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  • 13 Apr 2015 9:53 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    Open to the Public Luncheon - 4/10

    Members Only Webinar - 4/16
    Members Only Breakfast - 4/24
    Member News


    April 2015

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
     
                            
     
    The Consulting Alliance is seeking Members to facilitate Webinars.  Interested Members should contact Alan Krieger at alan@kriegersolutions.com

              ***************

    Hudson-Mohawk ATD
    May 4th Summit

    CA  members get $15 off per ticket:

    1)  Go to the Conference webpage [http://hmatd.org/workshops-events/annual-conference] and choose your sessions.
    2) Click on one of the Attendee Registration links – they are under the day grid or at bottom after all the session descriptions
    3) On the registration page scroll down and click on the Enter promotional code link above the Order Now button.
    4) Enter the code TDS2015PartnerOrg - codes are not case sensitive - and click Apply - the adjustments will show on all tickets that have this option of $15 off.
    5) Choose the ticket type Not-Yet-Member of HMATD/ATD after 3/15/15 and quantity.
    6) Continue by clicking Register. 


    MEMBER  NEWS
     


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    is a corporate sponsor for
    the 100th anniversary celebration of the Barge Canal and the Waterford Flight of Locks that will be held in the Village of Waterford on May 15, 2015. The centennial events on that date will celebrate the history of Waterford and its heritage of water transportation.

                  


    Jerry Shaye of Shaye Global
    writes "I just returned from a conference on The Impact of e-Economy on Middle East/North Africa Development (http://eec2015.com/web/) that was held from
    March 14 - 16 in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the United Arab Emirates at which I had the opportunity to make two presentations and to chair a panel discussion.

    The conference was well attended and extremely well organized.  People from over 25 countries were present and my opinion regarding business potential in the
    UAE is very positive. 

    We should not judge the Middle East based upon the  news we read and hear almost daily from that
    region. The infrastructure and business acumen as well as a high level of cordiality were most impressive. I am confident that I will return to the UAE on behalf of my clients".




    The Stakeholders, Inc. has announced the winners of
    the 2015 GOBY Awards (Get on Board Volunteer Awards) designed to recognize companies, organizations and individuals who have provided exemplary volunteer services in New York’s Capital Region. The GOBY Awards will be presented in a Hollywood-style ceremony
    on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the GE Theatre at
    Proctors in downtown Schenectady, New York. Denise Horan, Principal, Integrated Management & Sales Consulting, will receive the  Volunteer of the Year Award.


    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC spoke to an audience at the Albany Public Library in January on “Rescue on Rainier” and again in February on “Ice Climbing in the Adirondacks.”  He also presented to the monthly meeting of Women In Financial Services on “What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up.”  Dr. Tom also conducted a training
    program for the Walton Realty Group on “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.”

     


    Listening 3.0 - Enhancing This Super-skill for Increased Sales and Relationship Building

    Presented by
    Kat Koppett, Koppett + Company (Kopco)

     

    April  10, 2015 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

     We all know that listening is important for our success as consultants, but what does it really mean to listen well? How can we expand our awareness so we listen for nuance and capture not just information but needs, values, emotions? How can we exercise our listening “muscle” so that we notice more, understand more deeply and engage with more curiosity? In this interactive session, we will:

    •Test our listening skills
    •Distinguish "listening as an ally" from "listening as an adversary"
    •Practice multi-dimensional listening
    •Explore listening as a relationship-building and problem-solving tool.


    Kat Koppett  is the eponymous founder of Koppett + Company (Kopco), a training and consulting company specializing in the use of theatre and storytelling techniques for individual and organizational performance. Her book on how to use improvisational theatre techniques for organizational development, Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership and Learning, is considered a seminal work in the field of Applied Improv, and is used in organizations around the world. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and has worked with executives, teachers, administrators, doctors, engineers, lawyers and young people of all sorts. Kat has designed and delivered training such diverse clients as Apple, Facebook, Chanel, Prezi, GE, Kaiser-Permanente, Glens Falls Hospital, JPMorgan Chase, Eli Lilly, and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt in places such as India, Brazil, Paris and Oklahoma. Her areas of specialty include leadership and communication skills, creativity and innovation, teamwork and conflict resolution, and presentation coaching.
     
    Pauline Bartel will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.

                                                                                          
                                                                                              
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

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    Learn More About your Consulting Alliance Benefits

    Facilitated by
    Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc

     

    April 24, 2015 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Come to this breakfast session to learn more about your Consulting Alliance member benefits.  Ray Patterson will show us some of the internal features of the CA website and will provide a tutorial on how to use the CA’s GoToMeeting subscription which is available to all members. Ray will show you how to set up a "Go To Meeting" session, invite people to your session, launch your meeting at the appropriate time, and some points on the "control panel" for conducting your sessions. Ray will also show us where the procedures and instructions are on the CA Member's Only section of our website. Bring your technology, your questions, and your experience to share!

    Ray Patterson is a business advisor, consultant, educator, and entrepreneurial catalyst to corporations, companies, organizations and individuals, who want to thrive during change. His areas of expertise include strategic thinking, planning, and decision implementation at the organization/enterprise, as well as the individual level. Ray is an exceptionally proficient facilitator, collaborator, innovator and motivator of individual and organizational accomplishment.



    Member registration: $15
    Member Late registration: $20

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    President's Message



    Dear Member/friend of the Consulting Alliance,

    Giving people, whether it be customers, colleagues, staff, partners, or our children our undivided attention is one of the biggest challenges we face in our fast paced info rich world. But it offers a surefire way to build deeper relationships, as it is one of our deepest desires to be heard and felt by others. I am excited about this month's public lunch presentation by Kat Koppett on listening skills, as really listening to someone else, is a concrete way of showing we care, and learning from the other what they need from us. We have been doing some listening ourselves at the Alliance; the Blue Skies committee have been gathering comments and suggestions made to us through the 2014 survey, for ways we can make the Alliance better for our members, and attract high quality consultants to add to our numbers. We will be rolling out the very best of these in the coming months, so watch this space.

    We'd love to see you soon,

             
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President




    Sales Webinar Series

              
    April 16th:  “Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business”

    Time: 10 am - 11 am
    Register Here


    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Long distance):

    +1 (872) 240-3412
    Access Code:
    155-909-261

    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/155909261


             

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

    Copyright © 2014 Consulting Alliance. All rights reserved.
    Contact email: info@consultingalliance.org

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  • 23 Mar 2015 1:35 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    Members Only Webinar - 3/10
    Open to the Public Luncheon - Discover the Big Reward in Writing a Little Book for Your Business - 3/13
    Members Only Breakfast - Planning for What’s Down
    the Road - 3/27
    Member News


    March 2015

     

    NNOUNCEMENT
     
                            
     
    The Consulting Alliance is seeking a Marketing Chair to help develop and deliver our marketing strategy. Please contact Clare Monteau at Clare.Monteau@gmail.com if interested.


    MEMBER  NEWS
     


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    saluted Gone With the Wind’s 75th anniversary at Bow Tie Cinema in Saratoga Springs on Valentine’s Day.  As a special guest of the theater, Pauline chatted with moviegoers about the making of the 1939 Academy-Award winner, while sipping mimosas before the show; held a drawing for an autographed copy of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) during intermission and signed copies of her book in the lobby, after Scarlett vowed to think of some way to get Rhett back.           

