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Loving On Fayetteville Arkansas

Loving on Fayetteville Arkansas | Fayetteville is the original Northwest Arkansas City recognized by the nation as the go to place.  We love its famous slogan of “Keep Fayetteville Funky” and we agree!  Fayetteville is the largest city in Northwest Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas, the Walton Arts Center, the Dickson Street Entertainment District – the amazing and famous Fayetteville Farmer’s Market to mention a few Fayetteville delights!

Fayetteville has a beautiful historic district yet also keeps up with the growing demand of the urban population with all the modern amenities.  Surrounded by remarkable biking & walking trails – a beautiful lake in Fayetteville Lake, large city parks and rumor has it one the most incredible recycling programs in the nation – hey – it’s the little big things sometimes.   I found a site that really enhances and describes Fayetteville well – it’s called Experience Fayetteville (it’s the convention and visitors bureau but I like their vibe on the website) – enjoy!

Whether you’re into living in a downtown condo or townhouse with neighborhood walkability or a big yard and family home – Fayetteville has it all.

One thing is for sure and we love it – we’ve totally out grown the legacy of Northwest Arkansas – cities staying city oriented – NOW – we are Northwest Arkansas oriented.  Here’s what we mean – we all travel back and forth between these amazing cities – pretty much daily!

We encourage you – if from Bentonville go visit and hang in Fayetteville and vice versa – if from Fayetteville – get out – and indulge in Rogers, Bentonville, Springdale & Siloam Springs.  The blending and inclusion of each is beautiful – a treat really.  Inclusion and moving love beyond boundaries, seeing Northwest Arkansas as a whole – a community – including our bedroom cities as well.  We encourage you to unfold those arms and enjoy ALL of Northwest Arkansas’ variety, beauty, personalities, charm, culture, character, connections…

Variety – ahhhh – it is the spice of life in Northwest Arkansas – wouldn’t you agree?

Big LOVE,

Theresa  (Learn more about Theresa and the Talk of the Town LOVE TEAM here)  Love to write?  We would love to talk to you!  Join the TEAM

 

NEW and Promoting LIVE Music in NWA

Have love for LIVE music?  Guess what?

Jam NWA is a non-profit website for artist, venue, and concert listings in Northwest Arkansas.

Our sole objective with Jam NWA is to promote LIVE MUSIC in Northwest Arkansas by providing a platform that is convenient for both Artists and Venues to make a connection.

Venues may review artist profiles, music genres, and videos to find, connect with, and book entertainment. Artists may review potential venues and inquire about bookings. Simply create an account, then add your listing.

Promote yourself and your music! Create a free Artist profile with Jam NWA.

Have a live music venue in Northwest Arkansas?

List your venue for free!

 

Nature is the Best Supplement for Leadership

Nature is the Best Supplement for Leadership

Research shows that the practice of spending time in nature is good for your mind, body, and spirit. But how does nature impact our wellbeing?

As an Executive Coach for emerging women leaders, I often hear my clients ask, “What can I do to feel less stressed and feel better in an ever-changing, ever-demanding career and life?”  (Ever feel that way?)

One of the most effective, low-cost ways to recharge your fatigued brain is nature therapy, or what is commonly called, “forest therapy”.  A growing body of science is showing that nature is good for you. That includes spending time in nature, but it even means looking at natural scenes out a window.

The basics behind the “nature is healthy” concept goes back decades. A classic study found that hospital patients recovered from surgery quicker if their room offered a view of nature compared to those who looked out on a brick wall.

Experts in both natural science and psychotherapy are touting the effects of nature on the human body and mind, as well. According to psychotherapist and owner of East Sooke Counselling, based in Canada, Sarah Nakatsuka, ‘walking in nature’ is part of treatment for her clients and that connecting to nature is a wonderful way feel better – mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Spending time in natural spaces can boost the immune system, positively change moods, and may reverse muscle tension and decrease blood pressure. Furthermore, time in nature or viewing nature scenes increases our ability to pay attention. It also provides a respite for our overactive minds, refreshing us for new tasks.

