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  • feedwordpress 22:47:03 on 2017/08/11 Permalink
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    Catherine Morgan Joined the Teaching Faculty of Transformation TV 


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    I am excited to share that I have joined the teaching faculty of Transformation TV, which is focused on becoming the Netflix for video content about transformation and change.

    The next 4-6 weeks will be focused on creating my teaching segment that will air for three months on the platform.

    While there are many competent professionals in the career transition space, I am a little different in that I look at the whole person, not just the professional.

    Clients frequently say that our work created a complete shift in their professional and personal life – clarity, confidence, focus, etc. I’m looking forward to being able to reach a global audience through Transformation TV.

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  • feedwordpress 00:57:46 on 2016/11/28 Permalink
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    Rob Bell and the How To Be Here Experience 


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    Rob Bell at Wanderlust Hollywood 11/19/2016

    What were the odds that I would just happen to be in the Los Angeles area for the final stop of Rob Bell’s “How To Be Here Experience” in West Hollywood? What a fabulous stroke of luck!

    I was in the front row for this talk. Rob is an amazing speaker and I wanted the up-close-and-personal experience.

    Rob said that he decided on this in-the-round configuration because he wanted it to feel like a big living room. I wasn’t more than three feet away from him for seven hours. But how do I describe this riveting one-man show? 

    He didn’t use any notes and I didn’t take any. I wanted to soak in the experience. I just let the information wash over me. A week later, I feel ready to write about it.

    Below is one of the cryptic slides that were the only visual anchors for the day.

    rob-bell-how-to-be-here-talk-textRob validated many of the concepts I have been thinking about in this part of the talk. He spoke about how you need to start to say no to more opportunities and events in order to have time to devote to the things that have meaning for you.

    I loved the term “inevitable narrowing” that will happen in your life as you get more focused on what is important to you. Negative and draining people will fall away. Projects that feel like a time suck will not be continued.

    Choosing will become more and more important. You can’t do everything. And why would you want to?

    You find focus and joy as you create the things you were meant to create.

    Some people talk about the things they are going to do some day, and some people do the things they were meant to do.

    Sometimes those things are successful, and sometimes they fail. That’s not the important part. What’s important is that you created something.

    We tend to learn much more from our failures than our successes. And, they make much better stories at the dinner table.

    If you don’t know Rob Bell, you might want to check him out here, and his podcast The RobCast is one of my favorites.

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  • feedwordpress 13:24:17 on 2016/04/27 Permalink
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    SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training 2016 


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    SCORE and Sam's ClubIt was so fun to be part of the sales strategies for small business panel at the SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training event on April 26. I was thrilled to be able to address the issues of solo service professionals.

    About 250-300 attendees joined us at the conference center in Tinley Park. My colleague, Carol Roth, was the emcee and rocked the stage in a truly fabulous spring dress.

    Carol Roth at SCORE Spring Training

    The moderator of the sales strategies panel was my friend Mark E. Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions, who was able to talk to small and mid-sized businesses of various types.

    My fellow panelist was a concrete manufacturer who talked about owning trucks and pricing out concrete driveways. Surprisingly, he and I were completely in sync about sales and customer service best practices. We complemented each other perfectly.

    You’ll be proud to know that I avoided an obvious comment about cement shoes (which probably would have been well received in the Chicago area) as I was on my best behavior.

    It was a great time and the audience was very engaged, asking a lot of good questions.

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  • feedwordpress 13:24:17 on 2016/04/27 Permalink
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    SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training 2016 


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    SCORE and Sam's ClubIt was so fun to be part of the sales strategies for small business panel at the SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training event on April 26. I was thrilled to be able to address the issues of solo service professionals.

    About 250-300 attendees joined us at the conference center in Tinley Park. My colleague, Carol Roth, was the emcee and rocked the stage in a truly fabulous spring dress.

    Carol Roth at SCORE Spring Training

    The moderator of the sales strategies panel was my friend Mark E. Goodman of e-Conversation Solutions, who was able to talk to small and mid-sized businesses of various types.

    My fellow panelist was a concrete manufacturer who talked about owning trucks and pricing out concrete driveways. Surprisingly, he and I were completely in sync about sales and customer service best practices. We complemented each other perfectly.

    You’ll be proud to know that I avoided an obvious comment about cement shoes (which probably would have been well received in the Chicago area) as I was on my best behavior.

    It was a great time and the audience was very engaged, asking a lot of good questions.

    The post SCORE and Sam’s Club Spring Training 2016 appeared first on Point A to Point B Transitions.

     
  • feedwordpress 21:08:10 on 2015/05/02 Permalink
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    Speaking at TEDx Heartland Community College May 30, 2015 


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    TEDx Heartland Community CollegeThis is B I G news. I will be giving my first TEDx talk on May 30, 2015. I am thrilled and honored to join the elite group of TEDx speakers.

