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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cheering Ourselves On

Earlier this week, we shared this post on Cheerful, Humble Charisma … to open up the conversation around Cheerfulness as a virtue; a strength of character.

Then , last night, this happened on Froude Avenue in our fair city of St. John’s.  Since then, the rising up  of help has been phenomenal.  People are cheering on with material and emotional support.  Amidst the loss, Cheerfulness has it’s place to cheer those in need.  And Froude Avenue Community Center is a source of Cheerfulness.  Keep helping.  It is a manifestation of Cheerfulness.

That being said, Cheerfulness does indeed play a role in cheering ourselves and others on.  When we offer ourselves, out of a generous spirit, we are practicing Cheerfulness. Dale Carnegie himself once said that one of the greatest ways to reduce stress in our own lives is to focus our attention on the needs of others.  Cheerfulness and Helpfulness go hand in hand.

This coming Thursday, June 29… CAPS Cares is offering an opportunity to practice both. Bottom line, it is all about advancing public conversations around healthy minds and wellness… a slant on Cheerfulness, if you will.  Here is our latest update on the event, free and open to the public.

That all being said…

here is a three-step exercise we suggest you practice…. around manifesting Cheerfulness.

  • STEP ONE:  Think of 5 things that cheer you up, especially when you might not be feeling such instinctively.  They need to be powerful.  Thoughts of a certain vacation, specific memories with children, an accomplishment that brings a healthy humble sense of pride, an activity that brings a genuine smile to your spirit, a song that does the same… and so on.
  • STEP TWO:  Then consider what artifacts you might have that remind you of same… pictures, souvenirs or the like.  Determine what visuals serve as anchors to remind you.
  • STEP THREE: Create a space at your desk where those artifacts can reside… a go to mini oasis of cheer, so to speak.  In moments of being “off”, take one of them up and spend some quick, cool reflection time.  Do not just glance at it.  Pick it up, savour the memory.  Taste it.  Munch on it, until it ignites Cheerfulness.  Go there.

Cheerfulness, like any virtue, is practiced.  We must sharpen the blades on it to build the muscle.  We will explore some more later this week… but if you are in the St. John’s area, get out to CAPS Cares.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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PPS (Other Resources)

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  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

News and Views: The Fifth

News and Views is and has been a more random and periodic initiative with a short post and some links to read and ponder.  In some ways, it has been a catch up.  In other ways, we have brought the mustard; and a little relish.  Oh, and don’t forget the hot dog.  🙂

THE CATCH UP

For this issue of News and Views, we share the following posts for your reading and value:

Leadership by hovering and threatening is not leadership.  Theory X is intrusive and constraining for any true creativity or inspiration.  Noble leadership avoids it like the plague.  That is not to say that noble leadership does not hold the virtue of Accountability as vital.  It does.  But it believes in people and holds the bar high not to cause and create and manifest failure… but to inspire empowerment, engagement and possibility.  We will be sharing more on this in the weeks to come.  But, Aragorn understood.  So did Neville Longbottom. and JFK…. and every great leader at every moment in history.  Leadership of any greatness demands this understanding.  Anything less is just that; less.

THE HOT DOG

The HOT Dog™ is kind of our lead piece of news.  Here is such news on one cool event around healthy minds and wellness.  We invite to read and check it out.  It promises to be a remarkable evening to explore strength, happiness and wellness; not to mention leadership and inspiration.

THE MUSTARD

In support and addition, we also offer this post on The Character of Leadership.  It is meaty and meaningful and speaks to the importance of what we call heroic character leadership.

THE RELISH

And finally, here’s Ray Lewis and Brian Dawkins on believing in yourself and others, leaving your mark and bringing your best.  Great leadership inspires.  So, what time is it?

 

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Home at Timmies

This week, we are checking out Charity and Leadership.  In that same LinkedIn post earlier the week, we suggested that “Charity is not an act or event. It is a spirit; a way of being. It is a spirit driven to feel compassion, and to share our talents and resources.  It is a virtue that engages us to give with a genuine generosity of spirit, to withhold from judgement, to allow others their space and mistakes, and to help in need.  It builds trust and trustworthiness alike, when sincerely practiced.”

And Charity begins at home.  Now, home can be defined as wherever we are or to where we are called.  This morning, for me, it was called to while standing in line at Tim Horton’s.  I had an a-ha reminder moment and, this morning, I posted the following on Facebook, in response to that moment.

  • It occurs to me this morn… that the strongest people know and acknowledge their insecurities.  We all have them.  If someone purports otherwise, hmmmmm.   Accept and embrace them… and do the best you can.  There you find strength amidst your doubts. Love to all.  Peace.  #authenticity #courage

Charity begins in our own hearts; to cut ourselves some slack.  When we practice Charity with ourselves, we build the capacity to practice it with others.  Imagine such a spirit of compassion, acknowledging our own talents and resources as gifts and being willing to share them with Humble Swagger™.  Imagine practicing a genuine generosity of spirit with ourselves, withholding from arbitrary and often cruel self judgement of ourselves, and allowing for our own space and mistakes.

That is Charity, at home.

Charity is listening with open heart… to hell with the agendas and opportunism.  Let go of the need to manipulate.  Charity is a deep respect for others’ stories.  Charity allows us to be ourselves; and others the same.  It does not imply agreeing and being in some contrived form of lockstep.  It does imply honor and respect that destroys condescension and superiority. Charity listens.  Charity cares.  Charity seeks to understand.  And, Charity desires to help… in whatever way is needed, possible and best.

Charity moves us beyond bullying.  It advances understanding and acceptance… of our differences and sameness.  It empowers educators, coaches and mentors to see their students and clients as individuals and not cut from any same exact cloth.  It enables entrepreneurs to go beyond expectations in service to colleagues and clients alike.  It engages emerging leaders to give of their time and resources to those who matter most in service.

Indeed, Charity is not an event; nor an action.  It is a way of being.  It is judicial in its choices to help; finding its best and most strategic way to be of service.  Charity, practiced with the virtue of Discernment, moves the needle on our most authentic reputation for caring and excellence.  People see that we truly care and have focused our energies on best giving a damn.  People see that we are “all in”.  We are known to be committed.  We give our all to what is important.  We give.

For educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders, Charity can be an incredible path to trust and trustworthiness.  Those we serve and with whom we work will know that we are in it for the right and best of reasons.  They place their precious trust in us because of how they see we care.  Charity is not posed nor faked.  Charity is authentic and fierce.

It manifests itself in our conversations and actions; in our words and deeds.  It manifests itself in the time we take to listen, in the true desire to see and understand ourselves and others, in our willingness to move beyond any pre-conceived sense of knowing better.

Charity unites us powerfully.  We have each other’s backs.  We care.  We give a damn and people know it.  We are not giving out of need for our resumes or reputations.  We give because we give; a damn.  We give because our work matters, our lives matter, and the people around us matter.  We give because we receive, in return… not reward but respect… for ourselves and others.

The people pictured in this blog… from Gary Summers to Corina Walsh, Joel Sweeney and Bruce Templeton… they care.  Indeed, each are bringing their capacities, talents and resources to CAPS Cares.  This is the practice of Charity in Leadership.  But so is every individual moment that we take to care; genuinely care.  There is nothing soft nor opportunistic nor political about the virtue of Charity.  It knows we matter and we all matter and that a huge part of leadership is to manifest that understanding and the caring that comes with it to build families, classrooms, campuses, companies and communities that know what is truly important and who we best serve.

Charity works.  It works it.  It works it at College.  It works it in Business.  It works it at Home and in the Community.  And, it breeds Excellence.  Where and with whom do you need most to practice Charity today?  Do that.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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Leader ToC with Jean Marie DiGiovanna

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Leader ToC with Jean Marie DiGiovanna

This month, with our sixth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we are half way through the year and entering a time of celebration in Canada and the USA.  With Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4) fast approaching, we thought to reach across the border and connect with the wonderful Jean Marie DiGiovanna.  I am indeed excited to have her join the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.

That being said, and before we head into that conversation, Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) itself is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we get started this month, here are:

… if you wish to catch up.  And, we encourage the reads.  This is Issue 12, with more to come.  We are thankful, and look forward to continuing the learning journey; and having you with us.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Jean Marie DiGiovanna

Jean Marie is certainly someone special.  I first met Jean Marie at the CAPS Convention 2016 in Edmonton and found her to be such a joyous and engaging spirit.  I simply had to ask her to contribute to Leader ToC™.  From her website, here is just a little of Jean Marie.

Jean Marie DiGiovanna, founder of Workshop University®, is a powerful Speaker, Trainer & Coach with a unique gift for helping people find their voice, speak their truth and get their unique message and services out to the world.

With 25 years of training, consulting and instructional design experience, Jean Marie has designed and facilitated new employee training programs and ongoing development courses in the areas of communication, leadership, productivity and team effectiveness for Fortune 500 companies to small startups. She has delivered hundreds of workshops and webinars on business and life strategies and has spoken nationally and internationally, helping thousands of entrepreneurs get their message and expertise out to the world.

