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Why you should sword fight with friends

I just came back from San Francisco visiting friends for a few days and gorging on copious amounts of specialty foods at the Winter Fancy Food Show. It was fantastic. Despite my travel delays, forgetting my license while standing at the front of the security line in Burlington, and getting shin splints walking three hours a day in San Francisco, it was a much needed…

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What I Learned After Taking a Month Off From Blogging

Notice the lack of posts, lately? Yep – I took a couple weeks off, just to see what would happen (oh, and handle one hell of a busy holiday season with my mustard company). Not much changed, but I did make a couple observations: 1. One third of my blog’s traffic goes to one blog post And it’s a blog post that I don’t even…

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The Presentation that No One Came to See

I was scheduled to speak at a Voices of Leadership series at Burlington College on Monday of this week. The presentation room was all set. My powerpoint, titled “10 lessons learned from 10 years in business” was projected on the screen. And I sat and waited for attendees to show up. Nobody came. While I enjoyed my conversation with Angela, the woman who put this…

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Why You Should Embrace “Happy-Freak-Out” Stress

You know when you’re working on something and it’s spinning out of control, but in a good way? That’s happening to my mustard company right now. I’m incredibly excited with everything that’s happening – from our packaging redesign (by the amazingly-talented Lis Gerber) to the people we meet at shows and events who truly believe in our product. And I don’t even know if we…

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5 Tips for Better Networking

I sat on a panel for the Burlington Young Professionals last week on “Networking Up”. It was designed to help young people (even though there were some older ones in the audience) get the job they wanted, meet new people, and ditch just handing out business cards and hoping for the best. I shared the stage with two great Burlington people – Lou McKenna of…

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