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From the Bottom of My Soul

“I believe, from the bottom of my soul…” One of the most powerful phrases you’ll ever hear. I heard that phrase about two months ago, and the conviction in the soft voice stopped my pen from taking notes, pulled my eyes from my notebook to the woman on the stage, and snagged every tendril of thought from where they had been roaming, to focus fully on what was coming next. What came next was one story after another, confirming, validating, solidifying something that I also believe, from the bottom of my soul. Leadership isn’t a role, it doesn’t require a title. It is a way of life. That’s just one of the things that Colleen Barrett, President Emerita of Southwest Airlines, recipient of this year’s Go-Giver Lifetime Achievement Award, co-author (with Ken Blanchard) of Lead With Luv: A Different Way to Create Real Success, and keynote speaker at The Go-Giver Retreat last month in West Palm Beach, shared during her hour or so on stage. Just one of the things that gave me pause, and chills of delight. (The other delightful thing about getting to meet Colleen and hear her speak was that she was joined at the event by her predecessor, co-founder of SWA, Herb Kelleher. I had the privilege of spending the afternoon sitting next to Herb and getting to know his keen wit and huge heart. Two icons, whose passion and business acumen I’ve admired for years, and both of them turned out to be exactly who I’d hoped they would be, and a whole lot more!) I’ve always wondered just how deep the Southwest culture...

The “35 Female Visionaries You Need To Know” List from The Rise to the Top

If having a powerful vision makes one a “visionary” then I qualify. David Siteman Garland, founder, host and visionary behind The Rise to the Top, thought I qualified when he listed me as one of his “35 Female Visionaries You Need to Know.” I was delighted to find myself in the company of other St. Louis visionaries (and luminaries) like Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear, Dani Apted Schlottman of the St. Louis Aces and Ria Sharon and Suzanne Tucker of My Mommy Manual. My good friend and cohort, Dafna Michaelson of The Journey Institute, was also on the list along with nationally recognized success mavens like Pamela Slim, Ali Brown, Alexis Martin Neely and Patti Stang. So nice to have my “vision” recognized and to be placed in the company of so many women I respect!      ...

“Igniting Your Light” Keynote Introduces Two of My Heroes

It is always a treat to share the stage with speakers I admire. Last month I “double-dipped” on that treat when I presented “Igniting Your Light - Connecting Passion, Purpose and Presence” as the opening keynote for “Build Your Own Brand” featuring two of my heroes, Bob Burg and Scott Ginsberg. I was, as always, blown away by the value and authentic Passion, Purpose and Presence they both brought to the stage. We closed with a panel discussion and, before I knew what they intended, Bob had taken charge of the mic to share with the audience his experience in having me as a coach. Not to be outdone, Scott took the mic and shared his own thoughts. It was all I could do not to blush, and nothing could keep me from bursting with pride. Bob and Scott have both been so instrumental in my connecting MY passion and purpose, to have the opportunity to be their “opening act” made this an event that will forever be one of my fondest memories. I’ve shared their kind comments below. “I have personally been on the phone with Dixie when I had challenges in my business and when I had interpersonal challenges that affected my business.  She is a wonderful, wonderful coach. She asks the tough questions, she draws out the information from you, and she helps you come up with your own solutions, which is what a coach really does. Dixie helps you bring out your effectiveness and I strongly encourage you to choose to be a part of one of her coaching programs.” –Bob Burg, speaker, author “Endless Referrals,” co-author “The Go-Giver”...

Entrepreneurship for “Tech Geeks”

Technically, I’m not a “tech geek.” But recently I got to hang out with some of the best in St. Louis at the St. Louis Innovation Camp. This two-day conference was designed to offer information on every stage of tech start-up and launch, from conception to budgeting, from incorporation to marketing, funding to management and they covered a whole lot of ground in between. I was asked to present a couple of sessions on building networks both online and offline. We covered the difference between networking and marketing and delved into effective online strategies for both. We also discussed how to cultivate relationships through in person meetings and through social network sites. On Sunday, the final day of the conference, I was asked to facilitate and participate in a panel dedicated to social media and online networking. If you would like to talk about having me participate in a conference or speak to your organization please email me at Dixie@DixieDynamiteCoaching.com....

50 in 52 Journey features St. Louisans

What started as a twitter post to help a friend I’d never met help a person I never expected to meet turned into a face-to-face meeting and amazing friendship. In a tribute to the power of online networking in building community, I had the opportunity to host 50 in 52 Journeywoman and founder, Dafna Michaelson to St. Louis. The journey for us started with a tweet from Terry Bean, a master connector and founder of Motor City Connect, whom I had first “met” on Facebook through our mutual friend, Lewis Howes. Terry tweeted that he was looking for social media experts in the Chicagoland area to help Dafna make connections there. Having connected with Brian Tomkins and Gilbert Merlot during their Go-Giver Tour Project, I made an introduction through twitter. I was tickled to be able to put some great people in touch with each other and aid a very impressive mission, but I didn’t expect it to turn into anything more. I couldn’t have been more wrong. That introduction turned into an interview with Dafna on my passion for connecting people and my philosophies on business. Brian and Gilbert also came into St. Louis for Dafna’s visit here and the three of them presented in a panel discussion on Social Media in non-profit fundraising at a Social Media Club St. Louis even, which I had the privilege of moderating. Dafna also stepped in to interview with David Siteman Garland for The Rise to the Top. The stories Dafna chose to highlight from Missouri are all inspiring - check out her videos with St. Louisians Jeremy Nulik, John Bishop and David Meyer....

Certified Go-Giver Coach Program Launched

What a thrill it was at Extreme Business Makeovers this month to hear my name announced from the stage as the inaugural Certified Go-Giver Coach! For over a year I have been developing coaching programs and teaching from “The Go-Giver,” and I’ve seen the impact the lessons in this parable has had on my clients and audiences. The launch of this program will spread this impact throughout the world, as we have consultants becoming certified from many different countries. This marks the launch of a program that I know is going to bring tremendous value as more and more professionals become certified to teach and coach from Bob Burg’s best selling book “How to Cultivate a Network of Endless Referrals.” In addition, certified consultants will also be trained to teach the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success from another best seller - written by Bob with John David Mann - “The Go-Giver.” (as well as a second Go-Giver book which is due out early next year.)   Go HERE for information on becoming a Certified Go-Giver Coach or email info@BobBurgTeam.com. For information on working with me to master the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success or inviting me to speak on “The Go-Giver” or “Endless Referrals” email me at Dixie@DixieDynamiteCoaching.com  ...