                     




    Peter Coombs of FRONTLINE Training & Consulting
    delivered his “Everybody’s in Sales” workshop to the Colonie Chamber of Commerce recently.

    In
    addition, Peter has been delivering a series of sales webinars exclusively for Consulting Alliance members. In January he presented “Time Kills Sales. Next up, on March 10th is “How to Be Confident in a Sales Situation.”

     


    Clare Monteau of Clare Monteau LLC will be presenting 2 programs for the Capital Region Theological Center "Resource Lunches for Champions" this month. The first, entitled "Volunteer Recruitment" will give attendees the tools to attract, engage and motivate Christian Education volunteers. Later this month, she will present a program entitled "Making Time Management your Best Friend".         

     


    Discover the Big Reward in Writing a Little Book for Your Business

    Presented by
    Karin Rozell, Author, Speaker and Business Coach for Wellness Pros

     

    March 13, 2015 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

     Many consultants have a secret wish to write a book, become a sought-after author and help more people through the printed word. The good news is that if you’re willing to focus and learn a few tools, writing a book is much easier than you think.

         In this down-to-earth presentation, Karin Rozell reveals what you need to know about writing and self-publishing a book for your business, including:
    •    Why writing a small book works best in today’s market (and ensures you’ll get it done while juggling family, work and more)
    •    How a small book can help you make more money even without best-seller status (and it’s not about book sales, although those are nice, too!)
    •    Why being a consultant gives you an advantage as a new author (and how you can harness that advantage)

    Karin Rozell is the co-creator (along with husband Drew Rozell) of the pioneering Write and Publish Your Book in 90 Days System for coaches, consultants and other cool folks determined to make a difference. She’s a successful business coach with over 14 years of experience helping women launch their careers in the life transformation field. Learn more at www.Bookin90Days.com and KarinRozell.com
     
     
    Ray Patterson will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.

                                                                                               
                                                                                              
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

    Sign up online


    Planning for What’s Down the Road

    Facilitated by
    Mike Tommaney, Esq., Law Office of Michael J. Tommaney

     

    March 27, 2015 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    So many of us work hard to make a living and put money aside, but don’t want to think about what happens when you’re no longer around or able to work. At this session, Mike Tommaney will talk about things you need to consider, documents you need, what you don’t need and what happens when you don’t have them. This is especially important for sole proprietors and entrepreneurs. We often put ourselves last, and do a disservice to our family.

    With over forty years of legal experience, Mike Tommaney, Esq. concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and gift tax, estate planning, estate probate and administration, general corporate and transactional business law, and commercial and residential real estate law. Mike attended Albany Law School and practiced law for over forty years. Mike is a member of the Albany County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York.  Mike has taught estate planning at the Knowledge Network and South Colonie Adult Education Program..



    Member registration: $15
    Member Late registration: $20

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    President's Message



    Dear Member/Friend of the Consulting Alliance,

    I hope you are enjoying these first signs of the defrost in the Northeast, the blue skies and temperature making its way into the correct (in my opinion) end of the gauge. Blue Skies are on the minds of the Consulting Alliance this year as we created an ad-hoc committee called "Blue Skies" to collect ideas, review the member survey collected last year and gather wisdom from the membership. The goal of the groups is to deliver ideas to the board that will increase the sense of community among members, enhance the experience of members, increase membership, and encourage members to take a more active role. Through a series of meetings, ideas have been collected and prioritized and will now be presented to the board for approval. If you (as a member or friend of the Alliance) have ideas to contribute to this process, we'd love to hear from you. We hope to see you at one of our meetings soon, to experience our evolution, valuable topics and diverse expert community.

             
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President




    Sales Webinar Series

              
    March 10th:  “Being confident in a sales situation”

    Time: 10 am - 11 am
    Register Here

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Long distance): +1 (646) 749-3112
    Access Code: 802-930-957
    More phone numbers: https://global.gotomeeting.com/802930957/numbersdisplay.html



             

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

    Copyright © 2014 Consulting Alliance. All rights reserved.
    Contact email: info@consultingalliance.org

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  • 17 Feb 2015 12:22 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
    Open to the Public Luncheon - Speaker Peter Bardunias 2/13
    Webinar:
    Being Confident in a Sales Situation  Members Only 2/26
    Tips and Strategies for Writing Large Projects - Members Only
       Breakfast 2/27
    Member News


    February 2015

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT
     

     
    Seeking Marketing Chair

    Calling Upon CA Members:                     
     
    Interested? Contact
    Clare Monteau

    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    We welcome our newest member, Leslie Berliant, WB Consultancy and Le Marais Chocolat. Leslie is an entrepreneur, publicist, journalist, poet, author, dancer, pastry chef and chocolatier. She has also trained as a creative facilitator at the Thinkubator, has provided innovation training, marketing, communications, PR and transition consulting for dozens of corporations and organizations, and is an evangelist for creativity for creativity’s sake! Through her company, WB Consultancy, she teaches Writing from the Deep Voice teleclasses, teaches a system of sales centered around doing well by doing good, offers private and corporate coaching, and runs (Self-Doubt) Assassin School for people looking to move aside self-doubt and step into their zone of genius.

    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    is working with Snyder Printer for the company’s 120th anniversary.
    Watch a Time Warner Cable News clip from a recent segment of “Capital Region Business Beat” that profiled the Troy-based Snyder Printer and kicked
    off the yearlong business anniversary celebration:
    http://mediacenter.tveyes.com/downloadgateway.aspx?UserID=340486&MDID=4454216&MDSeed=6059&Type=Media           

     Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, spoke to members of the Medical Group Management Association on the topic, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.”  He also spoke at the Excel 2015 Conference in Saratoga on “Rescue on Rainier.”  Dr. Tom was recently quoted in the Times Union in a story covering the improving job market.

    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC is developing a curriculum in Anger Management for a client.  If anyone has trouble with your temper, email Alan for some tips.  He’s come across some very helpful ideas!
    Alan@KriegerSolutions.com


    Innovative programming: Alan Krieger was asked to provide a two-day leadership training program for supervisors in five companies.  They wanted to cover a large amount of material in two days. To accommodate that, Alan suggested they each send several higher level managers to serve as “learning coaches” to support the participants’ learning after the training.  The coaches will get an overview of the course material and a brief training on how to be an effective “on-the-job” coach.  Learning retention is very low after training programs with a lot of content unless participants can put the learning into practice immediately.  The coaches will engage trainees before the training to help them set individual learning objectives.  They will also work with them immediately after each day of the training to discuss how to apply the learning on the job.  Alan will do a follow up to see how effective this approach is.  Alan’s contract for this is with Schenectady County Community College under the Schenectady Area Employer Resource Network project.  It is being partially funded through the SUNY Workforce Development Grant Program.

    Denise Horan, Integrated Managment & Sales Consulting,
    has been selected to speak with
    the new Femfessionals group in
    Saratoga on February 10.  Denise will be discussing strategies for “Marketing Yourself” and focusing on your personal brand.  Denise has also been selected to speak at The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon on February 25.  Denise will be conducting a short workshop on “Successful Sales Strategies”.
     

