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Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild has Nancy Huisenga address conference attendees as The Keynote Speaker| Port Townsend, WA |November 7, 2016| Topic: Don’t Let Burnout Run Your Ship Aground!

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Nancy Huisenga was enthusiastically received and congratulated for her hour-long presentation, “Don’t Let Burnout Run Your Ship Aground”, which perfectly complemented the Conference theme of “Running a Tight Ship”. Once again, Nancy led attendees through her informative and yet humorous presentation that addressed the various factors that contribute to burnout, how to recognize the signs, face the challenges that burnout present, and move forward with a sense of renewal and personal growth. Based on 15 years experience building a highly successful B&B in a small tourist town located in Southeastern Minnesota, Huisenga has direct experience coping with the work load that contributes to burnout, but also the adjustment associated with moving from a major metropolitan area to a town that has a population of 754 people. Burnout, which affects all industries and work environments, is pervasive in today’s stressful society. Learning to recognize the signs, focus on prevention and burnout management can be applied across the board.

Nancy also sold many books to attendees at the accompanying Trade Show venue, and she is grateful to the organizers and the participants in the program.

WBBG President Julie McAferty and her husband Blayne (owners of Greenlake Guest House in Seattle) were very gracious to Nancy, providing not only some complimentary lodging when she arrived in the area, but also driving her to the glorious town on Port Townsend for the Conference. What a wonderful organization, with excellent planning that made this conference very enjoyable. Going forward, Huisenga continues to look forward to opportunities to share her experience, both in operating a successful B&B and in coping with burnout. She welcomes inquiries regarding future conferences in different venues.

Michigan Lake to Lake Innkeepers Conference Features Nancy Huisenga as a principal speaker| Mount Pleasant, MI |October 26, 2015| Topic: Beyond Burnout: Rekindling the Fire

nancy-michiganNancy Huisenga was a featured presenter at the Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association Annual Innkeepers Conference, held in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on November 26-27, 2015. She was described as Ourstanding Presenter for her hour-long presentation, “Beyond Burnout: Rekindling the Fire”, which was informative and entertaining. Nancy’s energetic and enthusiastic presentation style gave attendees a personal look at factors that contribute to burnout, how to recognize the signs, face the challenges that burnout present, and move forward with a sense of renewal and personal growth. Based on 15 years experience building a highly successful B&B in a small tourist town located in Southeastern Minnesota, Huisenga has direct experience coping with the work load that contributes to burnout, but also the adjustment associated with moving from a major metropolitan area to a town that has a population of 754 people. Burnout, which affects all industries and work environments, is pervasive in today’s stressful society. Learning to recognize the signs, focus on prevention and burnout management can be applied across the board.

Having sold her Habberstad House B&B to new owners/innkeepers on June 30, 2015, she shared her advice on planning for a low-stress retirement from inn-keeping and focusing on the next chapter in life.

Nancy was also a Roundtable Discussion Facilitator on Marketing Issues during the conference.

Going forward, Huisenga continues to look forward to opportunities to share her experience, both in operating a successful B&B and in coping with burnout. She welcomes inquiries regarding future conferences in different venues.

A collaborative annual meeting for innkeepers and B&B owners being held for current and aspiring innkeepers through the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association and the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association, Lecture Presentation by Nancy Huisenga| Waupaca, WI |November 9-11, 2014| Topic: Beyond Burnout: Rekindling the Fire

nancy-wisconsinDescription of lecture presentation: A personal look at factors that contribute to burnout, how to recognize the signs, face the challenges that burnout present, and move forward with a sense of renewal and personal growth. Based on 14 years experience building a highly successful B&B in a small tourist town located in Southeastern Minnesota, the speaker has direct experience coping with the work load that contributes to burnout, but also the adjustment associated with moving from a major metropolitan area to a town that has a population of 754 people.

Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association annual conference at the Hotel Patee| Perry, IA |March 23-24, 2014| Topic: Marketing Strategies We’ve Used Over the Years presentation by Nancy Huisenga

The Annual Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) Features a Workshop Presentation by Nancy Huisenga| Charleston, SC |January 13-16, 2014| Topic: Beyond Burnout: Rekindling the Fire

Description of workshop: A personal look at factors that contribute to burnout, how to recognize the signs, face the challenges that burnout present, and move forward with a sense of renewal and personal growth. Based on 14 years experience building a highly successful B&B in a small tourist town located in Southeastern Minnesota, the speaker has direct experience coping with the work load that contributes to burnout, but also the adjustment associated with moving from a major metropolitan area to a town that has a population of 754 people.

