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Good News In Memphis

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Good News In Memphis tagged with , , , , ,

In a city known for generations of entrepreneurship, the Chamber's new Chairman's Circle nails a valid premise to drive economic development so Memphis can "continue to grow...be one of the best cities in the world." Chairman/CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton was the keynote speaker at the Greater Memphis Chamber's new Job Fuel Conference, where he charged business leaders to focus on early detection and encouragement of "young people who have an entrepreneurial spirit." Good news in Memphis for future entrepreneurs, the biggest job creators.

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How Do You Show Appreciation?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Appreciation tagged with , ,

Showing up to show support, publicly praising, writing a personal note are my favorite ways to show appreciation. The best way to show appreciation is to take action, however you can express it best…personally and professionally.

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Favorite Things in 2012?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Favorite Things tagged with , , , , , , ,

Still savoring a sweet Mother's Day, my favorite things are richer and even more treasured this year.  How so?  Favorite things, content are much the same; context is oh-so different. Church, Family, Food Top Favorite Things Mom, John and I enjoyed attending church together for the first time in weeks.  Our "adopted daughter" Ruta joined us for a yummy Mother's Day lunch. Since the day's

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What’s Your Blessing of the Day?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Blessing of the Day tagged with , , , ,

Seeking a specific "blessing of the day" reveals a richness unto itself. Whether you find your blessing of the day in something simple...overtly obvious...or amazingly extraordinary, the practice of being in the present moment can be life-altering.

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Earning Expert Status

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Expert status tagged with , , , ,

Record and re-purpose everything to earn expert status. Write articles that become a book, record an interview, have your presentation videotaped so the content can be re-purposed in all three formats, says expert William Bell.

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Ace The Interview To Get Hired

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Communications tagged with , , , ,

More About How To Get Hired Yesterday I talked about my brilliant young mentor, an aspiring accountant, who aced an interview with the goal to get hired as an intern next summer. It was a great experience, all the way around, for Ruta, the interviewers, and me. Have you ever had the experience of starting off meeting people well enough, then having your job hopes dashed during the intervie

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How Do You Get Hired These Days?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Business tagged with , , , ,

To Get Hired, Do Your Homework A big fear that people face today is wondering if they will get hired after graduation.  For those still in school, it is common knowledge that a college degree adds significantly to lifetime earnings.  Recently, I’ve seen really talented students struggle to master the skills of business networking, interviewing for a job, and doing what it takes to get

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Networking Communications

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Networking Communications tagged with , ,

The best networking communications are confidently conveyed and integrity-based. After a student protégée attended a recent business social event, we shared observations about habits to break, habits to make in order to make best possible impressions. Networking Communications And Credibility Even if the situation seems social, you can be sure that business behavior is expected.  Don't get t

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Another Year Of Gratitude

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Gratitude tagged with ,

We pray that your Thanksgiving Day has created special memories with those you love, and hearts filled with gratitude.

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Dream

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C. S. Lewis was featured at a "Moveable Feast" at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Midtown Memphis. His truth? "You are never to old to set a new goal or dream a new dream." C. S. Lewis

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More On Social Media Success

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in social media success tagged with , , ,

School's never out for the pro, and that's never been truer than when trying to master social media success. Many thanks to Memphis communications expert Terri Murphy for more social media success tips.

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Watching A Dream Come True

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Dream Come True tagged with , , ,

Last night we watched a dream come true for 7-year-old cancer survivor Lauren Alexandria Lewis. Diagnosed with cancer before the age of two, Lauren became a medical miracle and poster child for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Thanks to God, this was her first dream come true. Another Dream Come True? Lauren's mother, Benita Lewis, encourages her two daughters' creativity. 

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Terri Murphy On Social Media Success

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in social media success tagged with , , , , , ,

Social Media success depends on a commitment to connect, engage, and listen. Communications guru Terri Murphy shared her top tips in "Start Connecting!"

