Having just the right speaker is the key to hosting an exceptional event.
Whether in a keynote or a day long workshop, my primary goal is to provide your audience with highly actionable content, delivered in an engaging and accessible manner. The goal is to spark that “light bulb moment” – when things click together and you move from thinking about making plans to taking effective action towards your goal.
You’re audience will leave inspired to achieve their goals, and empowered to begin implementing key takeaways today.
I speak on a wide variety of topics related to business, productivity, and leadership, primarily around effective management and clear communications. The reality is, talking inspirationally is only the first step of the equation. Learning only has value when it translates into forward motion. As such, my aim is to spark that light bulb moment and then translate it into tangible actions that you can begin putting into effect today.
Making the Most of Every Conference
My primary speaking focus is helping people make the most of every conference, networking event, and training they attend. I’ll walk your audience through a simple before, during, and after processes that they can use for the rest of their life. This talk is a fantastic breakout session for event goers who want to dive in deep and walk out with an actionable plan to make the most of your event. Or can as a keynote so that everyone has the tools they need to make your event a standout success for them.
Every Type is Right (TypeCoach)
For decades, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) has been a standard in the assessment world measuring four key areas of personality. TypeCoach takes the eight preferences associated with MBTI and leverages the insights to drive effective outcomes. Our differences can be challenging to our interactions, but as personality types are shared and understood, the unique value that each person brings to the table can be both acknowledged and leveraged to the benefit of the entire organization.
I also have several other topics I can speak on, including: Practical Project Management, and Improving Communications, both of which work best in a training environment.
I was looking for a consultant/trainer who could help our managers improve their skillset on dealing with change as a team. Within weeks of the session with Gwen, our school, along with others, went into lockdown mode, making interpersonal interactions particularly challenging. However, the rich conversation and highly interactive participation in meetings was a direct benefit of the session we did with Gwen.
Distribution of technology to students during lockdown required many departments with different approaches working in very uncertain times. However, the team interactions were effortless as the participants recognized the personality types and needs of others. This was a great WIN!
The best part of working with Gwen is her result-oriented approach. The way Gwen structured her session, my team went back with specific strategies to improve their teamwork. I recommend Gwen without any reservation! She is a great coach with a technique that produces instant results.
I’ve always been interested in a wide variety of things.
Though I had originally planned on being a math teacher, my immediate future took a different path when I discovered computer programming back in the early ‘80s (when PCs were a novelty, and dial up was the hottest technology).
This led to a decade and a half career during which I ran my own consulting company, worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young, and ran the IT department for a competitive phone company.
From there I eventually made the obvious transition into professional knitwear designer and instructor on the national teaching circuit, before transitioning fifteen years later to a consultant and speaker bringing my breadth and depth of operational and instructional experience to helping businesses succeed.
I started public speaking at the ripe age of 13 when I wrote and gave the sermon for my church. Since then I’ve presented to over 1,000 groups, large and small, for organizations including: Merced College, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Western Jurisdiction for United Methodists Church, The National Needle Arts Association, and the Association For Creative Industries. And on a wide variety of topics ranging from software best practices, business finances, effective management, productivity, personal motivation, skills development, to spiritual inspiration.
I’ve been told my presentation style is casual yet dynamic, both focused and fun, and I know I always enjoy presenting.
Rarely have I had a presenter come in and engage everyone in the room, but Gwen did. I hadn’t previously worked with Gwen, so I was a bit concerned about bringing in a presenter that has never worked with me or the team before, and my expectations were high, but Gwen did an excellent job easing these concerns and ultimately hit the workshop out of the park. She did an exceptional job and was able to synthesize a ton of information into consumable takeaways for our managers, leaving them with tangible ways to improve processes and project manage within their respective areas.
Our day with Gwen had an interactive agenda that covered practical project management and clear communication based on personality types. Gwen successfully engaged everyone on our team using warm, friendly, and dynamic dialogue interspersed with real and relatable scenarios and team building activities. Our team was reenergized by the ideas shared during our day with Gwen which resulted in improved practices and a boost in morale. I have recommended Gwen to others in my department and industry.
It has been a couple months since our retreat and we still have staff talking and reviewing their notes from what we now refer to as ‘Our Day with Gwen’.