Dana Hall Kennon has a Bucket List Wish … Can You Help a Classmate Out Kennedy Cougars of 1979?

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In about a week, 140 or so graduates of the 1979 class from John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, Californa will gather for their 40th High School Reunion. I’ll be among them.

Right about now, guests may be trying to figure out what to wear that meets the ‘cocktail casual’ dress code or wondering how well the years have treated them by taking a careful look at their reflections in the mirror.

The memories of happy moments, team victories, important ‘firsts’ in life and so much more are spinning in our heads as we anticipate seeing people we may not have crossed paths with in decades.

Here’s what stopped me dead in my tracks and gave me a powerful wake up call.

One of my classmates is suffering from Stage 4 Breast Cancer that is now in her bones and metastasized to her lungs.

Dana Hall Kennon.

The chemo therapy treatments have her wishing her mom was by her side, feeding her good, old-fashioned chicken soup — the kind you get at a Jewish deli that comes with a matzoh ball.

I saw her post to Facebook that she is putting together a Bucket List of things she wants to do.

One of the things she wants is a weekend trip to Disneyland.

Here’s the thing.

With Stage 4 Cancer, Dana’s runway may be short.

Way back in 1979, one of the ways we got the word out to make a difference was by working together on the weekly school newspaper by the same name. The Word came out every Friday, sharing news, opinions, sports coverage, and feature stories about difference makers among us.

(That’s me — fourth from the left — kind of in the middle, wearing a cowl neck sweater.   Dana is in the front row, second from the right, dressed in white.)

Today, we have the benefit of social media, Facebook Live, and BeLive.TV to get the word out to invite action in perfect timing.

This brings me to a bright idea for the difference makers in our class who are poised to gather in a few short days.

>> What if every guest of the John F. Kennedy High School Class of 1979 reached into his or her pocket to share a “donate what you can” amount to make Dana Hall Kennon’s Weekend in Disneyland Bucket List Wish come true?

>> What if the dollars flowed generously via the ‘friends and family’ option to my PayPal account over the next few days so we can all take heart in coming together to make a Bucket List Dream come true for one of our own in perfect timing?

Reunions offer us all the opportunity to revisit years gone by, remember good times, reflect on lessons learned, and move forward with intention.

I keep coming back to this idea: “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

These last 40 years have been good to me.

I’m healthy, happy, and blessed with good work to do and friends and family to make the journey even better.

These last few years, however, so many people I know and care about have been faced with diagnosis, disaster, divorce or death.

It’s sobering to say the least.

What I know for sure, borrowing a phrase from Oprah, is that the time is now to put more life in our years.

Tomorrow is not promised.

Now is the time to make sure our legacies are alive TODAY by taking actions that make a difference for others in personal, practical and profound ways when timing really matters.

If we have an opportunity to grant a Bucket List Wish to a classmate with a dream and perhaps a shorter runway by which to achieve it, let’s embrace it.

Your Contributions Will Make a BIG Difference:

  • If you’re moved to reach into your wallet to make a contribution to make Dana Hall Kennon’s Bucket List Wish come true, send what you can via PayPal via the ‘friends and family’ option to nancy@authenticvisibility.com. I’ll use the donation to purchase a weekend pass for two to Disneyland for Dana and share any extra funds with her to use as she chooses.
  • You can also bring a check to the reunion and give it to me in person.
  • If you can’t attend and don’t have PayPal, here is my business mailing address to which you can mail your check:   Nancy Juetten, c/o Gateway Executive Centre, 109 E. Maple, Suite 109, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Won’t you join me?

Thank you!

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Thank You for a Great Year and for Your Actions that Have Contributed to My Year-End Donation to LifeCenter Northwest

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Today I mailed a generous check to LifeCenter Northwest based on 10% of sales at my shopping cart since November 1, 2011. I made my donation in the names of Brandon and Shirley Harney Taylor.  Shirley will be a float rider on the Donate Life America Float on Jan. 2, 2012, bringing national attention to the importance of organ and tissue donation.  Her son Brandon’s organs and tissues have given second life chances to 52 others since his death by bike accident in August of 2000.

