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Speaking

As a long-term coach and consultant, I am well-versed in career and organization issues and trends, and their impact on individual and organization performance.

I am available to give talks in several areas to improve employee understanding and awareness, to promote better communication and increase organization effectiveness. In these talks, I encourage attendees to participate, to spread their own knowledge within the group. These areas include:

Using your strengths in the workplace

Strengths are those things that come naturally to us. They are sometimes called talents. We use our strengths at work, at home, at play, everywhere and every day. Because they are so automatic, we often can’t easily describe them. As we become more aware of our strengths, we can actually use them to greater advantage in all areas of our lives. And “Tell me about your strengths” is a common interview question that we need to be able to answer well.

Job search fundamentals

While we live in an age of increasing electronic communication, in a job search personal interaction is still the most important component of a successful search. Being able to describe how you add value when networking and when interviewing is critically important. I also describe the best approaches to written materials, creating and implementing a marketing plan.

Enhancing interpersonal skills

This talk can be tailored to your organization, based on the culture and areas of strength and discord. The fundamentals are based on self-awareness and the awareness that we all see the world in our own terms. I discuss styles of handling conflicts, and set up audience participation in different scenarios. I can also administer the DiSC tool for this talk, to give attendees a better idea of their style.

Contact Jess for a complimentary initial consultation.

Testimonials

“I wanted to tell you that at our regular Thursday Job and Career group meeting this morning, two of our patrons that also attended your presentation last night came up to me to say how good they thought it was.  Also, the evaluation forms we received from those attending were very positive.  One patron specifically mentioned that this should have been a ‘two evening event'”.

“Thank you so much for an outstanding presentation. The group really enjoyed all the handouts and the process for assessing their strengths. I have not seen the final tally on the evaluations but at a glance they were excellent.”

“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the career coaching classes.  When this opportunity was presented to me I envisioned a somewhat boring class of reading text books and lots of scary role playing.  Instead I was able to take away many great tips on job searching, writing a perfect resume, the importance of networking, and many great sites to seek a new career! Yes, we did some role playing but it was not scary at all, (well, maybe a little) and actually helped me in my own interview I had scheduled that afternoon.

The  classes were also a great place to sit with my fellow peers who are also facing the same impending termination and just support one another and talk. It’s nice to realize you are not alone and that there are others who share the same frustrations. Being able to just talk everything out really helped to alleviate some of the stress.

I will be taking away  a lot of information from this class and valuable tools that will help me throughout my career, and for that I am thankful.  I haven’t met many career coaches in my life (you’re actually the first) but I am pretty sure we got the best of the best.  It was a pleasure to meet you and I wish you the best and continued success in life and your career. “

Organization Consulting

I work with your organization to maximize effectiveness and communication. This can include workshops, small groups and individuals.

The focus areas for organization consulting include:

  • Working through change initiatives with minimal disruption
  • Increasing employee engagement
  • Creating a common vocabulary to improve communication
  • Defining roles and responsibilities
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Understanding conflict styles and resolution
  • Structuring the organization to achieve the mission
  • Increasing awareness of company culture: the “unwritten rules ”

In addition to customized consulting programs, I often use several highly regarded assessment tools to increase performance. These include: DiSC Workplace Profile, FIRO-BA, MBTI, Workplace Performance Indicator, PDI 360 Feedback, and Strong Interest Inventory.

Contact Jess for a complimentary initial consultation.

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