     

    Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc has been contracted to provide Board Retreat facilitation services to The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County, Inc.  The Prevention Council (as it is known) is a nonprofit, community-based organization, with the mission is to provide education, information and referral services on the subjects of alcohol, tobacco, other drug and violence prevention to individuals and local communities, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all citizens by diminishing the adverse effects of substance abuse and violence.

     


    Get Your Piece of the Local Economic Development Pie

    Presented by
    Peter Bardunias, President/CEO
    The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

     

    February 13, 2015 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    The Capital Region is blessed with large-scale economic growth and opportunity. Think Global Foundries, General Electric, Momentive and others. Often overlooked are the multitude and magnitude of local community based initiatives that also build and sustain our economic development.

    Join Peter Bardunias, President/CEO of The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, as he shares a sampling of these local community development projects and demonstrates the link between these projects and local economic development. He will show how a $30,000 investment in local community projects has positively impacted more than 100,000 people in 16 communities and has contributed more than $500 million to the region annually.


    Learn about these projects and discover how you can become involved and contribute to growth in your local community and the greater Capital Region.

    As “the face and voice of the Chamber,” Peter “Pete” Bardunias utilizes his 25 years of business experience and vast contact network to advocate vigorously for the business community of southern Saratoga County and beyond. A former business owner, Pete has been on numerous chamber and nonprofit boards and makes good use of his science background to be an effective business leader in New York’s Tech Valley.  The results speak for themselves. The Business Council of New York State honored The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County with its designation as “2014 Chamber of the Year.”


                                                                                                     
    Peter Coombs will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.                                                                                    
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

    Sign up online


    Tips and Strategies
    for Large Writing Projects

    Facilitated by
    Susanna Opper, Shawenon Communications

     

    February 27, 2015 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Whether it's a book you are eager to write or a white paper for a client, large writing projects have difficulties all their own. As with any writing project, you must determine voice, style and tone. Then there are issues of organizing and structuring the material. And there are challenges of project management--how to handle your time and discipline your process.

    Susanna Opper, who has published one book and written several white papers and two theses, will offer some suggestions and facilitate the discussion.

     (This is the first of a two part series. The second session will be at the May breakfast and Pauline Bartel will present a program on getting your book published.)

    Susanna Opper helps consultants, solopreneurs and small businesses craft their messages for email marketing and other online communications. Her monthly newsletter Web Words has been published on time for more than six years.





    Member registration: $15
    Member Late registration: $20

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    President's Message



    The Consulting Alliance is delighted to welcome Pete Bardunias as our speaker this month. Under Pete's leadership, the Southern Saratoga Chamber has flourished and was the winner of Business Council of New York State's Chamber of the Year award for 2014. We look forward to hearing how our communities are benefitting from the investments made in our region. At the Consulting Alliance, we are committed to being a resource for the local community, providing expert consultants and speakers to help you achieve your business goals, delivering great public programming to increase your knowledge, and also building a community for consultants to grow their business, collaborate with other experts, and receive insight and support from other consultants. We look forward to seeing you soon.
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President


     
        Opportunity

    NEW BREAKFAST ITEM:  Along with fruit, waffles and omelettes, we’re now serving up Peer Coaching! The member spotlight has moved to lunch and, in its place, we’re including a 10 minute slot for someone to bring a business issue and get feedback from your colleagues. Limit one per breakfast – first come, first served.  Contact Alan Krieger at alan@kriegersolutions.com if you’d like to get in this month.


    Sales Webinar Series

    The Consulting Alliance presents Peter Coombs of FRONTLINE Training & Consulting. Peter will deliver a free-for-members webinar on Thursday, February 26th   10:00am – 11:00am.

    There is no charge to attend the webinars - you can attend one, two or all three. Each session is free-standing, so if you missed one, don’t worry about joining the next one. These webinars are a members-only benefit for Consulting Alliance members.
           
    February:  “Being Confident in a Sales Situation” 2/26 Register Here

    Sometimes when we are in a sales situation, we
    start doubting how we’re coming across to the
    prospect. Instead of remaining calm and confident,
    and believing in ourselves, we can get in our own
    way, creating obstacles to our success.

    YIKES! We can undermine ourselves to the point that
    we lose the sale!

    Peter will present

    •    Key words and phrases that demonstrate your self-confidence
    •    3 ways to believe in you and the value you offer your prospects
    •    How to welcome tough questions and objections, even about what you charge
    •    How to be persistent without being annoying

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Long distance): +1 (646) 749-3112 
    Access Code: 802-930-957
    More phone numbers:
    here


     
    March Webinar:  “Are you comfortable asking for a referral?”
             

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.

    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

    Copyright © 2014 Consulting Alliance. All rights reserved.
    Contact email: info@consultingalliance.org

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  • 08 Jan 2015 1:12 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    Open to the Public Luncheon - Memory Skills 1/9
    What to Charge? - Members Only Breakfast 1/23
    Webinar Series to start this month - Members Only 1/27
    Member News


    January 2015

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT
     

     
    2015 New Board of Directors


    Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D.
    President

    Tim Maniccia

    Vice President

    James McGuinness
    Treasurer

    Ray Patterson
    Secretary

    Bill Phillips

    At-Large Board Member

    Kat Koppett

    At-Large Board Member

    Committee Chairs:

    Ray Patterson
    Membership

    Alan Krieger
    Programs


    Peter Coombs
    Luncheon Chair                                                                         
                                       
    Pauline Bartel
    Blue Skies
                               
     
    Seeking Marketing Chair
    Interested? Contact
    Clare Monteau

    MEMBER  NEWS
     


    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    has joined SUNY Adirondack as an adjunct faculty member. She will teach writing and publishing courses for Continuing Education and will conduct business writing training for Workforce Development.             

                     

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, spoke to members of the Northeastern New York Employee Assistance Professionals Association on the topic, “Passion and Purpose in Your Personal and Professional Life.”  Dr. Tom recently taped a show for TV-17 Colonie on “Security versus Self-Actualization.”


    Joan Heffler, Joan Heffler Photography -- Pictures with Personality! has been engaged by the New York State Association of Realtors to photograph their Presidents' Installation Gala in March. More than 400 realtors statewide will be attending this gala, and this is the ninth year Joan Heffler Photography has been engaged. For more info, contact Joan www.joanhefflerphotography.com.


     

     

            

     


    Your Memory: How to Easily Transform an Embarrassing Liability Into Your Most
    Valuable Asset

    Presented by
    Brad Zupp, Memory Athlete, Speaker and Author

     

    January 9, 2015 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Does this happen to you? You’re introduced to someone and in the middle of the conversation realize that you can’t remember the person’s name. How embarrassing.

    Be embarrassed no more! Brad will reveal the essential steps to remembering, discuss how to make any information easy to recall and share practical tools for real-world memory improvement.

    Brad is a memory athlete, speaker and author dedicated to testing the limits of his own memory while helping others learn the benefits of having a trained memory.  He is a frequent memory sports competitor and has won a number of medals at memory competitions in the United States. In 2013, he set an American record at the World Memory Championship for most spoken numbers recalled.  Author of Unlock Your Amazing Memory, Brad is most proud of his ability to teach anyone how to dramatically improve the ability to remember anything better. 

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

    Sign up online


    What to Charge?

