It's a good thing we loves planes, trains and rolling luggage because we've been on a daring adventure in business and life this season. Here are a few takeaways from our recent business travel and several city tour:

1. Never underestimate the power of social media. As we were working in the United Lounge at Newark headed to share a leadership keynote for the Insurance Auditors of the Southeast, I learned our niece was also flying from Boston to Charleston, SC to arrive same day, same city, same coctail hour. How? A simple tweet and a quick facebook post connected us to family fun possibilities amidst business building assignments. Thank you facebook and twitter! Be open to extemporaneous adventures through social media connecting! What application are you learning next to relationship build? Snapchat is on my list but as my coaching clients concur, old fashioned interpersonal connecting is time tested. The key is to dial it all up with social media!

2. Arrive early and stay late. Most keynoters are on and off the podium in a flash. I get that. They're in high demand, have places to go, people to see and are experts at preserving their energy for their next "gig". But here's the deal. If you can underpromise and overdelivery with your time and attention on occasion, you'll reap great rewards. By simply sticking around for a meal, a coctail or lively conversation with conference attendees, I guarantee you'll make more friends, create more business or simply relax a little longer for a change of pace. We're so glad we took the time to enjoy beautiful Greenville, SC and our newest friends at the annual conference for the Insurance Premium Auditors of the Southwest.

3. Consider your creativity and share it! Sure, we're trainined in coverage details, premium trends and actuarial metrics that affect our clients and our consulting advice, But, we're also highly creative as we all have the potential to be. When's the last time you developed and shared that talent to enlarge your relationship building possibilities? Tom's a great insurance broker, but he's also a passionate photographer that brings his camera along to capture great moments. Our keynote conference host was thrilled to receive Tom's photos post event! Who doesn't like to look good, commemorate a great event and share those moments with colleagues and friends? What special gifts are you developing to brand yourself as an integrated leader that's interesting and interested in others? Drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tweet me @DonnaLynSpeaks.

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