USANA Podcast — Building Confidence

Collette telling a story from the stage at USANA's International Convention

On Episode 9, Collette joins Ryan to discuss self-confidence. Where does it come from? Can it be learned? Listen for some great tips on improving and building your self-confidence.

Go here to see Collette’s list of 25 Ways to Build Self-Confidence.

We hope that you enjoy this new feature and we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. If you have any ideas for future episodes of our Larsen Global USANA podcast, we would love to hear them in the comments below. Be sure to take notes and get back to us with your success stories via Twitter (@LarsenGlobal) or Facebook (facebook.com/larsenglobal).

There are a few different ways to listen to our podcasts. We suggest you subscribe to the Larsen Global USANA podcast on iTunes. This will allow you to listen to us from your iPod, iPhone, iTunes, or other device. To subscribe through iTunes, click here, or click the iTunes image below. You can also listen to the podcast by pressing the “play” button below (note: if you are receiving this article as an email subscription, you will need to click here to listen to the podcast with your web browser).

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USANA Podcast — Countdown to Convention

On Episode 8, Collette talks to Ryan about Larsen Global’s Countdown to Convention Contest, how newcomers to convention can get the most out of it, and how they can bring convention home with them.  Also, Collette shares a few ’12 Convention secrets that you won’t hear anywhere else!

We hope that you enjoy this new feature and we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. If you have any ideas for future episodes of our Larsen Global USANA podcast, we would love to hear them in the comments below. Be sure to take notes and get back to us with your success stories via Twitter (@LarsenGlobal) or Facebook (facebook.com/larsenglobal).

There are a few different ways to listen to our podcasts. We suggest you subscribe to the Larsen Global USANA podcast on iTunes. This will allow you to listen to us from your iPod, iPhone, iTunes, or other device. To subscribe through iTunes, click here, or click the iTunes image below. You can also listen to the podcast by pressing the “play” button below (note: if you are receiving this article as an email subscription, you will need to click here to listen to the podcast with your web browser).

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Countdown to USANA’s 2012 Convention Contest Winner

We want to thank everyone who entered our Countdown to USANA’s 2012 Convention Contest. We received 96 entries and the comments were so kind. We picked a random winner from everyone who left comments, and the lucky winner was number 37, Alicia Trice. Alicia, we are excited to meet with you during convention for a business strategy session with Collette and Zachary, and with Dax for an online marketing consultation.

For everyone else who entered, thank you. You will have two more chances to win. By leaving a comment on the original post, you are already entered in the next drawing, but keep checking our Facebook page for more chances to win.

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Countdown to USANA Convention Contest

Convention is always one of the highlights of our year, and USANA’s 2012 International Convention – our 20th Anniversary Celebration – promises to exceed all expectations. In addition to learning from the stellar lineup of speakers and enjoying the world-class entertainment, we are excited to connect with our friends and business partners from around the world.

This year we’re starting the celebration a little early by running a “Countdown to Convention” contest. Three randomly chosen winners – one each in June, July and August – will be entitled to a private one hour training session during convention with Collette, Zak and Dax.

To be eligible to enter the contest, you need to do just two simple things:

1. Like us on Facebook.

2. Leave a comment on this blog.

That was easy.

Anyone can enter. If you win our contest but won’t be at USANA’s International Convention, we will be happy to offer the consultation and strategy session over the phone, or internationally via Skype.

Remember to leave a comment below to enter. We will announce a winner the first week of June, the first week of July and the first week of August. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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USANA Podcast — Storytelling

Collette telling a story from the stage at USANA's International Convention

Collette telling a story from the stage at USANA's International Convention

In this episode of Larsen Global’s USANA Podcast, Collette joins Ryan to discuss what makes a great storyteller and how telling stories can help your USANA business grow.

We hope that you enjoy this new feature and we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. If you have any ideas for future episodes of our Larsen Global USANA podcast, we would love to hear them in the comments below. Be sure to take notes and get back to us with your success stories via Twitter (@LarsenGlobal) or Facebook (facebook.com/larsenglobal).

There are a few different ways to listen to our podcasts. We suggest you subscribe to the Larsen Global USANA podcast on iTunes. This will allow you to listen to us from your iPod, iPhone, iTunes, or other device. To subscribe through iTunes, click here, or click the iTunes image below. You can also listen to the podcast by pressing the “play” button below (note: if you are receiving this article as an email subscription, you will need to click here to listen to the podcast with your web browser).

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An Update on Sharlie and Remembering Lexi

Sharlie and Lexi in Middle School

I have been sitting in a beautiful park here in Los Altos for the past hour, the empty screen of my laptop in front of me – pondering. Shoup Park is a spectacular oasis; the sun is warming my back, children are laughing as they run alongside the stream and everything is in Springtime bloom. It feels as if I’m seeing LIFE through new eyes. Hope springs eternal. It’s a cliché…but one that makes sense to me.

