More on Life Balance Seminar…

The relatively new Life Balance Seminar is increasingly popular. The most recent Life Balance Seminar I conducted was on March 23, 2013 (about 4 weeks ago) at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The Lakeshore Chapter of the Project Management Institute sponsored the 4-hour event. There were 90 attendees after only about four weeks of promoting the event—a great accomplishment by Richard Steer, Senior Vice President of the PMI Lakeshore Chapter, and his team. I absolutely love conducting this seminar which is all about life and the captured wisdom of 25 senior Americans as documented in the book: The Gift of Wisdom: Lessons for a Lifetime. Each seminar has many attendees that have personally told me that they experienced “ah-ha” moments of joy, warmth, inspiration, hope, ideas and so much more that can help them be more deliberate in order to achieve more effective, balanced and full lives—both at work and personally. Here is a sample of what seminar participants are saying:

  • What a powerful and thought-provoking seminar! It is applicable to many areas of life: work, home, past (lessons learned) and future.
  • I was transfixed on every snippet of wisdom and story that Neal shared. I did not miss a word and wished that the seminar was longer.
  • If I would have been exposed to this seminar earlier in my career—and had the foresight and maturity to have taken it to heart—I would be further along in my career. I believe that everyone needs this booster shot every few years.

See http://nealwhittengroup.com/appearances/ for the date and location when the next Life Balance Seminar will be offered to the public.

Will I likely agree with the views expressed in the book?

You will not always agree with the contributors’ points of view. In fact, many of the contributors had opposing views in some areas. But by listening to and considering what they have to say can help you examine your own philosophies and beliefs. The result can be you becoming more conscious in who you choose to be, how you choose to think and the actions that you choose to take to have a more successful and satisfying life. There are some topics, such as spirituality and family/parental, that you may find to be especially personal for you. Other than to encourage you to maturely question your thoughts and actions as well as those thoughts and actions of people around you, it is not my intent to sway the reader in any particular direction.

Life Balance Seminar

The Life Balance Seminar is described on this web site by selecting Seminar in the top menu. To date, I have conducted over a dozen of these 4-hour seminars and have several booked as I write this. In all cases, many attendees approach me afterward and tell me that they needed to hear some of these life lessons at this point in their lives… regardless of their age or life experience. Whether the topic was about improving their effectiveness at work, relationships, managing finances, pursuing a dream or losing a loved one, there are always nuggets of wisdom that can help a person live a more happy, prosperous and successful life. The seminar has already given inspiration to hundreds of participants. The seminar is based on the book, The Gift of Wisdom: Lessons for a Lifetime.

What was the purpose for writing The Gift of Wisdom?

It is four-fold.

  1. In America, it is my view that we typically do not recognize, respect, honor or draw upon the tremendous wealth of wisdom that resides in our elders. I want to contribute to turning this thinking around by capturing that wisdom, albeit only a slither, and making it available to the populace—no matter the age.
  2. I want to provide a source of inspiration and help to all peoples so that they may have access to the experience and wisdom of their elders so their lives may benefit in some positive way.
  3. I want to offer a forum to encourage people to think for themselves. There is too little of this in our world. Too many people blindly follow others and/or act irrationally without questioning their own actions and the consequences of those actions on themselves and on others.
  4. The contributors to this book often had differing views and, arguably, none were incorrect. I want to show the diversity of a cross-section of America and, although we may have our differences, we have far more in common. America’s diversity makes us stronger as long as we demonstrate tolerance and seek to understand one another.