Speaking Topics for Corporate and Association Audiences

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Build It and They Will Stay: Secrets to employee engagement and retention

Employee engagement is a major issue today since it impacts company earnings in so many ways. From lost productivity and intellectual capital to the additional time and effort of hiring, employee turnover is expensive.

Research studies indicate that when we give of ourselves and our resources, we become happier, healthier and more productive. In addition, focusing outside ourselves causes amazing things to happen in our brain.

When compensation packages are competitive with the marketplace, it is the intrinsic rewards that keep employees committed. Engaging and motivating valuable employees is achievable in any company. These concepts and more are discovered by participants in this session that highlights current research on employee engagement. Experiential activities are used to learn ways to create a fun and productive environment.

Learning Objectives:

1. Analyze the current work environment for ways to create engagement
2. Identify methods to build loyalty and keep good employees
3. Implement ideas and plans to increase engagement

Flying in Formation: Reaching new heights in team effectiveness

Learn about teamwork from geese flying in a “V” formation. Their clearly defined plan, delegation, and support for every member allows them to successfully travel thousands of miles.

This fun, interactive session will simulate future teamwork at its best with lessons that transfer directly to the workplace. Effective communication is key to keeping team members inspired and on-track. Understand how to clearly transmit a message and be sure that it is received and carried out as intended. Whether you are presenting to the executive management team, illustrating the assets you provide to the company, or directing others on multiple projects, your messages must achieve the desired results.

Participants will learn practical, useful tools to improve their business interactions with others. They will experience how creativity and productivity are maximized by participating in fun team-building activities. Gain insights from the experts on team effectiveness— the geese!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn and experience team concepts
  2. Build teams that are motivated to take ownership and be accountable for results
  3. Be energized by participating in fun, team building activities
Getting to the Heart of the Generation Gap: Mastering the motivation of multiple generations

For the first time in history, five generations are together in the workplace.  As a result, companies are facing new challenges that can negatively impact productivity.  Studies show that a third of us waste about five hours a week on intergenerational conflicts.

Ideas about work ethic, corporate business practices and new communications technology are constantly being shared and discussed. Understandably, conflicts can occur over what people feel or how they say it. Navigating these challenges and capitalizing on each generation’s strengths will propel your career and benefit your company.

In this session you will learn:

  1. How our past influences our current and future attitudes
  2. What motivates and demotivates each generation
  3. Tips to get to the heart of the generation gap
  4. What you can do now to be “generationally sensitive”
How to Lead When No One Wants to Follow: Making leadership fun

Transforming an organization into one where employees are both challenged and enthusiastic is a process that involves creating leaders at all levels. This program provides steps to discover how people are motivated and developed in a trusting environment. It demonstrates the difference in leadership and management.

High morale and commitment are created when employees have a sense of direction and purpose. They “buy-in” and propel the change needed to succeed! This program leads to a greater understanding of inspiring employees in a highly productive environment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the difference in management and leadership
  2. Inspire others to be better leaders
  3. Create an environment where others are willing to follow
Making Work Fun for Increased Productivity, Profitability and Morale

Can we learn to take our jobs seriously and ourselves lightly? Can we unlearn the Terminal Professionalism that is so common in Corporate America today? For companies who realize that the next major boost in productivity will be people, not technology, driven the answer is YES! Numerous examples illustrate that fun increases productivity by stimulating creativity and cooperation.

When people are in an environment where they have the courage to take risk, innovation and profitability result. Fun levels the playing field between everyone so that the entire group gets involved in generating useful ideas. Morale skyrockets because people feel appreciated. Customers like doing business with people who like doing business.

This session is designed to teach by example. Experiential activities are used to get people involved, having fun and learning.  Stories and magic add emphasis to the statistics that demonstrate why work that is fun gets done.

