I am available to talk with groups of all sizes on a variety of personal and professional topics.

Parenting topics

M.O.M. Balance

(30-45 minutes) For moms looking to balance “Mothering, Obstacles and Me,” this fun, informative, and interactive presentation will help moms discover ways to improve parenting and create a more balanced life, while taking better care of themselves and overcoming everyday obstacles.  Each mom will do a couple of insightful exercises to look at areas of her parenting and her life, she will set one or two goals for herself, and have the opportunity to share thoughts, resources and challenges during this talk.  Participants will leave with new ideas and perspectives, at least one specific personal goal, and an action plan in hand to start making positive changes.

The Working Moms’ Balancing Act:
Six Tools to Create a More Balanced and Satisfying Life

(45-60 minutes) Ideal for mothers trying to balance work and family, you will learn how to better prioritize your many roles.  You will look at who you are as a parent, how to make the most of your time with your children, and simple ways to improve your relationship.  Whether you’re self-employed or working for someone else, you’ll consider how to better compartmentalize your life, getting the most out of your working hours yet not bringing emotional baggage home with you.  You’ll also learn how to build in time for yourself and  reconnect with who you are beneath your other roles, making better use of your personal time each day.

Business-related topics

I offer presentations to companies and networking groups on the following business-related topics, which can be custom-tailored to meet the needs of each client:

Body language 101: Your body speaks louder than your words!

(30-minute version) – Understand how to better read the non-verbal messages from the people around you, what your own body language may be (unintentionally) revealing about you, and how to use body language to your personal and professional advantage.  You will learn the four fundamentals of body language and ten essential insights about this important communication tool, including the right and wrong ways to shake hands, the role of personal space, and how to deliver a more effective presentation.

(60-minute version) – In addition to all the above, this version includes more in-depth information and a head-to-toe overview on what different gestures, actions, signals and behavior clusters mean.  You will learn how to build rapport more easily, how to make a better first impression, and how to tell if your message is getting through to your clients.  Improve communications by more effectively monitoring body language, both your own and others’.

Personality in the Workplace: What makes your clients and co-workers tick?

(60-minute version) – Complete a basic test to determine your own personality type, learn about the four components of personality, and look at how personality dramatically impacts each person’s view of the world.  Participants learn how to determine the personality type of clients and co-workers, enabling them to more easily build rapport with those of differing types, more effectively interact with others, address their own personality-related strengths and challenges, and address team decision-making from a personality-based perspective.

(Longer version, 75 minutes +, time will increase with inclusion of exercises) – In addition to the above, this version enables your team to understand personality in a more in-depth way.  Prior to the presentation, each participant takes a more scientific online test and forwards me their results.  This information is incorporated into my talk, allowing me to use specific examples of those present in explaining the role of personality.  Once a team understands this, changes can be implemented in response to the personality types of  team members (Jim and Susan need to see concrete numbers on their projects; Mary is ok with a good overview; be sure to give Joe a copy of an agenda before you start a meeting, etc.).  I can incorporate exercises as time permits.

Time Management: Efficiently getting more done, with less stress!

(30-45 min.) – Learn the difference between scheduling and time management; effective time management includes better prioritizing, integrating your short- and long-term goals into your schedule, handling interruptions, minimizing distractions and tracking actual vs. expected time spent on tasks.  Participants take a quiz to determine what areas of time management they most need to address.  Each person categorizes and prioritizes weekly tasks, and creates a specific plan for the week to come.  By comparing expected to actual time required for tasks, adjustments can be made to ultimately construct a workable, effective and realistic system.