Events for 2/14 thru 2/18/2011

Hi, Everyone!

Here’s the list of next week’s events for ChangeWorks and MasterStream professionals:

“ChangeWorks Forum” —

Monday, February 14th from 3PM to 4PM EST. During this call, we have several very interesting individual and group ChangeWorks Profiles to review, submitted by several of you. This program is open to all current students and graduates of the ChangeWorks program. To register, follow this link:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/133225787

“ChangeWorks Practitioner Webinar Series — Session 5”

Wednesday, February 16th from 11AM to 1PM EST. This is the fifth class in a series of SEVEN. Please remember to complete your homework, which is to create ChangeGrids for yourself, your friends, colleagues and clients. If you have any questions as you complete your assignment, please contact Steven Magnall at 704-987-6500. The program is open to all newly registered students as well as all graduates of the ChangeWorks Practitioner training program. If you would like to enroll in the program, please contact Linda Napier at 704-987-6500. If you have already enrolled, register for the session by following this link:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/723283667

“Gold Team Continuing Education Call” —

Thursday, February 17th from 11AM to 12PM EST. On this call, we will finish our tension management application program, “The Napier Method — Tension Management in Training & Facilitation.” During this series, we’ll explore 5 techniques — Dialectic Review, Scriptorium, Rapid Drill, Rehearsal and Showtime — designed to accelerate the adult learning process. This call is open to all Gold Team members. Please plan to join in!

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/971520330

As always, our webinars are recorded for those of you who are unable to attend the live call. If you would like to receive a link to the recording for any call you cannot make, BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR THE CALL and the system will automatically notify you by email when the recording is ready.

If you know of an event that would be a good opportunity for me to introduce ChangeWorks and MasterStream to the professional community, please give Linda a call at 704-987-6500.

-T-

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We’ve Moved the Blog!!

Hi, Everyone!

This is a VERY important announcement —

We have just completed migrating our blog from masterstream.wordpress.com to tensionmanagementinstitute.wordpress.com — and we have activated an auto-forward feature to instantly re-route anyone who goes to the old site to the new site.

From now on, all postings will made ONLY to tensionmanagementinstitute.wordpress.com — and I definitely want to be sure you don’t miss any of the events announcements we make every week, so …

THERE’S ONLY ONE THING YOU NEED TO DO: SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEW BLOG NOW!

Sadly, your subscription information couldn’t be transferred, so with my apologies, I’ll ask that each of you take a moment to go to —

http://tensionmanagementinstitute.wordpress.com

— then CLICK on the “Subscribe to InStream” link and complete the subscription process.

In case you’re curious WHY we’ve done this, it was just to reduce visitor confusion and strengthen our branding.  Before, we were the Tension Management Institute operating a blog called InStream at a URL called masterstream.wordpress.com — and most of the postings are about ChangeWorks. So even though it’s a much longer url, we still think it’s still the right move to make — and most of our professionals will either bookmark the blog or just subscribe to it, rendering the length of the URL less of an issue.

Just to ease the transition, I will post next week’s events on BOTH the old and new blogs for the next couple of weeks, but please don’t wait to subscribe.

Thanks —

-T-

Events for 2/7 thru 2/11/2011

Hi, Everyone!

Here’s the list of next week’s events for ChangeWorks and MasterStream professionals:

“ChangeWorks Forum” —

Monday, February 7th from 3PM to 4PM EST. During this call, we have several very interesting individual and group ChangeWorks Profiles to review, submitted by several of you. This program is open to all current students and graduates of the ChangeWorks program. To register, follow this link:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/388172195

“ChangeWorks Practitioner Webinar Series — Session 4”

Wednesday, February 9th from 11AM to 1PM EST. This is the fourth class in a series of SEVEN. Please remember to complete your homework, which is to create ChangeGrids for yourself, your friends, colleagues and clients. If you have any questions as you complete your assignment, please contact Steven Magnall at 704-987-6500. The program is open to all newly registered students as well as all graduates of the ChangeWorks Practitioner training program. If you would like to enroll in the program, please contact Linda Napier at 704-987-6500. If you have already enrolled, register for the session by following this link:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/723283667

“Gold Team Continuing Education Call” —

Thursday, February 10th from 11AM to 12PM EST. On this call, we will continue our tension management application program, “The Napier Method — Tension Management in Training & Facilitation.” During this series, we’ll explore 5 techniques — Dialectic Review, Scriptorium, Rapid Drill, Rehearsal and Showtime — designed to accelerate the adult learning process. This call is open to all Gold Team members. Please plan to join in!

