My work involves coordinating and implementing mental health trainings and public speaking engagements. Recently, I coordinated the Transformation Training for Project NOW (www.projectnow.org) in Rock Island, Illinois. A considerable amount of work goes into the successful planning and execution of this kind training. Listed below is an abbreviated version of ten steps I took to make it happen.
1. Contact with Project NOW
2. Submitting a proposal
3. Preparing the agenda, materials, handouts and evaluations
4. Identifying co-trainers
5. Conference planning calls with co-trainers
6. Securing local representatives for a panel discussion
7. Communicating with all parties as we progressed
8. Submitting final bill to Project NOW
9. Disbursing payment to co-presenters
10. Sending thank-you notes to volunteer panel members
For me personally, I needed to prioritize taking care of my own mental health and staying well so I would be able to effectively lead this training team. I prepared to the best of my ability and relied on the support of my co-trainers to make the best possible effort. But what was significant for me personally is the conversation I was having with God the week of the training.
The weeks prior were perhaps the most difficult weeks I have had in years with respect to my mental health. I was doing everything within my power to take care of myself and prepare for this training, but I did not have the energy and focus that I needed. So I started asking God for strength to bless others. I also solicited prayers from people who care about me. The day of the training our team literally “knocked it out of the ballpark.” There was a tremendous amount of audience participation, plus there is the possibility of providing the Transformation Training at a different site in the future. I honestly do not believe we would have been successful without those conversations with God and I am grateful to SERN for encouraging me to share how my personal spirituality impacts the way I do business.
AJ French, SERN Board of Directors