New YouTube Video Promoting Event Sun July 27, 2014

I thought you might be interested in watching a new YouTube video I just created yesterday promoting the “Mass on the Grass Celebration” hosted by Calvary Episcopal Church, Batavia, IL, on Sunday, July 27, 2014.  Here’s the link http://bit.ly/mass-on-the-grass

The event is fun and starts at 10:15AM and, last time, ended between 12:30 and 1:30PM depending on what people were doing.

If you’re in the area, you’re invited to drop in and stay–we’re having lunch, too.  Check out the page on Facebook.

 

EmpowermentCoachnet Page on Facebook

A new post was just added to the EmpowermentCoachnet Page on Facebook.  Rather than repeat the entire post, I’ll summarize it a little. Empowerment is something we’d like to see and lots of people around the world have been disempowered for a long time.  One of the tragedies of disempowerment is what happens to senior citizens, many of whom are very well educated, have been pillars of their community, active, making a positive difference for everyone they contact.  As they age and as their bodies and mental processes slow down, they become disempowered–sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually.  In their disempowered state their quality of life starts to decline as well.

We can make a difference for them.  The post goes into more detail and there is a workshop available that can help caregivers, families, and others who need to be empowering (teachers, medical staff) to learn to help themselves and, by extension, to help others.

Look at the post for more detail.   Joel Montgomery

Empowerment–a hot topic

Empowerment is a hot topic today.  I was doing research for an article and found lots of comments about “empowerment.”  Some focused on empowering women, teachers, schools, students, the poor, the under—whatever.

In my own reflections, I began to look at my intuitive scale regarding empowerment.  Situations, cultures, even individuals can be “empowering” or “disempowering.”

How can we tell?  How do we feel when we’re around them?  Are we lifted up?  Are we feeling (honestly) good about ourselves?  Can we do more/better/different in the world around us because of being around them or learning from them or learning something that they are teaching us?

Do we feel weaker? Do we feel more isolated, alone, judged, incapable of movement or change?  (We’ve been in a “disempowering” situation.)

I’m coming to realize that empowerment is similar to the concept of life.  When something is alive, it is constantly growing.  If it is not growing, it is in the process of dying.

When we are working on empowering ourselves and the people around us, we are alive and growing.  When, for whatever reason, we find ourselves “disempowering” someone, we are disempowering ourselves and have stopped growing and lifting toward the Light.

Food for thought.   Joel Montgomery

 

 

New Page and App Out on Facebook

I was busy today getting a new Page and App up on Facebook. There’s more work to do and they’re both initially published. I’ll get them up to speed as part of an ongoing project to get people involved with me in case studies and workshops leading to “Empowerment to Improve the Quality of Your Life”

It’s amazing how long the little things take to do.

Teachers’ Coach Group

Why would teachers want a Teachers’ Coach?

I started coaching teachers in Miami, FL, in 1988 or so while I was finishing research for my doctoral dissertation at Florida International University.

More recently I have been involved with teaching in Illinois–six years as a bilingual (Spanish) teacher and five years as a substitute, focusing especially on the needs of elementary school teachers and students.

Teachers are being buried in new requirements–“Common Core,” improving student performance on standardized tests–new tests coming this year.

As part of my personal continuing education I was certified two years ago as a trainer in neurolinguistic programming (NLP).  Some of what I learned in that training has direct application in helping teachers deal with the new challenges they are experiencing in their classrooms.

I’ve started a Teacher’s Coach Group on Facebook (bit.ly/t-coach)

Keeping Facebook Up-to-Date

I have too many websites and will be winnowing them down.  My original goal, in addition to sharing and reaching out to multiple target groups, was to monetize the sites at least enough to pay for their maintenance and upkeep.  With 37, I don’t get to them fast enough to keep them interesting.

I’ve had to upgrade WordPress and plugins and themes on all of them and have taken the time to see how many have people signing-up.  I’ve already taken a few down that weren’t being used much.

As part of this system, each website has three components–a primary website (like this one), a mobile website (though I don’t have that for JoelMonty.info), and a website dedicated to Facebook–to be a Facebook Fan page.  This also means that I need to keep multiple Facebook pages up to date.  I am working on several, though a much more manageable number.

The idea was (and is) a good one–reach people wherever they are and however they connect.

You may be interested in some new posts on https://JoelMontyLoves.com/blog and on the Facebook page for JoelMontyPresents.  I even have new ones on https://about-personal-development.info and IntegrativeLearningAndHealingCenter.org/blog.

Keeping Websites Current–Content and Infrastructure!!

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Whew!  Keeping websites current with both content and infrastructure is very time consuming. (The image above is from one of them.) I’m almost finished upgrading all of my websites.  I’m having a few challenges with some of my mobile sites and a few have problems with a new caching plugin that will make the sites work faster.

I’m way behind in content.  On some sites I use articles I found interesting from other people.  I need to be writing my own and can’t seem to make the time to do that.  I started a project like that today and that’s as far as I got, a start.

The overall purposes of my websites are to share information people will find to be of value, to get some people who want to be my clients or to purchase something that will monetize these sites (they really need to pay for themselves).  I also want to create a source of steady income that helps me live a “debt-free” lifestyle allowing me the freedom to take on projects that I enjoy and to be available for my family–my 99-year-old Mom at the moment.

I’ve been relying on these websites for Internet marketing and haven’t been doing enough with them for the marketing to actually happen.  That will be part of the next phase.

Several of my sites are tied to Facebook and I need to rework them to make them more attractive and useful.