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Donna Fisher, author, "Professional Networking for Dummies"

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Donna Fisher is an entrepreneur at heart. She loves creating and growing fun and profitable businesses. For 20 years, she has had her own business as a speaker/trainer for corporate meetings, conferences and conventions. She earned her Certified Speaking Professional designation CSP in 1998 and has continued to present programs on “People, Power and Possibilities.”

Along with her speaking business, she is the co-owner and President of HiHat, Inc., a manufacturing and retail business for drums and percussion instruments. http://www.percussiononline.com

In 2009, the Percussion Center was ranked as one of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Woman-Owned Businesses in Houston” based on a growth of 156% from 2002 to 2009 and 20.8% from 2007 to 2008. This led to the creation of her training program, “Drumming Up Business.”

In 2004, she rediscovered her creative side and her love of crocheting while visiting her Mother in North Carolina. The creative juices led to the development of three products, the camishawl, the Sharap and Chakra Shawls. Her product line is Soft & Luxurious custom designed and hand created wearable textiles. http://www.softandluxurious.com

Her five books, “Power Networking,” “People Power,” “Power NetWeaving,” “Switched-On Networking,” and “Professional Networking for Dummies” have been translated into four languages, recommended by Time magazine, and used as reference books in corporations and universities.

Donna’s mission is to be a catalyst for people to communicate and relate with respect and dignity and connect with people to make a difference. She helps people get set up to use Send Out Cards to stay connected with clients, prospects, family and friends.

For more information, visit www.donnafisher.com.

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb