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Playing Nicely on Social Media Pays Off

When Jacqueline Jensen relocated her brand new business to Las Vegas, she was able to connect with a thriving start-up community by playing nicely with other entrepreneurs … on Twitter. In her LEXI 7-on-7 talk, Jacqueline shares some tips on how to leverage Twitter to connect with your community.

I met Jackie while visiting the downtown project in Las Vegas.

There was something special about her that I wanted to get out to the world. You will be hearing more about Jackie in the months and years to come that’s for sure! Her company Ticket Cake was an incredible solution for LEXI registrations and I look forward to using them at our next event.

In her talk, she offers tips that will challenge you to use twitter at a new level. #sherocks

When using Twitter to Connect:

  1. Have a personal identity on Twitter – not just business.
  2. Seek out community hashtags that are relevant to you.
  3. Grow a Twitter list of community leaders you admire.
  4. Observe, jump into the conversation, and then meet in real life.
  5. Use Twitter to connect before visiting a new city or community.
Jacqueline is a Founder and the COO of TicketCake.com, a natural born doer, and an enthusiastic member of the #VegasTech community. She has been a relationship builder, problem solver, social marketer, project manager, and finance nerd. She was on the path to becoming a standout in the business banking world, but left to take a shot at following her own entrepreneurial ambitions. Today, she is inspired by serendipity and other entrepreneurs she meets.

See slides from this talk here.

I am excited to announce that Jacqueline will be joining us for the very first LEXI Las Vegas! Hope you will join us!

Your Coach,




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Get Your Mojo Back

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Essence From the Inside-Out


Have you ever gotten so caught up in life – climbing the corporate ladder, runnin’ as parent on the go, or following all the trends in fashion magazines that you find yourself disconnected from the essence of who you are? Perhaps you find that life’s unexpected challenges have you out of touch with your true self – living on auto pilot and out of touch. Maybe you’ve been striving to be something that you thought you were supposed to be and now that you’re not working, you’ve lost confidence in who you are and what you’re really about?

If you’ve ever said, “I just don’t know who I am anymore” or “I don’t even feel comfortable or confident in my own skin” you may have lost your MOJO!

Kim Crumpler believes that your MOJO, your magic or secret sauce, is largely reflective of your authentic confidence based on your true essence and is enhanced by aligning your personal truths with your personal statement of style …But, how can you develop this when your authentic self is disconnected somewhere deep inside? Continue reading

Creating the Life You Desire

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day” … “If only there were two of me” … Have you ever stopped to think how many people would it actually take to live your life? In the case of True Life Coach, Mary Beth King’s clients, the answer was three – THREE people to do all that there was to be done. Can you relate? Continue reading

The Cost of Living Your Passion

I just got confirmation that tomorrow we are streaming our 4th Annual LEXI Women’s Leadership Summit live online.

LEXI stands for Leaders Engage to eXchange Ideas. Our mission is to connect, equip and mentor women in both their professional and personal lives. We have 12 speakers and over 100 women leaders ready to exchange ideas and grow to their next level. The fact that we sold out and able to offer the live stream is amazing to me mainly because of all the obstacles we encountered along the way.

The Cost of Passion

I woke up inspired to share with you about passion and the cost of living a life with purpose. Everyone wants to know their purpose. This becomes more and more clear to me everyday as I work with leaders across the United States. In the last 10 days, I worked with 4 EO chapters. The common theme when you get down to the vulnerable space is purpose, legacy, and passion. What if you don’t know it? What does it take to find it? What does one do to define it?

What I want to discuss is the price tag to live it.

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International Women's Day is today – LEXI Celebrates 3/23

“Women land 53% of entry-level jobs and make it to “the belly of the pipeline” in large numbers, McKinsey found. But then, female presence falls off a cliff, to 35% at the director level, 24% among senior vice presidents and 19% in the C-suite.” – Courtesy of Moss Adams

It is International Women’s Day and I had the honor of interviewing my friend, Judi Butterworth, who participated in that first march on Fifth Avenue. Together we invite women to celebrate Women’s History Month on March 23rd. One of my passionate causes is women’s leadership. How can women be feminine, strong, purpose-driven, genuine, and wonderfully female in their career of choice? I want women to be able to have great purpose in being a stay-at-home mom as well as great purpose in balancing her family, herself, and her professional life. To have women living their purpose in their specific sphere of influence and, if you will, her calling! That is why LEXI exists.


The 4th Annual LEXI Women’s Leadership Summit is on March 23rd at the Starbucks Corporate Office in downtown Seattle. Our mission is to connect, equip, and mentor women. All women lead in some way in their lives every day; LEXI connects these women, equipping them to examine, engage, and elevate their lives. Here is a great article to learn more.

