Amp Up Your Career Transition With EQ! with Dr. Michael Brenner 9-11 AM on Tues March 2, 2021 with chapter leaders, Drew Braun and Nancy Moyer. You must complete the full registration at this case-sensitive link that you will need to copy and paste or click on in our meetup: (verification of paid membership or $5 nonmember payment for will occur to enter Zoom Room)  Join as a member supporting this nonprofit community and…

Designing a New Career with Business Model U with Tim Lybarger from 12:30-2:30 PM special event facilitated by Lynne Williams Free for Bronze or BENG members or $5 fee for nonmembers. Download a copy to write on –  Register on Salesforce WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Encore NEO founder and career strategist, Tim Lybarger, will facilitate a practical and interactive overview of the Personal Business Model Canvas as presented in the book, Business Model You: A…

How to Use Your Intuition to Get on Your Career Path with Sharon Pastore from 9-11 AM on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, with chapter leaders Andrew Braun and Nancy Moyer.  Free for Bronze or BENG members or $5 fee. RSVP on Salesforce   Zoom link AGENDA FOR SPEAKER MEETINGS 9:00 – 9:10am Attendee Check-in / Meeting Kick-off (10 min) 9:10 – 9:35am Elevator Speeches (25 min) 9:35 – 10:50am Introduce Guest Speaker / Guest…

Still in Transition? Do I Need a Career Coach? With Marty Latman from 9-11 AM on Tuesday February 2, 2021 with chapter leaders Andrew Braun and Nancy Moyer.  You must complete the full registration at this case-sensitive link that you will need to copy and paste or click on in our meetup: (verification of paid membership or $5 nonmember payment for will occur to enter Zoom Room)  Join as a member supporting this nonprofit…

How to Find a Career Path You Love with Alex Resnick from California with chapter leaders, Kim Gaughan and Doug Amlin on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 6-8 PM. Free for Bronze or BENG members or $5 nonmember fee. Join as a member supporting this nonprofit community and attend all our speaker meetings for free for a year as a BENG member at Register on Salesforce  Zoom link (verification of paid Bronze/BENG…

Kimmi Cantrell of Careers in Nonprofits at Nonprofit Career Network (NCN) Philly Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2020, from 9-11 AM with Matt Hugg, Samuel Friedman, and Kathy Rue.  Free for Bronze or BENG members or $5 fee. Register at  RSVP on Meetup if you want to see who is coming. The Zoom link will come in your email confirmation once registration is complete. We do not send it out, so record it upon…

Wowed by a Speaker Who Says to "Get Weird"

Have you ever been WOWed by a speaker? I was just WOWed! Running hundreds of events a year, I hear a plethora of speakers and, some are standouts.

At the beginning of 2020, I was on a national summit with some fantastic speakers and authors. Of course, I reached out to connect with all of them on LinkedIn. Some turned into phone calls, and we got to know each other better.

One reached back out to me several months later, and I booked him to speak. He left me wanting more. So, I started by ordering one of his 13 published books (The Story Arc) on Amazon, and it should arrive soon. 

Speaking of Amazon, did you know you could order on and choose the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group as your charity of choice? Amazon makes donations to us quarterly through your purchases.

Our speaker is in the process of writing more books. I will also have to listen to his Your Ultimate Life podcast.

Not only is Kellan Flukiger a gifted speaker, author, transformational leadership mentor, and performance and breakthrough coach, but he is a musician and producer who is a father of ten.

Zooming in from Edmonton, Alberta, he started his elevator pitch as “I help people do things that they don’t think they can do.”

Kellan shared some wisdom with the attendees who were mainly job seekers, but did it in such a way that was motivational, inspirational, and was delivered with energy and enthusiasm. It was unique coming from a man with a story.

Every morning Kellan has a 40-minute ritual that includes 10 minutes each of SPEM:

  • Spiritual – engage in prayer or meditation
  • Physical – stretch and get your body moving
  • Emotional – send a text or message to someone
  • Mental – read a chapter

Here is some food for thought he shared:

  • What do you do?
  • Who needs that?
  • Say the words they need to hear.
  • What do THEY say their needs are, and how do you describe it?
  • Why would they pick you?
  • What is it that you don’t do? Won’t do? Haven’t thought of?
  • Are you trying to do what has been done before, or are you thinking differently?
  • We all have feelings of inadequacy, so get rid of the head trash. 
  • When you care for yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually, you present to others more powerfully.
  • What is the way people feel when they are around you?
  • Set daily goals. You control your activities, so achieve and celebrate.
  • Get help. Don’t do it alone. 
  • Think of yourself as a service business and think of something no other coach would do. 
  • Don’t just offer it, live it! Don’t look for a client. Look for 1) people to love, 2) problems to solve, and 3) opportunities to serve
  • Have fun!

>>> If it was not for LinkedIn, I never would have met this speaker. 

Are you reaching out and connecting with people every day or at least every week?

Are you personalizing your introductions when you connect? 

Are you making referrals and introductions to others?

Are you keeping your searches under 300 a month, so you don’t get a commercial use limit warning?

Are you doing Boolean searches for people on LinkedIn or on Google for LinkedIn?  

Are you staying in touch with your network by wishing them congrats on their new job, a happy anniversary, or a branded happy birthday?

Are you sending someone an article of interest or a nice note?

Are you liking, commenting, sharing, posting, and writing on LinkedIn?

Are you participating in polls on LinkedIn and seeing the results of polls?

If you want to be in the first violin seat or the NFL or MLB, you must practice. If you want to grow your LinkedIn network, you have to practice. 

Here’s the last bit of advice from Kellan > Get weird! Get creative! Stand out differently with light, love, energy, and power. 

I would love to hear how you are getting weird!


Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6300 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for,, and