Initiatives for Life, People Management, and Professional Development
The Global Learning Solutions team staffs experts in human resources, organizational development, talent management, and training and development to design and deliver customized programs for organizations’ unique training needs. On average, GLS oversees more than 160 learning events per month and consistently receives high scores on participant and host evaluations (host evaluations 98%; participant evaluations 99%).
By providing a wide variety of seminars, GLS can assist your organization in promoting a healthy and motivated work environment where employees are engaged and effective in their roles. These learning opportunities are designed to educate and motivate employees and managers to be proactive and effective in managing their work responsibilities and personal lives.
Below is the catalog of training courses available. Click on each course title to view a brief description.
Coaching for Performance
Individually we must be accountable for our own performance, but as managers we must also be accountable for our employees’ performance. We must clearly define and express our expectations for them in order for them to perform at the level that we want them on. We must also provide constructive feedback on a consistent basis with the intent to help increase performance.
Communicating Change to Employees
Coaching is a challenge that can be extremely rewarding. As you follow the guidelines in this session, you will meet that challenge and develop relationships that will be meaningful both for you and for those you mentor.
Communication Skills for Collaboration and Working Effectively with Others
Change management is a planned and organized approach to moving individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state. Employees going through difficult changes at work usually have a hard time. The good news is that there are many ways we can effectively manage the changes in our personal and professional lives. This session will help managers help employees through a change and unearth strengths and skills employees never thought they had.
Conflict Management for Supervisors and Managers
A manager needs to be able to effectively communicate with his or her team to build trust. You are able to build a better rapport when you are able to give clear and concise instructions. As an effective communicator you can also resolve conflict. In this seminar you will engage in a discussion on basic communication principles, including the impact of nonverbal cues on communication. You will also learn about the behaviors and skills involved in active listening.
Diversity in the Workplace: Maintaining an Inclusive Environment
Keeping your team focused and motivated is a full-time job in itself, but conflict within your team can make your job impossible. During this seminar you will explore how to reach resolutions that are agreeable to all parties involved and get your team focused on moving forward. You will learn conflict management strategies that will boost performance and increase collaboration among your team.
Drug-Free Workplace Compliance
It is very important to understand the value of hiring and retaining a respectful and culturally sensitive diverse workforce. Every member of the workforce brings unique skills, background, and experience vital to the successful completion of the company productivity and service goals. Diversity brings to a workforce a rich source of creativity and problem-solving to help reach business goals.
Substance abuse can have a number of negative consequences on the employee(s) in the workplace. The safety of employees is severely compromised throughout the workday. This seminar models the Department of Transportation’s Drug-Free Workplace training.
Leveraging Emotional Intelligence as Managers
What is the difference between leadership and management? This session explores the role leadership plays in managing others. You will learn methods to achieve success in guiding and motivating others, while leading with a sense of focus, purpose, and direction. Additionally you will learn tips for addressing employee issues and concerns.
Managing Difficult Personalities
Great leaders understand themselves and the people they manage. They are able to recognize their own feelings and those of others, are self-motivated, and understand the needs and motivators of others. This interactive and insightful training workshop focuses on emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and relating to others.
Managing in a Multigenerational Workplace
Not all employees are the same; some personalities are easier to interact with than others. Just about every workplace has a diverse blend of personalities and preferences. Learn how to communicate and facilitate a positive working relationship with any personality type. We will also examine the role of attitudes and perceptions, along with how to make the most of our diverse relationships with others.
Managing in a Virtual World
Today’s workforce is composed of generations with different values and priorities. This session will identify the characteristics and key motivational factors of each generation. This session evaluates ways to effectively engage and motivate each generation. Explore commonalities and discuss differences to build strong teams while bridging the generational gap.
Managing the Appraisal Process
Working remotely is becoming more prevalent in today’s society. It has its pros and cons just as working from an office does. We will address many components of how to effectively manage a virtual or decentralized team.
Managing Under Pressure: Making Decisions and Communicating
Performance appraisals are essential for the effective management and evaluation of staff. Appraisals help individuals improve organizational performance and feed into business planning. Formal performance appraisals are generally conducted annually by managers for all staff in the organization. This session will assist managers by providing some tips and suggestions for making the process enjoyable and rewarding.
Recognizing a Troubled Employee
When times are tough, how do you manage your team? How do you handle the pressure? This seminar will equip you with techniques that will strengthen your ability to respond (not react) to high-pressure situations. This session also covers tools for making decisions during tough times and communicating decisions.
Selecting the Best: Effective Hiring Techniques
Employee performance should be a major focus for all managers. At some point in your management career you are likely to experience/encounter at least one troubled employee. It is important that you know what to do and what not to do.
Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Workplace: Overview and Compliance
Selecting the best candidate is vital to establishing and building a successful organization. Learn effective interview techniques to hire the best talent. It is important to note that hiring the wrong candidates can be costly to the organization and can negatively affect employee morale. As a manager, your performance is connected to the performance of the people you hire. You can minimize the frustration of hiring the wrong person by attending this course.
Strengthening the Team: Building a Cohesive and Inclusive Team
In this seminar employees will learn the common effects of harassment and the legal ramifications involved with sexual harassment. We will discuss examples of sexual harassment behaviors and discuss ways to avoid acting in harassing ways. Additionally, general sexual harassment reporting procedures will be reviewed.
The Art of Delegation
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”~ Babe Ruth. Participants will engage in a discussion on basic communication principles and complete a fun small-group exercise to identify communication barriers. The facilitator will introduce elements of clear communication. Participants have an opportunity to practice listening, questioning, confirming, and encouraging in several interactive group exercises.
The Art of Motivation
Maximize productivity by learning the art of delegation. Delegation can foster teamwork and boost employee morale. Successful managers show confidence and competence when assigning tasks to experienced employees. Today’s employees face an ever-growing workload. There may have been times when it was easier to just do it yourself, but you can’t do it all. Attend this session for tips on delegating an assignment while ensuring accuracy in the process.
The Strategic Planning Process
Understanding what motivates people allows managers the opportunity to build a strong team. Effective managers learn how to motivate through interaction and discussion.
Understanding Mediation to Resolve Disputes
It is crucial for managers and supervisors to understand the value that strategic planning brings to an organization. Knowing how your department aligns with the mission and goals of the organization is valuable to the success of the organization. This seminar reviews the stages of the strategic planning process.
Violence Prevention in the Workplace
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the method of resolving disputes or issues that are considered to be outside of the judicial process. Mediation is a form of ADR and is a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties. Many employers utilize this method for workplace issues. Mediation involves a neutral third party bringing two sides together with the aim of reaching a mutual agreement. Learn how organizations are using mediation to resolve employee issues and to decide if mediation could work in your organization.
Research shows that violence in the home follows victims into the workplace and often results in absenteeism, low productivity, and turnover. In this session we will discuss the prevention of violence in the workplace as well as how to deal with it should it actually occur. We will discuss risk factors that may increase this behavior and also indicators of problem behavior. Once we know the risk factors and indicators, we will move on to the proper response to workplace violence, what employers can do, and how employees can protect themselves.
Becoming a Family: New Beginnings
Caring for Aging Relatives
Learn strategies to help manage the transition to working parent after the birth of a baby. More than 90% of all men and 25% of all women with children who are under the age of one work full time. While many new parents feel joy and pride in their new families, tensions often arise as one or both partners integrate full-time work with new caregiving roles. This seminar helps participants to successfully navigate the changes that arise in relationships and the new roles that parenthood requires.
Changing Relationships: You and Your Aging Parent/Relative
Learn how to determine the best level of care for an aging relative. As older relatives age, they may require more care than family or neighbors can provide. Many younger relatives then face the difficult decision of seeking the right kind of outside care. This seminar is a helpful first step. You’ll learn about observing and assessing your relative’s ability to perform the activities of daily living (ADLs)—from bathing and dressing to eating regularly and correctly taking medications. Some elders may be unwilling to accept that they require additional care; this seminar explains how to communicate more productively about care options, from in-home assistance to assisted living and nursing care.
Effective Communication with Children
Learn how to communicate more calmly and productively with aging parents who can no longer live independently. Most adult children find it difficult to talk to parents about their decline in physical and mental abilities, outside care services they may need, and the possibility of new living arrangements. To make this process easier, the seminar will present you with techniques that overcome common communication barriers when elders are resistant, angry, or unwilling to listen. You will also explore helpful assumptions about aging and how to understand the loss of independence from the parent’s perspective. The seminar will conclude with a summary of how to assess activities of daily living (ADLs), available care options, and a list of resources for aging adults.
Effective Discipline Strategies: Factors Influencing Children's Behavior
Learn techniques that help you to communicate more productively with your children. You’ll learn about different communication styles and how to communicate effectively, starting in early childhood. The seminar details parental techniques that minimize the “whatevers”—from paying attention and minimizing distractions during conversations to pausing for 30 seconds before engaging the child in a response. You’ll also learn to avoid negative communication styles that hamper conversation and increase conflict.
