Happy new year

Well I fell off the blogging bandwagon and the list of excuses as long and non-particularly compelling so I won’t bore you with them. Instead I’ll share with you how excited I am to continue my more regular contributions to this page to tell you more about the bachelors programs at Skagit Valley College

And, I’ll be sharing some changes that we’re making to the BASAM program to receive it in response to the seismic impact that Covid has had on the way we live and work

So that’s all in the works in the next month or so. But before much more of the new year lapses, let me let me offer you and your loved ones my best wishes for a 2022 at sees all your dreams come true. Happy new year!

This picture is from my recent short trip to Maui – it keeps me motivated and yearning for sun during the long Washington winter

My plans for the day were very clear

Presentation Anxiety & the Monkey Mind

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This week, the Year 3’s in the Skagit Valley College Applied Bachelor in Management degree (BASAM) will be wrapping up the second quarter of the program. We have spent the quarter exploring exploring Marketing, Project Management and Accounting with all three courses leading to final team marketing plan presentations.

The presentations will demand that each team demonstrates its Marketing Magic, its Project Management Prowess and its Accounting Acumen (I could not resist the alliteration). I have every confidence that each team will come through with flying colors. And at the same time, I also know that the build up to any presentation can be a nerve-wracking experience because of Monkey Mind. So, to all the Year 3’s, I offer this piece from Project Monkey Mind that may help with conquering the inevitable public speaking fears through “three methods for lasting calm”. And while I’m at it check out this piece from the Harvard Business Review on the importance of practice.

All the best BASAM Class of 2022 – you’ve got this!

A Year Later – Zoom Fatigue

March 1 marks my personal one year anniversary of my entry into this crazy “new normal” world we are in. A year ago, I was in Seattle mask free, presenting the Skagit Valley College BASAM program at a national conference to a live audience. I don’t need to describe what today looks like, as I think we know it only too well.

A year of the “new normal” has us all grappling with new experiences, emotions and stressors. The word zoom has entered our lexicon as a verb and a noun. It has also entered our lives as a perhaps unknowing cause of fatigue. Check out this article from Stanford University that talks about what leads to Zoom fatigue and how we can bring Zoom hygiene (my word, not the article’s) into our lives …

Happy Zooming and be well.