“Together, we are better” - credited to Barbara Hemphill, an organizing industry leader.
Carol Williams, another organizing coach and I just lived this, as we presented our workshop to the Vermont Women Business Owners’ Network at their Springtime conference.
Their welcome and their support, in my experience, was unparalleled.
Of a different kind, the support we received from two of our clients, who seemed to jump at the chance to be IN our presentation was absolutely precious and honoring. We can’t thank them enough. Nor can the participants in our workshop, for making this so real, tangible and useful – worth it.
“Thanks so much for a great workshop yesterday at Vermont Women Business Owners Network, Sue and Carol! I came away with some good tools to keep getting better organized. I juggle 4 jobs and lots of volunteer endeavors so I need all of the help I can get….” — Megan Humphrey Sweet Basil Cards
Carol and I both have workshops/presentations/classes as part of our businesses, so we can share broadly what we know, affect more people, and of course, make our businesses visible.
At a NAPO chapter meeting, Carol once asked me if I’d ever consider doing a workshop together. What we found in common initially was that we both know that organizing at work or at home is not about the stuff, papers, email … it’s about ourselves. What we are going through or have gone through. What our relationships and communications are like. How we take of ourselves. How well we know ourselves. And much more.
So that began a series of brainstorming sessions …
… which led to:
- learning how to construct PowerPoint with two people involved;
- editing audio clips, a brand new skill;
- figuring out how to get the clients’ voices to be heard on our technical setup;
- working with our clients on their Q&A;
- practicing together but also separately to time our workshop;
- figuring out fun, engaging, creative ways to spice up the energy in the workshop;
- … and so much more.
And so began our road trip … the night before …
We both give but also get great energy from working with groups, and it turns out we work together very well as workshop designers and presenters. Carol is high energy and gets groups going and motivated – ask us about her WOO HOO and how we didn’t need any practice with WBON ! I’m the reflective one with the calm energy, so I set up each of our reflection exercises in the workshop. You need both, right? Plus, I hope and believe our passion for what we do shines through and can be infectious to some degree.
Can I just say we had FUN as a group, too? Between our “invisible wall” of saran wrap signifying the negatives self-talk, should’s and all that ‘stuff’ that gets in our way, to playing baseball with fooz balls on stage, to saying WOOHOO and all the exercises we did together ! Our workshop is a different approach to so-called time management, where really, it’s all about you.
Graphic design: Hutchens Media
The workshop description…
Design Your Days: Make Each Day Count
Is this you? You’re a business owner, among other roles.
- You’re going at full speed but not feeling you’re getting anywhere;
- You’re feeling stuck;
- You’ve reached a plateau and you’re not moving ahead;
- You want a fresh, creative look at how to manage your time and design your days;
- You know what to do … you’re not doing it though. You’re in your own way sometimes.
By the workshop’s finish, you will be on your way to transforming that “stuck and overwhelmed” feeling into a feeling of renewed energy and motivation. During this session, we will show video clips of women business owners like you that were once stuck and are now inspired, empowered, and enabled; climbing to their next level of success.
Results you can expect: New or renewed inspiration, motivation, and a clear action plan; Identification of your desired result and several concrete steps to attain your result, after learning our proven Design Your Day process; Real practice with a portion of our Design Your Days toolkit. This begins to catapult you into your next level of success; a true realization that you’re not alone and you, too, will find success. You will hear real stories from our clients and experience their journeys first –hand. As they have designed their days to reach new levels of success, you will begin to design yours.
And on our way home …
…when we debriefed, made more plans, and shared insights and expertise. You know how fast those 2 hours went by!
And so now, we are looking forward to the post-workshop coaching sessions to hear more about how people are doing and what they have learned since the workshop! How will you design YOUR days, so they count?