Had the distinct pleasure of presenting at NJ State conferences recently for Human Resource Managers, Fundraising Professionals and CPAs to name a recent few. Requested presentational topics varied slightly but one common thread remained: Business leaders crave connection! Whether I'm keynoting on Leadership Resiliency, Work/Life Balance or a myriad of subtle variations to help teams ramp up their professional presence, this much I know is true:

1. Leaders know first impressions matter! You dont have to be a model to prioritize managing your image. According to Princeton researcher Janine Willis, you've got one tenth of a second to put your best foot forward..so make sure your shoes are shined!

2. Leaders like Authentic & Aligned. You dont have to show up like a wound up toy to get and keep attention. The best traction builders are generous, sincere and do what they can, when they can. Simple in concept. Sensational when delivered.

3. Leaders are competent and care about how they show up in the world on and off the job. They invest in professional development, relationship building skills and image management while serving their communities, caring for their families,running their businesses and investing in self care.  So what's your dominant message? Feel free to drop me a line with your best Connecting with Confidence tip and I'll be sure to share it with your permission with our community of lifeleaders.

 

Headed to Lenox, Mass to leave behind Storm Sandy assignments for just a day. You know what they say... Prioritize Self Care so you can Serve Others. Thrilled to be selected by the Kripalu Yoga Model Search Team to elevate holistic wellness thru challenge. One of the highlights of a leadership life has been integrating yogic principles in my daily business and community service life. Whether business consulting, coaching or keynoting, it always comes down to collaboration, competency and connection. Sharing yoga with our world helps us stay balanced, focused and present for what we need to do to make a difference in the lives of others. Drop me a line and let me know how you're integrating wellness in your world of work and service... Namaste. If you're local, join us Sat Nov 10 in Little Silver at "The Nest" 12-5pm for free massage and reiki sessions to Sandy soothe your weary weather bones..all welcome!

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We had a blast building business and networking for success this year at our three sold out power panelist events! Thanks to our generous vendors, attendees, panelists and community of business leaders, we all benefitted.

Our series will culminate with a Gratitude Tea at The Red Bank Womens Club Sat Nov 17 4-6pm, so please join us to meet and greet some great gals doing wonderful work in the world. We'll also be talking about empowering programming for 2013! If you missed one of our events this year, you can catch some coverage at the RedBank-ShrewsburyPatch.com - Wellness Panel Connects Women in Health and Business . All welcome!

 

Little Silver Business and Professional AssociationThe Little Silver Business and Professional Association is proud to present DonnaLyn Giegerich, nationally known business coach and consultant, on Wednesday October 10th at 6pm. Please join us in the Little Silver Borough Hall Court Chambers. You don't want to miss this one!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is the President of DonnaLyn Giegerich Consulting, an integrated business/wellness company that empowers people and corporate teams to live and work at full potential. A national spokesperson and professional consultant and coach, DonnaLyn helps others with leadership resilience and work/life balance issues.

Mark your calendars now for this sought after and dynamic speaker. DonnaLyn's presentation on the "4P's of Perseverance" focuses on ways to continue to succeed as a business owner in this new and ever changing era we live in today. She will highlight ways to remain successful while overcoming challenge and still committing to self care. Her discussion on "The New Networking Paradigm" will also be included and certainly a topic of interest. DonnaLyn will provide an overview on the value and importance of service to the community.

Check out DonnaLyn's workshops, seminars and speaking engagements which are viewable at her website or on Facebook on her business page, DonnaLynSpeaks

For more information contact Lori Saybolt, Co-President of the LSBPA
732-859-9010 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In 2003, after years of hosting world travelers through our Red Bank Rotary International Exchange program, we daringly decided to go TO Haiti on a mission trip with business clients and founders of Aslan Youth Ministries, Craig and LynnAnn Bogard. I remember Craig saying "this trip will change your life" but I had no idea about the scope of change to which he was referring. The goal of our trip was simple: to make new friends. My immediate response was "but we can do so much more! What do they need the most now? How can we help them?". Craig smiled and said that we'd go to their homeland in the spirit of friendship and play it by ear, with some backround goals around the development of recently purchased land, as time permitted. Lets just say I didn't get it. I couldn't fathom why we werent being more focused and gift goal oriented, but  we proceeded to visit our first third world country with an open mind at the invitation of our hosts.

Well, even before devastating earthquakes to the region, let's just say that Haiti greeted us in the spirit of a fourth world country. It was shocking to see, hear, taste and feel the conditions of living endured by these gentle people. The kids were curious, happy, singing and dancing while the parents seemed to be at peace with their fate. At the end of the day, we did teach eager students how to build desks for their schools where we taught them English. Tom constructed a make shift basketball net and backboard for their after school play. We also left them with a pack of power tools and the skills to continue to build shelves for their thatched huts in between writing poetry and gazing at the biggest stars at night we'd ever seen. But most importantly, we made a lot of new friends. We stayed for a week but enlarged one another's lives for a lifetime. Accepting the 2012 Narnia Award from Aslan Youth Ministries was a humbling honor and reminder that daring adventures are our collective birthright and especially sweet when we help one another live more enriching lives.

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Honored to accept Narnia Award 2012 at Island Nights Aslan Ministries Celebration with founders Craig and Lynn Ann Bogard July 14 2012.

 

My last post mentioned the importance of long term, informed good habits in lieu of quick fixes and hyped up hustle. So how does someone attain excellence in anything? Well, in two words, practice and perseverance. This concept is nothing new. Business experts share research that indicate it takes 10,000 hours to perfect a trade, skill or command an area of expertise (think surgeon, olympian, successful businessleader). The reason we often like to listen to motivational speakers is because we wish their results could be more easily attainable with just high energy and hype. At the end of the day, folks that have achieved success in business, life, athletics or advocacy have done the work... in the spirit of focused work and endless hours. So the next time you enjoy a great motivational speech, remember its really about the effort and the enthusiasm combining to create a great end product. Good luck! 
 

