Monday Morning Boost: Recovering Father

Monday Morning Boost: Recovering Father

Today’s story comes together in the final paragraph. That’s true for most stories, and perhaps I don’t need to tell you this. Great writers, of course, would never make such a plea; they simply captivate with their first lines. Such captivation happened when I reread Jason Wright’s book, “Recovering Charles.” “I can’t look up without seeing it.” I knew I was in for a wonderful journey with the very first line. I recall with vivid feelings the lazy summer afternoon…

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Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Mark Eaton… My “Great Encourager”

Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Mark Eaton… My “Great Encourager”

I first met Mark two years ago not long after I joined the National Speakers Association (NSA). That’s when we took this picture. I was new in the professional speaker world and Mark was one of the icons. I connected next with Mark in the summer of 2020 while attending the NSA Influence conference. Technically, this was at a watch party of the virtual conference and we were gathered at Royal Creek Ranches, a beautiful and rustic retreat center in…

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Sunday Reflections: In Commemoration of Flag Day

Sunday Reflections: In Commemoration of Flag Day

Squished between Memorial Day and Independence Day is Flag Day, an oft-overlooked holiday designed to remember all that our Flag stands for. For over 225 years, Old Glory has proudly flown through times of war and times of peace. On federal holidays Flags fly on white poles through many communities. When a member of the military or law enforcement is killed in the line of duty, Flags fill the yard and line the streets. In September of last year, 20,000…

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Monday Morning Boost: Celebrating Les & His Million Dreams!

Monday Morning Boost: Celebrating Les & His Million Dreams!

Hey Everyone! This is Elisa. Remember the Family Circus cartoons when Little Billy would “take over” drawing the cartoon when the creator Bill Keane was on vacation? Today is kinda like that. It’s Les birthday, one of my favorite days of the year. It’s a day to celebrate the birth of a most extraordinary man, my sweet husband. I want to dedicate 2 songs to Les from the movie “The Greatest Showman”. When I saw this movie for the first time,…

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Honoring Those Who Stood To Defend

Honoring Those Who Stood To Defend

Nestled throughout the sacred grounds of the North Logan Memorial Park are several military veterans who lie at rest. Vern Russell James and Norman Ray Sunderland are two of them, both veterans of the Korea War. Frank Boyer Salisbury is a veteran of World War II. And Army Sergeant First Class Hughby F. Barker is a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Each of these veterans is the reason we are here today. We honor and remember each…

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Monday Morning Boost: It Is The Soldier…

Monday Morning Boost: It Is The Soldier…

As one who has been the minister, the reporter, the poet, the organizer, and the politician… Though not the lawyer… And as one who salutes the Flag, serves beneath the Flag, and will one day have my coffin draped by the Flag… I echo the words, the meaning, and the honor symbolism of these hallowed thoughts from Charles M. Province… On this Memorial Day, Let Us Never Forget… It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of…

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Sunday Reflections – A Memorial Day Special From The Hyde Park, Utah, Cemetery

Sunday Reflections – A Memorial Day Special From The Hyde Park, Utah, Cemetery

Nestled on the east side of the cemetery in Hyde Park, Utah, lies the little-known grave of Civil War veteran Joseph Cain. According to his headstone, Cain was a private in Company B of the 50th Regiment in the Illinois Infantry. He was born September 30, 1841, and died February 16, 1907. I first learned of Private Cain through Hyde Park neighbor Dorothy Cook Izatt. Cain was a friend of her grandfather when her father was a kid. Click here…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Love It Here – How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want To Leave

Monday Morning Boost: I Love It Here – How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want To Leave

Small businesses are struggling to find, hire, and retain good employees at all levels of their organizations. Many factors play into this, including record-low unemployment, enhanced unemployment benefits, and political pressure to increase the minimum wage. These are each significant factors. According to Clint Pulver ― aka the Undercover Millennial― the number one reason for employee turnover (spoiler alert) has everything to do with the leader. I had the opportunity to interview Clint last week on Red Edge Live to…

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Monday Morning Boost: Earning The Right For The Next Conversation

Monday Morning Boost: Earning The Right For The Next Conversation

Many business owners struggle to grow their business because they don’t know what to say, how to say it, and where to say it. This is a problem. Many leaders in businesses, organizations, and non-profits struggle to lead and guide their team because they don’t know what to say, how to say it, and where to say it. This is a problem. If you are a business owner who struggles to communicate how you really can help, or if you…

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Monday Morning Boost: “It Could Always Be Worse”

Monday Morning Boost: “It Could Always Be Worse”

Maria von Trapp had a catchphrase “Aren’t we lucky” which helped focus her perspective when life was extra challenging. When Maria von Trapp and her family lost their fortune and escaped to Austria, they lived each day not knowing where they find their next meal, where they would sleep, what the next day would be like. Yet, with all these unknowns, Maria von Trapp was known to say repeatedly, “Aren’t we lucky!” No matter what happened, no matter how hard it…

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