5 Keys To Success

5 Keys To Success

A friend of mine, celebrity fitness trainer and entrepreneur Felicia Romero had an idea for 2016.  Why not put together a series of events where successful business leaders speak to those on the rise.  I love the idea because there is no better way to learn and grow than to share knowledge. She asked me to speak along with Cynthia Sassi, founder of FabulousArizona.com I sat down to think about my talk.  I wanted people to be inspired to go after their dreams but also think in practical terms — how do I get there?  What is the roadmap? It is different for all of us, to be sure.  But I put together what I feel are the 5 keys that helped me succeed above and beyond everything else. (1) Preparation.  Will you be ready when opportunity comes your way?  I am often amazed at how ill prepared people are for big moments.  For me, being over prepared has not only saved me, but has propelled me to where I am today.  For interviews, I study and read and prepare to the point where guests often comment that they aren’t used to being asked questions that go so far beyond the surface.  For business meetings, I want to know absolutely everything about who I am meeting with, why, and what the goals are moving forward.  It is crucial to success that we not just show up, but that we are ready to win. (2) Work.  I have never been afraid of hard work.  In fact, I thrive on it.  At the business event I told a story about how,...
Podcasting Rocks

Podcasting Rocks

I’m obsessed with Podcasting. I love everything about it: The freedom, the creativity, the content creation. It is crucial for Podcasters to connect and be social (as is the case for anyone looking for an effective content marketing strategy). Being well connected opens up a new world of potential interviewees for podcasters.  And people love to be guests on Podcasts. They get to express themselves in more than just a sound bite. I just received this alert about a new group for Podcasters featured on iTunes New and Noteworthy. It reads: “Congratulations on reaching iTunes New & Noteworthy! Not an easy feat in the increasingly crowded space of new podcasts. You are cordially invited to join a community of elite podcasters (just like you!). These podcasters have also cracked the coveted iTunes New & Noteworthy list and are actively working to grow their shows, brands and bottom lines. As I’m sure you’ve realized, podcasting isn’t complicated, but it also isn’t easy, and there are countless hurdles to overcome to keep your show on top. Not to mention the ever-changing list of best practices to improve the quality of your podcast; cut down on production time; scheduling and time management solutions; and acquiring high quality guests to increase your exposure and expertise – to name a few. That’s why we created The New & Noteworthy Group. It’s a place for you to ask questions, share resources, schedule interviews, and explore new growth models with your fellow podcasters.” Again, it’s about connecting, creating, sharing, and being open to constant growth.  That is the way to...
From Fired To Hired Author Shares Success Story

From Fired To Hired Author Shares Success Story

“I didn’t fail as a person.  I maybe failed to meet somebody else’s expectation, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t bring value to a company, to other people, to my family, and to myself.” That is what Kathi Miller-Miller realized after she was fired.  It is a shocking experience for anyone who goes through it.  You question your own values and self worth. I interviewed Miller for my Podcast, Carey Pena Reports.  Her success story is an inspiration to others looking to pave a better path for themselves. Miller was a business professional, a manager for 25 years, who helped other people with their careers.  For her, getting fired was the best thing that could have happened.  Although she didn’t realize it at the time. “I was looking for some new up to date information about how to search for jobs,” Miller says,  “But the book I was looking for wasn’t out there — so I wrote it.” Miller moved ahead with her writing, which morphed into a booming website where she offers career tips and advice. She challenges readers to take their power back by stopping to consider if they are getting equal loyalty from their employer that they are offering.  “Loyalty,” she says, “is a two way street.  Far too many times employees stay on that corporate train even if it is heading for a brick wall.” Finding your passion and making it part of your everyday life is a big part of what Miller writes about.  “It really comes down to finding the intersection of your passion and your values.” That intersection has proven very successful...
Lead By Example

Lead By Example

It is a powerful thing to lead by example.  You never know who might be looking up to you. I have always felt strongly about lifting others up rather than tearing them down. Years ago I met this sharp ASU grad, Melissa Rein Lively.  I was a News Reporter in Phoenix and she was coming up the ranks in PR.  It didn’t occur to me that our early interaction meant so much to her.  Until the other day, when she wrote this post: “Many moons ago when I decided to try my luck in the PR world I met one of the most talented journalists I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.  Not only was she incredibly kind to a terrified fresh out of J-school new kid, she has continued to inspire and amaze me for well over a decade.  Very lucky to have you as a treasured friend and mentor.” I share this post not to draw attention to myself, rather to illustrate two points: (1) You never know who might consider you a mentor. (2) When you are in a position to lead, it is powerful. What you do with that power is a choice. Words of encouragement matter.  Respect matters.  Kindness...
A Modern Day Leader Who Knows How To Inspire

A Modern Day Leader Who Knows How To Inspire

One of my favorite things is to interview leaders who rock.  Those who realize that a truly great leader helps to encourage, inspire, and motivate.  Those who have fundamental respect for their employees and co-workers. Dr Kellie Warren, CEO of Florence Crittenton is one of those leaders.  She calls herself a ‘walk around leader’.  She doesn’t sit in her office with the door shut.  Warren wants to see what is going on, engage with her employees, solve problems, and achieve success — not just for herself, but for all those who work at Florence Crittenton and the girls who come there for help. In our interview, Dr. Warren tells me what is most important for her is to work with purpose, and to elevate those around her to do the same. How Not To Be A Victim Of Your Past with Dr. Kellie...
Organ Donation Saves Lives

Organ Donation Saves Lives

It is such an honor today to receive the Media Partner of the Year Award from Donor Network of Arizona. Over the years, I have covered dozens of stories about organ donation. It is something I am very passionate about. I’ve covered stories about people who make the decision to become living donors, and stories about families who, in the midst of heartbreak, find strength in giving the gift of life. The picture above is with a woman who lost her four year old daughter suddenly and tragically. By donating her organs, the family saved a four year old boy from Minnesota. I was there when the two families met in Arizona. As a journalist, this is the kind of story that sets my heart on fire because it is a story about the strength of the human spirit. Nothing is more inspiring than to see people dig deep, overcome pain and grief, and make life...