Every once in a while, its great to hear a fabulous motivational speaker. It can recharge your business batteries or your love for life. But becoming dependant on mega mantras and the hype and hustle that often go with them, rarely helps people transform their lives long term. In my opinion, developing informed long term healthy habits and creating a meaningful inner life is the real ticket to improving performance, so I encourage others to take the time to recharge, realign and relax. It will quell your need to latch onto something fleeting or unsustainable. My hope is you will connect more deeply to the most caring and courageous person you know - YOU! Here's one way we reduce stress and "drop off the hustle" on the weekends through our connectedness with nature at Yoga on the Lake! Namaste...

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Presenting on Daring Adventures everywhere and anywhere it serves... Thanks Navesink Business Group, Andesa Financial Services, Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and Ocean Grove Women's Weekend planners for the opportunity to share what's possible through challenge for all in the consumer and corporate space. Free Business Networking presentation June 12 8am at the Brookdale Hazlet location on How to Own Any Room, Anywhere, Anytime. Reserve Today! All welcome.

Its been a busy Spring speaking season empowering others in business and wellness in the spirit of wild possibilities and daring adventures. Thrilled to take time out to host our second annual KickCancerOverboard funfest at sea with 100 cruisers again in our second year of sailing. Thanks to the generosity of many corporate sponsors, generous donors and tireless leadership from the KCO cruise team, we've successful sent 60 deserving survivors and caretakers for free to Bermuda with us to date! Our base is broadening, our momentum is gaining so if you're not "on board" yet, please join us at KickCancerOverboard.org to volunteer, cruise, sponsor or nominate a compelling story for our 2013 cruise. We're already planning our next Daring Adventure at sea and we'd love to see you there with us!

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Social Media Mavens move with momentum! Our power panelists did a superb job enlightening our business crowd on all things social media from strategy to video to texting to reputation management on Friday April 27 at The Red Bank Womans Club.

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 If you were overwhelmed or not sure where to start and how to progress, you got lots of immediately useable tips on how to be smart and strategic in your brand building efforts. Bravo to panelists Elkay Corporate Advisors, Peninsula Realty, ViewByText, Sheraton, Eatontown, Social Media Wizards, Angela Foster, esq and RJK Media. Next empowerment event is in the making and next "skill up" workshop on Presentational Prowess is currently booking via paypal now.  Just click on the "workshops" link here and scroll down to reserve your spot. Happy Spring! See you on your favorite social media channel.

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The new Spring issue of Jersey Shore Woman Newspaper features women on the move, DonnaLyn Giegerich Wellness and Empowerment Speaking, Stephanie Marie Hanvey, Elaine Morales from Not Just a Daydream Physique Transformation, Regina Foley, RN and Cherie Cattanach.

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Balance may be a myth but I'm still trying to walk the talk!.. Met lots of high potentials as keynoter at Brookdale's Womens History Month last week.. Lots of students motivated to move the needle forward in their careers in the spirit of Daring Adventures... Honored to share some tips on how they can stay focused and firm in purpose as they grow their skillsets and establish their careers...

Also spoke with wellness seekers at the Cancer Support Community on the 4 Ps of Perseverance last week... so hopefully many more will recommit to the notion that we ALL only have today to live "full out".. Will be speaking about Daring Adventures thru challenge with dedicated American Cancer Society supporters in Rumson this week... Murphy's Tavern 6:30pm April 12...

Lastly, consider joining me for a Wellness Weekend with Women in Ocean Grove May 4-6 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 732-774-1391... Will be keynoting 7pm Friday night to kick off the fab weekend of seminars and workshops offered to "refill your well", then head to the NJ Marathon Sat 5pm to speak with marathoners at the NJM Expo on wild possibilities.. Running through chemo isnt for everybody but a strong mind, body and spirit certainly helps! Sun May 6 is race day with my sneakers ON for KickCancerOverboard and all the survivors and thrivers that cant run for themselves this year. Honored and lucky to be bringin it!

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Honored to model beautiful couture creations from the Thomas Lavone collection to benefit NJ kids with cancer March 23 in Manhattan. Lucky to elevate and celebrate daring adventures in fashion to benefit kids living with cancer as a sarcoma survivor & caretaker, spokesperson and virtual columnist for a national health advocacy. Always so much fun to glam up and slow down to support a great organization like the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation that provides services and support to make a cancer journey less difficult for the kids. Congrats to Darius Gibbs, Thomas Lavone and all the vendors, models and supporters that collaborated to make the night a huge success.

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Magnificent MontanaEnjoying the balmy NJ winter this year by staying connected to the great outdoors between business and advocacy focus and fun. KickCancerOverboard is busting at the seams as we gear up for our Second Annual Fashion/Dance Extravaganza Mar 12 at The Two River Theatre. Come on out and cheer on our over 20 models showcasing survivorship and caretaking at a higher level! The collaboration for this event has been astounding and we're always jazzed to be able to send more folks to Bermuda with us for free each year..Look for us on local TV, radio and various media outlets as we elevate and celebrate daring adventures thru challenge in service to others. Come cruise with us May 19 2012 on the Royal Caribbean!

Penning this post from the magnificence of Montana.. skiing our legs off with dear friends after 5 yrs of hospital stays and uncertainties around medical madness. Feeling very lucky to be celebrating the active life, creating more empowering workshops, coaching others on cultivating confidence in the corp and consumer space and conducting client care. Next week its back to the office for more fun, less fear and many more exciting projects to help others go wider, deeper in their passionate pursuits.