“Forest Therapy” is one exercise that not only do I regularly practice, but also encourage my clients to incorporate in their daily routines to feel less stressed and restore psychological wellbeing, meaningfulness, and vitality.

So…literally…take a hike!

In the Northwest Arkansas and surrounding area, we are fortunate enough to multiple ways to have easy access to trails, parks, and places to enjoy nature scenes. Here are just a few of my favorites to explore whether you are new or local to our area.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

Hobbs State Park

Compton Gardens & Conference Center

Here’s an interesting video on the importance and science of grounding – Down To Earth.

Alison Nail-Malone is an Executive Coach, speaker, and corporate leadership consultant; and runs Malone Consultants Group.

Get her free leadership article by clicking here.

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Alison will also be a featured speaker in the near future sharing her wisdom and insights via Wisdom Workshops.  A Co-Ed community event designed for connection, growth and inspiration.  Alison will be in attendance at our next Wisdom Workshop Saturday, March 31st.  You can learn more about each Speaker here.

If you would like to write for Front Page News at TalkoftheTownNWA.com please let us know…Only requirements are that the articles be about people, places, things that matter and are of service to our Northwest Arkansas community!

~Theresa | Connector & All About You Accelerator  | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

What No One Told Me … Before I Started Managing People

What No One Told Me … Before I Started Managing People

Did you know that over 90% of managers state that they have never been trained how to manage their direct reports?

Managers are expected to ‘know’ intuitively how to lead, inspire, and have direct conversations with their employees. As an Executive Coach, I often hear managers say, “No one ever showed me how to do this!” or “I am just winging this!” This lack of support and truly lack of knowledge often stunts the growth and leadership influence of a manager and can negatively affect the team.

When I became a manager of 17 employees, I made many mistakes at first. After a very candid and tough conversation with an employee I had to terminate, I received feedback from my team and the ex-employee that I had not communicated clearly about performance and expectations. This hit hard because I thought I had, and I assumed that my team knew what was expected of them when it came to performance. After all, I had to figure it out on my own and promoted quickly because of that. Why couldn’t they do that?

Unlike some roles, which can be studied and prepared for in advance, leading a group of people can best be learned on the job; as well as proactively pursuing knowledge. You will make mistakes. Embrace them and learn from them. Here are three key lessons I learned that I wished someone would have told me about being a manager.

1.     There is power in letting your team members do the thinking. In Kevin Crenshaw’s book, “NeverBoss: Great Leadership by Letting Go”, a leader inspires thinking by asking great questions that invite feeling, thinking, and action. “When people feel, think, and act on their own, they start to become leaders.” This is particularly true when you have to address mistakes. Mr. Crenshaw proposes asking these questions to engage conversation and brainstorming:

  • Tell me more about it…
  • What do you see?
  • Would A or B work better?
  • What is the standard or procedure?
  • What do you think?
  • What do you recommend?

When you engage your team to think for themselves and search for their own answers, there is a higher degree of ownership for solutions as well as follow through. As leaders who desire to be the very best, we tend to take on too much. Your role is to let them shine and succeed. In turn, this reflects positively on you as a leader and key contributor to your organization.

2.     Don’t aim to be liked. Aim to be transformational. Being liked is not the same as being respected by your team. Often managers have a tough time with this one. It requires a certain level of courage and self-awareness.

Transformational managers are models of integrity and fairness, set clear goals, stirs the emotions of people, and inspires people to reach for greatness (based on their terms and the company objectives).

Easy, right?

Not really! However, there are literally thousands of books, podcasts, and digital resources available on becoming a transformational leader.

Some of my favorites are:

Radical Candor – Book written by Kim Scott

Coaching for Leaders – Podcast by Dave Stachowiak

TED Talk: Tribal Leadership – Speaker David Logan

3.     Managers coach, not tell. Coaching your people helps build rapport, supports them through business challenges, develops self-awareness, and finds solutions. It also helps you understand how people think about their work, their careers, and their relationships with the organization. Coaching also helps you to improve a person’s performance and deal with issues before these become problems. This skill takes a lot of time and thought.

