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Monday, July 24, 2017

Human Kindness is not Dead - It IS RESILIENT!

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Given the vitriolic verbiage that spews from twitter feeds, angry demonstrations, and from protesting groups, my heart often sinks into concern that we have lost the human characteristic of compassion.  

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Why You Need a Community

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

professional motivational speakerI just returned from five days with my professional colleagues at the annual National Speakers Association conference in Orlando. Despite freezing meetings rooms, Florida storms, humidity, and sleeping rooms that refused to cool off, I am so grateful I went.Why? My community!

Like all of us in a specific profession, we are a practice community family. No one except my NSA colleagues understand the demands of travel, the need to constantly research and improve, the wacky audiovisual glitches that happen all too often, the clients who ask for one thing and then look for something else, and the great joy of a standing ovation and the agony if you don’t quite hit the mark.

But there’s something else that a practice community offers: feedback. I believe this is true in all professions. A caring community doesn’t just offer thoughts for improvement, but probably more important, a caring community validates what heart and soul we bring to our work.

I know for me, I am often so close to what I do, I do not realize the positive impact I have had on a fellow speaker. Thus, it’s really easy to slip into place where you wonder if what you do even matters.

How can I relate the surprise and joy when Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE told this audience that I approached her decades ago, looked her in the eye, told her she was tremendously talented, and affirmed her work.I barely remember that event but to Linda it was a profound moment. This past week, as I stood on the stage next to the panel I was facilitating and heard Linda say this, I started to cry.

Here’s the deal.  Linda did not HAVE to share any of this. Her decision to open up in front of 100 or more colleagues was not only kind, but it filled a place in my heart. This event was YEARS ago but it mattered deeply to her. Frankly, it mattered even more to me.

What would it take for all of us to take the time and specifically tell people about how they have touched us? Can you imagine the joy that could resonate --- joy that could warm even the coldest meeting room.

Thanks, Linda!

 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Resiliency Turns Grief into Greatness

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Today nurses in 2600-plus health care facilities, 50 states and 15 countries walk taller, prouder, and renewed in their work because of the death of a 33 year-old man. The power of heartbreak that becomes a heart aroused is one that every individual and organization can benefit from. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Large Gifts in Small Packages—The Last Road Trip Lesson

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Having put some 4200 miles on the car and experienced magnificent mountains, flower-strewn fields, glaciers, ranches and an assortment of wildlife that ranged from mountain goats to bison to a grizzly bear, one would think that my final insight would come from some momentous, huge event. 

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Monday, July 03, 2017

What Your Mom Wants You To Know

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

inspirational speakerYes, your mother. Actually my mother too. She is Mother Earth and I have been listening very hard as I come to the end of a road trip from California through Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and onto the Canadian Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia.

It's a perfect message for July 4 in the US and for the 150th anniversary of Canada. I have recorded some thoughts for you. 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Know Your Season, Grow Your Season

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Resiliency SpeakerHere in the Canadian Rockies, the summers are magnificent, and also very short. Cottonwood trees blow their fuzz everywhere in an attempt to take root before snows come. Flowers bloom in abundance, taking advantage of the sun. And deer lay their fawns in tall, tall grass. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Resiliency: An Equal Opportunity Resource

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Do any of these sound like you: 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Back to the future: Glacier Park Insights

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

On the fourth day of my road trip with my husband I was amazed by the waters flowing from the Flathead River, glacial melt, creeks and the McDonald River have created wonderful waterfalls in Glacier National Park. But even more amazing is the collaboration of two countries to create an International Peace Park that stands testimony to what a collection of individuals can do when PEACE is an objective. 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Road Trip Lessons #2: Boundaries push you to make smarter decisions!

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

motivational speakerI've discovered that there is a big difference between flying and traveling by car.  When flying I work hard to take only what I need.  It's expensive and exhausting to try to drag everything you think you need through an airport.  A road trip is completely different.  We can pack the car full of things that we may or may not need along the way.  My lesson: boundaries push you to make smarter decisions. We have books, food, water, trail mix, boxes of all manner of shoes and hiking stuff. Layers of clothes for Canada . And now I wonder why I packed 8 t-shirts? 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Do You Trip For Love?

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer

Long ago and far away—in a distant galaxy—I was married to man who thought marathon road trips were the best thing since sliced bread. The trick was to drive as many miles as possible in one day, sleep in some unassuming hotel, and head out again on the road. Roads were always Interstate and not interesting. There were a few stops along the trip for a hurried look-see, cross it off the “I’ve done that” list and head on out again. I was always the passenger and never the driver. (Although I do admit, I am a champ at reading road maps. Siri was not even in the picture!)
 

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As a Resiliency Motivational Speaker Eileen loves working with all groups. She has found great synergy with health care audiences and long term care (from personal experience), educators ( As an award-winning educator, she went from teaching kids to grown-ups—who are still like kids), and women’s leadership groups(because she is one!).