Heady Shots

Posted March 20, 2008 by jenniferpowers
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Professionals. Take a look at your headshot. Was it taken within the last year or two? Does it look like you? Does it favor you? Do you dread having to use it on your site, marketing materials or press releases?

You know who you are.

Don’t be lazy, go get a new professional photograph taken and don’t go just anywhere. Go directly to BMAC Lifestyle Photography. Brian McDonnell is in SE Portland and he is a talented photographer that will make you feel and look like a million bucks. (You are worth at least that much.)

Now I could sit here all day and tell you about his knack for using lighting that will make you shine or his innate ability for capturing your spirit in a natural way or even that you feel like you are on a Vanity Fair photo shoot when he is working his magic. But I think his photos speak for themselves:)

So click here to see his beautiful work and then pick up the phone and schedule an appointment. 503.381.1089 You will not be sorry. Then send me an email so I can say “I told you you’d look and feel like a million bucks!”

P.S. If you don’t think you need a head shot, think again. At any given moment you might get the call from someone asking you for your professional photograph and what you are faced with is a white wall, poor lighting and a digital camera. Don’t do that. Call Brian and be prepared and proud of your professional image.bmac.jpg

P.S.S. For you folks who are not in Oregon, the first paragraph still applies to you. Find someone talented to capture your current, professional image NOW!

Stop and listen

Posted January 29, 2008 by jenniferpowers
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Here’s what I know…Sometimes we get misdirected. Misguided.

We don’t mean to do it. We are just doing what we were taught. Follow the path that makes the most sense or the old “Do what you love” and as a result we find ourselves in a profession, niche, organization that makes sense on the outside but feels incongruent on the inside.
We know in our hearts that that there is more we can offer the world. We know we can do more with what we have… and we can, if we just stop and listen. 

I stopped. This year I stopped driving and started observing (like a passenger) to what was going on around me. Who and what was showing up in my life. Who I resonated with and who I didn’t. What messages I delivered and how they landed. What the world needed that I could deliver without even trying.
And guess what? It was substantially different than what I thought they needed.I was offering the world (read clients) what I THOUGHT they needed and serving the people that made the most sense in a way that I was taught to serve them. And it turns out that I was a bit off target. Not because it wasn’t any good, but because they saw in me something more. Something more than I saw in myself.

When I stopped to listen. When I stopped to observe what people saw in me and listened to what they “get” from me-just by being me- I was able to re-aim and get closer to my target (read purpose).
Crazy, huh?
We can’t ignore the messages, signals, hints, comments and compliments that friends, family, clients, employers, partners send us. The world delivers to us the answer that we are always searching for. We just have to stop driving (even for a moment) and observe, listen, learn and allow.

That is what I know.

The power of 50…NOW!

Posted November 14, 2007 by jenniferpowers
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A few months ago I decided that I would celebrate my 50th birthday early.

Yep, I’ve decided I don’t want to wait any longer. I don’t want to wait to experience the freedom and power that women over 50 have discovered and exemplify.

I can’t wait a minute longer.

This seems to be a rite of passage and frankly, I am on a quest to bring it on sooner than later. I am constantly searching (and fishing) for ways to learn from these “revolutionary” women. I call them revolutionary because when they hit the FIVE-OH their revolt against those hang-ups that have been dictating their happiness for the last several decades. They step into their power and speak from their truth. Amazing.

WebMD.com did a study in which they asked women over 50 why they love their age.

The responses confirm I am on to something… 

“After turning 50 I felt liberated. I felt like I could say what I wanted to say, do things I wanted to do, and wear things I  wanted to wear.” — WebMD:Suezee 

“We don’t sweat the little things any more — and we’ve learned that darn near everything is a little thing!” WebMD: — Clara 

“You know what you like and what you don’t like. If someone is trying to talk you into wearing pink because it’s trendy, you don’t let them influence you. There’s wonderful self-trust when you hit 50.” — C. Northrup  

“You’ve learned that you can depend on yourself and you are open to new opportunities. You can accept change, tackle life, and move on.” — S. Mitchell  

I love this one best…

“You learn to fuel your life from your inner wisdom, from your soul. Your life only works well if it’s fueled from what’s really true inside, not from what’s current in magazines.” — C. Northrup 

And the list goes on…You can see the full article here: http://women.webmd.com/features/50-great-things-about-women-over-50 

So, here’s what I’m wondering…Can 27, 35 or 42 be the new 50?

