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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.

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Oscar Wilde

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

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"

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

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

– Charles Dickens

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

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

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Thomas Edison

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

– Zig Ziglar

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha