JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference

How to chase the mid-winter blues bye-bye?

Attend a conference, your own conference. I wish I could say this was my idea but I stole it from Chris Brogan.   

Here are a compilation of my favorite Ted and Tedx Talks.

None pertain to joy but if you act upon the ideas in these talks you will find or create joy in your life or the lives of others. Every speech pertains to you no matter what age or what nasty life event you have or are experiencing.

There is a break after every session so you can review notes or rewind to rewatch part of a speech. So grab a pen and notebook and start the conference when your schedule permits.

One day we will all gather in a warm location, wearing bikini’s and speedo’s and sipping tropical drinks with umbrellas in them and listen to speakers live and not via Memorex (Does that even still exist?).

Hungry? Here are some recipes for your conference:

Cherry Cheesecake Tarts: How To Get Out Of The Doghouse

Easy Heath Bar Cookies

Feta, Beans and Champagne – Oh My!


Opening Prayer: How Great Thou Art by Elvis | Jordainaires | Imperials

How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek


Small Ripples Make Big Waves by Abby Kohut


The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown


5 Ways to Listen Better by Julian Treasure


Connected, but Alone by Sherry Turkle


The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain


How To Sleep by Jessa Gamble


Should you live for your resume…or your eulogy? by David Brooks


Closing Remarks: A Pep Talk by Kid President

Music by the BeeGee’sYou Should Be Dancing.  You will understand why I picked this song after you watch Kid President’s pep talk.


Recommended Reading: 

Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

Daring Greatly – Brene Brown

Connected by Erin Davis (a nice compliment to Sherry Turkle’s speech.)

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome – Robby Novak and Brad Montague

The Impact Equation, Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?  by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Official Conference Quote: 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

(emphasis mine)

Official Conference Poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Official Conference Scripture: 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

I hope you enjoyed attending the JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference.

Please let me know what you thought about the speakers. Who would you like to see next year?

Disclaimer: None of these links are affiliate links, so I do not earn any money when you click on them. I have not been paid by anyone for posting links to the talks or the books.


Michele’s Mantra For 2013…And Beyond

Last year my mantra was “Storm The Bastille!”  I decided on it after listening to a webinar by JT O’Donnell of CareerHMO.com.  She was discussing mantra’s and “Storm The Bastille!” just popped into my head.  Not sure where it came from but it was there and was a good mantra for last year.

This Year’s Mantra

I recently read Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s book “The Impact Equation, Are  You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise.”  I enjoyed the book and decided to implement the ideas.

Then I read Kay Warren’s “Choose Joy, Because Happiness Isn’t Enough” and was blown away by what she said.  So I decided to implement what she said.

Then I started toying with the idea of combining the two books into a mantra.  Originally my mantra was going to be “Make An Impact.”  But now I have decided it will be

“Make a Joyful Impact”

I love this so much I decided it will be my lifelong mantra.

Coming Tomorrow – “#1 Way To Make A Joyful Impact”

Updated: Inspirational Quotes Page


Holiday Gift Idea – “The Impact Equation” – Chris Brogan & Julien Smith

Have someone on your gift list who wants to change the world, or a little piece of it?  Read On.

I was blessed to receive an advance uncorrected proofs of Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s latest book –

“The Impact Equation, Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?”

My copy is filled to the brim with pink, green, and black ink along with pink and yellow hi-liter, post – it – notes,  and lots of margin notes.

There are  lots of ideas for making an impact and yes, as the title suggests there is an equation one needs to follow.  It is a 6 part equation  you work on one part at a time.  At the end of each chapter are examples of how people or companies have used the equation.

What This Book Is Not

This is not a book about how to navigate the web or using Twitter versus Facebook versus blogging, instead

“It’s about the ability to help others with your unique ability, whatever that may be.”

The ideas in the book apply to job seekers, people who want to start a business or people wanting to have an impact on their community.


One of the equations elements is “Exposure.”  We all need it but the trick is to do it well.  As the author’s state:

“Exposure, when done right, isn’t even noticed. ” 

Don’t worry there are plenty of practical ideas for doing exposure right.  There is even an answer to the age old question of  “how often should I blog?”  The answer is so simple and obvious but I have never heard anyone answer the question this way before.

Final Thoughts

Follow the advice in “The Impact Equation” and you will have an impact on the world, or maybe just your little corner of the world.  But even having an impact on your little corner, is better than  not making an impact at all.

Thank You

Thank you Chris and Julien for my advance copy.  Sorry it took so long to write a review.

Author’s Note: This book is on my desk and will be referred to as I work on making an impact with this blog and in my career.   In fact maybe my mantra for next year will be “Making An Impact.”

Now see…you just crossed at least 1 person off your gift list. Woo! Woo!  Now if that isn’t joy, I don’t know what is.                   😉