Avon Team Building Sessions a Success


Creative avenues to explore to increase sales and support employees overall health and wellbeing.

What was Presented and How it Helped:

Custom Calm tailored two mind-body sessions for our team-building conference of over 100 employees.  They engaged the rather reluctant group in simple practices to adapt into their workday.  After the first few minutes Ellen and her team had our full attention and participation.

They were professional and communicated clearly with warmth and humor. They effectively integrated their presentation into the overall theme of our program. This provided continuity for the week and ensured our team was able to gain long term application from the mind-body exercises taught by Custom Calm.

I also contracted Ellen Sichel to work with my core sales team at our monthly meetings to provide mind-body techniques that targeted our needs based on excessive car travel and high stress.  The sessions were presented in a clear, inviting, professional manner and Ellen inspired my team to consider how they can manage their stress throughout the day to be more productive, healthy and of course – Sell more. 

What You Can Learn:

There are creative ways to present material that is relatable and inviting.  The practical, simple implementation of practices including breath, yoga and meditation can be customized to meet specific needs of the client with communication that motivates and engages everyone in the room.

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Combating Cancer in the Workplace

This June 2011 article in Sky Magazine sites the intervention of CEOs on the devastating effects of cancer.  The workplace is now included in the battle to reduce cancer’s impact. 

The American Cancer Society highlights a few interesting facts:

  • About 1.5 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year in the US
  • Cancers caused by cigarette smoking and heavy use of alcohol could be prevented completely.
  • The overall cost of cancer per year in the US is approximately $264 billion.

These numbers are staggering.

CEOs are implementing lifesaving health initiatives at work.  Beside the cost of cancer treatment, the cost to businesses is as follows:

  • $18.8 billion in lost productivity due to illness
  • $116.1 billion in lost productivity due to early death

The article sites the good news:  More than half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices.  Many corporations are paying incentives for employees to participate in healthy living programs.  Studies were done on participating employees and the overall health improved dramatically.

Patrick Geraghty, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota states: “We have to make wellness something that businesses are focused on, because we spend so much time in the workplace.”

All Custom Calm techniques improve overall health and well-being and are designed to practice at work.  Everyone who chooses to be proactive about their mental and physical heath can use simple tools that take little time.  The results are powerful.

 With the of illness and stress in our lives, it is encouraging to know Corporate America is placing high value on complimentary health.

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