Author: DLG CONSULTING

PIVOT AND PERSEVERE: HOW TO BE AN AGILE AND INFLUENTIAL LEADER
By: Barbara Agin

I am sure you have all heard of the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”

This classic acknowledges the differences between men and women in an effort to help them communicate more effectively.

In the business world, women have unique strengths and barriers to success. When Donnalyn Giegerich, the leader of an empowerment speaking and corporate training company, was highly recommended by a female credit union professional to speak at our Convention, we thought she was a perfect complement to our speaker line-up, especially since adding on the Emerging Leaders track focused on that next generation being groomed to move up the management ladder. 

“What’s Trending with Women and Leadership” is a two-part series dedicated to women; however, each session is effective as a stand-alone…and everyone can learn a thing or two!

I asked Donnalyn about each session, and based on her responses below, this really looks like a fabulous session!

Read the full interview by Barbara Agin NJCUL VP, Member Experience & Education

Why is it important to your professional development and ability to stay valued in the workplace? DonnaLyn Giegerich Wellness and Empowerment Speaking, who was highly recommended to speak at our Convention, will review this and more in the Emerging Leaders track!

Join us at the NJCUL 84th Annual Meeting & Convention

Living Well Lifelong Learning

“Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel.”

I had lunch last week with one of my favorite travel pals.  Elaine had just returned from a cross country RV tour and had lots of interesting experiences to share with a fellow travel junkie. I love Elaine for a lot of reasons but I was especially grateful for her enlarging conversation this month at Seed to Sprout because dreary February was starting to sabotage my sunny psyche. Elaine was the perfect elixir on that dim day. Here are three things that brightened my day:

1. Creative minds energize one another. The day may have been dark, but she was bright with  ideas for  2018. Hibernating this winter? Consider connecting with an interesting friend that you haven’t seen in awhile. I guarantee you’ll learn something new as you share your travel adventures.

2. Elaine conquered the Bisbee1000 Stair Climb in Arizona this past October during her cross country RV adventure. This 4.5 mile course includes nine staircases connected by winding roads and an interesting history in Tombstone Canyon, Arizona. Reserve your spot in 2018 on Oct 2 if you dare at  www.Bisbee1000.org

3. To balance our busy work lives, Elaine and I always compare notes on our yoga and wellness modalities. I shared some highlights from my recent yoga teaching assignment in Cabo San Lucas and invited her to my next yoga gig in Dominican Republic in March. She brought me up to speed on her long term success with rolfing which I admitted knowing too little about. Rolfing is a bit like  having someone do yoga for you. In short, rolfing is all about structural alignment. Created by Dr Ida Rolf, an American biochemist, this system seeks to deeply manipulate and reorganize the connective tissue(known as the fascia) that permeates the entire body. Rolfing can be thought of as a cross between physical therapy and massage where the practicioner applies  slow, deep stretching around the joints to lengthen tissue and free up the fascia so your body motors the way it was meant to move. It’s a great compliment to a yoga or pilates practice to support structural integration and a super movement therapy for pain relief. Learn more locally by asking for Rebekah at www.fromept.com. This husband and wife team have been sharing this healing modality for decades from their locations that include Manhattan, Montclair and now Asbury Park.

Elaine and I agreed to keep moving and grooving this winter and to always support one another’s lifelong learning goals tempered with trending travel tips far and wide. Learn more about Elaine’s adventures at www.NotJustADaydream.com.

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is resilient leader who is passionate about helping others improve their lives. Many know of Donnalyn through her summer-long  Yoga on the Lake series, power panels or keynote speaking engagements.

Kneaded Vacation couldn’t be happier to have her bring her healing hands to our home on Broad Street on Fridays and Saturdays.

Donnalyn can be booked for:
* Reflexology
* Reiki Healing
* Private Yoga sessions

Reserve your spot with DonnaLyn today! 

We loved working with DonnaLyn this year so please accept this exclusive invitation to our Spring Friends and Family Event Athleta in the Grove and share with your community. Visit us at Athleta in the Grove at Shrewsbury for a special Friends and Family Event and receive a special 25% off your TOTAL purchase, see store for details. Please RSVP and we’ll have your discount card waiting for you by name. We will have numerous in store events all week for you to enjoy.

