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  • 14 Jul 2015 12:07 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    Open to the Public Luncheon - 7/17 (Third Friday)
    Members Only Breakfast - 7/24

    Member News


    July 2015

     


    ANNOUNCEMENTS
     

      SAVE THE DATE!
    CA Summer Social
    Members Only ({Plus One)
    Thursday, August 13th from
    11:30 am - 2:00 pm @ The
    Waters Edge Lighthouise

               

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    We’d like to start an occasional informal evening program for Consulting Alliance members and potential members.  If you’d like to help plan these events, please contact Alan Krieger.

    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
     


    We are excited to announce the addition of our two newest members and Welcome to Debra Best and Diane Cameron!  Debra has an impressive background and was our May luncheon speaker.  Diane also has a very impressive background, including being a published author and retreat facilitator.  Please check out Debra’s profile in the Consultants Directory on The Consulting Alliance website.  Diane is our newest Associate Member, and as such, her profile isn’t listed on the Consultants Directory, but please get to know her as she has a lot  to offer and is very interesting in increasing her consultant skills, particularly when it comes to running her business.

     








     



    President's Message


    Greetings Members and Friends

    Change. Does that word make you shiver with dread or excitement? It is of course, the only constant and I wanted to tell you about some interesting changes at the Consulting Alliance which you will see in the coming months. Last year, we conducted a survey of our members, and this year, we had a dedicated group review ideas gathered from both the survey and through conversations with members. These ideas were developed and prioritized and voted on by the board, and we are now ready to being implementing some of those suggestions. Here are some examples of the ideas chosen:
    • Develop collaborative relationships with other organizations
    • Prize for member who brings most guests throughout the year
    • Incorporate some discussion time into lunch meetings

    Many thanks to our Blue Skies Committee who dedicated hours to collect and evaluate many ideas to improve the experience of being involved with Consulting Alliance as a member or a guest. Members, you can access the full report here.


    Mark Eagan, CEO of the Capital Region Chamber joined us at our members breakfast in June to discuss the newly formed Capital Region Chamber, and it's two affiliates Albany Colonie Chamber and Schenectady County Chamber. Attending members were excited to hear about the focus on regional affairs, benefits of membership and potential opportunities for a collaborative partnership between our organizations. 

    Enjoy the beautiful summer,        
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President


    Opportunities for Service Providers in the Global Marketplace

    Presented by
    Gerald R. Shaye
    President, Shaye Global LLC
    Executive in Residence, The Sage Colleges

    July 17, 2015 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    When hearing the term “exporting,” people generally think of manufactured or agricultural products leaving the shores of the US for foreign countries. Surprisingly, the United States exports many services. In fact, the US has a positive balance of trade in services (exports less imports) consistently.

    Gerald R. Shaye of Shaye Global LLC will explore the concept of service exports, including consulting services, discuss strategies for finding opportunities in foreign markets and for identifying and qualifying foreign partners and explain the differences that must be understood when working in foreign markets. A native of Albany, NY, Gerald “Jerry” Shaye was educated at Dartmouth College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

    Member registration: $20
    Guest Registration: $25

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    The Art of Backwards Planning
    (Members Only)


    Facilitated by
    William Polk
    Business Advisory Services

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

    Premise:  Forecasting sales is often problematic.  In this session, Consulting Alliance members will have an opportunity to experience "Backwards" Planning.  You will complete a series of exercises to plan your future practice by working backwards.  We'll also dispel a widely held myth about some of your most common business practices.

    Bill Polk is an independent consultant with extensive expertise in Business Development and the strategic use of information technology in the Financial Services Industry. Bill has an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven.

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/822711693

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States : +1 (408) 650-3131
    Access Code: 822-711-693


    Member registration: $15
    Member Late registration: $20

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    Member News

    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    worked with Bennett Contracting for the company’s 100th business anniversary. A team of employees from the Capital District’s oldest and largest full-service home remodeling company improved the Lincoln Park community garden and the lives of 52 families in Albany’s South End through the “Building Strong Roots” community service project. Pauline also managed the publicity campaign that has so far yielded print and electronic coverage in the Times Union, Troy Record and The Bethlehem Spotlight. Visit this link to read all about it: http://paulinebartel.com/blog/?p=2146

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC was the featured speaker at the Bethlehem Business Builders with the topic, “Work/Life Balance: Exploring the Capital Region.”  Dr. Tom was the keynote speaker at the Excelsior College retreat on the topic: “Passion and Purpose in Your Personal and Professional Life.”  In addition, he spoke at the Up In The Biz Luncheon on the subject of “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.”

