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Your BEST Work

I am thrilled to be a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post.? I saw Arianna Huffington speak at the SHRM conference in Las Vegas in June; she was informative, entertaining and engagaing – a true inspiration!? I knew I wanted to be connected with her and the great work she is doing through the Huffington Post.

My first post was uploaded recently, it was titled ‘Be Your BEST’.? The post included some key tips to do your BEST work:

  • Be Thoughtful:??Take time to regularly tune – in to your thoughts.? What story are you telling yourself, and how well is that story serving you?
  • Energize Yourself: A fully energized human being needs proper nutrition, adequate fluids and a strong body.? Are you doing your best to ?fill up? with energy each and every day??
  • Sleep Well: Your sleep (or, rather, lack of it) may?be killing you!?? A good nights? sleep restores your energy and balances your hormones in order to repair damaged cells, regulate your appetite, and boost your immune system.?
  • Take time to ‘just be’: Have you noticed that your best ideas come to you in the strangest places?? Like, in the shower?? ?When you allow your mind to be still, creative and innovative ideas seem to just appear!?

With Labour Day just passing, a day to celebrate work, being your BEST?seems a fitting topic of reflection for us all (although you might not have done the reflecting during your long weekend!!)

In the Winnipeg Free Press?recently, an article by Carol Sanders referenced a survey of attitudes toward employment, called?Young workers love the job, older ones the money.? I thought it was interesting that the poll found that most young people?are working in their chosen field and loving it while most older employees are working largely for the cash.? Then, an interesting phenomenon occurs when?older workers?retire early; those who choose to go back to work, tend to look at work in a new way – so that it better blends with their lifestyle and interests.??

I wonder if part of the reason Baby Boomers are ‘doing it for the money’ is because they have developed a set of habits over time that have decreased their intrinsic motivation – and joy – at work.? Many younger workers seem to understand and focus on doing work that brings them joy – and older workers who start a post-retirement career do too!

So, I wonder…why not look at work? – and do work – in a new way… right now!? No matter how old you are.? When you are at your BEST, your are rested, present and ready to create positive outcomes for yourself, your organization, and your family.? Implementing simple strategies to do your BEST can?help you maximize your performance and enhance your life.? And, I think, the money will follow!

Deri Latimer, B. Mgt., CSP, is an expert in possibilities for people! She is one of fewer than 10% of speakers globally who hold the designation of Certified Speaking Professional, the speaking profession?s measure of excellence in professional platform skill. Deri combines a Business degree in Human Resources with experience from business sectors including health care, manufacturing, education, agriculture, government, mining, transportation, tourism, and professional services. Deri helps individuals and organizations optimize their performance by managing their energy; applying the latest research and practice in positive psychology, appreciative inquiry, neuroleadership, and employee engagement.?

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“Deri, you are the best! Not a dull moment and the time went too fast!”
Linda Borbridge, Manager, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
“I’m often asked to recommend a professional speaker who will captivate and motivate, and without hesitation Deri Latimer comes to mind. Deri has a reputation for a no-nonsense, energetic, synergistic approach. Her cutting-edge sessions are the perfect combination of science and inspiration and will have you moving into a new groove.”
Dr. Lewena Bayer, CEO, Civility Experts Inc.
“Deri is the personification of quality, style, and enthusiasm in her message. She delivered a message with our group that heightened their awareness and ability to share success. My hope is that you too will seek her out as a keynote, connector, and catalyst for change.”
Joseph Bork, Program Director, St. Mary’s University
“I am usually the type to sit in the crowd, quietly take it all in, and take notes, notes that end up in a binder, often never to be seen once I return to work. Deri was engaging, fun and as real as they get. I was so moved by her session that I shocked myself by approaching her after the session to chat. During the session I didn’t need to take notes because her concepts hit home and stuck with me. I have already taken her advice and acted on her tips and tools to be more positive. Her positivity is contagious and her message is one that everyone should take time to listen to.”
Amy Normal, VP, Corporate Services, Said Business School, University of Oxford
“I had the privilege of hearing Deri keynote at our conference. She captivates, motivates, and positively engages an audience with her unique combination of wisdom about neuroscience and positive behaviors that can be life changing when put into action. I would recommend her without any reservation for those seeking a speaker who can move an audience – from associates on a manufacturing floor to members of an executive leadership team – into action. Her takeaways are designed for positive impact. Prepare to laugh, to be curious, to be hungry for more time to listen to Deri.”
Vickie Maris, Host, Agile Digital Business
“Deri, your seminar truly resonated with our team. You took the time to learn about our roles, our challenges and opportunities and created an inspiring and motivating seminar just for us and made an impact with every person there. Having your book to use as a tool in our day-to-day has also been very valuable and has enhanced the results we got out of the time with you. We all hope that we will see you again at the next conference!”
Chantelle Arsenault, GBA, Great West Life Assurance Company of Canada
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Deri speak at our AGM. Deri brought an amazing level of passion and energy as she engaged our members with her talk on growth mindset. If you are looking for a speaker to connect with your audience, I would highly recommend that you reach out to Deri. Thank you, Deri – we were lucky to have you!”
Rob Chester, Director Information Security, Wawanesa Insurance
“A wonderfully authentic speaker with an infectious positive energy, Deri takes the crowd back to the roots of inspiration by sparking something within the humanity of the people in the room. Her fantastic sense of humor and knowledgeable way of integrating experiential learning opportunities into an inspirational message makes her a speaker not to miss!”
Ashley Collette, Social Work Officer, Canadian Armed Forces
“I forgot to take notes because I was taking it all in and feeling change take hold…”
Derek Rumboldt-Delouche, Director, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
“That was fantastic! That was the most energized I have ever felt leaving a conference!!”
Barb Spurway, Principal Consultant, Protegra
“I cannot exaggerate how positively our Forum delegates reacted to your presentation. You set the perfect tone for the entire conference and left a lasting impression on our delegates and CPA staff alike.”
Sarah Marshall, President, Canadian Physiotherapy Association
“You changed people.”
Michelle Kletke, Human Resources Manager, TNG, Jim Pattison Group