It’s really and truly Thanksgiving this week! Family, food, and fun!

This week’s What’s Hot Wednesday shares for business owners about evidencing confidence through your voice; better networking; “interrupting” bias in the workplace; and  while we featured them very recently, we’re re-shining the spotlight on the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen as we kick-off the holiday season.

  • Want to be perceived as more confident? Speak up! Well, there’s more to it than just talking louder. How much more? Read this.
  • It’s winter party season with lots of great opportunities to network socially and professionally, and let’s face it, as business owners, it’s always a little bit of both, right? So how do you make that chit chat more productive and engaging? This post from The Forge Guide to Networking by Dave Schools on Medium suggests it’s as simple as adding these 2 words to your conversation.

Do Good Spotlight: Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

“On a cold day in January of 1982, sixty hungry people gathered for the free meal in the basement of a Trenton church. By the end of that year, more than 40,000 meals had been served. No one knew there were so many hungry people in Trenton.” The rest is a beautiful and evolving story…

Rating 4 out of 4 stars with Charity Navigator, we love the good works of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.  You can donate on the website like we did, and here’s how to follow and share their story with your friends:

https://www.facebook.com/TASKSoupKitchen/

https://twitter.com/TASKsoupkitchen

https://www.youtube.com/user/Trentonsoupkitchen

 

  • In this new piece in Harvard Business Review, Joan C. Williams and Sky Mihaylo say that while it’s hard to eliminate bias in the workplace, you can interrupt it. Learn how and when to use their strategies and what rewards you can expect for being an interrupter.
  • Are there any elements of this “slow living” article that you can adopt and adapt to take more control of your life? Earlier this year my significant other and I scaled it all way back to get to the core and rebuild the life we want. Step 1 was selling our home that was just way too much for the two of us with all of the kids gone, getting an apartment for a year in my much beloved Princeton, and giving ourselves time, while still managing career and business, to think in a very downsized environment. Several months in, my mind is much clearer as is my ability to focus on what’s really important to me: family, friends, and my two companies. Here’s the article, and I’d love to hear if you found anything helpful.
  • And on a related note, thanks to Jim Siegel for sharing this article about toning down the busy to give yourself time and space to think.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and find the time to reflect on all the good in your life. I am looking forward to some time to think creatively and with pure joy.