Posted By Ester Venouziou,
Sunday, October 23, 2011
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I met Bob Turel, video presentations coach, a few months back, when he joined LocalShops1, and was immediately impressed by his enthusiasm to get involved and share his expertise with fellow LocalShops1 members. Bob quickly became one of the most active LS1 members, jumping on board to create videos for the LocalShops1 Birthday Bash in August and coaching camera-shy business owners. Bob and i are now working together on an ambitious project for 2012.
If he hadn't lost his job in 2009 as training specialist from the City of St. Petersburg, we likely would have never met. Here, Bob shares his story about going from Corporate World to Full-Time Entrepreneurship:
As I read Ester's account of being laid off and moving
on, it reminded me of about two years ago, when my layoff came to a
completion. It's hard to forget, because the organization that laid me
off does those kinds of things at the end of the fiscal year (Sept.
Even though I kind of knew it was coming, it was almost
like the death of a family member or friend. It doesn't really sink in
until it happens!
As in any ending of a relationship, there is the
shock, disbelief, grief period, and then more of a realization that
things will never be the same again.
In my case, it took almost a year of networking and
attempting to build a solopreneur business before my new reality was
entrenched in my consciousness. Thanks to that networking and belonging
to organizations like LocalShops1 and meeting such wonderful people
like Ester Venouziou, this changing part of my life has more meaning
now, and is way more fulfilling!
I am grateful now for the "release" from
organizational life, because I am an independent thinker, and I enjoy
the freedom inherent in my activities which put me in touch with such a
wide variety of people, mostly business owners!
I look forward to progressing in this exciting and sometimes
mysterious part of my life, and as long as here are hard-working and
dedicated business people like the ones I've met through Local Shops 1
out there, I will do more than survive, I know I will thrive!
Bob Turel can be reached by phone at 727-360-0195 or 727-517-5753, or through his website, prescoach.com.Are
you starting over after a layoff? We want to hear your story! Please
email us at email@example.com, and include your story and contact
info. We will try to include as many stories as possible in future
Ester Venouziou, founder of LocalShops1.com and co-founder
of Gulfport! Magazine, is available for freelance projects: writing,
editing, design or social media. She can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 727.637.5586.
life after a layoff
video presentation coach