The best part of conference keynoting around the country is the travel. Some find it exhausting, but I find it exhilarating because it's always fueled with good people powering personal or professional change. Sure, we endure the same travel travails as many, but we always focus on that bigger picture of how our lives are enlarged by the people we meet and the experiences we seek. Our galpal trip to Lake Austin Spa for a wellness reframe after a busy year of business was the perfect elixir for all ten of us. And we were largely perfect strangers. How's that for a daring adventure? How the trip actually happened is even more interesting. Read on. Here are four ways that you can invite more daring adventures into your life. Bet your business and wellness world will benefit, as well!

1. Delight in meeting others. Ask open ended questions. Be curious about what interests someone. You might just find you have a few things in common or at the very least, you'll learn a few new facts or consider a different point of view. You many even begin to embark on a longer term relationship that will benefit both you and your business! I met Michele, a global spa reporter, at a family owned spa resort over five years ago. She was there as a writer. I was there as a workshop presenter on leadership resilience for some guests that were navigating life. Michele and I landed at the same breakfast table that weekend and have been friends and collaborating colleagues ever since.

2. Travel alone if you can. Michele and I are both travel enthusiasts. Whether we're writing or speaking(or both), we delight in new venues, enjoy hidden gems and simply commit to the notion that a life well lived includes an occasional change in scenery(the more, the better!) Michele writes about travel, spas, wellness and foodie themes. I speak about leadership, wellness, resilience and professional presence. We both love people, yoga, hiking, biking and outdoor adventures. If we were traveling with our families, we would have missed an opportunity to forge a deeper professional relationship that's paid big dividends for us both. I suspect Michele invited us to join her lady leader summit in Austin because she knew we had so much in common. We love meeting new people, we're "other" oriented and we're highly experiential learners that take calculated risks. We also share decades of experience as insurance professionals..Serendipitous?

3. Share often and meaningfully. I only talk to Michele once or twice a year. But we remember one another when we have an interesting travel, business or wellness tip to share. We leverage our social media channels to stay in touch, connect each other to aligned interests and encourage new contacts. By the time we arrived in Austin, I had met her PhD pal from Syracuse, a hand full of change makers in industry and a proud mom of a slew of emerging athletes. Michele, in turn, got to meet my family member that was a mover and shaker in Texas real estate with connections to one of the best rum punch restaurants in Austin. We were all very happy!

4. Learn the skill of networking. Had we not been experts in relationship building and goodwill, our group of ten would have never come to consensus on a Texas olive farm tour, a dualing pianos night club on 6th Street and a lively Sunday gospel brunch as a cohesive and engaged group. We found ways to bond, dropped off the small stuff and celebrated generosity to keep our summit sensational. As a result, we've all made new friends and look forward to meeting again. Find Michele McIntyre busy writing at www.GoGirlfriend.com or on Twitter @cnyspagirl for her next travel adventure. I'm crafting my next conference keynote in Saratoga Springs thanks to a ladyleader I met at the Lake Austin Spa at the culmination of our terrific trip. Drop us a line if these tips help enlarge your leadership life!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business/wellness motivational keynoter, corporate consultant and coach that helps leaders succeed. She's presented for global brands including Campbell's, Novo Nordisk, Daiichi Sankyo and Balfour Beatty Investments. Learn more at www.donnalyn.org, or @DonnaLynSpeaks on FB and Twitter. She travel teaches yoga for stressed execs in the caribbean and @YogaOnTheLakeSummerSeries on FB in her spare time.

Are you ready resilient

June 1 through Nov 30 is official hurricane season. No one is likely to forget the unprecedented and widespread damage that Hurricane Sandy brought to us on Oct 25 2012. Many of us, however, would be better protected if we had a deeper working knowledge of what "is" and "is not" covered in a standard flood insurance policy. This article will outline a few of the key provisions that will help you manage your expectations and dial up a risk management program appropriate for you or your business.

Everyone is at risk for a flood loss. Over 25% of annual flooding occurs outside an identified high hazard flood zone. Since a "flood" is defined as "runoff of surface water from any source", we're all suseptible to flooding since it rains everywhere and water will invariably run downhill. Typical examples of flooding include an overflow of a body of water(eg. stream, river or ocean) or a flashflood or rain downpour. Talk to your local construction/code enforcement town officials to determine if your location has been "remapped" for rate and elevation evaluation. You need a flood policy, regardless.

Here's a short list of what's never covered in a flood policy...even if you've purchased a policy with full limits for both structure and contents. Consult with your independent agent for a longer list:

1. Personal property not inside the fully enclosed insured building. Lesson: Move your property IN and UP. Think about all the potential contents around the periphery of your building that needs to be inside before the flood occurs.

2. Land, lawns, trees, shrubs, plants, growing crops or animals. Lesson: Never leave your best friend behind and appreciate your landscaper...but dont expect to recreate that beauty through your flood insurance policy provisions..

3. Walks, walkways, decks, driveways, patios. Lesson: Invest in improvements at your expense. No coverage on a flood policy for these items.