Daniel Goleman wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review Leadership that Gets Results, in which he characterized the coaching style of leadership as one that

 “…help[s] employees identify their unique strengths and weaknesses and tie them to their personal and career aspirations. They encourage employees to establish long-term development goals and help them conceptualize a plan for attaining them. They make agreements with their employees about their role and responsibilities in enacting development plans, and they give plentiful instruction and feedback…”

Management can be demanding and consume a lot of time. The best managers embrace challenges and build trust with each employee one day at a time. However, being the kind of manager described above also brings unmatchable rewards: positively impacts the lives of people, grows the business through productive teams, and enriches your career journey and purpose.

Alison Nail-Malone is an Executive Coach, speaker, and corporate leadership consultant; and runs Malone Consultants Group. Get her free leadership article by clicking here.

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If you would like to write for Front Page News at TalkoftheTownNWA.com please let us know…Only requirements are that the article be about people, places, things that matter and are of service to our Northwest Arkansas community!

~Theresa | Connector & All About You Accelerator  | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

 

Northwest Arkansas Mentor Tammy Jean Velasquez

One of the things we love and focus on at Talk of the Town NWA is the great people who live here, work here and contribute here in Northwest Arkansas.  With that said – please allow me to introduce the lead speaker for the NEW! Wisdom Workshops in Northwest Arkansas launching February 3, 2018.  The focus?  Wisdom sharing for personal & professional next level living!

Wisdom Workshop lead presenter Tammy Jean Velasquez is a metaphysical coach & mentor assisting individuals in uncovering and releasing pre-conditioning & false beliefs that are causing discord at the subconscious level.  Tammy received her coaching certification through Transform Coaching Academy and has studied under the metaphysical teachings of Divine Science.

Tammy is best known as a Metaphysical Coach & Mentor, who helps assist individuals release years of pre-programing and conditioning that has been creating discord in all areas of their lives.  She teaches, by establishing unity within all levels of the mind, Conscious, Subconscious and Super Conscious. This process then creates unity within the individual and reestablishes alignment with the Higher Self, which is the real secret to unlimited abundance.

With an extensive background in metaphysics and the higher teachings of the mind, Tammy has been able to assist individuals in a shift in consciousness to create the life we were all meant to have.

“I assist individuals in uncovering and releasing pre-conditioning and false beliefs that are causing discord at the subconscious level.  Creating unity within the individual reestablishes alignment with our Higher Self, which is the real secret to creating unlimited abundance!”  ~Tammy Jean Velasquez

I can’t say enough about this amazing woman! Working with her as a coach has shifted my experience of life to a new plane that is allowing me to gracefully walk through some of the hardest and most painful experiences. Old, stale patterns are falling away and bliss, peace and joy is my reward!See her LIVE Feb 3 at the Wisdom Workshops! Or reach out to her for coaching! ~ Lileith Rose Polite | Founder | LileithPolite.com

You can ask this gal anything and I mean anything…She truly is the real deal when it comes to understanding and explaining to us (the lay person) the Conscious, Subconscious and Super Conscious. Her guidance, conversations, presence and wisdom is divine to experience.  Don’t tell her I mentioned this publicly but I call her Baby Gandhi (total respect & adoration); she always laughs me off and calls me Lucy (smiley face emoji inserted – Lucy Love’s to Learn)!  ~ Theresa King-Thompson | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

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See you soon – you know…the wise are always seeking and sharing wisdom – this will be an exciting sweet Saturday room to be in Feb 3rd!  Just Say’n.

With much gratitude,

Theresa | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

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Real NWA Roots and The JOY of Cooking

Chef Erin Rowe grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  While her roots are here in Northwest Arkansas, she and her well loved copy of The Joy of Cooking have traveled the globe. From her earliest expatriate experience  as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Caribbean, St. Lucia and the Dominica she has met the world with a youthful spirit and hearty curiosity. Meeting with Erin for this interview was sheer delight.  She enthusiastically recounts her life and travels including her schooling at Hendrix College and the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program.

