Upcoming Events and Status Updates on the 
Encore NEO Agenda!!!
January 3, 2020
"Ageing is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." 

- Betty Friedan  
NEW! January/February ECAP Starts This Week: 
Building A Story Brand
We will start a new eight-week ECAP (Encore Career Accelerator Program) series on Thursday, January 9th, based on the book:
BUILDING A STORY BRAND: Clarifying Your Message So Customers Will Listen, by Donald Miller.

The series will take place on Thursdays, 
January 9 - February 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please note that this material applies directly to those seeking traditional employment as well as those wishing to become freelancers or independent consultants.
If you wish to attend, or have questions about this ECAP, please email:  EncoreNEO50@gmail.com
This Week's Drive-Time Podcast!    
This week's recommended podcast is from: 
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists-and the movements they built.


December 16, 2019 
Kathleen King was 11 years old when she started baking cookies to sell at her family's farm stand on Long Island. After college, she opened a small bake shop, and eventually started selling her cookies to gourmet grocery stores in Manhattan. But after twenty years of running a small business, she wanted more time for herself. She brought in two partners to grow sales, but the partnership was a disaster - and after bitter lawsuits, Kathleen was forced to start over from scratch. 18 years later, Tate's Bake Shop - the second cookie brand that she built out of the crumbs of the first - sold for $500 million. PLUS in our post-script "How You Built That," Thomas Althaus made his wife a bracelet and earrings out of a tin can for their tenth wedding anniversary. What began as a lighthearted gift became Canned Goods-a recycled jewelry company that donates one can of food to charity for each piece sold.

Enjoy, learn, be amazed, and be inspired! Most of all--look for the characteristics that lead to success!

  •  Mondays 
    • 8:30-9:45 a.m. Monday Morning Career Transition Speaker Series
      • Coffee and Networking at 8:00 a.m.
    • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Job Search Discussion Group
  • Wednesdays  
    • 4:00-5:30 p.m. Encore NEO Volunteer Corps
  • Thursdays
    • 8:30-9:45 a.m. Charting a New Course with Business Model You--Weekly Work Session 
      • Coffee and Networking at 8:00 a.m.
    • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Encore Career Accelerator Program (ECAP) 
You may observe any of our onsite programs at no cost.
Our $40 monthy membership entitles you to:
  • Full participation during all programs,
  • access to program materials,
  • access to the Members Only section of the Encore NEO website (www.EncoreNeo.org), and
  • the Encore NEO Playbook Binder to help you set goals, track progress and retain valuable program notes.
MONDAY, January 6th: 
8:30-9:45 a.m.
Monday Morning Career Transition Speaker Series
This Week: A Focus On Career Success
It's got to be simple, concise, and focused on the hiring manager's problems if so they will buy what you have to offer.
Join us to explore a simple process to clarify your message and improve how clients and/or potential employers  see you !
8:00-8:30 a.m.   Coffee and Networking
8:30-9:45 a.m.   Speaker and Discussion
9:45-10:00 a.m.   Coffee, treats, and networking
See all upcoming January topics here. 

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
Job Search Discussion Group
This powerful and highly interactive session begins with a round-robin, in-depth conversation in which participants share where they stand in their individual job search/career journeys.
What successes have they achieved? What challenges do they face? What will help move them forward?
The group then offers supportive feedback with specific ideas to help participants overcome their unique challenges! Join us to share the details of your journey and offer your valuable insights and ideas. 
*We highly recommend the website Nifty50s for great tips on the age 50 + job search process.
WEDNESDAY, January 8th:
4:00-5:30 p.m
Encore NEO Volunteer Corps
Working together to build Encore NEO's future
  • Topic: Building the Encore NEO Story Brand
    • Who are our main characters?
    • What are their problems?
THURSDAY, January 9th :
8:30-9:45 a.m.
(Coffee and Networking at 8:00 a.m.)
Charting a New Course with Business Model You-
Weekly Work Session
This is an ongoing work session in which participants apply the personal business model framework to help each other reinvent their careers and develop strategies to interact with potential employers.
If you do not yet have a personal career model, we'll help you build one!

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
ECAP: Building a Story Brand (Session 1 of 8)
(Encore Career Accelerator Program, 2-hour sessions on Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. over eight weeks.)
Clarify your message so that potential employers, customers and clients will listen!
Learn how to apply Donald Miller's simple seven-part framework to transform how the the marketplace sees you, your products and services. 
This week:
Building A Story Brand
(Pages ix-27)
Section 1:  Why Most Marketing Is A Money Pit
Chapter 1: The Key to Being Seen, Heard, and Understood
Chapter 2: The Secret Weapon That Will Grow Your Business (or Career)
     One-on-One Coaching and Goal-Setting 
Available by Appointment
Transitioning a career at any age is a challenge that is tough to navigate by yourself. Contact us to schedule a time to meet one-on-one with someone who will help you set some attainable goals and put together a plan to achieve those goals.
To set up an appointment, email Tim Lybarger at
EncoreNEO50@gmail.com, or call 440-533-1002 x 3. 
Registration is required only where indicated. You may just show up and join us for all other programs!  
All programs are hosted at:
Geauga County Public Library Newbury Station Branch
14775 Auburn Road 
Newbury Township, Ohio 44065
If you have trouble finding us, call Tim Lybarger's cell,  802-760-8344.
  • January 17, Board Meeting (Board Members Only) (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), Newbury Station Library 
Learn more about Encore NEO and its programs at www.encoreneo.org.

For detailed information and online membership registration click here.
If you have any questions or an interest in participating with any of the Encore NEO Volunteer Corps 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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