PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Video: Work Life Balance Mindset

Work and Life balance can be a messy experience because the demands and desires in both work and life are always vying for dominance. The struggle can be challenging and requires our attention. Productivity expert Cathy Sexton shares personal and professional examples of what entrepreneurs experience as we learn to build and grow our businesses, including the roles stress and balance play in the quality of our relationships, energy and outcomes.

When stress hits us, we may fail to have a personal or family life in which the needs of others and ourselves are being considered mindfully or managed well. Cathy Sexton describes the role our mind and actions play on our wellbeing. In this presentation, she provides information on:

  • Our conscious choices – 10% on the surface
  • Our subconscious beliefs – 90% under the surface
  • Our fixed mindset – when we are focusing on limiting beliefs, negativity, inability to see the possibilities, and fearful thoughts about what is new or different
  • Our growth mindset – when we are looking at everything as if it is a bright future, believing it can be better and what we want it to be, being optimistic, seeing the new as possibilities and opportunities and facing challenges with hope
  • Our consequences of working too hard
  • Our attitude - How we approach a situation, what we focus on, and what we decide about a situation and about ourselves and our clients and families can be positioned in a negative, fixed state.
  • Our need to rejuvenate and re-energize
  • Our control over the ways we make and use our time, energy, money, and minds

Cathy helped each person in the audience to identify their highest values and recognize the importance of living from them. During this presentation, she opens up her heart in a vulnerable manner to express the importance of paying attention to what matters most so your decision-making is easy to live with and is informing your choices.

Cathy Sexton is founder and CEO of The Productivity Experts and a nationally recognized expert and speaker on productivity. To gain further support and information, contact Cathy at cathy@theproductivityexperts.com or 314 267-3969

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Video: Don’t Hold up Progress… Hold up Your End of The Bargain!

Human Systems expert Judy Ryan opens her presentation talking with the audience about their pre-work, asking if they did or did not do it and more importantly, why? She focuses on the internal and external communication that each had prior to the program, asking each person to consider if what mindset they decided from when making a decision about this request and others. She points out how each party in an exchange has a part to play in the success of the interaction. She focuses on:

  1. How to be authentic in teamwork. Sometimes we act like we are agreeing with someone or avoid responding to them or their request in order to avoid possible conflict, doing something they don’t want or being criticized
  2. A tool to communicate accountably when giving and receiving a request. Not only is it important to make a request with complete clarity, it is equally important to answer a request with complete clarity too.
  3. A tool to communicate frustrations around accountability. Judy shares ways to communicate concerning frustrations in a way that indicates what behavior is causing frustration, why you want things to be different and how to ask for specific behavior changes.
  4. A tool to take responsibility for results you obtain when attempting to gain cooperation. The thermometer exercise demonstrates that we often blame others rather than considering our own inability to be influential or remain determined to become so through trial and error until we achieve success.

In this presentation, Judy Ryan provides participants with many hands-on tools that empower each to take full responsibility for conversations, and ensure they are likely to lead to accountable agreements.

Judy Ryan is owner of LifeWork Systems. She is an award-winning trainer, consultant, coach, keynote presenter and columnist. Judy works with progressive thought leaders, executives and change agents who want to succeed by building healthy culture and highly productive teams. If you would like Judy’s support, you can reach her at Judy@LifeWorkSystems.com, visit her website www.LifeWorkSystems.com or call her at 314.239.4727

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Video: Short Circuiting Your Stress Response

Dr. Dan Fazio, a specialist in chiropractic methods, acupuncture and functional medicine, provides a thorough, yet succinct review of the physical, chemical, environmental, mental and emotional stressors that must be addressed effectively for optimal health. While he acknowledges positive stress, he focuses most of his presentation on five key factors that keep stress in check. Some of the points cover:

  1. Stress due to not enough sleep – you must get the quantity and quality of sleep needed so your body can handle the needs of the day.
  2. The role of nutrition and hydration
  3. Exercise including what type of exercise works best
  4. Relaxation that comes from identifying behaviors that bring a sense of presence and peace
  5. Mindfulness and how to become mindful with simple meditation you can do in a quick manner that allows you to incorporate it into your life easily.

Dan Fazio is extremely well-read and a life-long learner, sharing how to maintain the most current information on health, stress and the many ways to enjoy wellbeing. Dr. Dan Fazio is a chiropractor and wellness expert, specializing in the proactive creation of health and prevention of disease. To get direct support from Dr. Fazio, email him at danielfaziodc@gmail.com or call him at 636-227-4442

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Video: Think Contrary to Attract Opportunities

Dale Furtwengler is an innovative and insightful thinker who delights in discovering buried treasure at every turn, simply because he refuses to be limited by conventional ways of thinking that often blind many to opportunities right in front of them. The focus of his presentation is on how to use a contrarian mindset to think innovative thoughts in order to attract customers rather than continue chasing after them.

Dale establishes the importance of positioning yourself as a person who regularly offers a fresh, new perspective so you are perceived as an expert and are credited with wisdom, which then brings opportunities your way. He stresses contrarian mental disciplines such as:

  1. Understanding and addressing contributory negligence – Dale presents the concept that each person benefits by looking for their contribution to every problem they face. When we admit our mistakes, we see a lot more opportunity for solving problems. This means I acknowledge my mistakes or my part.
  2. Realizing that persuasion is a myth - We can’t persuade people. We can shine a light on new information and use a context they can relate to, and validate their own information so they can persuade themselves. We do this by avoiding rigid statements because they only build defenses.
  3. Suspending judgment - bias limits potential opportunities and solutions. Practice avoiding the creation of resistance.
  4. Looking for and finding similarities - 95% of people see differences and only 5% see similarities. When you do this, you become valuable to others because you can meet their bids to be accepted and understood. Our subconscious has the ability to solve problems. When your subconscious recognizes relevance, similarities, you more quickly know how to get to the next solution.
  5. Adopting a contrarian mindset - you help people see the other side of group think. You offer another perspective. By questioning thinking, you open up greater realms of possibility otherwise not found.
  6. Developing an eclectic education - When you are able to learn to think broadly, you make more connections, can relate to more perspectives and gain greater credibility
  7. Evaluating opportunities – By staying open, opportunities come to you at a rate you never envisioned. Questions can be, “What’s really involved in the process? Am I committed to do this? What impact will this have on my family? How do I recover?” As you are working with clients, what type of feedback and challenges do you face?

