A teacher loves what he does, but wants to make an impact on a bigger scale. So he leverages his background and experience to become a blended family coach, as well as a speaker.

Teacher Turned Remarkable Speaker, with Joel Hawbaker

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  • Was a high school teacher for most of his adult life
  • Has a degree in history from a covenant college in Georgia
  • His blended family story starts when he was young
  • His parents split up and but stayed on very good terms and continued having holidays together
  • When he went away to school he realized that his family situation was not typical
  • Because of the example his parents set, when he and his first wife divorced he was able to recreate that family dynamic with his ex-wife and their children
  • Realized he wanted to be doing something even bigger than just being in a classroom
  • Now he pushes for the creation of blended family's: like those of his parents and his own
  • Has been a speaker at high schools, colleges, churches, and conferences about blended family
  • A few years ago he started talking as a professional speaker, talking mostly about leadership
  • Realized that he could be more useful as more a life coach than a leadership one
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  • Who is your success role model? His Parents
  • What is your biggest success? Being able to recreate his parents success and have the family he has today
  • What does a typical day for you look like? Get up around 5:15 a.m., walk his dogs, leave for school around 6:30 a.m., get back in the afternoon, goes to soccer practice, do a podcast or send out a proposal for a speaking event, help someone in a blended family situation, spend some time with his family
  • What is your favorite quote? "All we have to decide is what to do with th time that is given to us." –JRR Tolkien & "Grace makes beauty out of ugly things." –Bono from U2
  • What are your hobbies? Sports of all kinds and Mario Kart with his daughters
  • What is the best business book you've read? Go-Giver by Bob Burg
  • If there was one key piece of advice you could leave our listeners with about achieving success, what would it be? Go out of you way to help other people, even if you don't think there's anything in it for you

About our Guest, Joel Hawbaker

Joel Hawbaker Blended Family Speaker
Joel Hawbaker

Joel is a professional speaker, author, teacher, and blended family coach, working to help blended and step-families learn to live more cooperatively together. Divorced and remarried, Joel lives in Alabama with his wife, his two daughters, and their two rescue dogs Bruiser and Butterscotch.

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