I have a lot in common with this Pelican (I took the pic). We both like hanging out at the coast, we can both eat seafood every day and not get tired of it, and we both love to fish. So I suppose I've entered the Pelican phase of my life.
When asked what I was going to do when I retired, I would say that I was going to conduct a scientific experiment: I was going to see how long it would take me to say, "You know, I just don't want to go fishing today." The experiment is ongoing.
That's how long I spent traveling, training, speaking, writing, consulting and developing educational programs. If you know me, you know I love the work. And I was blessed to be able to develop and maintain a clientele that allowed me to spend those years doing what I loved. I will be forever grateful to the decision makers who extended those invitations, and I will miss the personal interaction and the synergy we shared in our efforts to achieve a common objective.
I'm still offering a few presentations to various organization and companies. Choose from the titles below, or let me customize a presentation for your audience. I still have relationships with the "Associates" portion of the group, so let me know if you have a particular topic-need for a speaker/trainer, and I'll see if we can connect you with a capable provider in that area.
Communicating When it Counts
For professionals in any field, high-intensity interpersonal communications require a level of tact and effectiveness - both of which are often diminished by the emotionally laden elements of the interaction. This presentation provides a humorous yet critical look at the emotional, psychological and physiological aspects of interpersonal crisis communications, and offers strategies that may help mitigate the negative effect of these interactions.
Careers and Callings: Why You Are Where You Are
This presentation takes a glib but critical look at the vocational and personal attributes of today’s worker. The presentation is highly interactive, and offers an in depth examination of such issues as career choices, career-ending choices, lost luggage and excess baggage. The presentation explores the driving factors of employment selection, and provides audiences with specific tools that may help them to overcome obstacles, to recognize and respond to the subtle precursors of burnout, to mitigate and resolve interpersonal conflict, and to alter the course of a potentially dead-end career path.
I've been staying busy with a number of endeavors since I assumed "semi-retirement," so it's not all fishing and leisure activities for me these days. One of those is a volunteer ministry we call Random Acts of Yardwork (TM). We provide lawn care, landscaping and other services to folks who, for whatever reason, are unable to perform or acquire these services on their own. It's a highly rewarding ministry, it keeps me busy and provides plenty of physical activity.
Those that know me know that I'm an avid griller and smoker, and I make most of my own rubs, seasonings, sauces and marinades. After enough comments suggesting that I package and sell these products, I set out to establish a line of rubs and seasonings, as well as a few other "tools of the trade" for the outdoor gourmet. And then the pandemic came along. We're sending out samples and working on new products, but until we turn the corner on this pandemic, it's a bit difficult to get out and "ply my wares." But I'm being patient. I'll update this page when we go into full production.