Elder Care Community Resources
“Many things can wait; the child cannot. Now is the time his bones are being formed, his mind is being developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow; his name is today.” ~ Gabriela Mistral. This seminar will help you to better understand your child’s innate temperament and personality characteristics and what shapes his or her behavior and world view. While the foundation is laid at home, as the child starts school, he or she reacts to peer pressure, teacher and community expectations, and his or her own emotional state. You’ll learn the negative impact of violence in the home, on TV, and in the school or community, and the positive steps you can take to help your child be healthy and well adjusted.
Enhancing Your Child's Self-Esteem
Find the resources you need to help an aging parent or loved one. Learn about available services, from home modifications that help the elderly to stay independent, to in-home caregivers who help with the tasks of everyday living and offer companionship. If you face the common problem of caring for an elderly loved one at a distance, the seminar will get you started on how to coordinate services and find local resources. If nursing care is required, you’ll learn how to determine the highest-rated facilities and understand insurance options. Since caregivers often face burnout and stress, you’ll also learn about resources for the caregiver, from support groups, both in the community and online, to resources available through the EAP.
Learn to recognize indicators of high self-esteem and how to enhance a child’s self-esteem. The seminar will explain that a child who feels good about him or herself feels capable, confident, and self-assured. He or she displays creative, imaginative, and independent thinking. Low self-esteem is often exhibited in a reluctance to try new experiences, a feeling of powerlessness, and poor peer relationships. You’ll learn what impacts self-esteem at each step of development as you explore parental, family, peer, and community influences. You’ll also learn specific methods to enhance your child’s self-esteem, from setting limits to promoting self-discipline.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Since over a third of all children can expect to live in a stepfamily at some time during their childhood, blended families that co-parent are becoming the new “normal.” This seminar illustrates that handled in a consistent and loving way, managing children in blended environments can allow both children and parents to thrive. You’ll learn tips for custody and visitation schedules, school meetings, and managing the child’s medical needs. The seminar will lead you through the developmental stages of blended families, from fantasy expectations and subsequent conflicts to the development of new roles and norms that coalesce into a strong blended family. You’ll learn the power of consistent rules and chores to help build positive family routines that boost each child’s self-esteem and sense of responsibility. The seminar will conclude with resources to support new families, from lists of helpful children’s books to community resources and services to ease family conflicts.
Home Alone: When Kids "Outgrow" Child Care
Nearly 6 million children in America are being raised by other relatives—especially grandparents. As families without parents in the home grow (currently about one-third of all families), the role and profile of grandparents have changed. You’ll learn that those raising children are usually under the age of 59 and face daunting challenges, from finding additional financial resources to obtaining adequate housing. Many also face social isolation, since most of their peers’ children are grown. You will examine why so many parents are unable to raise their children, from drug issues to job loss or military deployment. The seminar will end with extensive resources and a summary of legal tips for grandparents who have become the primary caregivers for young children.
Identifying Signs of Addiction in a Loved One
With cell phone in hand many tweens feel safe to stay home alone. Learn the signs for readiness, general laws around self-care, and ways to help keep your child safe as he or she grows and becomes more independent.
Making the Grade: Helping Your Child Achieve in School
There are key signs to consider if you think a loved one may have an addiction. This session will provide an overview to this complex situation and options to consider when looking for help.
Meet Your Teen
Parents set the stage for learning. The seminar provides you with concrete steps to help your child get the most out of his or her school experience. You will understand the importance of modeling the behavior you’d like from your child. You’ll learn how to make your family life education-friendly, from limiting TV and Internet access to structuring homework time. The seminar will also offer ways to get involved in your school so that you can be an effective advocate for your child.
Parents Taking Action
The seminar explores the profound physical, emotional, and intellectual changes teens experience. You’ll learn that teens’ criticism of parental values, their willingness to try out risky behaviors, and their desire to follow peer and media trends are a normal part of establishing their own identity. The seminar will also lead you through an analysis of parenting styles as you consider the impact of each style on the maturing teen.
Preparing to Leave the Nest
Learn the importance of parental involvement in a child’s educational career. Researchers have found that family participation in education is twice as predictive of a student’s academic success as family socioeconomic status. Students who have parents involved in their education have better school attendance, get higher grades, have higher self-esteem, and use drugs and alcohol less frequently. The seminar explains that parents can keep the student academically engaged by helping with homework, establishing supportive family routines, and monitoring out-of-school activities. You will also explore cultural barriers to school involvement and the important role of the father in a child’s education.
Suddenly You're a Caregiver
The late teen years can be a time of exciting new beginnings as well as of painful transitions as both children and parents face major life changes and conflicting emotions. As teens move into adulthood, they face the challenges and fears of taking on adult responsibilities while they savor new adult freedoms. Parents understand they need to let go as they worry about allowing children to make their own decisions—and mistakes. The seminar focuses on coping strategies for both teens and their parents as children move out of the home or go away to college. You will be encouraged to explore your own “empty nest” feelings and identify your greatest concerns about the process. You’ll discuss the changing roles of parent and child and examine your own emotional responses as you move forward.
