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aug

Speak Your Way to the Top

Linda Edgecombe on Stage

Speak Your Way to the Top

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years if I can help other people get started in the “Speaking Business”. I have coached dozens of folks at various stages in their careers to improve their skills on stage, because as we all know, the skill of speaking is such a powerful tool that can really help you personally and professionally, regardless of what you do for a living.

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20 Questions to Discover Who You Are

Linda Edgecombe at Birthday Party as a Kid

20 Questions to Re-discover Who you are and What you Stand For

Well, it’s already August and I am finding myself saying, “What the hell happened to July?” This is my ‘Birth Week’, as my birthday is August 6th. I was asked by our local online ‘What’s Happening’ website, Kelowna Now, to do an In Focus article on my business and career. They sent me some questions to base the article on. I found it interesting as I pondered the answers to some of the questions. So this week, I am sending you the same questions to ask yourself.

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jul

Get ‘er done! The Procrastination Proposition

Procrastination

“Get ‘er done! The Procrastination Proposition”

Procrastination, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is the deferment or avoidance of an action or task and is often linked to perfectionism… For the person procrastinating, this may result in stress, a sense of guilt, the loss of productivity, the creation of crisis, and the chagrin of others for not fulfilling one’s responsibilities or commitments. While it is normal for individuals to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning.

07
jul

How Your Teens Can Still Score a Great Job This Summer

Summer Job Tips for Teens

How Your Teens Can Still Score a Great Job This Summer

It’s only one week into July and I am wondering if  your teens are already driving you crazy. I have gathered some great tips on how your teens can find a job this summer. I went to Beth Kobliner for some advice on teens and money. Here are five tips to give your teen so he or she can score a summer job.

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Living in the In-Between: Finding Your New Rhythm

Living in the In-between

Living in the In-Between: Finding Your New Rhythm

According to Cy Wakman, here are four signs that you may be a change agent in the making, and finding your new rhythm.

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jun
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12 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy When You Haven’t Slept

Boost Your Energy

12 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy When You Haven’t Slept

Thanks to Oprah.com for these awesome ‘energizing tips’. Statistics tell us that over 50% of North Americans are suffering from various degrees of insomnia.  And because most of us are burning the candle at both ends being busy and up to our asses in alligators, I felt we needed some solid advice on how to stay energized without burning out our adrenal glands.  So here’s to an awesome day that will lead to an amazing sleep tonight.

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jun

21 Simple Ways to Reduce Water Consumption

21 Simple Ways to Reduce Water Consumption

21 Simple Ways to Reduce Water Consumption Today

1. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. 2. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water. 3. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.

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Are You Comfortable Standing in your Own Skin?

Are You Comfortable Standing in your Own Skin?

Caitlyn Jenner, Formerly Bruce, Introduces Herself in Vanity Fair

This is the headline that is topping the charts this week, and I’m curious, why we, and that includes me, are so fascinated by Caitlyn’s new stage in her life. So lets talk about how each of us can literally get more comfortable standing in our own skin. Comfort in our skin, is a goal, I have been searching after for most of my adult life.   As a female, I have always been a ‘middle’ as my youngest would call it. I’m not brilliant, and I’m not dumb either. I’m not tall nor short, I was never skinny and I now know what it’s like being very overweight. Other than when I’m on stage, I am actually kind of quiet. I like moving just under the radar. I act out, because that is what people think I am like. I can honestly say that for the past 30 years, on every New Years eve, my only goal was to feel comfortable in my own skin, and as I approach my 55th birthday, I am not quite there yet. I am getting closer though. Perhaps it’s age, perhaps I have proven myself in my career, as a mom and as a partner but it’s an internal conversation that I keep having. One of my biggest goals when I walked the 800+ kms across Spain on the Camino de Santiago last March was to hopefully like myself more when I finished. And I did while I was walking, but as soon as my feet hit the ground back in Canada, she (the voice in my head) was back. And that pissed me off. Feeling comfortable in our own skin is not about numbers or size. It’s a sense we have about ourselves. I used to ask my students, “if you could describe yourself in two colors, one for the inner you and one for the outer you, what would they be?” Now it’s not some much about what colors you choose as to what those colors represent to you. For example when I first started my career, my inner color has always been a fluorescent array of colors. My outer color back then would have been navy. And most likely in a suit. I didn’t want my colleagues to know how much fun I was or how much fun I was having on the weekends. So I kept up the image. So lets just stop for a moment and realize how much energy it takes to keep up an image that is not true. The sooner we can be ourselves, the sooner we can start to save the energy you are spending, trying to be something that you are not, and put it towards some bigger and better things that will actually have a positive affect on the planet. I probably stayed these colors well into my speaking career. I have been told more than once, that I may want to ‘tone down’ my behavior when I’m off the stage. It might help me in my career. I’m not kidding. I was also told by my old Recreation Association that the only reason they had not taken me seriously as a speaker, was because they remembered I was always the one who started the Congo dance line at the annual conventions. To which I responded; “So we are in the ‘creating fun business right’ but I’m too much fun?” Now that made no sense to me. I am currently in the “helping people create a better life business” but if I look like I am the life of the party, then I can’t be taken seriously. Needless to say, I don’t care about that anymore. I have not worn a suit on stage in 12 years, I hate them.  I had a colleague ask me at a speakers meeting not to long ago, “Is that what you wore on stage today with 680 Police Leaders in the Audience?”   “Yes in deed,” I responded. So back to the question. As we ponder what it must be like for Caitlyn Jenner to move forward in her life, from 60+ years of pain to comfort, it must feel flipp’n amazing. I know I am inspired by her strength, courage and grace.   So take a note out of Caitlyn Jenner’s play book and here’s to a week of standing very comfortable in your own skin. Linda, still not wearing a suit, Edgecombe Comments and thoughts welcome. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn