Articles from 2012

The Power of the Handwritten Note

By Geno Stampora on December 6, 2012

In the midst of holiday insanity, don’t forget to use this time to thank the people around you for their friendship, support and for being loyal clients. I am a strong believer in regularly sending cards and letters.  I believe the way to someone s heart is through the mail, “snail” mail.  The handwritten note is still the most intimate way to get your message across. It has become even more impactful because it is rarely used anymore.  Even when the mail is used today, much of it is computer generated and very impersonal. Over the years when asked about the tips and ideas to be more successful, I always mention the power of cards, notes, and letters. Follow these simple ideas and watch what happens: The goal is to be memorable, to leave a lasting impression. The tool is …

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If You Read, You Succeed!

By Geno Stampora on September 1, 2012

If you read, you succeed!  I have always believed this. I find that summertime is a great time to read and to reread old favorites.  This summer has proven to be a great one for books that matter to me and my profession.  I also took the time to reread a few old faves and see if there is something I forgot or something that makes more sense now than before. The old faves are:  Booked Solid by Paul DiGrigoli, Self-Made in America by John McCormack, Be Nice (or Else!)  by Winn Claybaugh, and No Compromise Leadership by Neil DuCoff. These are just a few of the awesome books that deal directly with our industry and/or are written by industry icons.  I am honored to say that all of these authors are personal friends of mine.  Not only are they each very successful, they are constantly …

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The Greatest Enemy of Learning is Knowing

By Geno Stampora on July 12, 2012

One of the best lessons I have ever learned is this:  the greatest enemy of learning is knowing. Once you think you know, you build a barrier that prevents you from becoming more. One of the major keys to life is to always be searching for more.  We must always be looking to learn.  Some say it is to “have a student’s heart”.  Some say just always seek knowledge. The only real thing that separates us from others is our willingness to learn and to use that new learning in a positive way.  Every now and then, it is a good idea to actually reserve time in your day or week for learning.  This will require some planning.  “What does not get scheduled, does not get done.”  You could read, study a CD or DVD or just observe to learn …

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The Art of Balance in Life (It’s All About Your Plan)

By Geno Stampora on May 8, 2012

The art of balance in life has always been a great challenge for me personally. Balance is the elusive butterfly in life. There are times it is there and then in a moment it is gone. This is normal. It happens. I believe the first step to achieving balance is to study your quality of life. I try to make every major decision with my personal and family quality of life in mind. How will this affect me? How will this affect my family? Be realistic though. Do you like to shop? Do you like nice stuff? Do you like to travel? Do you like a nice car? Do you want to live in a nice house? All of these questions and more can and will affect your definition of balance. I am lucky. I love what I do for a living. …

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BEACON: A Recap

By Geno Stampora on August 7, 2012

In July during Beauty Week there is also BEACON.  BEACON is a PBA event that features some of the most promising cosmetology students.  The opportunity to attend BEACON is either earned by some through scholarship or paid by others. This year was the largest Beacon group ever, and the best to date. I have had the privilege and honor to facilitate Beacon for many years. Before me was the incredible Winn Claybaugh, and lucky for me, he became too busy opening up those Paul Mitchell academies all over the country, so I stepped in. The BEACON event is a time for students to hear from some of the great and talented members of the beauty industry. It is a time for these beauty icons to share advice and tips of the trade to those who will soon enter the workplace …

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Let’s Bring Your Greatness Out Together

By Geno Stampora on May 30, 2012

Today, you have a clean slate. Time goes by fast and goes by even faster as you get older. Don’t waste time! Don’t waste your life! Don’t waste every moment because every moment is an opportunity. Let’s take advantage of this moment, and bring your greatness out together.  Watch this super brief video below and take advantage of this opportunity… I hope you’ll take this advice to heart. It’s important to live life to the fullest. I can tell you that I am where I am because I have done this in my life. You can do it too and it’s never too late to start. To your success!

Five Keys to Effective Communication

By Geno Stampora on April 26, 2012

In every one of my seminars, classes, and in-salon programs, I try to add some type of communication portion. Communication is one of the most important keys to a successful life. To fully possess the ability to connect and have a great, fulfilling conversation with others is paramount. To be able to share your thoughts or direct a person in the proper way makes life work better for you and those around you. Most people think they can communicate well because they can talk and that is where the danger lies. Great communication is an art. It takes thought. You have to begin to think before you speak. It is not easy.  There are however, hundreds of books to help you.  I encourage you to find some and read them. Here are my five key ideas to communicating effectively. People …

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