3 Ways to Help People Be Open to Change

Written by Carla Rieger on . Posted in Communication & Conflict Resolution, Creativity & Innovation, Leadership, Mindsets for Success, Success Stories, Videos

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Do you notice yourself dreading an upcoming change?

Maybe others in your life are feeling the same way?

Think of the last time you had to upgrade your software, or adhere to a new tax law, or go through a renovation. It’s normal for people to resist changes over which they have little or no choice.

 

Certain “Mindsets” Help you Handle Change Better

The latest research in neuroscience shows that installing certain mindsets can make a HUGE difference. They can improve your ability to make change work FOR you, instead of AGAINST you. The trick is to install these mindsets in your subconscious mind, so that they go on autopilot. In other words, you don’t have to WILL yourself to be that way. It’s much like you’d install software in your computer. In fact, you are installing and uninstalling mindsets all the time anyway. Becoming aware of that process can make your life better and help you serve others at more profound levels.

Here are 3 powerful  ways for shifting your mindset around challenging change.

#1 – Change Your Physicality

Strangely enough how you sit, stand and move can powerfully influence your mindset regarding change. Here’s a short, fun video clip explaining this phenomenon:

 

#2 – Pretend You’re an Expert

The second one is a question you would ask yourself or your team. It’s a question which can break you free of a limiting view of yourself and your capacities. For example, I used to be a “technophobe”. I had a fear of technological things. Tech experts handled these things for me. And then one day no tech experts were available when I was getting an error message over and over again.  I was on a deadline, and so I was highly motivated to get a solution.

I asked myself “If I were a tech expert, what would I do that I’m not doing now?” That’s when an idea came to me. I pasted the error message into my search engine and found a solution. Most tech experts would roll their eyes and think “of course!”. But I didn’t view myself that way until I asked that question. After that, I started handling my own tech issues more and more. Now I consider myself a “technofile”. So, the next time you encounter a challenge ask yourself, “If I were an expert at solving this issue, what would I do that I’m not doing now?”

 

#3 – Imagine Benefits AFTER the Change

Our brains are hardwired to hold onto what’s familiar, even if it’s causing problems. Most people are holding on to things, people, places, jobs, things, timelines, systems, software, attitudes, and roles, that no longer serve them, just to avoid the discomfort of change. I had a private coaching client who refused to adopt the online work share service. He liked working on team projects using paper. His colleagues, however, were scattered across the country.  While everyone else was chatting and sharing documents online, he was trying to fax his handwritten notes to people. As a result, he got left out of the loop often and his work suffered.

We all have areas where we are holding on inappropriately, in big ways and small. What helps a person let go is usually to inspire them with the new possibility, trigger their imagination of how life could be better on the other side of the change. It can also help to get a practical experience of the benefits of the new.

In his case, we walked through the work share system together proving to him the time saving benefits. No one had done that with him at work. Everyone else on the team was a digital native and jumped into the new system right from the start. He was a digital immigrant who needed an interpreter and a guide so he could get a hands on experience of how much better it was than a fax. He happily adopted the new system after that.

If there is someone who is resisting change, how can you help them explore benefits awaiting them BEYOND the change?

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STORYTELLING FOR MLM PRESENTERS – Free webinar

Written by Carla Rieger on . Posted in Creativity & Innovation, Public Speaking, Speaker Marketing, Storytelling, Upcoming Events

with Carla Rieger  3 times this week  To register click here:

http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=jd1pcxgw8q

Do you want to add more stories and examples to your presentations? 

It could be for one-on-one presentations, to small groups or large groups.

If so, this free webinar will show you how a step-by-step system for doing that.

Stories and examples captivate your listener, yet most network marketing presenters don’t use them enough. 

Discover how to avoid 7 mistakes storytellers make in business. 

Stand out in the crowd and win people over to your products, services, and business opportunity so you can make a bigger difference AND make more income.

