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“Ditch the Devices! Three ways to Divert your audience to a meaningful message.”

We can all agree that most people are distracted and overstimulated thanks to our time saving devices. While we enjoy a myriad of professional and personal benefits from our tiny little computers, my colleagues and I have often discussed how to keep our conference audiences tuned into our keynotes instead of tuned out by technology. Whether you’re addressing a large crowd or conducting a small corporate seminar, here are three tips to take your talk to the top:

  1. Open with a compelling, current trend or a research statistic that’s not widely known. All ages and levels of management want to stay current and relevant. When I recently addressed a wide spectrum of leadership at a national conference in Vegas, I was sure to share content that was relatable to senior and emerging talent. This increased my chances of grabbing the attention of attendees from the start. The next challenge was to keep them plugged in.

  3. Move your message with momentum. In other words, match the trajectory of your message with your energy. Most leaders in your audience are energy seekers. If you model enthusiasm for your material to serve them, chances are the audience will stay in the moment with you. You’ll know this by observing their body language and eyeball engagement. The goal is “heads up” and “thumbs off”, unless, of course, they’re favorably tweeting about your session.

  5. Connect your participants with their peers. It’s always an honor to get to know people on a more personal basis and that’s largely done through personal conversations. Whether you have an opportunity to introduce conference colleagues immediately after your presentation or take the time to connect them virtually post conference, showcasing genuine interest in the success of others is a win/win. Rarely are you the only stranger in the room. Most of the conference attendees I meet do not know the professionals around them because they’re coming from different parts of the world. What a great opportunity to be a connecting conduit for them!

Notice all three of these tips start with an action word: Open, Move and Connect. All require focused attention. After years of helping thousands of executives refine their leadership skills, I promise your audience will put their devices on silent when you’re actively attuned to their goals. Good luck!

As Malcolm Forbes once said. “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” As many of us prepare for back to school adventures, I’m reminded of an outdoor classroom experience shared with friends this summer. Here are a few things we learned in the wild west wilderness this year:

 We hiked the Crown Jewel of the Continent, Glacier National Park. Established in 1910, this iconic beauty is our country’s 10th named national park rich with glacier carved perfect  peaks, turquoise and emerald lakes and rich wildlife. The park is comprised of 1600 square miles and showcases much of its beauty by traveling the Going-To-The-Sun-Road. This twisting and sometimes terrorizing ride hugs deep  gorges and hair pin turns.  Students of all ages enjoy(or not!)  50 miles of winding wonder over the Continental divide with breathtaking views and vertical vistas. Lifelong learners climb 6,640 feet to the top of Logan’s Pass to trek alongside long bearded mountain goats grazing on snowy patches of ice in July. When’s the last time you caught sight of a pair of big horned rams? Every step in this classroom was a new experience.

We learned that Glacier National Park is linked with Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park which created the world’s first International Peace Park. In 1995, this Peace Park became recognized as a World Heritage Site that showcases grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, bull trout and bison. The park maintains 71 species of mammals, 24 species of fish and symbolizes hope and a vision of unity for all. Visitors from around the globe converge with nature to celebrate the wonder of creation. We shared a shuttle with nature enthusiasts from Germany, Australia, Canada and the Canary Islands as we learned about more than 730 miles of hiking trails and climb options of over 10,000 feet skyward.

 We rode horses most days to frame our western adventure. Taking a class in the great outdoors Montana style included bison burgers, big sky BBQs, chuck wagons and swooning cowboys telling tales of living on the range. Our fourth generation rancher and his team of wranglers made sure we agreed with Franklin Delano Roosevelt who once said, “There’s nothing more American than visiting our parks.” We couln’t agree more. Keep your return to school learning adventurous and live well!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is the CEO/President of DLG Consulting, an integrated leadership training company that supports talent agility and skills development for professionals. Conference keynoter and executive coach, she delights in helping others develop resiliency and reinvention at Connect Facebook@DonnaLynSpeaks, Twitter@DonnaLynSpeaks, Instagram@DonnaLynConsults



My last leadership conference keynote in Vegas for the National Association of Insurance Premium Auditors confirmed a number of positive trends:

1. All generations of “smart” auditors are busy at work listening, collaborating and relating with one another to showcase a higher level of innovative thinking in the insurance industry.
2. All the leaders I met agreed that emotional engagement and caring about colleagues while delivering excellent work product will continue to be the imperative for work well done in the future.
3.  Embracing humility, curiosity and bias awareness will continue to be key leadership qualities as humans add value to work in a world of smart technology.

