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3 Incredible Days That Will Supercharge Your Career

“What’s next?”

“Uh, what?” I’d just finished what I thought was a TedTalk-level promotional report for a new client and there was something about the way he asked me the question that stopped me cold.

Now, for his company, the next step was going to be a series of small videos showing the fabulous tastiness of his restaurant. But it hit me: what’s next for me?

At some point in even the most focused career, we flounder. We shift around our options and mull the possibilities. And sometimes, we just sit there. Yeah, I’m raising my hand because I’m in that third group, where apparently my most decisive thought about my career’s future is, “Huh?”

 

This is where Chocolate Villa’s executive women retreats come in. The retreat really has nothing to do with chocolate – aside from the spectacular cake the villa’s chef makes. But it’s been a pivotal moment in countless careers. Merrilee Buchanan – the founder – has gently guided, coached, and sometimes prodded professional women into their next step with her consulting firm. With a dual background in organizational development and behavioral health, Merrilee brings years of experience and perspective to Villa Leadership to help companies open the next chapter to their success. Need more convincing? Merrilee’s coaching is so powerful that male business owners in regions like Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt pay to have her come coach their female executives. If Merrilee can make CEO’s see the importance of women-focused coaching on that part of the globe, I’m guessing she’s terrifyingly effective.

Why a women’s only retreat? The short answer is, women think differently. There are pressures many men in the workforce don’t face. The way women communicate and support each other – when guided in the right atmosphere – changes who we are when the barriers are let down for a change.

 

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Tracy, a marketing executive for a global consultancy firm, says she still uses skills she learned at a Chocolate Villa retreat eight years ago. “It’s like core strength! There are times where you’re just going to be off-balance, like sitting on a yoga ball with your feet off the floor. But you have tools now that when you feel yourself getting off-balance, you know how to get yourself back up.”

“What’s my superpower?” Carol Storey is a licensed clinical social worker, “I came away from the retreat with the intention to leap from my current clinical work to opening my own business. My superpower was more confidence in myself. I have this. I can do this.”

“There’s this natural trust that happens,” Meagan, is a Villa consultant, “I have been able to become much more vulnerable, honest and real in these past ten years, working with Merrilee and developing these ideas and tools.”

 

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This is important: the retreat works, the attendees say, because they’re able to let down their guard and be honest with each other, sharing their hopes and fears, trying to find a balance when life is pulling them in every direction. Many of the women keep in touch with each other – years later –  checking in on progress and sharing successes, encouraging each other when forward movement seems so hard.

 

“We see that a lot,” agreed Merrilee, “when you’ve come away from a retreat where you’ve really allowed yourself to be open – your heart and soul bared, almost –  there’s a strong bond between you and these other women, these other executives who understand the pressures of the business world.”

Now that I’ve been to Chocolate Villa- four glorious days of an experience that was not only career-changing, but life-changing-  I’ll have a lot to tell you next week. In the meantime, you can learn more about the Chocolate Villa retreat and some of Villa Leadership programs here and here.

What’s Your Next? Super-charging Your Career With a Villa Consulting Retreat

What’s your next?

So, I’m at this point in my career… I’ve loved every second of being on the air with the Todd on TV, radio, and now this gloriously expansive digital platform. But I keep feeling this nagging sense that I’m missing something – something important. I feel like there’s more I should be knowing and doing and… I just know. I’m not sure where I should be focusing- there’s so many choices and as women, there are always things we should be doing.

I need coaching. I don’t know if you’ve been subjected to “consultants” in your line of work, but I vividly remember one very expensive consultant who listened to a bit of our morning radio show and told me, “Hey, Erin. You should start saying you’re into NASCAR.”

“I should-  why would I say I’m into NASCAR?” (Mind you, the only name I think is from NASCAR would be like… Dale Earnhardt? He’s NASCAR, right?)

The consultant settled back, tugging at his belt a little. “You should say you’re into NASCAR because guys dig it when girls are into racing.”

“Uh, huh…”

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What’s your next?

Maybe this is the kind of coaching you’ve gotten. Maybe you haven’t gotten any. But if you’re at a point where you want to rise in the ranks at your company, maybe make a move to a better opportunity, or maybe you’re between jobs and you want to decide what your next should be – you need to be at this retreat! There’s a different energy with women, the way we approach professional challenges is different. We feel a huge pressure because of home, kids, our extended family, church, community, blah blah blah… Everything feels equally important, but how you handle the balls you’re juggling with all twenty fingers and toes changes when you have a better understanding of what you want and what your skills are. This is the gift that Merrilee Buchanan – the CEO and founder of Villa Consulting – will give you.

 

The retreat is September 8-12th in the beautiful Heber Valley. Everything- ev. er. ee. thing. Is included in this package- a beautiful villa, chef-prepared meals, all the coaching and training, even cocktail hours and adventures designed to stretch your boundaries are included in a price that is a fraction of a regular consulting fee. And when we all charge out of there and back onto the Road of Awesome, Villa Consulting is still behind us, with a support network and checking in to see if we’re reaching our goals.

I was surprised that the hardest thing for me was asking The Todd if I could just scoot off for three days and four nights. We have kids, the show – and all the other stuff that makes us all feel snarly and anxious about leaving our lives – and I felt guilty. He, of course, looked at me like I was a moron and said, “Of course you should go!” Give yourself permission. You likely need this as much as I do.

