Upcoming Encore Academy Events

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Who do you want to be when you grow up?

Nine Steps to Landing Your Perfect Job

Thursday, September 1, 2016 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, Ybor City
2101 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

A common approach that job seekers use when marketing themselves to prospective employers is to write their resume without any idea of who their target employer is and what value they may bring to help them solve business problems. If writing or updating your resume and sending it out to numerous companies is not how you should begin your search, then where should you begin? This workshop answers this question and more.

Looking for a new job? Don’t update your resume!
In this workshop you will discover Nine Steps to Landing Your Perfect Job:

  • The 9 disciplines of a marketing approach
  • Discover Your True Passion and Value
  • How to build self confidence
  • Steps to creating an effective resume and cover letter
  • Effective networking and personal brand reputation
  • Leveraging your connections and the hidden job market
  • And more!

Join Lisa Huetteman, author, entrepreneur and co-founder of Black Diamond Associates, for this practical and informative session. For the past 12 years, Lisa has worked with individuals and organizations find the right fit and help people develop their unique gifts. Based on over a decade of experience, she is the co-developer of the Find My Perfect Job formula.

Free, but must register HERE

Rethinking Your Identity in Mid Life. Who do you want to be?

Friday, September 9, 2016, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
at The Greenhouse in St. Petersburg.

You’ve had many roles in your lifetime…parent, worker, teacher, spouse. By midlife, our identity may seem well established. You’re proud of what you’ve accomplished! But as you approach midlife, those roles may be shifting and you long to do something else.

Join us for a thought provoking discussion group, where we will cover areas such as:

  • Creating an expanded sense of self through mindful reflection and focus on new areas of your life.
  • Exploring sides of yourself that may have been suppressed
  • Discovering new opportunities to empower your emerging identity.

Come refashion your identity, embrace your passions, and explore new pathways. This is also a great opportunity to work with Bobbi Gemma, Master Certified Coach, Executive Coach and Life Architect with the Gemma Group.

Free but must register HERE.

Basics of Mindfulness

Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, Ybor City.
2101 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

The practice of mindfulness can lead to changes in your body, mind and soul and it has grown astoundingly in popularity in the last decade.  Lots of people think about trying mindfulness, but it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ll show you the basics of how to begin your practice.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It is also a set of techniques and methods for systematically developing this awareness. The practice of mindful awareness has a variety of impacts supported by science, including:

  • Improvements in physical health like lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system
  • Reduction in toxic stress
  • Increase in emotion regulation, and
  • Improvement in sustained attention, focus and executive functioning.

The central objective of the course is for participants to have the tools necessary to continue their mindfulness practice after the course completes.  So, join us as we learn about the basics of mindfulness and how to practice it and realize these and many other benefits.

The facilitator of this workshop is Candace Watson who has 7 1/2 years experience as a daily practitioner of mindfulness and has been a member of Florida Community of Mindfulness for five years.

Free, but must register at HERE

Change Your Meaning, Change Your Life

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Greenhouse in St. Petersburg

In this interactive workshop, transformational life coach and Huffington Post blogger, Dan Mason, helps you understand the driving forces that control the quality of our lives. You will learn how to make the mental shift that can take you from an experience of isolation to love, from scarcity to abundance. Feeling stuck in your career and relationships? This workshop could be the jumpstart you need to find your center and transform your life.

Free, but must register at HERE

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