3 upcoming times

To register click here:  http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=jd1pcxgw8q

You’ll be learning:

1. The best way to be deliver stories without years of training!

2. Your strengths and weaknesses so you can break free to the next level of excellence.

3. Templates to craft and edit stories that magnetize ideal leaders to your team.

4. Simple story crafting habits that top MLM presenters use to create 6 and 7 figure incomes.

Presenter Bio

Carla Rieger began her career with an innovative teambuilding company in the US in 1988. Then, in 1991 she became the director of The Artistry of Change Inc., a firm that specializes in awakening creative potentials in people so that they can be innovative communicators. She has authored 5 books, over 80 online learning programs and spoken to over 1500 groups internationally. http://www.carlarieger.com/

Here’s what people are saying:

“Totally fascinating webinar. I wrote a whole new story within minutes after the webinar ended, and now I’m using it to open my seminar.” ~ Catherine R.

“I believe in myself so much more now as a presenter because of this material and Carla’s excellent guidance.” – Alana L.

To register:

3 upcoming times, just click here: http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=jd1pcxgw8q

 

 

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STORYTELLING IN BUSINESS – Free webinar

Written by Carla Rieger on . Posted in Creativity & Innovation, Public Speaking, Speaker Marketing, Storytelling, Upcoming Events

with Carla Rieger  – 3 times to choose from   – To register click here:

http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=j6ta0ek5pj

Do you want to add more stories and examples to your presentations? 

It could be for one-on-one presentations, to small groups or large groups.

If so, this free webinar will show you how a step-by-step system for doing that.

Stories and examples captivate your listener, yet most presenters don’t use them enough. 

Discover how to avoid 7 mistakes storytellers make in business. 

Stand out in the crowd and win people over to your products, services, and business opportunities so you can make a bigger difference AND make more income.

3 upcoming times

To register click here: http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=j6ta0ek5pj

You’ll be learning:

1. The best way to be deliver stories without years of training!

2. Your strengths and weaknesses so you can break free to the next level of excellence.

3. Templates to craft and edit stories that sell your ideas and magnetize support.

4. Simple story crafting habits that top presenters use to create 6 and 7 figure incomes.

Presenter Bio

Carla Rieger began her career with an innovative teambuilding company in the US in 1988. Then, in 1991 she became the director of The Artistry of Change Inc., a firm that specializes in awakening creative potentials in people so that they can be innovative communicators. She has authored 5 books, over 80 online learning programs and spoken to over 1500 groups internationally. http://www.carlarieger.com/

Here’s what people are saying:

“Totally fascinating webinar. I wrote a whole new story within minutes after the webinar ended, and now I’m using it to open my seminar.” ~ Catherine R.

“I believe in myself so much more now as a presenter because of this material and Carla’s excellent guidance.” – Alana Reichert

To register:

3 upcoming times, just click here: http://www.onlinemeetingnow.com/register/?id=j6ta0ek5pj

 

 

 

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Photo Contest Winners – “Me Then and Now”

Written by Carla Rieger on . Posted in Creativity & Innovation, Employee Engagement & Team Building, Fun, Humor, laughter

Contest entrants were asked to scan an image of themselves as a child and then “recreate” it as an adult.

 1st Prize goes to Alvin Epp – Speaker, coach and author “Through the Eyes of Guilt” 

10369016_10202954212509419_5895065339588684497_oAlvin now black and white

My mom gave me this photo just months before she passed away last year. I was 6 years old and it was in 1965 near Yarrow, BC on our farm. I was always in rubber boots in the summer.   A few days ago, my wife and I drove past the old farm house.  Everything was still the same!  So we recreated the photo.  It was an odd feeling stopping and looking at the place I grew up.  It’s been 50 years – from 6 to 56. My how time flies. There are so many great stories and adventures that the 6 year old would never have dreamed would happen.


 2nd Prize goes to Anastasia Modestova  – Videographer at www.MovieAboutYou.com

Anastasia - as adult

 

I was 4 years old in this picture. I used to be a VERY serious girl. Friends of my parents tried their best to make me smile. Baby talk etc… Hahaha. They never succeeded… I was listening transfixed, silently, looking directly at their eyes. I can imagine their disappointment… 🙂 Now I am totally different. It took me 10 minutes to make a photo with such a serious face. 