Jean Marie was named a Top 10 Coach of Boston by Women’s Business Boston, and her articles have been widely published. She is co-author of Success is a State of Mind alongside Mark Victor Hansen, Les Brown and Deepak Chopra and author of Wake Up To Your Life: Powerful Monthly Workouts for the Mind, Heart & Soul (at www.WakeUpToYourLife.com

A resident of Boulder, Colorado, Jean Marie loves the outdoors, enjoys skiing fast, biking leisurely and dancing to live Latin music. One of Jean Marie’s core values is creativity so to help balance her love of training and development, she also enjoys painting and designing jewelry.  If you are curious and want to take a peek, you can find her art and jewelry designs at www.FlamesofGrace.com.

“That which you set out, deliberately create and believe in will come to you.  With steady focus, a clear mind and an active spirit, anything is possible.”

~ Jean Marie DiGiovanna

And now, on to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

 

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Jean Marie.  Thank you so very much for agreeing to join the Leader ToC™.  I hoped to have you engage this conversation since we first met last December.  So, I am thrilled to have you weigh in.  I typically start with the question “Who are you and what is it you do?

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

It is a pleasure Barry.  Actually, I am a professional speaker, coach and corporate trainer.  I help entrepreneurs package their expertise into experiential workshops, webinars and virtual programs and, in the corporate world, I deliver corporate training courses in the areas of communication, team effectiveness and productivity.

 

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I am intrigued.  I knew a little.  Tell me and us more.  For whom do you do this work best? In other words, who is your best audience?

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

My best audience for the workshops, webinars and virtual program work is service oriented entrepreneurs (Speakers, Coaches, Authors, Thought Leaders). I have delivered my corporate training for companies in high tech, bio-tech, insurance, retail and manufacturing.  It truly is industry agnostic as every leader and employee in a company can improve their soft-skills.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love that; industry agnostic.  Brilliant.  Then, how do you best serve them in doing so? In other words, how do you offer your services?

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

With entrepreneurs, speaking and referrals have been my main marketing tool. After someone hears me speak they may hire me 1-on-1, purchase my home study program or attend a webinar series or virtual training program.  In the corporate world, I deliver 1-2 day courses and I also facilitate off-site sessions…  and coach executives, leaders, managers and directors in the organization.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That makes a great deal of sense.  There is a natural synergy to it.  So, based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

I have found that the leaders who experience the most challenges are middle managers.  They not only need to manage their direct reports but also manage up and learn how to push back and request what they need.  Their challenge is finding the time to coach their staff so they think for themselves.  When leaders can coach more of their teams, they can then spend more time leading vs. doing the work.   The other challenge is time – finding the time to meet with their team, address the unique styles each team member requires to be led and dedicating time to support their team in what they need.  Often the tactical takes precedence over the strategic so the strategic activities never happen. The opportunities I see are great once leaders can learn how to effectively manage their time, push back gracefully and delegate and let go of control more.  Once they can do that they will have more opportunity to grow their staff and work on more of the strategic activities.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I could not agree more.  This is true in education, business and community leadership.  So, when considering the strengths of leadership as they might relate to character… what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths and why do you believe them vital?

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

The critical strengths I see necessary are honesty, integrity, authenticity, openness and willingness to learn.  Honesty is critical to build trust with others.  Honesty is not only being truthful but doing what’s right. Integrity is also critical to build trust because it requires doing what you say you will and cleaning up if you don’t.  When both of those activities happen, trust is further developed. When people trust you as a leader they are more likely to follow you and be inspired to take action.  Authenticity is critical because people follow leaders who are real and show their humanity.  Leaders who are open to feedback and open to new ideas are able to expand their thinking more and leaders who are willing to learn will not only improve their own leadership skills but grow their staff beyond what they thought was possible.  We can only grow to the extent we are willing to change and stay open to that growth.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

So true.  I love it; and that takes courage and commitment.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

When you feel stuck, ask for help.  Don’t try to “go it alone”.  That is not a sign of a good leader.  It is a sign of a strong ego.  Seek out mentors who are beyond where you want to go so you can learn from them.  Always surround yourself with people who are stronger and more skilled than you.  Don’t be afraid to build a team that is even better than you.  Stay true to your values and push back when something doesn’t feel right.  If it doesn’t feel right, there is a reason. Your gut is trying to get your attention.  The more you listen to it, the happier you will be.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Now, there is some real and true wisdom.  I love the insights and focus of what you are doing Jean Marie.  With that in mind and given our time, I am sure others would like to connect.  So, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

They can go to www.workshopuniversity.com, email me at jean@workshopuniversity.com or call me at 303-413-8001.  Would love to connect!

