Time to get back on the horse!
About a month ago I was asked to do something that I hadn't done in over 2 years! A friend of mine runs Carroll Networking Group. It is a group of local business owners that gets together once per month to share lunch and talk shop. Each of these meetings has a set segment of time dedicated to a guest speaker. Typically the topics will focus on marketing, or accounting, or HR... all the fun topics in business that everyone loves to talk about. Not this time!
My friend reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to be the speaker at the next meeting. To be honest, I am totally comfortable with public speaking. I actually thrive on the opportunity to teach. It lights my fire. However, COVID pretty much slammed the breaks on getting back out and meeting in groups, which meant no teaching for the past 2 years. This chance presented itself and I felt the need to take advantage of it and get back on that horse!
The topic that decided on was intentionally vague. My friend just suggested that we give it a pretty generic title and see what comes from it. We called it "Staying Healthy At The Office." Simple. That title left the door wide open and allowed me to take the conversation in a ton of different directions. I originally thought that I would direct it toward workplace ergonomics. Then I realized, that I would not want to sit at a lunch and listen to me go on and on about how far away your monitor should be from your face. No one wants to be taking notes about the proper chair height while they are in the middle of eating their lunch. I was determined to make it interesting and enjoyable for everyone involved.
The direction that I decided to go was to simply outline the 5 Pillars of Health for everyone. After describing each of them individually, we simply discussed what they could do to improve them during their workday. Then we had an open discussion. I asked them questions. They asked me questions. We talked. It was never a lecture. It was a conversation, a dialogue. It felt FANTASTIC to be able to do that again!
Thank you all for allowing me to work out those 5 Pillars over the past 5 or 6 newsletters and for the feedback that you provided. Your feedback really helped me to be prepared for the conversation earlier this week.
If I can help by doing a similar conversation with a group that you know of please let me know! I truly love being able to bring that information to the masses!
Movement is my medicine,