What is LEXI?

Leaders Engage to eXchange Ideas. The event is not just about the 13 amazing speakers—but it is also about the collective wisdom and insight of the women in the room. This year we have two keynote speakers:

Erica Coogan, a partner at Moss Adams and Co-founder of Influence Her

Jila Javdini, a partner at Slalom Consulting

Both of these leaders have a passion to see women be all they can be at work and achieve the balance we are all looking for. How did they become partners in their respective fields? How can they balance career and the challenge of having young children at home? What is their “why” for passionately giving their time to mentor and grow the women in their HUGE spheres of influence? What are their stories and what are their “whys”?

We have 3 LEXI TALKS – (read about inspirational week at TED last week here)

Debra Trappen, Melissa Benaroya &  Kelly Mitchell will be joining us, are all of whom are amazing entrepreneurs with a wealth of knowledge to share.

7 on 7  - (can’t wait for this!)

7 women sharing for 7 minutes on their story, their passion, their one thing.

Leaders like Melody Biringer, Kim Crumpler, Jackie Jensen, Jenn Donogh, just to name a few!!!

Immediately following, we break into small groups to engage in the exchange of ideas lead by each speaker; each one of us will be part of and capture the brilliance in the room. After lunch, I am going to speak on Emotional Intelligence and debrief the EQ Assessment each woman took before attending ($100 value). The intention of this assessment is to equip women on how to improve decision making, lower stress levels, increase communication effectiveness and manage personal and professional motivation.

Special Discount Offered

Only one week left for the early bird special! For all you True Life Readers, we have a special promo code for 10% off if you register before March 15th. If you are a male or live out of town and would like information on our live stream just let me know!

Please help us spread LEXI and Happy Women’s Day to you all. 

Your Coach,





Live and Lead with Confidence Recap of WLS 2012

On May 19th, 200 women gathered at the Starbucks Corporate Office in Seattle, Washington to attend the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit. Even more watched the live stream, including my 92 year old grandmother! The day was electric and our best Summit to date. I did my personal best on the biggest event yet and I am satisfied, content and excited for more.

After freshly brewed Starbucks coffee and Pinks Lucky Lou donuts, I spoke on the need for women to “Live and Lead with Confidence”, complete with hilarious pictures of women in my family (think 70′s). Then we debriefed the Talent Insights Report that each woman took before attending the event. We illuminated each woman’s leadership style, strengths, and motivators using this powerful tool.

Next up was the CEO/Entrepreneur panel to tell their stories, share their wisdom, and take questions from the audience. Continue reading

Getting the Most Out of the Women’s Leadership Summit 2012

This Saturday is True Life Coaching’s 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit and we have a great line up of speakers for you! We are honored to share with you one of our guest speakers, Debra Trappen. Hear what she has to say about the Summit.

Here’s Debra…

Hi there! If you are at all like me… you are SO SUPER EXCITED for the Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) on Saturday! Seriously… I can’t wait!! Those of you who know me know that I attend and speak at several conferences a year, so I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for getting the most out of the day! Attending the WLS – with fabulous local women – opens up a world of opportunity for growth, learning, and connection! My hope is that these five points help you focus and maximize your experience… Here we go! Continue reading

MVP – Celebrating Leadership with Intention: Meg Nelson

I met Meg Nelson via her play-by-play blog on the 2011 Women’s Leadership Summit. It was so real and authentic, I was excited when she emailed me to talk executive coaching. A long-time client and friend, Jason Richards, had recommended her, so we went right to work. In one year, this woman blossomed. I don’t use that word flippantly. She did the work, she listened to truth, she defined her values, and she is now investing herself in others. Her next level is only one of many. She cares about others, she is extremely talented, and I truly delight in her growth, discovery, and, well, just her.

Here’s Meg…

It’s strange to think that it was only a year ago that I attended Shandel Slaten’s Women’s Leadership Summit (Read my initial reaction here). Reflecting back on the year that has passed since I’m going to attempt to describe the monumental shift that has happened in my life.

A year ago, I was exhausted, emotionally drained and extremely unhealthy. Having co-founded my first company a year and a half prior, my main priority at that moment was my business. We had gone through our share of the usual start-up woos and my partner and I were devoting every bit of our energy to get the company to the next phase. I had let my family, friends, and health slowly slip away from me. I didn’t realize how detrimental those decisions were at the time. Continue reading

Is Humble Confidence an Oxymoron?