Are ya with me ladies?

A four hour work week??? (where do I sign up?)

Posted October 1, 2007 by jenniferpowers
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getbook1.jpgWell, I rarely ever do this.

I rarely, if ever, recommend a book before reading it. However, this book has been so highly recommended by so many people that I know and trust that I can’t wait to read it myself OR recommend it to others!

I just ordered it online and I am just DYING to get my hands on it because it promises to deliver the answers we are most hungry for. The title may sound like a bad infomercial promising freedom and wealth via very few hours of work. But I hear it is much more than that.

The 4-Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss, as one reviewer wrote, “…will cause you to question everything!”
In a nutshell, the book invites you to:

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan—there is no need to wait and every reason not to. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, high-end world travel, monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.You can have it all—really. 
“The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?  A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!” 
—Michael E. Gerber
Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World’s #1 Small Business Guru
OK, I’m in. When I get it I will report back my most significant findings. But until then, I suppose I am still destined to remain in my 40-50 hour work week.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that! 😉

Find out more on the website http://www.4hourworkweek.com/

To cut to the chase and buy the book…click HERE. (ya know  you want to.)

YOUR Questions

Posted August 25, 2007 by jenniferpowers
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OK, as promised per my August Ezine, here is a space to share the questions you are going to ask to build awareness.

So, lay’em on me.

Respond to this post to share your wisdom and insight with others.
I will comment on whatever you post (so long as it is legal:)

Believing in you, 

Jennifer Powers

Introducing Jan Black

Posted August 25, 2007 by jenniferpowers
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Jan Black is a genius mind, creative spirit and a great contributor to the well-being of people everywhere.

She owns a product development studio in downtown Salem, called Quiddity, through which she is cranking out some amazingly helpful , thought-provoking, self-enhancement products that I know you will love.

Synchronicity brought us together when she called to introduce me to her brand new product called Ludi-Q’s. Ludi Q’s (or Ludi’s for short) are “ludicrous questions we ask without asking” and the tool is a deck of cardsb7212605e64a1eadd6fa84f4348f900c1.jpg with some very common ludicrous questions tha will promote a shift in thinking and improve anything from self performance to relationships to team productivity. Awesome!

As a result of meeting Jan and understanding her intention to use questions to solve problems I was reminded of not only the importance of what I do (questions are the coaches number one tool) but how so many people could benefit from honoring this very important tool..the question.

So here’s what ya gotta do. Go to Jan’s website and check out this new fabulous new product and begin to imagine the possibilities.Order yourself a deck of Ludi’s and use them to spark conversation with your friends, co-workers, children, parents, and your self.

You’re going to dig Jan and her fabulous way of getting people to shift their thinking for the better. Before you know it you’ll be “Ludi-literate”, which is exactly what Jan’s goal is.

Speaking of Hugs

Posted July 3, 2007 by jenniferpowers
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Speaking of social hugs, (which we weren’t) I have been experimenting with my social hello and good-bye hugs lately and here is what I have come up with.

1-People love to hear the words “Give me a hug!”
2-The hug has more impact if you are not the one who ends the hug
3-Hugging is hugely under-rated and we need to get over it and hug more

So what I have been doing lately to contribute is when a business associate or client that I just had lunch and a personal conversation with puts out her hand to shake, I open my arms to hug:) So far I haven’t gotten any weird looks. The contrary, a few people told me they really needed that! People DO need that!

I know, that is so very unbusiness-like, and you are probably thinking that I can get away with that being a coach and all (and you’re probably right) but who cares! Heck, people in Italy hug all the time for lesser reasons and all over the Mediterranean they are not only hugging, but kissing TWICE! If they can do it we can, too.
So, go at it! Hug your face off! Your recipients will be so glad you did.