Crazy Campaigning Provides Opportunities to UnLearn from Presidential Candidates

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In a wildly unpredictable election year, Michael Lyons, character actor in the Netflix series “House of Cards” and I (Cary Broussard), are launching a joint speaking tour to draw parallels between the race for the White House and what we can learn (or unlearn) from the candidates behaviors, branding and game plans. As a former U.S. Senate staffer and communications executive, I knew we couldn’t keep our mouths shut any longer….that we couldn’t let this campaign kick our butts and leave us depleted. So…. we are taking our non-partisan, entertaining opinions and brand lessons “on the road.” With an ever-increasing number of candidate “aha” moments to emulate or avoid, we are leveraging our public speaking experience, and experiences working with all sorts of people and media (yes, media are people too) to dissect candidates’ brand […]

Millennials Say (and Can Do) The Darn-dest Things

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For those of you who don’t know what age range the Millennial group refers to…the “Millennials” are the generation born between 1975 and 1995 (18 years of age to 38). There’s a whole bunch of Millennials, the next biggest population bubble to come along since the Boomers (1945 to 1964). One of the great Milliennials I’ve come to know is a young woman named Sylvia Woloszyn. I met Sylvia when she attended my class on special event marketing at NYU. I soon found out that Sylvia is both soft spoken and brilliant. So when Sylvia graduated, I was thankful she agreed to work with my company and help it grow into a larger entity. She has a full time position with an airline company and works remotely for Broussard Global on a part time basis. […]

Taking the Gracie Awards to Los Angeles

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With the 2012 Gracie Awards having come and gone, I have the opportunity to reflect upon my time as interim president of the Gracie Awards and the Alliance for Women in Media in 2010. My time with the organization was truly the opportunity of a lifetime. Taking the Gracies to LA for the first time in 35 years (it had always been held in New York), and working with a dedicated board of directors and staff was a great privilege. If you ever have the opportunity to attend the Gracie Awards, by all means, go! It is a great experience (albeit usually a tad too long as all awards shows tend to be). The Gracie Awards bring together the biggest names in news and entertainment to honor the best in programming for and about women. […]

Back from Japan, a little jet-lagged and a lot inspired

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I didn’t think to ask anyone how jet-lag would affect me upon returning from Japan….Finally two weeks after my trip, I felt normal again. FYI – Melatonin was not helpful to me – it actually made me feel awful. I don’t recommend it, but my colleague traveling with me loved its effects! Traveling for 3 weeks straight with back to back speaking engagements from Memphis, Dallas, Los Angeles and of course Japan, drained my energy. Although jumping back into teaching at NYU re-energized me! As I listen to and read historical reports on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor today, my emotions and perspective are mixed. I wince in horror at the root and destruction of wars and yet I have to stay hopeful that current wars will one day be settled in peaceful partnership […]

Keeping Your Sense of Humor…In Not So Funny Times

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My friend Barbara sat down for dinner the other night and the first question fired across the table was “Now Barbara, what HAVE you been doing?” Barbara said she felt herself go red. She fired back, “Can we not start with me first. I’d like to hear what everybody else is doing.”  Barbara wished she had her clever, very together “elevator speech” she used just that morning in a women’s networking group. But that night at dinner with friends, she wasn’t prepared to be “on”…..She had joined her friends for what she thought would be time to let go and forget about her uncertain future. She knew her sense of humor wanted to show up for dinner too, but it had walked out the door when her friend asked “what have you been doing?” such […]

Celebrity Gossip or the Physics of Intelligence?

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I know I’ve changed now. Like all, when I’m in the airport, I have a ton of choices to buy reading material before boarding the plane. For years, when I wanted to relax, I would choose People magazine, USWeekly, some celebrity eye candy publication (along with a chocolate Hershey’s bar) where I didn’t have to think while I was relaxing in between spurts of work on the plane ride home.  Well, this time, on my trip home to NJ from Austin, TX,  I was compelled to buy Scientific American magazine, intrigued by the cover article, “The Physics of Intelligence…Can We Get Any Smarter?” by Doug Fox…. So I bought it plus the June 27th issue of Newsweek w/former President Bill Clinton on the cover. Eye candy? No, intriguing headline, yes, “14 Ways to Save America’s […]

I'm Mad (And Spoiled) As Hell About the U.S. Economy

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Can we agree on one thing? The economy sucks.  I’m asking you – business people of the United States. What are we going to do? Where are the town meetings? The massive education re-tooling we need? Where is the commaraderie and the collaboration? Where is the plan or solution(s) to turn our economy around in the U.S.? I just heard a statistic on Bill Maher that most Americans cannot scrape $2000 together without selling items they own.  I’m not sure of the number of people with storage units, filled with stuff, in the U.S., but pretty sure the number is astounding.  A fact I’m not too proud of is that I have stuff stored in Texas and N.J.   I’m not a bad person, but I have been comfortably spoiled… While watching the first U.S. Republican Debate […]

Cinderella's Student Advisory Board

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Research has shown (my own research as well as others) that having an advisory board can make all the difference in business success and yes, even in personal endeavors. Master mind groups, advisory boards, boards of directors, you name it, listening and responding to a group of qualified individuals whom you trust and respect can produce big dividends. Three keys to success: 1. Determine what the purpose of your board will be. Is it a focus group for a new product or service ? Is it a group of advisors who will advise you on growing a business or your career? 2. Outline the benefits/commitments to those serving on the board. Networking with other board members, opportunity to learn from you and others. Mention appropriate perks and any monetary compensation and time commitments. 3. Challenge […]

Studying to Reach the Palace

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Final exams. Ah, what a joyous season!  Visions of strong coffee and junk food dancing in our stomachs…Tis the season of overachieving and making the best grades… Here are tips from Cinderella, who had her own “version” of exams…while reaching the Palace of her dreams. 1. Don’t bring the wolf to your door by being sleep deprived or neglecting yourself. Drink water – not just diet Coke. Give yourself a break with an afternoon walk or run – exchange back massages. Stimulate the economy. Splurge on a manicure, if you can afford it. Stir up your endorphins.  It’s important to be at your physical best during this time. I know it’s very hard to think about taking care of yourself when there is so much pressure and your grades are on the line. Keep this […]