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Mother Nature's Helps Volunteer Managers Deal with Stress

AUSTIN, TX — October 15, 2004 — Managing nonprofit organizations may be getting more stressful lately. At the Governor's Volunteer Leadership Conference last week, almost a quarter of the 650 attendees registered for a session entitled "Dealing with Stress and Change." The two-day conference was developed to support volunteer managers from across Texas, and was kicked off on Thursday with a packed address by Governor Rick Perry.

The session on stress was facilitated by Susan Meredith of Human Excellence, an Austin training firm, and provided a unique perspective of exploring how Mother Nature's laws of stress apply to the stresses people encounter in their daily lives.

Susan Meredith has been applying the results of her research into Mother Nature's Laws for the past fifteen years. Unlike traditional stress-management courses, Susan addresses both good and bad aspects of stress. "When handled constructively, stress and change foster growth," said Susan. "Stressful times can be an opportunity to evolve to better ways of doing things if we approach it correctly. The key is to know when to back off, when to step up, and when to break through to a whole new capacity."

"I learned a lot from Susan's workshop," remarked Alvena Behm, a conference attendee who was eager to participate in the session. "Since I've returned home I've explained to my kids that mom can't do everything and work. I relieved a lot of the stress by, as Susan said, delegating the responsibilities. My health has improved and my attitude has improved."

For additional information on this event, or other Human Excellence programs, contact Susan Meredith at (512) 326-9300 or email her .

Headquartered in Austin, Human Excellence was founded in 1988 and has trained clients at Fortune 500s, medium and small businesses, and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Australia, and Europe. Information about their innovative programs and hands-on, experiential training methodology can be found at .

The Governor's Volunteer Leadership Conference is sponsored by the One Star Foundation. The One Star Foundation is a nonprofit corporation, formed by Governor Rick Perry, whose primary mission is to promote volunteerism and marshal the resources of both state government and charitable agencies.   Information about the foundation can be found at .
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