Teaching Children to Embrace Cultural and Racial Differences
Receive information and support if an unexpected illness in a loved one has made you a caregiver. Often a child or younger relative is surprised to become a caregiver if one parent has died and the other can no longer safely live at home, or the suddenly deteriorating condition of an ailing relative makes independent living impossible. This seminar will guide you through the decision process you face. You will learn about all the care options—and associated costs—available to an ailing adult, from in-home care services to assisted living. The seminar also helps you to consider all aspects of taking a loved one into your home—from family dynamics to safety modifications.
Teaching Your Child Responsibility
Children can learn to grow up with a positive approach to cultural and racial differences. This seminar will explore how perspectives on culture and race develop in children. You’ll also examine the ways children display lack of tolerance at every age group. The seminar will present models of behavior that teach children to embrace cultural and racial differences. Parents can help by listening to their children’s feelings, pointing out areas of prejudice, and helping children to handle any conflict that may arise.
Technology and Keeping Your Kids Safe
Children can learn to become responsible adults. In this seminar you will review the characteristics of a responsible child—from accountability to fulfilling obligations. You will then discuss the importance of effective feedback, appropriate rewards, and other steps to raising a responsible child. You’ll explore the role of self-esteem in the process and the negative impact of using guilt and arbitrary rules.
The Sandwich Generation: Strategies for Multigenerational Caregiving
Most children use technology with an ease and frequency that is almost incomprehensible for their parents. In a world of Facebook, texting, instant messaging, and endless apps on smartphones, how can parents keep children safe? This seminar is an overview on childhood in the Internet age. You’ll become aware of all the communication options available to children and learn ways to add parental controls. The seminar touches on the risks facing children, from loss of privacy, to exposure to inappropriate materials, to how they may engage predators. You’ll learn helpful tips, from where to locate the computer in the home to available parental computer monitoring programs. You’ll even learn some of the most basic texting abbreviations.
Almost 25% of all families are currently dealing with elder/parent care issues—while raising young children at home. Since this percentage is expected to increase to as many as 60% of all families in the next decade, this seminar provides a timely overview of how to cope as a member of the “sandwich generation.” You will identify common family dynamics—from seniors who feel anger and shame at losing their independence and role in society, to children who are confused, frustrated, and embarrassed by a grandparent’s decline. As stress increases, you will learn how to identify the triggers that indicate you may need more help and outside services. The seminar concludes with coping strategies for the caregivers, most often women, who face the competing pressures of family life and work while they care for an elderly relative.
Home Buying Strategies
What does money represent to you? The first step in effective budgeting is defining your money beliefs and your financial goals, both short-term and long-term. The seminar will guide you through the process of tracking your spending so that you understand how you currently spend money. You’ll examine your obstacles to reaching your financial goals as you learn how to manage your debt and develop a personal debt reduction plan.
Identity Theft Protection and Prevention
Is home ownership the right path for you? This seminar will explore the advantages and disadvantages of home ownership. You’ll learn about the process of buying a home, working with a Realtor, shopping for a home mortgage, and what to expect at closing.
Insurance Issues: Medicare and Medicaid
Learn to protect your personal information. As we pay bills, order products, and do banking on the Internet, we face the constant threat of thieves who can unlawfully obtain our personal information to commit fraud or other crimes. Stolen identities allow thieves to open new credit cards, take out loans, and even establish phone service. In this seminar, you’ll learn how thieves gain access to your personal information and how you can tell that your identity has been stolen. You’ll learn the steps to take immediately if you suspect identity theft. The seminar will provide you with detailed resources and phone numbers to call, as well as tips so that you avoid identity theft in the future.
Maintaining Personal and Fiscal Resiliency During Tough Economic Times
With the rising costs of health care, your elderly loved one will need proper coverage. Identify various care payment sources and examine eligibility criteria and range of coverage.
Making Your Money Work For You: A Debt Management Plan
An active, positive approach can minimize the impact of a difficult financial outlook. This seminar helps you to investigate your own feelings about the current economy. You’ll learn how to develop a “stress plan” that will help you to visualize a more positive future as you identify opportunities for change and strategies to improve your finances. You’ll also go through the process of prioritizing your needs and exploring the full extent of your assets.
Plan Your Dream Vacation on a Budget
Do you wish that your money could work for you instead of the other way around? Learn tips to decrease your debt, improve your credit score, establish or reestablish credit, and better manage your money.
