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The “Break-a-B*tch” Experience – My Worst Boss Ever (explicit)

Eddie's office, the HR Rep, and me. "Am I fired? What did I do?", my mind raced as my boss, Eddie, started the conversation. "Dawnna, I am writing you up for calling me disparaging names", he said. Sure I thought the guy was a world class asshole, but I only shared that information with my [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:51:01+00:00 July 10th, 2015|audacity, Leadership|Comments Off on The “Break-a-B*tch” Experience – My Worst Boss Ever (explicit)

Should This Picture Be Allowed On LinkedIN? Why? Why Not?

An artist displayed the above picture in a post on LinkedIN. All LinkedIn users can agree that this is a place of business. And all can agree that this is the artist's work. Where they disagree was whether this type of work should be shown. The statements fell into two categories: Put it somewhere else. [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:03:29+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|audacity|Comments Off on Should This Picture Be Allowed On LinkedIN? Why? Why Not?

FAILING FORWARD: How I Faceplanted My Way to Success

Crickets. All I could hear were crickets. There are 400 people in the audience and I just delivered my hilarious opening story... and the loudest thing in the room where the damn crickets. My heart sank, my pulse raced, and my mind questioned what was going on: What happened? What did I miss? This story [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:04:16+00:00 June 5th, 2015|audacity|Comments Off on FAILING FORWARD: How I Faceplanted My Way to Success

7 Steps To Be SUPER UNPRODUCTIVE – YES! Even You Can Be A Slacker

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and knew you had a bunch of stuff to get done but no plan to actually do it? Then you are on the right track to being super unproductive. This article will give you the 7 tips you need to fulfill your journey with the least amount [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:51:52+00:00 May 1st, 2015|audacity, Blog, productivity|Comments Off on 7 Steps To Be SUPER UNPRODUCTIVE – YES! Even You Can Be A Slacker

LIFE HACK 2.0 – The Science of CONFIDENCE

The first article got you headed in the right direction. Now we want to get into the guts of confidence and really get you on your way. The 9 Attributes of Confidence. The 9 Attributes of confidence are broken down into three dimensions: Competence, Desirable Opportunity, and Personal Value. Desirable Opportunity is first and is [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:05:57+00:00 April 24th, 2015|audacity|Comments Off on LIFE HACK 2.0 – The Science of CONFIDENCE

LIFE HACK 1.0 – Confidence: Get It When You Ain’t Got It

"I'm not afraid of heights or falling. But that 'sudden stop' freaks me the hell out!" Those were my last words before rejecting the skydiving gift from a client several years ago. Initially I laughed it off. But it bugged me that I wouldn't even consider something that many other people have done successfully countless [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:51:22+00:00 April 17th, 2015|audacity, Confidence, Mindset|Comments Off on LIFE HACK 1.0 – Confidence: Get It When You Ain’t Got It

An open letter to the guy that labeled me: BITCH

Dear Dude who called me a BITCH (as well as other very disparaging statements) during our conference call last Friday when you thought you muted the line: Outspoken. Filterless. Opinionated. Brilliant. Team-builder. Leader-whisperer. Straight-Forward. Those And several other terms have been stamped behind my name as if they were the initials from earned degrees. But [...]

By | 2017-01-10T13:51:37+00:00 April 10th, 2015|audacity, Leadership, Mindset|Comments Off on An open letter to the guy that labeled me: BITCH

GOAL GETTING – The 90 Day Challenge

GOAL GETTING – The 90 Day Challenge [tds-dropcap red]Y[/tds-dropcap]eah.  Yeah.  You’re thinking, “Wow!  Dawnna is late as hell.  Goal Setting starts in January!” You’re right.  Most people usually set goals on January 1st and by January 21st those goals are as forgotten at their gym membership. […]

By | 2017-09-21T11:59:53+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|audacity, Blog|Comments Off on GOAL GETTING – The 90 Day Challenge

Fifty Shades of… Being Pissed Off!

This article is going to sound like I am a little pissed off... and honestly... I AM... at women! Not all women, but the woman who is trying to turn the Fifty Shades of Grey movie into a cause. The executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) wants to have the movie [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:10:14+00:00 February 25th, 2015|audacity|Comments Off on Fifty Shades of… Being Pissed Off!

Why Your Emails Might Be Construed as RUDE… and How to Fix ‘Em

My emails were construed as rude… ridiculously rude. The funny thing was my intention was to be direct, save time, and get things done. Unfortunately my words were having the opposite impact until I learned this little rule that changed everything. […]

By | 2015-02-04T15:59:39+00:00 February 12th, 2015|audacity, Blog|Comments Off on Why Your Emails Might Be Construed as RUDE… and How to Fix ‘Em

7 Types Bad Dudes That Drive Women NUTS at Work

Of course if you know me or my articles, then you know there is no way in hell that I was going to write an article about the 5 Types of Toxic Women without a follow up to the bad dudes that do dirty deeds at work. The Trumpeter is the guy whose every sentence [...]

By | 2015-02-04T15:57:32+00:00 February 11th, 2015|audacity, Blog|Comments Off on 7 Types Bad Dudes That Drive Women NUTS at Work

5 Types of Toxic Women at Work – And How to Handle them

As a woman in business the goal is always to make people say OMG for the right reasons. During my years as a leadership consultant many leaders are plagued by specific types of female colleagues that make them say OMG for all the wrong reasons. These are the top 5 that characteristics that Toxic Women [...]

By | 2015-02-03T10:15:09+00:00 February 10th, 2015|audacity, Blog|Comments Off on 5 Types of Toxic Women at Work – And How to Handle them

YOU – The Product!

