Garrison Leykam Earns Industry Gold-Standard Career Coaching Credential

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Farmington, July 24, 2017: Career coach Garrison Leykam is well-equipped to help job seekers in today’s competitive, challenging, and ever-changing employment market. Leykam, of Garrison Leykam, LLC, has recently completed the Certified Professional Career Coach program (CPCC) (www.cpcc-careercoach.com) earning the CPCC credential, enhancing his professional expertise and contributions to the career coaching industry.

Individuals who hold the CPCC span a wide range of professionals from the career services industry and include independent and organizational career coaches, career counselors (and Social Work professionals and PhDs), military and government career transition specialists, university and college career services professionals, résumé writers, outplacement professionals, human resources and organizational development professionals, staffing and workforce management professionals including one-stop centers, recruiters, executive coaches, company managers, and others who work in the career services industry from across the globe.

To earn the CPCC, Leykam completed a comprehensive training/coaching program that provided solid tools for career management and job search coaching in today’s employment market, and submitted a testing portfolio that included documented coaching hours. Obtaining the CPCC credential, Leykam has demonstrated a high level of commitment and expertise to the career coaching profession.

According to Leykam, author of DESIGN YOU: Creating Your Most Authentic Life Using the Principles of Industrial Design, “I help boomers live audaciously. I am the go-to guy for that special generation of individuals born between the years 1946 and 1964 who have a burning desire to realize their dreams and find meaning in their lives. I help them design their life, rather than resign it.”

Leykam, whose career includes senior positions in major corporations, record producer, radio and TV host, performer, stand-up comedian, author and international motorcyclist, is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and live careers that are meaningful and rewarding. Leykam’s DESIGN YOU career coaching program gives clients the map, tools, resources and confidence to make their second act better than their first. He guides clients at each and every step of their reinvention to evaluate, plan, test and experience a brand new life.

The Certified Professional Career Coach program by the Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC) (www.parw.com ), the career service industry’s longest-standing association is directed by Diane Hudson, a multi-credentialed, award-winning career coach and professional résumé writer, and book author. The CPCC program was designed to coach the participants, engaging them in the coaching exercises, before they coach their clients. The CPCC program includes six modules focused on Long-Term Career Management, Diane’s Whole-Person Theory, Workforce Management, Traditional & Social Media Job Search, Interviewing, and more, continuing to set industry standards and pioneer beyond the frontiers of the known job search realm. Leykam joins the high ranks of Certified Professional Career Coaches (CPCCs) from around the globe.

Cliff Goodwin on DESIGN YOU Radio

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~                                                                       The show about people pursuing their passions.

Garrison’s guest in this segment is world-renowned lead guitarist Cliff Goodwin. Cliff is a founding member of the legendary New England group The American Standard Band, appearing on their self-titled LP.  In 1976, he answered the call to become Joe Cocker’s lead guitarist, where he stayed until 1988, sharing the stage with the likes of Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keyes and recording Luxury You Can Afford, Cocker, Live In Central Park, Standing Here and Live in Montreaux; famously appearing on singles like “Leave Your Hat On” and Grammy-winner “Up Where We Belong.”                                                                                                                 

Along the way, Cliff Goodwin has worked with John Mayall, Steve Miller, and Robert Palmer, appearing on Palmer’s Secrets, and on singles “Bad Case Of Loving You” and “Suspicion” and three Billboard Hot 100-charted singles with the New City Rockers.

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Garrison Leykam featured in Connecticut Magazine

Many thanks to Connecticut Magazine for featuring me in their June 2017 issue about Connecticut’s Best Diners and for using so many of my photos of these classic eateries.  I’ve received wonderful feedback already on the section Diner Lingo: How to Talk Like a Short Order Cook. It’s a lost art form of communication!
My Top 5 Connecticut diner picks are in the newsstand issue. Be sure to read and share my book, Classic Diners of Connecticut.  For more on the diner menu, you can follow Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys blog and podcast and subscribe to Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys newsletter. It’s a ride!
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“THINK NATALIA” on DESIGN YOU Radio

Welcome to DESIGN YOU~
The show about people pursuing their passions.