Rebuilding Credit: A Debt Management Plan
Travel can be a dream come true if you plan adequately. This seminar will lead you through each planning phase of a vacation. You’ll be asked to consider all aspects of your dream holiday—where to go, with whom, when, and in what manner. You’ll identify budgetary concerns and how to avoid scams. The seminar will also review in-state resources, best months for specific destinations, and Websites that make the planning easy!
Retirement: It's Not Just About the Money
It is never too late to build a bright financial future. Managing your finances and keeping a positive financial outlook are two of life’s most complex challenges. Learn ways to maximize your finances, options for making the most of your dollars, and strategies for restructuring your credit rating to keep your financial situation on the right track. This seminar helps you to create a sound financial management plan.
Understanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAS)
Retirement planning is not just about your pension or 401(k); it’s an entirely new chapter in your life. Retirement can bring with it a new living environment, a chance to explore interests, or maybe even a new career. In this session, you will investigate these topics and more to better prepare you for the retirement years to come.
Your Routine Financial Checkup
Learn ways to save on your medical expenses. A Health Savings Account can help individuals save for qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis, but is it right for you? This seminar defines a Health Saving Account and helps participants explore the benefits of an HSA plan.
Learn to manage your finances more effectively. During the seminar, you will be guided through the necessary steps to examine your finances from a variety of perspectives. First, you will review and prioritize all of your debts as you explore your assets. Then you will examine your financial goals in three phases. You will also explore your resources should you face financial emergencies, from illness to job loss. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of the six key areas of personal finance, from cash management to tax planning and estate conservation.
Estate Planning: Five Essential Documents
Legal Issues for Adult Dependents
Be prepared to take action on planning your estate so your family’s assets are protected. This seminar will guide you through the basics of estate planning. You will learn about the five important documents you should have prepared. You will understand the difference between wills, guardianships, and trusts. The seminar will also provide tips in identifying the best financial advisor so that you can reach your personal/financial goals while minimizing taxes.
Power of Attorney and Advance Directives
Prepare your family for the future and the unexpected. Some family members may have lifelong illnesses or conditions that prevent them from making adult decisions; others become incapacitated as they age. This seminar will help you to examine the legal options that allow family members to care for adults who cannot make decisions for themselves. You will learn the basics of living wills, the durable power of attorney, guardianships, trusts and wills, and the legal provisions available to the healthy spouse when the other partner enters a nursing home.
Communicate your wishes should an unexpected life event occur. This seminar will help you to understand and to select the appropriate legal provisions, from the power of attorney to advance directives, so that your affairs are in order when you face incapacitating illness or death. You will also explore the benefits of having your affairs in order to avoid possible family discord and strife.
A Personal Guide to Building Resiliency and Coping with Change
Bereavement: Coping with Losses
Learn strategies to remain resilient and healthy through all the ups and downs life has to offer, from a new baby or a job promotion, to illness or divorce. It’s not what happens to us but how we respond to what is happening to us that has the strongest impact in our lives. When we are resilient, we are able to adjust quickly to new conditions, change our personal direction if required, and incorporate every life event more smoothly into our lives. This seminar will empower you to become more resilient as you learn to identify the traits of resilient people and understand the role of your thoughts and perception in shaping your response to life’s joys and challenges.
Compassion Fatigue: Increasing Resiliency
While grief touches everyone, the pain of loss is unique to each individual. However, we can learn that grieving itself is normal and that major losses will trigger conflicting emotions, from anger and denial to relief. This seminar will help you to explore your own reactions to loss, from a death to divorce. You will learn why some people are stuck in a “grief rut” as you discuss more healthy ways to grieve.
Eating Your Way to Wellness
Strategies can overcome symptoms of compassion fatigue and stress. From 60 to 80% of all crisis workers, first responders, and mental and medical staff who work in high-stress environments may experience numbness, apathy, or emotional issues at some time in their careers. This seminar will identify the contributing factors and related symptoms, from emotional outbursts to chronic ailments and difficulty sleeping. You’ll explore the common phenomenon of emotional contagion, as caregivers begin to take on the emotions of those they need to help or rescue. After understanding how compassion fatigue can develop, you’ll learn specific strategies to reduce and defuse high stress levels and to develop resilience.
Eight Steps to a Healthy Heart
We always hear about having healthy habits; however, so many diet plans have warned us to stay away from particular food groups or eliminate certain things from our meals. This session focuses the USDA Food Plate with tips and resources on how to eat your way to better and long lasting health.
Emotional Support: Staying Balanced in a Changing World
In the United States, the number 1 cause of death for both men and women is heart disease. Approximately 1 million people lose their lives to heart disease every year. And this doesn’t impact just older adults. Half of the victims of sudden cardiac death are under age 65.
