Celebrating 21 Years!

The Spokesperson Newsletter from July 22, 2020

Celebrating 21 Years at Training Wheels!
Hello facilitator friends!
I’m not quite sure how it’s possible, but Training Wheels turns 21 this week!  To celebrate I came up with a list of 21 Lessons Learned over the years.  What’s written below is the brief explanation of each lesson, but there is a story behind each one of these!  If you want to hear the story behind each of these lessons learned, I’m inviting you to join a Zoom celebration session this Friday at 3:00pm MT / 5:00pm ET.  Please stop by and say hello, hear a story or two and hang out with me for an hour or so.  I’d love to have you join me!  
21 Lessons LearnedRubber Chickens melt together if you leave them in your rental car trunk in the summer.Everything happens for a reason.Not everyone will like you and your facilitation style, and that’s OK.Circumstances change, and so do you.Play well with others!  Cultivate relationships with friends and colleagues who will give you critical feedback.  Be a cheerleader and champion for them as well.Ask for help when you need it.Acknowledge your burnout.  Mental health is so important.Don’t listen to the doubters.  I had many, many people tell me the team building field didn’t need another organization selling props and kits.  Be open to new perspectives and ideas.Learn from your mistakes and share them with others.  Allow yourself to be vulnerable and use them as teachable moments.Confidence and a clipboard go a long way.Even if others think you are the expert, be a continuous learner and seek out educational opportunities for yourself.Be a MacGuyver Facilitator.  If MacGuyver can make a bomb with some duct tape, a roll of toilet paper and a bar of chocolate, you can figure out how to create a program with phenomenal outcomes that meets the client’s needs.Get a business line of credit before you need it.Travel often.  Be an eternal explorer of both the world and yourself.It’s OK to say no.  (This one is hard for me!)A sense of humor is essential.Creativity is a gift, share it with others.Find time for solo-experiences.  Do good internal work as well as external work.Assume positive intent.Show appreciation.I hope you will join me this Friday, July 24 at 3:00p MT / 5:00 ET!   Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 875 8572 8077
Passcode: 980500
Thank you so much for your business and support along the way.  It means more than you will ever know.
Best wishes to you and your loved ones to be healthy, safe and to be virtually connected.  

Have fun out there, 

Michelle Cummings
Owner/Trainer/Big Wheel
Training Wheels