Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

How are you Wired?

Here’s a great collection of pics from the IL PTA State Convention.  What a fun group to train on communication and human behavior.

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Leaders can always be BETTER Communicators and should be the BEST

hoavbThis past weekend, I was brought in for the Heart of America Volleyball Region meeting.  This was a meeting designed around discussing the latest rules changes and new policies coming down from the national association.  As you might expect, that could be a very long meeting.  I promise you, the first portion of the meeting had passion and energy as we did a full room breakout regarding the model of human behavior to discover the strengths and weaknesses to improve leadership and communication.  While it wasn’t a long session, all the attendees actively participated to fully understand how they could be more effective.

This Is What Success Looks Like

Here’s a pic (not all are pictured) of our graduating Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class. Since we started the class 9 weeks ago, here are some stats:

1. Over $160k in credit card offers by mail have been declined and shredded.
2. $78k in debt has been paid off so far.
3. 15 credit card accounts were closed and chopped up during our class. :o)
4. An additional $35k is accessible in savings.

Which Baby Step are you on?

“Live like no one else so you can some day live and give like no one else.” – Dave Ramsey

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Inspire Everyone, Especially Our Youth

I am grateful for every opportunity I have to connect with young people and provide them a vision for the potential in their life.  Everyone comes from a different background and their experiences mold who they are.  Sometimes it can be that person who doesn’t know their ever move that comes in and can help them capture the “who I can be” vs. “who I am”.  We held series of events to impact the education and family community of Rankin County School District in MS.  They are dedicated to offering programming to support the needs of their students, staff and families.

This first pic is after we spoke to a local group of high school students.

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As we talked about Family Engagement, a strong team from the community attended the lunch session.

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My son, Hunter, joined me to present “Diagnosis to Graduation” which is our family’s story about Hunter’s life on the Autism Spectrum.

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Do You Want Creative Students?

Over the weekend, after keynoting for Indiana PTA and sharing my early years education experience, an attendee came up and handed me the following insight:

Creativity, when teachers were surveyed:  “Do you want creative students?”  They responded, “Yes”.  “Do you want students that have all the traits that add up to creativity?”  They responded, “No”. It then said, “Scott’s high school years are the description of a creative kid.”  And today I have the opportunity to share about the value of family and education. How ironic!!

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People are ALWAYS part of the Equation

Quick pic with the TX CERT conf organizer Julie. Had the opportunity to keynote for this group of volunteer leaders and staff emergency responders/educators. Effective communication is critical because people are ALWAYS part of the equation.

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It’s Okay to Look Back, just Don’t Live in It

I was decluttering over the weekend and found a newspaper clipping from 5 years ago. This is from the first leadership conference I was able to participate in as both a keynote/workshop and with multiple speakers in one day.  It was one of those “I remember it like yesterday” moments because of the unique format of the workshops.  For each breakout session, only two speakers were offered to the attendees.  Prior to the breakout time and after a keynote, those two presenters were required to go on stage and “sell” their workshop to the audience so they can make an informed decision.  To a natural “upfront personality type” ,  I ate it up.  So did the other guy with me who happened to also be named Scott.  We co-branded our promotion time as “Whichever you choose, you won’t go wrong with Scott.”

On the other hand, I remember during our promotion rehearsal time that some of the other speakers were very nervous about this opportunity to sell themselves.  It reminds me how some people want a piece of paper to tell their story and are not prepared for the interview.  I constantly remind myself to think like a business owner when I with people.  Not that I constantly selling a product or service, but how I present myself is very important to build trust and confidence in a relationship.  While enjoyed that moment in the bright lights, I realize I can’t live it everyday, but I can learn from it.

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Experience It to Remember It

As an individual who has sat through conferences and workshops, I always enjoyed having the opportunity to get up and physically move so that I was an active member in the presentation. I make my audiences aware of this by sharing the following:   You remember 10% of what your Hear, 15% of what you Read and 80% of what you Experience.  Oftentimes when you are part of a team building exercise they use experiences to show cause and effect.  I have been and learned from some of the best.  (Mike Hall with Strong Fathers Strong Families and Dr. Robert Rohm with Personality Insights whom I am a consultant)  It is the heart of how I teach and train.  What did you experience today that you will never forget?

Make sure your Local Market knows about YOU!

Famous Joke:  What’s the difference between a sales rep and a consultant?  A consultant travels for a couple of hours and carries a briefcase.

Because most of my presentations are out-of-state and with large organizations, I often feel like I am neglecting my opportunities to speak in my own backyard.  I thought I would do a little local advertising/marketing to smaller employers with our social media group nwaonline.com  and their promo NWA Deal Piggy.  Checkout my ad.

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Development: the act or process of developing; growth; progress

So often, I am one of a few professional presenters when I am brought in to a conference or convention. (Professional = someone who gets paid)  Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of a slate of presenters at an association’s convention.  Not only did this association provide quality information to train and develop their attendees, it gave us as speakers the ability to learn and observe our peers.

It is rare that we have the opportunity listen to other speakers.  When you are the training/consulting company, the road can be lonely at times.  You fly in fly out within 24 hours.  The destination may have been luxurious, but all you see is the inside of your hotel room the first night, the podium and sound booth in the morning and you present later that day.  Most likely you are catching a flight out that night to your next destination.

Take advantage of learning something new by listening to the audio recordings from this conference on the Soar with Eagles site.

Breakout Sessions

Keynotes

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