Employee EAP Orientation
Change impacts all aspects of life. It is neither good nor bad, though every change brings a chance to self-improve or self-destruct. This seminar is focused on the concept that people who know how to manage change have more successful lives. You will deepen your knowledge of the change process as you review the factors that influence change and ask yourself key questions about change in your life. You’ll focus on successful change management in the workplace as you review common change factors in corporations, from layoffs to mergers, and the increased stress and anxiety many employees experience. You’ll learn how to take a more positive approach as you learn to embrace change and manage the elements that are within your control.
Examining Relationships: Healthy vs. Unhealthy
Learn about the benefit of free access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if you require confidential counseling or consultation about an issue of concern. Major life changes, from the birth of a child to divorce or elder care, impact how we function at work. This seminar will provide you with an overview of when to seek help from your EAP program, who is eligible in your family, and the wide range of services and consultations that are available.
Let's Sleep on it: Developing a Healthy Sleep Pattern
Learn to identify the characteristics of a healthy relationship both at home and at work—and what kind of relationships to avoid. You’ll examine different types of relationships, from family and friendship to romantic and professional. You’ll review real-life scenarios that are sure to stimulate lively discussions about what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy. You’ll also discuss bullying in the workplace and how it differs from legitimate feedback or disciplinary action. For those who need to let relationships go, the seminar explains how to “ACT”—accept the fact, consider one’s own needs, and take time to heal.
Lighten Up with Laughter
Did you know that 70 million Americans experience sleep-associated problems? Sleep is very important for everyone, regardless of age. Some people can get by on less sleep than others, but that does not mean that sleep is any less important for them. There are many factors that can impact our sleep. In this session we will discuss the types of sleep, steps to help you have better quality sleep, and sleep disorders, as well as myths about sleep.
Living Well on the Fast Track: Eating Healthy on the Run
The joy of laughter! Laughter is ingrained in us from childhood. Did you know that children laugh over 400 times a day? However, as we get older that laughter somehow begins to fade. Laughter has so many benefits, including some that we are not even aware of. Research has found that laughter is stimulatory. When we laugh we stretch the muscles in our face. Our pulse rate, heart rate, and blood pressure increase. We also begin to breathe faster. This in turn sends more oxygen to our tissues. Many people who believe in the benefits that they receive from laughing say that it is the same as a mild workout.
Relaxation Techniques at the Workplace
Living a hectic lifestyle but want to remain healthy? It can seem impossible to find time to exercise, cook healthy foods, and relax. Who has time in their day for all of that? With ever-increasing family commitments and work responsibilities, you may be depriving yourself of sensible, well balanced meals. You don’t have to; this seminar will help you make healthier food choices while eating on the run.
Self-Care: Remaining Resilient
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of work to regroup and refocus. This seminar will cover stress busters, breath awareness, safe stretching to relieve tension, and correct posture for sitting and standing. During this session, you will experience relaxation techniques and come away feeling refreshed, with a new focus on relaxation.
The Path to Inner Peace
Learn to identify ongoing symptoms of stress and how to find a more healthy approach to the demands of work and home. Reconciling the demands of work and home life can be a source of constant tension. As a result, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, headaches, poor concentration, and irritability are common signs of too much stress. In this timely seminar, you will learn to identify emotional and physical symptoms of stress, assess your own situation, and learn hands-on techniques to bring balance to your work and personal life.
The Mind-Body Connection
At some point in all of our lives we may lose track of ourselves and find ourselves stressed to the max about all of our responsibilities. We spend so much time running from task to task that we forget to stop and take a breath. Getting off the fast track and getting in touch with what is important in your life is one pathway to inner peace.
Tips for Smoking and Tobacco Cessation
What people think and believe can affect their health. Research indicates that keeping the body in a relatively calm state is crucial to well-being and optimal health. Becoming aware of how your body feels when it is in a tense or anxious state is important to the keeping the body in a relaxed and calm state.
Will There Be a Couch? What to Expect from Counseling
Are you ready to quit smoking? This is a difficult decision, but it is the most important step you can take to improve your health and the health of those around you. This seminar helps you understand why you smoke and how smoking affects those around you. The world around you, your workplace, and your favorite restaurants have all quit smoking, and you can too!
Many people avoid counseling due to misconceptions or even fear. Learn about the counseling process, different types of counseling, what is talked about, and terminology used.