Dale Furtwengler is author of the internationally acclaimed book, Pricing for Profit. His company, Furtwengler & Associates, Inc., helps companies get higher prices regardless of what their competitors or the economy are doing. For more pricing/branding/marketing/sales tips visit his website, PricingForProfitBook.com

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Video: Smart Ways to Fully Enjoy Food Without Overdoing it

Chiropractor, acupuncturist and naturopath Dr. Dan Fazio specializes in nutrition as a large part of his successful practice. He believes in supporting physical health and wellness through a variety of preventative strategies, including clear, specific, practical tips for how to enjoy holiday and event eating without doing harm to the body. In this program, he covers:

  • Digestion before, during and after eating
  • The role of enzymes and how to help them work
  • How to leverage intake of water throughout the day
  • Ideal conditions for eating
  • Specific processes and sequencing for eating
  • Guidelines for eating dessert
  • The role of activity to enhance digestion and balance

Dr. Dan Fazio is a wellness expert specializing in the proactive creation of health and prevention of disease. To get direct support from Dr. Fazio, email him at danielfaziodc@gmail.com or call him at 636-227-4442

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Video: Immune System Optimization

Our bodies are amazingly capable of maintaining and restoring our good health, especially when we make good choices to support our wellness.

With wit and intelligence, Dr. Dan Fazio provides in-depth understanding of how our body has built-in mechanisms that support our optimal health. This video on our immune systems creates awareness concerning what we can do to be in harmony with and support of our body’s highest functioning. In this presentation, he covers the:

  • Purpose of our immune system
  • Difference between innate and adaptive immunity
  • Effectiveness of flu vaccines and pharmacology vs. holistic measures
  • Conditions that make invite a virus and those that discourage them
  • Difference between a cold and the flu
  • Role of vitamins and hormones in the immunity process
  • Harmfulness of using antibiotics to combat viruses
  • Ways the body responds negatively to stress and over-consumption of sugars
  • Actions we can take when we start to have symptoms of a virus

Dr. Dan Fazio is a chiropractor and wellness expert specializing in the proactive creation of health and prevention of disease. To get direct support from Dr. Fazio, email him at danielfaziodc@gmail.com or call him at 636-227-4442

Three Skills to be a Successful Entrepreneur

No man is an island. No business is either. It’s helpful to learn from those who are a few steps ahead or are walking stably beside you. Now is the time to accelerate progress through networking and collaboration in order to enjoy exponential improvements and growth. Our panel of fourteen experts offers invaluable insights into the question: What are three priority skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

From our Experts:

Tom Ruwitch

1. Persistence... Entrepreneurs are bound to fail from time to time in their journeys. You can't quit the first time you fail.

2. Interpersonal skills... You must work well with others if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. Working alone in a garage is a mythical image.

3. A willingness to let go and delegate… You can't do it all yourself. Build a team. Establish structure. Don't try to juggle it all.

Stephen Hager

1. Fire in your belly to do something different, better and take-on risk

2. A picture of success, vision and desired outcomes with leaky boundaries

3. Surround self with people smarter and different than you who support your picture of success

Adam Kreitman

1. The ability to sell

2. The ability to delegate

3. The ability to learn from failure (or, better yet, the failures of others)

Steve Smart

1. The ability to lead with vision: The ability to see, define and rally others to a future state is critical for long-term success.

2. The ability to incorporate the right talent: No one can do it all on their own. It becomes critical to recognize that fact, develop a high performing team and delegate well.

3. The ability to manage change: With a growing business, change is happening all over. Within the organization, within the industry and in the business world in general. Being able to manage change and lead the organization in the midst of it is important.

Jared Peno

Along with personal traits such as perseverance, self-motivation, and focus, I think having the following skills is vitally important to an entrepreneur's success:

1. First, you must have a marketable service or product. If you don't, then you have nothing to sell and no platform for becoming an entrepreneur.

2. Second, you need to have vision. When you are starting out, take advantage of your ability to adjust to demands and trends quickly; always have an eye for opportunity.

3. Lastly, and I believe most importantly, you need to be able to grow your personal network. Entrepreneurs sell solutions and the more people you know the more people you can potentially help. Your worth as an entrepreneur is directly tied with how well and how many people you can help. Creating an ever-growing network of people allows for more relationships and more opportunities for you to solve problems.

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Video: The Gateway to Dreams

Have a dream you’ve always wanted to fulfill but felt was impossible? Don’t be too hasty giving up on it…

Dream Champion, Queen of Possibilities, and Innovator Karen Hoffman has always looked for systems to help people discover possibilities not seen at first glance by the majority of people. She encourages viewers by her magical stories about:

  • Finding money for people who are not normally able to find it
  • Engaging in deeply satisfying exchanges of energy and services through barter
  • Reviewing and choosing new and often better life priorities by rallying and leveraging leveraging personal setbacks and crisis
  • Living from what you enjoy doing and being who you are unconditionally
  • Powerful books with game-changer and life-enhancing themes
  • Recognizing and seizing opportunities life presents even if they seem to big and scare you
  • Generosity and friendship that magnifies success and progress
  • Dreams currently being actualized due to collaboration and commitment

As founder of Gateway to Dreams, Karen Hoffman continues helping people to achieve rapid fulfillment of their dreams through relationships and collaboration. She provides the space, the connections, the ideas, the enthusiasm and proven processes for making positive dreams happen. You can contact Karen at Karen@cityofexperts.com

Hottest Graphic Design Programs

So you've decided to start a graphic design project. Great! But how do you get from your initial idea to a finished, printed product?

