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HAYVN Book Group: Reinventing Social Change with author Nell Edgington

On Wednesday, November 10 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, we’ll read and discuss Reinventing Social Change: Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier and More Equitable World and be joined by the author Nell Edgington.

Reinventing Social Change is a critical roadmap for social change leaders who will lead the reinvention of our broken systems into ones that are much stronger, healthier and more equitable. It charts a path for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to:

• Break free from limiting beliefs and restrictions
• Reclaim their power
• Kiss scarcity goodbye
• Attract financial abundance, and
• Mobilize their networks

What if instead of being exhausted, worn out, ground down, disillusioned, and depressed, you were energized and inspired by your important work? What if you were surrounded by endless numbers of people who wanted to and could move your work forward? What if money flowed easily and endlessly to you and your organization? What if the social change you envision came to fruition easily and joyfully?

This book will show you how to find your way to abundant social change.

Available at any of your favorite booksellers including Amazon and Bookshop.org.

Register here. Friends of Nancy are welcome without a Hayvn membership.

HAYVN Book Group: You Have More Influence Than You Think by Vanessa Bohns

Join us for HAYVN’s monthly book group on Monday, October 18th, 2021 at 5:30 PM EST. We’ll read and discuss You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters by Vanessa Bohns. The conversation will be hosted by Nancy Sheed of Sheed Communications. 

If you’ve ever felt ineffective, invisible, or inarticulate, chances are you weren’t actually any of those things. Those feelings may instead have been the result of a lack of awareness we all seem to have for how our words, actions, and even our mere presence affect other people.

In You Have More Influence Than You Think social psychologist Vanessa Bohns draws from her original research to illustrate why we fail to recognize the influence we have, and how that lack of awareness can lead us to miss opportunities or accidentally misuse our power.

Available at any of your favorite booksellers including Amazon and Bookshop.org

Register here. Friends of Nancy are welcome without a Hayvn membership.

HAYVN Book Group: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

Join us for HAYVN’s monthly book group on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 5:30 PM EST. We’ll read and discuss Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking by Jon Acuff. The conversation will be hosted by Nancy Sheed of Sheed Communications. 

In Soundtracks, Acuff offers a proven plan to change overthinking from a super problem into a superpower. When we don’t control our thoughts, our thoughts control us. If our days are full of broken soundtracks, thoughts are our worst enemy, holding us back from the things we really want. But the solution to overthinking isn’t to stop thinking. The solution is running our brains with better soundtracks. Once we learn how to choose our soundtracks, thoughts become our best friend, propelling us towards our goals. 

Available at any of your favorite booksellers including Amazon and Bookshop.org

Register here. Friends of Nancy are welcome without a Hayvn membership.

HAYVN Book Group: We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers

Join us for HAYVN’s monthly book group on Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 5:30 PM EST. We’ll read and discuss We Should All Be Millionaires: A Woman’s Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power by Rachel Rodgers. The conversation will be hosted in-person by Nancy Sheed of Sheed Communications.

Not a member of the Hayvn? No worries! This book club is open to friends and clients of Nancy Sheed.

Get a copy today – available at any of your favorite booksellers including Amazon and Bookshop.org.

Register here.

Life Lessons Learned From A Folk Festival

Having recently spent several days in Newport at my beloved Newport Folk Festival (live music again – yay!), I’ve realized why I love it so much beyond the music. It’s about how it’s run which also dictates the amazing community (#folkfamily) that shows up faithfully year after year.

In thinking about things I’ve witnessed or experienced over my many years of dancing around the festival grounds of Fort Adams, I realize that much could be applied to the way we might want to live our lives, run our businesses or even just host our gatherings.

So here are 7 Powerful Lessons You Can Learn From A Folk Festival:

1. Don’t judge people by the way they look or act.

Say “Hi” instead of passing judgment. Your first impression might not always the best indicator of who or what a person is about. What if you simply said “Hello” or asked them a question about your common interests that brought you to this common place. My sister and I met terrific new folk friends that we are sure to stay connected to in the future simply by chatting on the ferry, at the check-in gate and while waiting for bands to take the stage.

2. Get out of your spot. You never know what might happen or who you might meet.

While staking your spot and throwing down the blanket and chairs at a festival is a typical first thing to do, don’t limit yourself to staying put in one spot, or you are certain to miss other shows, acts, people, food or scenes. Go with a sample mindset of giving everything a try if you can – it will greatly broaden your experience and your perspective.

3. Be an inspiring leader. It sets the tone for everything.

The executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival, Jay Sweet, is so meshed into the mission of continuing to the make the festival the best it can be, while carrying on 60 years of legacy, that it oozes out of every interaction he has with his team, the artists he curates, the attendees and with the public in general. He gets the best out of everyone – sometimes even more than anyone knew they could be.

4. Make sure you have a capable, fun team.

Even if you are a volunteer who has to tell people to move or clear a lane, or dump out a water bottle (if it’s not filled with water), it can be done in a fun, safe and community focused way that makes it engaging for all. Make sure your team, whether paid or volunteer, is having as much fun as the people they are supporting.

5. Over-communicate to manage expectations but still leave room for surprises.

From the first day of getting the news we had festival tickets, through the decision to cancel last year and reschedule this year, to showing up at the gate on the first day, every email, social media post and app alert from the festival organizers was clear about what was happening, what we could expect and what was expected of us, the attendees. And even though the line-up was typically announced last minute or “with surprises” that was OK because we had been told that would happen – and we even got excited guessing who might show up!

Photo by JJ and Michael Kingsbaker via Instagram.

6. Always leave room for collaboration and connection – you never know what magic might be made. 

Life shouldn’t be a solo act, it should be one of creation and connection and making things better. That’s what happens when artists from different bands, genres and locations get the opportunity to create music together and sit in on each other’s sets or even create their one-off bands (High Women, Middle Brother) or relationships. It pushes boundaries and limitations and opens up potential that often lasts well beyond a set on a stage. 

7. Fly your freak flag and/or dance like nobody’s watching.

A festival, especially this one, is one of people who are interested not only in the music but also the community. It’s a safe space, so go ahead and be you! Wear your festival outfit (or not), sing at the top of your lungs (even if it’s off key), and dance your heart away (even if your son calls it a bobble-head dance 😁 ). We only have one go around – and I can’t imagine you’ll regret it. 

And if you can’t tell by now, I love music festivals, particularly this one that I’ve been going to off and on since 1990 when I was scooping ice cream from the Ben & Jerry’s cart (see pic above) where I discovered this thing that is the Newport Folk Festival. If you’re curious about going to festivals or learning more about this one, let me know. Also, check out Season 2 of this wonderful podcast called “Festival Circuit” where you’ll hear about the festival as it unfolded in real time.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear what life experiences or life lessons you are learning right now!

Head over to my calendar here and let’s schedule some time to chat!