March 5th, 1995 – the date by which everything is measured in our family; everything of note happened either before or after. And each year on this date…tender feelings and tears. Seventeen years ago today I held my beautiful 14-year-old daughter, Lexi, in my arms as she took her last struggled breath and departed this existence. I’ve missed her every single day since and even though I’ve been blessed with the gift of her “presence” on several special occasions; I still desperately miss being able to see, hear and touch her.

This March 5th feels different. Tears? Certainly. Joyful, Grateful, Overwhelming tears. Sharlie gets stronger each day. Such an amazing insight she shared yesterday. On her daily walks around the hospital corridors, she has been avoiding a ramp that she felt would be too much of a challenge. For almost all her life ramps, stairs, inclines of any sort have given Sharlie pause. She has structured her life in a way that helps her avoid these obstacles; knowing she needs to walk on mostly level ground in order to maintain her oxygen saturation.

Yesterday, flanked by her husband Ryan and their son, Harrison, she walked down that ramp and then a few minutes later walked back up, amazed at the fact she wasn’t breathless at the top! Yes, she was a bit tired after her walk but after all, it’s been just over two weeks since her heart and lungs were replaced. Perfectly respectable to feel a bit worn out.

Walking on Sunshine

Another milestone yesterday…they ventured out, a brief respite – and Sharlie was able to feel the fresh air on her face. They only stayed outside a few precious moments, just long enough to deliver Harrison to me, but oh my…watching the three of them walking hand-in-hand took MY breath away. Sharlie was wearing the mask that will be her constant companion for the next few months, but her beautiful eyes were smiling.

Today – this particular March 5th of 2012 – is a day of celebration. Lexi, I celebrate your memory. Sharlie, I celebrate your courage. Sisters connected. Attached at the hip for fourteen short years. Now…attached at the heart. Being your mother has forever changed me. Thank you.

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An Update on Sharlie

As many of you know, Sharlie underwent a successful double lung and heart transplant on February 16th. So many of you have offered your thoughts and prayers through this process and I want you to know how much that means to Sharlie and Ryan, to me, and to the rest of our family. I really do feel like USANA is family, and the support that we have felt from all of you has been so touching that words can’t begin to express our gratitude.

Sharlie is recovering. She is getting stronger and improving every day, and she is looking forward to beginning the next stage of her healing and strengthening process at Sanoviv. The past two weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts during this time with all of you. The following are excerpts from updates that I sent to my family over this process.

2/18

It is early Saturday morning, February 18th. I just realized as I typed that sentence that 39 years ago today I was in labor. My oldest son, Dax was born in the early hours of the morning on February 19th and it took me over 24 hours to bring him into the world. How is it possible that was 39 years ago?

Truly, I feel a bit like I’ve been in labor over the past couple of days…at least from what I remember, the pain the anguish, the doubt, fears and then the faith and hope and the ultimate unspeakable JOY! Yes, from what I remember all those years ago, the past couple of days has been quite a bit like labor. Sharlie is re-born! She lives; she breathes; she smiles; she cries; she squeezes our hands and she whispers over and over again with tears rolling down her cheeks, “I’m so grateful!”

I can’t begin to describe or express all we’ve witnessed over the past couple of days. There have been sacred miracles too profound to speak about along with laughter that doubled us over. The range of emotions has been staggering.

I know many of you have been following on Facebook so you’ve seen pictures and read updates. Thousands of friends from around the world are following Sharlie’s story. There is something about this exceptional woman…she inspires everyone, especially me.

So much I want to say. How I wish I could express the feelings of my heart to the donor’s family. Someday, I hope they’ll meet precious Shar. That they’ll know that through their grief, so much light and life came into the world.

I’m off to the hospital; but simply wanted to thank you all again and express my love to you. Please forgive my scattered thoughts. Someday, I’ll get it all out. For now…my daughter awaits; alive; and I’m so very, very grateful.

2/25

I am sitting by her bedside, clearly understanding why this amazing machine is called a “laptop.” Technology. Blessed technology. As I watch all the monitors flashing the good news – blood pressure normal, heart rate normal, oxygen saturation – perfect, automated I.V.’s dripping their protection against rejection into her veins; I am struck once again by the sheer immensity of it all. The advancements in science and technology that are being utilized to monitor each precious moment of life.