Personal and Professional Development
Bullying: Confronting Hostility in the Workplace
Business Etiquette and Professionalism
Bullying behavior can be recognized and addressed in an empowering, respectful manner. This seminar will examine examples of workplace bullying and the many types of behavior that can be defined as bullying. All involve a misuse of power with the intention to intimidate or put someone down. You’ll learn about the impact of bullying on the employee—from an inability to focus or work productively to stress leading to physical ailments. You’ll also understand the difference between bullying and appropriate disciplinary action in the workplace. The seminar will conclude with specific actions both you and the employer can take to minimize office bullying.
Change or Rearrange it with Feng Shui
For success in the workplace, it is helpful to identify the traits of professional behavior. You will examine a wide range of characteristics that can help you to succeed, from accountability and punctuality to respect for others. The seminar will also focus on business etiquette and will help you to recognize tech-etiquette offenses, from too much multitasking to distracting interactions with technology during meetings or conversations. You will review the benefits of professional communications, with an emphasis on proper e-mail etiquette. The seminar will finish with a summary of the characteristics that constitute a professional work attitude and temperament, from proper business dress to personal integrity.
Learn to energize and nurture each aspect of your life—from career to romantic relationships—with Feng Shui principles. You will learn to assess each room and use Feng Shui principles to apply changes that bring harmony and balance to your living space. You’ll learn how to apply the Feng Shui map—the bagua—to your home so you can identify the areas in your home that correspond to the issues that matter most in your life, including health, relationships, children, and wealth. By the end of the seminar, you’ll be ready to start making some basic changes yourself using colors, furniture arrangement, mirrors, fountains, and other simple décor items.
Dealing with Difficult People
“Too often we … enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” ~John F. Kennedy. This seminar focuses on how to think critically and the benefits of critical thinking in the workplace. You’ll identify what it takes to be a critical thinker, from judging the credibility of sources to developing and defending a reasonable position. You’ll learn to use the “RED” model in your thinking, as you recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments, and draw conclusions.
While many folks we encounter may be pleasant to interact with, others can be extremely challenging. In some instances, the situation may escalate into disruptive behavior, and possibly even more than that. Learn strategies to remain cool and collected when dealing with a challenging or difficult person.
Emotional Intelligence for Success
The ability to effectively communicate with others is one of the most powerful tools for personal and/or professional success. Most people are challenged by the many day-to-day interactions with coworkers, family, and friends. Emotion, communication, and conflict are present in all human interactions and affect each of us in different ways. Everyone manages emotion, communication, and conflict from habit—patterns and styles developed early in life and over time.
Everything in its Place: Getting Organized
Learn the benefits of recognizing feelings in yourself and others, managing emotions, and balancing thoughts and feelings. These traits are associated with “emotional intelligence” and can improve the chances of leading a successful life. The seminar will examine the impact of emotional intelligence or “EQ” at home and at work. You’ll learn that by recognizing the feelings of family members and coworkers and responding in a balanced, rational way, you can improve relationships and collaborate more effectively at work. The seminar also examines new brain research on emotions and the battle between the emotional and the thinking brain.
Holidaze: How to Enjoy the Holidays and Minimize Holiday Stress"
Did you know that clutter and disorganization can add stress to your life? When we are not organized, we waste precious time and create chaos in our lives. You can minimize the stress and maximize the tranquility that comes from putting everything in its place. Learn practical strategies to get on the path to a calmer surrounding.
Keeping Your Love Alive
Holidays are supposed to be joyful, but they can also create many headaches. This workshop will consider the sources of holiday stress and explore ways to minimize the tension and increase the fun for all involved. In this seminar we are going to discuss the two causes of holiday stress (internal and external), as well as ways to manage and reduce your stress and make your holiday just what you want it to be.
Making a Life While Making a Living: Work-Life Balance
Why do some relationships last for 40 or 50 years, while others simply feel like “forever”? While every relationship has its ups and downs, why do some of them make it, but an equal number don’t? Learn 10 relationship essentials, how to cope with challenges and conflict, and how to balance communication styles while keeping your relationship fresh.
Maintaining Respect and Civility in the Workplace
Ever feel torn between work and fun time with the family? Do you have enough “me” time? Identify various ways to achieve balance with your personal, family, and work responsibilities. The conflicting demands of work and home can create stress and zap the time and energy needed to get everything done. In this seminar participants will find answers that will allow them to be more effective and more satisfied with both their home and their work lives.
Managing Workplace Stressors
Are you respectful to your fellow employees? Respect is the consideration we have for each other in all aspects: personal property, reputation, beliefs, values, feelings, thoughts, and emotional well-being. Therefore, it is critical to understand how our behavior can negatively affect the work environment and how we affect others around us, whether we know it or not.