All of the activities are fun-with-a-purpose. For example, responding to changing conditions is clearly demonstrated in two activities: One Word at a Time and Pushing Hands. After each event, the activity is then metaphorically related to conditions at work. People often see new solutions to old problems when looked at in this playful way. This content rich program has a ton of take-home value.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how fun at work increases creativity and productivity
  2. Define and list appropriate ways to have fun in the workplace
  3. To understand the importance of a positive attitude on peak productivity
  4. To be energized by participating in fun, meaningful activities
The Power of Giving Time, Energy and Money

Most of us are constantly faced with yet another solicitation asking for money. Our voice mail is choked full of messages asking us to volunteer our time. We often feel that we cannot spare any time out of our already overbooked schedule. However, recent research studies indicate that when we give of ourselves and our resources, we become happier, healthier and more productive. In addition, focusing outside ourselves causes positive chemical reactions to happen in our brain.

To tap the power of giving time, energy and money, this presentation uses experiential activities, stories and magic to get everyone involved, active and learning. Using fun to discover the benefits of being more altruistic every day, make solicitations an opportunity not to be missed!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to give time, energy and money for a rewarding personal investment
  2. Focus on what we can do, not being overwhelmed by what we can’t do
  3. Understand recent research on becoming happier
Creating FUNtastic Customer Service: Making sales and service fun

In this program participants will get excited about customer service while they examine the differences and similarities between sales and service. They will learn how successful service interactions are integral to personal and professional success. Ideas will be generated to become creative in solving customer service problems before they happen. It will inspire each person to be an innovative leader.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover how having fun with sales and service increases creativity and productivity
  2. Define and list appropriate ways to have fun with service in the workplace
  3. Learn to change negative attitudes into positive energy to create better service
  4. To be energized by participating in fun, meaningful activities
How To Get Your Net Working: Relationship building skills

This fun, interactive session stimulates participants to become more effective in their business communications. The program emphasizes networking skills so that participants gain the confidence needed to build dependable relationships. Transmitting your message clearly can greatly influence and motivate the receiver.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify feelings, emotions and behaviors integral to successful communication
  2. Develop a Networking Action Plan
  3. Build the skills and motivation to feel comfortable networking with anyone, anytime, about almost anything.
Personal Positioning for Powerful Sales Presentations

Presentations made today are often short, informative and intended to persuade others toward a product, service or action. This program emphasizes “Personal Positioning” delivery practiced before a group so that participants will gain the confidence needed for their style of effective business communications. The Inscape DiSC Behavior Profile can also be used as a self-assessment instrument to understand human behavior types.  It provides a framework to reveal our own behavioral style and how it affects our ability to communicate our message. Participants will learn practical, useful tools to improve their success in business interactions with others. In the full-day course, the presentations are video recorded and played back for evaluation and appraisal.

Learning objectives:

  1. Develop and deliver informative and persuasive presentations
  2. Understand and use personal behaviors effectively
  3. Craft a compelling opening and closing to achieve success
  4. Practice presenting and reviewing short presentations on video tape
Charting Your Family History: Getting started in discovering your past

Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the U.S. today. Many people want to explore their family history but just don’t know where to start. This presentation will lead you through the process to begin discovering your past. It will shorten your learning curve by hearing Robin’s stories and photos about her ancestors as she shares tips how to discover your history too. Robin earned a certificate from the National Genealogical Society, conducted research in the Family History Library, and attended the RootsTech Conference.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn the steps to discover your family history
  2. Document useful resources to help you with your genealogy research
  3. Experience the process of creating a family tree
Know to No Stress: Steps to Achieve Life Balance

Does your office have employees who suffer from TP (terminal professionalism)? Some people believe that the workplace must be totally serious. In these environments, having fun is discouraged, considered unproductive, and nonprofessional. Actually, more work gets done when people enjoy their jobs!

Fun is the catalyst to relieve stress, achieve life balance and be more productive. Although stress is part of life today, not all stress is bad. The secret is to transform our distress (harmful stress) into eustress (positive stress) to feel healthier, happier and more productive. Once we understand these influences, we can create an individual plan for managing and relieving our own stress.

This presentation teaches by example. Experiential activities are used to get people involved and having fun so that new insights and creative lessons can be learned.
It promises to be fun, energizing and full of actionable ideas. Based upon Robin’s book of the same title, participants discover personal insights by doing activities that are fun–with–a–purpose!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how relieving stress increases creativity and productivity
  2. Understand the importance of a positive attitude on peak productivity
  3. Learn to change negative stress into positive energy
  4. To be energized by participating in fun, meaningful activities