Venturing out into the world of Blog

My name is Sarah Lee Beaven. The last name rhymes with Heaven in case you wondered. You can call me Lee.

Lee Beaven Enjoying Life

This is my first blog. A good friend of mine encouraged me to begin, so I will begin as I do everything. I’ll simply explore and learn as I go.  I am naturally curious so this will be an arena in which I am comfortable.

My background will show you the explorer in me for sure…I was born into a family in Southeast Virginia (on the Chesapeake Bay) where science and art were alive and well concurrently.  My mother was very much the artist and my father was a physician, so I was around art, music, theatre and dance while learning about quantum physics, hypnotism, Edgar Cayce and Buckminster Fuller (to name a few). I had four sisters (yep…five girls) and we enjoyed artistic expression in all it’s forms.

One sister was a singer/songwriter so there was live original music in the house, until she went away to college. My mother always had great music playing on the stereo…anything from classical to broadway musicals to movie soundtracks and she sang and played  the piano beautifully. Her artistic expression flowed into the art world. She was a gifted artist (painter and illustrator) and most of my sisters inherited that gift, so we had paint brushes, drawing pads, canvases, paints and pencils forever in our household inventory.

My parents recently transitioned and friends from many years ago, with whom I have reconnected, have told me that they always enjoyed coming our house because we “were not like most families.”  We were unconventional and treasured free spirited conversations that made us think outside of the box. Looking back, I see how lucky I was….and am.  (Hindsight is a wonderful thing.)

I first learned about discipline when I took dance classes.  I thought I might be a ballerina….for real.  I enjoyed the process of learning and mastering steps and then turning them into an actual dance.  I always loved  the flow of ballet. Of course, it doesn’t start off flowing at first…a good life lesson I find myself  revisiting regularly.  Ballet done well looks as if the dancer is floating on air.  I have been fortunate enough to experience the “floating flow”  in ballet and still have a recurring dream where I am pirouetting effortlessly.  It feels right and it comes with discipline, practice, and desire.

When I realized I wasn’t going to be a professional dancer, I chose not to go to college and instead went to work right away in the retail world, thinking it would be temporary until I figured out what I REALLY wanted to do.  To my surprise, I grew in that world and eventually worked for a company that changed my life. (See blog entry ” Who is Your Coach?”).

The first significant change was in my social skills.  I had always been painfully shy.  You see, as a dancer, I didn’t communicate verbally, but rather, through my body.  When I learned how to actually carry on a conversation without turning crimson red and shaking with nerves, I had a whole new lease on life and new doors opened.

I stayed with this company for 10 years and then rejoined them for about 4 years in a freelance consulting/ coaching capacity…. enjoying every single day. Enjoying every single day is the sure sign that you are on the right path.

Long story short…I found that I enjoyed the art of effective communication and empowering people to find their own right answers and was able to apply it to the world of sales training. I was told this was unique.  It was just who I was and what I was exploring and discovering for myself.

So, this is the beginning of my blog venture. Feel free to come along or check in from time to time. Thanks for stopping in.

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Sales coaching with Lee was such an enlightening experience! She has such a way of putting people at ease and setting them up for success. The entire team in my store is committed to developing the skills which we had been taught from the beginning. Lee's visit really brought the concepts of "Customer Friendly Buying" to life, so that each of us would take away from it just what we needed to. As a result of Lee's coaching, I am committed to the coaching of the consultants in order to continue to reinforce the principles taught and coached. Lee truly met each person on my team at their level and challenged them to stretch and move out of their comfort zone...I already can see them developing some good habits, especially in the icebreaking, conversational, and staying connected phases. Lee is truly an inspiration. ~ Jim C., Store Manager, Storehouse Furniture, Northeast District
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