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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

ADHD and the Workplace

Dr. Hallowell and Peter Shankman

ADDitude Live Webinar Jan 11th at 1pm EST.

No worries, if you can’t make it at that time. Sign up and you will receive the free webinar replay link after 1/11 as well!  Learn more and register here.

Other upcoming events listed here.

The workplace can be hell if you have ADHD.  All those obligations, details, schedules, demands, office politics, difficult bosses, deadlines and other snares combine to make succeeding at work challenging to say the least.  Even if you are your own boss and have to answer to no one but yourself, your workplace can feel like a mine field, ready to blow up at your feet with every step you take.

Two old friends and veterans of the world of ADHD, Dr. Edward “Ned” Hallowell and Peter Shankman, combine their experience, knowledge, and real-life savvy to give you the best of what they’ve got.  

The format is ADHD friendly.  Two guys who “get it” and know that boredom is forbidden will inform and, in all likelihood, entertain you in such a way that the time will fly by and you will learn career-changing tips without even knowing you are learning them.

Expect tips like:

               What is by far the most important workplace accommodation?  Answer: being in the right job!

                How do you know if you are in the wrong job or maybe just one adjustment away from being in the right one?

                What do you do if you despise your boss or a co-worker you cannot avoid?

                How to deal with being late for work all the time?

                What about procrastination?

                What if you just can’t keep your mouth shut and you keep saying what you think at work, to your own detriment?

                 What if you’d rather stick a pencil in your eye than obey orders or follow instructions?

                 What if you know you have a better idea but you worry about showing up your boss or co-workers?

                 What if playing politics, i.e. ass-kissing, is a talent you’d rather quit than develop?

                  How do you put your best foot forward if you don’t really believe you have a best foot?

                Ned and Peter will address issues like these, and others as well.  We look forward to a lively session with a big crowd!

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Resolve to “Go Micro”

After tonight’s killer boot camp, the instructor announced that between January and March a flood of new, resolute members will descend upon the gym. We were asked to be patient and encouraging to new members. She assured us that, come mid-March, our class size will normalize with only a few new members remaining.

Why does this happen? Combine the pressure to regularly get to the gym, to be patient and accepting of oneself, and to tolerate too much discomfort too fast causes the high New Year’s Resolution crash and burn rate. These admirable, super-sized intentions are a great strain on one’s limited willpower reserve.  What results is a sense of failure and another blow to one’s self-esteem.  How can you avoid this?  If you are thinking about any New Year’s resolutions for you and your business, I advise you to plan first and then “go micro.” Ask yourself:

  • Which new habit would have the greatest impact on your family and your business?
  • What would you gain from your new habit? And conversely, what will you lose by not following through with this resolution?
  • How will you break down your resolution into micro steps making change more gradual, least uncomfortable, noticeable and worthwhile?
  • Do you need a coach or a partner to motivate you and monitor your progress?

Jess, a 40 year old founder of a small home furnishings company, wanted to keep her meetings under 20 minutes. Her meetings typically ran over 40 minutes. She knew that shorter, more efficient meetings would yield greater productivity for her team, plus she’d get home earlier to her family at night. She tended to address topics off the top of her head and over talk. Jess recognized that her poor planning and gift of gab were problems. After previous failed attempts to stick to the 20 minute limit, I suggested we chose just three micro steps and apply one at a time:

1) prioritize the top 2-3 topics for the meeting

2) write out the key talking points , and

3)  have an analog clock in view so as to pace herself.

Interestingly, Jess reported that the analog clock was the most helpful step in staying on track. She remarked, “I got a sense of what 20 minutes felt like and what I could reasonably accomplish in that span of time.”

These small steps improved other inefficiencies such as: dependency on Jess to remember the main points, her over-talking and wasting time. Three meetings later, after applying a micro step at a time, the new habit was in place. The benefits of the micro approach? Staff demonstrated 20-30% better follow through, there was less confusion about priorities and next steps, attendance at meetings increased resulting in better staff connection, and Jess was getting home sooner. Resolving to a micro step approach can make a New Year’s resolution stick.

Let me help you “Go Micro” and accomplish more this year. Email me at Rebecca@MindfulCommunication.com and let’s get started.      

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

“After the holidays…” Seriously?

Attention: Self-starters! Yes, you with projects on the table − this “after the holidays” excuse ranks Number One on the Procrastination leader board. It’s getting old, and it’s obsolete. It worked well before online shopping, when writing Christmas cards took two full evenings to complete, and when you felt compelled to write those long-winded, egocentric letters telling people about your fabulous year. Come on. You’re going to hold off doing anything productive until “after the holidays?” It’s almost laughable.

Friends, the holidays are a great time to hunker down away from distraction and get work done. You can still have family time and take a few days to hit the Mall, the slopes or the beach, but to postpone your personal and business progress because of the holidays is slacker-speak!

Two more reasons I cringe when I hear this refrain (my older clients know not to utter that phrase in my presence)  is that the holiday excuse gives people license to fudge on the habits or disciplines they’ve cultivated over the last couple months. Those nascent circuits (more productive behaviors and habits) trying to get a foothold in your brain start to break down. After a week or so of letting your efforts slide, you’ll have to start from square one again!  The other problem with this excuse is that after the holidays it takes days, and for some weeks, to get back into the swing of things.

Here’s how I follow my own advice: I’m 100% family on Christmas Day and the first night of Hanukah. Then I take a holiday week and go ski. I ski from 8:00a.m to 3:00p.m., followed by an hour of après-ski until 4:00. By 4:30 I’m back in my room writing, researching, responding to emails and checking in with my clients. Other family members have a separate room so my husband and I can work distraction free. Come 7:00 it’s dinner− quality,guilt-free time to focus on my family.

