Welcome to ‘BeConnected,’ where I’ll discuss important details from our most recent eChapter events and keep our members informed on upcoming events before they happen.
The NAPW eChapter is our fastest growing Chapter! More than 1,000+ professional women from all over the country register for our bi-weekly events. NAPW President, Star Jones and I enjoy connecting with members from all over the country and discussing important topics that impact professional women. And we’re proud to announce that recently, we hit a 20,000 eChapter member milestone!
Over the summer, eChapter attendees loved our live replays and enjoyed re-watching our NAPW speakers again while networking live with members across the country. It also gave me a chance to be in the chat room and witness what was happening there…networking…and tons of it! It was so exciting to see women exchanging ideas, email addresses and even setting up in-person coffee meetings.
For the remainder of 2016, we’ve decided to make a little tweak to our eChapter schedule of events. We will STILL be hosting every two weeks but will hosting the replay the following week. This will give more of our members the opportunity across the country to be a part of each topic and network whether it’s live or a replay!
Keep a look out for the email invites and promotions on social media. Also, all events are posted with registration links on the eChapter group page. At our latest event, we discussed ‘Overcoming Obstacles, Even During the Most Challenging Times.’ Join us September 21st to watch a replay of this event while we network LIVE together – Register Now.
Here are some top tips from our panelists:
Founder, Code Next Generation
John Maxwell Executive Coach, Speaker, Trainer
Natalie’s advice on how to control “fight or flight” instincts to be proactive and confident:
“Be the hero in your own story—you’re never fully dressed without courage. Own your decisions and be the best person you can be.”
Recommended Read: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by John Maxwell
Confidence & Conditioning Coach
Elizabeth shared her S.T.O.P. technique to help us recognize, own and change behaviors that don’t serve us:
S – Stay. Just stay still. Sit for a moment, don’t use outside distractions to ignore your frustrations. They will not go away; they will seep back into your thoughts late at night when you are trying to sleep. Turn off all the distractions, as a matter of fact, lock yourself away. Well, find your quite spot. I personally turn off my phone, turn off my computer and just sit. I have a tablet and a pen next to me so that I can jot down any thoughts that pop into my head.
T – Think. While you are sitting quietly just think. Write down the things that pop into your mind. Don’t over think, it can be written any way you like it. Scribble, draw or doodle it doesn’t need to be in any type of order.
O – Observe. Take a look at what you have written, see if there is a pattern to your thoughts or see if they are just all over the place. Either way it’s fine!
P – Plan. Take those thoughts and string them together to come up with a plan. Focus on the thoughts that are constantly popping out at you on the page. Find a theme to your thoughts.
Recommended Read: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Janet Lesley Powers
Transformational Leadership Coach
Janet’s advice on communicating effectively to resolve differences:
“Listening is magic—if you listen properly. Even if you don’t like what you’re hearing, listen without judgement. Be aware without making assumptions. Only then will the other person be willing to listen to you.”
Janet also shared a Google study that was performed to find the perfect team, which found that what the team wanted most was ‘psychological safety’ to open up. Read the complete study here.
Recommended Read: Rising Strong by Brené-Brown
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