June Spotlight Sponsor – Ellen Sanders, ES Consulting

SPECIAL OFFER TO ALL SYNERGY participants during the month of June from our Spotlight Sponsor!

ES Consulting Solutions, LLC
Ellen Sanders
ellensanders@Esconsultingsolutions.com
www.esconsultingsolutions.com

Offer Expires: August 31, 2011
Free two to three hour safety and recordkeeping audit.

Audit is designed to review the follow:
*OSHA 300 logs
*Worker’s Compensation evalution
*Training Requirements
*Safety Handbook
*Facility walkthrough

WFIR interview with Ellen Sanders by Lynda McNutt Foster:

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What is the biggest mistake you see small business owners make when it comes to meeting OSHA requirements?

Owners may be aware of regulations but aren’t sure how to go about or even identify safety issues and apply them to their own business. This can greatly affect the company’s profitability, worker retention and engagement.

What types of fines can a business owner get a result of not complying with OSHA rules and regulations?

The actions of the employer determine the level of fines. Employee exposure, the hazard present, and the employer actions in making the company a safe place to work are key. Not complying can bring penalties ranging from $5 000 up to $70000 per violation.

What should a small business owner do to comply with OSHA requirements?

Perform a safety and health audit. This provides a mechanism in identifying, and evaluating what needs to be done. The audit program should include review of applicable documentation such as illness and injury reports, OSHA 300 logs, workers’ compensation files, hazard analysis, exposure data, past OSHA inspections, health and safety manuals, and training records. The audit should also include a walkthrough to indentify hazards in the workplace which also helps provide the person conducting the audit a better understanding of the business.

May Spotlight Sponsor – Robyn Goodpasture, FitStudio365

Synergy participant special! (Certificate good through June 30, 2011.  Contact synergizemybusiness at gmail.com to redeem)

Robyn Goodpasture, FitStudio365

Robyn Goodpasture, Exec Weightloss Coach

Sign up now for your FREE, one-hour, private laser focused weight loss coaching session with Robyn. During the session you will discover what’s blocking you from reaching you your highest level health and wellness goals and you’ll leave with a plan to reach them!

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More of Lynda Foster’s  WFIR interview with Robyn:

What are some things that business owners should avoid when it comes to food and managing stress?
Do NOT have unhealthy “comfort food” or emotional trigger food easily accessible. It is critical to eat healthy, balanced, low starch carb meals through out the day. This will make it a lot less likely to derail and start on a carb binge.

What are some quick tips for busy business owners to stay healthy?
Determine that you are your best resource and your best client. Treat your workout time and eating time as VALUABLE.  Honor your commitment to you!  Sleep, even when you feel overwhelmed.   Rest helps up function and think better.
Hydrate. drink water for every non – water drink you consume.
Pack food and always have HEALTHY, protein based snacks on hand. This will solve a ton of issues.

What advice would you give someone who has very little time but wants to be as healthy as possible?
If you HAVE no time to take care of yourself, then you need to have a heart to heart with YOU.   Three to four hour per week, for self care is simply NOT too much to ask.   Ask yourself what nonproductive, nonhealthy time stealers, you are engaging in, then go to BATTLE.  You are in control of your scehdule. Tell people you have an appointment – you do not have to tell them with who or why! 5 minutes COUNTS.  Rethink what you “THINK” is meaningful exercise. Park FARTHER AWAY. If you don’t have to get out of your car to get your food, do NOT get that food.
Remember “Motivation is an ACTION not A FEELING”

Professional Coaches of the Blue Ridge – Friday, May 13, 2011

Professional Coaches of the Blue Ridge

Lynda McNutt Foster

Lynda McNutt Foster, Small Business Advocate

Friday, May 13, 2011
Noon – 1:30p
Facilitator:  Lynda McNutt Foster
Topic:  This mastermind session will take you through techniques that will fine tune your marketing message, elevator speech, and public relations strategy to attract more coaching clients.

Synergy Select – Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – Courtyard Marriott!

Lynda McNutt Foster

Lynda McNutt Foster, Small Business Advocate

Synergy Select
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
8:30a-10:30a
Back to our old stomping grounds at COURTYARD MARRIOTT for the rest of the season!  (right off of Herschberger next to Burlington Coat Factory)
Facilitator:  Lynda McNutt Foster
Mastermind Session – Excuses Be Gone
Learn the 12 excuses we use as our barriors to success and how to break through them!

