When Ardis (Kiel) Bazyn graduated from West Lyon High School (Inwood, IA), she had no idea what changes were going to take place in her life. Born in a small town (Alvord, IA), she applied for work immediately after graduation. Soon, she was offered a position as bookkeeper-receptionist at The Book Store in Sioux Falls and later, as a proof dispatcher at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
When she lost her sight in a car accident, she had to rethink her career options. After completing food service management training, she was given the opportunity to manage a small snack bar in the Argus Leader for employees. After three years, she moved on to manage other food service facilities in South Dakota and Iowa. Having been an active volunteer both in local churches and a variety of other organizations, she was frequently asked to speak on different topics and to work on writing projects. As wife of a husband with multiple disabilities and parent of two pre-teen daughters, she took the additional challenge of attending college while working full-time in her food service business. After receiving her A.A. from Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids IA), she transferred to Coe College. In 1996, she received two BA degrees in Public Relations and speech Communications and in 1998, received her Master’s Degree in Arts in Teaching.
She realized she enjoyed helping others improve their current status and wanted the necessary skills to become a more accomplished speaker, life/business coach, and writer. After leaving the food service management field, she decided to start her current business as an inspirational and motivational speaker, life/business coach, and writer. After moving to Burbank CA, in 1999, she found a demand for printed and audio materials in the subjects on which she speaks. She had written many articles and manuals on a variety of subjects in the past, including a booklet for college-bound students called "A Guide to a Successful College Experience". She felt compelled to start a new book project. Her work finally came to fruition in the spring of 2002 when she published her first book BUILDING BLOCKS TO SUCCESS: Does the Image of Your Church Attract Members?
Her second book BUILDING BLOCKS TO SUCCESS: Does the Image of Your Organization Attract Members? Was printed in July, 2002. Her third book, BUILDING BLOCKS TO SUCCESS: Does the Image of Your Business Attract Customers and Motivate Employees?, was published in August, 2005. She published a more personal book in December 2008: MY FAMILY’S FAVORITES: Recipes Handed Down from Friends and Family Including Hints and Anecdotes.
She offers all of her books on audio cassette tape and CD.
Here is a synopsis of her first book, BUILDING BLOCKS TO SUCCESS: Does the Image of Your Church Attract Members?
Is your church drawing visitors? Is it vital, energetic, and enticing to join? If not, this book’s practical suggestions may be important for you. Obviously, churches use a variety of ways of inviting new members and other interested persons to attend services and other meetings. Unique strategies for keeping members satisfied with your church are necessary. Some ideas mentioned in this book include evaluating and improving your attitude toward newcomers, using positive visitor follow-up methods, planning interesting programs and activities to attract newcomers, planning publicity so more people learn about your functions, promoting the purpose of your church, recognizing what support mechanisms might help retain members, and setting realistic goals for the future.
You can find descriptions of her other books on her website: www.bazyncommunications.com. She is currently working on her fifth book, telling her personal story of coping with challenges and change. Besides her work, she also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.