Would you agree? A great summer read for you might be Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Ed Hess. I’d love to hear your reviews!

If you’d like to build some humility this summer, join us for an hour of outdoor yoga. We’re here every Saturday until Labor Day 8:30am $10 pp suggested.
A portion of proceeds goes to send more “to sea for free” at our award winning non-profit, KickCancerOverboard.

Humility was at the center of our summit of Mount Washington this summer! Learn more about our teamwork and tenacity at for the blogpost entitled “Rocky Resilience” or read my “Living Well” August column at
Presented recently on Reinvention and Resiliency at Monmouth County Workforce Development for executives in transition. If you or someone you know is interested in refining their engagement skills, feel free to drop me a line at Local workshops in motion.                                                                       

Thanks for being part of our humble community,                                                           
DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA, CIC, RYT
President, DLG Consulting Red Bank NJ
Keynotes, Consulting & Success Coaching..  
@DonnaLynSpeaks on FB/ Twitter

DonnaLyn has been helping executives and leadership talent succeed with the intersection of her business building, conference speaking and wellness life. Catch her between keynotes and client care at 732-547-0894 for a conversation about your goals.

By Elaine Morales

Installment #3 of the Amazing Women Project…

Please close your eyes for a moment, and call up a time when you were overwhelmed to tears with the beauty of a moment, a person or a place.

Ohmygosh it feels so good to be high on love, on joy, on connecting with something Divinely inspired…doesn’t it?

For me, this happens at the edge of the vast ocean, being in the presence of a gifted dancer or athlete, lying with my head on the chest of a loved one, listening to a heart beat.

It also happens when I’m with DonnaLyn Giegerich, my Amazing Woman #3.

When the Creator put the spark in human beings and said – Go, be wonderful – DonnaLyn is what she had in mind, I’m sure. She is a prototypical human being, someone who spreads love and becomes a link in everyone’s chain. Her life force is so strong…that something-something that is more than our skin and bones so fully charged in her…that when you are with dear DL you can’t help but get zapped.

To read the full article, please visit, Not Just a Daydream

Living Well Column for Community Magazine/ August 2017

“A Nod to Nike”

Nike says it. Many of us try to live it. Just do it! Indeed, we did it this weekend in what Backpacker magazine calls “the most dangerous small mountain in the world.” Mt. Washington, in the White Mountains of NH, hosts approximately 250,000 visitors a year. Home of the world’s worst weather, Mt Washington sits at the intersection of several major storm tracks and is known for its extreme weather, rocky terrain and windy ways. The highest wind velocity ever recorded at any surface weather station belongs to Mt Washington at 231 mph.

Eight diverse, talented and teflon women climbed together this weekend in our first Lodge-to-Hut weekend adventure from Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The 120 yr hut system was devised to provide refuge and meals to hungry hikers. We were edified by the “croo” (hut crews) with entertainment, education and hot meals at Lakes of the Clouds Hut, reportedly the most popular in the system. The overnight did not disappoint despite no shower, hot water, or electricity in our bunk room of 12 strangers turned friends. We wilderness women harnessed our physical strength, mental stamina and adventurous spirit to summit the northeast’s highest precipice in the east at 6300 ft. For those that don’t own hiking boots or a backpack, a Mt Washington climb is significant for a number of reasons:

1.  It’s hilly hard. Think one big tripping trap. Lots of rocks, little rest.

2.  The weather is highly unpredictable and potentially dangerous. The kill hill record currently stands at over 150 lives.

3.  It’s a multi-strength stretch assignment. Brains & beauty unite.

Our posse of packing mountain mamas brought their lust for life to the ascent. A land use attorney, a teacher, a memory making mom and her two daughters and a few seasoned entrepreneurs hoofed straight up the mountain to meet the vicissitudes of mountain life. The weekend weather predicted T-storms and lightening mixed with winds and wet weather. We showed up, stocked up and shuffled up Mt Washington’s steep steps and slippery trails. We left no stone unturned as we tested our mettle  along the miles of smiles and faces of occasional fear.

