Confusion about Conference events / Marriage Hall of Fame / Reaching Gesten? - 6/8/10
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Tue Jun 8 15:11:27 EDT 2010
- GRRRRR....ANOTHER CONFUSED CALLER ABOUT BANQUET
I just talked to another caller who asked me what she¹s supposed to do while
her husband attends the Becoming Better Husbands banquet. Bill Doherty and
I never imagined this confusion when we titled this one. Oy. It¹s for BOTH
husbands and wives, singles, couples everyone will love it and learn from
it. Guaranteed. To add a ticket, just email karen at rcassidy.com. Tell her
your name and that it¹s for the Friday night banquet - $39 per person.
That¹s the price we¹re charged for the meal. It also includes 2 hrs of CE
for professionals. - diane
- THOSE TOOBs MORE CONFUSION
So as far as I can understand from site and brochure the TOOB out of the box
workshops allow one to view the training material and then decide if you
want to purchase is that correct. Basically we go in a room and view the
material....did I get that right? I'm trying to figure out what would be
most effective. If it's simply viewing the material I was confused as we
are encouraged to purchase the training material prior to the workshop then
why would I need the workshop. Thanks for any clarification you can give.
Oy!! NO, that is not at all correct. The TOOB workshops mean that you
spend 90 minutes with the founders/creators of the TOOB programs. The TOOB
designation simply means that these programs are available on DVD and IF you
choose to teach the program after attending the workshop you will be able to
purchase the very affordable box/kit and teach. Even if you don¹t chose to
teach the programs or purchase the TOOB kits, you will have spent 90 minutes
learning pointers/tips/techniques for working with couples, parents,
families from these experts. See the TOOB sessions all in one place, here
where there are live links to the kit details and special conference
discounts to order the programs :
- FOR INFORMATION about how to post to the Smart Marriages® newslist;
subscribe or UNSUBSCRIBE, or an archive of all past posts:
- HOW TO MAKE IT TO THE MARRIAGE HALL OF FAME
This blog by Smart Marriages keynoters Jay and Laura Laffoon, hits all the
Monday, June 07, 2010
Al Gore or Hall of Fame?
Most of us are painfully aware of the news that Al & Tipper Gore are
divorcing after 40+ years of marriage. There is much speculation about the
reasons behind the breakup and the fallout that will occur. In our opinion
the bottom line is they quit WORKING on their marriage. If you stop working
on your marriage your marriage will stop working for you.
We just returned from a weekend in Charlotte, NC where we had the privilege
to spend some time with John and Laura Kasay. John is the place kicker for
the NFL¹s Carolina Panthers <http://www.panthers.com> and has been one of
the most consistent kickers in the league over his 20 year career. Because
of his consistency and longevity there is little doubt John will be a hall
Do you want to know something interesting? Come the end of July, John will
be heading to TRAINING CAMP. That¹s right, weeks of nothing but eating and
sleeping football. Weeks of drill after drill, weeks of focusing on the
fundamentals, and even though John is a 20 year veteran he will go back and
focus on those fundamentals. Why? Because it¹s what is needed to be
The same thing is true in many aspects of life. Most professionals have to
keep up with their CEU¹s (Continuing Education Units). Most teachers have
to continue to take graduate level classes. Even our driver¹s license has
to be renewed every 4 years.
So why then do most people think that marriage is different? Why do people
think once they stand at the altar and say ³I do² that their marriage will
magically WORK? We believe there are many reasons:
Our culture perpetuates the lie that romance just naturally occurs in
Our culture perpetuates the lie that men and women will naturally meet
each other¹s needs.
Our culture perpetuates the lie that when you are tired of this spouse you
can ³turn the page² and have a new spouse.
Our culture perpetuates the lie that marriage education is dull and
And sadly our Churches fail to make marriage a priority.
We challenge couples continuously to ³GET AWAY AND GET AHEAD². Couples who
make time to get away from the kids, the job and all that life throws at
them are happier, healthier, have a better sex life, and are more contented
with life, than those who don¹t.
So when was the last time you got away for a marriage training camp? Unlike
our friend John it DOESN¹T have to be drill after drill. It could simply be
a romantic weekend away together. Or go to a marriage conference of your
Maybe you can¹t afford to get away right now. Start by reading a book on
marriage or go online and read some articles. Your marriage needs work, OUR
marriage needs work if it¹s going to stay healthy and growing for years to
come. Let¹s do the work and remember to focus on the fundamentals!
So what¹s your marriage gonna be Al & Tipper or a Hall of Famer?
Jay & Laura
See Jay and Laura at the Marriage Comedy Club Sunday night and at their
Friday morning workshop
Celebrate Your Marriage TOOB
Jay and Laura Laffoon
This 8-session, DVD, faith-based program teaches
5 essential actions that foster an environment of hope.
Humor driven, interactive. Use with any marriage
- REACHING FAMLI/CHRIS GERSTEN
Good morning Diane
This is Steven Hernandez from Marriages That Work in Adrian Michigan, my
staff and I are looking forward to next months Smartmarriages conference! I
have been following the work and information from FAMLI for some time and
Julie Bock of the Marriage Resource Center has recommended that I contact
Chris Gersten as I have a good deal of political experience. However she
mentioned his email may be hacked and I can not find a phone number or email
for him on the FAMLI website. If you have some numbers or email address I
can contact at I would appreciate it! I very much want to discuss the 1%
solution and Governor's outreach initiatives he has proposed.
Co - Executive Director, Marriages That Work
I am having trouble registering on www.famli.us <http://www.famli.us/> . I
didn't see Thursday June 10th date. Has anyone else had success? - Alfred
Apologies on this. I don¹t know about the FAMLI website. I¹ll forward this
to Chris and hope he gets it working.
Apologies also to all the folks I¹ve told that you could get Gersten contact
info on the FAMLI website. Sorry about that. Here¹s his email so you can
contact him directly: Chrisgersten at gmail.com You¹ll have many chances to
meet with him in Orlando he¹s part of the Saving the Marriage Money
Teach-In on Fri at 5:15pm, is presenting a second Teach-In/Meeting on Sunday
at 5:30pm on same topic and on organizing activists for the fall; and is
hosting two morning Roundtables on Saving the Marriage Money Sat and Sun at
7:15am. - diane
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