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Outfluence Named Business Partner of the Year

The 21st Century Education Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Maryland named Outfluence, LLC as a Business Partner of the Year for 2017.  Kay Betz, Co-Founder and President of Outfluence, received the award during the annual Superintendent's Breakfast.   

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Harvard Recognizes AACPS Signature Program

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Harvard Recognizes AACPS Signature Program

Outfluence, LLC received the following exciting news from Signature Coordinator Linda Lamon at South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland.  Outfluence has been a member of the Signature team since its inception nearly 5 years ago...

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Keep Your Career on the Tracks

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Keep Your Career on the Tracks

90% of communication occurs silently.

So many people don't understand this, which is why we often see careers derail like a speeding train, full of passengers, ideas, and dreams. Everything inside is destroyed.

Naturally we don't want that to happen to us. 

What we read, what we watch, the people with whom we associate, the organizations to which we belong, the neighborhood in which we reside, the clothing we wear . . . everything we do and say, in other words, sends a message about who we are.  Outfluence identifies this form of communication as Constant Messaging®.

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Introducing Our Newest Affiliate: Dave Sandler!

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Introducing Our Newest Affiliate: Dave Sandler!

You probably know him as “Detour” Dave, the traffic guy and local man about town of WBAL Radio and 98 Rock in Baltimore. We at Outfluence have come to know Dave as a stellar communicator, successful business owner, and dignified inspirational speaker. We are delighted to announce our recent affiliation with him.

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Tendencies are Your Silent Communicators

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Tendencies are Your Silent Communicators

We learn so much from the experiences of others.  If we listen carefully, little nuggets like "tendencies under pressure" resonate loudly.  Tendencies to speed up are the result of lack of confidence, inadequate preparation, insufficient knowledge of a subject, inexperience and other reasons.  But I believe those four are the primary reasons why we tend to speed up when we are under pressure.

I remember early in my public speaking days I tended to speak very quickly.  In my mind I tended to speak quickly because I had so much information to share, I was afraid I couldn't fit it into the time allotted.  Really it was poor preparation. 

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How did our Program for High Schools Begin?

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How did our Program for High Schools Begin?

You Are Here ...Now What?, Outfluence's premiere program for high school students, has been part of the Anne Arundel County school system for five years. In this video, our co-founder, Kay Betz, sits down with Ms. Linda Lamon, South River High School's Signature Program Facilitator, to discuss the history and philosophy behind the program.


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Perspective From Higher Ground: Business and Problem Solving

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Perspective From Higher Ground: Business and Problem Solving

I remember as a kid always talking to ankles and knees when an adult approached to greet me.  And then there was that awkward look up to try to see his or her face.  As an adult I'm sensitive to that moment, so I bend down to get at eye level with a youngster. 

Recently I visited the Gettysburg Battlefields and I felt a little bit of that looking at the ankles feeling as I looked at the base of large trees that surround portions of the grounds. 

As we got to Cemetery Hill, we found ourselves atop the tree line, overlooking the battlefield, and what happened there became very clear.

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Will Robots Need the Soft Skills, Too?

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Will Robots Need the Soft Skills, Too?

I read an article this morning about robotics.  It is estimated that 30% of the workforce in Europe will be replaced in the next 20 years.  The United States will face the charge of the robotics brigade, too.  A number of restaurants are already considering the move to robotic servers.  Even lawyers are not immune to robotics entering their world.  What will happen to the human workforce after the tech take over? Al discusses.

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Business Owners: Who Are We Listening To?

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Business Owners: Who Are We Listening To?

If you are a business owner, you most likely receive a lot of unsolicited advice and unwelcome comments.  You may also receive advice that you pay for.  Who do you listen to and who do you ignore?  I listen to all of them.

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Happy Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day

My mother grew up on a farm.  She completed the 6th grade.  She went to work in a textile mill. Recently she spent 2 months in the hospital.  She was struggling to breathe.  The family gathered around because we thought at 86 she wouldn't have the strength to win this battle...

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How Our Children Will Achieve in the Workplace

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How Our Children Will Achieve in the Workplace

IN MY OPINION, WE DON'T SUCCEED IN THE WORKPLACE.  WE ACHIEVE IN THE WORKPLACE.  SUCCESS IMPLIES THAT WE HAVE REACHED THE END.  WE DON'T WANT TO PLANT THE IDEA IN OUR MIND THAT ONE SUCCESS IS THE ULTIMATE, THAT WE HAVE REACHED OUR CAPACITY FOR SUCCESS.  WE DETERMINE THAT WE HAVE SUCCEEDED WHEN WE ARE READY TO END OUR WORKPLACE JOURNEY.  AT THAT TIME WE CAN LOOK BACK AND DETERMINE OUR LEVEL OF SUCCESS.  UNTIL THEN WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO ACHIEVE NEW THINGS.

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You Are Here... Now What? Hits the High Schools

You Are Here... Now What? Hits the High Schools

After initial success with his popular books for business professionals, Al Betz, creator of the Outfluence concept, dove into preparation for a new program: You Are Here... Now What? The program aims to guide high school students onto the path to academic and workplace prosperity. Ten years later, YAHNW has arrived. 

 

Outfluence Gangs Up on Drugs and Violence

Outfluence Gangs Up on Drugs and Violence

The drug epidemic in our country's small suburban towns is saddening, and growing at a shocking rate. Violence affects far too many of our families as well. Outfluence, along with the presenters of the Carroll County Drug and Violence Awareness Expo, aims to help.

Please join the Outfluence Team on April 28th as we "Gang Up on Drugs and Violence"!

Psst... Pass It On.

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Psst... Pass It On.

The youngest among us are looking to adults as examples of how to live life. We are certainly not perfect examples. We make mistakes. Our children will learn our lessons, good and bad, as we pass them on.

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"False Sense of Security" in MD's Educational Needs

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"False Sense of Security" in MD's Educational Needs

YESTERDAY'S ARTICLE IN THE WASHINGTON POST TELLS THE STORY OF SCHOOL SYSTEMS THAT ARE COMING TO GRIPS WITH FAILURE AND ARE TAKING ACTION TO GAIN CONTROL OF WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE LEARNING.  THE OUTFLUENCE PROGRAM "YOU ARE HERE . . . NOW WHAT?" IS ON TRACK TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT.

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