I help organizations design professional development and training programs to empower self-development and shared learning.
Who I Am
What I Do
Just as engagement and empowerment are a driving theme in my classroom, so it is with my keynotes. My keynotes are designed to inspire, but I believe the best speeches have the right amount of humor to keep the audience alive, a fair coloring of examples and anecdotes to make it real, a splash of visuals to keep them watching, a balance of audience participation to keep them thinking, and above all a connection to that audience to further empower real change. I will always leave my audience with something they feel they can take away and apply—for if we're not learning to implement what we learn, then why are we learning it?
My workshops are about learning by doing, for as the Chinese proverb goes, "Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I understand." I enjoy giving keynote speeches, but I LOVE workshops and consulting. A keynote is great to inspire change (and often the necessary first step), but a workshop is about learning by doing. I guide the implementation and training of informal and formal leaders, coaches, and trainers in making change from within.
Consulting: I've worked in traditional consulting with loads of analysis, identifying problems, and offering recommendations. I hated it. I hated not being able to help further. My students always did well with analyzing and brainstorming but always struggled with implementing their ideas. We have a saying in my classroom: the idea is only 10% the execution in 90%. Analysis, problem identification, recommendations are all useful and are certainly part of what I offer, but my consulting not only provides a mix of workshops, trainings, edcamps, and events but more importantly guidance on and throughout implementation. I train school leaders and management to guide the culture of the school or organization to the desired outcome.