Debbie Lundberg is a force to be reckoned with. First of all, she wakes up (usually before) 4:31am every day, which means she gets in about 3 hours of productivity before I’m even awake! She also absolutely rocked the pandemic, sharing her generosity all over the place, from her free virtual workshops to her book, Remote Work Rockstar, to the TEDx stage, to literally giving of herself and donating a kidney to a local woman. Let’s get to know this amazing woman, Debbie Lundberg!
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
Penning books, writing an etiquette column, speaking, strategizing, facilitating, teaming, and coaching are all ways to connect with people…sometimes one-on-one, and other times in small or large groups and each opportunity to share and provide ideas, insights, or considerations means there is a chance for someone to grow, learn and choose to believe in themselves. The joy of getting invited to provide my services is only rivaled by the learning I gain from observing and seeing the empowerment in others over time!
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
LinkedIn: Debbie Lundberg
Facebook: Presenting Powerfully by Debbie Lundberg
YouTube: Debbie Lundberg, Presenting Powerfully
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Check the clock, as I typically wake up right before my 4:31 AM alarm, smile, think of one thing for which I am grateful, and then attempt to get to my phone (outside the bedroom) to turn off the alarm before it goes off. I am competitive, even at that time of day, and it is a fun game to “beat the clock” before dressing for a run on Bayshore. I AM A MORNING PERSON. Yes, I appreciate not everyone is, and I do not think everyone “should” be one, and yet, I love the dawn (or pre-dawn) of a new day!
4. My best business advice is….
Do nothing in your business that is not based in kindness. Being kind does not mean you are nice, and being kind does not mean you are not without challenges, directness and fortitude. Be kind to yourself first, so that you will not be tempted to overlook it with others. When you are first kind, you come from a place of self-awareness, openness and care. (That, by the way is my best “life advice”, too!)
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
“Goals plus actions equal planned accomplishments” is a LUNDBERGism, so, considering I am thrilled each time I am asked to bid on a speaking engagement, facilitation, teaming event, and/or a coaching contract, I track my success rate in order to ensure the client’s desires and goals are heard and met. Currently, I win 94.3% of those for which I submit a proposal, and while that is wonderful, I plan to do two things this year: 1) Get to over 95% “wins” by improving my matching of interests with offerings for potential clients, and 2) Reach out to submit to two RFPs for speakers each month.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
While I am not originally from here, somehow, up in Flint, Michigan, my mom gave birth to a Tampanian, and I love it here! With that in mind, I am a strong community supporter, yes, and still, simply because I reside here, please do respect that my words and time are my work, and a presentation or coaching engagement is just as valuable in Tampa Bay as it is in Los Angeles. In other words, please don’t ask to “pick my brain” when it is really best that the time is scheduled as a coaching session, and please do refer me to national and international organizations, as I promise not to do anything but make you proud!
7. Your Astrological sign:
8. Favorite donut:
With extreme food allergies, I am not in a position to eat donuts without a medical reaction that would not be pretty. If that were not the case, a maple bacon donut sounds delicious!
9. Favorite podcast:
It’s a tie: Revisionist History Podcast with Malcolm Gladwell, and Cole Baker-Bagwell’s Kindness Think Tank!
10. Favorite book:
Deep Kindness by Houston Kraft – it is one of the books on the suggested readings for the “Kindness as a Leadership Trait” course I get to teach at universities and in organizations for leaders.
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – wow, what a show!
12. When I practice self-care I…
…am mindful of my body, mind, and emotions, so a run followed by a massage with the listening to an inspiring TED Talk is a wonderful combination!
13. The place I am happiest is…
…anywhere with Michael Lundberg, my husband, and that is often on a golf course!
12. People are surprised to learn…
…I used to skydive a lot, and that is how I made friends moving all over the place when with General Motors early in my career (which I also loved, and loved teaching Dale Carnegie Training adjunctly, too)!
15. 2020 taught me…
…you will not ever go broke by giving, and that when you give without strings, you gain a lot in return. My business, that is nearly 65% travel was first postponed and then canceled. Instead of curling up in a ball (which crossed my mind), I decided to write a book, REMOTE WORK ROCKSTAR, give it away to many, provide over 75 no-cost virtual events to assist people in working and leading remotely, got to deliver a TEDx Talk called “Who CAREs?”, and I donated a kidney to a local woman in Tampa Bay. While my business bank account is down tremendously, I am rich from the learnings of what care and kindess can do for the receiver…and the giver!