Friends Helping Friends

Every now and then someone needs a helping hand. Sometimes, the ask is big and the answer is difficult. Other times, the ask and answer are both easy. This is such a time.

We are trying to qualify for a $100,000 small business grant from LinkedIn and Chase Bank.  The catch is that we need 250 votes in order to be considered for one of the 20 grants being awarded. We’re on our way to getting those votes, but we need your help.

To help us out, simply click here to vote.

There is no catch, and your information will not be captured; but, you do need a FaceBook account in order for the verification process to know that you are a human and not a robot or my eccentric aunt who has 27 email addresses and was thinking she could vote 27 times (sorry, Auntie.)

Voting ends on June 19, so please vote right now.

Thank you so very much. Let us know how we can help you out someday,

Stefanie, Chris, and the rest of the gang here at Bridging Distance.

P.S. In case you missed it, here’s the link to vote!

7 Top TED Talks

7 Top TED Talks to Inspire & Move You

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As a student of life, leadership, and motivation, TED talks have become a routine part of my week.  Whether I need to be inspired, motivated, or need a fresh point of view to spur reflective thought, there is certain to be an amazing TED Talk to fill my need.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and is “devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).”  TED is driven by their goal of spreading great ideas.

Lately, I’ve been taking an in-depth look at leadership, and want to share with you the TED talks that have moved me the most.

Here are just five talks that every one should watch.

Have a TED talk that you love that isn’t here?  Please share in your comments.


1.  Dan Pink:  The Puzzle of Motivation

If you are a leader looking to increase productivity, then watching this TED talk  might change the way you do it.

Career Analysi Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.


2.  Why we have too few women leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.



3.  Meg Jay:  Why 30 is Not the New 20

“I believe that every single 20-something deserves to know what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, fertility specialists already know — that claiming your 20s is one of the simplest yet most transformative things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe even for the world.  This is not my opinion.  These are the facts.”

A TED talk not to miss!


4.  Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

We care a lot about leadership.  Simon Sinke provides a simple but powerful model for leadership and how leaders can use it to inspire cooperation, trust, and change.


5.  Amy Cuddy:  Your Body Langauge Shapes Who You Are

As an organization, Bridging Distance has a lot of research invested in understanding how to develop your own Electronic Body Language in order for others to correctly interpret you in absence of direct body langauge.

In this amazing TED talk, Amy Cuddy reveals how we are influced by our own body language and how we can each make tiny tweaks in our body posture to increase our own confidence while decreasing our own stress levels.  This information — these tweaks — will greatly improve your chances of success in evaluative situations such as job interview, difficult conversations, or presentations.


6.  The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.



7.  Nilofer Merchant: Got a Meeting? Take a Walk

Here it is — support for our “hiking” meetings which have become standard for many of us here at Bridging Distance.  Nilofer’s concept is simple, but profound — “Sittinghas become teh smoking of our generation,” and getting out in the fresh air helps to drive fresh thinking.  This short video is well worth your time.


Question for Readers:  Which of these TED talks has made a difference to you?  Are there any TED talks that have meaning for you that you’d like to share here?