    Facilitated by
    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC

     

    January 23, 2015 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    One of the biggest challenges new consultants have is figuring out what to charge for their services.  Even seasoned consultants struggle with this with new clients and projects.  Laurie Lewis wrote a book entitled, What to Charge? and gave a presentation at a CA luncheon a number of years back.  We had a great breakfast discussion about this at the next meeting but ran out of time with all the comments people shared.

    Alan Krieger will present a short summary of some of the strategies outlined in the book and will facilitate a discussion about how CA members approach this challenge.



    Member registration: $15
    Member Late registration: $20

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    President's Message



    A New Year is when many of us plan change: "this year I'm going to be better at......". In our last member meeting of 2014, attendees were asked to share their best tip, tool or technique that you rely upon to either help your clients or grow your practice? Here are some of my favorite contributions from the group, as I think they are valuable for anyone looking to have a more effective, fruitful, balanced 2015. How can you incorporate these tips/questions into action this year?

    •If you were wildly successful-what does it look like?

    •How can you make  it easy for your clients/customer to refer you?

    •Ask yourself regularly-what commitments (to others and myself) did I fulfill, and what is my recovery plan for those I didn't?

    •How can I create a work environment where people experience themselves in their highest place?

     We are kicking off the year with a powerful public program on improving your memory, while for members "Selling Tips for Consultants" and  "What to Charge?" will set us up for a successful 2015. I wish you one too, and hope to see you at an event soon.

             
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President


     
        Opportunity

    CAPTIVATE - The Capital Regions Creative Economy initiative is an effort that we all should be aware of, if not directly participating in.  If you have not heard about CAPTIVATE (or even if you have and would like more information), the link in the title will take you to a recent Center for Economic Growth (CEG) blast with information and other links on the initiative.  Literally, this initiative impacts everyone in our region, and it provides many opportunities for inclusion and involvement.  (Submitted by Ray Patterson of Capital Consulting Group, llc)



    Like the Marines, We're Looking for a Few Good Consultants

    If you aren't already an active Consulting Alliance member, consider strengthening your consulting offerings and opening new markets through collaborative projects with Consulting Alliance members.

    •Identify skilled resources to enhance your firm's capacity to do larger projects.

    •Become a resource to other members on their projects. 

    Check out
    Membership at consultingalliance.org for more information.



    Sales Webinar Series

    Start your New Year off with a bang! Peter Coombs of FRONTLINE Training & Consulting will be leading a series of three FREE webinars to help you sell your services as a consultant. There will be one webinar per month, lasting approximately one hour.


    There is no charge to attend the webinars - you can attend one, two or all three. Each session is free-standing, so if you missed one, don’t worry about joining the next one. These webinars are a members-only benefit for Consulting Alliance members. The sessions will be in January, February and March. Exact dates will be announced soon, as well as registration information.

    Here are the topics Peter will be covering:

    January:  “Time kills sales” 1/27 10-11 am Register Here            
    February:  “Being confident in a sales situation”
    March:  “Are you comfortable asking for a referral?”


    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States (Long distance): +1 (872) 240-3212
    Access Code: 959-733-381
    More phone numbers:
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/959733381/numbersdisplay.html
             

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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  • 05 Dec 2014 1:58 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    Holiday Gathering 12/10
    Open to the Public Luncheon - Memory Skills 1/9
    CA Wins Award!
    Webinar Series to start in January
    Member News


    December 2014

     

    ATTENTION MEMBERS
     

      Holiday Gathering
      Wednesday, 12/10

    Make sure to join us for the Consulting Alliance's holiday-time networking event at this specially-scheduled, members-only (plus one) gathering.
    Spend time with old colleagues, get to know new ones better, all while eating, drinking (cash bar) and being merry.

    Fort Orange Club 5 - 7 pm
    Members pay $20; Late Registrants pay $25. 
    Online payment is required.       
                                  

     
     

    MEMBER  NEWS
     


    Stay Tuned in
    January for 2015 New Board of Directors Announcement

    November Members Breakfast Spotlight: A local leadership coaching practice focused on creating a healthier region Our November Spotlight presenters were Newell Eaton and Winifred deLoayza, co-founders of East West Leadership Coaching.  “East West” focuses on developing leaders and transforming organizations. Newell and Winnie described how they have shifted their practice to simplify their focus and specialize in working with entrepreneurial leaders and leadership teams committed to growing a healthier economy in our region. 

    After over forty years each as change facilitators and executive coaches, they said, “we are committed to helping leaders build more innovative organizations that can thrive and flourish in today’s fast changing global economy while providing healthier workplaces that improve the quality of life in the Capital Region.”

    To meet this commitment, they recently expanded their practice to include two additional master executive coaches, Hope Langner and Allie Middleton. East West can now serve larger leadership teams and offer a more diverse suite of coaching approaches.

    If you know of any leaders whom you think might be interested in learning more, please contact Winnie at 518 221-4644. For more information about East West Leadership Coaching: www.ewlcoaching.com.

    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    was an author exhibitor at the 19th annual Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair on November 2, 2014, where she signed copies of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition).      


    Lynne Bunnell, owner  of HealthTravel101.com  was interviewed for TravelTalkRadio.com by Sandy Dhuyvetter. To learn about how Lynne helps healthcare professionals and individuals stay healthy when traveling, listen to the interview here.


    Robert Braathe,  Braathe Enterprises recently celebrated hiring its 250th student to participate in the virtual internship program. 

    Robert Braathe,  Braathe Enterprises recently was hired to design and deliver a customized training program for a hospitality team in Schenectady.  He put together a 4 night program over an 8 week stretch to work around the schedules of the staff and the needs of the business.
                      

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, gave seminars on “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind” to the Business Builders Alliance, the CapitalAreaHelpWanted.com Job Fair, the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, he spoke to students at the Glenmont Job Corps Center on “Got Goals?”  Dr. Tom recently taped a show for TV-17 Colonie on “Perfecting Your Elevator Speech.”

    Clare Monteau, Clare Monteau LLC, and Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc  recently delivered sessions for Capital Region Theological Society Resource Breakfast for Champions  Leadership sessions entitled "The Care and Feeding of Volunteers" and "Discovering the Gifts and Motivating the Other 80%".

    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions LLC recently delivered a 5 day Leadership training for Nurse and Office Managers in a local Health Network. Among the goals were to improve mentoring and networking among managers, increase job satisfaction, employee retention, and to give skills and strategies to lead high performing teams. Day 5 saw Clare Monteau, Clare Monteau LLC deliver a full day training on Quality Improvement, focusing on Lean Strategies for Healthcare to allow managers to increase effectiveness and value delivered to patients using the systematic approach to problem solving that Lean provides.


            

     


    Your Memory: How to Easily Transform an Embarrassing Liability Into Your Most
    Valuable Asset

    Presented by
    Brad Zupp, Memory Athlete, Speaker and Auhor

     

    January 9, 2015 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Does this happen to you? You’re introduced to someone and in the middle of the conversation realize that you can’t remember the person’s name. How embarrassing.

    Be embarrassed no more! Brad will reveal the essential steps to remembering, discuss how to make any information easy to recall and share practical tools for real-world memory improvement.