 

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The next challenge is this: getting your boss to pay for it. Ironically, since I’m the boss it was an easy discussion. But here are some crucial tips and facts to show to your boss to convince them of the wisdom of this move. It’s all about making you more valuable to the company. And it’s helpful to have a little “script” that’s worked well for others. In the end, if you can’t get your company to cover it, ask yourself if it’s worth investing in yourself, in your career. I guarantee it’ll be a fraction of that last family trip to Disneyland.

You can find all the information about the retreat and what’s included here. When you book your place, be sure to add TODDANDERIN for 10% off – you can also bring a friend or co-worker for $1,500 as well. This is our time- Villa Consulting travels all over the world to coach women executives- in fact, they’ve consulted with women in Saudia Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt. If they can convince business owners of a woman’s value in the corporate world there, then these are some genius consultants! So take advantage of the moment and join me. I’m ready for more- I need help getting there. If you’re in the same position, then let’s do this together. Don’t forget, there’s only 10 spaces open at the retreat as I write this, so please hurry! I’m looking forward to learning with you.

What’s Your Next? Super-charging Your Career With a Villa Consulting Retreat.

Find out more about Villa Consulting here, and sign up for the retreat here. Feel free to email me with any questions at erin@thetoddanderindailystream.com.

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Day 6: Take Good Care of Your Body | The Villa Confidence Boot Camp

 

Day 6: Take Good Care of Your Body | The Villa Confidence Boot Camp.

I was talking with one of my favorite people tonight at my daughter’s Aikido class, and while we watched our kiddos pummel each other, I asked how she was feeling.

“Well, I held it together until school let out for winter break,” she confessed ruefully, “then I fell apart.” So my dear friend spent the holidays in bed, Christmas dinner was chicken soup.

But how many times have we done this? Held it all together for everyone else, and then when our poor bodies had a full thirty seconds to relax, it all falls apart? That’s why today’s mantra is all about taking care of your body. Exhausted, poorly-nourished and under-exercised is a recipe for … well … your only free time spent in bed, or worse, missing out on crucial things because your body has just had enough.

Have a look. Be inspired. Have you missed any of the other days for the 30 Day Confidence Boot Camp? Find them here. These are small, bite-sized chunks of wisdom designed to help you make small, achievable progress every day toward a more confident you.

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Are you ready for more? More in your career? In your life?

Here’s the place: ChocolateVilla’s executive women’s retreat, March 8-12 in gorgeous Heber Valley in Utah’s prettiest mountain range. This is four days that transforms you. I speak from experience. The fall retreat gave me a clarity of purpose that I’d been struggling for – something I couldn’t seem to put together myself. And I came away with friends I’ll treasure for life. Living the Villa means that you’re still supported after the retreat ends. There’s friends, follow-ups with the entire group, and the knowledge that you’re not on your own. Learn more about the retreat here, and I have some advice about how to request that your company pay for your participation here.

 

Day 5 – Step into the Mystery – Villa Confidence Boot Camp

Day 5 – Step into the Mystery – Villa Confidence Boot Camp.

Today’s confidence inspiration is from Lisa Condie, author, and international entrepreneur. We’ve all heard stories of people who take a leap of faith and reinvent their lives almost overnight. They sell all their possessions, say goodbye to family and friends, and move to a new place to start a new life. We watch with awe and sometimes envy, marveling at their willingness to throw caution to the wind and follow their bliss. But we don’t always hear how the adventure turns out.

If you’ve missed any of the first four days of Villa Confidence Boot Camp, you can find them here. 

 

 

Are you ready for more? More in your career? In your life? Here’s the place: ChocolateVilla’s executive women’s retreat, March 8-12 in gorgeous Heber Valley in Utah’s prettiest mountain range. This is four days that transforms you. I speak from experience. The fall retreat gave me a clarity of purpose that I’d been struggling for – something I couldn’t seem to put together myself. And I came away with friends I’ll treasure for life. Living the Villa means that you’re still supported after the retreat ends. There’s friends, follow-ups with the entire group, and the knowledge that you’re not on your own. Learn more about the retreat here, and I have some advice about how to request that your company pay for your participation here.

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There’s a menace in our neighborhood. Watching, always watching… 8.13.19

We have… a dark presence in our neighborhood. There’s eyes watching, always watching. I finally caught the interlopers on camera, have a look. Could they be in YOUR neighborhood?

Plus! We have the scariest modern-day horror story that even the FBI can’t solve… a super-creepy tale of a family who paid 1.4 million for their new house… and never moved in. Prepare for chills.

 

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Imagine having to find a kidnapped newborn as your first assignment in the field as a rookie FBI agent. Then imagine having the young man you saved show up at your retirement ceremony from the Bureau. Are you ready to cry? This is the most beautiful Tell Me Something Good in a long time.

 

 

We’re a month away from the Chocolate Villa executive women’s retreat up in beautiful Heber Valley! Are you ready for a life-changing experience that’ll help you decide the important next steps in your life? I certainly am. Learn more about the coaching today on the show and when you’re ready to book the retreat, be sure to enter TODDANDERIN for 10% off. BTW: want to know more about the retreat and the amazing women who’ll be coaching us? Have a look here and here.

 

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Have you given any real thought to how you want to be buried? Like everything else, there’s a ridiculous (and we do not use that word loosely) array of options these days. Made into a diamond? Shot into space? Please. That’s for amateurs. We have so many more ideas for you.

The president of Brazil has the weirdest answer to climate change ever. Ever. Jair Bolsonaro is already under fire for allowing ranchers to destroy huge swaths of the precious rain forest, but his answer to criticism is, uh, unique, anyway. Have a listen, then shake your head in despair. Or laugh. Or plan a coup. Whatever.

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