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 Testamonial:  Georgian's workshop, "Advice to Your Younger Self:  Celebrate Your Story" at the 2015 Connecticut Women's Conference was very well received.  Each attendee came away with newly discovered energy and courage to take on life's transitions.  Her workshop was the perfect follow-up to our morning program, "Unleash Your Inner Hero!" 

Joanne Gustafson, President, Connecticut Women's Alliance.


Workshop Offerings Include: 

Your Next 20 Years - A Workshop for Midlife Career Women

Develop realistic hope for earning as we age; address 'what if' scenarios; catalog transferable skills and talents; explore opportunities to do what you always wanted!





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Mister Ed, Lucy, Mom & Me is a booklet that shares how watching '60s sitcoms with my Mom helped lighten the caregiving experience.  Available on Amazon. 

Here is the Amazon book link:


Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- Trades Success showcases Handbooks I co-authored that celebrates careers in the trades. The "Working Women" section offers services and ideas to help summon our creativity in every phase of our careers.  In the "Ponder That" section I comment on current news items and emerging trends.  In the "Tips" section I offer workplace advice and reminders. "About Me" is just that. "Mid LIFE Matters" has segments from my public tv show.   "The Ryan Group" tab offers access to an astounding set of organizational improvement services.

2019 career advice for success in the trades:



Available on Amazon  

Special Edition Building Success in the Trades


Manufacturing Trades Success: 



Below are two managment e-books I authored for retaining talent:


Read these E-Books  in 2 hours at Work!

Printable Workbook Format



Below are shots of inspiration for experienced working women: 


 Available at Amazon - paperback & ebook




 "Mid LIFE Matters" - Wallingford Public TV

 I host a half-hour show on WPAA-TV celebrating women's wisdom and wit.  Fascinating women share their stories and growth mindsets:  Segments are under the MidLIFE Matters tab on this site and on You Tube, under my name.

I am honored to win the 2016 Community Media Rika Welch leadership award for community impact; a testimony to the Guests who shared their stories on MidLIFE Matters



Management Training:

E-Book Webinars & Workshops

Thank you to Joan Lahti, Ph.D., of Get To The Point Books for sponsoring a 45-minute webinar on my e-book, Are Your Star Performers Packing Their Bags?  How to Persuade Them to Stay.  Participants from across the country (and globe) reflected on their own retention tactics, and saw how to navigate this user-friendly workbook approach.   I offer similar sessions -- in person, online, or using blended technology, for any size group.  Contact Joan for a reference:







Tactical Tip # 11: Brain Breakfast

Studies say eating a good breakfast makes for a better day, but reading the comics also gives a boost.  A habit I learned from my Dad, I rely on Blondie, Zits, Mutts and Peanuts to dial my brain to the sunny side of the street.  As Charles Schultz said, "Life is like a 10 - speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use."  Being in a good frame of mind helps us navigate bumps in the road.

For those of us worried about about mid-life brains, here a reminder of how to stress LESS.

L = LAUGH - in addition to the comics, consider joining the Laughter Yoga movement.  The cardio, mental & social benefits of laughing clears our brains, too. 

E = EXPAND - break out of mental ruts by learning something new, teaching others, and considering contrary points of view.  Its like internal travel.

S = SWEAT - Rigorous exercise keeps our brains sharp - and you may even find an answer to that nagging problem when you stop ruminating and start moving.

S = SOCIALIZE - don't give up on finding the best in people.  There are cognitive benefits to interacting with others.  Women's friendships can be considered our secret weapons against getting brittle.

Say "nuts' to irritations - decide to be your best self, starting with the comics.


Tactical Tip #10: Power Nap

Sleep is essential to a good memory, good humor, and overall productivity.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta says people who nap 90 minutes a day learn and retain new skills significantly better.  (Prevention March 2013).  Don't have 90 minutes?  Try a 25 minute Power Nap!

  • Drink coffee just before you nap.  By the time the caffine kicks in, you'll be refreshed and alert.
  • Set a timer; an old-fashioned egg timer has a steady, reassuring tick tick tick.
  • Block out light with an eye mask or bean bag; weight on your eyes reinforces relax time.
  • Make a 'to do' list just before you nap - that will help create an "empty head".
  • Think of something you are grateful for.  If you are pondering a problem, ask for answers.
  • Unplug.  Really, the world can't get along without you for 25 minutes?  Or dial down to "silent".
  • Habits develop over time.  Your mind/body needs to learn the new signals to sleep.

When you awake, think of something humorous - everyone around you will appreciate it.


Tactical Tip #9: Think Comedy

Thanks to Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, and The Costco Connection (10/12):

Comedians are the ultimate public speakers.  When presenting, try these tips:

  • Avoid arrogance - be humble.  Sometimes our desire to be credible makes us standoffish.
  • People love stories - share something "real" about yourself.
  • Avoid crutches - powerpoints and lecterns can help you hide; paint pictures in people's minds.
  • Mix it up - laughter, somber moments, a sense of 'we are all in this together.'
  • Keep the audience's eye on you - alter your your tone of voice; use inflection, body language.
  • BE BRAVE & PRACTICE!  It gets easier each time.

Visit Mike's blog on www.openforum.com -- or buy his book!   The Costco Connection offers gems of wisdom, as well.


Tatical Tip #8: Relationships Rule

Networking keeps you in the game -- but it's really about them.

  • Look for common interests - how can WE help each other?
  • Collaborate vs. 'quid pro quo'.
  • Focus on gatherings that speak to your specialties
  • ASK them about their business - aka - 'what brings you here today?'
  • ASK them more - use follow up questions
  • Know when to move on, gracefully
  • Like a good scout, be prepared -- and then follow up
  • Don't 'spray and pray' - pressing your card on others is not becoming 
  • Revisit Dale Carneige's  How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Tactical Tip #7: Mentor Someone

Everybody needs somebody in their corner!

  • Reflect on who made a difference in your life, and resolve to play it forward.
  • Mentors can bring stability and hope when someone is climbing towards a goal.
  • Like a good scout, you have to be trustworthy, honest and patient.
  • But you don't have to be perfect; by sharing your own struggles, you paint possibilities.
  • Be a cheerleader, suggest alternatives, but above all, listen.
  • Ask probing questions, but don't try to solve your mentee's problems.
  • Be accessible, meet regularly and help your mentee track small successes.

Check out who mentored celebrities at www.hsph.harvard.edu/chc/wmy.

Dr. Normal H. Cohen has a good series of mentoring materials and models.