So you've decided to start a graphic design project. Great! But how do you get from your initial idea to a finished, printed product? If you decide to forgo the recommendation of seeking professional graphic design help, you are probably in the market for some software. It doesn't matter if you are trying to create a logo, banner, sign, or brochure, it can be difficult getting from the project's conception to the final product if you lack the proper tools.

SEO and website development expert Will Hanke speaks from experience and provides valuable information outlining today’s hottest graphic design programs, some known and some more obscure.

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Creative Suite is probably the most known graphic design package, and it contains a lot of different software programs including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. If you buy the entire suite, it will set you back a pretty penny. You do, however, have the option of buying individual components of the package. The following are some of the more popular components to help you with your project.

Adobe InDesign is great for making flyers and posters. It even has tools to help guide you in making your own brochure. The tools allow you to do a little bit of image editing, and help you layout your brochure and put text on top of an image.

Adobe Illustrator, on the other hand, is simply a program allowing you to create or edit your own image files. It is essentially a blank canvas and provides you with tools to sketch, paint, erase, and scale a picture. If you are a talented digital artist, then this is a must have for your graphic design projects.

Lastly, I imagine everyone knows about Photoshop. The popularity of this program is so immense it has become a verb in the English language! Still, this photo manipulation software is considered an industry standard by many, and can help you touch up photos before you send them to be printed.

Corel Software

Corel is a software company and a competitor to Adobe products. Corel Draw even has handy brochure templates, and can really save you time. Some people prefer Adobe over Corel or vice versa, but the important thing to remember about Corel products is they are comparable software products and provide almost the exact same features at a fraction of the price.

GIMP

GIMP, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is part of the open source GNU project and a great piece of software. Software under the GNU license is free to use, copy, distribute and you could even change the source code. It's incredible because it competes with top image manipulation and graphic design programs, yet is still completely free! However, unless you already know how to use similar tools, you are going to need to learn a lot before you can use this program very well. Its learning curve is relatively steep.

These known and not-so-well known programs are great aids for many graphic design projects. Fair warning: they have a tough learning curve to them and some have a hefty price tag, so if you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed creating your own logo or design, seek the help of acustom printing company. On the other hand, if you absolutely need to do the design portion yourself, these programs will aid you in making your idea a reality!

SEO expert Will Hanke is a Jack-of-all-trades and understands a spectrum of tools available to do a variety of tasks, including those related to graphic design. He informs readers by describing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each product outlined. For SEO and website development tips, subscribe to his newsletter or check out his blog.

Video: Connecting

Karen Hoffman, entrepreneur, business owner and Chief Possibilities Officer for Gateway to Dreams is sometimes referred to as the Kevin Bacon of St. Louis. Even as a child and young person, connecting was a common practice she engaged in with passion, naturally and often. These days, Karen fully utilizes technology to help her track and maintain information on those she’s met so her relationships remain fresh, real and authentic. She asserts that each of us can develop great skill in connecting with others.

Karen draws upon her copious experience as a seasoned connector and lover of people as well as industry data to express the following tips and strategies for making positive, lasting and mutually supportive connections:

  • The greatest investment in your business is the positive personal connections you foster through use of positive energy so commit to be positive
  • Recognition of the gifts and strengths in others and unconditional acceptance and love of people accelerates progress in business
  • Cultivating and sharing positive words, thoughts and attitudes about people is key to making connections quickly and easily
  • Our attitude and energy is a felt experience with others and we are responsible for what we create
  • Invite and share values and priorities early in the conversation so you can determine where you easily bridge with those around you and feel connected right away
  • Pay attention to the level of stress in your body so you can slow down, relax and be present
  • Pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses in your personality so we can regulate and draw upon them effectively
  • Practice how to catalog and track business cards you give and receive
  • Provide gift certificates and other giveaways at events
  • Cultivate the art of listening well to others, suspending judgment and paying attention to what excites and matters to them
  • Fall in love with people and enjoy the energy exchange you both experience
  • Be more interested in other people than trying to get them interested in you
  • Create strategies for how you want to stay connected and follow-up after an event, including how you will manage the information you collect and keep relationships alive and authentic
  • Use innovative and memorable ways to solidify your connections through mail or packages or other ways to impress your new connections
  • Engage in email introductions to support your connections

Karen Hoffman is founder of Gateway to Dreams, an organization designed to connect and promote people so they can live their dreams and provide their valuable services to the world. Call her today at 314.503.6376 or email her at Karen@cityofexperts.com

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Nurturing Customer Relationships

Learn how and why specialized experts and business owners create habits to nurture and expand relationships with their existing customers.

Serving customers and setting an intention to create a satisfying experience with them engenders ongoing loyalty and often-extraordinary results. Being grateful and mindful about your customers and attentive to their needs, translates into strong relationships that are mutually positive and supportive. Some likely results: your customers develop business for you. They like you, they trust you, they continue to buy from you and they refer others to you. Most important of all, developing caring habits that keep them happy ultimately make you happy too. Benefit from the experience of our experts who offer you a range of ideas to try out for your benefit and those you serve.

From our Experts:

John Eyres

I like to EMAIL out new and interesting trends I feel would benefit some of my current and past clients. This is a very positive way to help them and help me keep in touch with them. I think they really appreciate the way I send them specific information tidbits they can use in their business.

Cathy Sexton

I send an email every week with a productivity tip of the week that brings value and is quick and easy to read. I get a lot of positive feedback.

Glenda Woolley

I like to give more than my customers are expecting. When opportunities arise to support them in unconventional ways they don’t anticipate, more than a working relationship develops. We also become friends.

Bill Prenatt

Many years ago I had a colleague who said, "Do the best you can and do a little bit more.”

My goal in working with my clients is to make them feel special...like they are my only client in the world. I also want them to trust me deeply.

Doing what I say I'm going to do, when I say I'm going to do it, is important to me. They don't care what I know unless they know that I care.

