Brilliant Blunders: An Interview with Dr. Mario Livio

I had the rare chance to listen to Dr. Mario Livio speak at TEDx Midatlantic. His message was inspiring and interesting – check it out here. After his speech, I met him in the hallway, grabbed coffee with Mario and his wonderful wife, and learned that he lives right around the corner from me. Since then, I devoured his most Read More >

The Real Significance of Thanksgiving

               Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Of course, that’s not because of the story of the Pilgrims and Indians. In fact, I’m embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t know what a Pilgrim was until roughly ten years ago. “Misti, I slept through most of social studies class in school, but Read More >

7 Simple Ways To Say “Thank You” To Your Team

The following are 7 simple ways to say Thank You to your team this year, and all throughout 2016: Pause, and write your list of the specific qualities you’re authentically grateful for in each team member. Are they excellent with excel, public speaking, or maybe negotiating? Rather than simply say, “I appreciate you, or Thank you,” get specific. Gift cards Read More >

How to Find Great Mentors in 2016

Walking down the streets of Bethesda more than a decade ago, hearing the loud beeps of impatient drivers, and seeing a pedestrian nearly get run over, I thought to myself, “I’ve gotta get out of here. I don’t want to be like these people.” I had quit my job a week prior, unaware of my financial situation when I resigned, Read More >

Why Dieting Destroys Self-Confidence in the Workplace and Beyond: An Interview with Dr. Michelle May

Dr. Michelle May was one of the highlights of my trip to the National Speakers Association’s Annual Convention this year. Her passion—born out of her own struggle with yo-yo dieting—is infectious. Through this interview, Michelle shares the most critical element of successful eating: Mindfulness. Of course, that’s a loaded word! Through the interview, you’ll gain a clear understanding of her Read More >

3 Critical Steps To Reaching Important Goals

The hardest part about going after anything that’s meaningful is the conversation that goes on inside your head. What do you tell yourself when you set an important goal, and then start to work toward it? Listen in – what do you hear? You will know how important your goals are based on how difficult it is to hear what Read More >

Overcoming Self-Doubt

You’re more talented than you know. The key to reaching greatness lies in focusing on improving your PR (personal record). Personal: You. Record: Marker of success. PR: Your current marker for success. One of the greatest killers of greatness lies in comparison. It’s easy to look at someone who’s perceivably more successful than you and beat yourself up because you’re, Read More >

The #1 Habit That Makes Greatness Opportunities Happen: An Interview With Lynn Rose

When Lynn Rose opened up for the National Speakers Association’s National Conference this year, all my worries disappeared and I felt more present than I had in months. She was remarkable! The next morning I had a chance to thank Lynn when she told me, “And to think I walked away from this industry because I just didn’t think I Read More >