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Live Yoga – Right in Your Home

may leungWhen I first started Yoga with May Leung at a well-known fitness club, I wondered if I was out of my mind. This thing was hard! My core, legs and arms felt embarrassingly useless next to others in the class. I was scared that the stretches and lifting of my body parts would put me back in a wheelchair, or possibly break my bones.

Not so! May gave me the attention I needed to do alternative poses so I could move towards the strength and flexibility I need. Today I find myself getting stronger everywhere as I move more easily from one pose to another.

I am now in the process of working with May to offer a live yoga class, right in people’s home, or anywhere they choose. In May’s virtual class, participants from anywhere in the world can see and hear her, like a TV program; but it will be more like 2-way TV, as she will also see participants, and give personalized guidance in doing each position according to their personal ability.

Why yoga is hailed one of the best exercise programs in the world

If you want some concrete proof, as to why Yoga is so good for you, here is what Dr. Oz has to say about the benefits of yoga.

Yoga helps clean blood of waste material (through lymphatic stimulation), and trains us to loosen muscles and joints that are ignored in our day-to-day lives… Routines like sun salutation get the blood flowing as we warm up and free our body to experience the new stresses we will face…The practice also gets us to handle the weight of our body more effectively, which builds bone and muscle strength so we are more resilient to the frailty that afflicts many.

What is so special about our yoga class

May is a world class, certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. Her virtual class will focus on a combination of exercise and energy balancing through breathing to increasing overall well-being. Students will flow from one pose to another on each inhalation and exhalation in breath-synchronized movement.

I will soon let you know the day, time, and low cost for this very limited class. Leave me a comment if you have any questions or want more information.

Live Web Events: Empowering Ourselves for Success

The decision to integrate web-conferencing or virtual events in my list of skills is proving to be a great decision! A consulting organization, which I am partnering with, is at the second stage of a competition for a large government contract that requires doing live training and meeting over the web. I have noticed over the last few months that such contracts are becoming increasingly popular.

I believe learning how to lead and participate in live web events is a definite way to empower ourselves for success in the future. What do you think? Please take a few seconds and answer the following two poll questions.

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Get Connected, Get productive – Mobility Not Required

Yesterday I had a wonderful meeting in my home office, with my Pajama-pants on, and no make-up. In this disorderly state, I was hesitant to poke my head outside, for fear that someone I know would see me. Fortunately, the members of my Church’s Communication Commission, with whom I was meeting virtually on WebEx, couldn’t see much below my shoulders; and if they could, I believe they wouldn’t care.

You see, we were connecting and getting some serious work done. Best of all, we did not have to take one step out of the convenience of our homes.

Below is shown the meeting window, with our agenda on PowerPoint, list of participants and a picture of me on Webcam (whenever someone speaks, he or she is shown on the screen).

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Meeting for approximately one hour, we accomplished various tasks. This included decided on a name for a newsletter and completely planning the first issue. Plus we had ample time to check-in with each other.

Just about everyone seems limited by time, money, transportation or mobility. That is certainly one reason why virtual collaboration is slowly taking over the world.

A stoke has limited my mobility somewhat, but not my ability to connect face to face with the world, and give my all for the good of the people and organizations I serve. I am committed to using and teaching others to use virtual technology (WebEx for the time being) to connect, accomplish the results they want in their lives, and to become a more productive contribution to themselves and the world.

How can virtual collaboration help you get more connected and productive?

Going Virtual: Developing People Over There from Right Here

Type of screen on which virtual participants were projected.

Two Weeks ago, I attended the 2012 International Black Summit (IBS) in Birmingham, Alabama. I watched my fellow  facilitators masterfully help a young lady, who was sitting in her Toronto living room, deal with the realities of herself and the job to which she was so devoted.  Projected on a screen, in front of the room, the young lady poured out her dilemma to a room full of participants in Birmingham. Her tear-filled words seemed to touch every heart in the room and kept my own eyes and ears transfixed by what was happening. With a microphone in hand, each facilitator, with their eyes glued to the young lady, took turn guiding her to the answers that would transform her.

It did not take long for me to realize that I was witnessing the realization of a vision I have held for the last few years: small businesses and non-profit organizations reaching remote participants around the world, and interacting with them, as though they are right in front of them. Now I can more forcefully say, no matter where they are, if individuals can’t physically attend an event because of ability, distance, cost, responsibilities, etc., they can take advantage of the increasingly powerful, virtual participation.

I heard and saw the virtual IBS participants from Canada and others parts of the U.S., as they were projected into the room. I was present to God and the opportunities to realize whatever vision we set our hearts to. Just put it out there, do the work and stand, and keep doing the work and keep standing, until the vision manifests.

As I sit here now, I see a vision of thousands of organizations making their professional development events virtually accessible around the globe (including best in-class live virtual interaction), as the IBS achieved two weeks ago. I also see myself sitting here in front of my computer in Markham, Ontario, enabling others (people down the road, elsewhere in Toronto, from another place in Canada, or from another country) to deliver virtually accessible events  from right where they are.

What about you? What do you have to offer the world? What can you do to develop people around the world, from right where you are?

Web-Conferencing Can Give You New Life

When a misfortune in life left me barely mobile and unable to work, I found a way to get back in the game. I attended and lead seminars, participated in meetings, and served on leadership committees – all from the comforts of my home. Web-conferencing brought me back to life.

I know now that team learning, serving, and collaboration are never out of our reach, even when we think we are alone and there is no hope of finding the collaboration we need. No matter where we are, as long as we can touch a keyboard, speak into a computer microphone, or share ourselves through a webcam, the world is our partner.

In the next two months, I will be collaborating with subject matter experts to offer various programs, that can be accessible wherever we are, via web-conferencing. I would love to know some things you would like information about or training in – and you would like to do so from the location of your choice. In addition, these are things which are so important to you that you would pay a reasonable fee for the information or training.

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