Spotlight blogger: Susan McNeal Velasquez

In Susan’s own words as taken from her recent Interview with Jeff Botch, from the Linked In Group Human Success

I got started in the Leadership Development field in my early 20′s. The Human Potential Movement had started with the stated purpose of “assisting good people to become excellent.”

Those were the days of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Nightingale-Conant Lead the Field recordings, sensitivity trainings at Esalen Institute, and Lifespring Inc. and EST, Responsibility Trainings, that both started in San Francisco, where I was living at the time. I was involved in the start-up of Lifespring Inc. as one of their first Basic and Advanced trainers.

I’ve stayed in the Personal Development field, have over 45,000 hours of group facilitation experience, and have had the opportunity to become familiar with many great training modalities.

For the past 20 years, I have focused exclusively on the topic of intuition, teaching leaders how to tap into their personal storehouse of experiential wisdom. I authored a book on the topic: BEYOND INTELLECT: Journey Into the Wisdom of Your Intuitive Mind and write a bi-monthly newspaper column, Wisdom Workout, for Firebrand Media Group.

In my consulting practice, I work with individual business owners and organizations that contract with me to do private one-to-one consulting with their top leaders. The purpose is to activate and solidify their confidence in their creative and innovative abilities. This requires increased development of their personal power to create a full and functioning partnership with the position power they already have. I also work with individuals and groups who want to enhance access to their intuition.

Intuition isn’t a skill. Instead, it is an information source waiting for us to quiet down, slow down, turn our attention within, open our five senses, and listen for the guidance that will assist us to make discerning life choices. It is the bridge between our intellect’s passion and our heart’s knowledge. It is a dynamic and vital subject and I am as passionate about helping other’s tap into this gift as I was when I first started.

A mentor of mine, early on in my career, advised me to read everything I could get my hands on that related to my field, and he assured me I would be an expert within ten years. I took that advice and continue that practice. What I discovered is that the concepts that ‘hold water’ are repeated continuously with slight variations. More importantly, every so often, a genuine ‘pearl of wisdom’ is offered up through someone’s generosity and brilliance and it has the power to activate new thoughts and applications to help influence positive outcomes today. I urge my clients to become open and receptive to new ideas but it is their responsibility to test what they learn by putting it into practice in their lives.

I am a novice when it comes to social media but really look forward to the notices of discussions on Linkedin. I participate with The Human Success Network and The Emotional Intelligence Network because of the sincerity, intelligence and authenticity of the members I’ve met through the discussions posted. I’ve really enjoyed the insights and the warmth of the people I’ve met.

On the topic of balancing personal and professional, both areas of my life are people intensive. I am the 2nd eldest of 11 siblings, have 4 daughters and 9 grandchildren with #10 due, anytime and my clients travel with me in my heart because of the privilege I have to be invited into the more intimate challenges that they face in their quest for excellence. Truth is I love it all, except when I trip and the balls I am juggling start to topple. That is when I most utilize that “still, small voice within” to help me to reconnect with my own best rhythm, timing and tempo.

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