Workshops & Keynotes

How to Deliver Winning Presentations

It is often said that most people would rather die than get up in front of an audience to speak.

Have you been asked to give a presentation in your organization? While hard work and good ideas are essential to success, your ability to express those ideas and get others to join you is just as important.

If this thought makes you nervous you are not alone. Many speakers lack the skills and confidence to make effective presentations. We have all been victims of speakers, trainers and teachers who put us to sleep. Despite knowing how ineffective many speakers are, many of us have found that, despite the best intentions, we haven’t fared much better.

You knew the topic and the ideas were written down, but the presentation still didn’t go well. Was it the way you delivered the speech? Was it because the audience didn’t seem interested?

Don’t get nervous — get organized. Presentation nervousness is most often caused by poor preparation. During this program, Debra J. Schmidt will teach you how to improve your presentation skills to help you build rapport and connect with your audience.

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You'll learn:

  • How to prepare a winning presentation
  • The 4 basic questions every audience needs answered
  • 10 secrets for reducing your nervousness on presentation day
  • How to increase your confidence and build your credibility with the audience
  • Proven methods to help you connect with your audience
  • The 7 Principles of Public Speaking

Workshops & Keynotes

Life Can Turn on a Dime – How to Manage Workplace Change

Most organizations today are constantly reshaping themselves, shifting and flexing to fit our rapidly changing world. That’s the only way to survive in this fiercely competitive environment. Look for it to restructure, outsource, downsize, subcontract and form new alliances.

You need to know that resistance to change is almost always a dead-end street. The career opportunities come when you align immediately with new organizational needs and realities. Organizations want people who adapt fast, not those who resist change. Companies put people in charge who are behind their efforts to change the organization. They promote people who get on board and turn the people who commit to the change into organizational leaders.

Fear and resistance to change in the workplace can be transformed into creativity and innovation. This humorous, interactive and thought-provoking program will teach you how to identify barriers to change build rapport and reduce conflict. Debra J. Schmidt will teach you leadership skills that will help you and your team effectively manage change.

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You'll learn:

  • Why some people resist change
  • The negative consequences of resisting change
  • How to identify and remove barriers to change
  • How to recognize the benefits of change
  • How to effectively communicate change
  • Common mistakes made by managers
  • How people respond differently to change
  • How to reduce conflict and increase productivity during change
  • Characteristics of an effective change leader

Workshops & Keynotes

Leading Your Team to Excellence

Transforming groups of employees into real teams requires a set of tools and a shared commitment to the mission of the organization. This highly interactive, humorous program will provide you with the tools and insights you need to give your team a competitive edge.

You’ll learn how to get your employees to take ownership of their actions and attitudes. You’ll discover what makes a group effective or ineffective and learn how to build solid teams. Discover whether you’re a coach or a critic and gain an understanding of your leadership style and how it impacts others.

Don’t miss this program if you want to improve your leadership skills and learn how to build a dynamic, winning work team!
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You'll learn:

  • Defining excellence in teamwork
  • Strategic planning
  • Developing and sustaining a clear mission
  • Goals and roles of team members
  • Coaching vs. criticizing
  • Clear and relevant communication
  • Sharing power and core values
  • Active listening
  • Measuring team effectiveness
  • Methods for continuous improvement

Workshops & Keynotes


Leadership Training

All Workshops Are Presented by Debra J. Schmidt

Is “walking the talk” a tired old cliché or a bold new concept? Very few managers today are receiving formal management training. As a result, many are poor communicators and weak in their delegation and leadership skills. According to a Gallup poll, 25% of U.S. employees would fire their bosses if they could. Why? Because many managers set high standards for their employees, yet fail to abide by those same standards.

Effective team leaders and managers are those who are able to bring out the best in their employees. Debra’s leadership and team building workshops get results! She teaches managers how to lead by example and turns teams of frustrated employees into solution-oriented teams.

Contact Deb to discuss your training objectives, get a quote, or schedule training for your team!

[email protected] | 414-331-3872

Who Should Attend?

  • Managers and supervisors
  • All employees who need to work as a team
  • Business owners
  • CEOs

Leadership Training Workshops