Works of Art

Cat Wilson - ArtistWe are all a work of art and what we do makes us so even more. When I’m coaching my clients I encourage them to find what they love and do that one thing! This is how you create a more expansive you.

Art and drawing is a vital part of my life. Over the past couple years, I have been doing lots of sketching, practicing everywhere. You’ll find me here and there with my ‘Cat Bag’ filled with paper, pens, water color brushes, pens, brushes and plastic to protect water color pictures.

Current Shows

If you want to visit current shows, you still can in 2016. Click here for special Cafe Characters site for more details.

Art Show at Solace Solace & Find Espresso

4655 SW Griffith Drive, #160
Beaverton, OR 7005
971.217.5660

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It is such a joy when someone as lovely as Misa from Solace asks you if you want to bring your art in. She treats your pieces with such care and her talented curator Moose hangs the pictures to bring you joy. It is such a delight to show my collection here!

For those of you who fall in love with one of the Cafe Characters, a range of characters is ready to find a happy home. Prices are available with Misa, and all you need to do is ask.

Presentation

  • April 24th – 10am – Story time on Cafe Characters for Kiddos
  • April 24th – 6pm – Story time on Cafe Characters for Adults

Processed with Snapseed.JoLa Cafe,

5915 SW Corbett Ave.,
Portland, OR 97239

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On November 26, 2016 at 2:30 in the afternoon I will be giving an Artist Talk at JoLa Cafe.  If you missed the one at Streff Gallery (Marylhurst University) in October of 2016, you can catch this one.

YES!!! Art is for sale, so contact me if you are interested in one or two prints.

World Cup Coffee

World Cup Coffee and Cafe Characters Show140 NW Glisan Street,
Portland, OR 97209

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COMING IN 2017

Music!Solace & Fine Espresso

4655 SW Griffith Dr. #160,
Beaverton, OR 97005

(Just a couple pieces at Solace, but more coming in 2017)

 

In the meantime, develop a hobby, it adds an artful side that will bring joy and life to your being.

 

Who Lives on Your Shelf?

Who Lives on Your Shelf with Cat Wilson

Who Lives on Your Shelf?

Books are my friends, and friends are everywhere! The words in these books have entertained my mind, my soul, and heart, enriching who I have become.  As a coach, trainer, and creativityologist my friends – these books bring their authors and hang out with me in my library of ideas.

Growing Up with My Friends

In my youth, my best friend was my cousin Nanette. We lived in books when we were growing up, and even took to the trees with a comic book or two for summer entertainment. I suppose it would be funny to see us up in those trees in the old Prairie now, but we loved being in nature and enjoying an adventure with Huckleberry Finn, Archie, Spiderman and Little Dot!

Today, Nanette is a brilliant woman. Articulate among teachers, farm community, politicians, and a whole world of people interested in holding intelligent conversations. Books on  her shelf have contributed to her being an educated woman, writer, mother, person of culture in the arts, activist, teacher, librarian, and beloved family member. I’d like to think that she has joined with our friends on the shelf. Together they have grown.

Books are on my tables, on shelves, stacked on my desk, in my iPad, and conveniently waiting in the back seat of the car … just in case I find myself at the community coffee cafe with a few moments to wander with my friend, the book.

Who lives on Your Shelf?

Curious as a cat, I wonder … which books have inspired you? What authors do you hang out with at home and for tea or coffee? Who would you recommend I invite to hang out with my shelf of friends?  Send me a note or drop in on new my Facebook page Synergyone Training.

Belly Wisdom

belly wisdom

Belly Wisdom

How do you feel when you are giving a presentation? Maybe you are an online trainer and only give in person presentations rarely, so you are not as concerned. However, trainers need to care for their body not only for appearance, but also for energy and brain power. Weight carried around the belly is like a spare tire that weighs your physical and mental person down. Let’s go into the belly for some wisdom.

What you put into your body becomes you tomorrow. This means that we want to be wise about the foods and nonfoods we put into the belly. You probably know that natural veggies, fruits and proteins are the best fuel, so use your mind and set that program in place. You can find lots of great recipes online, and some of the wisest recipes are Paleo and Gluten-free. Wait! Before you stress over not being able to do this, let me tell you that there are lots of recipes for these recipes and it is a popular topic on line, too.

A few years ago, I led a weekend workshop called Resplendent Lives for Women in Oregon. We had a lovely week-end and lots of great food. Pancakes, breads, pasta, cookies, cakes, and everything you might imagine to put on a couple pounds over a couple days. I felt heavier and my brain felt fogged. When I returned home I read an article on the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis, which talked about how wheat affected your physical body with heart issues, but also made your brain fuzzy. This was enough for me to try it for a couple weeks. We can do anything for a couple weeks.

