The Leadership Challenge Forum – Kouzes & Posner

The Leadership Challenge Forum is an annual conference surrounding the work of Kouzes and Posner and built using the Wiley publishing brand. This year it will take place June 19-20 in New Orleans. There is a nice line up of leadership authors and some interesting programming. If you are interested in Kouzes and Posner’s five leadership practices, this might be a good event to attend.

Program information

Additional resources

Positioning Presentation Nov 2011

I had the chance to present some thoughts on positioning yourself, your products and your business in the marketplace recently. If you are interested, I’ve attached a pdf of my presentation notes here. The notes are half pages, so when you print them out, there are 2 per page for a total of 4 pages.

Essentially, I outlined why I think it is important to start with who you serve. So many times, we get caught up in very generic expectations of what we should be doing to market ourselves thinking that we have to conquer the entire world. In reality, most of us need to reach a steady, committed set of clients with whom we can be connected over time. Mass marketing can be very effective, but it is also very expensive. And even when you are engaged in mass marketing, you are really carefully targeting your audience.

So when in doubt, start with thinking about your ideal client. Focus on who is a good client or customer for you and you may find that you can be much more efficient with your time and talents.

Positioning Presentation 7Nov11

Grief Workshop Offered Feb. 20, 2010

Grief Workshop – Feb. 20, 2010 Offered by Sarah Arnett

Sarah Arnett, an Organizational Development colleague I know, is offering a program called, Moving with Grief through Physical Storytelling.  It will be held at Wesley Long Hospital on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Program Description:

This workshop helps people find new insights or new “endings” to stories that have played in their head for a while that have resulted in some mode of the grief cycle.  Stories are verbally shared and then I help guide the group to retell the stories IN MOVEMENT only.  The storyteller gets to witness the story instead of only replaying it in their head (again).  This creates empathy, new insights, and group wisdom….No movement experience required – abilities and disabilities welcome. Stories have come from recent events and from events that are decades old.

Who Should Attend?:

Caregivers, Hospice workers, chaplains, agency workers, healthcare workers, therapists, church leaders (lay or ordained) have come to these programs. I have had”regular people” come to these events!


Wesley Long Community Hospital Auditorium
501 N Elam Avenue
Greensboro, NC


Sarah Arnett MA, LMBT, NCC, ADTR; Organizational Development Specialist, Moses Cone Health System


You may register for this program through AHEC at 336-832-8025.

AHEC is the Area Health Education Center – a national initiative to support education in the healthcare arena.  The Greensboro AHEC enhances learning experiences by providing information resources to both students and practicing health care professionals in the area.  (source AHEC website)


Barbara Demarest
Executive Coaching, Seminars & Keynotes,
Online Networking & Positioning for Career & Business Growth
Ph/ 336-303-1577
Twitter @barbarademarest
LinkedIn /barbarademarest
Coaching Profile:
My e-book with Joyce Richman, Getting Your Kid Out of the House and Into a Job is now available at

Artista 2010 – Feb. 25, 2010

Leadership Skills for Girls:  Exhibit and Art Sale Fundraiser for the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation

A friend just sent me an email announcing an upcoming event that I thought those of you in the Greensboro, NC area might be interested in.

Here are the details:

Artista 2010: Exhibit and Sale of Art, Jewelry, Pottery, Sculpture by local women artists

Gala: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time: 5:30pm –8:30pm

Place: Marshall Art Gallery, located at the Village at N. Elm just east of Pisgah Church Rd.

Tickets: $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door

(purchase online at or

Proceeds go to the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation “Nurturing Girls to be Tomorrow’s Leaders”

The WPF Foundation makes annual grants available to local non-profit organizations to fund programs that support our agenda to develop leadership skills for girls.


Barbara Demarest, Executive Coach — see my profile on or contact me at

Jan. 21, 2010 Interview with Wishcraft Author, Barbara Sher

Barbara Sher, author of Wishcraft, will be interviewed by career consultant Darrell Gurney January 21, 2010.  I do know Barbara Sher and think she is a terrific resource for people in career transition.  I don’t know Darrell, but was sent this info on his free tele-seminar.  I can probably get Barbara to do something like this with me some time in 2010, i.e. a phone interview and Q&A with folks.  Let me know if you all would like that and I can work on it.

The title of the free tele-seminar is:

“I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew How to Network!”

Here’s the information sent to me by Darrell.

“The author of the 30-year best-selling career book “Wishcraft” addresses your questions about effective networking on January 21, 2010.  This
limited-seating FREE teleseminar will clarify the quickest and most effective ways to effect career transitions in tough times.  The masses are scouring the online job boards but the savvy are tapping into the power of relationships. Barbara Sher’s concepts of “brainstorming” and “barnstorming” have helped her readers network into careers they love for over three decades.  Register now and ask your top networking question of Barbara Sher at  This call is limited to the first 150 registrants.”

Jan 2010 LinkedIn & TwitterLabs Scheduled

Requests for help with LinkedIn and Twitter continue to roll in, so I’ve scheduled a few dates in January 2010 to keep conducting the Labs.  The format is one-hour and it is an informal process that can be different each time we run a Lab depending on who is on the line and what they want to cover. I try to make sure we go over some of the basics of the home page and the profile page no matter what.  It is more like “office hours” than a set curriculum.

We use a conference line so you can be on your home phone sitting in front of your computer with your profile open.  By having you click on your own profile and physically engage (as opposed to my using a webinar and showing your slides) I’ve found that people learn and retain more.  The cost is $15.00 per session.

For more information, you can check out my Courses & Events page on  I have done some individual sessions by phone and in person also and I am open to doing group sessions in person if there is interest.  You can email me at for rates for those if you are interested.

To follow me on Twitter: @BarbaraDemarest

And my profile on LinkedIn is

LinkedIn Labs

  • Jan. 6, 2010 at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Jan. 21, 2010 at 9 a.m. (Eastern Time)


  • Jan. 19, 2010 at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Dec Dates Added for LinkedIn & Twitter Labs

Well, it looks like there are a lot of people who want to talk about LinkedIn and Twitter, two social media tools that help you position yourself online.  I’m excited to work on this!  I’ve added a page to this site called Courses & Events where I’ll keep a running list of the Labs and other events I am offering.

Here are the dates for December 2009 Labs:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 9 a.m. (Eastern Time)
Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 5 p.m.  (Eastern Time)

LinkedIn Lab
Thursday, December 3, 2009 at Noon (Eastern Time)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 9 a.m. (Eastern Time)

I run these as “labs” meaning that I hope that you will actively be experimenting with Twitter and LinkedIn during the session.  If you just listen to a presentation, you’ll get something out of it, but you will remember and understand more if you actually use these tools.  So how it works is that I am on the phone giving you guidance and pointing out some things I’ve learned about these tools and you are trying them out on your computer.  These are group sessions and people end up asking questions as we go along so that each session is a little bit different.  I’ve even had a few people do the sessions more than once because they find working in this collaborative setting a helpful way to keep learning a little bit more each time they join in.

To register, go to the Courses & Events page or send an email to and I’ll give you instructions.  And if December is too busy for you to think about social media, then be on the lookout for the January dates.