Thank you to those of you who were moved to make a purchase from my “Engage!” page to get the help you need to prepare and share your stories so you can prosper in the spotlight.  Whether you purchased your own copy of Bye-Bye Boring Bio, treated yourself to the next session of the Broadcast Your Brilliance Webinar Series, or engaged me to do your Extreme Bio Makeover, you have helped yourself with tools and training to support your future success, and — in doing so — you have also contributed to this organization’s life-saving good work.

If you haven’t yet seen the video I created to showcase this cause related initiative, you can view it here.

Here’s to more good work in the world as we make bold impact through our collective efforts in the New Year.  And be sure to watch the Rose Parade on Monday, January 2, 2012!


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Sign an Organ Donor Card, Watch the Rose Parade on Jan. 2, 2012, and Give Thanks for Priceless Gifts in Perfect Timing

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When Auburn resident and 25-year BECU executive Shirley Harney Taylor takes her honored place in the Rose Parade on Jan. 2, 2012 as a rider on the Donate Life America Float, she will be among a group of people who feel more keenly than anyone else a special blend of anguish and inspiration.  The anguish was having had to face the choice to donate her 16-year-old son Brandons’s organs and tissues when his 16-year-old life had only just begun. The inspiration came soon after when 52 others were given second chances at life, thanks to Brandon’s gifts that fateful August day in 2000.

Shirley has been advocating for the importance of organ and tissue donation for LifeCenter Northwest since, giving an entirely new and inspired purpose to her life and the lives of many others.  BECU has given Shirley the grace, schedule flexibility, and support to give back to this cause over the years, creating a bond of employee loyalty that is priceless beyond measure.  This kind of quiet, steady support is a meaningful expression of the organization’s mission and commitment to grow the spirit of real community among its staff and its members.  The support is not loud and proud like the drum beat of a parade, but steady and sure to inspire loyalty, trust, and goodwill.   Actions always speak louder than words.  And they speak powerful truth, while making a big difference.

In the parade, Shirley will be waving as she feels the pride of seeing a “floragraph” of Brandon’s face showcased on the Donate Life float with 71 other organ donors who created triumph from tragedy and the deep knowing that decisions she made in the depths of her loss and despair have made a profound difference for many.

There is Mary Ellen Decker of Windsor, NY, who, when her 21-year-old son Seth committed suicide on a beautiful September afternoon in 2005, had the fortitude to donate his organs; Janice Langbehn, Olympia, Washington, whose 39-year-old life partner, Lisa Marie Pond, died of an aneurysm but who was not allowed to see her in her final hours because of their non-married status, leading to a directive from President Obama permitting gay and lesbian family members access to their hospitalized partners; and Arnold Perez, a 46-year-old screen printer from Guatemala, living in Los Angeles, who says he had never heard of transplantation until he and his wife, Eva, were asked if they would donate the organs of their 6-year-old son, Hernán, who crashed into a tree when, excited by snow on the nearby mountains, he impatiently jumped on his sled before they could stop  him. When they received a letter telling them about the recipients, they both cried, Arnold remembers. “We still keep it,” he adds.

Shirley has found  another kind of kinship with the recipients on the float, seeing living proof of the difference their gifts have made. One of them, Dave Ebberson, of Ephrata, Washington, now lives a vibrant, active life free from the tethers of a dialysis machine, thanks to the pancreas that Brandon’s was his gift to the Ebberson family.  “I feel like a young pup at 57,” he says, with gratitude for the additional time he enjoys with his wife Linda, their three boys, and their grandchildren.

Kara Thio, of Cary, North Carolina, was born without a bile duct and, agonizingly, her parents learned she would need to grow to 15 lbs. before the local hospital could operate, a weight she could never reach. But instead of giving up, they kept searching until the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco undertook to try and, after a 15-hour operation, transplanted a liver into the 8-month-old, 11 lb. baby. Now that baby is 19.

Another, Emily Fennell, received one of the first hand transplants in the United States earlier this year and, after a few months, is so used to it that she can scarcely remember when she had a hook where her right hand used to be.