After three weeks, I dropped 12 pounds (and I wasn’t overweight) and could think much more clearly!  When I tried having a normal piece of wheat bread I discovered that it made me very unfocussed for about two hours!  I did not have Celiac Disease, but I am wheat sensitive. You can do more research if you wish and find many benefits to changing your diet. It’s belly wisdom!

How To Begin Body Focus

Many people are not happy about the size of various parts of their body, but they don’t know how to proceed to handle the problem. One popular place of complaint is the “belly.” Guys want a “6-pack”? If so, let’s take a tip from some actors. So, let’s simply get focused.

  • Calendar – choose event or time when you want to be in shape (i.e. Summer/June 1, 2014)
  • Regimen – Type of exercise (i.e. biking, carb control, yoga, etc.) and best time to do activity.
  • Sacrifice – What will you give up? (i.e. Buffets, pasta, wheat). Go ahead, make it something you know you will simply take off your list.
  • Results – Decide what end result you want (6-pack, looser clothes, etc.)
  • Visualize – Relax and dream about when you are in the size and shape of health.

Visions of Health

When you get a sense of what you want and see it in your “conscious” mind, then close your eyes and envision a new you. Work backward in time in your mind and envision the journey of new behaviors, such as walks, drinking lots of water, enjoying a gluten-free meal, and laughing. Yes, it needs to feel happy and joyful! All this wonderful stuff moves into your “unconscious” mind with regular practice AND practice makes perfect!

Lesson:  You are so much more than you know. Beginning is easy when you have the image and visions running inside your mind. Continuing each and every day you can put this belly wisdom inside and see the results outside. Enjoy your body, mind, and life.

Want Training to Grow?

Contact Cat Wilson for Life Balance Coaching at 503-816-5104.

Meltdown: What Do Coaches Do on Off Days?

Meltdown: What Do Coaches Do on Off Days?

Having a bad day? Wondering who to talk to?  It usually bodes well to link up with a compassionate, well-trained coach who listens when you need to be heard. Many clients find that listening is exactly the “fix” they are seeking, as they need to be heard. But what happens when you are the coach who does the listening and you need someone to listen to you? After all, everyone has a down day when they need a pat on the back or an open ear.

Tips: Chin Ups for the Coach

Here are five (5) simple tips for Coaches and Guides having a “Melt-down”:

1)  Find a coach who can be a good listener to you, choosing a person that you are not coaching. It changes the dynamic when  you reverse roles. Seek someone who specializes in a different area than you, so you can recommend each other. (By the way, Julia from Find Your Glow is a fun health coach and MIchelle from Thrive Leader is an experienced Executive Coach.)

2) Plan ahead. What stops you? What keeps you going? Take the time on a good day to write an “In Emergency Break Glass” plan. Do movies help you on a bad day? A walk in nature? How about chicken soup (for the soul). Make an emergency plan and reach for it when you need it. Fill a box of goodies like a box of special tea, new book, movie tickets, or even a couple $20 bills for play money.

3) Get away. Go for a long drive and stop in some unusual place. I like to go off on a venture a couple times a year just to get new perspective. This is what vacations are for, and it’s common for a busy person to forget or disregard the need to get away.

4) Hold this thought:  “It’s all good.”  My colleague Marci Nemhauser used to tell me this when we talked about things that didn’t come together. Something good comes out of everything, whether it is a lesson or a new idea.

5) Smile. Look for the one place where you smile. Or stick a pencil or pen across your mouth to push your lips back. It’s been scientifically proven that just by sitting up straight and smiling and looking up that your disposition can  improve. Remember a FUN STATE and visit that moment.

MORE IDEAS:

Talk to your pet
Hot cup of tea
Dance a silly jig
Listen to music
Smell vanilla or peppermint
Rub nice lotion on your hands
Visit a sweet memory
Write a “thank you” to someone

By the way, “Thank you for visiting Synergyone Training.” (smile)

Call Cat Wilson for a “good listen to.” That’s what I’m here for… YOU.

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

Entrance to Your Brighter Self

Do you think that you have the power of always doing the right thing all the time? Yet, when you  have a cold or feel exhausted from a day of wrestling with a computer program, or get hit with one of those “challenges” that life hands out so generously, do you slip and loose your cool or make mistakes? It’s bound to happen to anyone sometime. But if we knew when we regularly slipped or were triggered, we could respond better.  If we know we could be better, then how can we do better?

