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Module Fifteen – Growing Great Ambassadors and an Attitude of Gratitude

Wow. This is our penultimate session.

I can’t think of better way to transition towards our May retreat and June presentations than reflect on gratitude.

We’re going to try a new format for April 19th meeting (3-5 p.m.)…

We will start our meeting in small groups in downtown coffee shops. You will be paired with a community leader, a double macchiato and these questions:

  • Share a story about someone you have met who is a GREAT AMBASSADOR for his/her cause. What characteristics of that person make them a great ambassador?
  • What makes organizations (or people) good at expressing gratitude?
  • Describe an act of gratitude you’ve experienced (as a giver of gratitude or a recipient of gratitude).

I’ll send you your coffeehouse location 48 hours before our meeting. The cohort will reassemble at 4:30 p.m. at Armada for a closing circle and toast to gratitude at 5 p.m.

THANK YOU for being a part of this journey… savor every sip of it!

Jim and Carrie

READ: “How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace”

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  1. What story can you tell about how you’ve experienced gratitude in your workplace?
  2. Can you think of some specific ways you could show gratitude in your work? In your volunteer life?

READ: “How to Transform Customers into Brand Ambassadors”

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  1. How does this article about employees and brand ambassadors “fit” when we are talking about the social sector?
  2. What’s the “brand promise” of a non-profit you support or one that you’ve studied in your project work?  In your opinion, how does the nonprofit deliver on that brand promise?
  3. How do you connect your volunteer life and your “day job”? Is your personal brand more “personal versus corporate” or “personal plus corporate?

Watch + Respond

  1. Who is a person in your life who has been really influential? What (specifically) did they do that was amazing/important in your life?
  2. Have you taken the time to express gratitude to this person(s)? Would you consider writing them a “gratitude letter”?

Class Discussion

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    Andrew Hill
    Let’s get some CHATTER on the Discussion Board this month!  Please read the quote below and share your reflections to the questions below with your cohort on the Discussion Board.  With gratitude!!!

    1. How does this quote from Mary Oliver resonate with you?
    2. How does it relate to our session on gratitude?
    3. How does it relate to what our community has experienced in the last few months?
    Jim Morouse

    This poem has been really healing to me/my family as we have processed the destruction all around us in Montecito. We were thankfully spared… but many neighbors lives have been shook to the core. As time passes, I’m grateful for the deeper discussions, the reflections on what’s really important and the meaning of community.


    This poem made me think of some very challenging times I’ve gone through over the years with one of my family members. In those moments I felt nothing but frustration and heartache and sadness, but I don’t think I’d be where I am today without those experiences and persevering through those challenges. So although I would not conventionally think of those challenges that person has provided me as a gift, when I think about the strength and character I’ve developed as a result, I do see it as a gift.

    Casey McCann

    Deep gratitude. And perspective. Almost everyone was affected on some level during the fire and mudslide, some far worse than others. However, I do feel that challenging, difficult times make us stronger and more resilient. Gratitude and perseverance go hand in hand in some ways. They make good partners.

    Dennis Tivey

    My friend’s parents belong to a religion that requires followers to shun those who have left the faith…including, in this case, my friend, who happens to be their daughter. Recently her brother, their son, died unexpectedly. It has brought the family together in mourning. It’s the worst possible reason for a family to come together, but come together they have, spending time together and appreciating one another in ways they should have done all along. I hope the lesson sticks and that her parents continue to see that perhaps family is more important than dogma and that family members need and deserve one another’s love and support.

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Upcoming Events & Key Dates

April 19, 3:00-5:00PM | Gratitude and Building Great Ambassadors

Location:  Impact Hub (2), French Press, Peet’s Coffee

May 15, 12:00-5:00PM | Retreat – Bringing it All Together

Location:  TBD

June 12, 2:00-5:00PM | Final Presentations to Community 

Location :  Santa Barbara Foundation

June 12, 5:30-8:00 | Launch Celebration

Location:  Foundation House (300 East Islay)

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