    Brad is a memory athlete, speaker and author dedicated to testing the limits of his own memory while helping others learn the benefits of having a trained memory.  He is a frequent memory sports competitor and has won a number of medals at memory competitions in the United States. In 2013, he set an American record at the World Memory Championship for most spoken numbers recalled.  Author of Unlock Your Amazing Memory, Brad is most proud of his ability to teach anyone how to dramatically improve the ability to remember anything better. 

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

    Sign up online


    No Open to the Public Luncheon in December
    No Members Only Breakfast in December

    President's Message



    As the year draws to a close, we at the Consulting Alliance are readying ourselves for 2015 and goals and dreams for the group for the coming year. The Holiday season is often a time we each reflect on how far we have come since last year, what went well, and what we want to be different next year. No matter what your business, no matter what your desires for the year, we invite you to attend one of our events and be inspired by the people, the topics and the expertise of this community.

    The Consulting Alliance wishes all it's members and friends a happy, healthy and abundant Holiday season. We hope to see you for one of our insightful and inspiring programs in early 2015.
     
              
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President

     
        ...And the Envelope Please...
    CA Wins Stakeholders Community IMPACT Award for
    Skills-Based Volunteerism

    Thanks to Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc, for  nominating the Consulting Alliance. We won for the category: Skills-Based Volunteerism. Ray nominated the 2013 R2R project.  (Team Left to Right: Robert Braathe, Braathe Enterprises, Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc, Susanna Opper, Shawenon Communications & Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.)




    Webinar Series

    Start your New Year off with a bang! Peter Coombs of FRONTLINE Training & Consulting will be leading a series of three FREE webinars to help you sell your services as a consultant. There will be one webinar per month, lasting approximately one hour.

    There is no charge to attend the webinars. You may attend one, two or all three of the webinars. Each webinar is free-standing, so if you missed one, don’t worry about joining the next one. These webinars are a members-only benefit for Consulting Alliance members. The webinars will be in January, February and March. Exact dates will be announced soon, as well as registration information.

    Here are the topics Peter will be covering:

    January:  “Time kills sales”               
    February:  “Being confident in a sales situation”
    March:  “Are you comfortable asking for a referral?”

             

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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    Contact email: info@consultingalliance.org

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  • 10 Nov 2014 11:27 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
    CA is a Winner! Stakeholders IMPACT Award Night 11/12
    Succeeding by Failing 11/14
    Thanksgiving Think Tank 11/21
    Holiday Gathering 12/10
    Member News


    November 2014

     

    ATTENTION MEMBERS
     

    SAVE THE DATE:     Wednesday, 12/10

    Make sure to join us for the Consulting Alliance's holiday-time networking event at this specially-scheduled, members-only (plus one) gathering.
    Spend time with old colleagues, get to know new ones better, all while eating, drinking (cash bar) and being merry.

    Fort Orange Club 5 - 7 pm
    Members pay $20; Late Registrants pay $25. 
    Online payment is required.       
                                  

     
     

    MEMBER  NEWS
     

    Congratulations!

    The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County was presented the 2014 Chamber of the Year by the Business Council of NYS. Call Pete for additional details: 518.371.7748 

    Newell Eaton, East West Leadership Coaching will be the November 21st Member Spotlight:  Growing a local brand focused on creating a healthier world. East West Leadership Coaching’s co-founders Newell Eaton and Winifred DeLoayza will share their story of building collaborative partnerships with local entrepreneurial leaders to innovate in our region.
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    presented “Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind"  to members of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY and signed copies of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) at the Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, NY. She was a guest for four segments of the drive-time program “Big Chuck’s Morning Marathon” on Oneonta’s WDOS radio.  She discussed the making of Gone With the Wind and the film’s 75th anniversary.


    The Law Office of Michael J. Tommaney is now located at 11 British American Blvd., Latham, NY. The telephone number is (518) 250-4264. Michael J. Tommaney, Esq., works with individuals needing one-on-one assistance with estate planning and elder law, including drafting wills and trusts and guiding clients through the probate process; real estate law, including handling commercial and individual real estate sales and purchases; and business law, including forming, buying or selling a business and preparing and reviewing contracts.


    Robert Braathe,  Braathe Enterprises spoke to student clubs at a seminar put together by SEFCU at The University of Buffalo on the topic From Intern to Entrepreneur, highlighting his experiences as an intern with the Walt Disney Company and his work with high school and college students through the Virtual Internship Program.

                      

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, gave a seminar the Ten Business Referral Group in Guilderland and the Colonie Chamber of Commerce on the subject, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.” In addition, he spoke at the Small Business Albany Showcase on “The Secrets to Peak Performance.”  Dr. Tom also presented at the Malta Job Expo on “ How NOT to Blow Your Interview” and “Job Security: Pros, Cons, Myths and Realities”  He spoke to faculty at Mildrey Elley on the topic, “How to Get the Most Out of Mentoring” Finally, Dr. Tom gave his first Commencement Address at ITT Technical Institute on the subject “The Secrets to Success.”
              

     


    Succeeding by Failing

    Presented by
    Robert Braathe of Braathe Enterprises, Lynne Bunnell of Travel Health 101, and James McGuinness of James McGuinness and Associates

     

    November 14, 2014 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    From the movie Apollo 13 we learn that, for space missions, “failure is not an option.” But when running your own business, failure is often unavoidable. You try new things. Some will work and some will fail. The trick is to learn from failures and adjust future actions. Join us as our panelists – all successful entrepreneurs – discuss “Succeeding by Failing.” They’ll share the challenges they faced, detail how and why they failed and explain what they learned that helped them succeed. This promises to be a lively, insightful program. You’ll gain the understanding that you are not alone when it comes to failing, and you’ll learn strategies for adapting and becoming even stronger as a result of failing. You’ll be encouraged to share your own stories and to ask questions about tough situations you’re facing today.

                                                                                                           
                                                                                                
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

    Sign up online

      Thanksgiving Think Tank

    Members Only
    November 21, 2014 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club


    Facilitator: Clare A. Stevenson Monteau, Ph.D., Clare Monteau LLC

    What’s your best tip, tool or technique that you rely upon to either help your clients or grow your practice? Bring this nugget of knowledge to this Members Only breakfast for a “Thanksgiving Think Tank.” You’ll share your know-how with your colleagues; in return, you’ll gather a harvest of the collective wisdom of the Consulting Alliance to tackle your toughest business challenges.

    Newell Eaton will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.


    Members pay $15; Member Late Registration pay $20

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    President's Message



    I hope that this newsletter finds you using your passion in the world to create success for yourself and your business. This month the Alliance's public event featured someone doing just that. The creative and talented Pauline Bartel shared with us a presentation titled "Business Lessons from the Making of Gone with the Wind". As a huge fan of the movie, Pauline took her passion and in depth knowledge and distilled it into 12 Lessons, Insights and Activities that each attendee could apply immediately for their own success. The Consulting Alliance exists to help create success for you, and for each other, so we hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.
     
