L. Michelle Smith

The Culture Soup Podcast®: Out of Office

  You may have noticed that The Culture Soup Podcast® has been on break since around Thanksgiving. We’re not streaming, but we are planning a big return, Thursday, Jan 13, 2022 with some of the most exciting guests, my friends who are killing it at the intersection of tech, business and culture. The holidays are a great time to catch up, and you have nearly three years of…

Engaging Your Brain to Boost Your Positive Self-talk

You really can conquer self-doubt, but you will need to supercharge your positive self-talk by engaging your brain. Today’s #NSCJournalPrompt takes you through an exercise to ensure that your positive affirmations are hitting on all cylinders. Check out more on how your brain can make the difference in your goal getting and how affirmations activate the brain’s reward centers here.  

Social Media Engagement that Matters with the Opera America PR & Marketing Forum

Brand leadership depends on strategic communications, just as executive leadership relies on a well articulated personal brand and the ability to authentically and effective communicate. However, non-profits, whether they are in the arts or not, struggle with leading in their strategic communications strategies primarily due to funding. Typically, staffing looks like this: one person over all of PR & Marketing and if you are lucky, these positions are…

#BossMoves: What if I told you that science backs the ideals behind positive emotion?

Key to it is positive self talk, but if you are really honest about this, do you wonder if these affirmations are supposed to work like magic? As if you simply say them, and BOOF the negative emotions and self-doubt just disappear? That the business you’ve been struggling to make profitable is suddenly rolling in it…that you can simply SAY things into existence? It isn’t magic. It isn’t…

Did you know that you can create your own success?

Try making a little progress. According to neuroscience, progress begets motivation, which begets more progress. This is the core concept of The Progress Loop. If you find that the sheer thought of that big project or major goal causes you angst, try backing up a bit, chunking that plan into bits, and taking on a little at a time. You’ve heard that “baby steps moving forward” is not…

2021 Cyber Monday No Thanks Deal

Let’s celebrate the holidays with some upward mobility and an insane Cyber Monday deal. Download the ebook version of No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself for free and unlock the code to get The No Thanks Online Course & Discussion Guide for only $99 for a limited time. It is more than 4 hours of content drawn specifically from the bestselling book, No Thanks:…

Where does the money reside for the business minded?

  It’s impact over everything, SIs. You’re a business boss. You are focused on upward movement to senior executive leadership. If you are trying to be a social media influencer too, allow me to “unmuddy” the waters for you. As a business boss, your focus should be about generating impact that generates influence, not the other way around. God bless social media influencers, but their roles are quite…

TCU Schieffer alumni discuss changing times after COVID-19

A few days ago, I joined fellow TCU Scheiffer board of visitor members for a panel and breakout sessions, sharing with students how to prepare for a new work world in the wake of the health, economic and cultural crises. Here is some of their feedback: “The most valuable thing I learned came from the breakout session on merging your personal and professional branding. What stood out to…

What’s distracting you from what you really want?

Have you considered that achieving laser focus can be an act of kindness to yourself? In fact, it’s another form of radical self care because it allows you to prioritize the goals that are important to you and get them done. In fact, persistent distractions can be costly, to yourself, your life and your leadership aspirations. Think of it like this: if your goal is to be a…

Isn’t time you made like Nike and just do it? What would happen if you replaced your requests with statements? Or better yet, you just acted. And by statement, I don’t mean a command. Just a good old fashioned declarative sentence. By just acting, I’m not suggesting that you steal. Here’s an example: ✅ A request: May I take off from work a little early to attend my…

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