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Book and Breakfast Events
 

Between October 2008 and April 2009, the first seven chapters of Yuill's Tools were shared with colleagues in monthly Learning Breakfasts.

In this series of Learning Breakfasts, we … 

·         Networked with colleagues and clients. Meet someone new.

·         Enjoyed breakfast together.

·         Learned to use one of Yuill’s Tools – a model, method, or resource for standing in the gap.

·         Took home a chapter of the book!


Below is a summary of the feedback from each session:

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First Breakfast - October 17, 2008 - Pride and Joy

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I enjoyed our session yesterday – it was stimulating and thought-provoking!
                                                                         Sheril Armstrong

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Your new work is very, very strong, both in concept and in presentation.
                                                                         John Butcher

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It is so interesting to see and appreciate your capacity to build useful models. It is inspiring. Thank you for your
generosity. The number and cross section in the room speaks volumes for your reputation and the support in the
community.
                                                          Julia Cipriani

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Thank you for a great, inspiring & insightful presentation on Friday morning.  It fed right into my fascination with
people– I’m always interested in new ways of looking at what makes us tick.  [We] described the model at a 
meeting we attended that afternoon, and our enthusiasm was contagious. 
                                                                         Jennifer Radley

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Loved your thoughtfulness in presenting a content focus precisely timed for the hour we had.  As a visual learner,
I also loved your use of the Venn diagram. Now I can easily share the experience with colleagues, who missed
the session this morning. Your choice examples ranged from thought provoking to whimsical, with a good dose
of humor. Just loved everything this morning!
                                                                         Sevilla Leowinata
 

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Second Breakfast - November 21, 2008 - Nine Kinds of Goals

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Loved the tool today. I found it very helpful. These breakfasts are awesome, they are a gift!
                                                                        Jennifer Bulman - www.aurelia.com

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The breakfast meeting was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and many contacts that were made. It was
a great networking and learning opportunity.
I really found it invigorating to be interacting with such engaging
and enthusiastic practitioners. It generated a number of creative ideas for me to put in practice.
                                                                        Margaret Lerhe

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These Yuill's Tools events are really fun AND informative.
                                                                        Pamela Schreiner

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"Really enjoyed Friday's session."
                                                                        Henry Troup
 

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Third Breakfast - December 19, 2008 - What You Can Do When There's Nothing More You Can Do
 
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What a great reminder for dealing with both co-workers and loved ones! Thank you. And thanks for the magnet -
I have no doubt I will refer to it often in the
years to come!
                                                                        Sarah Stapenhurst

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I have had a wonderful time and really enjoy the networking and learning. I admire your creativity and perspective.
                                                                        Vonnie Kline

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I was feeling stressed and tired and didn't want to come today but needless to say it was life-giving and has
restored me. Not only are you an exceptional person but you have drawn other exceptional people to you.
                                                                        Margaret Lehre

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What a fabulous approach to introductions! Enough time and a useful prompt (embarrassing moments) to get to
know people better than normal at the start of a session. Worked very well with the 15 people present. A very
helpful list of what to do when you're stuck!
                                                                        Adrian Camfield

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Great opening question (again!) - embarrassing moment. 'Use of self strikes again.' Great story that reflects you
and your wisdom. Love learning about the process by witnessing yours - all those lovely extras - magnet list, props,
evaluation quotes. Wonderful as always.
                                                                        Linda Vanderlee

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My 'aha' today was around #2 - Decide to Choose - choosing not to react but to make a conscious decision to choose
your behaviour, your reaction. Often people react and then say 'I had no choice' or 'In the moment I didn't think' as
an excuse for poor behaviour. As you said choosing not to live the moment consciously means (for me!) that we
don't learn from that moment. I love all 7!!
                                                                        Lynn Frappier

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Loved the ambiance - you create a still moment. Loved the list - one of the sort of simple things with deep
resonance.
                                                                        Margot Cameron

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I enjoy having a couple of hours in a group that is comfortable with sharing both their expertise and their humanity.
                                                                        Bob Czerny

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Thank you Jan!! Not only did you bring back memories for me, I loved the way you were able to transpose your
lessons from motherhood into the workplace. I will keep these on my fridge to remind me!
                                                                        Jennifer Radley

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Your next topic is Practicing Interpersonal Courage - you showed personal courage today by sharing your story and
list of to do's.
                                                                        Gita Baack

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I enjoyed the variety of perspectives and interpretations brought forth by the group this morning. Lots of fodder
and further reflection.
                                                                        Sevilla Leowinata

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Be still? How the heck do you do that? The little hamster inside my brain won't stop turning its wheel. That's
gonna take some work!
                                                                        Chantal Paul

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My Mom has been my best friend for as long as I can remember ... she and I have spent time in the mountains (Banff/
Lake Louise) together for many of the last 35 or so summers. It took me five years to win my first game of table
tennis with her, and so on ... she's been living with my wife and me for the last 4-1/2 years, and she has Alzheimer's'
... thank you for this wonderful gift, Jan ... sometimes the timing of the Universe is amazing ... these 'rules' have
already changed the way I'm thinking about this part of our journey together.
                                                                        Jim Muckle
 

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Fourth Breakfast - January 16, 2009 - Practicing Interpersonal Courage: Remember the ALFA Bits
 
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Absolutely fascinating. Everyone had so much to say ... we could have gone all day about forgiveness and apologies.
Thank you! I really enjoy these learning breakfasts.

Whatever will we do when the book is done and the breakfasts are over?
Also really enjoy the networking, and hearing the different stories, perspectives, etc. ...

