Author Archives: Lisa Kanda

About Lisa Kanda

Lisa Kanda, owner and chief results officer at Elkay Corporate Advisors, is a professional speaker, business/marketing strategist; executive and personal branding coach; and social media consultant and trainer. She focuses her work on helping companies, solo and entrepreneurs and individuals break through obstacles to their achieving success by providing the tools to realize improved results for them in their professional and personal lives.

Podcast: How To Soar As a Solopreneur: The Bottom Line-Time & Money

The Bottom Line-Time & MoneyDo you ever feel like there are not enough hours in a day? Are you keeping your focus on your bottom line, managing your cash flow, and pricing your products and services correctly?

Learn how to create time management strategies that can help you stay focused and set priorities. Discover tips to help you price your offerings competitively yet put you on the road to profitability. How you manage your time and money matters. This podcast gives specific techniques on managing cash flow, getting paid and getting paid what you’re worth, and time management tips to keep you on track.

Podcast: How To Soar As a Solopreneur: The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less TraveledToday’s solopreneur is maneuvering around and through obstacles and challenging conditions on “The Road Less Traveled”.  And although many people believe that solo-driven business would be the proverbial “dream come true” for independent thinkers, successful solopreneurs understand that the path is NOT for everyone. In fact, solopreneurship is so much more than business ownership–It is a life conversion that requires passionate commitment.

This podcast reveals some valuable insights that will help today’s solopreneurs begin their journey with a better understanding of their natural talents and their unique attributes to make the most of their resources and their abilities.

Podcast: How To Soar As a Solopreneur: Start Your Engines

Start Your EnginesMore and more people are turning to starting their own business as a result of the economy. As a result, a growing market of solopreneurs is tackling this new landscape while trying to make a living. Whether you are a seasoned business owner or just starting out,  solopreneurs have some unique challenges.

This podcast is the first in a series discussing some of the challenges and obstacles and then offer some solutions and resources to help you on the road to success.

Lessons to Remember – Lessons to Learn

In March of 2010, I launched my Blog Talk Radio Show, 30 Minute Business Dig, with my co-host and colleague Dr. Deborah Frey. In two years, we have aired and recorded 37 shows with over 3100 listeners to both our live and archived shows. For our first show of 2012, we reflected on the past year’s topics and guests, and gave a recap and “best-of” review of our content to help you power-up for the New Year.

Here is a list and links to the original podcasts of the shows we discussed. Did you have any favorites?

Strategy CPR: How to Breathe Life into Your Organization’s Game Plan

Resilience: How Can You Be Flexible and Strong in Challenging Times?

Coloring Outside the Lines

Are You a Transformational Leader?

Why Blogging is an Essential Marketing Tool for Business

Caring Inspired! Love,Hope&Compassion & Social Networking

The 9-11 Memorial – Returning to Ground Zero to Honor Those Lost

One World Trade Center - Freedom Tower

One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) under construction.

On September 11, 2011, the 9-11 Memorial opened to the public as a place for us to honor and remember those who lost their lives on this terrible day 10 years ago.  This month, I made my own personal visit to this sacred ground and I wanted to share the photos and feelings I had from that day. I had made the trek to Ground Zero after the attacks to see the devastation, and say a prayer for those who died and their loved ones. That visit was very different from this one. While I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew it would be powerful.

You must book your reservation on line at the 9-11 Memorial web site. They stagger the times you can visit in half hour increments. During this time of year, there was lots of availability, but during the summer or holidays, you should book a few weeks in advance. The web site gives you all the information you need to know to prepare for your visit. You do have to go through security and your personal items are x-rayed before you can enter the site.

Once you make your way through the construction pathways, you enter the site on the southwest corner. The first thing I noticed was the silence except for the waterfalls in the two pools. There were several hundred people there and no one spoke above a whisper. Now this was a Sunday, so I imagine during the week days, you would hear all of the construction going on around the Memorial. I observed many people doing etchings of names, taking pictures at specific names and silent prayers being said.

South Pool - 9-11 Memorial

South Pool

For me the emotions just flowed: tears, sighs, sorrow, and a heavy heart. As I walked around the two pools, I wanted to embrace all the names of those who died and tell them how much they were loved and are missed.

Another observation was the number of small children who were too young to know about this tragic day. Parents were on bent knee explaining what all of this meant. It was overwhelming at times. The 9-11 Museum is still under construction, but this will help our future generations know what happened on this day and how our world changed.

9-11 Memorial Museum

9-11 Museum under construction.

Survivor Tree 9-11 Memorial

Survivor Tree 9-11 Memorial Winter 2012

As I made my way to the exit, I noticed a group of people surrounding a 9-11 volunteer under a barren tree. I stopped to listen to his story and discovered that this tree is call the “Survivor Tree.”  According to the 9-11 Memorial web site:

The callery pear tree became known as the Survivor Tree after sustaining extensive damage, but living through the September 11, 2001, terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree with lifeless limbs, snapped roots and blackened trunk was discovered and freed from the piles of smoldering rubble in the plaza of the World Trade Center. The tree was originally planted in the 1970s in the vicinity of buildings four and five in the WTC complex near Church Street.The damaged tree measured eight-feet tall when it arrived in November 2001 at the Parks Department’s Arthur Ross Nursery in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.  It was nursed back to health and today has grown to a height of about 30 feet.

Here is a video of Alice Martin, who lost her husband on September 11, 2001, getting a private tour of the memorial site and learning the story of the Survivor Tree. Since my photo was taken in the dead of winter, this video shows the tree in full bloom and green leaves.

This was the perfect way to end my visit. While so many were lost, those of us left behind are the survivors as well. We have commitment to the 2,983 people who lost their lives to terrorists to never let it happen again.

If you’ve visited the 9-11 Memorial or would like to share your thoughts and memories, feel free to comment below.

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