by people who REACT to what the world sends their way The true key to success is to ACT: Cease excuses. Be accountable. Take responsibility. Stand out. We’re all too familiar with the “react” mode – right?  Wake up in the morning, everything’s fine then boom, we stub a toe, get a…

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The REAL Cost of a Negative Attitude – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

And How It Affects EVERY Aspect of Your Life By Motivational Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker Connie Podesta The truth is attitude is HUGE when it comes to making the most from your life.  And if yours is a NEGATIVE one?  You can absolutely guarantee that it will cost you promotions, sales, market share, customers, business, friends, and family.  It’s THAT big of a deal. And here’s why…When our attitude is negative, defeating, self-serving, or aggressive it affects EVERYTHING we…

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Leadership…How to be the Person Others Want to Follow! – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

The Power of Influence and Empowerment By Business Keynote Speaker and Human Relations Expert Connie Podesta Bottom line? If there was ever a time this world needs great leaders–it is NOW!  But let there be no doubt about it, LEADERSHIP, helping others succeed–is a TOUGH job.  Both a privilege and a life-changing responsibility. As a leader, YOU have a direct impact on other people’s successes (or failures) as a result of:  Your choices.  Intellect.  Creativity.  Power to influence.  Integrity.  And…

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Parenting… Like You’ve Never Heard it Before! – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

by Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker and Human Behavior Expert Connie Podesta As a former therapist and educator – one thing I’ve been asked A LOT about throughout my career is KIDS. Of all shapes, sizes, and ages. How to raise them well? How to manage teenagers? How to teach them to be respectful and kind? How to handle teach them to be independent OF you — rather than dependent ON you. There’s a lot to take in, and parenting,…

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9 Top Things You Need to Quit To Repel Toxic People – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Motivational Keynote Speaker and Human Behavior Expert Connie Podesta Toxic people?  Should come with a warning label. You know, like those hazardous materials signs you see in hospitals or demolition sites?  Because they are hazardous to our health. To our well-being. To our emotional state. Our mental state. Our ability to succeed at high levels. To the good relationships they are bent to erode. Our sense of self-worth.  So why do we do it? Why do we keep people…

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Six Dare to Be Different Tips for Speakers – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

How to Give a STANDOUT Presentation by Motivational Speaker Connie Podesta Believe it or not, after more than 30 years in this business, speaking to more than 60,000 people a year, I still get nervous. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. (How many of you feel the same?) I always want to have that little fear-factor edge that keeps me on my toes and never lets me take my job or my audiences for granted. But, I have learned to…

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15 Things to Quit Today to Stop Making BAD Decisions – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Motivational Keynote Speaker and Human Behavior Expert Connie Podesta Bad choices? Sure, we all make them. Hopefully as we get older (and sometimes wiser) though, we figure out that we can do better than that.  If you’re ready to start making BETTER choices, let’s take a look at the top 15 things to quit starting today. Quit avoiding reality. Too many people live in an “if only” or “I wish” fantasy world—and not in the reality of what is…

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Quit Avoiding Difficult Decisions | Connie Podesta – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Hall of Fame Speaker Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE Decisions are a part of life, especially the difficult ones. The ones that you have to weigh out a little more than most because they can mean a change of direction, new opportunity, new job, or a choice in a relationship. Every day we’re faced with crossroads and opportunities to choose. I had a radio show, then I was offered a speaking job. When I was speaking full time, I was…

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Quit Being Afraid of Being Afraid – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Hall of Fame Speaker Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE Let’s talk about fear. As emotions go, it doesn’t have the best reputation. People don’t usually want to be seen as fearful or anxiety-ridden or…well, wimpy. But I want to convince you that fear has some enormous value. I teach my audiences the same thing I taught my children:  being afraid can be the catalyst for some pretty amazing things. As someone who’s been a speaker for more than 25 years,…

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Quit Being a Victim | Connie Podesta – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Connie Podesta, Hall of Fame Speaker Straight talk? If you’re 25, 65+ years old or anywhere in between and you’re still blaming your parents for a few (or many) things you believe are responsible for the condition of your life right now – then you’re totally on the wrong path. Now I’m not saying to discount any negative childhood messages or experiences.  I’m definitely 100% an advocate for children who’ve been through trauma and I know what that means moving into adulthood. What…

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