Right off the bat, let me clarify that these workshops 1) aren’t ones I’m leading myself or 2) stand to benefit from in any fashion monetarily. And yet, having known both of the individuals leading these classes for many years, and having been greatly impressed by the quality of facilitation they bring to the table, I couldn’t resist helping get the word out for those of you who might be interested in the two topics at hand.
Here’s what they have coming down the pike, in June…
WORKSHOP #1: BUILD YOUR STRENGTHS-BASED LIFE (SATURDAY, JUNE 6)
Facilitator: Alise Cortez | Cost: $99
Of all the various personality tests and personal development instruments out there, I’ll be honest, my favorite one is the StrengthsFinder tool offered by the Gallup Organization. As opposed to many assessments that hide behind mountains of complex terminology or suggest that only certain types of people can succeed at certain types of jobs, based on their personality makeup, Gallup’s tool is refreshingly simple — and champions the idea that the inherent strengths and talents we all possess can be put to good use in almost any personal or professional situation.
On that note, I’m delighted to promote an upcoming class that a long-time acquaintance of mine, Alise Cortez, will be teaching in Seattle on Saturday, June 6th. Alise is a top recruiter, leadership coach, and college faculty member who has specialized in the StrengthsFinder tool for many years. And while she relocated from Seattle to Dallas a number of years back, she’s making a return trip to the area in early June, and has decided to offer one of her signature StrengthsFinder classes to folks while she’s in town.
So for anybody interested in deepening their understanding of their core strengths, and learning about how to take full advantage of the StrengthsFinder tool, I’d highly encourage you to contact Alise here or e-mail me for a more detailed flyer describing the seminar. The $99 fee includes access to the online test, which participants will be asked to complete several days in advance of attending the workshop.
WORKSHOP #2: RETIREPRENEURSHIP (TUESDAY, JUNE 9)
Facilitator: Brian Jaeger | Cost: $95
The second offering I’d encourage you all to consider, if you’re located in the Seattle area, is the thought-provoking discussion series that Brian Jaeger of InsideWorks will be kicking off in early June focused on the changing nature of retirement — and how professionals today should be thinking about and planning for it.
Taught over four 90-minute evening classes, starting June 9th, these sessions are NOT about effective financial planning, investment strategies, or the usual seminar fare that so often relates to the retirement subject. Instead, Brian will be sharing some deep research and insights he’s collected about how the very nature of retirement has changed in this country — and how individuals, especially those later in life, should be thinking about how to approach the “third chapter” of their lives.
Having witnessed a sneak preview of his workshop earlier today, I found it very engaging and inspiring, packed with insights about a topic that is becoming more and more relevant to so many folks out in corporate America. So if you’re interested in learning more, or registering for the class, feel free to visit the link here for further details!