I deliver speeches around the world about creating contrast.  One executive recently walked up to me after my talk and said that THE PRODUCT portion of my talk really made him think. Here's a brief synopsis. If you were a marketing novice you would know that the 4 Ps of marketing are: Product, Place, Price, and Promotion. [...]

By | 2015-02-06T11:15:26+00:00 February 9th, 2015|audacity, Blog|Comments Off on YOU – The Product!

The Two-Faces of a Leadership

I would prefer to clothespin my eyes open and watch paint dry than to read this dribble.  This is basically plug-n-play corporate speak that doesn't tell me anything about this leader other than I would NEVER WANT TO WORK FOR SOMEONE SO BORING! The BAD As the VP of Project Teams at XYZ, I work [...]

By | 2015-02-04T18:00:00+00:00 February 4th, 2015|audacity, Blog|Comments Off on The Two-Faces of a Leadership

The Last TO DO List That You Will Ever Need

I was making less than the 9 year old fighting alligators for golf balls in the water hazard at the 12th hole; but I felt like I was working just as hard. That seemed to be the story of my business – well – busyness. I had all the tools and techniques; call scripts and emails; meetings [...]

By | 2017-09-21T11:59:41+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|audacity, Blog|Comments Off on The Last TO DO List That You Will Ever Need

How Executive “DRIVE BYs” Kill Project Success

That big enterprise project has a budget, a schedule and a scope of work.  But you are working against destiny.  According to the Chaos Report 68% of projects fail!  But you believe you can do it if only that damned stakeholder would stop screwing it up. […]

By | 2017-09-21T11:57:08+00:00 January 29th, 2015|audacity, Leadership|Comments Off on How Executive “DRIVE BYs” Kill Project Success

How to do D&I Events (or any event) on Food Stamps

In my last article I gave out the Recipe to Faking D&I in Your Organization.  But the truth is there is no need to fake it.  You can have real D&I in your organization without spending a penny from your invisible D&I budget!  Here’s how. […]

By | 2017-09-21T11:54:24+00:00 January 24th, 2015|audacity, Leadership|Comments Off on How to do D&I Events (or any event) on Food Stamps

The Impact of YOU

Someone asked me the other day what keeps me driven to do what I do. A woman today reached out to me; we'll call her Cora. Cora said that she heard me speak 3 years ago during a time when she was extremely depressed. During the HOT SEAT portion of my keynote (yeah... I do hot seats), [...]

By | 2015-01-15T15:25:25+00:00 January 15th, 2015|audacity|Comments Off on The Impact of YOU

Why Selma moved me to tears

Why Selma moved me to tears [tds-dropcap red]T[/tds-dropcap]onight I attended the movie SELMA, which chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Marchers trek from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. While watching the movie quite often I found myself on the verge of tears; not because of the hatred spewed by the few ignorant with insidious power [...]

By | 2017-09-21T11:53:12+00:00 January 11th, 2015|audacity|Comments Off on Why Selma moved me to tears

Is SuperWoman a Bad Role Model

I was trying to do it all. I could bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, work all day, go to school at night, keep the house immaculate, and still look like a fantastic Diva - yes - well conditioner curls and all. Meanwhile, I had not gone to the doctor, the gym, or just taken a mental health day for some "me time" in some time. I was SuperWoman with a bar set so high that SuperMan got vertigo and a nosebleed. I was everyone’s hero. Until March 2012.

By | 2015-01-10T19:29:39+00:00 February 13th, 2014|audacity|Comments Off on Is SuperWoman a Bad Role Model

Female Entrepreneurs SAY NO

I know this is going to be difficult to believe but I don't have a 100% close rate on my sales. Yes - your image of my perfection is shattered but it's okay, we can get through this together. You may think that my frustration in the process is getting a NO reply but it's not. I know that I am not everyone's cup of tea and I dont want to be. What is frustrating is a prospect that lacks the courage to say NO.

By | 2017-09-21T11:52:30+00:00 February 13th, 2014|audacity|1 Comment

Why Women Shouldn’t Be Everyone’s Cup Of Tea

And I dont want to be - after all - who wants all those tea bags in their cup anyway! More than a couple of times I work with the speaker, expert, or entrepreneur that just doesn't understand why "everyone" doesn't want the latest, greatest, sexiest thing they are selling or saying or doing. They question the lack of groundswell to their obvious greatness.

By | 2015-01-10T19:30:57+00:00 February 13th, 2014|audacity|Comments Off on Why Women Shouldn’t Be Everyone’s Cup Of Tea

5 Ways that Women Can Empty Their Inbox Fast

My inbox had 1789 email messages in it. Oh wait.... now there are 1797 - just got a few more. Seriously! This makes absolutely no sense. I started to ask myself why I had so many damned messages - was I really planning to get back to that one from March 2011? Probably not. I haven't cleaned out the ones from today and now I am at 1797 - oops... 1803. It was time to make a change and I took the time to make that change.

By | 2017-09-21T11:52:26+00:00 January 13th, 2014|audacity|Comments Off on 5 Ways that Women Can Empty Their Inbox Fast

Are You Suffereing From Impostor Syndrome

“I am just waiting for them to pull the curtains back and realize that none of it is real.” “They are going to figure me out and I will lose everything.” “One day soon… the other shoe will drop and I will be found out.” I have heard these words from women at every level [...]

By | 2015-01-10T19:30:16+00:00 August 16th, 2013|audacity|Comments Off on Are You Suffereing From Impostor Syndrome