After climbing the mountain of 2016, we can almost see the summit. We get this week, the scheduling train wreck that is the week leading up to Christmas and then we’re standing on the precipice of 2017. Just like any good climb, I’ve learned some things along the way this year that I believe are worth sharing.

I Can Figure It Out

Over the Fourth of July Holiday this year, I made the leap from the incredibly simplistic Google Sites website that I had been using to a more professional WordPress site.  When I started, I knew nothing about web design, hosting my own website, or putting one together. I did know that I had to figure it out.

I still have a ton to learn and I don’t intend to stop trying to get better, but figuring this out has given me a confidence boost that I never expected.

Everyone Wants To Help

I made a commitment at the end of 2015 to take my speaking and coaching business to the next level but I had no idea where I was going. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year, however, is that people love to be consulted for advice.

In 2016, I’ve been blessed with the advice of a lot of great people about marketing, business administration, leadership and presenting. I’ve learned this year that if you ask for help in an honest and genuine way, people love to help, they’re just waiting to be asked.

People Need To Be Reminded

When I was in high school, one of the popular books of the  day was titled, Everything I Need To Know I Already Learned In Kindergarten. While this an exaggeration, this year has taught me that by and large everyone already knows what to do. We know how to communicate, we know how to brand ourselves and how to be more productive, we even know how to get and hold an audience’s attention. We simply need to be reminded of these things from time to time.

This year, I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the Toastmasters District 40 Fall Conference. There was absolutely nothing new in the material that I shared. I believe there was value, however, because the workshop participants were presented with the same information in a new way. They were reminded of what they already knew and it hopefully helped them to change the way they looked at the subject. A big take away for me this year is that people need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.


When we get to the top of the mountain, we look back not just to see how far we’ve come, but to count the lessons we learned that can make our next climb even better than this one. As you stand at the summit of your year, what has 2016 taught you that will help make 2017 your best year ever?  Leave your lessons in the comments section below and let’s learn together!





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