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  • As we begin 2021, it seems only fitting that we look to the New Year with hope for the future and better times ahead. We’ve all experienced a range of emotions and feelings, along with varying degrees of disappointment, frustration, overwhelm and loss. This year, I’m hoping that we will begin to reclaim a sense of normalcy in our lives and relationships, both personally and professionally.
  • Many of you may remember when I became NAPO President in May of 2019. At that time I asked that you join me in celebrating the value of NAPO, the value of us AND the value we, as NAPO members, bring to others. That theme permeates throughout NAPO and is evident in our mission, our strategic initiatives, our programs and our operations. It reflects who we are.
  • We’ve been hearing a lot about 2020 being the year we wish to forget, the one that forever impacted our relationships and changed how we work and play. In hindsight, what does that mean and how do we look forward to welcoming 2021 with open arms?
  • NAPO 2021 is all about Connections -- Meaningful. Intentional. Lasting. The schedule for NAPO2021, a unique and one of a kind virtual Conference experience, is now available and registration is open. Our Conference Program Committee has created a not-to-be missed experience, including an exciting opening program, unlike any other.
  • Have you ever thought about what it would mean to step out of your comfort zone and try out a greater leadership role? When I was asked to chair the NAPO Nominations and Leadership Committee this year, my first year serving on NAPO’s Board of Directors, I was so excited. I love NAPO and everything it offers and joining the Board meant I could not only give back to the organization, but I would also build my strategic thinking and leadership skills.

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  • If you haven’t already heard of John Jantsch, he is a marketing consultant, speaker, and the author of several bestselling books, including The Referral Engine and Duct Tape Marketing. Of course, John has endless wisdom to offer on marketing, but what listeners hear more about in today’s episode is his latest book, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur. This new guide offers overworked and harried entrepreneurs – and anyone who thinks like one – a much-needed framework for tapping into the wisdom that is most relevant to entrepreneurial life. Arranged in a calendar format, it is filled with 366 inspirational meditations that contain the thoughts and writings of notable American authors, and features readings of transcendentalist literature and others. Tune in to find out about the decisions John made in writing and producing the book, his time in the mountains and how nature inspires him, and why he believes the self-reliant entrepreneur is a gift to society and a force for good. Hear more about his favorite authors, where the theme of self-reliance came from, and the importance of ritual and routine, all in today’s episode of Stand Out!   Key Points From This Episode: John shares some decisions he made in the production of the book, like the ribbon. [0:02:55] Why John chose to include the writings of classic American authors and how they relate to entrepreneurialism today. [0:05:42] Entrepreneurs and the connection with nature that John mentions in the book. [0:09:07] How John divides his time between the city and the mountains and how nature inspires him. [0:11:21] Learn why John believes the self-reliant entrepreneur is a gift to society and a force for good. [0:14:34] Diversity as a gift in itself to organizations because of the opportunities and culture it affords. [0:15:24] Where the book’s sections – planning, discovering, evolving, and growing – come from and why John uses the seasons as a metaphor. [0:16:35] Hear more about the theme of self-reliance (and the essay of that name by R.W. Emerson). [0:19:05] If self-reliance means self-trust, John shares how he believes entrepreneurs can learn to better listen to their intuition. [0:21:01] Listen in as John reads an excerpt from his book, titled ‘To the morning’. [0:23:05] John shares parts of his morning ritual – which starts most days at 5:00 AM [0:25:59]   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: John Jantsch on Twitter – https://twitter.com/ducttape John Jantsch on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ducttapemarketing/ John Jantsch on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ducttapemarketing/ Duct Tape Marketing – https://ducttapemarketing.com/ Duct Tape Marketing – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595554653/jantschcomm-20 The Referral Engine – https://www.amazon.com/The-Referral-Engine-John-Jantsch-audiobook/dp/B003NYOBTQ/ The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur – https://www.amazon.com/Self-Reliant-Entrepreneur-Daily-Meditations-Business/dp/1119579775 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Tom-Sawyer-Mark-Twain/dp/1503215679 The Artist’s Way – https://www.amazon.com/Artists-Way-25th-Anniversary/dp/0143129252 NAPO — http://napo.net/join
  • As work-from-home has become the new normal, we’ve replaced in-person talking with online meetings, often resulting in unenergetic presentations and garbled messaging. Today we speak with body language expert Alison Henderson about proven strategies that will improve how you communicate online. After exploring changes to how we communicate, Alison shares her insights into why standing out as an excellent Zoom communicator will be key in business for the foreseeable future. We then chat about what you can do to make virtual meetings feel dynamic and similar to the face-to-face experience. From when you should turn off your camera and how you can convey authenticity, Alison shares her top tips and best practices for online speaking and listening. On the topic of body language, Alison discusses the signals you should look out for before highlighting what women can do to own the online space. You’ll hear Alison’s actionable steps on becoming a better speaker and building trust during online meetings. You’ll also learn about the secrets of the shoulders and simple steps to being a more engaging presence. Virtual meetings present their own challenges. Tune in for more on how you can overcome them.   