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Well, once again Jean Marie, I deeply appreciate your time and wisdom.  I, for one, will be connecting with you on your work for sure.  That is all the time we have for now.  But I strongly I encourage anyone to connect with you Jean Marie.  Your friendly spirit of both service and excellence is remarkable. Thank you so much.  It has been a treat; so glad we had the chance.

Jean Marie DiGiovanna

I have enjoyed it and appreciate the opportunity.  Thank you Barry.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Jean Marie on her website . I encourage you.  You will be glad you did.  And, yes, we continue on.  Continuing through 2017, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Are You Certain?

This week, we started both a recap on what virtues we have thus far explored and an examination of the virtue of Certitude.  With such a strength of character, we:

  • have faith in what we believe
  • define our values for ourselves
  • live and lead our own lives
  • reflect, meditate and/or pray on assurance
  • have the will to act with certainty
  • and persevere in our purpose

For today, an exercise.

Consider your life in one of the following arenas… family, school, work, business or community.  Consider of what beliefs and values you find yourself truly certain.  Sharpen the blades and do the work on carving down to that which you truly practice Certitude.  Erode way the simple hopes and wishes and get to what I call the knowings.  The sand is nice but the challenge is to get to the bedrock.  Ask yourself what do you truly and deeply and knowingly believe.  Ask yourself what values are at your core.  Reflect and dig deep.  Discern.  Detach from the softer assumptions.  Decide upon that for which you are truly certain.  In essence, who are you?  What are your absolutes?

Make an inventory at home, school, work, business and/or community.  Write it out.  Rip it down.  Cut and edit.  Consider your life to date and what you now know to be true, for you.  For me, I am certain of the man and I want to be and the work I want to do… and the kind of people I most want in my inner circle.  As I consider my 57 years and counting, and my moments of absolute and infinite clarity experienced over that time… I can ascertain common and united themes of my being.  I can rediscover what has always been important to me and the knowing that comes from track record.  For instance, upon reflecting on my life and the defining moments and common themes…

  • I know that virtue and character and the nobility of the human spirit are core to me.
  • I know that perfection is a myth, and perfecting is reality.
  • I know that unity and humanity are held in the highest of regards, for me.
  • I know singing infuses and releases my spirit.
  • I know that I love the magic that is true education.
  • I know that I believe in what, as a child, I called Tu’uck Ma’ah; Honor and Love in powerful combination.
  • I know that I believe in the future of humanity.
  • I know that humanity is our highest standard and inhumanity our lowest.
  • I know that any gifts I possess are truly gifts.
  • I know that there is a still, small voice inside… if I but listen.
  • I know that when I have listened, wisdom arrived.
  • I know that when I haven’t, pain arrived.

I could go on, and I will… on my own time.  This time is yours.  Indeed, there are aspects of our lives that shift and change over time.  That is natural and healthy.  Still, I contend that there is also a core to us; something around which we are healthily (A word?  It is now.) certain.  That is no mere line in the sand.  It is our bedrock.

Dig deep.  Discern.  Detach.  Decide.  Then hold on for the ride and a life authentically lived.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Unscattered Thoughts

“So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof…” — `Abdu’l-Bahá’.

Earlier this week, we started to explore the Point of Caring.  We suggested that part of practicing the virtue that is Caring is “knowing where we truly need and want to practice our Caring. Some things are not worthy of it. Others are wholly so. It is not about whether we care… but about for what we care. That is the real question.”

So, now… therein lies the question.  What matters most to you?  Who matters most to you?  At school, work, business, community and life… what and who are your priorities?  In other words:

  • What people matter most to you, in terms of serving and having impact?
  • What ideas, work or service matters most to you, in terms of making both a living and a life?
  • What joys matter most to you, in terms of play and recreation?
  • What is your fierce and fundamental focus?

These are not questions we spend much time on and we often go around spreading ourselves so thin because of it.  But what would discernment, detachment and decisiveness look like around getting clear on what our highest priorities are and practicing our Caring with those?  As I write this, I am personally and professionally embarking on a process of cutting away to sharpen the blades and intensify the focus… to give the most and best care to what matters most, for me.

This path will take mindfulness, discernment, detachment, decisiveness and courage.  It will take honesty, integrity and truthfulness.   But, it will be worth it.

How about you?

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

broadCAST June 2017: Those Summer Writes

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month.  With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring such great value in service to their work in communications, youth engagement, education, compassion, business, health, leadership and more

June 2017

With the above in heart and mind, the theme for The CAST™ in June was:

What is one tip, idea or thought you have for the broadCAST™ community as we head into Summer?