    The overall conference theme is “Sustainability.” I will be talking about the importance of sustaining your personal energy to fuel your professional success.

    The event will be held at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. More information and tickets are available here. 

    Here is how the organizers described it:

    Sustainability – how do we Sustain the Ability to do what we do? Is the way we do things able to continue? The core notion of Sustainability goes beyond the Environment, encompassing the Personal, Economic, Technological, Health, Social, and Cultural realms of life.
    ~ TEDxHeartlandCommunityCollege

    More information and tickets are available here. 

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  • feedwordpress 14:25:27 on 2015/03/24 Permalink
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    Can You Buy Your Way to Expert Status? 


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    Catherine Morgan media interviewsWe all want to be seen as an expert – whatever we do. If you’re a service provider, you want to be seen as a thought leader. If you’re a tech startup, you want to be seen as an innovator.

    If you are new in your business, you want to establish some kind of credibility so that you can get clients and build your knowledge base. There’s nothing wrong with that. We’re all new in our business at some point, and you probably have some transferable experience – or you wouldn’t be starting that business.

    However, I have some real issues with faux experts. It seems like everyone is a bestselling author or media personality.

    Have you earned the right to call yourself a bestselling author if you contributed one chapter to a book with 10 other folks? Or if you sold your eBook for cheap for a few hours and had all your friends buy it on Amazon so you hit No. 1 for an hour or two? I don’t know….

    How about if you had some kind of prepared article distributed on some media blogs? Can you say you were seen on CBS, NBC, etc.? I threw up in my mouth little when I went to a seminar where they offered that service. People were literally running to the back of the room to buy it. It was a $297 investment and they guaranteed results.

    (OK, I’ll confess, I seriously thought about it for a minute or two. Instead, I called a friend and ranted about “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Marketing.”)

    Last week I was contacted by the producer of a radio show in the Chicago area that showcased small businesses. I was excited to talk to him about possibly being a guest. I have been on Chicago radio, so I thought that was why they were reaching out to me.

    But no, for the price of $999 they would let me have a segment on the radio show, send me a recording of my segment, and would distribute a press release that they ASSURED me would be picked up by various media outlets, and would boost my business.

    He also clarified that I would be able to say that I was “featured” vs. the “as seen on” that the other offer from Ms. Marketing would yield when I asked him about it. (I had seen the same service offered by him for less than Ms. Marketing’s when I did an Internet search on his name. He has since taken that site down. I assume to not cannibalize his current “better” offer.)

    I not-very-politely declined.

    The problem I had with this is that they didn’t mention anything about the fee until the very end – like they were letting me into some secret club. If someone wants to charge for the option to be on a show, that’s their business. But state the fee up front and let people self-select. I paid once, but it was a modest amount, and a strategy that made sense for my business at that time for several reasons.

    Technically, you are not lying in any of these situations – but the lack of clarity about what was actually accomplished makes me uncomfortable. It is getting harder and harder to tell the “experts” apart.

    Now I have some logos on my picture on my website, but they are verifiable interviews that I did, not a mention, or a sponsored article or press release.

    I understand that if there are systems, there will always be ways to game them. But let’s add some qualifiers to expert status so that we know who has done what without a lot of digging.

    If we don’t, we will make expert status irrelevant, which doesn’t really help anyone.

    What do you think about this? Am I being overly picky? Or do you have the same pet peeve? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • feedwordpress 16:43:53 on 2013/08/10 Permalink
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    Interviewed on The Shut Up Show with Berni Xiong and Phil Gerbyshak 


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    This video interview was pure joy for me. It was a veritable love fest talking with my dear friend and client Phil Gerbyshak, and the fabulous Berni Xiong. Phil and Berni are two professionals I greatly admire.

    The Shut Up Show is for entrepreneurs (or intrapreneurs) who are trying to do big things and need to get past fear and negative self talk. Basically, this show will help you to tell those unhelpful voices inside your head to (wait for it) shut up!

    Nobody likes to admit the stupid things they have done in their business, but it’s my – and their – hope that we can all learn and grow from other people’s mistakes.

    So I hope you will check out Catherine Morgan Helps Us Get from Point A to Point B – Episode 20. The show notes Berni put together are hilarious! And the video interview was a blast.  

     
  • feedwordpress 17:19:06 on 2013/07/10 Permalink
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    Thriving After Layoff 


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    My best advice on how to THRIVE (not just survive) a layoff. Check out my 30-minute interview on WCHE 1520 AM (Philadelphia area) with Donna Saul on Chamber Chatter.

    If you want more information on this topic, my signature talk is: Re-Launch You: Liftoff After Layoff. The link to the deck is here.

     
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