Oprah 20 yearsOver the Thanksgiving weekend, I enjoying revisiting some of my favorite episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, thanks to the 20th Anniversary DVD Collection I received as a birthday gift a few years ago.  This woman has left an amazing heart print on so many people's life and work, including my own. I am forever in my admiration.  I laughed.  I cried, and I reflected about the power of gratitude and how each of us can make a difference for others in our own way, no matter how big or small.

When Oprah's Angel Network debuted, she was inspired by a young girl who was saving her pennies to make a difference for someone else.  She decided to extend that same idea to her viewing audience.  Soon, college educations for deserving young people were being funded, houses for the needy were being built, and a host of other good work was done in the world.  Oprah said, “Small change can make a big difference.” She was so right.

Rise n ShineThat is why I am so excited about what I have brewing on December 10.  Over 135 people have pre-registered to attend the Publici-Tea™ and Book Publishing Summit at Seattle Design Center.   There is no admission fee.  Rather, guests are being asked to bring an incidental camp item to donate to the Rise N Shine Camp Project so kids and teens living with HIV and AIDS can have a wonderful, worry-free, and memory-packed summer camp experience.    Small change can buy a lot of flash lights, back packs, suntan lotion, and bug spray for kids who need a great week of fun this summer.  This message must be resonating with a great many people, because we have reservations for a full house already!

And, to make things even brighter for the kids and for the people I serve who are serious about shining in all their brilliance by telling better stories now anywhere in the world, I am donating 5% of profits from any purchase to my DIY Publicity Store between now and December 10 to Rise N Shine.  Treat yourself to tools and training you need to be in better shape to tell your story to attract clients, speaking gigs, and media interviews now, and a portion of every purchase will benefit these worthy kids.

Small change.  Big difference. Come play with me. It will do your heart good — and make your business better, too.