See you next month!
                                                                       Sarah Stapenhurst

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Great balance again between what you offer on the topic and what you allow/invite your participants to offer.
Together we co-create and weave the strands of the topic to a stronger whole.
                                                                       Jennifer Bulman

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What a wonderful forum for sharing professional insights and experiences. Jan, your findings are a wonderful
stimulus for intellectual growth.
                                                                       Susan Laing

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This session brought a fascinating depth to the interpersonal realm (that I thought I knew so well)! I love how you
inspire these rich meetings of the minds. There's something about you that draws together the most interesting
people. Thank you! I will be sure to include the concepts of Forgiveness (especially) and deeper aspects of Apology
into my future training.
                                                                       Jennifer Radley

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I am very appreciative of your sharing your thoughts. These breakfasts fill me in more ways than one!!
                                                                       Vonnie Kline

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Once again, I didn't want to come (too much work) but now I have learned that I am doing something for myself
(not work) by listening and learning from such a rich group of individuals. Lots of food for thought.
                                                                        Margaret Lerhe

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Lovely, again! On apology, check the short story, 'Pardon,' by Carol Shields in her collection - Various Miracles.
                                                                        Bob Czerny

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Great session! Thanks for the invitation from co-workers .. I would have missed a lot.
                                                                        Yann Girard

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Lots more stuff to dig deeper into!
                                                                        Sevilla Leowinata

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I see a lot of applicability for our everyday contexts.
                                                                        Yvette LeClair

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Forgiveness is key. And I love the way this tool enables it to be introduced in a business setting.
                                                                        Pamela Schreiner

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When listening it's important to explore the other person's path - stop, look, listen. By listening and wanting to
understand, forgiveness may happen naturally with less pain/emotions.
                                                                        Lynn Frappier

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Lovely, Jan. You have brought new ideas to an old format. I will now be challenged in my own practice. Good food
too. Many thanks.
                                                                        Alan Sobel

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You have raised some difficult topics in a very insightful way, and the thoughtful contributions to the discussion
are strong evidence of that. Thank you!
 

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Fifth Breakfast - February 20, 2009 - The Best Little Mixer Exercise Ever
 
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I really like the group development approach to working with your content. Thank you for the seeds ...
                                                                        Jim Muckle

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This is a nice forum of networking when we can learn about other people's opinions and personalities as they get
engaged in discussions. There are always more good 'tips' to take away about facilitation. Thank you.
                                                                        Inta Cinite

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 As always, beyond to the practicality of the tool, the discussion generated is rich and filled with great ideas that
I look forward to implementing in my facilitation.

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Great notion (idea, model) (the questions) for introductory exercise - engaging, energizing, and informative. Thanks!
                                                                        Julia Cipriani

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It is the best little mixer exercise ever! Great questions, great discussions. As always, I'm not sure what I like best:
the topic, discussions, or the networking ...
                                                                        Sarah Stapenhurst

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Great spirit gathered together. Thank you for being the generator of this collaboration. It's inspiring to participate in
the wisdom of the collective rather than dream or yearn or talk.

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I loved it!
                                                                        Pamela Schreiner

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As always, a great set of rich variations to the basic tool was generated through the emergings of minds and
practical experience. Please keep it up! I am a grateful beneficiary of the collective wisdom.
                                                                        Sevilla Leowinata
 

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Sixth Breakfast - March 20, 2009 - Great Goals of Fire!
 
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What an interesting and relevant topic! Great discussion around what it means to different people in different
environments (work/home). Thank you! See you next month!
                                                                        Sarah Stapenhurst

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As always, I love the interchange!
                                                                        Jennifer Radley

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As usual, the discussions were great!
                                                                        Pamela Schreiner

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Lots of laughs along with very inspiring and useful ideas - a great Friday morning combination!
                                                                        Bob Czerny

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I will never look at goals in the same way again! Thanks so much for leading such a stimulating conversation.
                                                                        Adrian Camfield

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It was an amazing hour. Ideas built on each other. Thank you.
                                                                        Inta Cinite

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Lovely session! Great conversation and learning. Thanks, Jan.
                                                                        Alan Sobel

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Thanks, Jan. You do provide a great opportunity to meet, catch up with and have conversations of interest. Really
appreciate the analogies!
                                                                        Julia Cipriani
 

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Seventh Breakfast - April 17, 2009 - 3-D Feedback
 
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It confirmed my belief that feedback is both science and art. Art on both sides - Feedback giver and receiver. Thank
you.
                                                                        Inta Cinite

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This session got me thinking about giving feedback. Thanks.
                                                                        Pamela Schreiner

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What an interesting topic and great discussion. As always, I enjoyed the networking very much. Thank you! See you
next month.
                                                                        Sarah Stapenhurst

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What a timely discussion! I loved that we were a small group of such passionate, caring and informed people. What
an excellent opportunitiy to learn from one another. Wonderful insight into a very controversial topic.
                                                                        Margaret Lerhe

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I am always grateful to hear and open my mind to such a diverse group of expertise that you have attracted. Your
specific knowledge and synthesis amazes me.
                                                                        Leslie Whitteker

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Wonderful discussion! Loved hearing all perspectives and considering applications to my own experiences of giving
feedback (usually as a coach and counselor) and receiving feedback (as a trainer and facilitator). Thank you!!
                                                                        Jennifer Radley

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I really enjoyed the discussion today.

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Thanks, Jan. A very good overview of the topic (to start with) and very interesting new ideas to think about.
                                                                        Andy Gabe

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I am still enthusiastic about feedback - giving and receiving it. Seeing where it fits in the Organizations Alive!
Model only makes it more valuable.
                                                                        Patricia Sommerville

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