Athleta
583 Broad Street
Shrewsbury NJ 07702
10:00am – 8:00pm

The Monmouth County SPCA will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Navesink Country Club in Middletown with DonnaLyn as Emcee. Our brunch is one of our most popular events, attracting more than 200 attendees. Proceeds from the brunch go directly to supporting MCSPCA programs that save thousands of abused and abandoned pets each year.

Our “Eat, Drink and Be Mine” Valentine’s day theme celebrates the love of a significant other, the devotion of cherished pets and the bond of friendships & family. We hope that you may consider donating an item for our chance or silent auction that is geared towards these special relationships in exchange for promotion at the event.

Originally Published in Living Well Magazine January 2018

I spent the holiday season being inspired. How about you? As we move into the month of resolutions and solutions to improve our lives, here are three things to consider:

1.     Inspiration is everywhere. You don’t have to travel far to appreciate miracles and momentum. You do, however, have to show up well and be open to possibilities. So, how curious are you? When is the last time you asked someone to “tell me more” or “help me understand” before dismissing an idea as crazy, old school or impossible? Over the holidays, I read a memoir entitled Driving Miss Norma. The autobiography was about a feisty, wise woman and her family that creatively responded to a serious health challenge. Miss Norma’s response was “I’m ninety years old and I’m hitting the road!”. This inspirational book was enjoyed in front of the fireplace but  ignited so many ideas on what is possible despite age and adversity. Miss Norma is a role model on how to live fully with gusto.

2.     Inspiration is inclusive. While Miss Norma’s story was largely about her individual experience on the road, traveling with family made all the difference. I was inspired over the holidays by a community conference at Brookdale that celebrated Second Acts. For a closer look at some standout stories, check out www.encore.org and/or follow my speaking colleague @DonnaCardilloRN for more inspiring ways to craft your best year with family or friends. One takeaway was certain: Pulling back as we age is a disservice because we are more diverse in experience than ever before. So what are you creating in 2018 to showcase your talent and time?

3.     Inspiration is intergenerational. I was in Minnesota recently presenting on leadership at a national conference for women in financial services. I almost didn’t arrive thanks to the flu that leveled me for three hours from Newark to Minneapolis. As I crawled off the plane, I marveled at the magnificence of the strangers that helped me land on my feet. My travel companion was a retired physician from Nigeria that helped me stay calm. Our middle aged flight attendant couldn’t have been more accommodating and the baby faced pilot helped me get off the plane. When I got to the shuttle service, a random millennial cancelled her transport to accompany me to my hotel before she pursued her path. Angels of all ages were a giant source of inspiration and a reminder that good people are everywhere.

So, whether your new year’s resolution is to reinvent, reconstruct or reimagine parts of your life, remember to take notice of the inspiration all around you. It’s there, waiting to be discovered and shared. Read a reframing book, attend an empowering conference or take a trip to meet new friends of all ages. Just skip the flu 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. Conference keynoter and executive coach, she delights in helping others develop resiliency and reinvention at www.DonnaLynSpeaks.com. SM @DonnaLynSpeaks IG@DonnaLynConsults

Being Average is out. Being Memorable is in. But how do we stand out as notable professionals in a world that spins to win at the speed of light?

Join Weichert in Waco Friday, Feb 16 2018 for a trending conversation on your resilient leadership skills. Learn tools and techniques to take your performance to peak levels regardless of your circumstances. Commit to considering a different way of working in the world that celebrates the power of languaging and the passion of purpose.

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT has helped thousands of leaders “improve their groove” in business and life. As a national conference keynoter, corporate trainer, resilience coach and wellness warrior, she is passionate about helping others lead to succeed. She’s here today to share what’s possible for you as a real estate renegade and persistent producer of results. She’s worked with executives at fortune 500 companies to emerging entrepreneurs from California to Cornell. In addition to being the President/CEO of DLG Consulting, DonnaLyn maintains business interests in two NJ insurance agencies, is a licensed realtor/title agent and college economics professor. She is an entrepreneurial consultant for the Small Business Administration at America’s Small Business Development Center and co-founder of an award winning non profit. To recharge, she teaches yoga around the globe in the sun for fun.

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC, a nationally acclaimed motivational business and wellness speaker has returned home to Red Bank after a busy year of speaking at national conferences. Recently returning from Minneapolis where DonnaLyn was the resilient leadership speaker for the National Association for Women in Financial Services, Donnalyn is happy to be empowering local leaders to lead to their full potential.

