A Nice Article About My Personal Coaching/Consulting Practice

Thanks to Debbi Kickham for this very nice testimonial!

Have a problem? Can’t make a decision? Want to reduce stress? Dealing with change? Need a more positive outlook on life? How about just overcoming inertia? Or reducing conflict?

In my view, there’s nobody  — and no life coach anywhere — who can assist you with those challenges better than my friend and colleague Jerry Posner.  I met Jerry a couple of years ago, when he gave an engaging presentation at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., the award-winning spa where he has presented more than 1,500 motivational and inspirational programs since 1993.

Everything Jerry says will inspire you to live your best life, and to become a victorious – and positive – winner in all of your endeavors.  His techniques are jam-packed with insightful, compassionate, and right-on advice, and I speak from experience.  He has offered me terrific words of wisdom – and homework – to assist me in making my wonderful life even better.

Jerry does his coaching via phone and email – and at very reasonable rates.  Convenient and most definitely cost-effective!

One of my favorite lessons from him harkens right back to a much-loved movie: The Wizard Of Oz.  Jerry says that in order to succeed in life, you really do need a brain, heart – and courage. And he’ll show you how to use these three forces to turn your life around and overcome obstacles.

Jerry not only is a motivational speaker, but he is also a professional development and customer-service trainer for clients in all industries. As a keynote speaker, he is humorous, insightful, enjoyable, entertaining and compelling. He is also the most positive person I have ever met!

If you’re stuck and need assistance and advice that is positive – and totally practical for your personal life or your business -start the conversation by sending Jerry an email:


Your first consultation is free, but his smart strategies are invaluable.

14 For 2014 — Daily Reminders for a Stellar Year

14 For 2014 — Daily Reminders for a Stellar Year

By Jerry Posner

1. Consider the possibility that nothing is insignificant.

2. A little thanks and appreciation can go a long, long way.

3. Teach people how to love … by example.

4. Count your blessings and write ‘em down, a few every day.

5. Do something today that your future-self will thank you for.

6. Know your biases. Dump the crappy ones!

7. Allow for unplanned miracles.

8. Tell at least one person a day, “I love you and I’m glad you’re here.”

9. Good deeds make magic.

10. The best apologies contain no excuses.

11. We owe our existence to the kindness of strangers … and parents.

12. Taking things for granted is the opposite of gratitude — so don’t!

13. Where am I now? Where am I headed? Is a course-correction necessary?

14. Do what makes you feel proud.


And here’s a link to the card:


New Jerry Posner Workshop For Businesses

Ways to Increase Happiness at Work … and In Life!
A workshop for businesses, presented by Jerry Posner

Available in one, two, or three hour formats.

Is a happier workplace a more productive workplace?
Do happier employees serve their customers better?
And what’s the deal with “Positive Psychology?”

Training specialist, author, lecturer Jerry Posner has created a new, practical, entertaining experience for your team. Learn how you and your business can create a more positive atmosphere for your employees and customers.

Jerry will share tools, techniques and strategies for increased happiness; improved customer engagement; mood and stress management … all based on modern science and extensive research.

One great idea, applied, can change your business (and life) for the better.
In this workshop, you’ll have PLENTY to choose from!

Topics include:
* Success and happiness … which causes which?
* Your three brains, and how to manage them
* Priming yourself for a successful day
* The ‘Happiness Set-Point’
* Reducing worry
* Practicing the practical power of appreciation and gratitude
* Mirror neurons and contagious emotions
* Think … before you stress
* Small “wins” and rewards can have large impact
* Increasing emotional intelligence
* Making habits … breaking habits
* Taking the path of least resistance

Interested?  Send Jerry an e-mail, and he’ll get in touch to discuss the details.  An excellent fit for a staff meeting, retreat, orientation or employee appreciation event.  Of course, this presentation can be customized to suit your specific needs (customer service focus, professional development focus, motivational entertainment focus, etc.)


About Jerry Posner:

Jerry Posner is a creative, dynamic speaker and training specialist. Since 1993, he has presented over 1,300 motivational and inspirational programs for guests at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, and has inspired tens of thousands of people who aspire to positive change in the workplace … and in life.

Jerry travels the country as a speaker for conferences and as a professional development trainer for businesses, corporations and organizations. He is considered an expert in the field of customer service and is continually researching and developing new material for his presentations and seminars. Combining humor, performance art and empowering content make Jerry’s programs engaging and energizing. He possesses the rare ability to connect with, entertain and inspire audiences of all kinds!

Jerry was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Teaneck, NJ. He graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in mass communications. In the early 1990’s, he founded and co-published The Positive Times magazine and hosted a weekly radio show, “Positive Radio,” as his popularity as a speaker and “motivational entertainer” grew.

His books include, “Attention Late Bloomers: You’re Right On Time!” which was published in 2006; and “Eternal Cosmic Wisdom at Bargain Basement Prices,” published in 2011.

Jerry, his wife Lynne, and their canine companions make their home in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.