The rapidly-developing techniques can surprise even those who know this field well. When Max Zapata donated a kidney to a stranger, her brother gave one of his to someone else, whose wife gave one of hers, continuing a chain until 10 people, from California to New York, became free of the dialysis machines that until then had ruled their life.

With the roller-coaster events that every one of these float  riders has faced, all of them will have mixed emotions as they pass by the cheering crowds. In her case, Shirley says, “Just two weeks before Brandon’s accident, he was lamenting that he hadn’t accomplished very much with his life.   Today, he can smile from the heavens with the deep knowledge that he accomplished far more than he ever thought possible and made a lot of dreams come true for others with his gift of life.”

For those who have not yet signed donor cards, let this message be the inspiration to begin the year with that intention stated clearly on driver licenses everywhere.  Lives can be saved in the face of great tragedy, and that is inspiration for us all.  Learn more by visiting www.lcnw.org.

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Love Chocolate and Giving Back? Seattle Chocolate Co. has Something Delicious Brewing, Golden Tickets and All

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If you love dark chocolate, giving back to a worthy cause, and need a mood elevating lift that extends beyond your taste buds to encourage families helping loved ones navigate their cancer survival journey, here is a treat for you.

Seattle Chocolate Company has created a new specially packaged chocolate bar — called Gilda’s Bar — to benefit Gilda’s Club Seattle. The bar is named for funny lady and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. Gilda’s husband Gene Wilder co-founded Gilda’s Club in her honor after her passing from ovarian cancer.

Gilda’s Club is a non profit organization that provides support for families helping loved ones deal with cancer.   Four thousand Gilda’s Bars are available for purchase for $5 each from the company’s online store, and the dollars raised will fund the good work of Gilda’s Club Seattle.

Why not buy them by the dozen and share them with all your chocolate loving friends?     And, when you unwrap your dark chocolate truffle bars with Gilda’s smiling face on the wrapper, be on the lookout for five golden tickets.  Those lucky enough to receive one will be walking through the doors of Seattle Chocolate Company for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the chocolate factory.  This tour is a happy nod to Gene Wilder and his role in the beloved film Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It’s a full circle moment with delicious and satisfying rewards for all.   Love that.  Don’t you?

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Need Help Speaking and Writing Your Story to Attract Clients Now? Here is a Scholarship Opportunity!

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My partner and Red Fire Branding Guru Liz Goodgold and I are working  to finalize the details for our Speak and Write Your Story to Stardom Tele-Bootcamp that starts on May 9 at 11 a.m. and continues through June 6, 2011.   This course will guide you step by step to both speak about and write about your business to capture attention, attract clients, and more.  There will be plenty of personal attention paid to each student during this program so people can set aside their messaging struggles and truly step up, stand out, and show up at their best to attract the results they seek in their businesses.

Since we are committed to making a difference, we will be awarding three scholarships valued at $497 for deserving professional service providers, coaches, authors, and speakers who submit their 200-word essays for consideration by the application deadline.

Here is what you need to do.    Prepare 200 words about WHY you are the worthy candidate to benefit from this tele-bootcamp and HOW you will use the opportunity to propel you forward in your business or your life.  Send your submission to  nancy@nsjmktg.com by April 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. PST.

Liz and I will review all the submitted stories and choose the three most compelling storytellers as winners who will join us on May 9 at 11 a.m. when all the excitement begins.  This is your invitation to tell your story well because  when you do, you’ll benefit from two word wizards who will set your story on fire so you can attract more of the results you crave in your business as soon as possible.

Liz and I will be sharing our messaging magic with you during our 4-26-2011 teleclass, and those of you who are tired of struggling when sharing your stories are officially invited to join us.   If you have not yet signed up to benefit from this high value and complimentary call, here is the link to make that easy.

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Doing Business and Doing Good throughout My 10th Business Anniversary Year

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For me, 2011 is about doing business AND doing good — especially as I prepare to celebrate my 10-year business anniversary throughout this year in ways that are of value to YOU.  To have achieved this milestone seems like an occasion worthy of celebration, especially given the last few years of economic turmoil, reinvention, and making things happen that has been required to stay alive in challenging times.