    Dr. Tom would like to thank everyone for making his 2015 Charity of Mt. Shuksan in the Northern Cascades a total success.  He made it to the top and back and raised over $5,800 to benefit the Alport Syndrome Foundation.  Stay tuned to next year’s fund raising adventure.  You ain’t seen nothing yet.

    Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc would like to publicly thank Alan Krieger for connecting him with the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls.  I will be working with their leadership, staff and board over the course of the summer and fall as I facilitate their strategic planning and implementation!  Thanks Alan!!!

    Leslie Berliant of WB Consultancy has a full menu of classes, webinars and workshops this summer. The next six-week Writing from the Deep Voice Teleclass begins on June 26th for those looking to hone their creative writing skills, the one month (Self-Doubt) Assassin School begins on July 6th with a series of exercises to help you move from fear into action, June 24th is the 2 hour Selling with Love & Integrity Webinar to help you better close the deal and July 8th is the 2 hour Career Transition Webinar for those looking to make a career change. Details on all of this and more at www.wbconsultancy.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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  • 05 Jun 2015 4:06 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    Open to the Public Luncheon - 6/12
    Members Only Breakfast - 6/26

    Member News


    June 2015

     


    ANNOUNCEMENTS
     
      
    SAVE THE DATE!
    CA Summer Social
    Members Only ({Plus One)
    Thursday, August 13th from
    11:30 am - 2:00 pm @ The
    Waters Edge Lighthouise
                ***************

    We’d like to start an occasional informal evening program for Consulting Alliance members and potential members.  If you’d like to help plan these events, please contact Alan Krieger.

         
    MEMBER  NEWS
     



    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    will teach the continuing education course “No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Book” at Schenectady County Community College on Thursdays, July 16, 23 and 30, 2015 from 6:30

    p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Discover how the book publishing industry works, how to pitch your idea to publishers and agents and how to establish a system to get you writing your book now. Register by phone (518.381.1348) or online

    (http://www.sunysccc.edu/academic/acadser/webreg.htm).



    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC was the keynote speaker at the Biomedical Engineering Society Regional Conference at RPI.  His topic was “The Secrets to Success.” Dr. Tom also gave a break-out seminar on
    “Sharpening Your Career Toolbox.”  In addition, he spoke at the annual Small Business Development Center Conference on “LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook.”  He was the guest speaker for the Capital Region Mastery Fortune Business Leaders on “Got Goals?”

    Dr. Tom’s 2015 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Shuksan in the Northern Cascades.  So far he has raised $4,469 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.  Dr. Tom would really appreciate your donation at AlportSyndrome.org.





    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.

     



    Economic Development in Albany with Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan

    Presented by
    The Honorable Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor
    of the City of Albany

     

    June 12, 2015 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Mayor Sheehan will discuss the challenges of future economic development in Albany and the steps she is taking to generate a strong business climate in New York’s capital city.
       
    On January 1st 2014, Kathy M. Sheehan became the 75th mayor in Albany’s history and the first woman elected to the post in the City’s history. She brought an impressive resume to the position.

    In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, Kathy became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer, modernizing the City’s tax collection system and overhauling its scandal-plagued parking ticket system. She was also a founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in the City succeeds academically.

    Kathy grew up in a large family that valued hard work and community service. She put herself through college and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After a five-year career in communications, Kathy attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 1994.

    In 1996, she joined Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham. As vice president and general counsel, Kathy helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million to more than $300 million in sales.



    Member registration: $20
    Guest Registration: $25

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    Breakfast with Mark Eagan, CEO of the Albany Colonie Chamber

    Facilitated by
    Breakfast with Mark Eagan, CEO of the Albany
    Colonie Chamber

     

    June 26, 2015 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Mark will be meeting with Consulting Alliance members at the June breakfast.  This will inaugurate a new feature of our member only meetings: “Breakfast with a Regional Leader”. We will have 2-3 of these breakfasts each year.