There are more than 70 recommendations on Jerry’s LinkedIn page:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/jerryposner (click “see full profile”)

On his website:


Gratitude Breathing

Breathe in gratitude … breathe out gratitude. Repeat …

13 for 2013 – Daily Reminders for a Stellar Year

13 For 2013 — Daily Reminders for a Stellar Year
By Jerry Posner

1. Walk, don’t jump to conclusions.

2. Feeling stressed? Take a “gratitude break.”

3. “Mind the gap” – increase awareness of the space between stimulus and response – and CHOOSE your responses.

4. Banish old negative, stupid biases. Nurture groovy ones!

5. Generate positive, constructive self-fulfilling prophesies.

6. Avoid assumptions – ask good questions … listen carefully.

7. Be thankful for the millions and millions of people who do their jobs so we can do ours.

8. Great to count blessings, even better to write them down.

9. Brightening someone’s day will brighten yours as well.

10. Practice doesn’t make perfect … practice makes habits.

11. Demonstrate and feel love instead of just talking about it.

12. Plant seeds every day. Keep planting. They will eventually sprout. Water them with intention and attention.

13. Skate to where the puck is going, not where it’s at. (Gretzky)


Here a link to the card: https://www.facebook.com/jerryposner/photos#!/photo.php?fbid=4746720879590&set=pb.1642090676.-2207520000.1357148946&type=3&theater

“Since there’s always a choice … choose wisely!”


Practicing the Practical Power of Gratitude

Practicing the Practical Power of Gratitude
By Jerry Posner

Thanksgiving, 2012

Happiness, well-being, resilience, and positive states of brain functioning have been strongly linked to the feelings and expression of gratitude.  I don’t think we need too much research here – seems like obvious common sense to me.

But “common sense” without practice isn’t very practical … or powerful!

“Practicing” strongly suggests “doing something” – not just once or twice, but repeatedly.  Eventually making skills or habits — habits of behavior, habits of thinking, habits of feeling, interpretation, perception, etc.

You’ve heard the cliché “practice makes perfect.”  Well, practice doesn’t make perfect … practice makes habits!  Repeatedly practice something the “wrong” way, and you get very good at doing something wrong!  For example, you might know some folks who are absolute masters of negative thinking … self-pity … self-sabotage …

So, with regard to gratitude, what to practice?

1.    FEELING GRATEFUL for the good things, the love, the laughs, the lessons, the people, the opportunities, the help, the stuff, the miracles, the food, the music, the technology, etc.
2.   EXPRESSING GRATITUDE for the good things, the love, the laughs, the lessons, the people, the opportunities, the help,   the stuff, the miracles, the food, the music, the technology, etc.

How do you FEEL when you feel grateful?
Happy? Peaceful? Blessed? Centered? Generous? Secure? Calm?

Thinking and expressing thankful thoughts, and amplifying feelings of gratitude, can reduce stress … improve relationships … and minimize pettiness!  Beginning a dinner or business meeting by going around the table and having everyone mention something they’re grateful for or happy about, can have significant positive impact.

You just can’t lose with gratitude!

Sincerely thank your customers, coworkers, friends, and family. Thank your vendors, suppliers, supporters and fans! Be generous with your gratitude.  Do it today.  Do it all year round!

Write yourself some gratitude-oriented “focus phrases” (reminders) on cards and sticky-notes, and put them where you’ll see them every day.  We NEED reminders!  We’re human.  We forget!  We get distracted!

For example:

Here’s an interesting and potentially enlightening “grati-tool” –- make a list of 10 people who have helped you get to where you are right now — 10 people you’re grateful for.  10 people who helped you succeed, taught you important lessons, loved you.  We might be reminded of that kind childhood neighbor, or high school guidance counselor whose caring changed the course of our life.

When we remember how kind and generous people have been in our lives, we might be inspired to pass it on, or “pay it forward.”  We might even reclaim some positive memories of our personal history that we’d forgotten.  And … it just might make us feel happier!

Revisit your list from time to time (weekly, perhaps), and keep adding to it.

So, thank the people! Show some appreciation for them. Send thank-you notes. Tell the people you love, that you love them. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Another way to practice the practical power of gratitude is a one-minute stress-buster — THE GRATITUDE BREAK. First, select something specific about your life that you are truly, deeply thankful for (person, condition, or thing). Something or someone who you feel genuinely happy about. Then … close your eyes (not while you’re driving, please) and spend just one minute thinking about, and vividly imagining (if you can), that person, condition or thing. FEEL the gratitude and happiness as you visualize!

When your mind wanders, just gently bring it back to the gratitude-trigger.  You might enjoy making a mental collage or movie of several gratitude-triggers at once. For example, I might visualize my wife … holding an iPad in one hand … petting the dogs with the other hand … while ukuleles orbit the whole scene — all things that make me smile and that I’m grateful for!

Try a gratitude break once a day, and see what happens! Twice a day would be a worthy experiment.

A favorite “grati-tool” that gets a huge amount of press is THE GRATITUDE JOURNAL (a.k.a. “Gratitude Diary” or “Five Good Things”). Here’s what to do: every day (or most days), write down five things you are grateful for. They can be deep … shallow … serious … funny … spiritual … material. Just list five things you’re sincerely grateful for on paper or computer. Not in your head. Write them down or type them in.

