How To Beat Frazzle: Part I

To you, dear blog readers, I share what I wrote in my introduction to Out of Frantic, Into Focus Workbook.

Dedicated to  readers who may feel:

franticFrantic with worry

Rushed with living

Anxious about what is happening

Nervous about what might happen

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Getting Real

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Calmy, with an inner, self-satisfied smile,

we release silly worries, foolish friends, guile.

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Secrets from a Senior: How to Turn ‘Awful Aging’ into ‘Awesome Living’

“Awesome aging is living fully this minute with the delight of a child and the wisdom of an adult who knows that life offers no guarantees.” ~ Pauline Duncan-Thrasher

Excerpt from Swimmin’ Women: Ride the Waves of Change and Dive Into Life:

Happy+seniors1Awesome aging’ is a positive, spirited response to life that illuminates everyone you meet.

Awesomely aging folks choose to respond to life’s ups and downs with flexibility and resilience.  If the heights become too scary, they know when to pause and restore equilibrium.

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Confidence Building By Creating Your Own Kudos: Part IV

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
~ Chinese proverb

confidence4Your song begins as an independent spirit. You may still remember your rebellious nature as a teenager. Maybe you argued just for the sake of arguing. Maybe you kept your responses churning inside. Maybe you couldn’t wait til you were old enough to make up your own mind. As an adult, you discover that there is a price for independent thinking but also a joy.

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How to Plan a Good Meeting: Part II

Excerpt from Speak and Lead Series by Pauline Duncan-Thrasher

Last minute rushes leave people frazzled and out of sorts. Successful meetings are well-planned meetings. Informing people in advance sends the message that you value their time as well as yours.

  • Prioritize three best meeting dates.
  • Appoint a treasurer if money is involved.
  • Create a budget.
  • Discuss suitable locations.
  • Choose a facility (location/ room set up) committee leader.
  • Plan whether and when you will provide refreshments.
  • Confirm as soon as possible place, date and time.

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How to Plan a Good Meeting: Part I

Excerpt from Speak and Lead Series by Pauline Duncan-Thrasher

 What are key differences between a poor meeting and a good meeting?

A poor meeting lacks purpose, is clearly disorganized, wastes time and manages to aggravate the obnoxious while infuriating the calm: An ineffective chairperson mumbles or shouts, plays favourites, is easily sidetracked, unable to deal with controversy, and lacks knowledge of parliamentary procedure. Sadly we’ve all had to sit through too many poorly run, time wasting meetings.

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Speak and Lead: Good Meetings

How can an ineffective leader become an effective chairperson? Why do some leaders make leading a meeting look so easy? What does someone need to know to lead a good meeting?

Unlike the  ineffective chairperson  who mumbles or shouts, plays favourites, is easily sidetracked and shows a general inability to deal with controversy, the effective chairperson practises the following:

  • Speaks clearly and calmly.
  • Remains objective, focused and courteous despite controversy.
  • Insists on mutual respect among participants.
  • Knows and practises parliamentary procedure.
  • Accommodates spirited debate.
  • Creates fair voting procedures.

Read more from my Speak and Lead series HERE