The responses were varied and cool.  Engage and enjoy. 🙂

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

Ah summer…  In my youth, summer was filled with outdoors activity like swimming, camping, summer camps, and the like.  In my ‘other youth’, my favorite way to relax and enjoy summer is a mixture of lazy reading, early morning golf, and spending time with my wife. And I am very lucky and excited that I’ll be combining my favorite way to relax and enjoy summer from my youth and now … when my wife and I spend my birthday camping out on the beach this June. Summer in my youth was spent in Arizona in very hot and dry weather. In my younger years, I was frequently shirtless and tanned very easily. Nowadays I still have hot summers in Texas, but they are a bit more humid and I always stay covered up, preferably with sunscreen to help protect my skin. I’ve had a skin cancer scare in my family, (Melanoma), and I’d like to strongly encourage all of you to take care of your skin – PROTECT YOURSELF THIS SUMMER! Relax and enjoy, but be safe and smart as well.

Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection raywith students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.  www.rayhollister.net

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

With Summer coming, I recall… I found myself in tears sitting across from my business mentor and I was extremely uncomfortable. His interrogation and bluntness regarding my business made me feel vulnerable and exposed.  One of the key questions he asked was “What is your goal?” Much to my surprise, my answer – “to make more money”- was not sufficient and he was not going to accept it. Being new in business ownership, I had never considered the need to develop a specific, attainable goal. With my mentor’s guidance and direction, I began to set goals and develop my business.  Here are the tips I still use when strategic goal setting:

1- Write

This may seem like a trivial task, but it works. Writing things down keeps us accountable and focused. It confirms our intentions.

2- Define

Make sure your goals are well defined. Being vague will lead to deterioration. Devise a path that you can implement into action. Research, ask questions and devise a plan that is specific to your needs.

3- Track

Periodically review your goals and re-evaluate your plan. Detail all accounts of failures and successes so you are able to make adjustments as needed.

Being able to recognize a failure and grow from it takes maturity and builds character.

Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow.  Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity.  In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada.  Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles.  Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.”  Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow.  Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs. www.kccollect.vpweb.ca

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

LIZ BURT SAYS

Personally, I am thinking of the perfect summer day.  That perfect summer day for me would be to wake up and enjoy a coffee in the morning sun on the patio, and head out for a run along the Bow River. Afterwards I’d meet friends for brunch on a sunny patio and then go play Frisbee in the park. A perfect evening would involve making a healthy meal, followed by an outdoor concert and an evening stroll. I’m all about outdoor activity, good eats and sunshine!  I had a day pretty similar to this today actually and feel very fortunate to be surrounded by great friends and for the warm sunny weather here in Calgary.

Liz Burt is about real and healthy results.  She is a master motivator. She is also a marathoner and marketing specialist living in Calgary, AB. She holds a three-year diploma in Business Management and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and will begin her MA at the University of Alberta this spring. In addition to being wild about learning and running, Liz is also an avid traveller and has backpacked through twenty countries in the last few years. In her professional life she loves working with small businesses to develop simple and effective marketing and communications plans that achieve real results. She is creative, a bit of a health nut and loves to share her healthy passions in her blog. Liz is a goal setter and risk taker. She loves coffee, cooking, and great conversations. She gets huge joy in helping people and small businesses achieve their goals and are always ready to lend an ear and share advice. www.soundbodysoundmind.wordpress.com

MARK BLACK SAYS

For me, I am thinking of my own version of a great summer day.  A cup of coffee, sunshine, patio and a good book for a few hours, and then spend time in the backyard playing with my kids.  That sounds like a pretty great summer day to me!

Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience.  He is a Heart blackand Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.  www.markblack.ca

SHEENA GROBB SAYS

A thought for Summer, hmmm.  My perfect summer’s day would include a bike ride in the country… sun shining… a gentle breeze blowing. A meditation near water would mark my journey’s end, and I would likely get to indulge in a book that I’m currently enthralled with (does anyone get to read an actual book anymore?). I would end the day with a concert/potluck where I am fortunate enough to play music and connect with other like-minded folks. My dream brought to life!! We’d prepare and swap delicious raw, vegan dishes… laugh a lot… hug with meaning and intention. If it was truly my dream day… there would also be wine… and my Love by my side. Happy summer everyone!!

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, Sheenaand 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 is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as the incoming NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team. www.epicengage.com

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

My favorite way to relax in the summer months is spending time outdoors. Reading a book, a good BBQ, a walk around the pond or doing yard work is very relaxing for me. Anything that has to do with spending time with my family outside, is my perfect summer day…with sun of course. The fresh air and sun always makes me feel alive and rejuvenated.

JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. www.epicengage.com

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