May 8 , 2017

Good Morning.

My daughter called Saturday. We talked for an hour and a half. Having used all the time I could dedicate to the conversation, we decided we'll continue it next weekend. We don't talk very often. Our conversations, when we finally get our schedules together, can run to 2, 3, or 4 hours. Since we both have inquiring minds, the more we discuss things the more new questions arise.

About an hour into the conversation, after catching up on our various activities, things started getting philosophical, and soon Tara asked me:

What do you Care Enough About to be an Activist?

My answer? Building and nurturing relationships in my life and helping everyone around me understand the value of relationships in their lives. 

A good way of examining what's most important to a person is to consider what they say during  their final hours or days before death (in cases where they know it's imminent) that they're happiest or saddest about in their lives. In most cases they either celebrate great relationships or lament poor ones or the lack of satisfying ones. Only the vainest tout the amount of money or possessions they've accumulated, or even their achievements.

Landmark Education is a worldwide company who conducts programs to help people see and understand the "blocks" they put in their own life's way, and then to remove or work around those blocks so they can live authentic, well-balanced, psychologically healthy lives.  Over the past several years I've done some work with this wonderful organization, both as a participant in their programs and as a volunteer to help others benefit from this great work at a reasonable cost.

At Landmark, the entry point to their huge menu of offerings is the Landmark Forum. A hundred people, more or less, assemble in an auditorium with only the vaguest idea of what they are about to participate in for the next 3-1/2 very long days. Early on, the Forum leader asks people what they think defines their lives. During the ensuing discussion, he or she writes a couple of large slate boards full of people's answers. Sometimes a participant will finally hit on "relationships", and sometimes nobody gets it until the leader finally suggests it. The rest of the entire work of Landmark's many programs is dedicated to helping people find ways to build, repair, and maintain healthy relationships with those who are important in their lives. The transformations that occur for people as a result of this work are truly stunning. Landmark makes no claims for specific changes that will occur in anyone's life as a result of this work. Nonetheless, I'm fairly sure I've seen several suicides prevented, and certainly many completely different (from when they arrived) people at the end of the Forum and/or follow-on programs. 

In my own case, I'm not aware of changes that dramatic (Quite likely they're there and I'm not consciously aware of their full significance). I can say that many relationships in my life have improved significantly, particularly notably and importantly those with my children and my ex-wife. I also have many important friends among the people I met at Landmark.

Truly exciting...and indicative of the importance of relationships to the human condition!

Do More of What You Love Doing - 
and What 
You Get PAID For!

Are you a business coach, or do you have some role in advising business leaders on ways to improve their businesses? When you're face to face with your clients, that's the work you signed up for and that you love...AND that you get paid for. Writing promotional material to attract new business takes time and mental focus away from your attention to the clients you're already helping. Your coaching work also distracts you from your promotional writing, very likely detracting from its effectiveness.  Why not let Unity Copywriting write those pieces for you so you can put your time and effort toward your most important work? 

My goal as a copywriter is to return to you most of the time you spend writing promotional material to attract new clients and communicate with existing ones about your services (I'll ask for a little of that time while you explain to me exactly what you want to say). That way you can focus on your coaching work and be relieved of the mental burden and time demands of writing your promotions, while I explain to your clients and prospects the benefits of your services. Please call (814-590-3854, 603-835-3215 or, in Argentina, +54 9 3868 459586) or email me so we can discuss how we might work together. 

Put My Experience to Work for You...

My career includes several recent years as a business coach. Before that, I worked in various operations management roles for over 40 years, practicing and studying leadership and teamwork. With that background, I'm uniquely qualified to explain the benefits you offer to your clients and prospects. And I love writing about this work. So, in a fraction of the time you would spend writing a white paper, case study, blog, newsletter, article or book, you can tell me the idea you want to convey or the story you want to tell, and the tone you'd like to use. Then I'll go to work writing that piece while you continue your work with your clients.   After I've written something for you, we'll review it together and make any changes you want so it sends the precise message you intend - and there's no additional charge for any editing or rewriting I do to make it exactly what you want.

I'd Love to Hear from  You

How are the relationships in your life? If you have a brother, aunt, mother-in-law, friend, or other significant person in your life with whom you'd like to improve your relationship, or if you'd just like to understand your "inner workings" better, check out Landmark Education. Whether or not you do that, I'd love to hear your thoughts on life, work and people, and on how the ideas in any of my messages make your life and business more enjoyable and effective...or if you have some reservations about them. It will be especially interesting this week to hear your take on relationships and life. I love hearing your ideas and learning from them.

If you email me whatever's on your mind, please give me a phone number or a Skype address, or send me (see my Skype address below) a Skype contact request, and mention that you read my newsletter. This mention is important - with all the spammers, phishermen, etc. out there, I've gotten very selective about my connections on networking services. If your name is unfamiliar to me, I'll consider your contact request when you tell me your reason for wanting to connect with me...

Conversations are often necessary to discuss complex ideas, and conversations occur only in real-time, two(or more)-way exchanges; hence my request for your call, or the information I need to call you. Email and other forms of one-way communication are data transfers, and are very useful for many types of communication. However, they don't allow for the exchange of ideas, emotions, and inflection that characterize conversations, so please call me or tell me how to call you. Just dial 603-835-3215 or 814-590-3854 if you're in the United States. Of course, if you call from outside the U. S., you'll need the +1 prefix. If you're calling from Argentina, you're welcome to call my Argentine number, +54 9 3868 459586.

Help me Spread my Message Where It's Welcome...
If you know someone you think will find value in these messages I send out each week, I encourage you to forward this to them. If someone forwarded this to you, and you'd like to hear more, please send me an email and I'll be glad to add you to my mailing list, which I never sell, rent, or even add a name to without permission. 

On the other hand, if you'd rather stop receiving these messages, simply click the "unsubscribe" link below. I'll promptly remove you from the list...and I promise you won't hurt my feelings. It's my desire to send these ideas only to people who find them valuable - or even just interesting.

Join me here again next week for more unique ideas on life and business...and enjoy your relationships and your life,
Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful week , and contact me  to discuss how we can work together to add value to what  you  do. Our conversation about how we can mutually benefit from joining forces is totally on me and, while I'd love to work with you, there's no obligation or cost arising from that conversation. You won't pay me a dime until you hire me to write something for you.

Be well, my friends.
John Stevens
Marketing Support for the Business Coaching Industry
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Office and cell phone: 814-590-3854 or 603-835-3215 (I'll get a message wherever I am)
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Skype:  johnbstevens1943

About John
Throughout a career spanning over 45 years my  management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective. 

As I transition to life in the Argentine outback, my focus will shift to helping other business coaches and advisers get their message out to their prospective clients. With my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of effective business coaching, I am uniquely qualified to work with business advisers of all stripes convey their message.

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Phone: 814-590-3854

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