Maximizing Your Day: Effective Time Management
There are both professional and personal items that can cause stress. This session focuses on the professional or workplace items that could be causing stress. The goal for this session is to provide you with information applicable to the workplace stressors unique to you so that you can begin to address and manage these stressors effectively.
Moving Beyond the Basics: Saving Our Planet
Does the day seem to fly by and you haven’t accomplished a thing on your to-do list? If time management is so easy to accomplish on our own, then why do we all feel overwhelmed? This session will provide a basic explanation of the time management process, provide characteristics of effective time managers, discuss the importance of prioritizing important events, and explore the role of delegation and communicating delegation requests with others.
Planning for Professional Growth
First we learned the importance of the “3Rs”: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. What else can we do? Saving our planet for future generations is more important than ever.
Say What You Mean the Right Way: Healthy Forms of Communication
Professional growth and success don’t just happen by chance. This seminar is designed to help participants define individual meanings for success and values, resulting in a personal mission statement. It will help workers to develop a process for creating realistic, attainable goals and action plans, as well as staying committed to reaching those goals even when there are obstacles.
The Art of Conflict Resolution
We may understand on an intellectual level that communication is important, but how often do we take the time to evaluate the effect of our communication in our relationships? There are many ways to communicate how you feel to the people in your life. Good family communication is the largest single factor in determining the kinds of relationships that we form with others. During this seminar we will explore how you can use communication to strengthen your relationships and to enhance mutual understanding.
The Science of Interpersonal Relationships
Conflict is inevitable. During this session we will be exploring different types of conflict and identifying conflict management styles. You will gain an understanding of the role of communication during conflict and learn to connect conflict management styles with a variety of personality types.
You Make Me So Mad!
“We need merely to reflect for a moment on the sources of our greatest pleasure and pain to appreciate that nothing else arouses the extremes of emotion that are experienced in the course of personal relationships with other human beings.” ~Steve Duck. Our brain affects how we interact and relate to others. The prefrontal cortex (PFC) regulates body systems. It gives us wisdom, mindsight, and empathy. Ultimately, it is the part of our brain that makes us human. This seminar explores cutting edge research around interpersonal neurobiology.
According to AAA, “at least 1,500 people a year are seriously injured or killed in senseless traffic disputes.” Road rage. Rude service encounters. Violence in the workplace. Why is everyone so angry? Learn about the causes of anger and how to manage it.
Conflict in the Workplace: Half-Day Workshop
Conflict, Mediation and Support in the Workplace: 1-Day Workshop
This half-day workshop helps managers consider the causes, signs and escalation of conflict in the workplace. Managers then learn about the mediation process and how it can assist in resolving workplace issue when those issues have escalated. This workshop also includes focused discussion and role play.
Helping Children Adjust to an International Move
Dealing with conflict in the workplace is one of the greatest challenges facing a manager today. This workshop will help that manager identify the causes, observe the signs and assist in intervening when conflict enters the workplace. Using the skills of mediation, reinforced through role play, the manager will be better able to support the employees in conflict so that they resolve their issues and agree a way forward. This workshop will also guide managers in how to help employees who have personal problems which affect their work and those who are returning to work after a prolonged sick leave absence.
Make the Most of an International Assignment
Children are known to be resilient in most situations. However, culture shock can be overwhelming for anyone. Leaving their friends, school, and other familiar surroundings for the unfamiliar will understandably cause children to be apprehensive about an international move. Parents explore a variety of strategies to help children adjust socially and emotionally and ultimately thrive during the assignment.
Practical Strategies to Stay Safe
Exploring new places can be exciting but a tremendous challenge at the same time. The anticipation and anxiety of preparing for an international assignment can be overwhelming. This session goes beyond providing a framework for the move. Learn how to adapt to the new situation by understanding the adjustment phases and setting realistic expectations.
Returning Home: Reconnecting
How prepared are you if a major catastrophe were to strike tomorrow? According to a study conducted by USA Today, most Americans are currently unprepared for a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other emergency. Only about one-third of Americans have a plan of action in place with family members in regard to their means to communicate with each other during a crisis. This session provides strategies for how to stay safe and engage in safety planning for yourself and your family.
Support for Accompanying Partners
Being separated by distance from family, friends, and work can stir up feelings of alienation and isolation. Fitting back in requires a period of adjustment. Things may be very different upon your return. Your routine may not fit your current situation. What was once familiar has now become unfamiliar, which can cause a feeling of disorientation. This session can help you with the transition home.
Uprooting from the familiar is difficult for all parties. The anticipation and anxiety of preparing for an international assignment can be overwhelming. This session goes beyond providing a framework for the move. Learn how to adapt to the new situation by understanding the adjustment phases and setting realistic expectations.