I cringed the other day, when yet another friend told yet another story of an egotistical boss. I was relieved for her because she had been recruited away, leaving him alone with his arrogant attitude and inflated speeches. I actually feel sorry for the guy. He is blinded to how his behavior is ruining the culture of his business. In his mind, it’s always someone else’s fault and fires at will. Makes me sad.

In contrast, isn’t it refreshing when you see an organization and its leadership truly investing in their people? Whose leader truly wants to lead and care for his or her employees? If you find that person, you will find the makings of a unique company culture … one with little to no turnover, profit on the bottom line, and real joy in the workplace!

Focused and Flexible

Recently, I worked with a start-up company to discover their core purpose and values. One of the values that made it to the top was the descriptive combo of words, “Humble Leadership.” Together those words sizzle with meaning. They also seem like an oxymoron.

Confidence is a strong word. Yet it is rooted in words like belief, trust, faith, reliance. It means that you have a strong belief that you (and others) will behave, act, respond in a way that is right, effective, and certain. That doesn’t sound humble, right?

Yet, the most refreshing leaders to be around are ones that embody humble confidence. I bet you can think of one now. Someone you respected and wanted to follow. They listened to you and sought your input as part of the team, yet had a strong sense of where they were going. You felt your opinion not only matter, it helped in a meaningful way to fulfill the organization’s mission. I often describe this trait in action as “Focused and Flexible.”

Pain and Inadequacy

What’s the opposite of humble confidence? I believe it is shame-based leadership. In my experience, most leaders wrestle with the normal nagging thoughts, “Do I have what it takes?” or “Will I be found out one day?” I write about that in my book, Clarity.

An epiphany came when I was studying for a talk on shame and looked it up on my iPhone, of all places. Apple succinctly defines shame as “A painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt.” Here’s the thing: When the questions above are not answered with humble confidence, then the leader (usually an entrepreneur) sets out to silence that voice by “proving” him or herself, leading to behavior that brings shame.

If you want to know if you suffer from shame, then sit down and make a list of the areas you have pain in because of a sense of inadequacy, or any area where you feel guilt. I know it can be a painful process. But it’s the first step to facing the truth to move toward the relief of humble confidence.

One other note: Do not isolate yourself in this process! Bring it to your community, whether that’s your coach, EO/YPO forum, trusted peers, or so on.

Personal Humility, Professional Will

Of course, all of this certainly isn’t a new concept. In fact, I remember when Jim Collins’s classic book Good to Great came out, I devoured it. I focused especially on the secret sauce of a Level 5 leader. These people “blend extreme personal humility with intense professional will.”

Let’s review Collins’s five attributes that epitomize the Level 5 Leader:

1. They are self-confident enough to set up their successors for success.
2. They are humble and modest.
3. They have “unwavering resolve.”
4. They display a “workmanlike diligence — more plow horse than show horse.”
5. They give credit to others for their success and take full responsibility for poor results.

I have to be real right now. I know very few people who truly desire to lead as Level 5 leaders. Many CEOs don’t have the needed patience, self-discipline and heart to lead with humility and confidence. Having said that, I am fully confident that with training and desire, it is more than possible for future Level 5 leaders to get to the top level if they invest in others around them. As an executive coach, I get to see change every day in people who truly want to make a difference in this world.

How about you? Are you leader who has resolve, displays diligence, gives credit and takes responsibility. Or are you one whose eye is on personal gain? The key is having an accurate view of yourself. Coaching can help with this, but whether or not you get assistance, realize you need a team to get you to the next level.

Then you are a part of an elite group who truly want to lead.

Women’s Leadership Summit

By the way, you probably realize that women make up more than half the workforce. This month, we are focusing on developing women leaders at our 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit May 19. Starbucks is hosting us! They are one of the companies leading the way in the investment of their women. If you have any women in your organization, you would be wise to invest in them today — or they will find a company that does. It will be one of the best investments you make in their training and development. Early bird special ends May 5th so get on it!

Be humble, be confident, be the best you can be today!

Your Coach,


Why Should You Attend the 3rd Annual Women's Leadership Summit – Podcast.

The poet Matthew Arnold made a prediction in the 1800s:

“If ever the world sees a time when women will come together purely for the good of humanity, it will be a power as the world has never seen.

In this edition of the Ask Shandel podcast, we discuss the 3rd annual Women’s Leadership Summit. In 2010, I could see the need for women to come together and learn, encourage and mentor each other. That is when the Women’s Leadership Summit was birthed and on May 19th we are doing it again with an incredible line-up of women speaking as well as the real value… the women attending in the room.

This is an incredible opportunity for women corporate leaders and women entrepreneurs to gather together to develop in both the professional and personal arenas. Continue reading