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Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Chesterfield Day School created trendy Rainbow Loom bracelets and rings to donate to St. Martha’s Hall, which provides shelter for abused women and their children. Math teacher Susie Sullivan had students use a donated loom and twist bands to create the popular jewelry, and the class also donated the loom to the organization.
The 35th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival opened with Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Mike Isaacson, executive producer of The Muny, interviewed the Broadway legend about his career and volunteer efforts. Fierstein also gave away personalized t-shirts from his shows Newsies and Kinky Boots, and signed copies of his books and CDs. More than 900 fans attended the event.
Among the controllable risk factors for heart disease, cholesterol is a primary indicator of cardiovascular health. For many adults, elevated LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is one of the first wake-up calls that lifestyle modification and/or medication is needed to help keep cardiovascular risk in check.
Who can you trust? Where can you get accurate information? There are a lot of misinformation and falsehoods online. Many people, however passionate, are just plain uneducated—these are the ones who post based on emotion and not on facts. Others have political, religious or other agendas that they want to promote with little or no regard for the truth. Another group can be considered the scam artists, who only have one purpose: to take your money. Another category is reserved for terrorists or hate groups, who want to impose their hateful ideologies. For them, truth has a very low priority. In addition, there are honest misunderstandings, in which people just don’t fact-check before they post.
Let’s refresh: A great elevator speech should:
Jack Straub and his son, Trip, are looking at the old snapshots that hang on the walls inside the Straub’s Markets office in Clayton. One picture shows a long row of telephone operators taking calls for home delivery service: All are wearing bulky black headsets with thick cords fitted over coiffed hairdos, their legs are crossed and they’re flashing big 1940s smiles.
The air is finally getting a little chillier. All Hallow’s Eve is near. And there’s a coffee shop in South St. Louis with a logo that features a bearded Jolly Roger (a closer look also reveals a coffee branch and a portafilter replacing the usual crossbones).
Over generations, Halloween has been adopted by American culture as a holiday of costumes and scary critters. Spiders, owls and other creepy crawlers all have come to be associated with this special night of horrors.
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Ursuline Academy senior Adriana Esparza was named a 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The honor recognizes Esparza’s high PSAT score and grade point average. This College Board program recognizes only the top 2 percent of Hispanic students who take the PSAT.
THE ELEVATOR SPEECH: WHAT IT IS AND WHY HAVE ONE
You wouldn’t work with a mechanic who couldn’t change your brake pads, but it may be less obvious whether a lawyer is effectively doing his or her job. How do you know when it is time to hire a new attorney?
Nothing about the discussion of obesity is simple, according to Katie Thompson, a primary therapist with Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders. And the American Medical Association’s (AMA) recent decision to recognize obesity as a disease—not just a condition that causes disease—complicates matters even more.
When I’m addressing an audience about the subject of ‘elevator speeches,’ I’ll ask, By a show of hands, who—within the last year—has tweaked their elevator speech? Immediately, many hands go up. I’ll continue, In the last six months? Six weeks? Six days? As I’m speaking, you are…?
The most successful women also are the most creative, according to Gail McMeekin, a Boston-based psychotherapist, writer and career coach. But how do you leverage creative ideas and passion into a viable business? We talked to McMeekin, author of the best-selling book, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women, about her definition of success and how to achieve it.
In our last several columns, we’ve offered nuggets to lessen the fear of public speaking. We don’t want to completely rid ourselves of those butterflies in our stomach. Put that nervous energy into your presentation. A presentation without energy is boring!
As someone who has worked for more than 30 years both as a professional consultant to nonprofits and as an ardent volunteer, Donna Wilkinson believes that an organization’s biggest asset is the volunteer leadership behind it. “I’m pretty passionate about the role of volunteers,” she says. “For instance, if you have an organization that wants to move forward with a capital campaign, that will make the difference in whether something is successful or not. If you don’t have the volunteer leadership behind you, it is really difficult.”
Nugget No. 10
Last month, we started discussing nuggets to lessen the fear of public speaking. These are proven practices I use with coaching clients and talk about in my presentation seminars.
Orlando’s has grown to be one of the biggest catering operations in St. Louis, and through the generations, the one thing that hasn't changed is family.
Some of you have noticed that in the last several months, we’ve debuted a couple of new columns in our Business Connection section: It’s All Relative and Talking Points.
NOTE: The review below was written for the original presentation of Stupefy! last December. The latest production features three new cast members, including Chris LaBanca, Ben Ritchie and John Wolbers, who are replacing Blaine Adams, Rob Suozzi and John Foughty, respectively. Additionally, the new rendition includes a 5-minute video pre-show as well as new scenes and a new ending, all in a “faster than last time” 90 minutes.
Imagine this life if you will: You are a senior in high school. You can throw a fastball 90-plus miles per hour. You are a starter on a very good basketball team. And you also happen to be one of the better quarterbacks in the Midwest.