- Your Right to Work is Calling You…Answer it!
- How to Stay Positive When You are Knee-Deep in Doom and Gloom
- High Performance Relationships at Work
- Listening for Results
- Managing Conflict and Negative Emotions
- Networking for Professional Effectiveness
- Effective Time Management
- Employee Fulfillment: Managing Work Expectations
- Leveraging Your Learning
Marcie Shepard: I had many different jobs. I worked as a school teacher, supervisor of school teachers, director of volunteers for a non-profit, purchaser of office supplies, assistant director of personnel, and director of operations for a limousine company.
Finding my labor of love and being incredibly fulfilled for the rest of my career.
When you find work that you love, it affects every other part of your life.
Over the past years, people often ask me how I went from career-confused to labor of love. I took the following steps.
1) Understand that discovering your right work is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Gather pieces one at a time and when you have 80% of them, suddenly you see a picture!
2) Become incredibly self-aware. (But remember that being self-aware does not mean being self-absorbed.) Take career assessments.
I recommend the Strong Interest Inventory for interests and the Personal Profile System for personality types.
Take a Values Assessment and an Aptitude Test (Johnson O’Connor).
Each one of these will provide a puzzle piece for you.
3) Notice what other people do for jobs. Identify those who make you envious. (Envy can be a good thing – it helps you clarify what you want). Analyze why you are envious of them.
4) Use affirmations repeatedly.
Say to yourself “I am crystal clear on my right work.”
5) Volunteer at things you think you might like. And when you decide “no, this isn’t for me”, realize that every “no” will lead you to a stronger “yes”.
6) Think back on your past. What were the strong milestones for you. Again, analyze why they were so important for you. Your important past milestones can lead to incredibly important future milestones.
7) Spend time with people who have found their labors of love.
(We become like our reference group.)
8) Continue to focus on the puzzle pieces you do have.
(What you focus on expands).
9) Find a good career counselor.
If you are career-confused, realize that the journey to find your right work is worth every tough step you take. Keep going, even if it takes you years. It will not be a waste of time!
High Performance Relationships at Work
Understanding how people respond to the work environment enhances relationships and eliminates unnecessary conflict. This program focuses on understanding the four ways in which people respond to their particular environments. Participants will learn how to understand and adapt to people in their workplace, and discover how to identify and then maximize upon the uniqueness of others and themselves. This program includes a computer-generated personalized report based on the DiSC self-assessment instrument.
Listening for Results
Research shows that people approach listening in at least five different ways. Participants at this seminar will discover their own preferred listening style, the listening style of others, and will learn how to develop adaptive listening strategies. You’ll leave with proven techniques to help you concentrate better and listen more open-mindedly and effectively.
Managing Conflict and Negative Emotions
Does conflict get you down?
Does anger get you upset?
Does fear stress you out?
These emotions can work to our advantage if we use emotional intelligence. This seminar takes a close look at emotionally-charged situations and tells you exactly what to do with them. We will be looking at five different ways of handling conflict, all of which are good when matched to the right situation. We will be looking at five ways of handling anger, two of which are good, and three of which will get you in a world of trouble. We will talk about “feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”
Emotional Intelligence at Work
Experts now acknowledge that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is perhaps the most crucial determinant of success in the workplace. Unlike IQ or other traditional measured of intelligence, EI can be developed and dramatically increased. This program will focus on mastering the following core competencies of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Through self-assessments and directed activities, you will learn about these core competencies and gain an awareness of your personal opportunities to strengthen your individual skills and behaviors.
Networking for Professional Effectiveness
It’s not what you know, it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you!
The latest statistics released by career counselors reveal that 80% of jobs are obtained via networking. Your network is also your key to building internal job security. The main question this workshop presents is: Is your network working?
This session demystifies the entire networking process. You will receive specific tips regarding what to do prior to, during, and after a networking opportunity and how to comfortably interact with perfect strangers.
Effective Time Management
This course is designed to help participants gain a greater sense of control and inner peace in their life by helping them master their time. Participants will complete an assessment that measures their current time management skills, as well as mastery in twelve core areas. You will learn to clarify and prioritize their values, set goals and action steps, learn techniques to eliminate procrastination, and learn 20 ways to reduce interruptions.
Practical Stress Management
How stressed are you?
This program will help you solve workplace and personal problems that cause undue stress in a practical and systematic way. You’ll learn an effective seven-step problem solving system, the most current philosophy about handling change, and complete a personal assessment that measures the current levels of stress, satisfaction and coping resources in your life.
Mega-Motivation in the Workplace & Beyond
People are puzzled over why some employees are totally motivated while others are barely making it through the workday. This seminar helps individuals clarify their values, their preferred roles and their motivational preferences. Participants will become crystal clear on their top seven values and will come away with a new understanding about what is required for them to be satisfied and productive in and out of the workplace.
Employee Fulfillment: Managing Work Expectations
In a typical employment situation, certain expectations-such as salary, hours, and job duties-are clearly understood by both employer and employee. Other expectations, however, can easily go unspoken or unacknowledged in today’s fast-paced workplace. This seminar will help you explore 10 work expectations that impact today’s employment relationships.
Leveraging Your Learning
Life-long learning has become a key to building internal job security.
In order to gain the most from your learning, you need to know how you experience, process, organize, store, and retrieve information. This seminar offers an assessment to help you gain insight into your individual approach to learning. Also, the benefits and how-to’s of mind-mapping will be introduced. You will leave with several strategies to increase your learning effectiveness.