 

 


 

 3rd Prize goes to Marsha Therese Danzig, Healer, Author, Yogi www.TheJoyBreakthrough.com

Marsha

At 14 years old, I was going through chemo and as a result of my illness I became an amputee. In this photo at 51, I am a Cape Cod Kitten Dancer! Due to my experiences as a child I devoted my life to yoga and helping others like me. I have since founded three international yoga programs: Yoga for Amputees, Pediatric Yoga and Color Me Yoga for Children. Joy has been a powerful catalyst for change and healing:  www.TheJoyBreakthrough.com

 

 

 

 Honourable Mentions go to:

Vesanto Melina 

Vesanto-Me Now and Then

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Maaske 

Raymond MAASKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judges:

Carla Rieger – Speaker Coach and Change Leadership Expert

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Carol Ann Fried – Teambuilding and Fun at Work Expert

Carol Ann

 

 


 

The Enjoyable Workplace: 8 Springtime Joy Breaks

Written by Carla Rieger on . Posted in Creativity & Innovation, Employee Engagement & Team Building, Fun, Humor, laughter, Leadership, Stress

flowersLily Tomlin once said, “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”

The antidote to exhaustion may not be more rest…but adding something joyful to your day instead. It can be challenging to do that, though, once you get into overdrive.

Joy Breaks may be your answer. One to ten-minute Joy Breaks can renew you throughout the day. When you let yourself have a few moments of enjoyment, your mood lifts—and your productivity and effectiveness increase dramatically.

Business guru Tom Peters maintains, “The number one premise of business is that it ought to be fun.

Life is short. On your deathbed, you won’t remember all the things you accomplished on your TO DO list; you’ll mainly remember the precious moments of enjoyment.

Anything that stimulates the creative mind is a good place to start. If you can learn to switch back and forth between work and play throughout the day, you may find you leave the office with a bounce in your step.

Gain the support of those around you by letting them know what you need, and where possible, include them. Instead of reaching for another coffee or a chocolate bar, consider some of these healthy alternatives for uplifting your spirit, relaxing your mind, and energizing your body. These ideas were taken from a list of the most popular ideas in North American workplaces both small and large:

1. Flowers

Go outside with a pair of clippers. Clip a few flowers. Put them in a vase, and place them in your work area.

2. Music

Play Baroque music to open up your creativity and soothe your mind. I suggest Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (especially Spring). Use a headset if you don’t want to disturb others nearby.

3. Mini-Golf in the Office

Many people love golf in the Spring, but don’t have the time to get to the course. Take a few golf clubs and golf balls to each department. Have each department create a golf-hole—use whatever you can find: paper cup, trash can, etc. When you need to go to another department for a meeting or to get some information, you simply “golf” your way there. You can keep track of your score. Those who get a hole-in-one get a special prize.

4. Easy Button

EasyAt most Staples stores you can buy the “Easy” button. Give one to each of your workmates. When any of you finishes a task big or small, hit the button and it will say “That was easy!”. Hearing that all day long gives people a sense of fun productivity and maybe even a little bit of competition to get more things done easily.

5. Wall of Fun

Set up a wall in a staff area for fun stuff. On a bulletin board put cartoons, favourite joke, fun photos from a staff event. One person each month is responsible for supplying material for the “fun wall”, but anyone can contribute.

6. Gratitude Walk

Go for a ten-minute walk. Observe five things you are grateful for or appreciate—such as the trees and flowers starting to bloom again, cloud formations, sunshine, the sound of children playing, the comfortable shoes you are wearing, etc.

7. Vacation Planning

As we head closer to summer, you can take ten-minute breaks to plan your time off. Peruse travel books, make hotel reservations, write a note to relatives telling how you’d like to spend time with them, etc.

8. Fun Lunchtimes 

Take a dance class, bring a sketchpad for drawing, play badminton with a colleague on the lawn, take a bike ride, play double-solitaire with a workmate.

Use some of these activities, or make up your own. Create a list of 8 things you can go do when your energy slumps, and put that list in a place where you will see it.

Every time you do a Joy Break, check that activity off the list. Some people go so far as to give themselves a gold star. Positive reinforcement can help make joy a regular occurrence, and help you kick the worry habit.

In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

May the FUN be with you!

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Carla Rieger…is an expert on fun at work and change management. If you are planning a meeting and need a great speaker go to: http://www.carlarieger.com/book-carla-to-speak/  604-222-2276

Email carla [at] carlarieger [dot] com

 

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