Anyone who knows me is aware that one my favorite things is enjoying a good cup of coffee.  The only thing better, is sharing a good cup with friends, co-workers or family.

One of the reasons that I appreciate “coffee meetings” is because it’s cordial and civil due to the environment – by design. It is a challenge to deliver difficult information at any time, but it is somehow more civilized when shared over a good cup of java.   While waiting in line at my favorite coffee shop today, I had “a moment.”  I visualized my younger self (ten years ago)  sitting at the table with the coffee of the day (french vanilla).  I joined her (my younger self) at the table to talk.  Listen…

This post was originally published on  Nov 16, 2014 and updated on September 15, 2018.

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A new resource to prepare for your workplace meetings

If you like a process and flow, you might like something new we’re working on. We prepared a small and effective resource to help you speak with your manager (or team members)  with increased confidence.

It’s a an organized tool that lets you identify the most important elements of the upcoming meeting / conversation that you care about.  This will hep you to be more confident, and definitely more prepared during the meeting discussion – potentially improving the outcome.  We know what to do already, but this gives us an organized framework for planning – for every 1:1 meeting.

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