    Mark will be talking about the affiliation between the Albany-Colonie and Schenectady Chambers, opportunities for consultants as members of these chambers, and his sense of the business climate and what opportunities there might be for consultants with larger employers in the region.  Consulting Alliance members will be able to give Mark a better sense of who we are as an organization.

    Due to an anticipated larger turnout at the breakfast and/or on-line, we may limit the dial in connection to a “listen only” mode.  It may be difficult to facilitate a mixed media discussion if the group is large.

    Mark N. Eagan, CCE, serves as president and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, which represents 2,200 member organizations that employ more than 110,000 residents from throughout the Capital Region.  Prior to assuming his current position in 2008, he held executive posts with chambers in Mansfield and Brockton MA, followed by a decade of leading the chamber of commerce in South Bend, IN.

    Mark holds a Bachelors degree from Stonehill College and a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame. His is also a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware and the Center for Creative Leadership. He has earned the professional designation of Certified Chamber Executive.  Mark was named Chamber Executive of the Year by the New England Chamber Association in 1996 and by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association in 2006.



    Member registration: $15
    Member Late registration: $20

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    President's Message



    Dear Member/friend of the Consulting Alliance,


    The first half of the year has been a great time to be close to the Consulting Alliance, with a diverse list of programs from Linked In, listening skills and improving your memory! If you have ever thought of writing a book, it was a good place to be: at our May Members only breakfast meeting, member Pauline Bartel led a session on how to publish your own book, while earlier in the year Karin Rozell led a public meeting suggesting why writing a book is so beneficial for business. In June, we have 2 big names at our meetings; first, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan at our public lunch meeting and Mark Eagan at our Members Only breakfast. Both promise to be educational and give you insight into ways to grow your business. We hope to see you there.

             
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President






    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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  • 13 May 2015 1:51 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)


    Members Only Breakfast - 5/29
    (5th Friday of the month)
    Member News


    May 2015

     


    ANNOUNCEMENTS
     
      
     
    CA Summer Social: Members are encouraged to post their availability on the Member Forum.

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    We’d like to start an occasional informal evening program for Consulting Alliance members and potential members.  If you’d like to help plan these events, please contact Alan Krieger.

         
    MEMBER  NEWS
     

    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    developed the 100th anniversary strategic plan for Buenau Opticians, located in Delmar, NY. One of the recommended strategies was highlighting within the business community the company’s long history of professional achievements and community service. As a result, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce honored Buenau Opticians with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, during the chamber’s annual awards dinner held in April.

    Lynne Bunnell of Travel Health 101 LLC had a successful 3-hour speaking session with Johnson and Johnson Occupational Health Nurses at their summit meeting in NJ on April 14th.  They will be training their nurses and NPs with the Travel Health 101 web course as they switch from outsourcing pre-travel care for their employees to providing that care within their health services.  And traveling to Lambertville, NJ allowed me to get a taste of spring with forsythia in bloom! 


    Alan Krieger of Krieger Solutions, LLC will be the featured presenter at the May 19th meeting of the Meeting Planner’s International (MPI) NENY chapter.  He will be presenting a program on Communication Skills to Enhance Your Professional Connections, based on a communication styles self assessment he developed. Go to http://www.mpineny.org/RecentCommunityEventsDashboard for more information.

    Alan is continuing to work with Hudson-Mohawk Area Health Education Center in presenting a 5 day leadership program to the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and Adirondack Healthcare networks.  Clare Monteau of Clare Monteau LLC is partnering with Alan on this project to provide Lean training on the 5th day of the program.

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC spoke to an audience at the First United Methodist Church of Delmar on “Capital Region Outdoor Opportunities.”  He also presented to the Second Milers Club on “Climbing Half Dome.”  In addition, he spoke about “Climbing Mt. Baker” at the New York Power Authority Visitor Center.  Dr. Tom conducted seminar for the Capital Region Mastery Fortune Business Leaders on “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.”  He was recently quoted in the Times Union in an article entitled, “Doom Can Offer Opportunity” and appeared on TV-17 Colonie for a show on “The Dynamics of Networking.”