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Best Blogging Practices

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Blogging tagged with , , , , ,

What are the best blogging practices for beginners? The same basic, best blogging practices for those bloggers who are more experienced! Best Blogging Practices: Personal 1.    Have a meaningful, personal conversation with your readers.  Give relevant content to your readers, whether your blog is one of personal reflections, professional expertise or related to business activities. 2.  

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What Is A Successful Life?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Relationships tagged with , , , , , ,

What is a successful life? Its foundation is life purpose. It aligns with core values, goals, and daily action. It is a life of integrity.

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The Power Of The Subconscious Mind

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Mindset tagged with , , , , , , ,

With about one hundred billion nerve cells, the complexity of the brain is mind-boggling. About 10% of our life activity is attributed to the conscious mind. Ninety percent is attributed to the power of the subconscious, based on past programming stored in the subconscious. If we don’t like the results we are getting, we can re-program.

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More On How To Start Blogging

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Blogging tagged with , , , , ,

How to Start Blogging: Answers Remember that blogging is about having a conversation online, building one relationship at a time, based on authenticity, integrity and service.  People do business with people they know, like and trust.  Give relevant information, with answers that your reader is researching.  Speak their language, use words they use. Based on the positive response to my last

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Learn How To Start Your Own Blog

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Blogging tagged with , , , , ,

Almost every day I'm asked the question, "Where did you learn how to start your own blog?" or "How did you start blogging?" Here are the first three steps I took. How To Start Your Own Blog, Step 1 Start Writing. If you want to keep it simple, here's how to start your own blog: write about something you know about, care about, and think others care about. Start writing. Even if you

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Life Transitions, Part 2

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Life Transitions tagged with , , , , ,

Life Transitions Stress Adding to the stress of my mother's health crisis, life transitions, and other issues, she was in the hospital when I had to leave town for an important business presentation. Assured by the doctor that Mom would not be discharged until I returned, I was stunned to receive three phone calls pressuring me to read 52 faxed pages, sign 25 and fax them back.  They were pu

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Life Transitions

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Life Transitions tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Giving Care in Life Transitions No matter where you are in life, you will have to deal with life transitions. Chances are, your parents, your children, and maybe even your grand-children’s life transitions may find you in the role of caregiver. Recently, I lived through the most emotionally taxing of the life transitions I’ve ever faced. Worst of My Life Transitions Even more than my own

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I Was So Embarrassed!

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Business tagged with , , , , ,

Have you ever been so embarrassed that you wanted to disappear? Or at least re-wind the moment so that it never happened? Matter of fact, it happened to me just last night. I thought I was inviting someone I know well to join my professional network on LinkedIn -- only to discover that it went to EVERYONE in my database!

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Are You Living a Balanced Life Today?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Life Balance tagged with , , ,

When you hear the phrase ‘balanced life’ do you say, “Yes, I’ve got it!” Or do you laugh and wonder how in the world you find this elusive place called living a “balanced life”? Every working person I know is juggling job demands with personal care concerns, based on conversations I hear every day. Challenges to Living a Balanced Life “My mother just broke her hip and s

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Brand and Image Excellence

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Brand and Image tagged with , , ,

Brand and Image Proving the point that brand and image excellence comprise a timely topic in today's world, two Memphis-based CEO's each gave their spin on the same day, three hours apart. As a New York Times best-selling author, internationally acclaimed speaker, captivating storyteller and friend to many people around the world, Don Huston's name itself evokes a strong brand and image.  H

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Are You Living By Default, or Living on Purpose?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Living On Purpose tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Living On Purpose Recently, several people asked when I would offer my "Living on Purpose" seminar again in a live format.  Since it's one of the things I would do even without pay, I seized the opportunity.  You might say that teaching "Living on Purpose" helps me to stay on track, to continue living on purpose myself! Today I say that the "mistakes" in my life were "high-growth learning op

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What Is the Meaning of Appreciation?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Meaning of Appreciation tagged with , , , ,

Meaning Of Appreciation To You? To you, what is the meaning of appreciation? How do you feel when you hear appreciation expressed to you? As you read these words, I invite you to think of a time when you were filled with appreciation for the opportunity to “make someone’s day,” whether through a kind word, a tangible donation to a program, or something in between. Deliberately evo