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Stop and Smell the Roses

According to Mayo clinic and John Hopkins University, unrelenting stress harms our bodies. We all know that, yet we let it continue each day.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Slow down, stop and smell the roses? “ This was something I always heard from my mother-in-law at every visit for over twenty years. I always thought, “What does she know? She should mind her own business. I’m doing the best I can.” Holly and I owned three 24-hour restaurants. Our children were all active in school and sports. Holly and I wanted to do our best for them. Many would say our family was living the American dream. However, there never seem to be enough hours in the day.

It was the fall of 1997 when I received a call from the basketball coach. It was the first day of basketball practice and Landon didn’t show. Both Landon and Chad had been playing organized basketball from the third grade. Chad was a junior and he made it to practice. The coach wanted to know why Landon hadn’t arrived. I said I didn’t know. But I would ask when he came home. When Landon came home, I asked why he didn’t show for practice. He said, “Dad do you think I’ll ever play professional basketball? I said, “No.” Landon said, “Do you think I would ever get a college scholarship?” I said, “I doubt it, but maybe.” Landon then said, “Dad, I would rather go deer hunting.” What could I say? I could tell he had given this a lot of thought. I reluctantly said, “OK.” I’m so thankful I respected my son’s wishes. On December 17, he died in a car accident.

Now fast-forward to Thanksgiving Day, 1998. I started work early so I could arrive home early to have our family Thanksgiving dinner at 4 o’clock. We gave thanks and ate our meal. Then, I retired to my chair and fell asleep. When I woke up two hours later I asked Holly, “Where did everyone go?” She said, “They left. You were sleeping.” This was my “aha” moment. I did not want to be remembered as always being asleep in my chair. I realized things had to change. I had been using my margin (how I use time) just to get by. The only way to improve my margin would to get rid of the clutter (spending time on things that don’t matter) in my life. I am thankful for the margin I now have and would like to share the benefits of “slowing down and stopping to smell the roses.”

“Four benefits of putting margin in your life”

  1. Peace
    When you’re not hurrying and worrying all the time, you have time to think. Less hurrying and worrying means more time to relax, more time to enjoy life, and more time to stop and smell the roses.
  2. Better health
    When you’re not pushing your limits, you have less stress. According to studies by Mayo clinic and John Hopkins University, unrelenting stress harms our bodies. We all know that, yet we let it continue day after day. Many times the only margin time in our lives is when a heart attack almost happens or does. Why do we wait until our health plummets before we make a new choice? The truth is our bodies need downtime to heal. Racecars make pit stops in order to get repaired. You can’t fix anything going 200 miles an hour. Yet we try to be repaired while we’re still racing through life. Margin builds in time for better health.
  3. Stronger relationships
    Relationships take time, and margin provides the time to sit and talk, to listen and enjoy one another, and to provide the comfort we each need. When we don’t make relationships a priority and make time for each other, our relationships suffer.
  4. Leaving a legacy
    Prioritize your life. How do you want to be remembered?

I am thankful to my mother in law Margaret Hillstrand (8/11/1920-8/29/2012) and her persistence in helping me to “Slow down and stop to smell the roses”.

Psalm 90:12 (The Living Bible) Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.

Larry Lukens is a successful businessman and spiritual expert in the e4e community who uses his life experience to bring comfort and counsel. To contact Larry, call him at 740.294.9740 or write him at lblukens@gmail.com.

The Fear of Public Speaking: Why Many of Us Have It

Glossophobia is Fear of Public Speaking. 75% of people experience this phobia. Expert Fred Miller addresses the causes and cures for glossophobia.

Glossophobia is the Fear of Public Speaking. It is derived from a Greek word, glosso, meaning tongue, and Phobus, fear. Up to seventy-five percent of us have it, to one degree or another. It holds many people back from reaching their potential.

It is a fear worth confronting and overcoming because, as my mantra says: “Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

People who take and make Speaking Opportunities:

  • Grow their businesses.
  • Advance their careers.
  • Increase their leadership roles.

The first step to lessening the fear is to understand why so many people dread giving public speaking and delivering presentations.

My first response is, “Why not!

Think about it. Most of our conversations are one-on-one. Many of those are on a phone where we don’t see the person we’re communicating with. Increasingly, we communicate by texting or email. Those mediums eliminate seeing and hearing the other person.

It’s reasonable to assume standing in front of, and speaking with twenty, forty, or one hundred sets of eyeballs, is ‘out of our comfort zone.’ That’s a big reason we’re uncomfortable giving a presentation.

That un-comfortableness will, if presenting on a regular basis, ultimately lessen. (You did learn to eventually not fall off your bicycle, didn’t you?)

There are several very real reasons to have a Fear of Public Speaking.

  1. If you don’t know what you’re speaking about!
    Don’t get in front of an audience and talk about something for which you have little or no knowledge. That activity, rightfully so, will give you anxiety. You’ve got to know your subject and know enough to have ‘confidence in your competence’ on your topic. That knowledge lessens anxiety.
  2. If you don’t know the structure of a presentation.
    I’ll bet you, like me, have heard speakers talk and talk and talk without there being any rhyme or reason to their presentation. The topic might have been covered, but because a logical structure wasn’t followed, the audience didn’t GET IT! Just as the recipe for a delicious cake dictates specific ingredients are added in specific amounts at specific times; there is a proven structure to a great presentation.This, like most skills, can be learned.
  3. If you haven’t practiced before the event.
    Practicing is not optional!

    • Bands who have been together for many years and play music they’ve played hundreds of time, rehearse before big concerts.
    • Professional ball players attend spring training and show up before games for batting practice.
    • Actors and actresses continually rehearse their roles.

    Why would anyone think they could “wing” it when delivering a presentation?

