The personal and workplace benefits of being more resilient are numerous. When we are more resilient we have more energy, feel more awake, are more attentive, better focused, more productive, more creative, more even-tempered, more open to new thoughts and ideas, better communicators, more patient, and happier. In short, we are simply better people.
In our 24×7 world, having resiliency and sufficient energy stores is fleeting for many, but it doesn’t need to be that way. There are many ways to address these needs – in very small ways that don’t require you to give up your life.
I am Jen Waak, founder of Keyboard Athletes, and I teach knowledge workers practical ways to increase their resiliency and manage their personal energy stores to give them more energy, productivity, and resiliency – all in minutes a day.
We all wake up each day with a more or less finite amount of energy, and you can think of that energy store as an Energy Bank – much like a financial bank. The various activities we do each day are either deposit or withdrawal activities, and the name of the game is increase our average daily energy bank balance to the point where we have comfortable levels of reserves – for whatever life throws at us.
This concept is encompassed in my Energy Bank Framework, comprised of 11 components: Regular Movement, Sleep, Exercise, Get out of Pain, Breathing, Community & Support, Balance, Computer Eyes, Attitude & Mood, Eat the Right Foods for You, Play.
By shifting any of those 11 variables you can increase (or decrease) your Energy Bank balance – and the best results come from understanding where your personal high payoffs are and focusing your efforts there. Helping participants understand their personal high-payoffs is the objective of every training I run.
In-Person Workshops – Hourlong, Half Day, or Full Day
I work with individuals and teams around the country to perform Energy Bank Assessments, evaluate those results against their lifestyles, help them find personal high-payoffs, and then develop individualized action plans to send resiliency and energy stores in the right direction.
Half day and full day workshops are perfect for combining concepts into a comprehensive assessment or doing team-based training. Hourlong workshops, typically taught as a lunch and learn, are the perfect way to dig into a single concept and break down energy management into bite-sized chunks. Focused topics such as Computer Eyes, At-Your-Desk Exercises, and Be a Healthy Road Warrior help your employees boost their energy levels – increasing their energy, resiliency, and productivity.
With personalized assessments and practical, actionable tips (complete with a handout) at the end of every workshop, you won’t be left wondering, “OK, but what do I do with it?”
Interested in a taster? The hands-down favorite of all of my clients is my At-Your-Desk Exercises lunch and learn.
All of my workshops are tailored to the organization and their specific need, so there are no pre-recorded workshops available for purchase. Instead, every video is shot specifically for that organization. Does it take longer and cost more? Yes, I won’t lie. But, you also end up with a video that covers precisely the right material, for your employees and
their job descriptions, and within your time constraints.
Examples of how companies are using Keyboard Athletes video training:
- Teach at-your-desk exercises to knowledge workers during brief twice-daily movement breaks
- Record live workshops to replay to employees that couldn’t attend
- Record topics specific to shift and field workers that can be viewed anywhere/anytime
If your employees need more than a one-time workshop to get their resiliency where it needs to be – perhaps your worker’s comp claim rates aren’t where you’d like them – then consider a ongoing program.
We’ll work together to design a program for your employees that they will actually do (and get results from). We can mix and match in-person workshops, video training, computer-based reminders, and regular spot-checks to keep your team feeling great and more resilient than ever.
Book: Keyboard Athletes Guide to Pain Relief & Prevention
Created by an office athlete specifically for office athletes, the Keyboard Athletes Guide to Pain Relief & Prevention contains 13 targeted exercises designed to alleviate the most common aches and pains reported by office workers: neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel/wrist pain, computer eyes, headaches, and stiffness/discomfort when getting up.
Available in both stand-up book format for desk use as well as eBook format for the road warrior.
This book has also been converted into my most popular workshop, At-Your-Desk Exercises.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to becoming more resilient and managing personal energy stores – while we all have similar struggles, your path to an energized, resilient life is uniquely yours.
We start with an Energy Bank assessment – which points us to our focus areas. Then, when we combine that with the realities of your life and your preferences we create a targeted plan that lets us see results in a matter of days. The secret sauce for success? Small changes that are easily incorporated into your current lifestyle.
To Learn More
Give me a call at 206-457-3449 or send me an email and we can discuss the right solution for your organization.
Want to meet face to face? If you’re in the Seattle area, pick the coffee shop and I’ll be there!
The BEC sends a resounding “Thank You” for the VERY informative and VERY practical session on Keyboard Athletes. You did a remarkable job of helping our staff understand how simple, easy, non-weight-bearing exercises can reduce/eliminate pain and increase energy. It’s the perfect elixir for our team of non-stop, high performing nonprofit professionals. I can’t remember when I learned so much in such a short time that will pay such big dividends in stress reduction and well-being.
Your time with us was all the more impactful as you are a living testament to the power of what you teach. We are inspired—and motivated! And we are truly grateful for your investment in the staff of the Business Education Compact. - Mary Beth Horton, Deputy Director, Business Education Compact, www.becpdx.org
Jen Waak is the founder of Keyboard Athletes and a health and wellness coach whose focus on neurophysiology and holistic health set her apart from others in her field. Each week she reads, digests, and synthesizes hundreds of scientific articles and abstracts so that she can incorporate the most recent research into everything she teaches. Her passion truly is helping people have the bodies they want – so they have the energy to do what they love.
Jen is a Z-Health Master Practitioner, Precision Nutrition coach, and kettlebell instructor (former RKC) with two decades of experience as a coach, consultant, and mentor. The author of the Keyboard Athletes Guide to Pain Relief & Prevention, Jen lives, works, and trains in Seattle, WA. You can read more about Jen Waak’s background here.