May I go back in time and tell you a story?  In 2001, I met my Life Partner. At the time, I worked for Corporations developing training programs for leaders, professionals, and technical staff and he worked in his own little venue, helping people learn more on the psychology platform. It was easy for us to connect because we both loved helping others motivate themselves and shift to a higher level of being. He gave classes using a tool that I had used over the years, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). I knew this communication and empowering tool was useful, but I really gained an appreciation in seeing this man who practiced it on a regular basis.

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is the art and science of Human Excellence. It’s used by professionals in business, medicine, and in life to experience a better life. One popular use is “rapport” when  you are meeting people in their “model of the world.” Communicating successfully makes it possible to achieve what you want and need, and meet the expectations of your family and clients. NLP is a fast form of cognitive behavior therapy based on a set of presuppositions. helps you see and understand where another is coming from and how to respond so you are both on the same page. It helps you get things done. NLP also helps us moderate old ideas that hung around with misunderstandings from another time.  Time-line Therapy developed by Tadd James in 1995 helps the unconscious realize, change and reset to living with a happier mindset. Using step-by-step techniques it helps you bring changes unconsciously so you can reframe your experiences and stop being reactive to present situations based on the past. You go beyond the old set point. You establish a new one.

I joined my Life Partner in his venue, and stepped in tune with practicing NLP by training others. It’s one thing to learn something, like reading a book. But it’s another thing to put it into action on a regular basis, and I can tell you that this is what made the difference for me. We are generative beings, always changing. So it’s a tool you can use for yourself for self development and improvement.

Have you heard about the man who got lost on his way to the concert, and saw a maintenance worker sweeping, sweeping, sweeping. “Excuse me, Sir. Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?”  Without breaking a beat in his activity, the worker said, “Practice, practice, practice!”

You can learn a tool like NLP, and it takes regular use and practice. The more you find “triggers” that set you off and “manage” them, the better and easier you will “unconsciously respond” when you need. Take the time to practice, practice, practice. If you want some coaching using NLP, Call Cat for an appointment at 503-816-5104.

 

Mixing with Co-Trainers

Mixing with Co-Trainers

Years ago I developed training programs for Intel.  It was my first opportunity to work with a Mentor who also had an educational focus in professional training, and my beginning with mixing and working with co-traininers.  Jeanie Wentworth and I met and discussed how to bring training to a higher level and one way we wanted to present material was with engineers, managers, technicians and leaders working together to give both sides of the process and experience.

Since our programs were being developed for “co-trainers” to present, she encouraged me to find some books that talked about how people worked together when they trained together, so we could add tips. Her suggestion led me on a search that elicited not a single resource back in 2001. There were books about training, games in training, and many various topics, but nothing covered tips and tricks to help people to present together. Jeanie suggested that I put together a publication on what I had learned in my own experience and give our trainers the benefit of my tips and then she added her years of experience.  It really made a difference. Unless you work at Intel you can’t access that document, but I can certainly share a small crop of ideas to grow your experience.

Cat Wilson’s Co-Trainer Tips

  1. Meet ahead of time and agree on the objectives of the course.
  2. Be clear in who presents each learning process and what will be covered.
  3. Time your training, and use a timing device that both people agree to stick to. When it goes off, the sound is sufficient. Setting it for a 5-minute question period is good for class.
  4. Make time for stories. Present a situation where the training was useful and turn to your co-trainer and ask for their story.  Be sure that you are both in agreement and prepared to share stories, and then watch the time. People who are passionate and learned something bring authenticity to the room and everyone loves a story! It makes learning memorable.
  5. Have a Plan, but be Flexible.  You may need to cover a certain among of material over time, but be flexible in case something happens and you need to shorten or lengthen your day.
  6. Creativity and Fun are important avenues to your participants. Be playful with your Co-Instructor and friendly together in the classroom, and jump in when asked to bring something useful or interesting. Smile and look at the other presenter when you are being filmed; watch the news and you’ll see how newscasters do it.
  7. Leave relationship stuff outside. If you and your co-trainer are in a relationship together, as many authors and trainers are, save your affection for after class. Smiles, a touch on the arm is okay, but keep the rest out of view of your students for the sake of professionalism. In the same reference, if you are in disagreement with your “other” leave it outside and “put on a professional” frame. There’s no room for relationship issues in a training where people are coming for a positive experience. (Take 10 deep breaths.)
  8. Do what you do best. If you have a sense of humor, use it tactfully. If you are creative, add that to the training to spice it up. My partner has an amazing use of humor. I clip funny stuff and write my experiences down with useful lessons that can make people laugh.
  9. Park questions. Material beyond the course will come up in questions. If someone asks a complicated question and it’s going to take time away from the audience, “park” the question and offer to talk with the person later. Parking a question means writing it down on a small section of the chart or on your e-tablet or i-pad and then covering it before the end of the day with a response of some kind.
  10. Answer what you know, but if you don’t know, be honest. Tell the participant who asks a question that you will check your sources and get back to them or give them a place where they can research on their own. Be fair to yourself. If you know you won’t have time, try to give them resources and let them continue on topic.

