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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 the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Charles Dickens

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

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

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

– Buddha

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

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

– John Lennon

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

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

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Lewis Carroll

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

– Ajahn Chah

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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

– Anais Nin

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

– Winston Churchill

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

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

– Thomas Edison

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

– Leonard Cohen