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/432814994

As always, our webinars are recorded for those of you who are unable to attend the live call. If you would like to receive a link to the recording for any call you cannot make, BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR THE CALL and the system will automatically notify you by email when the recording is ready.

If you know of an event that would be a good opportunity for me to introduce ChangeWorks and MasterStream to the professional community, please give Linda a call at 704-987-6500.

-T-

Accelerating Adult Learning

Hi, Everyone!

As I mentioned in the last Events posting, beginning on tomorrow’s Gold Team call at 11AM EST we will explore the “Napier Method” — tension management techniques in program training and facilitation.  During this 2-3 week series, we will cover five aspects of presenting and reinforcing information that help keep an audience engaged in the learning process and greatly accelerates the learning curve.

Here’s a link to the handout for the program:

The Napier Method

If you’re a Gold Team member and are currently involved in delivering any sort of training, please download the handout and plan to join in!

-T-

Conquering Job Stress

Hi, Everyone!

I just received a copy of David Chinsky’s latest newsletter. In addition to being an executive coach and business advisor, he is also a ChangeWorks Professional splitting his time between Michigan and Arizona. I thought his article shared a wonderful DownGrid maneuver for us all.

Conquering Job Stress by David Chinsky

Early in my career, I began to notice a trend: As I signed up for more and more responsibilities, I experienced increasing amounts of stress. I started to worry about whether I would be able to deliver on all of my promises as I watched my list of commitments grow taller and taller.

Because I was an avid runner, I assumed my daily exercise would serve as protection against my growing stress level.  However, when I moved into my first executive role, I quickly realized that my running habit was simply not enough to inoculate me against the rising stress of my job.

As I discussed this one day with a colleague, she suggested that I go float. When you go “floating,” you are closed up in a large, light-proof, sound-proof flotation tank filled with a shallow pool of water and Epsom salt, which is five times denser and more buoyant than sea water. This allows you to lie back and float effortlessly on the surface with all parts of your body firmly supported…almost like an astronaut in zero gravity.

At first, I thought my colleague was joking. The idea of spending my lunch hour wearing nothing but a bathing suit, cocooned in a floatation tank, buoyed in total darkness for 60 minutes, seemed a bit on the fringe-even for me.

But I decided to give it a shot, and I spent one hour a week floating for almost six months. It was one of the most peaceful experiences of my life.

The salt in the tank permitted me to lie motionless on my back without effort, close my eyes and listen to whatever music I chose for the hour. When I emerged from the tank, I was literally floating.

When I returned to the office, everyone knew I had just floated because I was so mellow.  It was clear that I had found the perfect stress reliever.

Unfortunately, the float store across the street from my office eventually closed its doors due to lack of business (I guess even flotation tank businesses can sink). I wasn’t sure how I was going to replace the serenity I achieved when I escaped into the tank each week.

Interestingly, the same colleague who initially recommended that I float every week went on to recommend an even more powerful form of relaxation, one that has helped me manage my stress ever since. She suggested that I treat myself to a weekly Swedish massage.

Admittedly, I was a bit squeamish about getting a massage at first. At the same time, I knew I needed to find a replacement for my weekly floats.

Being the adventurous person I am, I decided to give it a try-and the rest is history. For the past 15 years, I have been seeing the same massage therapist every week.

The 60 minutes I spend at her center each week are truly grounding, giving me the opportunity to absorb her healing energy and truly relax. While a weekly massage may seem a bit extravagant, I remember reading that Bob Hope received a daily massage-and Bob lived to be 100.

Whether you seek out floating, a regular massage or some other form of relaxation, it is critical to find some way to regulate your stress. After all, stress management is an essential part of a healthy and vital life.

Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind. It is also a process that decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges and hassles of daily life.

So how do YOU conquer stress??

If you’ve enjoyed David’s article, please let him know by contacting him at his website, or leave a message for him here on the blog.

-T-