                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                   Pauline Bartel-October Luncheon


     
    Clare Monteau,
    President

     
    You're invited to the Inaugural Stakeholders Community IMPACT Awards event where Capital Region companies will be honored for their Community IMPACT...Consulting Alliance is a Winner!
    Thanks to Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc, for  nominating the Consulting Alliance. We won for the category: Skills-Based Volunteerism. Ray nominated the 2013 R2R project.  More information about Stakeholders, Inc. and ticket purchasing options for the 2014 IMPACT Awards can be found by visiting http://www.capitalregionimpactawards.com/


              

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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    Contact email: info@consultingalliance.org

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  • 09 Oct 2014 1:50 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
    Business Lessons Luncheon 10/10
    Collaborations and Connections 10/22
    Member News


    October 2014

     

    ATTENTION MEMBERS
     

    Learn how our members see the Consulting Alliance: what works and how we can improve

    Please log in and view
    Survey Results

    Thank you for participating! 
                      
                                  
     
     

    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    Congratulations to the women who will be honored at The Capital Region YWCA Resourceful Women’s Luncheon.  Denise Horan, Integrated Management & Sales Consulting will join the list of honorees in the category of Entrepreneur.    
    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, formally announced the establishment of a new subsidiary of Careers In Transition LLC called, Dr. Adventure on September 1st.  The mission of Dr. Adventure is to inspire people to go outside their comfort zone for personal growth by providing quality consultation services about outdoor recreational activities.

    Dr. Tom’s ten areas of expertise include: biking, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, nature walks, rock and ice climbing, running, skiing and snow shoeing. As a Career Counselor, he will continue to provide career advice; as an Adventure Consultant, he will provide outdoor recreational advice.  Dr. Tom appreciates the support of the Consulting Alliance as  he extends the services of Careers In Transition LLC to encompass the whole person.

    Learn more about Dr. Adventure at www.MyAdventureConsultant.com
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    completed “Foundations of Business Strategy,” a six-week business management course offered through the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business at Charlottesville. This course for consultants explored the underlying theory and frameworks that provide the foundations of a successful business strategy, introduced five tools for conducting a strategic analysis and provided the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through case study analysis.

     
          
                         
     

    From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind

    Presented by
    Pauline Bartel

     

    October 10, 2014 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    During Gone With the Wind’s production, endless months of trouble and turmoil nearly doomed the film to failure. Following its 1939 premiere, the movie broke box-office records, swept the Academy Awards and today celebrates its 75th anniversary. Discover the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of the making of a film that went from bust to blockbuster. You’ll gain inspiration for overcoming enormous business challenges and learn lessons for achieving great success in your own enterprise.

    Pauline Bartel will sign her book, The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) before and after the luncheon. 
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

    Sign up online

     Collaborations and Connections

    Members Only
    October 22nd @ 5:30 - :7:30 p.m.
    The Standard, Crossgates Mall


    Attendees will partner up and spend 2 minutes each explaining their business; they then get a further 2 minutes to explore ways to collaborate and make connections. Ding-time's up! And then they move on to the next potential collaborator. Join us for this creative event which will encourage you to look at your business through new eyes, and find new partnership potentials.  This is a Member plus one event: members are encouraged to bring other entrepreneurial spirits to this event. (Cash bar available)

    Members pay $20; Member Late Registration pay $25

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    President's Message



    One of the great attractions to me for being in the Consulting Alliance is having easy access to inspiration, whether it be learning something new at one of our public programs, hearing a member speak about a client they fixed a problem for, or getting advice from one of our expert members on an issue I'm having. I am always looking for ways to up level myself and my business and being in this community offers plenty of opportunities for that. Take this Friday's public program for example, learning tactics used by the makers of a hugely successful movie, and how to apply them to our own challenges so that we create a 'blockbuster success' of our own.

    Having the opportunity to see your business through the eyes of peers, and expert ones at that is another huge benefit to being a member of the Consulting Alliance. The evening Members program this month is designed to make you look at your business in new ways by co-creating an idea for a collaboration with another member or guest.  Many of our members are already collaborating, combining their expertise to create programs and services that transform organizations. The Blue Sky committee, kicking off this month will be examining data and the recent member survey results to create a vision for the Consulting Alliance for the next few years, answering the question "How do we continue to add value for our members and community?" Their examination and reporting help inform all the activities of the CA in the coming years.

    I hope to see you soon.


    Clare Monteau,
    President

     
    What you may have missed

    Allie Middleton of Integrative Leadership Practices inspired us at last month's luncheon by helping us learn how to increase self-awareness.  Allie specializes in transformative and productive learning techniques using creative and critical thinking skills as well as mind-body techniques grounded in the new findings in emotional intelligence, neuroscience and health. 
     
     
                                       Allie Middleton                                                Tim Maniccia

                No Members Only Breakfast in October
           An evening program will be in held
            in it's place.
    (see above 10/22 event)

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

    Copyright © 2014 Consulting Alliance. All rights reserved.
    Contact email: info@consultingalliance.org

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  • 10 Sep 2014 10:29 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
    Inspiring Ourselves and Others 9/12
    From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons From
    the Making of Gone With the Wind 10/10
    Member News


    September 2014

     

                           
                                                           
      
    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    Joan Heffler Photography was contracted by Siemens Industry, Inc., Infrastructure and Cities Sector to photograph 51 engineering consultants. She also photographed Time Warner Cable TV anchors, reporters and administration in the Hudson Valley and Albany stations. For more information on what she can do for your company, check out www.joanhefflerphotography.com.

    Bill Polk, Business Advisory has just completed an engagement for a consortium of Farm Credit Banks based in Wichita, Kansas.  He recently appeared at Siena College to work with a group of young entrepreneurs and is now looking forward to the September kickoff of the entrepreneur Boot Camp at the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.                                                                        

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, gave a seminar at the FBI in Albany on “The Big Three: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interview Skills.”  Dr. Tom also spoke at the 8th annual smAlbany Business Expo on the topic, "Work/Life Balance: Tips and Techniques.  He also recently taped a show for TV-17 Colonie entitled “50 More Interview Questions.”  He was also interviewed on WNYT News Channel 13 for his 2014 Charity Climb of Mt. Baker that benefited the Alport Syndrome Foundation.  Dr. Tom was also featured on the front page of the sports section of the Times Union for his Charity Climb entitled, “Denham man on a mission.”
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    completed “What’s Your Big Idea?” a six-week course for entrepreneurs and consultants offered through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The course detailed systematic methods for identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and their sources, vetting ideas in the marketplace, developing sustainable strategies and  leveraging resources for idea iteration.


    Ellen Lahr, EGLahr PR & Media has been retained by Travaasa Experiential Resorts of Denver, Co., a division of Amstar, to provide strategic communications and outreach related to a hotel/resort project proposed for the historic Elm Court estate in Stockbridge, MA. ellenlahr.com   

     

    Jeremy McGowan, Network Experts of New opened its second office in NYC in June, at L40, 17 State Street, New York,  10004 ,Tel : 1.212. 739.0742. NETXNY has also been approved for the Checkpoint Systems and Juniper Networks state contracts. This will allow the company to expand its reach into state government consulting and services.  In addition to expanding the company’s reach, NETXNY has hired two new employees: 

    Mr. James Michel, a Network Technician, who is Cisco certified, assists clients with network, security and server applications and support. Mrs. Anne Grignon has been hired as office manager and client liaison. Mrs. Grignon, will assist with the management of accounting and project management, as well as keeping constant contact with NETXNY clients to ensure their satisfaction.                      
                                                                   

     

    Do you have news to share?
    We want to hear about your:

    Success Stories, Updates, Biz Tips and more

    Email your news to:
    info@consultingalliance.org   

     

     

     


             

     

    Inspiring Ourselves and Others


    Presented by
          Allie Middleton, Integrative Leadership Practices

     September 12, 2014 @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
      Wolferts Roost Country Club

     

    Optimal performance is directly tied to reduced stress. Well-being measures such as positive mental state, emotional intelligence and physical acuity help us achieve new levels of professional competence and satisfaction. 

