Jen Milius is a storyteller and people whisperer. She is an author, motivational speaker, career and leadership coach. Jen has enjoyed writing and reading since she was a young girl, leading her to earn an undergraduate degree in Communications. Her career path has involved intense management skills such as public relations, project management, organization development and continuous improvement, but it was her love for storytelling, animals and helping people, especially young people, that inspired her to write about her two adorable cats, Einstein and Moo. Einstein and the Leaf is the first of six books in the Einstein and Moo series. There is also an activity book based on the series.
As a speaker and coach, Jen believes that each of us have something special to offer, but sometimes it takes a leap of faith to be willing to share that gift. Jen believes when people are doing what they love, there is a joy that they radiate. They feel empowered and confident that what they are doing adds value. These individuals are more productive, and their joy comes through in their personal lives as well as in business. Jen’s goals are to help motivated individuals recognize and communicate their talents to confidently stand out in their careers and to leave a positive, lasting influence that encourages people to be the best they can be.
Previously, Jen co-hosted Encouraging the You in Success through BlogTalkRadio. The radio show/podcast is a blend of personal development, leadership and business and intended to provide tools and ideas to encourage others to be the best they can be. Topics include employee engagement, understanding and leveraging individual strengths, trust, 5 dysfunctions of a team, changing a culture, mentoring, and servant leadership. All episodes can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/wrspradio or as a podcast through iTunes, searching for WRSP.
Jen enjoys spending time with family, yoga, cooking, baking, and listening to music.
What book have you gifted the most? Why?
I’d have to say The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz. My parents gave me a copy when I was in high school, and since then, I’ve re-read it at least seven times. I believe our thoughts are powerful, especially when they are about ourselves, and this book helps to create a positive and possible mindset. It’s a reminder that we have the power to change our perception by shifting our thoughts and taking action towards them. It’s a reminder that each of us have something special to offer, and we are capable of making big things happen.
What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?
It’s my trusty paper planner and pencil. Although I use my phone and a project management app to electronically manage my schedule and work, when I write them into my planner and map out a week, it helps me to stay focused on what’s needed at that point in time while carving out time to strategically plan, too.
What word do you misspell most often?
What three things do you do to be a successful writer?
Believe in myself
What are the titles of the last two books you have read?
Origin by Dan Brown and Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
What is your favorite word?
Ooh, this is a tough one because I love a lot of words. I love to make them up, too. I’d have to say shine.
What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?
I like both, but I’d say a dictionary.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
And She Persisted
What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?
Oh, that’s easy, it’s tea. I tend to like green or black teas hot or cold, but for teas that have warming flavors like cinnamon in them, then I love those hot. It’s like fall in a cup 🙂
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
Yes, but it’s close. A picture can communicate the scenario, magnitude, and feeling with a single image. However, I believe words amplify the magnitude and feeling of the characters present in the picture.
What animal are you most similar to and why?
I love animals, but I think I’d have to say cats because I see them as independent, playful, personable, curious, and loving. At least, our fur babies are J
How would your best friend describe you?
My best friend would say that I’m enthusiastic, perceptive, funny, and that I have a big heart.
What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)
When I have an idea that has inspired me toward the latter part of the evening and jotting down a few thoughts aren’t enough. If I’m unable to get to sleep, I’ll start journaling to get the rest of the thoughts out.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Make the same mistake twice
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
I love to cook and bake, so perhaps some kind of pasta, salad, and a fun dessert that I decided on earlier that day.
What is the best compliment you have received?
This is a tough one. When I was told that I was impacting lives for the good.
What question do you wish people wouldn’t ask?
If I have one favorite book in the Einstein and Moo series because each one is special to me for different reasons, and it’s like being asked which child is your favorite. So, when I do that get that question, I answer with what my favorite thing about each book.
Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?
It really depends on the occasion for me. When my husband and I go to a concert, the crowd getting into the music helps to make the experience all the more enjoyable. When it’s a get together of friends, I love small groups.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Something fun and goofy with my hubby or stepdaughter
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Cranky when sleep deprived
What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?
What inspired you to write your first book would be my question. I think each person’s path is interesting, and I believe that when we share our path there are little nuggets along the way that can help or inspire others to get started or keep going with their own story.