An Ozark Culinary History book signing | Chef Erin Rowe

Her culinary education and love of travel made her uniquely qualified to capture the history and delectable treasures of the Ozarks. Erin declares, “Food is what we make it and where we take it depends on knowing our history and valuing its preservation.”  Her new book, An Ozark Culinary History, Northwest Arkansas Traditions from Corn Doggers to Squirrel Meatloaf was released September of 2017.  Just thumbing through the book and seeing all of the vintage photographs made me believe that she not only wants to preserve the uniqueness of the regions’ recipes but the heart and struggles of those who came here before us.

An Ozark Culinary History front cover | Chef Erin Rowe

The profound simplicity of the names of the chapters such as Corn, Wild Things and Poultry Ca

pital help highlight the struggles of those who first settled this area and how they maximized the few resources they had.  She opens the book detailing Ozark Beginnings which tells of experiences of those native to the area and those who came here for greater opportunities. Many of the recipes include names of those who created and refined them. This book is a must have for anyone who calls Northwest Arkansas home. Her book is available on Amazon, “An Ozark Culinary History: Northwest Arkansas Traditions from Corn Dodgers to Squirrel Meatloaf (American Palate)” or you may find her at one of the local events signing her book.

Becoming a new author has not distracted Chef Erin Rowe from her private catering, event planning and cooking classes. She facilitates cooking classes at Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, 213 West Walnut Street in Rogers, AR.  Erin also shared with me her vision to start a food tour business in Northwest Arkansas which is sure to be a great adventure in culinary delights.

 

An Ozark Culinary History back cover | Chef Erin Rowe

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Talk of the Town TEAMMATE  | Bex Tracy, Rogers, AR | “Together we can and will do more; serve more!”  Theresa

Talk of the Town NWA  our mission is to report on people, places and things that matter in Northwest Arkansas; applicants for front page feature articles can let us know via email  (include press release, press pass, contact information and pictures.)

No Sleep Jams Everything Up

According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep deficiency can be linked to a number of health issues, including obesity.

I had the opportunity to meet with Scott Tassin of Cloud 9 Mattress Outlet. He shared their core purpose,

“Our MISSION is to get people sleeping well.”

This focus allows them to better serve our community with a quality product and great customer service.

What Makes You Different?  The most powerful difference is price.

My question to Scott was simple, what makes Cloud 9 different from other retail mattress stores? His answers surprised me. The most powerful difference is price.  This price difference comes about due to overstocks, mismatched covers and close out fabrics of well-known and new top brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Simmons and Serta.  They sell many of their mattresses at 40% to 80% off of the price of other retailers in Northwest Arkansas. They also extend service discounts to teachers, police officers, first responders, medical personnel and the military.  Customers can also purchase furniture at a 10 to 30% discount.

What else sets you apart?  Team members are trained to be sleep experts.

While price is important when purchasing a bed, Scott said that the other major factor that sets Cloud 9 apart in the mattress market is their staff and compensation plan.  Each employee is more than just a sales associate. Before they hit the floor, team members are trained to be sleep experts, studying sleep habits and sleep solutions so their clients will get the right bed.

Speak of one more thing that is unique about you or your store?  Focused on client experience and job satisfaction.

Additionally, the sleep experts are compensated with bonuses based on how the store does, not on individual compensation.  This, Scott believes, improves client experience and promotes job satisfaction. Sleep experts are also encouraged to recognize their clients with a hand written thank you note.  Those sleep experts who have moved to new opportunities take their knowledge with them.  He proudly said, “We have never had an employee quit because they didn’t like working here.”

Scott and his wife B.J. relocated to Northwest Arkansas from Monroe, LA 15 years ago and opened their store, July 1, 2003.  Cloud 9 Mattress Oullet celebrated 14 years doing business in Bentonville and serving Northwest Arkansas this year.  I met with Scott in their store at 1208 SE Walton Blvd in Bentonville.

Scott says that most of their business is referral and repeat customers.  So, when you go to Cloud 9 Mattress Outlet, tell them Bex with Talk of the Town sent you!!