    Through an interactive group experience, you’ll explore research-based practices that reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance creativity and expand the capacity to do better work. You’ll identify ways to inspire yourself and others, practice these new tools in a safe environment and establish methods for gaining new business and feeling good while doing it.

    Allie Middleton is a leadership coach and organization transformation consultant, specializing in integrative embodiment practices for purposeful innovation. With over 35 years of leadership experience, she has an international consulting practice serving leaders and teams from all sectors. She is a frequent workshop facilitator and speaker at creativity and behavioral health conferences globally.
     
    Following careers in law and marketing, she completed her doctoral studies in leadership and organizational change at SUNYA. She is a certified NLP Master Practitioner and yoga and meditation instructor. In addition to her work as a partner in East West Leadership Coaching, Allie is actively involved with the Presencing Institute, the Creative Education Foundation and the Kripalu Consulting Collaborative.

                                                                                                                          
                                                                                           
                                                                   

        Members: $20; Late Registration: $25
    Non-Members: $25;  Late Registration: $30
    Online payment is preferred.

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     From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons From the Making of
    Gone With the Wind


     

    Presented by
      Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.

                                  October 10, 2014 @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                                           Wolferts Roost Country Club
     

    During Gone With the Wind’s production, endless months of trouble and turmoil nearly doomed the film to failure. Following its 1939 premiere, the movie broke box-office records, swept the Academy Awards and today celebrates its 75th anniversary. Discover the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of the making of a film that went from bust to blockbuster. You’ll gain inspiration for overcoming enormous business challenges and learn lessons for achieving great success in your own enterprise.

    Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), newly updated for the film’s 75th anniversary. She is also president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc. (www.paulinebartel.com), an award-winning corporate communications firm, specializing in marketing, public relations and business anniversary consulting services. She will sign copies of her book both before and after the program.

                               
    Members: $20; Late Registration: $25
    Non-Members: $25;  Late Registration: $30
    Online payment is preferred.

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    President's Message



    I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful transition into fall. Taking advantage of a welcome change of pace in my work, I have been taking regular walks these recent morning before starting my 'real work'. My business coach has recommended this for years, as a way to increase creativity and connect to our own genius, but I have adorably ignored his advice until now. It is so easy to stay in the hamster wheel of doing, keeping busy with our to-do lists, that to take a brain break can seem luxurious or even irresponsible when there is so much to do. I have so many conversations with friends and colleagues on this topic, and it seems we all KNOW that people have their best ideas in the shower, or other occasions when their brain is on 'idle', but we often fight gifting ourselves with that time. I am investigating the idea that my morning walk, or any other mental break I give myself is actually part of my work, is keeping me in a state where I am more likely to bring my best ideas and best self to my clients. This month, we have a topic at our public meeting that is also about bringing your best, most creative self to your work, and I'm looking forward to learning more and seeing many of your faces there.

                                                            
                            


    Clare Monteau,
    President

                            
       Seeing Your Business
          from the Customer's Perspective

    By Janet Sanders, Principal, Sanders Copy, LLC


                                  
    Your marketing message is not about your business; it’s about what your business can do for your customers. As eager as you may be to tell visitors to your web site how wonderful your consulting practice is, your readers simply don’t care. They only care about what you can do for them.

    To make your copy more engaging to your readers:

    • Address readers directly with sentences beginning with “you,” not “we.”
    • Answer their burning question, “What’s in it for me?”
    • Focus on benefits, not features.
    • Know your audience; know their problems. Clearly communicate how you can solve those problems for them.

    If you are not sure what the benefit is, try this simple exercise: “We help businesses do xyz so they can…” Whatever you add to the end of that sentence is your benefit. Put that up-front in your marketing copy, use features to support that promise, and end with a call to action. You will motivate more prospects to take the next step, and contact you to find out more.

    Janet Sanders is a marketing copywriter and sole proprietor of Sanders Copy, LLC.  She recently joined the Consulting Alliance.
     
                                 


                   

    About the Consulting Alliance
    The Consulting Alliance is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.

    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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  • 15 Jul 2014 9:36 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
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    COMING UP IN JULY & AUGUST
     

    * JULY LUNCHEON *

    "The Art of Saying Yes and Knowing When to Say No"

    July 18, 2014
    @ 11:30-1:30
    Wolferts Roost

    Lisa Ryan and Kathleen Pingelski
    MicroKnowledge Inc.

    Lisa Ryan

    Kathleen Pingelski

    Members $20/$25 Late Registration
    Non-members $25/30

    REGISTER

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     * MEMBERS BREAKFAST *

    Friday, July 25, 2014
    @ 7:30-9:15

    "See Your Business From Your Customers' Viewpoint"

    Janet Sanders
    Sanders Copy LLC

    Janet Sanders

    Members $15
    Late member: $20

    REGISTER

    ~~~

    SUMMER SOCIAL LUNCHEON
    Member (Plus 1)

    Friday, Aug 8, 2014
    @ 11:30-2
    New World Bistro Bar

    Join us at the New World Bistro Bar, voted Best Restaurant in the
    Times Union 2014
    'Best of the Capital Region."

    Chef Ric Orlando is creating a lunch buffet of fresh, seasonal fare, including cold salads, "small bites" appetizers featuring local produce, and more.

    $25 + cash bar
     Register



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    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE



    Dear Colleagues,

    I am a big believer in the "if it scares you, you should probably do it" philosophy. Pressing into discomfort is one of the ways I feel most alive, and encouraging others to do that is also thrilling to me.

    Many times, a business leader who brings in a consultant is afraid of something: Scared that if s/he doesnt 'do something' about the particular problem that it will get worse; scared of external changes that feel out of control -- even scared of growth, because that may bring even more pressure. The role of a consultant is often to gently press the organization and its leaders into changes that seem uncomfortable. Taking action -- whether hiring a consultant or making a change yourself -- is the best way to counteract the fear that can paralyze us and our organizations.

    The Consulting Alliance is moving into action to counter fear of the future! If you want to  create a vision and plan for CA's next five years, please contact Pauline Bartel (Pauline@PaulineBartel.com) for details of the Blue Sky Initiative.

    Many of us, in our effort to please, or the belief that 'we may not get another chance' have a deep fear of saying NO. In our public lunch this month, we explore, with the guidance of Microknowledge's Kathleen Pingelski and Lisa Ryan, when it is most beneficial for us to turn down an project or partnership offer. My experience is when I say no to something that doesn't feel like a right fit, I make space for something that is.

    Here's to a summer of YES, and some well selected NOs!

    Clare
     
    *** BIZ TIPS ***

    Communicating
    "Six Most Effective Types of Email (Inc.)