  4. Sometimes the Fear of Public Speaking is Situational.
    • Size of Audience.
      Speaking one-on-one is something we do all the time. For most of us, it’s very natural and easy to do. What about speaking with five people? Ten people? What number in the audience makes someone nervous? A good analogy is a Fear of Heights. Standing on a stool or step stool is not a big deal. A stepladder is okay. Climbing a twenty-four foot extension ladder to clean out my gutters - not me!
    • Specific People in the Audience.
      Maybe speaking with audiences is easy until - your boss, coworkers, or spouse is seated in the front row. - “Yikes!” Example: A financial advisor I know regularly speaks without fear, to audiences of hundreds of retirees. However, if several of his colleagues are in the seats, he feels he is under a microscope and nervousness raises its head on him.
    • If a Request is Made.
      Presenting might usually produce little angst unless the attendees will be asked to do something the speaker is uncomfortable asking. This could be appealing for a donation, asking to sign a petition, or inviting people to pledge something.
  5. Then there are the “What Ifs?”
    • What if the audience doesn’t like me?
    • What if the speaker they had last month was really, really, good and compared to him or her I stink!
    • What if I forget something? I must be perfect!
    • Then there is, perhaps, the biggest What if? What if I’ve got nothing to talk about? What could I ever present to an audience that anyone would have an interest in hearing? (I often hear this in the public speaking classes I teach.)

Here’s my response: Everyone has experiences and knowledge people would love to hear about and could benefit from. The problem is often we are ‘too close to ourselves’ and ‘looking in the mirror’ for answers. As a good friend once told me, “We don’t know what we know!”

One of the best ways to find, ‘What to talk about’ is to work with at least one other person.

When I coach clients, “I Listen and Ask Questions, so they hear themselves!” You can do the same when working with others to discover ‘What to talk about.

Ask questions like:

  • What did you learn from that?
  • What will you do differently next time?
  • So what?
  • Why would anyone want to hear that story?

From now on. . . No more, “Nothing to talk about,” excuses for not giving a presentation!

A great way to get started on your presentation is to use a Speaker’s Template.
It’s available FREE here: http://www.nosweatpublicspeaking.com/go/freespeakerstemplate/

Fred E. Miller is a local Speaker, Author, and Presentation Coach. The title of his first book is, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” Businesses, Individuals, and organizations hire him to improve their public speaking and presentation skills. For more information, contact Fred at:
Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com
www.NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com

Moving from Victim to Victory Consciousness

The job of a good leader is to help a person become responsible by transferring responsibility to them so they live their purpose.

As a child deeply in love with nature, living on the edge of a park, and the fifth of six children, I knew a lot about chaos, the beautiful, free, creative and exhilarating kind. Starting out free to explore from infancy, school at age five felt like bitter confinement and at times crushing domination, and was the first time I was acutely aware of the down-side to our civilization process. As a result, I have always been drawn to unorthodox concepts of how people might form community, develop into good, contributing, caring citizens who are empowered to be victorious in their lives. In the last 30 years I have turned that awareness into an obsession (and a company), leading to questions that have since liberated my life and the lives of others.

  • How can we shift the civilization process so that rather than diminish people and demean the human spirit, each person is assisted in expanding into their wholeness?
  • What can we do to create a world in which it feels safe to be powerfully influential, inventive, vulnerable, creative and collaborative so that we are authentically free co-creators?
  • What does an organization look like in which people thrive rather than simply survive?
  • How do we avoid that which makes us feel and act like victims and rebels and absorb that, which makes us empowered, contributing and accountable?

It’s clear our current organizational structures are not working well. News headlines make us all too aware of the meaning of the term dysfunctional within schools, families, businesses and institutions. Schools struggle to effectively educate, many businesses, marriages and families are in a state of crisis. And then there’s the current state of health care, the economy, welfare, our judicial systems, the environment, and governments, to name a few.

Additionally, a requirement for mutual cooperation is essential as we expand our increasingly technological and global community. We are evolving at an accelerated pace which creates greater stress and a pressing need to be more inter-dependent and streamlined in our evolution. What once took years and even decades to create now takes only months or days and our outdated organizational systems can’t keep up with our present or future. What’s the answer?

Recently, in studying a variety of organizational models, I was delighted to discover a human system that is synonymous with the work of my company LifeWork Systems. The model is called a chaord, derived from a combination of the words chaos and order. In a chaord, all the best within human beings and all manner of systems are honored and focused towards what is both most meaningful and effective.

Leading scientists from many disciplines have recently discovered that life itself thrives on the edge of chaos with just enough order to give it patterns we have taken for granted and assumed developed in a linear, plodding manner. It’s just not true. Much of what exists in nature formed in both a complex and simultaneous way. In other words, a variety of systems acting independently worked in harmony to rapidly collaborate and create what could not otherwise occur. Nature literally explodes with creativity and cooperation. What’s key is that each element involved in any healthy system not be confused nor impeded in living to their distinct purpose, values and vision.

A chaord is similar to this beautiful discovery in nature; when people share power, are equipped to co-create change, and independently self-govern, then everyone can harmoniously blend available chaos with order for rapid, effective change. In ordered chaos, each person is first and foremost purpose-oriented, focused on individual and group purpose, values and visions. Next, everyone is organized to expediently harness the creativity, gifts, initiative and collective talents available in service to that purpose or vision. Ordered chaos is to vision what a bow and arrow is to a target. Control is released so the arrow can literally fly to the target. This is the path from victim to victor.

What does this mean specifically? Organizations operating as a chaord function by a set of principles in which power is shared, knowledge and initiative are distributed at all levels and self-governing, socially and emotionally intelligent individuals and teams work independently to accomplish their goals with faith in each other to deliver their part. Imagine homes, educational institutions, community organizations and businesses in which adults and children learn to share decision-making, governing, and whole tasks are delegated to individuals and teams independently and yet, interdependently.

In this system internal motivation, purpose, vision and self-management are top priorities that replace traditional command and control, linear top-down managing so that joyful participation from passion and purpose reign. I have successfully created this very system in my own family and in client sites, including businesses, non-profit organizations, churches and schools.

