I may have just discovered the secret to memorable and breakthrough communications.

We all have a story woven together by our collective personal and professional experiences, united by a common thread.

I'm a visual person and tend to sketch big ideas to remember them. One of those sketches captured an insight shared by Sasha Strauss years ago that still rings true today.

What do you do when you realize you can't do something? You get creative and find a workaround. I learned this lesson in kindergarten, and it still applies today.

Do you know the three words that can lead to incredible knowledge and massive value? They might surprise you.

I'm a bit of a data geek and like to track stats of my content. To my surprise, I’ve discovered that sometimes easiest/fastest is best. Have you found this to be true as well?

This time of year, everyone likes to experiment with different personas. That's great for Halloween, but not so great for your personal brand. In this video, I explain why you should adhere to two fundamental branding principles: consistency and discipline. (And be on the lookout for a surprise “guest” who helps me make my point!)
This morning at Peet's Coffee, I was in line behind a little boy who reminded me of a lot of people on LinkedIn: eager to connect but unsure of how to do so. He inspired this video.
I'm traveling today to the “Happiest Place on Earth” but ran into some snafus along the way. No biggie. I'm just channelling one of my favorite Walt Disney quotes, “Happiness is a state of mind.” Maybe you should, too.
 

I'd like to put the "social" back into social media. Who's with me?

The technology we use every day just blows me away. But its ability to act as a conduit for communication and connection is its true superpower.

Do you ever struggle with trying to find a way to be "responsibly responsive" to your social media notifications? I wrestle with this daily.

I've been a bit off lately - ever feel that way? Fortunately, a change in perspective helped me find my way back. It might help you, too.

I never thought I would say this, but here it is: sometimes being intentionally unresponsive is the best strategy.

When you think of the letter “C” what comes to mind? For many, it's associated with middle-of-the-road and average. (But nobody aspires to be average!) For me, it's the first letter of many words that are near and dear to my heart and make up a large part of who I am, personally and professionally. Because sometimes, #CisBest.
Communication is a two-way street — you must consider your audience.
What's the key to connection and how can you best achieve it?
Everyone can be creative, the key is to give yourself permission to so do, no matter your job or role.
To me, collaboration is all about getting together with smart, creative people and seeing what's possible.
Are you curious? To me, curiosity relates back to and enhances communication, connection, creativity, and collaboration.
 
I’m a big proponent of being kind and helping others. (Especially this time of year, which can be stressful and challenging for so many.) But today's message is a reminder to extend that same kindness to a very important person who is often overlooked: yourself.
Mirrors are funny things, reflecting what’s right in front of them. In this way, we’re all mirrors, affected by our environment, our surroundings, and all with whom we interact. Remember, what you reflect is what you project; make sure it's something that you’d want others - and yourself - to see.
Yesterday, I was amazed at the power one conversation had to turn my day around. Even more surprising? It wasn't a planned nor elaborate speech, just a conversation. It made me realize that we all have the ability to improve someone’s day, week, year or life, simply by doing something we do every day: talking. How will you use one conversation to improve the lives of others?
When was the last time you scheduled a break in your day... and actually took it? It's important to give yourself permission to pencil in - and do - those things that give your mind a respite from the craziness. I've found that aside from improving my mood and mental health, taking breaks gives my creativity a boost. (And bonus: Rigby loved it!)
It's a new year, which means most people are busy making resolutions. But I'm taking a different tact, adopting a mindset that can be summed up very easily: ABC - “always be curious.” Because it’s nearly impossible to be negative, unkind, unhappy, bored or stagnant when you’re learning new things, meeting new people, and open to life’s possibilities.
When I was 6, I was a shy little girl who loved to create. Drawing, painting, and especially writing and storytelling were my favorite things. (I even had a “tell” when I was focused and firmly in the creative zone.) In the decades since then, not much has changed. Today’s Amy may be a little less shy, but a lot wiser, because she understands that the stories we tell ourselves have tremendous power.
This weekend I had a chance to meet in person one of my favorite new LinkedIn connections on a trip to Austin, Texas. We had a blast talking over breakfast tacos, and so much so, that I forgot to take a picture in the 3+ hours we were together! At first I was upset, but then it occurred to me that the reason I forgot about taking a picture was that I was too busy being present, connecting with my friend! In our case, no photo = deeper connection and more meaningful relationship. I highly recommend you reach out to your network and do the same, especially over breakfast tacos - they're awesome!
Cycles. Our lives are ruled by them. Some, like the seasons, we can’t control; some we can; and some we choose to ignore until it’s too late.
I’ve often thought that people are like candies… Some have hard shells with gooey centers; some are soft outside but contain a crunchy core. We need to get past appearances to have a true taste.
They say wisdom comes with age and experience. Today, on my 50th birthday, I share nuggets of wisdom I’ve come to realize as truths.
Transitions are tough, but changing your mindset to reframe them can help: it’s not a loss, it’s a change.