Garrison’s guest in this segment is Natalia Wiechowski (wee-HOF-ski) . Natalia, or “Think Natalia,” is a Dubai-based bilingual  (German/English) Public Speaker, Coach and Influencer with a social media following of over 114,000 individuals worldwide. After winning excellence awards across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and being featured in leading industry magazines, the former Marketing Strategist decided to radically change her lifestyle and career.

A nine-month sabbatical combined with 13-years of expertise in human society and social relationships made the Social Scientist come to the conclusion that she has to think and live by example. Since then, Think Natalia loves motivating people and sharing her inspiring stories on public stages. Further topics she speaks on are personal branding/social media and mindset/mindfulness. 

The Edutainer-amongst others-has given keynotes and workshops at the Global WIL Economic Forum, ATCE, DTAC (Bahrain), Startup Weekend and Middlesex University. Think Natalia coaches top Middle Eastern executives ad aspiring entrepreneurs in Personal Branding, Public Speaking and Impression Management.

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“A man with a vision is never truly blind”

I remember from my graduate days in psychology studying  Alfred Adler’s theories of individual psychology. During World War I, Adler served as a physician in the Austrian Army, first on the Russian front, and later in a children’s hospital. He saw first-hand the damage that war does and his concept of “compensation” emerged from his WWI experiences. “Every individual represents a unity of personality and the individual then fashions that unity,” postulated Adler. “The individual is thus both the picture and the artist. Therefore if one can change one’s concept of self, they can change the picture being painted.” Adlerian psychology assumes a central personality dynamic reflecting the growth and forward movement of life. It is a future-oriented striving toward an ideal goal of significance, mastery, success or completion.

Photograph by Tim McClanahan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter artist Jim Stevens. Jim began drawing as a child when he “borrowed” a piece of charcoal from his grandmother’s studio along with a few sheets of sketching paper. When she found out, instead of rebuking the boy, she recognized his passion and talent and began teaching him how to draw. He would go on to study with American master sculptor Ed Dwight and helped him with his 12-foot high bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that stands today outside Morehouse College’s King Chapel in Atlanta, Georgia. A palette of successes and commissions followed as did shows in prominent galleries.

While a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol leader in Vietnam, Jim Stevens was shot in the head during a combat mission. The wound resulted in severe migraine headaches which plague him even today. In 1993, he suffered a migraine that caused a stroke which, in turn, took his eyesight in just 30 minutes. After losing all but a pin-dot of his eyesight, he found himself divorced and the blind single parent of two preteen daughters. He was also unable to continue teaching at the University of Colorado and lost all confidence to continue with his art.

Photograph by Tim McClanahan

In 2000, at the encouragement of his children, he began to “compensate” and to produce art again. Slowly, but deliberately; giving his art away as gifts until he realized that there was more he could do with his artistic abilities. He worked hard; re-learning his pre-injury craft until the more he did the more he believed he was capable of and the quality of his art returned to full expression using specially-made lenses for his eyes. When  Jim Stevens looks at something, he can take in only one detail at a time. If he looks closely, he can see a person’s eye. To look at the eyebrow above it, he has to tilt his face up slightly. It speaks to the effort he has to engage to use his primary artistic tool; that of sight, which makes his art even more astounding.

Jim’s compensation for his physical and emotional injuries has drawn attention to him from 3-time Emmy Award winning screenwriter Paul Cooper who wrote a screenplay about his  life, NBC News, CBS News, Colorado Public Radio and PBS NewsHour. He’s had three books published on art and his monofilament paintings, scrimshaw, and other works are collected internationally. Jim’s won the VA National Gold Medal for Fine Art, the Sargent Art Supply Company National Award for Art and he’s been honored as a Kennedy Center Registered VSA Artist in both the visual and literary arts. On top of those kudos, he’s the only legally blind man, and oldest man, to ever win the men’s fighting competition at the Martial Arts “Tournament of Champions”

When you start to make a list of the reasons for not pursuing your dream and are inclined to erect a scaffold of excuses for not pursuing your passion, think of Jim Stevens. You can then choose to either count your losses or count your blessings. You can walk up to the canvas of your life and begin to paint or you can sit at home watching television regretting what might have been. But, remember: DREAMS TRUMP LIMITATIONS.

“A man with a vision is never truly blind” Jim Stevens

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