Monthly Archives: November 2015
The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™. Experts in their own right, members of The CAST™ are asked to answer a question of simple but possibly profound nature. For December, the question is:
What is most special to you about this time of the year?
SHEENA GROBB SAYS…
Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com
TRENT LANGDON SAYS….
Trent Langdon, M.Ed, Canadian Certified Counsellor is all about legacy and building yours by rewriting your ‘game plan’ or rejuvenating your organization’s foundations. Trent is a strong believer that success and contentment is achievable through actions of integrity and character; for an individual or an organization. With more than 20 years of experience as a CHANGE AGENT for children, adolescents, families, schools, communities, and professionals, Trent can walk with you toward Personal Development and Discovery, Organizational Review and Renewal, and A Career / Life Plan for Teens. www.epicengage.com
JOEL SWEENEY SAYS….
This time of year is special because it causes me to appreciate how blessed I truly am. Blessed to have good health, blessed to have the love of family and friends and blessed to live in a place that doesn’t have extremes, extreme weather, extreme violence and extreme attitudes. It is an opportunity to look at my life through a lens of gratitude. I am grateful for the life I have. I am grateful for the people in my life. I am grateful to live in a peaceful country. I am grateful to be able to work at something I am passionate about and at the same time be of service to others. I find myself focused on what I can bring to the world, not what the world can bring to me, and that is a good feeling. This time of year seems to encourage this type of reflection. It is a time for me to reflect on what I have, not what I don’t have. The more you focus on gratitude you more you eliminate negativity. What are you grateful for in your life? All the Best … Joel
Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He is a professional speaker, trainer, facilitator, personal coach and author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought with his third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box, just released in the Fall of 2014. Through his focus on communications training and his keynote speeches, Joel helps individuals and organizations maximize their potential. His messages are thought provoking, entertaining and laced with connection, humor and enthusiasm. www.JoelSweeney.com
MAJEED MOGHARREBAN SAYS…
Majeed Mogharreban is all about entrepreneurship. He owned and sold five successful businesses and traveled to 24 countries before he was 21 years old. After early success in business, now his mission is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a difference doing what they love. With clients ranging from the United Nations, to start-up businesses, to an Olympic gold medalist, Majeed helps you discover your strengths and your passions so that work is meaningful and fun. His book, Winning At Life, is a guide for young people to make a plan and win at life. www.majeedm.com
RAY HOLLISTER intimates 🙂
While our good friend Ray could not respond fully to our request this month, due to requirements of his time and responsibilities… our email exchange lead me to suggest that his message might be “”At this Christmas, appreciate the work that is done by others to keep us safe and sound and secure… first responders and protectors all.”
Ray Hollister is all about resilience and potential. He works with organizations to reveal extraordinary resilience and unlimited potential in everyone. His powerful presentations will not only energize and inspire you, but also reveal how YOU can make radical, immediate changes to how you perceive, handle, and experience adversity resulting in experiencing life in a new and thrilling way. www.rayhollister.net
WILLIAM C. MURRAY SAYS…
William C. Murray is all about humanizing our business in two core ways: providing amazing service and building strong relationships. His passion for service excellence comes from years of hands-on experience in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors. William is an author, story teller, an occasional painter, and a full time teacher with over 15 years of experience. He holds a PhD in management with a focus around meaning creation, language, and sensemaking. www.williamcmurray.ca
BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS…
It used to be, and remains for me, the “perfect storm” of Christmas Eve and light snow and total silence. As someone who is considered “active” even amongst my journey through TIA… I am forever enamored by that time of purity and silence. Each Christmas Eve, God willing these conditions of snow and silence, I will go out amongst the stars and snow and be in absolute reverence of Creation. Even 23 years as a Baha’i, I still love this moment and ponder the unity of things… of all the Teachers from Abraham through Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Krishna, The Christ, Mohammed to the Bab and Baha’u’llah… and the countless unrecorded. In that moment, I am reminded of a powerful sense of unity. And I am in awe. This year has been especially a learning experience with the passing of my mother and my own road back to health. I look forward to a week of reverence and understanding… and a month (December) of the magic of close friends and family… and how the possibility of peace is still a powerful and needed vision for the world. Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Malid un Nabi… or however you celebrate this time. I wish you peace, passion and prosperity for all.
Barry Lewis Green is an educator. He is a dynamic motivator. Yes, he is a motivational speaker of substance. He is an expert who speaks. Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. It is a team with a mission born of Barry’s work. He is about epic and noble leadership and wholehearted communities at work, school and everywhere; advancing together in thought, will and action. He is about uniting diverse talent to create cultures of growth. www.epicengage.com and www.theunityconnection.com
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Until 2016, enjoy this Time. 🙂
Last Friday night, I had the honor and pleasure of judging the speaking competition for Miss Achievement NL. Beyond any form of cliché, it was indeed an honor, pleasure and source of genuine and heart felt encouragement for me; 20 young women speaking to, and of, their passions.
One young woman changed her message just prior to the competition to stay true to her heart and soul and truth. She spoke to the issue of bullying… and spoke to it from both personal experience and incredible and palpable passion and purpose. It was like an arrow to my own heart and soul.
I remember my own experience with bullying. Still, to this day, I feel it within my blood and bones. It motivates me deeply in my and our work and mission because I believe that we all matter; we all count… and we can all lead. Still, this talk tonight spoke to me at an even deeper level.
As we continue with our special series on the 5 Strategies of The Virtues Project™ … on LINKEDIN… and enter into the Companioning piece… the 5th Strategy… I am reminded that this talk of hers spoke to the true power of presence; being in the moment, listening to your gut and trusting what you know you need to say. We can often assume that companioning is simply about being present for others. It is equally powerful when looking within to that still, small voice inside and deciding to be raw and real and rarified. The talks that night, without exception, did this. The talk on bullying, for me personally, brought a new and renewed awareness of the power of the moment and presence in delivering a message that matters. When you know what you need to say, listen to that voice inside, have the courage to share it, and demonstrate the resolve and fortitude in expressing it… well, that is when you communicate with real magic.
That is the 5th Strategy.
Being “deeply present and listening with compassionate curiosity (to ourselves in this case) guides us” to that clarity and “to create our own solutions”. In these times and days of both trial and triumph, locally and globally… we are challenged to go deeper, to discern daringly. Conformity for conformity’s sake only leads to solutions that have not worked. We need new solutions and greater clarity to address our lives and how we work together. That night, Alicia and her fellow participants reminded me of that deep power; a power in which I have always believed… and a power I experienced this evening. In the coming days, we will continue to explore this power of presence and companioning… and its relation to the issue of bullying in particular.
I am, this day, ever thankful for the message of Alicia and 19 other young women. You have strengthened my hope and resolve alike.
Until then, be yourself at your best.
Peace, passion and prosperity
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™
These strengths of character are a source for finding and expressing your truth….. in this world of challenge to who we are and how we work together, they build bridges to strength and understanding alike…