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How Can You Be So Positive?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Mindset tagged with , , , ,

How Can You Be So Positive? Recalling times early in my career when two separate people asked, "How can you be so positive?" I was puzzled.  "I have always been that way," I answered internally. But the way they each posed the same question seemed to challenge me, question my authenticity as positive person. Since the Law of Attraction is as irrefutable as the Law of Gravity, it should c

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What’s On Your Gratitude List?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Gratitude tagged with , , , , ,

Mindfully evoking a feeling of gratitude every day, at every possible opportunity, is a rewarding habit. Gratitude releases endorphins, flooding our bodies with a sense of well-being. Think of a time when you were filled with gratitude for the opportunity to: * listen to a friend in need, * make a tangible donation to an inspiring program, or * learn that your encouraging words

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Confused by “Mixed Messages”?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Communications tagged with , , , ,

Refusing to participate in sending “mixed messages” requires breaking the habit of “going along to get along.” “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” -- Mohandas Gandhi

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Are Your Relationships Suffering?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Relationships tagged with ,

Relationships are improved when partners communicate clearly and consistently, giving one another the benefit of the doubt.

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School Is Never Out For the Pro!

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Communications tagged with , , , ,

If you're on a quest for continuous personal improvement, you know that "School is never out for the Pro!" Wish you could have been at last week's Prosperity Series in Memphis, featuring the "brassy Brit" Patricia Fripp.  She shared two hours of "SuperStar Presentations: The Inside Secrets."  Yours truly was invited onstage for a mini-coaching, and Patricia modified my opening for a speech th

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Giving Thanks, Feeling Gratitude

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Gratitude tagged with , , ,

Gratitude For Grace-St. Luke's As this long, relaxing weekend has come to a close, I am filled with gratitude, giving thanks for a life filled with much more than I ever dreamed possible. Gratitude For Fr. Richard On Thanksgiving Day, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Grace and St. Luke's churches, now called Grace-St Luke's, in the heart of Midtown Memphis.  As a community, we are overj

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Creating a Culture of Ethics

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Integrity tagged with , , ,

Over 50 business leaders packed the room last night to learn about "Creating a Culture of Ethics."  The University of Phoenix hosted the launch of the Ethics Council, a sub-committee of the Memphis SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management), led by past SHRM-Memphis President Judy Bell, Senior Business Advisor of InnerActive Consulting Group. University of Memphis human resources professor Ch

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Gift From Gwen

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Relationships tagged with , ,

Yesterday started out fairly typically, but ended with amazing grace, thanks to a gift from Gwen. I arrived first at a charming Midtown restaurant, chose a window table in the sun, and scanned the menu.  It was unlike Gwen to be late, but couldn't resist sending a text "R u on the way?"  After 20 minutes, I ordered and enjoyed lunch immensely, unperturbed.  Choosing to live on purpose. H

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Building Relationships With Integrity

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Relationships tagged with , ,

Building Relationships With Integrity In every area of your life, you have many opportunities for building relationships. If the relationships you have are producing exactly the results you want – be it love, financial reward, respect, and everything else you really want – don’t bother to read any further. On the other hand, if you believe that clarity and better outcomes are both desira

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How Sustainable Are You?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Sustainable tagged with , , ,

Wall Street is clearly profit-driven, and their fundamental focus will remain the same. In an expanding definition of "success" beyond dollars, CoreNet states that 81% of publicly-traded companies now publish Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) information on their websites, including measurable sustainability.

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Can “Sustainable Solutions” Really Sustain a Company’s Business?

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Sustainable Solutions tagged with , ,

“Sustainable Solutions” -- Real Biz? Tough question: Are “sustainable solutions” real business?...or just buzzwords? We’ve all heard biz-school jargon. Years ago, everyone stopped talking, started “interfacing.” Later, people stopped selling products and services, started offering “solutions.” Lately, we’ve seen “green” everywhere. We’ve been hearing “Six Sig

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