That said, today marks the debut of the Publici-Tea™ and Book Publishing E-Summit at my DIY Publicity Store.   This virtual workshop experience is the perfect item to add to your business success library, especially if earning expert status as an aspiring author, emerging speaker, or serious seeker of publicity is at the top of your priority list.

This high value bundle of content, video, audio files, a written transcript and your own digital copy of Bye-Bye Boring Bio is the result of the live event from 12-10-10 that earned rave reviews among our capacity crowd at Seattle Design Center.  All year long, I’ll donate a portion from every purchase of this product to  Rise N Shine — a non profit organization that provides wonder-filled and worry-free summer camp experiences to kids whose lives are impacted by HIV and AIDS.

The video highlights from this event are well worth your attention — with special thanks to Gina O’Daniel of  O’Daniel Designs and Brad Tollefson of VLTS Media for their talents in this regard.  If you were “in the house” on event day, chances are you are showcased in one or more of these videos.   Why not take a look and see?  Your visits, purchases and referrals are welcome and appreciated.

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Expert Status Readiness Reality Check – How Ready Are You Really? Here’s a Gift to Guide Success!

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For Immediate Release

Contact:  Nancy Juetten, nancy@nsjmktg.com, 425-641-5214

Bye-Bye Boring Bio Author Nancy Juetten Shares “Expert Status Readiness Reality Check” to Guide Solopreneurs, Authors, and Experts to Prepare and Share Their Stories to Welcome Success in the New Year

(December 21, 2010 —  Bellevue, WA) — With 27 million people doing business in Free Agent Nation, many solopreneurs want to get known as experts.  Do-It-Yourself Publicity Expert and Bye-Bye Boring Bio Author Nancy Juetten says many are just not prepared for their moment in the spotlight.  As a result, they suffer lost opportunities to attract clients, speaking gigs, and media interviews.

“The gap between what aspiring experts want and their readiness to step up, stand out and shine in their own light is a huge hurdle that stands between opportunity and prosperity,” Juetten says.  To ease that pain, today Juetten shares eight questions to ask and answer to find out how ready they are to welcome expert status.  She also offers the GIFT of a virtual workshop to guide aspiring experts to learn even more, provided they visit www.publicitea.com in time for Christmas.

  • My head shot looks great and looks like my current reflection in the mirror. Read the rest…
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Publici-Tea™ and Book Publishing Summit Video Rocks, Thanks to Gina O’Daniel at O’Daniel Designs

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Check out the highlight video created by Gina O’Daniel of O’Daniel Designs from the 2nd Annual Publici-Tea™ and Book Publishing Summit, held last Friday, December 10 at the beautiful Seattle Design Center.  Patrick Snow and I delighted our guests with useful tips, resources, and inspiration to finally get our books done and to step up, stand out and SHINE as experts in our fields.

If you missed the live event, be sure to visit www.publicitea.com before Christmas 2010 so you can benefit from the two content-rich audio files, the PowerPoint presentation, the Rock Star Status Reality Check, and more.  It’s my holiday gift to you, provided you opt-in before Christmas. I’ll donate 5% of net profits from any sales made to the DIY Publicity Store between now and then to Rise N Shine.

Isn’t it time to step up, stand out and SHINE in all your brilliance to make 2011 your best year ever?  Let me hear you say “YES!”  If not now then when?  If not you, then who.  If not this, then what?  Yes is the answer.

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A Story with Great Heart Unfolded While the Publici-Tea™ Was Brewing

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Kim Crumpler, founder of Uniquely Savvy, an image & style consulting company (featured in the far right of this photo), is known for her personal style.  That is  why it came as no surprise that she arrived at the 2nd Annual Publici-Tea™ and Book Publishing Summit festively dressed and wearing ruby red and glittery high heeled shoes.

During the informal networking, Randy Small (featured in the center of the above photo) commented about her sassy shoes.    Kim received the compliment and said she thought it was unusual for a man to take notice of those shoes.  Debbie Whitlock (far left of photo) gave Randy a knowing smile.

