To feel a sense of purpose and a sense of progress in life is key to feeling happy, connected and productive.  But in a time when physical distancing is expected and many have either lost their job or are attempting to maintain productivity working from home, how can we achieve that all important sense of progress? By contributing to the solution!

Join Jan Bailey of Ovation and Kimberly Schaschl, a certified counselling therapist, as they discuss people’s desire to find a way to be contributing to the solution in this volatile time of change.  As factories re-tool their equipment and the haute couture fashion world makes hospital garments, it is clear that people’s minds are on ways to reinvent what they do and what they can offer.  In this no-pressure discussion, discover simple ways you can ensure you are feeling some sense of productivity and direction in a time when very little can be considered a certainty.

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How are you using your skills or your hobbies to ease the stress in your own life or help those around you?  From taping signs that offer thanks in front windows to delivering groceries or sewing face masks, people are actively looking for ways to feel productive in this time of physical and social distancing.

If you have previously worked from home, stayed home with young children or have experienced a time of unemployment or underemployment, you may well understand the feeling of listlessness or lack or direction that comes with feeling unproductive.  For many others, however, being forced to stay home whether they are employed or not, is a new and not necessarily welcome experience which can challenge their sense of self worth.  That is the situation many of us find ourselves in now; in a completely new working environment or not working at all.  So again, how can we find, in this current reality, a sense of productivity, and progress?  The answer is contribution.  Contributing to a cause and positioning yourself as part of the solution has an uncanny way of elevating your mood and helping you feel productive in a time of uncertainty and emotional and financial strain.

Sandbox has partnered with Ovation to present a series of videos which offer thought provoking conversation, a little laughter and some concrete tools to help you shift your perspective about how and why you communicate the way you do. In a time when physical distancing is a reality, it is more important than ever to feel as though you are able to clearly express your thoughts, fears and hopes. We all know that with face to face communication it is easy to be misunderstood – in times of heightened personal and professional strain and only virtual communication to keep many of us connected, occasional miscommunication is almost a given. Take this opportunity to join Ovation and their special guest, counselling therapist Kimberly Schaschl as they unravel some of the mysteries of effective communication.

About the contributorS:

In their highly interactive workshops, OVATION speaker trainers have helped countless individuals transform their ability to connect to their audience and deliver authentic and meaningful messages with impact. Now, more than ever, communication with some oomph is an essential skill. At a time when our emotions swing from overwhelmed to irrational, our ability to communicate effectively follows suit and it can be hard to remove the anger, frustration or even fear from our voice, let alone from our message … and that can have all manner of consequences.

Shona Welsh, BA, MCEd, CHRL, CCC is a communication and speaking expert who has won numerous speaking, writing and learning design awards. The author of several books and designer/facilitator of hundreds of international workshops in speaking and communications, she has held international senior executive positions over three decades. She teaches extensively about leadership, communications, and innovation with numerous universities and colleges.

Jan Bailey BA, MAEd is a communication and speaking expert who has designed and delivered hundreds of workshops internationally on public speaking, stage presence, on-camera presentations, and communication. Along with writing and producing a ten-part career development series of books, Jan’s 27-year career has involved extensive on-camera experience as a television host along with being a long-time professor of communications.

Kimberly Schaschl BA BEd M.Ed Psych is a counselling therapist who has worked in the field of mental health and education for over 30 years. She has a wealth of experience assisting clients from school age to adulthood on a wide range of mental health and life management issues. She is a registered member of the College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick.

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