Carole Magic in St. John’s, NL

June 25, 2021

“Look at you spreading Carole Magic wherever you go!” Recently I had the opportunity to facilitate an event with a client in-person in St. John’s, NL. It was both exciting and challenging as it was only my second in-person event since March 2020. Following the session, I connected with Jess Chapman, owner of ethree Consulting and Online Learning. Jess and I met in my early days of starting my business. She is in the similar space as I am, yet I have never viewed her as a competitor. We each have our strengths and have carved out our own unique niches. She was genuinely interested in my event and wanted to know how it went. After I told her about it, and the challenges we experienced in the session, she said those opening words to me.

Carole Magic

A week later, those words are still with me. I have been thinking about Carole Magic. What is it? Why do clients hire me? Do they know something I do not know? Another close friend of mine in St. John’s (who I also connected with last week) told me my aura was glowing bright and positive on the day we saw each other. She often senses my energy when we are together.

Carole Magic on the Irish Loop
Picture of Carole overlooking Tors Cove
Exploring the Irish Loop! Tors Cove, NL

In my business, I am the brand. When you hire Spicer Facilitation & Learning, you get me. As a result, I think this is why Jess’ words resonate with me. I love the idea of spreading my magic wherever I go. When my clients hire me, my focus is solely on their success. My services are hard to describe. It is not like buying a product that you can touch, feel or sense. Consequently, my product is me. Know that I put my everything in to serving you in the best way possible to meet your needs. My energy, magic, and aura all support the facilitation skills I have developed over my career.

If you think I can be of help to you or your organization, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to share some Carole Magic with you! ~ Carole

Is the handshake dead?

June 1, 2021

With restrictions easing and people gathering, I am wondering, “Is the handshake dead?” Navigating pandemic etiquette is ever-changing.

Shaking Hands

I have been taught that shaking hands with someone when you meet them is a sign of respect. Many years ago, a previous employer brought in a professional to take me and my colleagues through business etiquette. We were all seated in a room in a horseshoe layout. The facilitator came up to each of us to shake our hands. I was so nervous! Would my handshake be firm enough? Were my hands clammy?

I automatically stood up when she got to me and stuck out my hand and hoped for the best. After she went around the room, she pointed out that I was the only person to stand when greeting her. Everyone else remained seated while she stood shaking their hands. Turns out my instincts were correct! She taught us to shake hands by connecting firmly but not too much pressure, shake 1-2, then release by gently pulling back our hand keeping it at a level height.

Pitches and Pints Competition June 2019 Pre-COVID days!

Over the past 16 months, I have not shaken hands with anyone outside of my bubble. I am craving hugs. I long for the comfort felt when connecting by touch with another person. Obviously, the handshake is not coming back very quickly. As we move to higher levels of vaccination, and restrictions are easing, the way we greet people will continue to evolve.

Vaccine Etiquette

Speaking of vaccinations, how do you handle the question of “Are you vaccinated?” Do you have the right to ask someone that? Do you have to disclose if you are, or are not, vaccinated? CBC published an article last month on how to navigate this tricky situation. Until the majority of people are vaccinated, it might make someone uncomfortable if you ask them if they have received their shot, especially if they are in a higher priority group due to medical health conditions, or other circumstances. They might feel you are judging them or questioning how they received their shot before you. We must trust that people are following the guidelines on the honour system and not circumventing the process. As gathering sizes increase, it is natural to wonder if people in attendance are vaccinated. You may find your host asking you that question.

Is the handshake dead? Maybe, maybe not. Be sure to watch the video in the CBC article on this topic. Later this month I have a business trip and I am looking forward to facilitating an in-person event, following all health guidelines. I will be respectful of others and their comfort level. I have my first vaccine and will disclose that if asked. If the other person is showing signs of discomfort connecting with a handshake, I will not offer my hand. While it is tricky navigating etiquette in a pandemic, the basics stay the same. Be kind. Show respect. Be genuine in your connections. ~ Carole

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