I’ve found that speaking engagements are a remarkably powerful part of my marketing strategy, and I have several opportunities coming up next month.

But because the ICF Colorado conference has a call-for-speakers open until May 31st 2017, I thought I’d pass the word along to any of you who would like to reach an audience of 200 professional coaches and industry leaders!

There’s been some wonderful discussions going on in our revitalized ICF chapter about the value we bring to members and the profession, so I thought I’d share this with you!

What does “professional excellence” mean in YOUR situation?

I found out that the ICF Colorado Fall Conference has just opened up!  The past three years have been really inspirational and valuable for me, so I thought I’d talk about it for a minute:

Since I consider you a friend if you’re reading this, go over to http://icfcolorado.org/fall-conference/ by May 15th 2017 to get the super duper discount!

anna-vander-stel-60342Business can be brutal sometimes.

And when you feel that stress, you tend to pass it on to your people. In the form of pressured deadlines, brutal feedback, and snippy interactions.

Your employees can put up with the normal pressures of their work, but it’s this stress that drives them away. The message is that you don’t care, and everyone’s life would be easier if they weren’t around. So they leave – maybe not today, but eventually.

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Sure, my work as a coach is all about helping people.  But how do I balance that with what I do outside my business?  Here’s today’s thought:

I can’t imagine that you haven’t seen Brené Brown’s TED talk on vulnerability, but go check it out.  It’s stunning.

And it’s what got me thinking this morning as I approached a sensitive conversation…

deniz-altindas-38128Running a business is hard work, and you don’t have enough hours in the day. Big surprise! Your attention on self-care is one of the first things to go.

You know as well as I do that this is hurting the business. And it may well put you in the hospital at an early age.

So how do you maintain health and balance as a leader?

Physical health

Your mental state reflects your physical health. I’m not talking about extraordinary health care, either, just attending to health issues quickly, eating wisely and maintaining a good weight.

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Easter is a very special time for me, so I thought I’d share this quick message of revitalization:

Returning from a great time in Hawai’i, I was pondering the balance of doing versus being

Work is the thing that you do when you’re not having a life.

Or at least that’s the mentality that most employees bring to their jobs.  Essentially, they’re renting their time and skills to the company while putting everything else on hold.

But you know the problem with this mindset:  You usually just get the minimum level of productivity and dedication to your customers.

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