Key Points From This Episode: Introducing today’s guest, communication and body language expert Alison Henderson. Exploring communication differences in the pandemic and pre-pandemic world. How face-to-face interactions and events are increasingly going virtual. Creating an online space that’s energetic and facilitates communication. Alison shares her top tips for online speaking. Sitting versus standing while communicating online. When you should turn off your camera during a meeting. Insights into how you can be a better and more engaged online listener. The best ways to position yourself to make the most of your body language. How women can own the online communication space. Secrets of the shoulders; how our shoulders can give away our decision-making process. The power of using the word ‘which’ when deciding between options. Why body language should be read in light of many factors. Alison gives listeners actionable steps to become a better online communicator. Advice on when to look into the camera and how to build trust in a meeting.   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Alison Henderson on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/movingimage/ Alison Henderson on Twitter — https://twitter.com/moveobservation Alison Henderson on YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9MhyoH6dVu-mofncAz7XmA Alison Henderson on Facebook — https://web.facebook.com/movingimageconsulting Alison Henderson on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/alison_bodylanguage_henderson/ Alison’s Courses — https://bodylanguage101.thinkific.com Moving Image Consulting — https://movingimageconsulting.com/ Closing the Distance in Distance Learning on Amazon — https://www.amazon.ca/Closing-Distance-Learning-Teachers-Communication-ebook/dp/B08FQ275RG The Labanarium — https://www.labanarium.com/ College of DuPage — https://www.cod.edu/ Reckless Ensemble Theatre — https://www.labanarium.com/contribution/reckless-ensemble-theatre/ Mark Bowden — https://truthplane.com/home/people/mark-bowden/ Zoom — https://zoom.us/
  • Have you got a voice inside your head, telling you that you’re not right for the job; you don’t have the skills; somebody else would do far better, and that you’re terrible at this? Today we sit with Denise R. Jacobs who tells us why this voice is real and more importantly, why it’s wrong about you. As a speaker, author, and creativity evangelist who speaks at conferences and consults with companies around the world, we open the show by exploring Denise’s professional background. We then chat about the inspirations behind her new book Banish Your Inner Critic. Denise explains that she was in a constant battle with a critical voice in her head, which told her she was a fraud and too inexperienced to write with authority. Stay tuned, and you’ll hear how that all changed for her, and how Denise managed to come to grips with negative self-talk. Deeper into the episode, we discuss the importance of creativity, what true genius is, and how successful companies are often the most creative, irrespective of their line of work. Together, we also discover the value of the inner critic, understand where it comes from, and why it’s impossible to rid it from your mind forever. Throughout the episode, Denise walks us through science-backed exercises designed to ease anxiety and tame your inner critic. These are techniques that you can do on your own, every day, and with ease. Be sure to tune in with us for this insightful and reassuring episode.   Key Points From This Episode: Introducing today’s guest, Denise R. Jacobs. Hear about Denise’s inspiration for writing Banish Your Inner Critic. How Denise grappled with self-doubt while writing her first book. What led Denise to realize that she was capable of more than she gave herself credit for. When Denise decided that she really wanted to be teaching people. Denise tells us why creativity is so important. How creativity can help companies solve problems. Where the inner critic came from and why it can be useful. How your inner critic lives in a part of your brain responsible for implicit memory. Exercises you can do to get in touch with your inner critic and understand it. Find out how the pandemic should be approached from a mental health point of view. Denise gives us a practical lesson on how to manage anxiety. Hear about how you can use something called a ‘swipe file.’ How Denise’s techniques are backed by science. Why the goal isn’t to completely rid yourself of your inner critic.   Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:  Denise Jacobs — https://denisejacobs.com/ Denise Jacobs on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/deniserjacobs/ Denise Jacobs on Twitter — https://twitter.com/denisejacobs Brené Brown — https://brenebrown.com/ The Creative Dose — https://thecreativedose.com/ Banish Your Inner Critic on Amazon — https://www.amazon.com/Banish-Your-Inner-Critic-Self-Doubt/dp/1633534715 Creativity Revolution on Amazon — https://www.amazon.com/Creativity-Revolution-Reinvent-Creative-Prosper-ebook/dp/B00D7MQ2PU Rawk The Web — https://rawktheweb.com/ CSS Detective Guide on Amazon — https://www.amazon.com/CSS-Detective-Guide-solving-mysteries/dp/0321683943
  • ‘Brain-based conditions’ is a catchall phrase that encompasses a broad set of conditions that impact cognition, emotion, socialization, or behavior. Here to shed light on the phenomenon and how organizers can best work with those who might fall within the definition is Debbie Stanley. Debbie has been a self-employed organizational consultant since 1997. She has degrees in journalism, industrial and organizational psychology, and mental health counseling and enjoys translating the eye-glazing rhetoric of her scholarly education into concepts that make sense in everyday life. In this episode, we talk about what brain-based conditions typically are and the importance of reframing people’s struggles. Organizers can get clients to understand how their perceived weaknesses are, in fact, strengths, removing much of the shame and stigma people may be feeling. We talk about what it means to be sensitive and how to create shared spaces where everyone feels their needs are met. There will always be a range of sensitivities and sensory experiences, which is why organizers – who are trained to anticipate needs – can be so helpful. Working with those who have brain-based conditions should not be taken lightly. As organizers, we are not clinical professionals, which is why, as Debbie highlights, it is vital to learn as much as you can to be sensitive and ensure the outcomes
  • Interior design and space specialist Tricia Sinon Murray is not only an expert on the subject of Tiny Houses, but she also happens to live in a tiny home with her two children. We open our conversation by chatting about why people are moving into tiny homes. As tiny homes require an extreme economy of space, Tricia reflects on the importance of understanding her client’s lifestyle needs when designing their homes

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