What you can expect of me in 2017

jan202017newsletterIt’s been a powerful few months here of reflection, planning and visioning. I’m writing to share the commitment that came out of this time of diving deeply into my own business…

My own purpose.

My sacred mission.

I believe that the coaching and transformational leadership industry has lost its way. READ MORE

Some of my Facilitation Blunders (3 Case Studies & the tools I developed from them)

It’s true that I’m known as one of the best workshop, ritual and retreat facilitators in the industry, but what you probably don’t know is this: In my nearly 20 years of facilitating (& training others to facilitate!), I’ve made tons of mistakes. Not just little mistakes, but real biggies. The kinds that are cringe-worthy and the kinds that I’ve shed some real tears over.

But that’s how I’ve learned and that’s how I’ve developed so many of my facilitation tips and tools.

I decided it would be fun to share 3 Case Studies with you on mistakes I’ve made and the facilitation tools that came out of them.

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My biggest f*up (and lesson) of 2016

One of my biggest lessons in 2016 was almost one of the most painful.

It started out last Summer when I began the search for new members of my coaching team.

I had a very extensive screening process that lasted a number of months:

First round: fill out a lengthy and detailed application
Second round: create a 3-minute video about yourself and your strengths
Third round: interview with me READ MORE

7 Things I’ve Learned (the hard way) about Enrollment Conversations

lessons-learnedWhen I first started leading sales calls 12 years ago, I basically sucked. Big time.

I had no idea what I was doing…but more importantly – I had no idea whom I was supposed to be.

I was scared sh*tless (excuse my language) that I’d come off as stupid or pushy, and I thought I was supposed to show up as a know-it-all, emotionless salesperson who spoke with slick words and shiny-sounding surface ideas.

Luckily, that tactic failed pretty immediately, and it freed me up to do the real work of mastering enrollment conversations – of going deep to truly connect with my prospect and to lead sales calls that not only yielded business, but gave both my prospects and me a sense of integrity, empowerment and a knowing that something sacred and transformational had happened on that call.

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10 Things I’m doing right now

10thingsFor many people – myself included – it’s been a trying few weeks since the U.S. elections.

To be fair, it’s been a trying year.
I’m honestly kind of really over 2016.

Amidst all of this, I’ve been incredibly reflective – processing, listening to my emotions, understanding my fears…. READ MORE

(vulnerability alert) Facing a hard truth about myself

It’s been nearly 3 months since I sent you my last newsletter…which is record-breaking because for many, many years I’ve faithfully shared an article and content every single week.

I’m a big believer in being persistent and consistent, and teach this to my clients all the time. For example – if you’re going to have a newsletter, the way to make it most effective is to send it out regularly. It’s a rule I have lived by.

So why have you not really heard from me since July?

Well, two monumental things happened simultaneously.

The first is that mid-Summer I became TIRED. I’m not talking a little tired; I’m talking the kind of tired that has you want to stop everything, stay in your PJs for a month, and watch bad TV.
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Your Business and Your Nervous System

joannabeachwithfamilyJuly2016

When this newsletter gets to your inbox, I’ll be enjoying my last day of a week-long vacation with my family at the beach on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

I wrote this newsletter before leaving for our trip, and it’s a short one…but a really important one.

What I want to share with you today is about the absolute, VITAL importance of taking care of your nervous system…first and foremost for your physical, spiritual and emotional health…but also for the health of your business.

In today’s world of ongoing technology and social media, and of IMMENSE pressure, fast-paced and professional expectation (all we have to do is open up to Facebook to see what others are saying they’re up to, and start feeling bad about ourselves)…our nervous systems are in very precarious positions. READ MORE

A Simple Visibility Ritual for the Summer

beautiful girl enjoying the summer sun
It’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer and longer, and have you noticed that people are more social, want to stay out longer, and are generally having more fun?

Next week, on June 20th, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year.

The Sun will be at her glorious peak, being seen and shining brightly for many, many hours. READ MORE