    Dr. Tom’s 2015 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Shuksan in the Northern Cascades.  So far he has raised $1,395 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.  Dr. Tom would really appreciate your donation at AlportSyndrome.org.

     



    Create a Hook with Your Book: A Consultant’s Guide to Publishing

    Facilitated by
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.

     

    May 29, 2015 @ 7:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    Consultants publish books to gain credibility as experts, build their brands and turbocharge their businesses through speaking gigs, workshops and webinars. If such a book is burning inside you, join Pauline Bartel as she explores two publishing paths for aspiring consultant-authors:  self-publishing and traditional publishing. She’ll outline the advantages and disadvantages of each, explain how to offer your book idea to agents and publishers and discuss the steps from pitch to publication. 

    Pauline Bartel is an award winning writer and author of seven traditionally published books, including her recent work The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition). She has also ghostwritten three books for business experts. Pauline is president and chief creative officer at Bartel Communications, an award-winning corporate communications firm. Visit her website at www.paulinebartel.com



    Member registration: $15
    Member Late registration: $20

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    President's Message



    Dear Member/friend of the Consulting Alliance,


    'Deliver a Slam, Bam Presentation', delivered by member Peter Coombs, was just one of the sessions in the line up at the NY Small Business Development Council annual event this month. Peter, who many of you know from our public lunches, joined 8 of our members presenting on a wide range of expertize critical to running a small business. The wisdom and experience of the members of the Consulting Alliance is undeniable, and unique in the region.  In addition to the advertised speaker, our public lunch events also feature a Consulting Alliance member sharing some of their wisdom of how they help their clients, and certainly give the attendees something to think about. We hope to see you there soon,

             
     
    Clare Monteau,
    President




    Four Cornerstones for Planning
    for Your Future


              
    No one likes to think about what might happen to them and their loved ones in the future in the event of significant health issues and, ultimately, their death.  It is, however, the intelligent and responsible thing to plan ahead because planning now will make things more manageable down the road for you and your family.  There are four basic documents that are needed by everyone to ensure that their wishes are carried out when adversity rears its ugly head: a Last Will and Testament, a Living Will, a Health Care Proxy and a General Durable Power of Attorney.

    The Last Will and Testament is the document that controls the disposition of a person’s property after they die.  However, it does not control disposition of all of a person’s assets, only assets that are titled in the person’s individual name alone at the time of their death.  Jointly owned property, assets with designated beneficiaries, etc. control the ultimate disposition of such assets.  Young couples, who often own everything in joint names, may think that they do not need a Will, overlooking the opportunity to designate who will be the Guardian of their minor children in the event of the early demise of both parents.

    The Living Will and the Health Care Proxy, sometimes known as advance directives, go hand and hand.  The Living Will is the document wherein you recite what you want to have done or what you do not want to have done in a situation where reasonable medical certainty shows little or no hope of recovery.  Without a Living Will and Health Care Proxy being in effect the person may wind up being put on a respirator.  The Health Care Proxy is the document wherein you hand pick who will speak for you and make your medical decisions for you, but only in the event that you are not able to coherently speak and make such decisions for yourself.  As long as you are capable of telling the medical people what your wishes are the Health Care Proxy does not become operative.

    Last, but certainly not least, is the General Durable Power of Attorney, whereunder you hand pick who can act for you on your behalf and to the extent authorized in the document.  The alternative to the Power of Attorney is having a Guardian appointed for you by the Court, which requires medical testimony and can easily cost upwards of $8,000.00.


    Michael Tommaney
    Law Office of Michael J. Tommaney


    If you have questions about the topics covered in this article, or about business law or real estate contact Mike Tommaney at 518-250-4264 ext 312.
             

    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

    You are receiving this message because you opted in at http://consultingalliance.org

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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

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    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

    You are receiving this message because you opted in at http://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
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    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..



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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.

     

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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

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    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.





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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.

     

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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
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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.

     

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

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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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  • 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

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      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.

     

    Copyright © 2014 Consulting Alliance. All rights reserved.
    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

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     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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