Unlocking your potential at Great Bay Community College lunch seriesBy GRETYL MACALASTER
Union Leader Correspondent
January 19. 2014 3:38PM
PORTSMOUTH — For the last seven years, Exeter resident Chris Yonker has been helping business executives, leaders and celebrities achieve their greatest potential.
On Wednesday, the management consultant brought his expertise in neurolinguistic programming to Great Bay Community College as part of its professional development series “Lunch with the Pros.”
The lunch seminar is a program of the college’s new alumni association, formed in 2013.
Yonker focused his presentation on the barriers many people face in reaching their goals, and tips on how to avoid those barriers.
He said the question everyone should be asking themselves is what they want to do with the rest of their lives. The goal is to get people thinking about it, as many adults do not.
A person’s life will also mostly likely be directed by the kinds of questions they ask themselves, namely negative questions about why things are so difficult or why they cannot get where they want to be.
Approaching things feeling they are difficult or a struggle will make them difficult or a struggle, Yonker said in summary, emphasizing the law of cause and effect.
Each individual is the representation of their own belief system, so individuals need to create more powerful beliefs for themselves, instead of just listening to others, he said.
“You can start choosing beliefs that empower you to go where you want to,” Yonker said.
He pointed out five things those in attendance could do to make change. These included creating environments and surrounding oneself with people that will help propel one forward; finding a mentor; changing thinking; conducting a values inventory; and believing in oneself.
Neurolinguistics is the science of behavior change, Yonker said, and is used by some of the top coaches and consultants in the world.
Dr. Mark R. Windt serves on the advisory board for GBCC and suggested Yonker as a possible speaker for the lunch event.
“I thought it was exactly what people would like to hear at a time when it is hard to have success economically, politically, environmentally, and I think we need to have some mentoring as to how to change to where success is going to be available,” Windt said.
The lunch events, and a leadership lecture series held in the evenings, are open to all GBCC faculty, staff and students as well as the greater community.
“This is, by definition, a community college, so the broadening of that word is important,” Windt said.
“Lunch with the Pros” is held the third Wednesday of each month at the Great Bay Community College library from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch is included.
On Feb. 19, Katie White, a pediatric intensive care unit nurse at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, will be the featured speaker.