As a teenager in the mid-60’s, I remember my father showing me a newspaper headline trumpeting the first human heart transplant. Surely this was science fiction! Now, some 45 years later I watch Sharlie’s chest as it effortlessly rises and falls, her new heart beating a perfect rhythm, sustaining her life. What would I have thought, I wonder, if I’d known my own daughter would one day be a heart/lung recipient? A miracle.

A couple days after the transplant I was in the ICU when a member of the surgical team stopped by. He explained he was the surgeon who had “harvested” the organs from the donor. He wasn’t allowed to give me much information but he did tell us that Sharlie’s new heart was bigger than her old. Not possible. Well, maybe possible from a physical perspective…but not possible from any other standpoint. Sharlie already had the biggest of hearts…but as this good doctor explained – “if she had a 250 horsepower engine before, she’ll now be operating with a 350 horsepower engine.” He assured us this would be a very good thing as she begins to exercise, to get fit. A super-charged engine! How awesome is that?

It’s the little things…Sharlie keeps telling me this. The first time she was able to hold her hands under warm, running water she asked if she could just stand there a minute, feeling the water running through her fingers. Her first, shaky steps – several of us supporting her as tears flowed and she gave us a trimphal “thumbs-up.” Last night my sweet sister Sydney (a former nurse and second mother to Shar) helped me give Sharlie her first bath since coming into the hospital. The warm cleansing cloths the nurses provide have been okay…but to have a basin of very warm water, all her favorite Sense products, and to luxuriate in the simple act of us washing and rinsing her hair was almost more pleasure than she could bear. Shar proclaimed it was the best she’d ever felt. Uh…I don’t think so; but Sydney and I certainly felt validated and indispensable! Sharlie has a way of making everyone feel special.

She’s waking. More later as she continues along this remarkable journey to recovery. Thank you for your concern and love. We appreciate each of you so very much.

To keep up with Sharlie’s progress, please visit her Facebook page and her blog.

Thanks to Dave Wentz for this special message to Sharlie…


And to Dr. Oz as well…

Thank you for your continued prayers, your support, and your friendship.

Love,

Collette

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USANA Podcast — The Rut

In this episode of Larsen Global’s USANA Podcast, Collette joins Ryan to talk about getting out of your business rut.

We hope that you enjoy this new feature and we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. If you have any ideas for future episodes of our Larsen Global USANA podcast, we would love to hear them in the comments below. Be sure to take notes and get back to us with your success stories via Twitter (@LarsenGlobal) or Facebook (facebook.com/larsenglobal).

There are a few different ways to listen to our podcasts. We suggest you subscribe to the Larsen Global USANA podcast on iTunes. This will allow you to listen to us from your iPod, iPhone, iTunes, or other device. To subscribe through iTunes, click here, or click the iTunes image below. You can also listen to the podcast by pressing the “play” button below (note: if you are receiving this article as an email subscription, you will need to click here to listen to the podcast with your web browser).

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Following is the sample letter that Collette refers to in the podcast. It is written for those who were once involved with USANA, and who now, for one reason or another, are no longer active. Please feel free to change this sample letter to meet your needs.

Dear _______,

Second chances are hard to come by. I am writing to you and 24 other specific individuals with one clear intention. My partners and I met today to clarify our direction for the coming year. We are determined to find four individuals who want to team upwith us; individuals we believe have the potential to rise as leaders in USANA.

We know you were once involved with USANA; that you had a vision of where USANA could take you and that at one point you earned USANA income. We don’t know why you’re no longer active, but we believe it might be because you were left without leadership or direction. If that spark still burns, and if you’d like to partner with Larsen Global on a leg we will maximize this year, we want to hear from you.

If you are not interested in USANA or in working with us, do nothing. We will not continue to contact you. If you find this message intriguing we would like to personally visit with you about the details and possibilities. We will follow up with those that respond by May 1st on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us by email at _____________ or directly by phone at _____________.

Warmly,

Collette Larsen

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USANA Podcast — Leadership

In the fifth episode of Larsen Global’s USANA Podcast, Zachary Ross joins Ryan to talk about the characteristics of an effective USANA leader and the differences between Leadership and Management mode.

We hope that you enjoy this new feature and we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. If you have any ideas for future episodes of our Larsen Global USANA podcast, we would love to hear them in the comments below. Be sure to take notes and get back to us with your success stories via Twitter (@LarsenGlobal) or Facebook (facebook.com/larsenglobal).

There are a few different ways to listen to our podcasts. We suggest you subscribe to the Larsen Global USANA podcast on iTunes. This will allow you to listen to us from your iPod, iPhone, iTunes, or other device. To subscribe through iTunes, click here, or click the iTunes image below. You can also listen to the podcast by pressing the “play” button below (note: if you are receiving this article as an email subscription, you will need to click here to listen to the podcast with your web browser).

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