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Course Descriptions

1. Men and women at work

This class focuses on the differences between men and women at work. Every woman competing in a man’s world needs to understand how gender differences can affect her success. Every man working with women needs to understand these differences in order to create an effective workplace. Through interactive exercises and examples, the session demonstrates :

  • Why women and men think and act differently
  • How to make sure you are communicating
  • Motivating men and women
  • How to capitalize on the differences

2. Can you hear me now?

This class teaches how to get your points understood, adopted, and accepted. It is specifically designed for individuals who have difficulty getting their views accepted in meetings. Attendees will learn how to make an effective presentation that others cannot ignore and how to be politely aggressive. This class goes well beyond the basics of public speaking to address the ways speakers lose their audience and are not “heard” in meetings. The class will address:

  • How to present so others listen
  • Speaking with confidence
  • Renee’s rules for meetings

3. I wish I had a wife.

This class addresses the many issues of work life balance as you progress in your career and raise a family.  Exercises are both introspective and interactive. They are designed to help prioritize, organize, and manage your life. Topics include:

  • Does it have to be work versus life?
  • The 60+ hour work week
  • How to make work and life balance
  • Balancing the guilt
  • Organization, organization, organization
  • Saying no without hurting you or your company
  • Having it all

4.  It’s who you know

This class demonstrates the importance of networking and “who you know” to your ultimate success. It also focuses on the different ways the genders network and ways for women to compete against the “old boy’s network”. Exercises include:

  • The philosophy of networking
  • How to strengthen relationships and ties
  • How to “backscratch” effectively
  • Where to find your network
  • How to meet people and make a lasting positive impression
  • The importance of following up
  • Networking in a digital age

5. Will you be my mentor?

This class is designed to teach basic skills to make mentoring relationships work. (A point for managers- even when your employees tell you they have mentors, less than 40% usually do). The class will address:

  • Why you need a mentor, even when you are sure you don’t
  • How to pick the right mentor
  • Where to find the right mentor
  • Best practices for making mentoring work – for both the mentor and the “mentee”
  • Special considerations for females and diversity
  • Unique mentoring programs including speed mentoring, reverse mentoring, subnets, self-mentoring and other proven approaches
  • The best things I learned from mentoring
  • Things my mentor never told me

6. Dare I ask? Negotiating for yourself :

When successful women entrepreneurs were asked if they could do it all again, what would they have done differently, the most frequent response was, “I would have asked for more!”  This class addresses the many ways that women unknowingly hold themselves back. Specific topics and exercises include:

  • How to realize when you should be asking
  • When is the status quo not enough?
  • How to set goals
  • How to benchmark those goals to be sure you have “SMARTS”
  • How to be proactive about your career
  • Tips for negotiating and winning

7. Some leaders are born women.

Today’s business and technical world needs more leaders. Women are excellent collaborators, cheerleaders and coworkers but they often opt out of management because they don’t want to control or confront others. This class is designed to help women decide whether or not to go into management, the differences between leading and managing, and how to avoid the most common traps women fall into. Topics include:

  • To be or not to be a manager
  • Collaborative versus controlling behaviors
  • Managing versus leading
  • Leadership styles and how to match yours to the situation
  • How to delegate effectively
  • Imagine the possibilities

8. I can’t work with that person – Dealing with difficult people

This class  (for men and women) teaches basic techniques for confronting difficult people successfully. A scientific approachs is introduced which helps participants decide whether to confront and how to manage the confrontation successfully. In addition, the class will teach how to identify the type of difficult person which can then help with the right responses to diffuse difficult situations. Topics include:

  • Chronic versus acute behaviors
  • How to decide whether to “take it” or confront the issue
  • Men versus women in confronting
  • Skills to make the confrontation successful
  • Specific difficult types and “what to say when and how to say it”
  • Are you a difficult person?

9. A crash course for male managers

This class uses segments from each of the other classes offered to bring together the key elements senior male managers should consider in mentoring, sponsoring and promoting their best female employees. It is designed to open perspectives and bridge the gender gap. Lessons from successful male coaches of female teams, from leading female executives and from best practices in industry will be shared. This is an interactive and eye opening class.