    Money

    "Determine What to Charge as a Consultant" (Business Week)


    MEMBER NEWS

    Lisa Giruzzi,
    Transformational Conversations

    was given the "Chamber Champion" award at the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce's Annual dinner on June 11 at Pine Haven Country Club. The Chamber Champion award is given to an individual who promotes and supports the chamber, its programs and members. Lisa has been an active member of the Guilderland Chamber for more than 8 years, serving in many capacities. Most recently Lisa served as the chair of the First Friday Business Breakfast.

    ________________________________

    Ellen G. Lahr,
    EGLahr PR & Media

    recently launched two new client websites...


    Aston Magna Music Festival | astonmagna.org
    Berkshire Children & Families | berkshirechildren.org

    ________________________________

    Robert Braathe,
    Braathe Enterprises

    Recently delivered a talk to 40 seniors who were attending an Empire State College Seminar Series.  Braathe presented a topic called "The Magic of Disney" and discussed his career at Disney and what makes Disney so magical.  Earlier in the month, he did a talk on "The Value of Virtual Interns" at SEFCU Headquarters to small business customers.  For more information, or to book Robert to speak at your upcoming lunch, company meeting or event, email info@braatheenterprises.com or schedule a call at http://meetme.so/RobertBraathe
    ________________________________

    Pauline Bartel,
    Bartel Communications, Inc.

    was a guest blogger for the Public Relations Society of American Capital Region NY Chapter. Her post discussed ways to transform a business anniversary into a sell-abration (http://prsacapitalregion.org/news).


    ________________________________

    Dr. Tom Denham,
    Careers In Transition LLC

    Was recently quoted in two magazines. These included College News in an article entitled, ìThe Job/Internship Prep Planî and Women@Work in a story called, ìShould I Stay or Should I Go? Dr. Tom is now in a tent on a glacier with temperatures in the teens, eating freeze-dried food and fulfilling his dream of climbing Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades. He surpassed his goal of raising over $5,000 to benefit his daughter's charity, the Alport Syndrome Foundation. He is grateful to all  CA members for their emotional and financial support.


     
     
     
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  • 24 Jun 2014 10:17 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    CA Mix & Mingle 7/7
    Next Luncheon: 7/18
    Member News


    June 2014

     

    NEW MEMBERS
     

    Bill Phillips

    We are pleased to introduce Bill Phillips, our newest CA member, who has been accepted at the Professional Level.


                                 
    Bill has more than 40 years’ experience in the government, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors, both as a leader and consultant.  His most recent role was as Associate Commissioner for Outcome Management and System Information for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).  His primary focus areas as a leader and consultant center on three main areas:

    Designing and installing performance frameworks for non-profits and government organizations;
    Leading internal development processes with line staff, management and policy makers aimed at improving strategy development; Helping managers and line staff utilize low cost techniques to improve operations by introducing innovative solutions.

    Bill has a Master’s Degree in Social Work Research and Management from the University at Albany as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology also from that institution. 

                                  
     

    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    Joan Heffler Photography has been chosen to photograph a statewide conference for PERMA, Public Employer Risk Management Association, Inc. at the Sagamore. PERMA is the largest self-insurnace poll for public entities in NYS.  For your photography needs contact Joan at www.joanhefflerphotography.com

    Stephen, Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C., and CDWBA’s Women's Health and Caregivers Committees have joined forces to ride in the Tour de Cure and support the mission of the American Diabetes Association in hope
    of putting an end to diabetes.  

    Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. is once again sponsoring all TBC participants in CDPHP’s Workforce Challenge. TBC has about 20 employees registered, the Business Advisory practice’s own Johanne Floser, Bonnie Halkenhauser and Michela Paniccia are joining in the fun this year to support health and wellness.        

    The Business Advisory and Forensic practice’s very own Steve Egna, Johanne Floser, Pamela Wickes, and Michela Paniccia are participating in this tremendous event and are very excited to fundraise for this cause.  Both Johanne and Pam are co-captains for this year’s event!

    Steven Egna will be presenting at NACVA and the CTI's 2014 Annual Consultants' Conference in Las Vegas, NV.  His presentation titled, “Transition Planning: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” will focus on succession planning and detail various case studies for discussion.

                                   

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, spoke to young professionals at the Credit Union Association of New York Conference on the subject, “Purpose and Passion in Your Personal and Professional Life.”

    Dr. Tom’s 2014 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades.  So far he needs only $1,268.84 toward his goal of $5,000 to benefit the Alport Syndrome Foundation.  Alport Syndrome is a rare and sometimes fatal kidney disease that impacts his daughter, Rachel.  He would really appreciate your donation at AlportSyndrome.org. 
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    welcomed the debut of her latest work The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), published by Taylor Trade Publishing, in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary.  Find information about Pauline’s upcoming author appearances and book signings at www.paulinebartel.com/resources/upcoming-events

    Find information about Pauline's upcoming programs and personal appearances at her website.

    Michael J. Tommaney, Esq., Law Office of Michael J. Tommaney: 

    "I am very happy to be the newest member of the Consulting Alliance. I heard about the Alliance from a colleague who told me that it was a great group of professionals, and he was right. I attended several of the meetings that were open to the public and found the members to be welcoming, the programs interesting and the speakers both interesting and well versed in the topics they discussed."
          
                         
     


    Save the Date

    CA Mix and Mingle
    July 7th @ 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    The Standard
    Crossgates Mall

    Join your colleagues and bring a guest
    for an informal after-hours get together.

    Register Here

     

     

    The Art of saying Yes and knowing when to say No!

    Speakers:
    Kathleen Pingelski and Lisa Ryan,
    MicroKnowledge, Inc.

     

    July 18th (3rd Friday of the month)
        Wolferts Roost Country Club

    (Open to the Public Luncheon)

    3 key points the audience will “take away” from their talk:

    Understanding when to say no to a project
    Knowing when to partner with competitors
    Creative marketing to get your name out in the market

                                                                                                                        
             Members pay $20; Not-Yet Members $25

    Register Here

     

    President's Message



    One of the best things about being the President of the Consulting Alliance is the opportunity I get to meet people doing interesting things in the world. Our newest addition to our calendar, the monthly, open to the public Mix and Mingle, has been an enjoyable and informal way to meet fellow entrepreneurs in many different fields, many of whom have never attended our Public lunches.

    Our member meeting this last month featured our very own Dr Tom Denham, who, as part of his efforts helping people figure out what they want to be when they grow up, is a super user of LinkedIn.  I came away with 3 ways to improve my use, and the Consulting Alliance LinkedIn page has been more active since the event. Make sure you join our community where members and friends can post links to articles or events of interest.


    Dr. Tom Denham
    CA LinkedIn Group

    The editor of the Albany Business Review, Mike Hendricks, was our feature speaker at our public event this month.  Along with a fascinating commentary on the twists and turns of the Capital Region in the past, and all the potential for this area, he also let us in on where he believes the casino will be built.....

    Mike Hendricks

    We are delighted to have you as a member or friend of the Consulting Alliance.  Please keep us in your circle, either by attending our events, or joining us on social media.

    Happy Summer!


    Clare Monteau,
    President

     
    Business Development
    Committee News

    Chair Tim Maniccia worked with VP Nancy Schultz to include a few questions about sales activities in the upcoming CA member survey.  Once the results are in, the Business Development Committee will analyze and use the data to identify ways it can assist CA members with their business development activities." 
     
                                 

             No Open to the Public Luncheon in the month of August.

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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