Your best workshops and training classes will be the ones where people felt you were available and happy to be there. They will remember how instructors made them feel, so do include warm up exercises to create a safe space to learn and share in your room. Check your ego at the door and feel balanced with your co-instructor, even if one of you has a bigger title or more letters after your name.  The learning environment is best when you are totally present and not hung up over unnecessary games or worries in who is what.  Just do the best and work with your Co-Trainer with the intention to make it the BEST experience for your group.

Want more tips?

Contact me and we’ll “co” a mindmap!  Email Cat Wilson at: synergyone@earthlink.net  or call me at 503-816-5104 .

Mind Over Money and Time to Prosper

Mind Over Money

Lightbulb of Thought in Our Mind

What happens in the emotions when it comes to money? Behavioral economists believe when it comes to money the human mind responds irrationally. They are using other information which is crazy to use. Yet, how often do you find yourself acting irrationally when it comes to money?  Why do we do when we know better ideas that would give us a prosperous mind? NOVA (Aired April 26, 2010 on PBS) did an interesting program with interviews from University of Chicago called Mind Over Money.  In one experiment people were asked if they had a choice of receiving $100 in a year or $102 in a year and a day … which would they choose. It’s surprising to see how responses at a Chicago shopping mall turned out!  (Watch the video for the answer.)  (Spoiler… read end of article.)

Lions, Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

Your mindset is created within a set of beliefs. Where do the beliefs come from?  Parents, teachers, experiences and decisions, and a series of experiences in particular context…  are just some places where beliefs are born.  So, how do you undo the damage and set yourself up for more prosperous thinking for mind, body and spirit?  You need to step out of your model and re-define how you are becoming you and make positive changes so you can create and get the experience you truly want.

There’s a competitive nature that makes people get emotional and may push us to make irrational decisions. The “default” of how you set your decisions, even based on your parent’s or other people’s model for healthy living may be on the wrong settings for your happiness. Question: How do we re-set the default?

In Portland, Oregon, Rich Aanrich of Apositiva Institute is offering a workshop February 27, 27, and March 1st, 2015 called “Time to Prosper” where people can explore, re-define, and set new response to live with a mind that can prosper. This workshop includes two free follow-up coaching calls to support students. Follow-up after a workshop is a support mechanism rarely offered by training organizations, and highly beneficial to participants. Coaches are excellent choices, because clients can work on goals knowing they will be held accountable and that there is someone walking “shoulder-to-shoulder” with them to accomplish what they set out to do.

Here are some tips for a stronger mind:

  1. Make the decision that you can be better.
  2. Review habits and notice which ones are serving you.
  3. Notice your emotions in situations.
  4. Create a new vision of you and re-define new beliefs to support that vision.

Adjusting how you use your mind by thinking on a higher level.

Spoiler for Video

Ok, so you haven’t looked at the NOVA / PBS video. Here’s what happened in a Chicago shopping mall.  People were asked if they’d prefer $100 in a year or $102 in a year and a day. Most people said $102 in a year and a day.  When asked if they would want $100 today or $102 in two days, they said they would take the $100 today. Hmmm…  Why would they make this choice when they could get more money and before said they would wait another day after a year? Now, you need to watch the video to learn the answer and get the rest. You can also click on the link to read the manuscript of the show.

Outcome

Are you experiencing what you plan or getting an unexpected outcome? Realize that your unconscious mind is working to bring you the results based on the ingredients of your experiences and responses and what you actively believe and say out loud (i.e. I’m broke, it’s killing me, I’ll never make it). Creating a mind/body that prospers is about more than money; it is a joyful and happy and healthy mindset. Be the highest and best possible you!

Inspiration

Happiness is What Happy Does

Inspiration

It’s almost midnight and my “muse” will be here any minute! Let’s get everything ready. Once she shows up time goes really, really fast!

Pens (lots of colors), BIG paper, computer. Tape for sticking paper on walls. Spicy cinnamon, bubbling boiling water with aroma of vanilla wafting into room, gentle guitar music by Allen Matthews, perpetual piano melodies by Rene Michelle. Ahhh. (smile) My inner essence of being is lighting up. Just a bit of Chocolate (with sea salt and spicy, crunchy stuff, too) and ice cream. Light… need light. Open blinds so light comes in… better yet! Plug in the colored cheery holiday lights (love to keep them up over dreary winter). Mmmmmm. Bring sun inside. Move beyond Portland, Oregon clouds. Feeling HAPPY!

