May 18, 2011

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 8, Issue 5   May 2011   ISSN 1556-3820

“Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure so that in the end,
she didn't fail at all.”

– Maya Angelou, celebrated poet, novelist, educator

Note From Regina 


May and June are filled with graduations. And, a graduation wouldn’t be official without dignitaries giving speeches and sharing words of wisdom.

This month I thought I’d share words of wisdom I garnered from a panel featuring four extraordinarily successful women who spoke at a women’s conference last month. Find out what they had to say in this month’s feature article, Five Secrets of Extraordinarily Successful Women.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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P.S. Want to re-ignite your passion? Join me May 19th at 12 noon CDT with Passion… Who Needs It? author, Shaunice Hawkins. (Register Here)

   Feature Article

Five Secrets of Extraordinarily Successful Women! 

As a professional speaker, I have the opportunity to attend numerous events, listen to lots of speakers, and talk to women from across the U.S and around the world.

I have to admit, no matter how many events I attend, I always enjoy listening to what other women have done to achieve success, and learning from their successes and their failures. And, as you might imagine, I ask a lot of questions.

This month I’d like to share some of the collective wisdom I’ve garnered from my travels with all of you.

  1. Reach out, don’t sit out. Were you ever told that good things come to those who wait? Hate to break it to you, but good things come to those who INITIATE. That means you have to raise your hand and go after what you want. If you don’t put yourself out there, who will?
  2. Take advantage of every opportunity that’s available to you. When opportunity knocks, don’t be afraid to fling the door open wide and see where it takes you. Sometimes it doesn’t look quite how we expected it to, or come at the time we had hoped, but when it does come, know this. It’s yours to grab or lose.
  3. Leverage all of your experiences. Don’t forget that the things you do in your personal life can also help you in your professional life and vice versa. Today, the lines between your personal and professional life are already one big blur anyway, right? So if you can find a way to leverage all of your experiences to be successful, then perhaps you can have success the way it should be: on your terms.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Many of you tend to be perfectionists. That’s a problem because it takes up a lot of your time and energy. Plus, no matter how hard you try, there are always going to be things that go wrong or are out of your control. Make your new mantra “good enough is good enough.” Then move on.
  5. Always be in learning mode. This meant a lot of different things to different women. Here’s what it boiled down to for most. Invest your time and money in continuing education; develop and nurture your network; volunteer to develop new skills and gain new experiences both inside and outside your company; and read a ton.

You don’t have to travel or go to conferences and events to find out how other women achieve success. Take a look around you. Who do you admire? Who is doing the kinds of things you want to be doing? Find out who that woman is and invite her to coffee or lunch. Ask her what she does that makes her so successful. Then, take what you learn and put it to work for you. Next thing you know I might be talking to you about YOUR secrets to success. Wouldn’t that be a great thing?

Regina Barr is a nationally recognized authority on women and leadership. Her mission is to educate and empower women to stand tall and take charge of their careers by inspiring them to dream big, take action and make it happen. Regina is an executive coach, professional speaker, trainer, writer and media commentator with master’s degrees in business administration and human development. For more information, call 651-453-1007 or visit www.redladder.com, www.theWATTnetwork.com.

Copyright 2011 Regina Barr. All rights reserved.


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About Red Ladder

Red Ladder, Inc. provides services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing people and inspiring success. Regina Barr, Red Ladder’s CEO, holds a BBA, an MBA and an MA in human development. With over twenty years in the financial services industry, she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing.


in this issue ...
  • Note from Regina
  • Five Secrets of Extraordinarily Successful Women!    
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

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What's New ...

04/26/11 Regina Barr presented Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over™ for the IAAP Minneapolis Chapter.

04/28/11 Regina Barr interviewed Carol Frohlinger, author of Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It: 99 Ways to Win the Respect You Deserve, the Success You've Earned, and the Life You Want! (Read Regina's book review)


Here are upcoming programs featuring or hosted by Regina Barr ...

May 19th (12 noon CDT) Author Interview with Shaunice Hawkins. This 45 minute call will feature an interview with Shaunice Hawkins, author of Passion...Who Needs It?  Shaunice will discuss an action-oriented exploration of passion and purpose, and practical steps to take when YOUR inner fire has burned out. FREE to attend. Registration required. Learn More or Register Now.

For complete details and information on how to register for our public programs, visit our Schedule of Events. Preview a list of Regina’s five most requested programs.

Interested in having Regina speak or present a seminar or workshop at your next event? Contact us at: 651-453-1007 or .


Resources ...  

Amplify Your Success eBook and Audios: Regina Barr presents Amplify Your Success: 25 Powerful Leaders Help Accelerate Your Career! Inspirational speakers cover five key topics including interpersonal skills, self-management, personal accountability, influencing others and goal achievement in this eBook and Audio program. Learn more or order your copy now. 

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Susan Bye Auer, attendee, Women Who Step Forward conference

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