In an upcoming workshop for Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove, NJ, DonnaLyn will be sharing a framework for forward living. This workshop will help survivors and caretakers craft a resilience regimen for daily living that embraces the mind, body and spirit. This workshop “Pivot Your Purpose” will be held on December 16th, 3pm.

Recently, DonnaLyn presented at The Grove, a Courageous Girls Workshop to help emerging leaders focus on what matters most. As the co-founder of Kick Caner Overboard, an award-winning non-profit sending people to sea for free, she is proud of their resilient team’s success in sending over 249 cruisers to Bermuda each year.

About DonnaLyn

DonnaLyn is a resilient expert helping others to lead and succeed as a keynoter, consultant and coach. She is the CEO/President of DLG Consulting, a global integrated leadership training company. As a rare cancer survivor and caretaker for ten years, she delights in helping corporate teams and entrepreneurs develop talent agility.

Recent conference keynotes include National Association of Insurance Premium Auditors, International Association of Claims Managers, and Women in Financial Services. Corporate work includes Balfour Beatty Investments, Campbell’s, Novo Nordisk, Daiichi Sankyo and Nat Kidney Registry.

DonnaLyn delivered similar engagements for the Association of Professional Insurance Women and the National Association of Insurance Auditors of the Southeast. She maintains business interests in two Red Bank insurance agencies, is the insurance expert for America’s Small Business Development Center(SBA), and teaches economics/business courses as an adjunct professor.

She is a contributing writer, virtual columnist, blogger and national spokesperson. Her work has been written in five books, numerous videos and has been the recipient of numerous awards to empower others.

Learn more at DonnalynSpeaks.com, LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks.

 

 

Forty five percent of people surveyed preferred to skip the holiday season. Why? Well, it is the silly season loaded with stress for many. Work, family and friend obligations sometimes feel overwhelming. According to allonehealth.com, holiday stress statistics include not having enough time to get everything done(69%), not having enough money(69%) and the awkward pressure of deciding who gives/gets gifts(51%). The American Psychological Association supports this finding with nearly a quarter of Americans feeling “extreme stress” during the holiday season. So, how do we handle all this holiday hustle?

We were celebrating a simple vegan Thanksgiving in the Finger Lakes at the Farm Sanctuary this year when we drove past Inner Peace Floats in Watkins Glen, NY. As a wellness seeker, yoga instructor and occasionally stressed out entrepreneur, I was curious. A work colleague had recently visited a float tank and related a positive experience. I was reminded to check out the merits of this modality while meatless in the middle of NY state. Here’s what we learned:

  1. Float therapy is a luxurious, trending way to soothe and heal the body in a shallow pool. Rest is achieved in a fiberglass float capsule that is dark and soundproof to provide a deeply restful environment. The goal is to achieve weightlessness at zero gravity for complete benefits.
  2. These sensory deprivation tanks are generally about 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 4 feet high with enough Epson salts to keep you comfortably floating in water at a 94.9 F skin temperature. (Think 800 lbs of medical grade magnesium sulfate to keep your float on!). The more theta brain waves, the better, as this is the zen zone of best rest and creativity.
  3. Sessions in these isolation tanks typically last 60 or 90 minutes. Floats are reported to be a terrific way to eradicate a host of seasonal states like anxiety, overwhelm, jetlag, insomnia, muscle pain or high blood pressure. This is not an exhaustive list.

Float fans love the peaceful vibe and find the effects of being weightless free and relaxing. It appears that retail floating facilities got started in the 1980’s in the United States. Facility and service growth has been significant to keep pace with frenetic schedules. John C Lilly is the neuroscientist/researcher credited with studying the beneficial effects of sensory deprivation on the human mind. Floating is a holistic way to quiet a monkey mind to achieve a meditative state. Stress hormones like cortisol dissipate, along with issues in our tissues that cause tension and strain. We were too busy meeting rescued farm animals to tank during our turkey time, but float therapy may make its way to our holiday wellness wishlist. Learn more about local tank times if your season is stressful at The Float Studio in Ocean or at Tao Massage in Asbury Park. Live well and happy holidays!

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 www.DonnaLynSpeaks.com @DonnaLynSpeaks FB/Tw @DonnaLynConsults/IG