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    Renting an RV

    When it’s time for your next vacation, you may be thinking about switching things up and renting an RV. Wondering how you can rent an RV? https://www.amfam.com/resources/articles/hobby-and-recreational-vehicles/top-tips-for-renting-an-rv   About Daniel Piazza – American Family Insurance We are a locally owned, full-service insurance agency.  We provide a relationship based, consultative approach to working with our clients. We listen and educate them on their needs/coverages.  Our team then backs this up with top notch customer service. Our goal is to be their trusted advisor. DANIEL PIAZZA AGENCYDAN PIAZZA, AGENT  | AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE2601 Crossroads Dr Ste 100 | Madison, WI 53718Office: 608.241.9000  | Fax: 855.247.1476dpiazza@amfam.com

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    3 Ways to Become Genuinely Interested in Other People

    Our ability to take a genuine interest in other people can be critical to our career.  It can be the difference between being an effective manager or a truly engaging leader.  Taking genuine interest can power a sales professional from meeting goals to busting through quotas.  In the end, no matter who you are it will mean that you will have stronger more fulfilling relationships at work, at home, and anywhere you go! Smile More – The simplest piece of advice that you’ll ever get.  It’s also costs, nothing and quite possibly will yield you the greatest results.  By making a concerted effort to smile more, you will have more conversations,…

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    What’s Holding You Back?

    Are you where you want to be, where you thought you would be? Most of us — including me — would respond with a quick and an emphatic ‘no.’ There is more I want to do and more I know I can do. There are still mountains to climb, oceans to swim, and for me, songs to write. So, when should I start making that change? How about now!  I have found that the best time to face my challenges is now. So here are three insights I have to offer: the three C’s that I frequently fight with. Lack of CONVICTION: There are several reasons why this continually hinders…

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    The 3 Levels of Listening to Property Buyers

    Dealing with objections is more than just giving them flowers. “My wife is mad at me. Again.”   My coaching client, Mark, was complaining to me about an incident with his wife that happened after he got back from work the previous evening.   “She was talking about a problem with one of her co-workers. Oh Darcy, it was so obvious what she needed to do! So I told her. And instead of being grateful, she stormed out of the kitchen. And she gave me the silent treatment all night. This seems to be happening a lot lately. What should I do?” Mark and I had built a good relationship,…

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    The Wheel of Life

    Have you ever had several days in a row where you’re just not feeling all that great mentally? (What a silly question…of course you have – you’re a human!).  Maybe you notice a tightness in your chest, shoulders, neck. Or maybe you feel all around heavy energy and lots of negative emotions. Perhaps you even notice this thought cross your mind: “My. Life. Sucks.”  I’ve noticed that when we don’t feel good physically, we have our go-to – maybe we take some ibuprofen, drink some water, lay down to rest. When we don’t feel good mentally, however, what do we tend to do to help ourselves? One thing I’ve learned that helps…

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    “Times they are a-changin’” – Bob Dylan

    In 1961, when I was a 10-year-old kid, Sunday nights were filled with wonder.  My family would gather in the living room and turn on Walt Disney Presents on our brand new, state-of-the-art, 16 inch, RCA black and white television set.  Most nights I would hop up and adjust the rabbit ear antenna until the picture was just right.  If I couldn’t get it my little sister would run to the kitchen and come back with the aluminum foil to wrap the ears.  After the show Dad would get up, walk all the way across the room, and press a button to turn off the TV.  Those were the good…

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    120 Things to Remove from Your Life

    by Courtney Carver bemorewithless My simplicity journey is gentle. My decluttering journey was slow. I didn’t wake up one morning cancel my cable television, quit my job and throw all my stuff in a dumpster. One small change led to another. It’s been an inch by inch, shirt by vase by book process of letting go. I’ve simplified and edited every part of my life and continue to approach my life and work with a less is more philosophy. The slow and steady way is the only one that has ever worked for me in terms of sustainable change. That said, picking up the speed and intensity on my simplicity journey…

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    To Quit, Or Not To Quit?

    What competing in triathlons can teach you about staying motivated to sell houses I crossed the finish line, panting and drenched in sweat. Aching all over, but happy.  The year was 1998, and I’d just completed my first triathlon. The only season I’ve missed in the 24 years since then was the summer my second daughter was born (and my first daughter was 17 months old!). It might surprise you to learn that I still struggle sometimes to motivate myself to train for triathlons. My coach has me doing “double bricks” – which basically means you train for one discipline immediately after another one. So going for a 10k run…

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    How to Find a Rental in Madison

    When people ask our Relocation Team what we do for a living, we tell them we help people relocate to Madison. Sometimes we get a follow up question, “What does that mean?” The answer is complicated.  What our Relocation Team does each day depends on the person we are helping. We take our cues from our transferees, and every transferee is different. Whether we are babysitting hamsters (true story), making up a bed in temporary housing, or touring a visitor through one way streets in downtown Madison, the services we provide never look the same. One services we are asked about often is rental assistance. If you are a conscious…

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    Growing this Year

    Those New Year’s Resolutions can go from encouraging to utterly discouraging very quickly! We all know the guys who flood the gym for a week and are ghosts after that.  Or the holier-than-thou coworker who turn down the office donuts… maybe twice. Or one of my favorites is the one who buys a ukulele and instruction book, watches two hours of YouTube, and then has a new dust collector in the corner! We’ve all been these people, and it’s honestly hard not to be! Resolutions are great. They make us think about how we can improve personally and professionally. So why is it so easy to get discouraged? If we…