During the first half of the 21st century, it was the practice of parents to shape the minds and hearts and lives of their children and to a large extent this is still a worthy role. At that time however, this was out of balance. There was something crucial usually missing in the formula for influencing children’s lives. Too much emphasis was focused on the shaping of the child and not enough on the child’s individual internal motivation, inductive reasoning and discovery and development of their unique purpose, values and vision for their life. They were not developed into leaders and proactive participants as part of their rearing. The result: Many adults turn into people who are out of touch with their ability to make choices from internal motivation and instead feel like “victims” to the whims and preferences of others. Their internal roadmap is buried and their power atrophied.

A result from my experience of my childhood and the well-intentioned, control-driven attempts by my parents, other adults, and educators, to make me a good citizen, was an unbalanced need to do what my parents and other authorities wanted from a sense of fear and disempowerment. I have come to realize many others experience the same. Maybe that’s why Brene Brown, renounced expert researcher on Shame and Vulnerability states,

"We are the most over-weight, over-medicated, in-debt, addicted cohorts in the history of the world."

The emphasis on shaping human beings from the outside in, is costing us more than we could ever imagine and at the root of co-dependency, shame, repression, suppression, addiction and many neuroses. It is at the root of victim consciousness. When parents raise children this way and educators teach students this way and managers manage employees this way, there grows a disconnection between the one leading and the one being led, and a disconnect within each person.

During that era and today, the mainstream methods for how to lead others is still a source of much dysfunction. When we use a control-based approach for leading others, this is a form of over-protecting, pampering and spoiling. I’m not referring here to spoiling others with too many material goods but rather, with taking too much responsibility for the ideas, happiness, behavior, choices and results of those they lead.

In the words of psychologist Alfred Adler (father of individual psychology), “people often make the mistake of taking too much responsibility for other’s achievements and too much blame for their mistakes. They forget the person is always observing, interpreting and deciding for him or herself.” When we leave out the purposes and subjectivity of the individual, and don’t guide others in the wise use of their power, we are teaching others to be less responsible. What we protect we make weak and we should never do for others anything they are capable of doing for themselves.

The job of a good leader is to help a person become able to respond (responsible) in their life; to help them by transferring responsibility to them in such a manner that they discover their own high purpose and how to live it. Then they can do the same for others. It’s been my life’s work, first with my family, then in over 70 schools and now with many business and community organizations, to provide the missing tools and information that allows leaders to improve success in others and bring out the best already residing in those they lead.

We live in exciting times with tremendous opportunity to expand into the amazing, capable, creative human beings we are and to have fun alone and with others. A chaordic model is exciting because it provides meaningful uncertainties, risks, challenges and opportunities to develop leaders who contribute in ways that cannot be found in traditional models. Vision, with action, leads to infinite possibilities. It’s time to buckle up, and go for the ride of our lives. We are designed by nature itself to function within organized chaos on purpose when we are given the appropriate training and support for how to do so! We are meant to be victors, not victims!

Judy Ryan is Owner of LifeWork Systems and a human systems expert. Executives, community leaders and educators hire Judy and her company because they want the advantages of a healthy workplace. To contact her, you can call her at 314.239.4727, by emailjudy@lifeworksystems.com or on her website www.lifeworksystems.com

Video: How to Get Calm and Focused for Peak Performance

Stephen Hager, expert in practical neuroscience, shares techniques and processes for getting and staying in top mental, physical and emotional condition needed for performance excellence. He shares the following information so viewers can:

  • Understand conditions and qualities of peak performance
  • Recognize common obstacles to peak performance and overcome them
  • Adopt key practical neuroscience strategies to increase peak performance, including
    1. Five steps to getting and staying calm
    2. Four steps to getting and staying passionate
    3. Three steps for getting and staying focused

Stephen Hager is owner of Neuidentity and you can reach him by visiting his website: www.neuidentity.com

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Anti-Inflammatory Eating

This video on anti-inflammatory eating creates awareness concerning how a poor diet can create harmful systemic inflammation and unhealthy reactions in our bodies.

This video on anti-inflammatory eating creates awareness concerning how a poor diet can create harmful systemic inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation then leads to unhealthy reactions in our bodies that we should avoid.

  • When we create inflammation in our body through a poor diet we create harmful toxic conditions in the body
  • We should eliminate or dramatically reduce intake of grains, fats and seeds that have a poor oil profile and that create inflammation
  • We should avoid eating protein from animals that are grain-fed because the effects of grains in our proteins is passed on to us

An anti-inflammatory diet is one primarily comprised of green, red and orange vegetables, healthy nuts such as almonds and walnuts and organic, lean, grass-fed (pasture-raised) meats.

Dr. Dan Fazio is a chiropractor and wellness expert, specializing in the proactive creation of health and prevention of disease. To get direct support from Dr. Fazio, email him at danielfaziodc@gmail.com or call him at 636-227-4442

Video: Brain Strengths

Most people don’t know their sensory and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. When they do, they can leverage this information to be financially and socially effective.

What is brain strength and why is this important to entrepreneurs? Practical Neuroscientist Stephen Hager talks about the importance of understanding the unique make up of each person for how they like to learn, think, communicate, solve problems, make decisions and work productively.

Stephen discusses neuro-diversity starting with how people process information (sensory), including the strengths and weaknesses of each modality and our cognitive function (how we focus on and use information). He describes the importance of knowing our primary and secondary sensory styles and equally our blind spots, which indicates the style that’s our weakest and least favored. The three sensory styles and their prevalence in our world are:

  • Visual: 29% of the population.
  • Kinesthetic: 60% of the population.
  • Auditory: 11% of the population.

Our cognitive preferences are:

  • sequential (details – trees) or
  • global (big-picture – forest)

Most people don’t know their sensory and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. When they do, they can leverage this information to be effective. Stephen Hager focuses on the significance of these styles for entrepreneurs and their connection to social and financial success. For more information, check out Stephen’s video article outlining next steps, visit his website: neuidentity.com or call him at 618-977-5258.

Video: The Importance of Knowing Your Natural Productivity Style

A lack of awareness of your natural productivity style may result in burnout, illness, stress, and disengagement. It’s key to your success and effectiveness long-term.

