Upcoming Events and Status Updates on the 
Encore NEO Agenda!!!
What's an ECAP?     
It's an acronym for " Encore Career Acceleration Program" which is what we'll be rolling out on October 15th. 
In fact, we'll be putting out three of them:
  • Charting a New Course with Business Model You
  • Exploring Freelancing with The Freelancer's Bible
  • Getting to Financial Independence with The Simple Path to Wealth
What makes them "accelerated?"
Each will be structured as eight, two-hour sessions conducted over four weeks
These ECAPs will be engaging, interactive, and practical - one month of intensive focus that will help you achieve the Encore Career you really desire in the shortest and most effective way possible!
Keep an eye out for more details to come soon.
Next Week: What's a Brain Trust? 
Heads Up:
Wednesday, September 12th, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Auburn Career Center, 8221 Auburn Ridge Rd, Painesville, OH 44077.
Come meet the Encore NEO Board and Design Team members and learn about the terrific offerings that will be coming available through the Encore NEO Lake County Group! 
*** Launching on September 17th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. ***
Starting A Business: What is it like to be an Entrepreneur?!
The start date is Sept. 17th at Willoughby Library (Willoughby Meeting Room) from 2 to 4 pm. The series continues every  3rd Mon. at Willoughby and at Mentor Library (Francis Cleveland Room 2nd. floor) the 1st. Monday of the month starting Oct. 1st. from 2 to 4 pm.
For information contact: Dale Stefancic at (440) 463-7095.
More details and registration information to follow...
Most programs are ongoing.  You are welcome to join in at any time.
  •  Monday 
    • 2:00-3:30 p.m. Job Search Discussion Group
    • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Charting a New Course
  • Tuesday
    • 2:00-3:30 p.m. Future Freelancers
    • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Freelancers CoLab
  • Wednesday  
    • (3:00-500 p.m.) Legacy Writers - blog your way to a book.
  • Thursday  
    • (4:00-5:30 p.m.) Mastering Money and Building Wealth
    • (6:00-7:30 p.m.) Getting from Good to Great!
  • Friday
    • 2:00-3:30 p.m. Online Success Team #1 (meeting on SLACK)
    • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Online Success Team #2 (meeting on SLACK)  
Programs take place at: 
The Federated Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Important note: Google Maps may not be accurate in its directions to this location. Instead, you can map yourself to 16381 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls 44023 (St. John Funeral Home). The Federated Family Life Center is adjacent to that address and on the north side. There is good signage. If you have trouble finding us, call 802-760-8344.


Monday, August 6th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Encore Job Seekers Discussion Group
Format : Individual updates and problem-solving followed by facilitated group discussion on job search strategies and tactics specifically relevant for the age 50+ job seeker. 
This week :

The Perfect Job Search Speakers Series   
This group has covered a lot of ground and has really begun to understand the landscape of competencies needed for an effective career search after the age of 50.
Now, we need to share the wealth!
Starting on Monday, October 15th, Encore NEO will be launching the  Monday morning (8:00-9:00 a.m.) Job Seeker Speaker Series.
Over the next several weeks, we will be compiling a list of speaker topics. Once in hand we're going to send a poll through Constant Contact to see what people really want!
More details on the Speaker Series will be coming out over the next several weeks.
Join us in this dicussion. We need your experiences and insights!
*  We also encourage you to visit and sign up at the https://www.nifty50s.com/ website to receive the best of ongoing job search tips for the age 50+ job seeker. 

Monday, August 6th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Charting A New Course - Business Model You

Not sure what you want to do? Join the Club!

Format: Guided work and group discussion to learn the language of business model thinking that we can use to clarify our focus and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace.  This material sets a strong foundation whether we are looking for a traditional job, exploring independent work, or launching  a business or social enterprise. Resource: Business Model You, by Tim Clark
This week:
ECAP Design Session!
This week we're going to focus on breaking the Business Model You book into an eight session series that will eventually be our " Chart a New Course Accelerator Program."
If you are new to Business Model You, this Monday will give you a great overview of the book from beginning to end. 
Please consider joining us. Your insights will help insure a premium program for our October launch!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Future Freelancers: 
Exploring How to Work for Yourself 
Format : An ongoing series that helps participants learn the complete scope of skills, practices, and requirements involved in joining the "Free Agent Nation" as a contractor, project worker, consultant, freelancer, etc. Participants can explore the option of working independently while still looking for traditional employment.   Resource: The Freelancer's Bible , by Sara Horowitz.

This Week:  
EPAC Design Session!
Same as above - we're going to take this Tuesday's session to go through the book and break it into an eight-week series.

Even if you don't think freelancing is for you, this is a great chance for a full overview of the book to see what's really involved. It's no where near as difficult as you might imagine!
Keep in mind , you can continue looking for a job while you're exploring the option of working independently.  In fact, this is one of the best side-door strategies for Encores to gain entry into traditional employment.