We revisited some universal truths about living well:

1.  Take calculated risks.

2.  Make new friends.

3.  Growth can be uncomfortable.

Sure, we could have played it safe with another delightful day at the Jersey shore, but then we wouldn’t have bonded with our inner outdoorswoman at such a high level(no pun intended). We wouldn’t have learned about eight kinds of cloud formations, the physics of wind or a the doggone wonder of mountain flora that stretches from New Hampshire’s White mountains to NJ(Labrador Tea).

Nike, the winged goddess of victory, would have been proud. We just did it with tenacity and teamwork. We will likely treasure this weekend trek for a lifetime. Learn more at to plan your next daring adventure. Do the training, make new friends, take risks and live well!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is the CEO/President of DLG Consulting, an integrated leadership training company that supports talent agility and skills development for professionals. Conference keynoter and executive coach, she delights in helping others develop resiliency and reinvention at

Photo above: DonnaLyn Giegerich and Tom Zapcic at home with their dogs – Hanna and Hank.

Their story is one of resiliency, community outreach and a passion for enriching the lives of others. Tom Zapcic and DonnaLyn Giegerich have been together for over 30 years and those years have been spent creating; creating award-winning businesses, ways to serve others, inspiration and encouragement. Their lives are filled with art, words and stories of making a difference. They live lives bigger than themselves. They are the inspiration behind Kick Cancer Overboard, an organization that was created to send those who have been affected by cancer on an all-expense paid cruise. Tom and DonnaLyn host ‘Yoga on the Lake’ in their serene backyard during the summer months, to relieve business and corporate stresses for executives – and anyone else that wants to join. DonnaLyn is a nationally known motivational speaker with a passion to help others improve their leadership lives. Tom is a talented photographer who gives of his skill to philanthropic organizations. As a couple, they work both individually and together, lending their talents to be a change in the world.

DonnaLyn and Tom have been community-minded from the start, living in health and productivity with a zest for life. When they found themselves facing their own personal health battles, they saw it as call to action for them to do, be and give more. “It was our dual cancer couple crisis that propelled us to redirect both our professional and personal lives in ways that empower others,”…

Please read the full article at Community Magazine NJ: Passion Projects: Red Bank Couple Enriches the Lives of Others

*Story: Shanna Polignone | Photo: Melissa Amorelli Photography

I met DonnaLyn a few years ago. To be quite honest, she is unlike anyone else I’ve ever met. But then again, her life has been unlike anyone else’s. She is warm, intelligent, eloquent, sweet, intense and, you can’t help but fall in love with her. She has a lot to say and when you’re around her, everyone seems to be listening only to her. In addition to being a nationally known motivational speaker, consultant, yoga instructor and wellness advocate, she is also the co-founder of the non-profit KickCancerOverboard. She is definitely one of the most interesting people I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. Our interview is…

Please read the full interview at It’s Droolworhty’s website: “It’s Droolworthy” DONNALYN GIEGERICH – SPEAKER, CONSULTANT, COACH

Join us this Sat 2-4pm at Monmouth Park’s Turf Club for some stress busting yoga to benefit Women that Build at Habitat for Humanity. Look for local wellness leadership and enjoy a wide array of talented teachers while we network on and off the mat! $20pp Excited to be presenting with #SynergyYoga #MonmouthBeachYoga #AKneadedVacation #DNBEvents #DebHeptigYoga

I will be keynoting on effective leadership trends next week at another national business conference in Vegas. Have a favorite spa/show/yoga venue recommendation post business? Send your recommendations to for a free day pass to YogaOnTheLake this season. #SaturdaysRock #8:30AM #Memorial-LaborDay

Busy coaching leaders on presentation skills. Need a refresher? Mention this enews for a 10% discount. Offer through April 30. “Your expertise as a professional speaker is helping me uplevel my presentation skills at our events. Thank you for your honest, informed critique delivered in an encouraging manner!” Dawn D., Executive Director

We’re KickingCancerOverboard next to send more #ToSeaForFree at Runapalooza marathon. Want to join our NJMarathon April 30 volunteer teams? Send an email at to join the fun. Thanks for all you do!

DonnaLyn has been helping executives and leadership talent succeed with the intersection of her entrepreneurial, speaking and wellness life. Catch her between keynotes and client care at 732-547-0894 for a conversation about your goals.

Hosting international college students from around the globe for a decade has been incredibly enlarging, culturally and experientially. We’ve witnessed houseguests pursue academic excellence in chemistry to political science from Dubai to Beijing. Surveys indicate that more than 70% of millennial respondents consider themselves “global citizens.” How about you?

