Carolyn Gray and I were destined to be friends. She wore pearls and a feather boa and talked of business and etiquette, while I sported wild curly hair with a 4-year-old in tow speaking on communication and marketing. We met through a local business association geared toward the success of women in business (MCABW). Our energies connected instantly! At every exchange, we had a synergistic escalation of ideas and thoughts wrapped in a whole bunch of laughter. Yes, we were certainly going to be good friends.
In those days, we were both promoting our books. I had just finished, “My Mom Has Eyes in the Back of her Head,” and she was promoting her manners and etiquette book for children, “All About Me* for Teens and Tweens (*Manners & Etiquette),” as well as hosting workshops at the local children’s museum. We would do small shows together to market our books, supporting and encouraging each other along the way. Even in those early days, we knew we would be doing something BIG together in the future!
While I have known Carolyn in the capacity of author, coach, speaker and workshop facilitator, she additionally has nearly 30 years experience in Human Resources and leadership. Now, she brings that wealth of knowledge, love for people, and desire to make the world a better place into her practice, Zircon Consulting. Her initial push into manners and etiquette came when leaving a church service where she became angry and appalled at the disruptive behavior of some of the youth. She told me that she thought, “Someone needs to do something with all these half -raised kids!” Then, she heard the small, still voice (you know the one) and received quite the answer, “Well, what are you doing about it?” That was her push into teaching manners to the youth. Over the years, she has expanded that concept to executive manners and social etiquette. She wrote a book entitled, “Network Etiquette: Frazzle Don’t Dazzle,” that explores those concepts.
She has written 6 books over the years. Each one touching on a topic that enhances daily life. Her personal favorite is, “365 Days of Gratitude.” She tells the story of how that book resulted after her mother’s passing as a way of healing for Carolyn’s sorrow. Click the podcast link below to hear the full story from Carolyn. You can see all of her other titles here.
Over the years we have many meet-ups, lunches, and breakfasts together, pondering business, brainstorming about marketing, sharing our upcoming events, and gleaning into the strengths and experience of the other. And each time we departed we were more convinced that we would connect our energy in a bigger way. We have explored many ideas, but the timing was not quite right.
Now, nearly 10 years in the making, everything has come together. With a merging of minds and talent, we are combining our strengths and strategy to share with others. Since the beginning, we have continued to grow and sharpen our skills so that we would be ready to be ready when the opportunity arose
Carolyn is known for her vision board workshops. She has a unique way of helping people create a vision and be bold in their display. She helps them understand the power of a vision board and what role it can play in their life and goal achievement.
Her vision board session coupled with the creative, written, life design that I share will empower our guests to be courageous in their lives, intentional with their direction, and open to their potential. It is important to have the opportunity to achieve this type and level of clarity so that energy is activated into action.
We are excited to come together and offer a unique and energetic workshop to help others build a map to navigate a great year! Our hope is that we will inspire and equip our guests with tools that will not just assist them in 2019, but in the years to come as well. With our pearls and sparkles, Carolyn and I are ready to empower others for a great year!
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