Tuesday, August 7th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
     The Freelancer's CoLab
Up your game and stand out from others in your field with more professional approaches with your clients.  And, protect yourself from costly mistakes. 

Format : This is an ongoing brain-trust group made up of those who have prioritized Freelancing as their primary revenue stream. Members of this group will study more advanced materials and consult to each other around specific issues they encounter in their freelancing practices. 

Prerequisite: An initial Personal Business Model Canvas that defines the focus of your freelancing practice.  *If you don't have one, we will help you build it.

This week :
The Irresistible Consultant's Guide to Winning Clients:
6 Steps to Unlimited Clients & Financial Freedom,
 by David A. Fields
STEP 1: Think Right-Side Up
Chapter2: Building Confidence
(pages 11-21)
STEP 2: Maximize Impact
Chapter 3: Fish Where the Fish Are
(pages 23-31)
Chapter 4: The Right People
(pages 33-38)
Wednesday, August 8th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Legacy Writer's Group :
Blog your way to a book!  This year-long adventure will  teach you the skills of blogging and associated social media;  help you to clarify your area of expertise and build your brand in the marketplace;  give you real time feedback from your target market;  teach you how to use blogging as a revenue channel;  teach you how to write a book; and, esta blish you as a published author

This week:
We will: 
  1. Check in on recent posts/troubleshoot issues
  2. Discuss how to build our books in Biblioboard 
    ***  Meeting on August 8th, meeting on SLACK

Thursday, August 9th, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Mastering Money and Building Wealth
Format: This facilitated discussion group draws from a wide range of resources to explore the basic mindsets, principles, and practices that will help us make the best choices for our financial futures.
Note: We define wealth as the number of days you can sustain yourself financially without working.  
This week:
Another EPAC Design Session!
That's right, our Mastering Money and Building Wealth group will work to take what we have learned together and put it into an eight-week EPAC Series.
Feel free to join us if you have a perspective you'd like to share.
Thursday, August 9th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Getting from Good to Great!
Taking our career to the next level by learning from stories of other's successes and failures. 
Yes!  This applies to your search for traditional employment as well.  
Are you...
  • currently employed but thinking about the next step?
  • underemployed - bored and not making what you are due?
  • unhappy in your current environment?
  • feel that you are at risk of being laid off?
  • retiring soon and thinking about the next step?
...then, this weekly program series is for you!
This week:

Assignment:  Listen to the story indicated below by clicking on the link provided, or by going to the link for the "How I Built This" podcast and scrolling down the list.

A decade ago, full-time mom Alli Webb noticed a gap in the beauty market: there was no place that just focused on blow-drying hair. Now with more than 100 locations, Drybar is testament to Webb's motto: Focus on one thing and be the best at it.
We'll be discussing this story through the lenses of the Business Model Generation Canvas, Blue Ocean Strategy Map, and Consumption Chain Analysis.
Then, we'll see how our insights might apply to our own Encore Careers.
Friday, August 10th, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Online (SLACK) Success Teams:
    • Team #1: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    • Team #2:  3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Format and process :
These are ongoing support and accountability groups that supercharge each member's progress toward goal achievement.
Groups are limited to 6 members each. 
Each member gets 15 minutes to:
    1. Report on progress made toward their goal(s) over the last week
    2. Talk about obstacles they have encountered
    3. Receive feedback and ideas from other group members on how to overcome obstacles
    4. State personal commitments for the coming week. 
Participation in Success Teams is entirely online so you can join in from anywhere you have access to a computer. If you have an interest in participating, please email me: 
(Tim Lybarger) at  EncoreNEO50@gmail.com.

  • We request a $5.00 donation per day (two programs) or $10 for the entire week (six programs), paid at the door.
  • If you wish to attend but are currently limited with your finances, let us know.  You may be able to help our efforts in other ways in exchange for attending programs. 
Registration is not required for any of our programs - just show up!  And, you may join in with any of our series at any time.  There is no need to wait until the series starts again.

Unless otherwise specified, all Encore NEO programs are located at:
The Federated Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Road
Bainbridge, Ohio 44023
  • Important note: Google Maps is not accurate in its directions to this location.  Instead, you can map yourself to 16381 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls 44023 (St. John Funeral Home).  The Federated Family Life Center is adjacent to that address and on the north side.  There is good signage.
  • If you have trouble finding us, call my cell, 802-760-8344.   
  • Tuesday, August 7th  Programs & Services Committee Meeting  (8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.) Online with SLACK. 
  • Thursday, September 6th   - Encore NEO Board Meeting (9:00-11:00 a.m.) Federated Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Road, bainbridge, Ohio 44023
Local Encore Employment Opportunities 
are now posted on the new Encore NEO website.
If you have any questions or an interest in participating with any of the Encore NEO Design Team Initiatives, please feel free to contact me directly - Tim Lybarger, 802-760-8344 (cell).
My sincerest regards,
Tim Lybarger
Executive Director, Encore NEO
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