DonnaLyn – Speaker at Colts Neck Business Association Photo credit: Tom Zapcic Photography

In my presentation with the Colts Neck Business Association, we considered our international IQ. The attendee responses were exciting and insightful. Several of the business leaders in attendance were retired executives from global brands that concurred with Hofstede’s dimensions researched for our talk. Another entrepreneur was in business with a Brazilian partner and another was rapidly growing his customer base to include Far East Indians that value informed customer service. All of the above interactions require cultural and communication competencies to engage effectively. So how are you showing up? If you’re ethnocentric, you may want to join us for our next enlightening conversation or a culturally rich consult.  Go global!

Originally published Natural Awakenings Magazine April 2017 Issue 

A visit to the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Sacred Spaces exhibition at The Rubin Museum is an enlarging NYC day trip. The exhibition is entitled The Himala- yan Wind & Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room. The mission of the installation is to acquaint visitors with a traditional alter used for offerings, devotion and prayer in elaborate household shrines. The exhibition offers visitors an op- portunity to experience the sounds of the Himalayas which house the world’s highest elevated monasteries. These sounds include the flapping of prayer flags, the echo of high winds, the sounds of chanting and the interplay
of silence and mountain murmurs. The exhibition runs through June 5th 2017.

According to Wayne Teasdale, in his book The Mystic Heart, more and more people are being drawn to interspirituality as a faith tradition. In other words, as our global community evolves, our spiritual needs also vary during shifting times in our lives. Some- times an engrained spiritual practice takes precedent over philosophical beliefs or learned psychology concepts. Teasdale contends that more people are being drawn to a simultaneous com- bination of faith and belief paths. His coined term does not mean that a practitioner is not committed to any single tradition. They very well may be. He is simply suggesting that according to his research, celebrants are trending toward honoring more than one tradition today. Examples of this would be those that identify as Buddhist-Jews or Hindu Christians. Some blend even more belief systems to describe their spiritual preferences. The important point to note isthat for the first time in history, many feel safe to openly express these evolv- ing and expanding views.

Yoga is essentially a refining of consciousness. Buddhism focuses on living the teachings of The Buddha daily. Yoga and meditation are two of the most common ways to refine our thinking and behaviors to align with the teachings of The Buddha. The end goal is to achieve enlightenment which means to experience nirvana/bliss by ridding the self of the delusion of ego. In order to attain “Samadhi” which is the infinite, pure consciousness that transcends human suffering, one must embrace the Four Noble Truths. These tenants include knowledge of the fol- lowing:

• All life is suffering
• Suffering stems from desire
• There can be an end to desire
• If you follow the 8 fold path

The eight-fold path includes ways to live an honorable and worthy life accord- ing to The Buddha. The eight limbs of “right” living include right speech, right aspirations, right views, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindful- ness and right meditation. These central beliefs are supported by the customs of Buddhism as observed in this Tibetan Shrine Room, multi channel audio and video installation at The Rubin.

The practice of the faithful Bud- dhist includes meditation which can be done daily in the privacy of one’s home or at a Buddhist temple. Devotion ina private shrine room is similar to the experience in a temple in that devotees often have multiple Buddhas on display and signs of offerings on the alters at the shrines. Signs of veneration of The Buddha were evident on the busy alter. Multiple sized Buddhas were placed throughout the Shrine, as were many candles, animal artifacts, and prayer flags. Familiar images of yogis, sitting and standing in meditation were evi- dent throughout the exhibition.

According to Russell Paul in his book The Yoga of Sound, The Buddha was strongly influenced by yogic discipline which subscribes to the ultimate elimination of suffering for all. As we move into a global culture, yoga practitioners must pursue Samadhi or elimination of suffering for all people, not just Buddhists. This notion exempli- fies the true meaning and purpose of yoga, contrary to pop culture’s under- standing of yoga as a practice strictly limited to physical culture.

The founder of Buddhism was Siddhartha Gautama that surrendered family wealth and royal standing at age 29 to live the life of a wandering ascetic to build compassion and connection with all that live and suffer. Buddhism’s additional beliefs in reincarnation and the universal laws of cause and effect(karma) were also on display at the Rubin exhibition in art, sculpture and artifact form. Namaste!