10. Who’s buying? Selling to men and women

Just as men and women think differently in the workplace, their buying habits are drastically different. Whether you are planning a marketing strategy, trying to penetrate an account or designing a product for the marketplace, understanding gender differences will assure you do not ignore 50% of your customers. This class focuses on the gender differences in buying, negotiating and selling products and how to capitalize on these differences and maximize profits.


11. What do I do now? Leading in tough economic times

In today’s challenging economic times, we all face a level of economic and career uncertainty. This class teaches how to “recession proof” your career and your company. Topics include:

  • Economics 101- what is happening in the economy and why it is different from other downturns
  • What is happening in your industry
  • What true leaders do in tough times
  • How to help yourself- becoming indispensable
  • How to help your company

12. Winning strategies for workforce reentry

The Workforce Reentry webinar explores the issues of getting back into the workforce, for both the employee and employer. It provides options, guidance, and practical advice from making the decision to leave through reentry. Specific topics include:

For employees

  • What to do before you decide to leave
    • Are you sure?
    • Might you reenter?
    • Where to find help
  • What to do during your time away from the job
    • Special issues for technical fields
    • Maintaining your network
  • What to do when you are ready to return
    • Building your confidence and credibility

For employers

  • Alternatives you can offer whether you have 2 or 200,000 employees
  • Career customization and what it means to your bottom line
  • Staying in touch
  • Easing the reentry
  • Following up

13. The guide to getting what you want

Do you ever feel that other people seem to get what they want while you never quite get there? They aren’t smarter than you or harder working. What do they know that you don’t?

The Guide to Getting What You Want is a new seminar to provide men and women with simple techniques for getting out of the status quo. Whether it be your career, your interactions with customers, or your relationships, this seminar will show you where you are holding yourself back and what to do about it.

Topics include:

  1. What do you really want (setting meaningful goals)
  2. What’s holding you back (barriers, real and imaginary, that you erect)
  3. Learning to ask
  4. Negotiating without confronting
  5. Turning acquaintances into allies

14. That’s not how we used to do it.  Managing change 

This class is designed to help both managers and employees handle major changes more effectively, a skill that has become indispensable in today’s economy.  Specific topics include:

  • The fear factor
  • Perceptions versus reality
  • The people factor
  • A step by step approach
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate

15. Great minds do not LEARN alike

Boys and girls do not learn alike. Recent research on how male and female brains differ, from birth through maturity, demonstrates that we can improve connecting to all students. Because these differences affect behavior, learning style, and even where a student should sit in a classroom, it is imperative that educators understand and consider these issues. This seminar is designed to provide middle and high school teachers with tools to help them provide multiple learning options.

16. Great minds do not THINK alike

We are all different. It’s biological. It’s cultural. It’s inevitable. It’s what makes life interesting and businesses successful. This webinar, designed for supervisors and managers, will address how to capitalize on your company’s diversity and global mission. Research has shown that when diversity is well managed, it can enhance performance and the bottom line. But how do you manage diversity? What makes some teams so much more effective and innovative? How can a manager create an environment to encourage that, especially when your team is all over the world?

Topics include:

1. the business value of diversity

2. the secrets to making diverse teams successful

3. the issues all managers should know (but may not)

4. the micro-messages you send and how to change them

17. Seven steps to bragging the right way

Do any of these sound familiar?

You jumped through hoops to get a new client or solve a major technical problem or complete a major project and didn’t get the credit you deserved.

You believed you were clearly in line for a promotion or opportunity but didn’t get it.

Your work was presented at a meeting by your boss or other team members.

You will never get ahead unless people know about the good work you do. You need to communicate your accomplishments better – in short you need to brag. But for most people, especially women, brag is a four letter word.  How can you let others know how great you are without being pushy, arrogant or even worse, obnoxious?  It CAN be done using the 7 simple steps taught in this class.