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    Team Building Practices

    This Fall many companies will offer team building activities for their teams. Money and time will be spent. What really are the goals behind team building and how do they apply to you?There are a number of reasons to do team building, including:increased knowledge of teammate’s personalities and behavioral stylesincreased awareness of one’s own impact on others in the teambuild trust and rapport through shared experiences, even if they are ‘just fun’increase awareness of each team member’s speci...  Read More...

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    Coffee & Meditation

    There is a bumper sticker in the town where I live that says something to this effect: “If I’m driving too slow for you, you are in the wrong town”.Depending what mood I’m in or if I’m in a hurry I either find this adorable or very frustrating.Some of you are living extremely busy work and personal lives. How, in the middle of that kind of pace can we practice “being in the moment”?There is so much research out now about the benefits of meditation and related practices such as yoga. We know that...  Read More...

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    What Are Your Stories?

    Today’s blog is simple and is an invitation. I’m going to give you a few examples and would love to hear from you! The theme is:Really hard things that paved the way for great thingsIf I did not get refused entry to the USA over 4 years now, I would not have been able to be with my Dad while he was in his last year and dying.If GM had not gone bankrupt and ended Bill’s family dealership license Bill could not have come up to Canada when he did nor would we have the funds to pursue our dream of b...  Read More...

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    Trust and Intimacy

    Lucky for me I have found a career in coaching where I am supposed to do the thing that I love most in the world. Building trusting and intimate relationships. Not only because I’m an extrovert (that helps to be sure) but as a human I am hungry for authentic connection.   Read More...

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    Beauty From Brokenness

    During a recent training with other coaches the speaker mentioned this wonderful Japanese philosophy and resulting practice of kintsugi. It is a philosophy that our speaker powerfully embraced in his work. I wanted to know more and as I read about kintsugi I fell in love with this way of thinking. Let’s read a little from Wikipedia: “As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.[5] … kintsugi can be seen to have s...  Read More...

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    Soul Love

    Hello, I am Teresa Q. Bitner, a professional certified coach, speaker and author in Austin TX. I am passionate about partnering with those who have been knocked down by life and want to build resiliency and move forward with a bold life.   Read More...

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    Themes In Our Lives

    There are times in life when we can see themes running through our lives.Sometimes those themes are good, beautiful and feel like gifts. Sometimes the theme is hard, with hardship after hardship.Truly, after writing a book about resiliency I sure felt like I got to practice it, in some difficult circumstances.I’m actually not superstitious in general but I do joke about being careful about what you write about!Let’s ponder the idea of themes in 2 ways.1) Scientifically.When I was pregnant I noti...  Read More...

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    Cheesy Fear Quotes & A Way Forward!

    Nothing To Fear Day is celebrated on May 27 and Face Your Fears Day is celebrated on 13th Oct every year.Here is a great quote on our topic:“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” ~ YodaQuote source: https://www.thefreshquotes.com/fear-quotes/There is so much written and so many ‘inspirational quotes’ about facing your fears, doing it anyway, etc.Some of that is wonderful but I think some of this thinking also just leaves us still a...  Read More...

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    5 Steps To Becoming a Visionary Leader

    Our society has many examples of visionaries. Who do you find inspirational? How can you get on the journey to move towards being a visionary leader in your world, whatever sphere of influence that happens to be? “First described by Daniel Goleman in 2002, the visionary leadership style was one of six leadership types documented. The leader is inspiring in vision, and helps others to see how they can contribute to this vision; allowing the leader and followers to move together towards ...  Read More...

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    5 Steps For Dealing With Shaming Behavior

    Lately I have been shocked at running in to the use of shaming techniques as a means of getting business done. It's not new. You've seen it many times and so have I.   Read More...

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    Benefits of Diversity

    When I was eighteen months old I moved to live in a new country. Belgium. Not long later I was living in Germany.   Read More...

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    Narcissism: What It Means & How To Live With It

    It is highly likely that you have heard the word narcissist in the last month or so. Well, now you have!This word and concept are seemingly much more talked about than before and I think with good reason. Wikipedia presents indicators that it has increased in our current North American culture.   Read More...

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    Developing Personal Flexibility

    Just as there are many facets to emotional intelligence, so there are to resiliency. One key skill that contributes to both is flexibility.We all have an initial reaction to the word. I think of people who don’t need life to be rigid.   Read More...

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    5 Ways To Support Others’ Dreams

    On December 30th we received a new family member - such a great sign of new beginnings.New life. All hopes and dreams lie ahead. Full of possibility.There is nothing right now to get in the way of little David dreaming and creating the future he will end up wanting for himself.What gets in the way of us chasing our dreams?   Read More...

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    Communicating Without Assumptions

    My rug and my cabinet exterior are both made from recycled soda bottles. Many of my choices are fueled by my desire to live more environmentally friendly.So?So, when I was shopping last week and the lady after me in line at the grocery store got my attention to say “You know, it’s a small thing but you really should be using cloth bags!” it really pushed my buttons!I felt a compulsion to explain, justify, make her realize that she had no idea who she was saying that to.Of course I use cloth bags...  Read More...

  • Friendship

    I am an “Air Force Brat”. By the time I was 5 I had lived in a few countries. My family moved less than many military families, thankfully, but I still learned to pack up and move on.Some of that was bad and I had to unlearn.   Read More...

  • The Power of Storytelling

    It is summer and the perfect time to sit by the water with a great book. There is nothing like getting lost in a great novel.Last night I had the privilege of hearing Geri England, a coach from Dallas, TX, talk about the power of storytelling. It was a great evening with fellow Austin coaches, telling each other stories and having our stories heard.This is a gift both of my boys have, asking for stories.   Read More...

  • Networking & Small Talk Strategies

    As a natural extrovert, networking and small talk come easily to me, but I still put thought in to them.If you are an introvert, networking and creating conversations with strangers may be both painful and exhausting. It is an important part of life and often brings gifts to those who do it well. Although you may never love it, I hope some strategies and ideas here will make it less painful and more productive for you.Maybe you don’t mind networking but don’t feel very good at it.   Read More...

  • Love Languages

    This week I'm sharing a blogpost that I wrote last year on love languages. It's always timely! Hope you enjoy!The idea that we hear love and speak love in different ways has been made widely popular and very accessible by the work of Gary Chapman. I highly recommend his book, in fact I give it to all the young couples in our family.   Read More...

  • Influence or Manipulation?

    Baby’s do it, Moms do it, CEOs do it. The truth is, we all do it. Some of us overtly, some of us in ways we are not even conscious of.   Read More...