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An Appearance 40 Years in the Making

“Please welcome back to the stage Curtis Zimmerman!” I walked on stage into the bright lights and a hushed auditorium. I’ve done this thousands of times in my career, but this time, I…

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Get Your Professional Branding Ducks in a Row

The executive offices for Universal Studios are directly connected to the park. Every employee entering these offices must go through a screening much like at the airport: IDs are shown, phones comes out…

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Why I Made Him Quit His Job

Craig has written 15 books. He has traveled the world as a guest lecturer and brand expert. He has secured some of the largest deals for one of the biggest marketing agencies on…

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Don’t Make Resolutions

It’s almost 2019, and we live more cluttered lives than ever. What do we do when we wake up? We respond to emails. What do we do when we’re waiting in line? We…

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I Beg Your Pardon

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are taking today to be with your family, to eat too much, and to spend some time reflecting on everything you have to be grateful for. I want to…

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Transitioning Gracefully

You all know Curtis. He’s the reason you’re reading this in the first place. You don’t know me. My name is Esther and I’ve been working at the Curtis Zimmerman Group for a…

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90 Days of Summer

Thanks to my partnership with McDonald’s, I now know the perfect term for the time from Memorial Day to Labor Day: the 90 Days of Summer. For those working at the Golden Arches,…

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What is Living the Dream?

Everyone will have a best day, and everyone will have a worst day, but the majority of your life will be spent on what I call “just another Tuesday.” Many people spend their…

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How Juggling Changes Lives

Brightly dressed children shouting and laughing flood the streets. Live music plays underneath the crowd’s cheers. Balls and batons are flying through the air. As the sun sets, some brave children begin tossing…

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Your employees are stealing from you (and how to stop it)

Check out these two photos I took last week: Here are some fun facts you may not know about cell phone use: Americans check their phone 8 billion times a day Each individual on…

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Kids Work Day Pays Huge Dividends

It happens all the time. The best laid travel plans get disrupted and, instead of being home in time for dinner, my flight is delayed and I have another night away from home….

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Don’t Let the Summer Slump Happen to You

For many, this isn’t a motivated time of the year. It’s hot and humid in many parts of the country, we’re nearing the end of the summer before our children go back to…

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The Power of Habits

Habits are powerful. They may be good or they may be bad, but there’s no denying the power they have over us. As hard as it is to break bad habits, it can…

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It’s About Time You Stopped Being Late to Everything

Always running late? Do you keep telling yourself that you’ll be on time tomorrow? You’ll make it to the appointment on time next time. You’ll get to your lunch meeting a couple minutes…

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Are You Lovin’ It?

I’m Lovin It!  I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to do a lot of work with McDonald’s. Most recently, I was speaking for a regional meeting in northern Ohio (which I am proud to…

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What Do You Think?

Ever heard the inspirational quote, “If you believe it, you can achieve it?” There have been a number of books written about the idea that what you focus on and think about is…

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Why I Want to Say Thank You to Harry Potter and Universal Studios

A few months ago, my family and I went on a vacation at Universal Studios. Of course, all three of my children were thrilled, but when I told them that during the vacation…

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It’s Time to Color Code Your Life

Every once in a while, we need a reality check, a clear look at how we really spend our time. Even if we feel like we “work all the time” or are “always…

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