Your natural productivity style is unique and important to understand. It differs from your adaptive style because it’s based in your inherent personality traits, including your values, beliefs, thoughts and feelings about what works most naturally for you. Understanding, honoring and building upon your natural productivity style is key to success in your life and work. The main things to consider when discovering your natural productivity style are:

  • How you make decisions – are we a snap decision-maker or do we need to contemplate and analyze things before we take action?
  • How you interact socially – are you introverted or extraverted? Do people sap your energy or increase it?
  • Are you spontaneous or rigid in your pace for doing things – do you maintain consistent routines or function best with no plans?
  • Are you detailed and process-oriented or not – you may be very focused on the details or more comfortable thinking about the abstract, high-level perspective.

If you or those who work with you are not aware of the significance of each person’s natural productivity style, results may often include burnout, illness, stress and disengagement. What works for each person as identified in their natural productivity style is key to their success and ability to remain engaged and effective long-term. The ramifications for gaining awareness of it and the impacts of honoring it in the workplace are crucial to understand and address. To enter the process of discovering your natural productivity style, see productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s academy video article on this topic or contact her by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her websitewww.TheProductivityExperts.com

Video: Why a Brain Dump Increases Productivity

Most business owners have the bad habit of holding too many thoughts in their mind even though we can only focus effectively on about five.

Most business owners fall into the bad habit of trying to hold too many thoughts in their mind even though we can only consciously succeed in doing so effectively and thoroughly with four to five thoughts at a time. We process at least 60,000-70,000 thoughts per day so it’s important to recognize that when these thoughts remain in our mind:

  • We can’t organize them
  • We can’t prioritize them
  • They likely cause us stress
  • They can overwhelm us
  • Their sheer volume makes us feel out of control

It’s all too common that many business owners are stressed out simply because they hold too many thoughts in their mind rather than taking time to sit down and write everything out in order gain clarity and take productive action. To engage in the process of an effective brain dump, see productivity expert Cathy Sexton’s academy video article on this topic or contact her by email at cathy@TheProductivityExperts.com or visit her website www.TheProductivityExperts.com

How Entrepreneurs Brains are Wired for Success

Are you willing to flex and stretch your perception of an entrepreneur? The “entrepreneurial spirit” is alive and well and may perhaps include you.

Entrepreneurs are a rare and perhaps undervalued group of people who dream, act upon their dreams, and sometimes succeed in achieving what are perceived as superhuman feats. Typically, we think of entrepreneurs as people who create new businesses with different and improved products and services.

Are you willing to flex and stretch your perception of what an entrepreneur is and does? My rationale is that the “entrepreneurial spirit” is alive and well in more people than we think, perhaps in you. Limiting our entrepreneurial gifts to creating business enterprises robs us of the potential for some really big and positive changes in other areas of our lives.

What characterizes an entrepreneur’s values, beliefs and behaviors? How are they wired for success? Why do some people succeed and others fail? The following sections provide two checklists for entrepreneurial success and failure. The lists are based on the author’s expertise in practical neuroscience and his experience working in both entrepreneurial and traditional environments. You will learn whether the entrepreneur’s pathway is right for you, and how well equipped you are to embark on this wild and wooly journey with great outcomes.

The Successful Entrepreneur’s Brain

How many of these characteristics do you possess? You may be further along the pathway to entrepreneurial success than you think. Imagine any three or more of these characteristics as your initial “stepping stones” to living the life of your dreams.

  • Strong desire to do things one is unable to do in traditional settings
  • Vivid and compelling future outcomes become your GPS
  • Willing to change, learn, adapt, and flex
  • “Can-do, will-do” attitude
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Attitude of gratitude
  • Balancing self-interests with best interests of others
  • Effective communication skills
  • Imagination plus practical thinking and action
  • Creates a small, diverse “dream team”
  • Practices cooperation and collaboration, rather than competition
  • Willing to live in an outer world of risk and uncertainty
  • Resilient in the face of obstacles, ridicule, and failure
  • Intuition and inner drive that can overpower logic and reason
  • Strong inner fortitude to ignore and bypass fear
  • Staying on-course, no matter what
  • Picking one’s self up after failure and moving forward
  • Continuous learning and improvement
  • Thrill of exploration, experimentation, and discovery
  • Chosen pathway is fun each and every day

Obstacles to Entrepreneurial Success

Combinations of three or more obstacles will likely limit or cripple your potential success as an entrepreneur or change agent. These “deal breakers” may be more important than the characteristics listed earlier as contributing to entrepreneurial success. Caution: Your desired outcomes may not be what you think if you resonate with these obstacles.

  • Fear of failure, economic risk and ruin, ridicule
  • Flying solo rather than having diverse co-pilots
  • Resistant to changing self, but wanting others to change
  • Attempts to manipulate and control people and situations
  • Values competition over cooperation and collaboration
  • Poor communication skills
  • Dominating self-interests
  • Needing to be perfect and right
  • Low tolerance for errors and mistakes
  • Waiting for the right time and place
  • Procrastination
  • Negative mental attitude
  • Desiring extrinsic rewards more than intrinsic benefits
  • Living in the past, which limits imagination
  • Obsessive use of data and facts
  • Absence of self-confidence
  • Belief that you are not ready and the time is not right
  • Low trust in your brainpower and caring nature to create
  • Abiding by other people’s opinions and decisions
  • Believing that “Fun” is something you experience after you succeed

In summary, expand your thinking about entrepreneurism to include what you can positively change in your home and work to improve the quality of life for all. Leverage your positive entrepreneurial brain characteristics in nearly everything, not just in building business enterprises; any one characteristic will serve you and others in positive, life fulfilling ways.

I challenge you to make one difference in one area of your life; you will multiply the effect and reduce the time needed for success, when you enlist someone like you to join with you. “Don’t Fly Alone.” The power of your brain, combined with your caring nature, is the greatest power in the world. You can do it!

