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Liz Trocchio Smith

Liz Trocchio Smith
Certified Executive Business Coach
and Trusted Advisor

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Leaders Need to Learn How to Take Criticism

If you’re in a leadership position, you need to know how to take criticism well. Being resilient will help you stay focused on what the company needs, rather than on the naysayers. One strategy is to brainstorm several ways to respond to criticism and write them down for reference. It can be hard to know what to say in the moment, so general responses will ensure you have something ready….

No Time for a Vacation? Take a Minibreak

Planning for a vacation can be exhausting, which is why shorter “minibreaks” are so useful. For example, taking a short trip, two to three days long, to somewhere local can help you relax without requiring a lot of planning or logistics. (A minibreak is also useful if a longer trip just isn’t practical for you right now.) To make the time as refreshing as possible, leave town early on Friday…

20 Fun Facts about the 4th of July

On this federal holiday, also known as Independence Day, marking the Colonies’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared independence from the Great Britain and its king, we thought it would be appropriate to share some fun facts about this historic day. We are already familiar with the fireworks, parades , barbeque and festivities like picnics, fairs, concerts and parties that take place on this…

Managers, Know When to Stop Talking and Start Listening

As a manager, you probably have to talk a lot. You want people to have the guidance and direction they need, of course, and there are plenty of situations where you need to speak your mind. But at some point, talking a lot can turn into over communicating. You can end up dominating conversations, which means employees’ perspectives aren’t being heard. To make sure you aren’t talking too much, listen…

Which Day of the Week is Most Effective?

Every wonder when you would get everyone’s undivided attention? The best time to hold meetings and give presentations are on Tuesdays, around 10:30.   Experts say in the midmorning, early birds are still going strong, while night owls are getting into the stride of their day, meaning everyone in the audience should be energized and receptive. Furthermore, Tuesday is the most effective day to show off meeting and presentation skills…

3 Ways to Become More Optimistic

There are benefits to optimism. Some studies have found that feeling optimistic can help fight stress and improve health; others have found that optimists earn and save more money. To build your optimism, try a few things. For one, practice gratitude. When you wake up each morning, think of three things you’re thankful for. It only takes a minute, and it puts a positive spin on the day. (Also, resist…

Yes, It’s Tuesday!

Well, I know it’s Tuesday that you are receiving your Monday Morning Coffee with Liz, but if you live in or near the Dallas area, you know we had a monstrous storm come through on Sunday.  No electricity, which means no internet, so I’m sitting in a Cafe’ writing this. My husband and I were out at the time it hit and what we saw trying to get home was…

Teamwork – Lessons From Geese

Every fall thousands of geese fly from Canada to the southern part of the United States to escape the bitterly cold Canadian winter.  As soon as a flock of geese take flight from Canadian waters they quickly form a v-shape flying pattern, with one rotating goose in the center lead and all the other geese trailing behind in two close lines. Wildlife scientists have conducted extensive studies to determine why…

Memorial Day Tribute from Paul Harvey

Our Founding Fathers Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They…

The Love of a Dog

This past week, we said goodbye to our two sweet labs, Lily (17) and Abby (14).  They were mother and daughter, and in life they were inseparable and went together in death.  The love of a dog is so much more than an owner/pet relationship, and I know if you are not a dog person, you won’t understand.  But what I share is real. “Our girls”, as I always lovingly…

Did You Know……….

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Mother’s Day?  I mean, beside the obvious, I’m always interested in the “why” of things.  Well here is what I found out. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. … Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day….