The Book Shelf Bookstore of Winona Hosts Reading/Book Signing Event| Tuesday, November 12, 2013 |

The chilly night was warm and toasty inside as Book Shelf Bookstore owner Chris made everyone comfortable and invited me to introduce and read from my book. The audience included an old friend, Susie, and her mother Eleanor (who had owned an inn herself back in 1949 and showed me her ledger with the cost of a night’s stay around $1.00!). Thank you to all who attended! Chris still has a supply of my book at his delightful bookstore for Winona residents.

QUARTER/quarter Restaurant’s Culinary Artist Chef Stephen Larson Hosts Reading/Book Signing | Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 3:30-5:00PM |

The Harmony Arts Board sponsored a wonderful collaboration between well-known chef, Stephen Larson, and Lanesboro’s Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast owner and author, Nancy Huisenga, during a rare afternoon event that is free to the public. Attendees from the area savored both Nancy’s honest and humorous confessions as she read from her newly-released hit book, Behind the Door Marked “Private”: Confessions of a Small Town Bed and Breakfast Owner, as well as Chef Larson’s presentation of several delicious samples of the Habberstad House breakfast menu.

Held at the ever-popular QUARTER/quarter Restaurant and Wine Bar, 25 Center Street East in Harmony, MN, on Sunday, October 13, from 3:30 – 5:00 PM, this free event featured Larson’s preparing a sample menu consisting of our B&B’s Dutch Apple Pannekoeken, Scotch Eggs, Tres Leches Cake, Potato Cakes, and Anna’s Cornbread, presented in tasting portions with his usual panache.

Stephen Larson and I have collaborated in the past, when Larson spent several afternoons at the Habberstad House helping my husband Dave and me revamp our breakfasts with some new recipes, much needed after seven years running the premier B&B, located in Lanesboro.

Larson also helped me format the breakfast recipes included in her book, which was launched on September 14 with a major reception at the Lanesboro Arts Center. That reading/book signing served as the Capstone Event for the grant awarded to Huisenga by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in March, 2013, thanks to funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, and the evening brought record-breaking attendance and book sales.

Chef Larson has been described as having “an enthusiasm for food,”  not only with his restaurant but also teaching in a variety of settings over the years, including his cooking segments on KSMQ-TV’s “Garden Connections”, which are available on the KSMQ website.

Together, Huisenga and Larson made the perfect team to bring tasty recipes and a great book to life, as participants peeked “Behind the Door Marked “Private” and heard some of those confessions.

Thank you to Chef Larson and to the Harmony Arts Board and to all who attended!

Launch Party | Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM | Lanesboro Arts Center

The official launch of Behind the Door Marked Private: Confessions of a Small-Town Bed and Breakfast Owner will take place at the Lanesboro Arts Center at 6 PM on Saturday, September 14. Help Nancy celebrate her birthday at the same time!

This celebration will also serve as the Capstone Event for the $5,000 grant Nancy received through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in March, 2013. The money was used to support the costs of writing, producing and launching the hard copy and digital versions of this book.  At this event, Nancy will read from the book, sign copies and chat about the Sample the some of the most popular breakfast items served at the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast, which will be offered as refreshment , along with wine. Join in on this wonderful evening celebration, and get a view of Lanesboro wonderful Arts Center from the inside out!

KDEC Radio, Decorah Interview on the Bob Holtan Show | Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Tune in to KDEC on your radio dial at 1240 AM Radio for radio show personality Bob Holtan’s interview with Nancy. He highlights both her book, Behind the Door Marked “Private” and the upcoming Launch Party on September 14 at the Lanesboro Arts Center.

Reading/Book Signing | Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM | Commonweal Theatre

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, after Nancy’s performance of Mme. Arcati in the hit comedy, Blithe Spirit, she did a reading and book signing at the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN. About 50 people attended the event. Nancy donated the proceeds from all book sales of Behind the Door Marked “Private” and her Does a Zebra Know It’s Striped? to the Commonweal Theatre. Thank you to all who attended and to the fabulous Commonweal Theatre actors for setting up and staging a wonderful event. The Commonweal Theatre reception space is an excellent choice for any type of event.

 

 

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“Behind the Door Marked “Private”: Confessions of a Small Town Bed and Breakfast Owner is a book that comes from the heart”

 

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