Stephen F. Hager is a co-founder of The HADRON Group, Inc, along with Deanna S. Phelps. Hadron is the world’s leading developer of practical neuroscience solutions for entrepreneurial, career, personal, and educational success. Stephen is a lifelong learner, author, public speaker and seminar facilitator. He has dedicated his life to educate and help leaders, teams and organizations live better and less stressful lives through practical neuroscience. You can reach Stephen at Stephen@neuidentity.com; the consolidated web site for The Hadron Group iswww.neuidentity.com

The Power of Passion in Succeeding in Marketing and PR

It’s not just about a diploma hanging on the wall. Want to have success in marketing? Be passionate, push boundaries, and most importantly, make mistakes.

You have invested in your education and have a degree? Whether you have or not, your success depends on something more: Passion

So, you have a degree in marketing, communications or public relations. What does that mean for entering the work force? The harsh reality is that in many employers’ minds, it may not mean much, as a large number of people with college degrees have no practical experience and/or meaningful internships.

Of the resumes we receive at KolbeCo, roughly 20% have meaningful experience. In addition, they are not students of the media, meaning they don't watch the news, read the paper or are active in building a professional brand for themselves on social media.

As I look back at previous generations, many professionals of years past did not have the educational experience, but they had practical experience. They learned on the job. They were always passionate students of their trade.

Allow me to share my grandfather’s story, a man who faced a challenging childhood, managed to get a high school education, and started his career selling irons door-to-door during the Great Depression. But the man who began as an iron salesman had a passion for engineering. He was self-taught, never stopped learning, and went to work for Douglas Aircraft in California, which later merged and became McDonnell-Douglas.

During his time there, he became the chief engineer on the AV8 Harrier project and worked in a lead role on the Apollo project. Yet he only had a high school diploma. Why was he successful leading a team of 2200 engineers? Because he was a student of engineering – even in retirement!

He loved designing aircraft, and it was a big part of his identity. He remembered many of the internal debates within the walls of McDonnell Douglas – now Boeing. These were passionate debates on how to address problems and make designs better. Believe it or not, I have met people on his team who remember debates with my grandfather from 30 or 40 years ago! That is what I call passion.

I believe there are lessons to be learned from my grandfather’s story – lessons that translate to the marketing and PR industry. The story teaches us that it’s not just about a diploma hanging on the wall. Want to have success in marketing? Be passionate, push boundaries, and most importantly, make mistakes. Want to be a great PR person? Have a true, authentic appreciation for the media. Become a consumer of media – read a journalist’s articles, watch the news, follow them on social media, learn the audience. You will soon understand what a journalist or a producer likes. You don't need to ask them and shouldn't have to. As you learn this you become a resource as a PR person and not a pest.

But being a great professional is also about finding your personal passion, and gaining life experience. Looking to enter the marketing field and not sure how to get started? Volunteer at a nonprofit. Explore the world. The more depth you have as a marketing person the more creative you can become. While some of this comes from experience, there are numerous creative people who are young and always thinking of new ways to push the boundaries. As a new graduate, look to push the more senior experienced people to their limits as well. They will appreciate it if they too are passionate people.

Education is a great start, but where you go from there is up to you.

For marketing, branding and public relations assistance visitwww.kolbeco.net.

Video: The Effects of Dietary Stress on the Body

Dr. Dan Fazio provides an in-depth presentation providing information on:

  • Our inflammatory response in the body and how food choices can cause it escalate and harm our bodies
  • Understanding the importance of maintaining a stable glycemic load for balanced blood sugar
  • The effects of simple carbohydrate loading on our blood sugar levels and the body’s response of quickly storing fat, often in unlimited capacity
  • How to eat to best utilize our food intake so our body’s metabolism functions in a resourceful and safe way
  • The differences between the types of foods and their possible unique combinations of carbohydrates, fat and proteins

Dr. Fazio ends this presentation providing dietary tips that help viewers make healthy food choices and combinations of foods that allow your body to process energy from it effectively. He reminds viewers that the food we eat is the single biggest thing we can control and the greatest contributor impacting our health. To contact Dr. Dan Fazio, email or call him (danielfaziodc@gmail.com or 636-227-4442)

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Video: Where Does My Time Go – Boosting Productivity Levels?

When it comes to being a multi hat person you can't wear them all at the same time. For your business to grow and thrive, you must use your time wisely and make the concerted effort and ask yourself, "Which hat am I wearing?", "Which hat is most important for me to wear?", "Which ones am I capable of doing or learning to do?" and an even more important question is "Is this the best use of my time?"

• Using the 80/20 rule = being 16 X more effective
• Time Vs. Results
• Analyzing where their time is spent and quick way to understand what to delegate
• How using a powerful tool like Evernote can boost productivity

In a memorable, simple and practical way Cathy Sexton helps viewers understand the best way to boost productivity is by doing more of the vital few.

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The Journey of Life

We all have the same amount of time every day. We choose to invest it, or waste it.

“Everything in our lives, all of our pursuits, should be founded upon our answer to the question why—why we exist, followed by why we do what we do.” – Todd Gongwer- Lead…..For God’s Sake

Why do we go on vacations?  I would go on vacations to enjoy life for a while, to relax, create memories and, be with my family.  It was important for Holly and I to create memories of family vacations we had as children. We would then decide for the time and money we had, where could we go. We would determine the must see sights. We always wanted to get the most out of vacation. When our vacation was over, we did not want to regret not seeing or doing something. We wanted to get the most out of our one-week together.

Our life is like our vacations in several ways. I would like to share two. The first is when it’s over will you have regrets for something you wished you would’ve done?  The second is, sometimes vacations don’t go as they are planned and sometimes our lives do not go as we planned.

What does the Bible say about your life not going as you planned?

Trials and Temptations-James 1:2-8

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

As stated above we should pray with all of our heart for wisdom or we should not expect to receive it.

I like the Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

We all have the same amount of time every day.  We choose to invest it, or waste it.

lm 90:12 - Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. Until I prioritized what’s important to me- I felt stressed, not blessed. Pray for wisdom to understand why we exist, and why we do what we do. Wisdom allows you to make the most of your time and be at peace when your life doesn’t always go as you planned.