4. Fences, retaining walls, bulkheads, wharves, piers, bridges, docks, aircraft and watercraft. Lesson: Plan your commute accordingly on a stormy day!

5. Underground structures and equipment including wells, septic tanks and systems. Lesson: Coverage may stink if you're not prepared!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is a 25 yr insurance planning professional, leadership keynoter and resiliency expert as co-founder of KickCancerOverboard. In her spare time, she teaches macro economics, guides yoga around the world and creates programming to empower peopleleaders at DLG Consulting. Her dogs are never far from her desk.

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Gardening is Like Yoga!

Gardening helps keep people active and improves their sense of well being. The art of gardening has also been linked with reduced rates of depression, better balance and less stress and anxiety. Sounds a lot like the benefits of yoga! I recently visited a tranquil lavender garden in Doylestown, Pa with a group of garden enthusiasts. Thanks to Noble Garden Tours, Highlands(ask for Kirsty), we were all treated to a delicious day of learning all things lavender at the Lavender Peace Farm on the banks of Galena Lake in beautiful Bucks county. Here’s what we learned:

1. Gardening, like yoga, keeps you in the present moment and allows you the opportunity to appreciate the movement of time. Gardening also allows you to contemplate all it takes to create a beautiful garden or a purposeful life, alongside the seasons of our lives that bring about growth, both inward and outward.

2. Lavender, gardening and yoga are all informing therapies for natural healing. When faced with heartbreak, illness or uncertainty, many people retreat outside to lose themselves and their issues in the garden by digging, weeding and pruning. Gardening is therapeutic. Lavender has been recommended for ages as a stress buster. In the Middle Ages, monks gathered medicinal plants in healing gardens to source their infirmaries. A yoga practice supports healing by embracing stillness, peace and a broadened perception of what life can be. It’s all connected.

3. Lavender is not just for sweet smelling sachets, dried arrangements or calming yoga eye pillows. Fresh or dried, this herb is known to delight in savory dishes like salads and stews or sprinkled on meat and fish. The key, we learned in the lavender fields, is to let the dash of lavender in your dishes keep you coming back for more. We were grateful for the opportunity to taste this theory in lavender ice cream, lavender scones and lavender breads after our tour. Less left us wanting more for sure!

4. Lavender is harvested in its high season of June and July. Lavender thrives in well drained sandy soil and requires lots of sunshine. Munstead is a popular type of lavender that produces deep blue flowers on a compact plant while hybrid Hidcote Giant grows up to 40 inches tall with impressive purple spikes. Herb gardens have a long history of combining practicality with beauty. You can pick your own at Peace Valley Lavender Farm for a song and a sight to behold. Learn more at PeaceValleyLavender.com.

A recent study published in the Journal of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening(2016) found that gardening benefitted all people equally, regardless of gender or age. The key component of enjoying the garden was the depth of the relationship with the garden. People who got the most from their garden felt a real resonance with their garden. They reported a deep connection and commitment to cultivating their gardens based on their interest in all things living and growing(minus the weeds!). So plant what you love, visit a gorgeous garden, breathe deeply wherever you land and try something new this summer. Namaste

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business thoughtleader, conference keynoter and executive coach. In the summer, she hosts Yoga On The Lake in the great outdoors and is currently a Rutgers Master Gardener Intern. Learn more at www.donnalyn.org or FB/YogaOnTheLakeSummerSeries

 

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Mastering the art of connection will turn a commoner into a king (or queen)! – Winston Churchill

WOW! What inspiring words to start an amazing workshop with. Yesterday evening, my team and I hosted a Traction Building Workshop with the ever- amazing Donnalyn Giegerich, President of DonnaLyn Giegerich Consulting.

For 45 minutes, Donnalyn captivated the audience at my office in Morganville as she taught us the 5 ways the best networkers get traction and her top tips for connecting like a King or Queen. The information far exceeded the investment – and...

Please read the full article at straighttalkcpas.com: Traction Building with the Great Donnalyn Giegerich!

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For more information contact Michele McIntyre - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 315.466.4983

Yoga Resort Pro: DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT delights in helping others rock their resilience in business and life. As a 10+yr traveling yoga instructor and integrated business/wellness thoughtleader, she delights in helping others improve their peopleleader skills in business and life. Struggle less, learn more and restore to endure in paradise with a spectacular group of ladyleaders celebrating life. Work in motion at www.donnalyn.org, on FaceBook & Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks.

Travel Planning Pro: Michele McIntyre is a travel consultant at CazTravel.com. She's a global spa reporter and freelance writer covering spa, travel, wellness, fitness and healthy living trends for her readership. Follow her on Twitter @cnyspagirl to share her wide travel adventures or find her discriminating reviews at www.examiner.com

You’re invited to a hands-on learning experience that will guide you through the steps to creating massive confidence and productivity.