Chimes are blowing outside… this means that she’s close. Let’s see, what else? Hot tea with honey. (chime) Breathe deeply (smelling cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate). Listen … lovely melodies floating through room with layers of careful keys in gentle perpetual pieces. My hand reaches for a pen… it begins to move… a dance begins… meaning mixes melody with wonderful wild whimsy. Happiness is what happy does.

Choosing pen carefully, “muse” merrily meanders across surface, singing softly and gently to meaningful music. Hours pass. Graphic giggles. Emerging from pen comes a snout, eyebrows and a bit of rough scraggly hair, seaweed extending. Hand is tired. Creativity done for now. Miraculous muse musters. Gone. On the wall is a happy reminder of the  muse of a graphic facilitator who leaves a reminder. Be happy.

Mindmaps on display at Apositiva Institute in Portland, Oregon. For info on mindmapping classes coming up click Mindmap with Cat.

 

Training Looks So Easy!

Training Looks So Easy

You go to a class, your instructor is funny, prepared, and you totally get the material you came to learn! What a great occupation! Training.  It looks so easy, that you consider creating your own workshop. Anybody could do that! Then you begin…

Surprise! Creating workshops and training programs takes more than what you can imagine. Let’s give a few pointers, and I’ll be here for more ideas when you want them.

  • What is the gap in learning you are aiming to fill?
  • Have you defined the objectives and how those objectives will be met?
  • Who is your audience; how do you present your workshop to meet their needs?
  • Where will you hold your workshop?
  • Will this location have the right aesthetic conditions, facilities, space, quietness, and parking?
  • How accessible is it to handicapped participants?
  • What materials will you use?
  • Can you use a game or active process to help participants get the learning?
  • When will you hold your training, and how much preparation will you need?
  • How will you market your workshop?

These are just some of the beginning points to cover.  If you hold the training in your own location, you may have tasks to do involving management of the location.

Training is a wonderful way to bring others up to speed in attitude, skills, and sharpening the saw. When you want to train, speak with an experienced trainer who can coach you to create a successful event. Contact Cat for training and development at 503-816-5104.

Visual Recording for Fun, Effectiveness, and Profit

Cat Wilson visually records a group in a Prosper Workshop in Portland, Oregon.

Visual Recording Can Be Used to Enhance Training

How you present your material can change the way people experience your training. Creating an environment where people feel involved will encourage amazing brainstorming and creativity!  How does a Trainer great such synergy? Visual Recording, Mindmapping, or Clustering. What are each of these and how do they work?

Visual Recording and Mindmapping are similar. Above you can see Cat Wilson recording a colorful display of information during a class of adults working on belief change. She follows a process and a flow of information. You may notice that it looks like she’s writing on the wall (a habit she picked up when she was 2 years old). Paper is can be sticky on back or taped in a row, so the stream of thought is followed from the discussion in the room.

Mindmapping Happy with Cat Wilson

Mindmapping is similar to Visual Recording, although it may not necessarily use “models” in a systems manner. Here you see Cat giving a class on Mindmapping vs. List-making. Typically meeting members used black pens on vertical sheets of white chart paper and make long lists for gathering meeting data. Mindmapping utilizes horizontal papers and 3+ colors (black is used for outlining or organizing afterwards).  A general idea starts  in the middle and lines branch out like a “cell” or “tree” figure. Mindmapping uses lots of pictures and colorful images and is great for solving problems, creating a book outline, and apparently Boeing uses it to build airplanes.

Clusters are groupings of words added as a group comes up with ideas. Here you see where a group added words representing values.

Cluster on Values by Cat Wilson

Clustering captures ideas as they are flowing in a team, group, or meeting. Imagine that you are in a room with several participants and wanting them all to bring their skills and abilities to the table. You ask them to come up with several ideas, the come up to the wall and share them by writing them down with several colors. The colors stimulate the right side of the brain and imagination, so that the energy and stimulation in the meeting keeps the air highly active.

Who could benefit from using these three devices? Creatives, Writers, Trainers, Doctors, Professionals, Moms, Kids, Teachers, and I’m not sure about Football players, but I think they already use some sort of visual play explanation which gives them a sense of active movement, too.

If you want a demonstration or more information on Visual Recording, Mindmapping, or Clustering, contact Cat Wilson in Portland, Oregon. After about 20 years, she has a wide collection and a fun spirit that will open your sense to creating a higher and better experience in your live. Call 503.816.5104.