Business Builders 2 May 10, 2011 830a-1030a Courtyard Marriott

Jim Patterson

Jim Patterson, Professional Trainer

Business Builders TWO
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8:30a-10:30a
Courtyard Marriott
Facilitator:  Jim Patterson
Learn from one of the best on how to build, manage and lead a great team!

Business Builders 1 – Wed May 11th at Best Western Valley View

Lynda McNutt Foster

Lynda McNutt Foster, Small Business Advocate

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:30a-10:30a at Best Western Valley View
Facilitator:  Lynda McNutt Foster
This mastermind session is a highly interactive session with true peer to peer learning!  You will find out the major things that might be blocking you and your business from taking the next step to your success.

March 15 – Synergy Select – Using DISC to Delegate

March 15, 2011, 8:30a-10:30a
Location:  F &W Building on 419 (see below)
Facilitator:  Jeff Smith, The Titan Group
Communication for Negotiation and Delegation

Jeff Smith, The Titan Group

Jeff Smith, The Titan Group

Whether you’ve been exposed to the DISC profile assessment tool for identifying yours and others personality profiles, or not, this advanced course will raise your awareness of how to use this information in practical applications for negotiation and communication.  (Part II of a two part series)

MARCH AND APRIL’S SESSIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE 3 STORY WHITE BUILDING LOCATED ON 419 across that road from 7-11 and BB&T in Roanoke.  This building is on the right hand side of the road if you are coming from Tanglewood Mall

March 9 – Business Builders One – Internet Marketing That Works

Brian Duvall, Duvall Media

Brian Duvall, Duvall Media

Wednesday, March 9, 2011  8:30a-10:30a
Best Western – Valley View
Facilitator:  Brian Duvall, Duvall Media

Navigating the fast moving waters of internet marketing can be confusing and difficult to decode.
You’ll learn the fastest way to lead generation success on the internet.  Get ready to learn the
techniques you can’t find anywhere else!

Wine Gourmet Toasts the Speakers

Kimberly Eakin - Wine Gourmet

Kimberly Eakin, Owner, Wine Gourmet

Kimberly Eakin, owner of Wine Gourmet, and one of the charter participants of Synergy Sessions has stepped up to toast our speakers by becoming our official Speakers Sponsor!

Wine Gourmet is located at 2219 Franklin Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014 and can be found on-line at www.winegourmet.biz.

Thank you, Kimberly, for stepping up and honoring our fantastic Synergy speakers!

Writing the Right Bio

Priscilla Richardson

Priscilla Richardson

by Priscilla Richardson, MA, JD ©2011

How do you write a SHORT bio?

You’ll find it very easy to write a long bio for Lynda. You go in order, starting with birth to the present, and list everything important. Complete? yes. Bo-o-oring? YES.

So how do you write a bio that gives the info to establish you as the expert you are and yet keep it SHORT? Start with your list of events from birth on. Just make a list, don’t worry about sentences. Then go thru the list and see what you can leave out – maybe the way you showed mechanical aptitude at age two with your toy wrench can go, but your sales record at Widget Inc. should stay.

Test every bit on the list for relevance. If your degree in physics boosts your authority about remodeling, use it. If not, don’t.
Consolidate others. Instead of separate items covering each of your education experiences, for example, say, “Upon graduation from college Sparky sold 16 thousand widgets in one year, beating the sales record to date.” For the most part, until you get to be President of General Motors, or the United States, leave out job titles. Include accomplishments.

OK, you’ve pared down your list.

Now, go to the WHY. Why should an audience member want to hear from you? Will she learn a skill? A new way to sell? Just what?
Take Sparky. “Sales whiz Sparky will share his way of getting a prospect to buy.” Or, “Sparky will give you a check list of ‘must do’s’ to get that sale.” Now, the listener is getting ready not just to listen but to listen and learn.

With these two: accomplishments, plus reasons for the audience to pay attention, you have the bones of a great SHORT bio. Then all you need is a little fun, a little extra, to make you both human and memorable. Maybe start with it, work it in, or end with it. But use it.

You’ll need SHORT bios for many different reasons, including your introduction before you speak. Play with them, tweak them. And let them show the fun part of you, too.