Speaking

I love to share what I’ve learned over the years as a business owner, community advocate, mother, daughter, and wife.

I do much of that through one-on-one consulting but its even more gratifying to share and teach through speaking.    I speak on a variety of topics including Life Balance, Leadership, Starting a Business, Networking, and Communication.    I also have a YouTube Channel where I interview subject matter experts on a variety of topics.  Some topics are best delivered as a Keynote, others as a workshop and some can be both.  Every speaking engagement begins with a complimentary discussion so I can create a program that will directly and specifically impact your audience. Some prior topics are included below.

Why Me?

  • Real, honest speaking. I speak from the heart from my experiences and I’m not afraid to share where I’ve made mistakes and where I have struggled…  Your audience will relate and know they are learning from someone who feels their pain.
  • I help promote your event through my social media and website.  I have nearly 7,000 followers on my personal LinkedIn page alone but also regularly post on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram both personally and for my multiple businesses.
  • In the Trench Experience. Your audience will learn what it’s like to start, grow, and run a business while juggling a life just like theirs and not just learn textbook answers and theories.

Topics

Team Dynamics and Communication
Why are different personalities and leadership styles important to a vibrant workplace?  Your team will learn how to appreciate the things about their team members that previously drove them crazy and learn how to better communicate as a team.  Each type of work style is an important cog in the workplace — for example, the over-thinker will balance the knee-jerk decision maker. Learning to appreciate and understand each other makes a stronger workplace and I will give you the tools to make that happen.  (Check out this webinar with Charles County Economic Development where I was a panelist on this topic – at 10:55 I have a comment about how to work with remote employees during COVID-19.)

Effective Networking:  How to Get Value and Action from Your Conversations 
Learn concrete solutions to get the most from networking including how to mingle, when and how to leave a conversation, and how to leave with something of value that can help your career or business.   The tools you learn will take the fear out of networking and even make it fun.   Your audience will learn how networking has been the key to my success and how it can be yours too!   This session works well right before a networking break where they can practice their newfound skills.  (Check out this webinar with Charles County Economic Development where I was a panelist on this topic.)

Time Management
Did you know most American workers spend over 30 hours a week answering and reading emails?  I teach a step by step method to work through the noise of email as well as other ways to organize your business day so you leave the day feeling accomplished.  Social media, tasks lists and prioritization will all be addressed and the audience will leave with actionable items they can put right to work!

PowerPoint Presentations that Aren’t Boring
We’ve all been there…. Wondering why you just wasted one more hour of your life listening to someone read boring bullets to you.   Your audience will learn easy things they can do to make their presentations more dynamic, to the point and most of all….  effective without being boring!

Government Compliant Pricing
Learn how to create government compliant pricing for government contracts.  Learn about different type of contracts and the required pricing for each.  We will discuss allowable costs, gifting rules, how to create budget pools, travel and Other Direct Costs, fee and profit, creating rates and an easy to use Rate Sheet for proposals, among many other topics.  Hands-on worksheets are important aspect of this class so you aren’t just learning concepts — you leave the class able to create your own pricing structure.