I love social media on many levels. It has allowed me to meet some incredible people, uncover amazing resources and connect with many tribes that are aligned with my core values and mission. Through Facebook and Twitter, I can keep up with friends, family and the communities I am involved in. I learn about people, places, events and, often, breaking news.
But sometimes 140 characters or a short paragraph just isn’t enough. So today’s blog post is about taking full advantage of more words so I can put the spotlight on one of my best friends, Marni Battista, the founder of Dating With Dignity. This will be a complete surprise to her…and she’s earned it.
But before I share our story, I’m inviting you to take a moment and ask who in your life or what organization might you want to take a moment and write something longer than a tweet that acknowledges them for the difference they make in your world? The human experience is about connecting. When we acknowledge someone for how they show up or actions they take, we are truly saying I notice what you bring to the table that is uniquely you and I honor that about you. So simple yet such a powerful way to deepen our connection to one another.
Here’s what Marni brings to the table…
I met Marni first in an online writing class when we were drafting the earliest paragraphs of essays with a vision of turning them into our memoirs.
By chance, we landed in an on the ground UCLA class several months later and turned roll call into a hugfest when we recognized each others names (see great relationships can be spawned online…in fact, Marni often jokes we met online and it worked out really well).
Fast forward to her sitting me down a year later to say she felt sharing my story via a memoir would help people but becoming a coach to give them actual tools to work through times of major challenge and change might be more in alignment with how I live my life. That Marni listened to my story through my writing, took time to see my strengths and my mission to help others and then share a vision she had for me meant so much. And it launched our journey into becoming coaches together.
We completed the iPEC training together with Marni already well on her way launching her business right out of the gate. My personal path involved a detour including spending some time working through a longstanding pattern that the Energy Leadership Index Assessment revealed to me after years of knowing I somehow was getting in my way when it came to being able to play at my highest level. Marni up leveled herself and her business so fast that she became my mentor, someone I could look to for guidance, support and insight. It is the first time in my life where I felt I had a mentor in my profession.
Marni’s incredible integrity, ability to hold the space for her clients as she works to instill the skills of messaging, creating our own systems and learning how to generate a high degree of visibility so we can serve those who are in need of our services is unique.
She is patient, intelligent and yet she’ll give you a good kick in the butt if you need it. Marni will not tolerate you withholding yourself from being your best. It’s the iPEC way. Marni is a trendsetter and a visionary when it comes to listening to what her audience wants and designing something powerful in response. Her latest offering is an incredible self-guided course to finding the love you want called Super Me.
Marni is living her Super Me and helping so many others, including me, do the same. I have achieved the best results in the history of my coaching business this past month, tripling my income, closing deals on eight times more speaking engagements and impacting so many lives through my coaching programs plus I launched a new national organization, the Cancer Survivorship Coaching Coalition.
Marni is a mother, entrepreneur, dating and relationships expert, powerful business coach and a dear, dear friend who gives to her community, her loved ones and everyone who coaches with her in a workshop, in one on one coaching or even through a self-guided coaching program…you can just feel her energy, support and wisdom coming through.
Love you, Marni…now that would work in a tweet.