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What Tools Do YOU have ready?

15 miles from Poughkeepsie, NY this past week and on my way to speak at Vassar College, the tire on my rental car blows out! I was in a remote area on a Restricted Roadway (tow trucks cannot service the area without a State Police request first). I like to give myself an extra hour leeway for driving time to be safe and I did in this case. However, the Emergency Service said they may need that entire time to get to me. What do I do? First, I called the school to give them the entire situation – to insure no one was surprised or taken off guard.

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Bearcats Love Cheri

As you may know, the person who inspired me to want to speak out originally back in the early 90s was my sister Cheri, an amazing survivor. Tonight, a campus ASKED to honor Cheri in a video statement. Northwest Missouri State University students unanimously voted to have the following video filmed. I was moved and thrilled to be able to put a video on YouTube with such a special message to share with the world. Please watch the video below and then Leave a Comment:

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Students and Customer Service

Do you work with students? When they first approach, do you think, “How can I help this student today? How can I make his or her day AWESOME?” Imagine if every student felt educators and professionals had that goal in mind for them.

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Keuka goes BIG

Keuka College has me speak to their incoming students each year in the Chapel which is a beautiful location. The seating goes far back and

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St. Lawrence raises MONEY at “Can I Kiss You?” Show.

Last night, St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY had 2 great turnouts. Due to the size of their incoming class, they have me present the “Can I Kiss You?” program at 2 different times of 7pm and 9pm. The attendance at each session was wonderful and the interaction and reactions afterward were fantastic.

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Smothering vs Connecting

As a parent of a teenager, do you ever feel like you are losing a bit of connection with your teenager? Feels like your son or daughter prefers time alone?

This process for your son or daughter is completely normal.

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A Change is Gonna Come

The first video which caught my attention was Jon Bon Jovi and Bettye LaVette singing “A Change is Gonna Come” in front of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the Inauguration Celebration for President Obama.

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Colleges & Universities

Lake Forest College Pities the Fool

Tonight, Lake Forest College made a commitment to asking first. In fact, they threw a challenge out to those who DO NOT ASK FIRST. Altogether, they chanted, “I Pity the Fool Who Doesn’t Ask First” (yes aka The “A” Team).

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Southern Utah University ROCKED THE ARENA

Southern Utah University, its past 10 O’Clock now. You rocked the arena today. Sitting through 2 consecutive presentations in the middle of a warm afternoon is tough for anyone. You were a blast share with. I look forward to hearing what you’ve done SINCE our time together. Remember to share in our forums and you can LEAVE A COMMENT below. I will personally respond to each comment.

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Go For It in College & In Life

Are you ever amazed how many people give college students advice like, “Don’t do anything stupid while you are in college!” Are you kidding me? What kind of life are you living if you never look stupid once in a while.

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