Catch the Sleep Tips available if you follow them on Facebook.  Click to Follow Cloud 9 Mattress Outlet

Talk of the Town TEAMMATE  | Bex Tracy, Rogers, AR | “Together we can and will do more; serve more!”  Theresa

Talk of the Town NWA   | a Welcome & Referral Resource serving our growing Northwest Arkansas region.  Our mission is to showcase people, places and things that matter in Northwest Arkansas; applicants for  Front Page News Articles  can let us know via email  (please include press release, press pass, contact information and pictures.)

 

All Things Floating In NWARK

Northwest Arkansas has a wealth of activities that show off nature, but in the summer heat, it can get to be somewhat strenuous. Fortunately for you, rafting, kayaking and canoeing are all available here in the area to enjoy. Here are some companies and organizations to help along with the bother of making a day in the sun.

Kings River Outfitters: Enjoy one of the few free-flowing rivers in the country with Kings River Outfitters. Find a wealth of activities that include things from canoeing and swimming to fishing and observing wildlife.

Make a reservation and/or get a license for Arkansas today to enjoy a location filled with opportunities to truly enjoy nature. Find more information with Kings River Outfitters and do not miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging: If you are planning on traveling to the Upper Buffalo River, why not use Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging in Ponca. From an outfitter that has been providing equipment to people in Northwest Arkansas for over 29 years, trust them with all of your needs for a fun day on the water.

Pay a visit to their historical general store, the LVC store, for food, information and free Wi-Fi. Get more information from Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging today to set out on a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Love To Float Outfitters: Make a reservation with Love to Float Outfitters today and enjoy Lake Wedington near Highway 16 between Fayetteville and Siloam Springs. Rent a boat or the various kinds floating gear and kick back on the lake as you enjoy a hot summer day.

Discounts of all kinds are offered to current law enforcement, fire fighters and students alike as well as past and present military personnel. Enjoy Lake Wedington as well as the Illinois River and contact Love to Float Outfitters today.

Siloam Kayak Park: Four miles south of Siloam Springs sits Siloam Kayak Park, a family-friendly spot along the Illinois River. No admission fee is necessary to enter the park and all kinds of users are permitted to use the area.

Kayakers and floaters alike are allowed to partake in the park that year round hosts events on location. Check constantly for news and updates about events that happen all year-round at the park.

SUP Outfitters: Ever wanted to paddle board or learn how to do so? Trust SUP Outfitters to teach and supply you through the experience on Beaver Lake. Find a therapeutic experience with SUP Outfitters as you enjoy nature and find yourself in a new adventure.

Enjoy Beaver Lake with a unique experience that is sure to calm you as well as have you wanting to come back for another session. If you have an interest in fitness or yoga, classes for each are also provided.

Did we leave out any locations? Make sure to comment with locations to add to the list.

Regardless of where you go to have some fun on the water, always go over safety precautions with a trained official before cooling off in the lakes and rivers of Northwest Arkansas. Now go out there and have some fun.

By Wayne C. Hahne | Staff Writer, Jamie’s Notebook

 

 

NWARK trails create beauty, health opportunities

Whether you love the great outdoors or a healthy lifestyle, Northwest Arkansas has that in over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. With each trail comes a new opportunity to gain a unique experience in seeing the beauty that comes with the natural beauty throughout Northwest Arkansas.

However, with all the trails spreading about the forests of Northwest Arkansas, it can be hard to decide which one you want to venture onto. With that in mind, this list will help you find more than one trail where you can hike, bike or both. Read more

NWARK rich with faith/belief diversity

Aside from several places to visit, hike and enjoy, Northwest Arkansas is home to a growing and diverse religious population. Residents new to Northwest Arkansas can find a place of worship as well as form relationships with individuals of other faiths.

Northwest Arkansas is most definitely in the Bible Belt, and it’s evidenced by many traditional denominations from Baptists to Pentecostals and everything in between. These groups make up some of the largest religious populations in Northwest Arkansas. Aside from being historically consistent in the area, each group is consistently growing each year with new churches cropping up.

Throughout Northwest Arkansas, the process of finding a church or community to fit pretty much any denomination, faith or belief system is as easy as looking up information on your phone. We make that even easier by highlighting the more prominent groups found in Northwest Arkansas.

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