So, go ahead and carve out some hours of fun and relaxation with your family, but figure out how you can keep honing those new skills and routines you’ve started. After that first week in January, you’ll emerge on schedule and ahead of the game compared to others who are just getting over the holidays.

If you want to get started building your core skills and routines before or during the holidays – don’t delay. Contact the Hallowell Center in Sudbury 978 287 0810 or visit www.MindfulCommunication.com. Write me at Rebecca@mindfulcommunication.com and we’ll get going!

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The Compound Effect 6 Week Webinar Coaching Book Club

Stop sabotaging your new intentions, projects or plans for 2018 with quick fixes that don’t stick. If you want to create and sustain new habits, I know of no better way than by using Darren Hardy’s method called The Compound Effect. Just as you accrue money in your bank account with small and steady deposits, in the same way you can make significant, noticeable improvements in your life. It’s practical, do-able and extremely effective approach utilized by highly successful people…with or without ADHD!

Using the book, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, Get a practical head start on a New Year’s Resolution to:

be more productive

take control of your time and money

accomplish your personal goals in 2018   

Title:  CoreCoaching Book Club: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Coach: Rebecca Shafir, speech pathologist, author and personal development coach at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury.

Cost: $400 per person

Dates: January 11 – March 22, 2018. We convene LIVE every other Thursday (every 2 weeks) at noon -1:00pm. Two weeks in between sessions gives you time to apply the strategies from the previous chapter and prepare for the next session. If that pace is too quick, you can download each session at your own pace.

The recorded sessions can be downloaded anytime thereafter for participants who missed their session and for those who purchase the webinar later.

Register via email to rebeccashafir@gmail.com

How it Works:

Ps (participants) preparation:

1) Get a paperback copy of the The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. We want to refer to specific pages together, and you can take notes in the paperback.

2) Prior to the first session Ps will read pages 1-22 (Intro and Chapter One)

Session format:

1/11/18  Session One:  Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 1-22 Chapter One

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 23-54

1/25/18  Session Two: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 23-54

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 55-92

2/8/18   Session Three: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 55-92

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 93-117

2/22/18   Session Four: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 93-117

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp. 118-140

3/8/18      Session Five: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 118 -140

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 141-158

3/22/18     Session Six: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 141-158 conclusion

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Wrap up and Review Quiz (results will not be shared among Ps)  
















Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Parenting Your Child with ADHD

Parenting Your Child with ADHD – 

The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest

Group for Education and Support

Topics include:

  • Understanding ADHD and the impact on executive functions
  • Fostering self-esteem and effective family communication
  • Addressing challenging behavior
  • Helping your child enhance social skills
  • Developing positive working relationships with schools

Most importantly, connect with other parents of children with ADHD aged 6-12.

Starting October 21, 2018Fridays 10:30-12pm, 8 weeks, and we will skip the Friday after Thanksgiving.   

$400 ($50 per weekly session) Contact: Shelley MacLeod, LICSW to register 978-287-0810 x119              shelley.macleod@gmail.com



Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

CORE Coaching for ADHD, Executive Function in HS & College Students & Entrepreneurs

Hallowell Center CORE coaching program with speech/language pathologist and executive functioning coach Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC

CollegeCORE coaching (by phone, Skype or in person) provides effective, practical and non-medication solutions to help high school upperclassmen and college students conquer problems associated with ADHD or Executive Dysfunction. Rebecca has worked with ADHD students and entrepreneurs for over 20 years. Her coaching and training approach builds the core skills and routines that enable success in school and greater marketability for the workplace.

CollegeCORE students will learn:

core skills and routines for managing anxiety and improving focus, follow through and communication

why it’s necessary to be the CEO of YOU, even if you don’t plan to be an entrepreneur

ways to clear the endless chatter and worry that inhibits successful executive functioning

problem-solving skills

compensatory  strategies as needed

ways to naturally improve concentration and focus

why good sleep is a major ally for the ADHD student, and sleep’s powerful role in learning and ways to improve sleep quality

how and what kind of exercise regimen best promotes clearer thinking and improved productivity

how to apply Rebecca’s most popular method for procrastination –“the 80-20”

why not all procrastination is bad

how and why to advocate for yourself – a competitive life skill.

To set up CollegeCORE coaching sessions with Rebecca Shafir, contact the Hallowell Center in Sudbury MA at (978) 287-0810 for Tuesdays and Thursdays, or at her West Newbury office (978) 255-1817 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays by phone or Skype.


CORE FOUR EXECUTIVE FUNCTION COACHING & TRAINING for Entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD or Attention Deficit Traits           

Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, author and speech language pathologist with over 25 years experience helps business people and entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD move forward with their projects. The CORE FOUR method addresses the four skills and routines needed to excel as an intrapreneur or an entrepreneur:

Emotional flexibility

      Focus and Follow Through

    Communication Competence

    Shark Readiness

Following a 90 minute interview a customized program is designed with your personal objectives in mind. Some of your objectives may include:

Managing procrastination

Improving  attention, sustained concentration, learning and memory

Ways to organize    

Time management

Planning  and prioritizing activities   

Getting started and following through


Speaking with Power and Persuasion

Sessions are offered at the Hallowell Center in Boston MetroWest or West Newbury, MA.  Call (978) 255-1817 or email Rebecca (RebeccaShafir@gmail.com)  for a complimentary inquiry call to learn more about how she can help you get more done with less effort, gain more confidence and be happier





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