Having worked with Randy prior, Debbie knew that Randy is the fortunate recipient of a donor heart that once beat for a young woman — Katie Kuhns from Homer, Alaska —  whose life was cut short at 22 years of age.

Debbie said, “Randy is a chick at heart.” Right then and there, a conversation began about the importance of organ and tissue donation.  Randy had the amazing good fortune to meet his donor’s family in Homer three years after she passed away.  “The Kuhns family is wonderful,” Randy says.  “While nothing can lessen the tragedy of their loss, they are grateful that Katie’s decision allowed others to live.”  Now Randy carries her signed donor card in his wallet as a constant reminder about the extraordinary gift of life Katie gave to him through her final act of generosity.

Randy and the Kuhns have become friends through this special bond, and he and his girlfriend — also a donor heart recipient he met at the clinic —  spent a week with the Kuhns this past summer.

Debbie Whitlock’s father also received the Gift of Life, thanks to a kidney donation several years ago.  Since then, Debbie has been advocating to everyone she knows about the importance of signing a donor card.  She met Randy through her volunteer work with Life Center Northwest.

In the world of small worlds, my friend, neighbor, and fellow publicist Cynthia Flash serves as the public relations talent for the NW Kidney Foundation.  I got in touch with her about this heart warming story, and she is fast at work to see about inviting an even wider audience of people to be delighted by it.

You never know what magic will manifest at these wonderful events at which informal networking, sharing, giving and receiving are taking place with joy and wonder, perhaps three heel clicks at a time.

Randy agrees wholeheartedly, pun intended, saying:  “There is no place like Homer.”

Randy is living his life with the heart of a hero.  He awakens each day with a sense of gratitutde and tries to honor Katie’s Gift of Life every day.

“I have an ordinary life, but my life is very precious to me.  The only reason I am able to continue that ordinary life is because someone chose to do something extraordinary — to be an organ and tissue donor.  To be a hero.”

Well said Randy Small.

Make sure you register your wishes to www.donatelifetoday.com or your local organ procurement organization or Department of Motor Vehicles.

And, if you want to know everything that happened at the 2nd Annual Publici-Tea™ and Book Publishing Summit, be sure to register at www.publicitea.com before Christmas.  The content is my gift to you to share with the world as long as you act by 12-25-10.

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It Takes a Village …The Publici-Tea™ Cup is Overflowing with Gratitude

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The photos from the 2nd Annual Publici-Tea™ and Book Publishing Summit are starting to flow in, thanks to Gina O’Daniel at O’Daniel Designs, who is fast at work creating a sassy video to be put to equally sassy music.   I can’t wait to share that with you.

For this event, I got my son Kyle involved.  He mixed very inspiring music to get our 75 guests grooving, inspired, and connecting during the informal networking.   I express my thanks to Seattle Design Center Marketing Director Craig Cross for opening the doors of this beautiful venue for our gathering.  I also thank Executive Director of  Rise N Shine for being “in the house” to share an inspiring news story about the good this non-profit organization delivers for kids whose lives are impacted by HIV and AIDS.  He is the fellow to the far right of the second photo.

Special thanks to my promotional partners for their part in promoting and supporting this event:  O’Daniel Designs, VLST Media, Speaker/Publisher, Win the Click, The Alternative Board, Vervante, Debbie Whitlock, and the Puget Sound Business Journal.  It takes a village.  Thanks for being in my village.

Patrick and I are grinning for the satisfaction of having delivered quality content to inspire our guests here and beyond to get their books out of their heads and onto paper and to be truly ready to welcome the expert status they seek by telling better stories now.   We can’t wait to serve as the “reinforcements” to guide our guests to step up, stand out and shine in all their brilliance.

If you weren’t able to be “in the house” you can enjoy the event virtually, provided you opt-in at www.publicitea.com before Christmas.  Don’t miss out.  Click here so you don’t miss a thing.

This event will be turned into a physical product in January to be sold at the DIY Publicity Store, so now is your window to gain access to this content as a gift.   Don’t miss it.

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