After attending this workshop you will:

  • Transform fear and confusion into focused and relaxed thinking, messaging, and action
  • Turn dangers into opportunities, obstacles into innovations, weaknesses into advantages, and setbacks into breakthroughs
  • Find the fastest, most reliable way to boost your communication skills
  • Receive tools on how to master nervousness, small talk, networking, and making friends easily
  • Discover the importance of first impressions, physical & verbal language

Space is extremely limited for this Workshop. Register now while seats are available.

DATE: Tuesday, September 1st 2015
LOCATION: 500 Campus Drive, Morganville NJ 07751
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
INVESTMENT: $50 now, $60 at the door (Includes Dinner)

Register here: Traction Building Workshop with DonnaLyn Giegerich

 

     It's a good thing we loves planes, trains and rolling luggage because we've been on a daring adventure in business and life this season. Here are a few takeaways from our recent business travel and several city tour:

1. Never underestimate the power of social media. As we were working in the United Lounge at Newark headed to share a leadership keynote for the Insurance Auditors of the Southeast, I learned our niece was also flying from Boston to Charleston, SC to arrive same day, same city, same coctail hour. How? A simple tweet and a quick facebook post connected us to family fun possibilities amidst business building assignments. Thank you facebook and twitter! Be open to extemporaneous adventures through social media connecting! What application are you learning next to relationship build? Snapchat is on my list but as my coaching clients concur, old fashioned interpersonal connecting is time tested. The key is to dial it all up with social media!

2. Arrive early and stay late. Most keynoters are on and off the podium in a flash. I get that. They're in high demand, have places to go, people to see and are experts at preserving their energy for their next "gig". But here's the deal. If you can underpromise and overdelivery with your time and attention on occasion, you'll reap great rewards. By simply sticking around for a meal, a coctail or lively conversation with conference attendees, I guarantee you'll make more friends, create more business or simply relax a little longer for a change of pace. We're so glad we took the time to enjoy beautiful Greenville, SC and our newest friends at the annual conference for the Insurance Premium Auditors of the Southwest.

3. Consider your creativity and share it! Sure, we're trainined in coverage details, premium trends and actuarial metrics that affect our clients and our consulting advice, But, we're also highly creative as we all have the potential to be. When's the last time you developed and shared that talent to enlarge your relationship building possibilities? Tom's a great insurance broker, but he's also a passionate photographer that brings his camera along to capture great moments. Our keynote conference host was thrilled to receive Tom's photos post event! Who doesn't like to look good, commemorate a great event and share those moments with colleagues and friends? What special gifts are you developing to brand yourself as an integrated leader that's interesting and interested in others? Drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tweet me @DonnaLynSpeaks.

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Two River Times March 2015 - Health & Wellness Columnist

Twenty days until Spring means little when you’re shoveling snow and defrosting ice from the windshield. Embrace winter with three things this season that will make your heart sing right here in the Two River area.

Can’t take time out for a downhill ski adventure this year? Consider burning more calories in a shorter time frame by ditching downhill for cross country skiing with friends. Your knees will thank you. If you close your eyes and catch the sunset by the bonfire in the late afternoon, you’ll swear you’re in Utah after a power hour on the groomed trails in our very own Thompson Park. Not only will you find a sweet little ski hut chock full of rental equipment, but you’ll also be greeted by outdoor enthusiasts with a cup of hot chocolate, an instructional video and encouragement to come back soon. Consider it done! If you’re a purist, the caloric burn for a 150 lb nordic skier is approximately 775 calories per hour, depending on how fast your feet fly. As I shared with our Chinese foreign exchange student that courageously clicked into his first cross country ski adventure with me this month, slow and steady wins the race. It’s not about the pace. It’s about celebrating the place of beauty you’re traveling through while grabbing your vitamin “N” for nature. Consider it a Zen highlight of the season!

If snow has become an unappealing four letter word in your world, consider what the indoor is serving up in our area. Serendipitously, I stumbled upon a young string violin talent competition last Sunday on Broad Street in Red Bank. The United Methodist Church was hosting an afternoon of magnificent musical talent for 13 to 15 year olds that had already made their way to the professional stage.  If that’s not enough inspiration to melt the snow away on a winter day, I don’t know what is! The warmth of their music took the chill out of the day as they bowed their way through another round of applause for their talent. Encouragingly, a local conservatory teacher shared that some of her best students start lessons after age 60  when time supports their focused and consistent practice. Time to update your bucket list? Clearly, it’s never too late to learn new things or string a violin! Learn more at www.stringschoolnj.com

If you’re a ladyleader or a great guy that gets down to boogie, consider ongoing programming at The Red Bank Woman’s Club. You can grab a jazzy, steamy night of music the last Friday of every month in a warm, inviting venue or power up your networking with purposeful programming every February at Power Panelist Events. Either way, you’re singing your way through the dark days of winter embracing new friends or honing your skills to make music melt the snow all season long.

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DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business/wellness spokesleader that keynotes, consults and coaches on enlightened leadership themes in the corporate, wellness and convention space. Learn more at donnalyn.org/workshops or on Facebook & Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks Locally, she's an insurance planning entrepreneur, leadership trainer and adjunct professor of economics and business.