Shake On It!


Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you go to shake another person’s hand, that their eyes are looking somewhere else? How does that make you feel? If you’re like me, it probably makes you feel that you’re not very important to that person. Just another hand in the line to shake, right?

Shaking hands is one of the oldest forms of communications. It originated by showing the person you are greeting that you come unarmed. It’s a standard business and personal practice, particularly in the western world.

Too bad we are often thinking about something else when making that communication link. It might be about the sales presentation we are about to give. Or, if you’re in a group of people, you might wonder if the other person is scanning the crowd to see who else’s hand they need to shake instead of greeting you. Does this make you wonder where your eyes are when you shake? It did for me.

Why don’t you take the same challenge I gave myself. Make a concerted effort to slow down and enjoy the greeting of the person who’s attached to that hand. Making solid eye contact along with a firm hand shake and kind word not only is good for business, it’s also good manners. It will make you memorable to that person.

The next time you’re in a situation to meet and greet, think about your posture and the message you’re sending. Remember, eye contact is a form of communication. I believe you will find the quality of this communication as well as your relationships will improve. They have for me.

Webinar for Coaches slated for September 13

Wow…first a blog and now a webinar. Scary how much time I’m spending looking at the computer monitor. I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve started doing webinars. What’s a webinar, you may ask? Basically, it’s a meeting or seminar you can attend from the comfort of your own home. You simply dial in on your phone, or cooler yet, log onto the web and tune in there.

In September, I’m hosting a webinar for high school and youth coaches on how to earn more money fundraising so you can travel to tournaments, buy needed equipment, or attend camps/clinics. If you’re a coach that wants to be a more efficient and productive fundraiser, this webinar is for you. The best news is that it’s FREE. Yes, you read correctly…FREE. Here’s the information you’ll need to join the event:

EVENT: Sweating the Little Things – Fundraising Solutions
DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 13th at 6:30pm Pacific
FORMAT: Simulcast! (Attend via Phone or Webcast — it’s your choice)

That’s it…very easy. You can even ask questions leading up to the event that I will answer.’s a secret. Even if you don’t coach, you may find this webinar valuable. If you’re like me and are a member of a service club or non-profit organization, you need to raise money, too. These concepts and tools work for ANY type of fundraising. You’re welcome to join. After all, it’s FREE!