Giving Back: Booking One More Program in 2016

last-client-16In early November, I attended Michael & Amy Port’s Heroic Public Speaking Live workshop with several of my Convince & Convert colleagues. Our aim was to get better at all public speaking, but especially the workshops we conduct and the presentations we do weekly for clients. I quickly realized one key thing — in order to develop as a speaker and provide immediate value to clients, I must continue learning, rehearsing and finding opportunities to speak. To that note, I’m investing in the HPS Grad School program to ignite the sparks within me coming out of those three days with Michael and Amy. More on that to come, as we kick off Grad School in December. 

It’s also that time of the year when travelers start to calculate miles and status, and I’m no different. I travel monthly, sometimes more, and not always on the same airline. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I realized I need just one round trip flight to secure Alaska Air MVP status for 2017. Instead of burning a day flying to Seattle and back, I want to use this chance for good.

I am offering a free social media coaching session, workshop or presentation before Dec 22nd, provided I can fly there on Alaska Airlines (from PDX). I’d also accept an invitation for a round of golf. (I’m shooting mid-80s with my new TaylorMade M2s). My ideal client would combine the two offers into one day.

My proficiencies are in social media, content marketing, and real-time marketing. My latest presentations include an interactive workshop titled “Creating Content that Moves, Sings and Smiles”, and program called “Rehearse for Real-Time: Preparing for the Moments that Make Content Great” (which can be a keynote, breakout or workshop). If a big presentation doesn’t fit, consider hiring me for small group or individual media training on how to best use social media to build relationships with fans and customers.

Contact me via email, or through @LaurenTee on Twitter, to signal your interest in this offer. I have no idea if this will work, but I’m willing to try. At the very least, I hope to get in one more round of golf before year’s end.

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Giving Back: Booking One More Program in 2016

5 Reasons Why September Will be a Month We Won’t Forget

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This is an update I really should make Garrett write. After all, it is his success that warrants our first blog post of the summer. (Chasing after a one-year old is, in fact, all-consuming). But in fairness, I probably instigated the original discussion that led us down this path, so here it goes…

5 Reasons Why September Will be a Month We Won’t Forget

  1. Garrett has accepted a position of Video Production Specialist, which is the next step for him after an awesome run with JaxParks and the City of Jacksonville.
  2. The new job is in county government, which continues Garrett’s government-employment streak (previously: Navy & City), via Clackamas County.
  3. My hometown (Molalla, Oregon) happens to reside in Clackamas County, along with some of my favorite parts (and people) of Oregon.
  4. Mathias and Garrett will become adopted Oregonians as we leave Jacksonville next month and resettle in the Willamette Valley (the land of milk and honey…and craft beer and marionberries!)
  5. The dreams we have for our family outweigh the dream job I have had these last six years. It’s the right time for the Teagues to go West on our own Oregon Trail.

We are still working out the details, but Garrett will start mid-September after the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs conclude. I’m a free agent, open to new opportunities but also the possibility of taking time to find the right next step for me. There’s enough to be done between checking off the Jax Bucket List and saying goodbyes to starting fresh and finding the perfect home on the best coast! 

Coming soon: the “buy our stuff” and “where should we live” posts that accompany any cross-country move. We will keep the blog updated as our zip code changes…and share a few more photos of Tiny Teague too!

5 Reasons Why September Will be a Month We Won’t Forget

Dear Mathias (on my first Mother’s Day)

Dear Mathias,

Today is your 10-month birthday, which coincidentally falls on Mothers’ Day. Since you were born, I have wished to write you little letters to capture my favorite moments and memories from your new life. One month goes by, and then another and it’s all I can do to write down milestones in your calendar. So I promise to write you a letter on Mothers’ Day each year. After all, it wasn’t until you arrived in life that I could lay any claim to this day.

These last ten months have flown by so quickly. Everyone warned me of it, but like most things in life, we don’t truly understand until we experience first-hand. You have grown from my tiny, floppy baby into this ball of personality, smiles and shrieks who looks more like a little boy every day. I remember the first time I held you (sleeping) in my arms and saw a little boy where my baby lay. It scared me so. The last time we flew to Oregon (April, for Easter), I was struck by just how small the counter space was in the airplane bathroom, where I changed your diapers on your very first flights. But even as you grow, you still manage to fit in my arms and on my shoulder, and fill up my hugs. (Speaking of hugs, you give really good ones first thing in the morning.)

Before I became your Mom, I didn’t know how I would adjust to the demands of a life that wasn’t my own. But you know what? Instincts took over, along with some coaching from your Nonna and Nonie, friends and Google. Truth be told, I still don’t know how to do this Mom thing some days. But what is different now is the knowledge that there isn’t much you and I can’t handle together, or that some dancing and deep squats won’t fix. (And when all else fails, you really like milk.)

When I say prayers with you at night, I thank God for the blessing of you in our lives. And when we pray for all the babies and mommies, I squeeze you tight. I never knew how one little person could make life so rich. I marvel at your penchant of “making friends” wherever we go. Dad and I make silly noises to make you smile and laugh. Your curiosity about the world is contagious. There is only one food (eggs) that you won’t eat. And you’ve been a great travel buddy (25 flights down!) as I’ve zipped you across the USA and back again.

Mathias, I am so blessed to be your Mommy. Each day is a new and wondrous experience. While I may not take a daily picture or document your milestones each month, I hope you understand it is because I am choosing to live in (and enjoy) the moment with you. In just two months we will celebrate your first birthday and I will surely have to stop calling you a baby. But Matty, you should know that you will always be my sweet boy, my little love and my baby. I love you! Thank you for allowing me to be your Mom.

Xoxo

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Dear Mathias (on my first Mother’s Day)