Speaking of Speakers . . .

Speaking of Speakers . . . Recently, a few of you have inquired as to how the decision is made on who will be speaking at the NH Conference for Women each year, and how topics are chosen. Here are some insights: First and foremost, I listen to YOU, my beloved “Pink Posse.”  Every year, after each conference, I ask for feedback about what topics are important to you women, and how to raise the bar on the conference.  Thankfully, you are not … [Read more...]

Does Networking Make You Sick To Your Stomach?

Do you hear the word “networking” and the hairs on your neck stand up or you run to the bathroom to toss your lunch? I used to be the same way and now I lead an organization that grew as a result of networking and involves networking as part of its programming. In the weeks ahead, I will focus on strategies, ideas, etc., but for today I want to share some random thoughts on the topic. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET Stop thinking about networking as a … [Read more...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Get!

By Leslie Sturgeon, Women Inspiring Women Founder I heard Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Farms, say that once at an event. He was referring to things in the business world such as “don’t ask for someone’s business, then you don’t get someone’s business” or if you don’t ask a vendor to do something for you that would greatly impact your bottom line, or enhance your product or how you operate your business, then you don’t get the … [Read more...]

I Hid Under Tables

By Leslie Sturgeon, WIW Founder   It was the 1970’s. It was a simple time with good music, groovy clothing, tight-knit families and shag carpet. It was also the time period in which I hid under the kitchen table or could be found clinging to my mother because of overwhelming shyness. Yup, the person you see today was painfully shy. Hard to believe I could go from full-blown social anxiety to speaking in front of 600 people and … [Read more...]

Member News and Happenings

  February 2016 MARGARET ANN INNIS Margaret Ann Innis of Decorate to Sell has announced her upcoming Home Staging: The Basics and Business Class at Northern Essex Community College in North Andover, MA beginning March 1st. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. until April 12th. Learn to use existing furniture, basic staging & interior decor principles to stage a home for sale.  You’ll also explore pricing, business … [Read more...]

Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions

Why I Hate New Year’s Resolutions By Leslie Sturgeon, WIW Founder I refuse to make New Year’s resolutions. I can’t explain why I have such an aversion to them, but I just do. Maybe because it seems like a negative or a bad habit that I need to overcome. I also try to tune out the mid-winter focus on “why you haven’t kept your New Year’s resolutions.” Again, that seems so negative as if we all fail after a month or two. For me January is the … [Read more...]

How One Book Changed My Life . . .

It was Christmas Eve and it was my birthday. I was feeling restless in my life but couldn’t figure out why. Maybe it was that “mid-life” yearning for something different – but I couldn’t put my finger on what that “something” was. In an effort to get some clarity, I started reading “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield. Although I had heard about Jack as the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul and listened to some of his teleclasses, I … [Read more...]

7 Rules for Staying on Track

Just read this blog post and it really hits home with me. I believe wholeheartedly in everything he said. What are your thoughts? Care to add any tips of your own? - Leslie Sturgeon, WIW Founder   7 Rules For Staying On Track By Jason Drohn, Business Insiders Distractions are everywhere.  No matter where we turn, it seems like someone (or something) is trying to bump us off our path. Whether it’s the email we wake up to in … [Read more...]

Badass, Fearless Alpha-Women

15 Things All Badass, Fearless Alpha-Women Do Differently From Other Types Of Women By Brenda Della Casa There’s a quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich that states: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” It’s a often posted on Pinterest boards and slapped onto cards with women in 1920s-fashion kicking up their heels in unison. But for me, this sentiment is more than encouragement to go on a girls trip and go wild; it’s a celebration of women who … [Read more...]

Why Goal Setting and Resolutions Alone Don’t Work

Yes, I have talked a lot over the years about goal setting and resolutions. We have had speakers on these subjects at WIW events. Many of the women in our group coach individuals on goal setting. But hear me out before you get your panties in a bunch and call me a hypocrite . . . As the saying goes, you would never head out on a road trip without a GPS or map so why should you venture out in life without a plan? You can pull out your journal … [Read more...]