Linda Fogg Phillips: Corporate Speaker, Facebook Guru, Mother of 8!

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Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Fogg Phillips.  Linda is a corporate speaker and trainer, the author of Facebook For Parents, and a mother of 8!  Linda’s story is rooted in her passion for building relationships with her children.  She had been avoiding Facebook for years– “I just don’t have time.”  But after learning that her daughter had a boyfriend only by her brother telling her (he saw it on facebook), she realized that if she didn’t take the time to learn her daughter’s world, she was being a negligent parent.

Linda’s goal is to strengthen families.  She teaches that the tools may evolve, but the way children relate and interact with each other has changed, and will continue to do so.  If parents do not invest the time to learn about social media, they will get left behind, and their relationships will suffer.  Get more information on Linda and her interactive Facebook For Parents workshops for parents, teens, and families!


This interview is part of the “Branding Your Passion TV” series that complements Jeff’s keynote.  Jeff interviews interesting people doing interesting things to illustrate living examples of the seven principles he espouses for entrepreneurs.  Bring the “Branding Your Passion” Keynote to your school or organization today!

NOW AVAILABLE – “Life Choices: Pursuing Your Passion”

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I am officially an author!  Life Choices: Pursuing Your Passion is now available for purchase on my website. I’d like to thank Judi Moreo for asking me to write the first chapter for the latest book in her Life Choices Series (except below).  This is a great step for me toward writing my own complete book, and moving me further along in my speaking business.

The back cover: If you have ever had a dream that you wanted to pursue but didn’t have the courage, if you’ve ever wanted to do something that you didn’t think you could do, if you have ever wanted to go somewhere but didn’t believe it was possible… READ THIS BOOK. Twenty-six authors share with you how they pursued their passions and made their dreams become reality.

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Excerpt From Chapter 1: Jeff Civillico – Do What You Love; Love What You Do

Four years after my college graduation, I returned to my Georgetown University Homecoming to find that most of my friends were seemingly unsatisfied in their professional lives.  How could it be that so many intelligent and motivated young professionals were finding fulfillment elusive in “the real world?”  Keep in mind– we’re talking about graduates of the top business and law schools around the country.

Surprisingly, my career as a performer was all the buzz. “You’re so LUCKY to be able to do what you love for a living.”  I juggle plungers.  And I’m the lucky one.

Further conversation revealed that although everyone agreed it was theoretically possible to create an enterprise based on passion, to most the undertaking seemed unrealistic and impractical.  How are you going to pay the bills?  How do you meet the right people to help you?  What if you don’t have some weird talent like juggling?

Clearly there existed a gap between understanding the importance of a career based on passion, and understanding how to brand, market, and monetize that passion.

In 2011, the professional paradigm for most people bears little resemblance to the experience of previous generations. Platforms of business have changed.  Traditional industries have soured.  A typical employee may look more like an independent contractor, and the social media revolution has completely changed the way we communicate.   In this extreme climate of change, there lives unparalleled access and opportunity.