Your mileage may vary!  People who write a daily gratitude journal often report improved relationships, less stress, more patience, better decision-making, feeling more secure … and more happiness!  Some studies suggest that even a weekly visit with the Gratitude Journal can yield positive results.

During challenging times, regular focus on gratitude can restore much-needed balance. Not to deny that there might be some adversity or challenges, but to remember that there are wonderful things and opportunities available as well.

Practice the practical power of gratitude, and make every day, a day of thanks-giving.
So many benefits … so small a cost!


Practicing the Practical Power of Gratitude and Practicing the Practical Power of Appreciation are positive programs presented by Jerry Posner for businesses, organizations, conferences and groups.  For booking information, e-mail posgroup@aol.com.

Great Leaders are Great Teachers … Some Simple Ideas on Leadership

Great Leaders are Great Teachers …
Some Simple Ideas on Leadership
By Jerry Posner

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo DaVinci

Often, the most practical and actionable wisdom is elementary and uncomplicated. Consider Dr. Stephen Covey’s bestseller, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” — all simple reminders that can create powerful results … when applied. K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

When I speak or write about leadership, I usually combine the role of “leader” with “trainer” as leaders are continually teaching and training their team, by example (behavior, mood, tone, body language, etc.) and by instruction. Great leaders are great teachers. And as the emerging field known as positive psychology suggests, emotions are contagious (especially the emotions of the boss)! Emotional intelligence is an important factor for successful leadership.

Did you ever have a teacher or a coach, perhaps a mentor or manager that you totally respected … and totally respected you? Someone who understood people’s feelings? Someone who’s skills you admired? Someone who made you feel proud to be on their team or working for their business? Here’s a little exercise: write down the names of two or three of them, and write down the qualities you respected the most. Begin your workday by reminding yourself of those qualities. Take note of how thinking about those qualities makes you feel. Inspired? Motivated? See what happens in a month or two of these daily reminders!

When a leader exhibits qualities like kindness, compassion, fairness and courage in the workplace, it is likely that the team (and the company culture) will exhibit those qualities as well. Naturally, this filters down throughout the organization and to the customers, clients, vendors and community. This is called “treatment transfer” and of course, it works both ways.

But just recognizing common sense wisdom isn’t enough. It must be applied. There has to be practice. Not hard or tedious practice, just a little bit of practice every day. Focus with daily frequency. Get feedback. Have some fun!

So, what are the habits you might want to develop and what are the habits you might want to trash? Always excellent questions. Do we want to improve our communication skills, for example? Handle stress better? Act kinder and more compassionately? More decisive? Better organized? Give yourself honest feedback; perhaps get some from others, too. Evaluate the feedback without becoming too defensive. Great leaders get lots of feedback and use it.

I like short, catchy phrases or reminders, to help me remember the habits I want to make and the habits I want to trash! When I focus my attention on those trigger-phrases daily, they affect my thinking and behavior, eventually sinking into my long-term memory, creating new habits, and … voila!

Here are some to consider:

Emotions are contagious, so it pays to know what I’m feeling.
Inspire the passion!
Remember the vision!
Compassion is always an option.
I treat my staff the way I want them to treat our customers.
I recognize great ideas and transmit them to my team.
What’s important to me now?
I make my choices based on the outcomes I most desire.
I am committed to the success of my team.
I am the coach, not the critic.
I tell the truth and keep my promises.
I communicate clearly, accurately, kindly, effectively, (C.A.K.E.)
Great leaders are great teachers!

Feel free to use some of mine or write your own. One word triggers can be helpful, too, words like: purpose, calm, peace, gratitude, smile, alert, appreciate, listen, caring. Use words and phrases that inspire you … guide behavior … make you feel good! Put them on post-it notes, file cards, posters, screen-savers …

Storytelling is a great skill for leaders to develop; especially when the story illustrates the material you want to teach. Good stories are “sticky” — people remember them. Real life or fiction, a great story well delivered is a terrific leadership tool and will help with public speaking also.

And speaking of public speaking … when invited to say a few words, be prepared! Always have “a few words” ready and rehearsed, if necessary. Great leaders are confident speakers.

So many of the old common-sense sayings and clichés contain the wisdom of exemplary leadership. When we recognize the ones that are useful to us, and reinforce them regularly, then we get some improvement! For example:

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
“What goes around comes around.”
“Be careful what you wish for … you might get it.”
“Let sleeping dogs lie.”
“A stitch in time saves nine.”
“Plan your work … and work your plan.”
“One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.”
“Don’t get wet before it rains.”
“Before you lose your temper, count to ten.”
“What ‘the thinker’ thinks ‘the prover’ proves”
“You can’t get to the top by sitting on your bottom.”

Great leaders are great teachers … and great students, also!

Jerry Posner is an engaging conference speaker, “motivational entertainer,” author and training specialist. He will be presenting a three-hour workshop, “Ways to Be a Better ‘Leader-Trainer’” on November 8 at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce office in Hudson. Cost is $49 for members and $89 for non-members. To make reservations, please call the Chamber at (518) 828-4417. For more information about Jerry, visit http://www.jerryposner.com.


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