For February, I would like to issue a challenge to get the blood flowing in this coldest of winters..... For our members only:
■ Would you like to play a part in ensuring the growth and vitality of the CA continues by reviewing applications for new members? Contact Nancy@nancyschultzconsulting.com.
■ Does working on a team to increase business and visibility for our members sound like something you can get your teeth into? Contact Tim Maniccia at email@example.com.
■ Would you love to use your creative spark to develop our Member Breakfast topics? We are looking for a Program Chair who would have responsibility for crafting the morning programs and can leave the Public programs in the capable hands of Peter Coombs.
■ Does promoting the Consulting Alliance appeal to your talents? Ellen Lahr (Ellen@ellenlahr.com) and Liz Kodela (firstname.lastname@example.org) would love to hear from you.
And for members and non-members alike:
■ Can you invite people, colleagues, clients, friends to our Public meetings? Who do you know that could benefit from our February 14th Public Program, Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach?
■ Join me on Tuesday, February 18th for President’s Coffee from 7:30-8:30am @ Perfect Blend in Delmar, an informal gathering of members and friends of the Alliance.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your thoughts.
Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D., President
Developing (Y) our Future-The Consulting Alliance in 2014
At the January Members breakfast, a group of early risers gathered to listen and contribute to the plans for the CA in 2014. One of the first things presented were the key goals for 2014:
■ Focus on the basics
■ Increase membership
■ Recruit in skill gaps
■ Increase attendance at public and member meetings
■ Improve our “public face”
To that end, each of the committees presented the specific ways they plan to reach those goals.
The Program committee is committed to bringing in high quality programs that enhance the skill and wisdom of the CA community. By examining past popular topics, increasing our social media reach and publishing summaries of events, we hope to increase attendance in our Public offerings. We also plan to hold a couple of evening events in March and June in place of our Member Breakfasts, and vary the style of the meetings to include speed networking and other ways to increase our expertise of each others' business.
Our new Business Development committee, lead by Tim Maniccia, plans to ensure that there are many ways for us to better understand what each other offers. This way, we can always know who can fix a client's problem, even when it isn't ourselves.Building current and new relationships with other organizations is also a target for this committee.
Marketing and Strategic Positioning’s focus for this year will be to position the CA as a business, both internally and externally, by improving our outward facing profile, improving the website and better leveraging PR opportunities.
Our Membership committee will likely be busy this year, ensuring the reputation of the Alliance through application screening while filtering some into the new Associate category of members. Along with attracting new members, we also want to keep our current members engaged. If you haven’t attended an Online Orientation yet, even if you have been a member for a while, this valuable introduction to the Alliance and it’s benefits should not be missed. Contact Nancy@NancySchultzconsulting.com to hear when the next ones are scheduled.
Thank you to all who took part both live and on the phone. If you missed it, please review the slides and meeting notes.
What do you believe will help us achieve our goals? Contact Clare at Clare.Monteau@gmail.com or post on the member forum.
February Luncheon - Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach
Friday, February 21st, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm NEW DATE!!!
Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
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Speaker: Kat Koppett of Koppett & Company
Kat Koppett will share stories, tips and tools to help expand your range and power as a presenter.
March Luncheon - Like. Share. Succeed: The ROI of Social Media and Community Good
Friday, March 14th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
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Speaker: Robert Clancy of Spiral Design Studio
Robert Clancy will discuss how to harness social media to showcase your role in the community, how compassion enhances the bottom line and how you can enrich your leadership through empathy. He will share inspirational quotes and stories from his book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Soul and provide a fun, interactive experience. A book signing will precede and follow the program.
Member Presentations & News
Rose Miller, SPHR of Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC has been asked by Times Union to write a monthly HR column. The column appears each first Tuesday of the month in the WorkLife section and online.
Lisa Giruzzi of Transformational Conversations has been chosen to be the keynote speaker for the NYC Metro Chapter of the Medical Group Managers' Association. She will be presenting one of her signature programs, Influence Without Arm Twisting. Additionally, Lisa will be keynoting two upcoming conferences in March and April. One for the NYS WIC Association and the other for the Family Child Care Association of NYS.
Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC gave a speech to the ServU Credit Union in Western New York on the topic, “The Secret to Peak Performance”. Dr. Tom addressed the Adirondack Mountain Club on his passion, “Rock Climbing to the Top of Devils Tower” In addition, he spoke to the Bethlehem Business Builders on the subject, “Why We Don’t Achieve Our Goals and What We Can Do About It?”
Bill Polk of Business Advisory Services is leading a six week workshop in Dalton, MA under the auspices of the Elder Services of Berkshire County's "Healthy Living" programs. This program is "Chronic Disease Self-Management".
Seeking Consulting Alliance Member for Program Chair
Interested in crafting topics for Member Only programs? Contact Clare Monteau.
If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.
You're Invited to the Hudson-Mohawk ASTD Conference
Motivational & inspirational speaker and executive producer on numerous award winning productions for PBS and the web, John Robinson will keynote the Hudson-Mohawk ASTD chapter’s annual conference on May 16, 2014 at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany. John will speak about "Overcoming Obstacles in Life". Consulting Alliance member Peter Coombs will facilitate the last general session, entitled "Tabletalk & Takeaways". Visit the chapter's website to register. (Consulting Alliance members may email Nancy Reilly to get a discount).
Martha Patterson, wife of long-standing Consulting Alliance member Ray Patterson, passed away on January 23rd. We express our deepest sympathy to Ray and family.
Robert Pasciullo, a co-founder & Past President of Consulting Alliance passed away on February 4th. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Josie and family.
Claim Your 7 Minutes of FameIf you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance. If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Lynne Bunnell to claim your spot.
Submit Your News for the March NewsletterSUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20th
SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO: Nancy Reilly
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■ Committee Updates - from committee chairs
■ Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
■ Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
■ Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
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