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Tamela M. Rich

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From Charlotte, NC, Tamela writes books, articles, speeches and presentations for business professionals. From "the road" she writes about the people, places and experiences she discovers and the life lessons she learns from them. Invite her to share some of her lessons from the road at your next event!

The “Ambition Dress” and Extending My Middle Age

Tam with Shepherd Center Seniors

Yes, that’s me with a group of seniors in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Shepherd Center Author Series.  Take a closer look at the folks in the photo at the top of this post, all normal-sized and ambulatory. I loved what they shared with me about their lives, past …

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Congrats to Adam Holden-Bache on his Award-Winning Book

Adam Holden-Bache's award-winning book, "How to Win at B2B Email Marketing"

How to Win at B2B Email Marketing: A Guide to Achieving Success is a pioneering work in the field of email marketing. While a great deal has been written about business-to-consumer email practices, my friend and client Adam Holden-Bache broke new ground when he rounded up best practices for business-to-business email marketers. He …

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Finding Courage to Relaunch Your Life

The "Courage" card that Jeri made for my birthday

My dear friend Jeri and I learned how to be grownups together. We met as newlyweds some 30 years ago and have held hands through many vicissitudes: settling into married life; combining career and family in an environment hostile to working mothers; the angst of raising teenagers; and now the dual dynamics of menopause and …

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Connecting Deep: Life Lessons from Dolphins

Life lessons from dolphins

Matt and I spent the week of Christmas in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. The weather obliged, offering mostly-sunny skies and weather in the high 70’s. We strolled the beach, rode bikes, read, and talked about our lives; all the things I classify as “Connect Deep.” Where are the dolphins? We remarked …

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Join me Live. I’ll Answer Your Questions about FEAR

My survey findings explore FIVE fears in THREE areas of life

I surveyed over 200 people about their fears at home, work and play. I’ll use the results in my forthcoming book on fear. Which of the Five Universal Fears is prevalent at home? At work? At Play? Join me on November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm (EST) when all will be …

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Self-Help Techniques for Fear and Anxiety

Tamela on Good Day Charlotte talking about fear and anxiety

This week I joined Good Day Charlotte to talk about fear. Just in time for Halloween! As I explain in the interview, most of what we experience in modern life is “anxiety” not “fear.” With self-awareness, we can distinguish between the two and respond appropriately. Anxiety Relief without Drugs or Therapy …

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Today is Face Your Fears Day: Why are we Afraid of Clowns?

Heath Ledger's portrayal of the insane Joker may have led to escalating fear of clowns

“Aren’t you afraid?”  In my travels, I’ve seen beautiful sites and met phenomenal people. And yet, the most common question I’m asked about my travels isn’t “What’s your favorite national park,” instead it’s “Aren’t you afraid?”  I talked about this in my interview for “Face Your Fears Day”  this morning and the …

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Leaf Peeping and Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This year’s wet weather may have postponed your annual trip to the North Carolina Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the fall foliage. Good news, you haven’t missed a thing. The dazzling colors will continue to descend from high elevations to low through the beginning of November. When to …

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Explore Your Fears on “Face Your Fears Day”

My survey findings explore FIVE fears in THREE areas of life

Researching my new book on fear I’ve  learned that psychologists classify any and all fears as one of these five: Humiliation Separation Loss of Autonomy Mutilation Death Five universal fears in three areas of life I’m working with a Ph.D. statistician to conduct a survey that explores the five universal fears in three …

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Thoughts on Managing a Working Vacation

Whether walking the beach or working, be fully present on your working vacation

While I love exploring the country, there’s a lot to be said for staying in one place. Yesterday we left the beach house that we’ve been fortunate to visit for the past 20+ years. It’s become a touchstone for our lives, like children’s height notches on a closet door. It’s tempting …

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