Group Workshops and Keynote Presentations

Looking for formulaic, off-the-shelf training? You won’t find it here! We custom-design every workshop to create a perfect content blend, ensuring that your group’s goals and objectives are met. Developed over two decades of coaching executives and managers from the world’s leading companies, Peggy’s experiential and behaviorally based learning model incorporates performance exercises, role-playing scenarios, videotaped segments and individualized constructive feedback.

Peggy offers half and full day workshops and keynotes on a variety of topics including:


BRAG! THE ART OF TOOTING YOUR OWN HORN WITHOUT BLOWING IT™

Connecting with others is about as basic a human need as food and water. And, in this age of instant and constant accessibility, the way you connect and share information is critical. But, when it comes to self-promotion, the fear of coming off as too showy or self-serving makes us cringe. So, how do you BRAG about yourself and your business in an authentic, artful and entertaining way regardless of where you are—at conferences, client pitches and even on Twitter? In this completely experiential workshop we’ll dissect the bragging myths and behaviors, learn how to brag (the good way of course), and create a framework with checks and balances so that you will never sound like a walking billboard, or even worse, a humble bragger.


EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT

We’ve all met people with a high Executive Presence Quotient (EPQ). You know, the ones who command a room with a compelling combination of confidence, warmth and strength. So why should you be projecting anything less with your own persona? This highly interactive workshop has shown thousands how to assess and then raise their EPQ by using the tools of voice, body language and humor to convey a more dynamic and authentic communication and leadership style in their interactions with clients, colleagues, bosses, employees, and the media. Don’t check your personality at the door. Instead, learn how to combine style with substance to exude executive presence wherever you go.


BRANDING YOUR BEST ASSET: YOU!

What do products, companies and celebrities have in common? A brand that’s easily identifiable and elicits a very strong positive emotional response. So in this competitive business environment, how do you capture the hearts and minds of your target audience and make yourself stand out? Branding Your Best Asset: You! is a high-impact, interactive workshop which gives participants the knowledge successful companies–and people– use to create brands with staying power.


NOW WHAT? HOW SMART WOMEN SUCCEED DESPITE GENDER BARRIERS

Despite the recent outpouring of media attention around the ever-present and stubbornly resistant glass ceiling, studies indicate that it will take another 25 years before a significant number of women move into senior level positions, and more than a century before we occupy the C-suite. So what’s a woman to do? Give up? Take our marbles and go home? No, of course not! The fact of that matter is that while women are still held back by restrictive biases and stereotypes that dictate how we should communicate and behave, there are some simple actions every professional woman can take to make strides in her career. In this high impact, experiential workshop, learn the five indispensable skills that women must embrace in order to gain access to higher opportunities and pay afforded to men: exuding executive presence, mastering the narrow band of acceptable communication, getting a guy (sponsor), being political, and self-promotion.


COMPETITION IS NOT A DIRTY WORD

Successful people are typically powerful, driven, ambitious, direct and competitive. Yet, when women embody these characteristics, they are often judged as unfeminine, calculating and strident. As a result of this catch 22, many women shy away from competing for particular jobs, promotions and titles. But the truth is, there is a way to gracefully flex your competitive muscles without coming off as pushy, cutthroat, or catty. In this session, Peggy will show you how to own your goals and ambitions so that you come across as professional and authentic no matter the situation.


THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SOFT SKILLS

What’s the hard truth? It’s that soft skills will make or break your career! Recent studies show that careers fail or stall not because of a lack of technical or professional expertise (the hard skills), but rather because of a shortcoming in the soft skills arena. Based on Peggy’s best-selling book, this high-energy, experiential workshop provides insights, strategies, tools, and techniques for improving your own soft skills repertoire. Since soft skills are some of the hardest skills you’ll ever learn, don’t put off mastering them—or you’ll find yourself learning them the hard way! Depending on the needs of the group, this program can include some or all of the following:

  • Leading Teams To The Top
  • Playing Politics
  • Managing Up
  • Asking For What You Want
  • Branding & Bragging
  • Getting Along In An Intergenerational Office
  • Dealing With Your Critics
  • Overcoming The Imposter Syndrome
  • Creating The Career You Want

CHANGE IS INEVITABLE; SUCCESS IS NOT! RESILIENCY IN A SHIFTING WORKPLACE

People are very open-minded about new things, as long as they’re exactly like the old ones. ~ Charles F. Kettering 

While delightfully humorous and irreverent, this quote underscores the fact that change is something we all must face throughout our lives. Unfortunately, most people handle it quite poorly, often blaming others, resisting or denying the inevitable. But, the reality is, how we adapt and navigate during times of great change determines both our personal as well as professional happiness. In this highly interactive and fun (yes, really) program, participants will be given an array of behavioral techniques to enhance their resiliency, while also learning how to promote themselves and their value in a new workplace.


SOMEONE’S GOTTA DO IT: BREAKING BAD NEWS IN A BETTER WAY

No one likes to give bad news, but sooner or later each of us is stuck with delivering messages about termination, a negative performance review, or a non-existent year-end bonus. These challenging conversations can be vastly improved through careful preparation, practice, development of active listening and responding techniques and by having compassion and empathy for the person on the receiving end. We’re not saying that you’re ever going to enjoy these uncomfortable conversations, but at least you can learn how to handle them with warmth and strength.


MEET THE PRESS

If you’ve ever faced off a group of rabid reporters, you know how frightening it can be. You’re in the “hot seat” but you have to stay cool and craft a message that cannot be misconstrued on camera or in print. In a small group or individual setting, you’ll be prepped with customized, rigorous interview and on-camera drills honed to your specific issue(s), company, or industry. You’ll also get the skinny on developing sound bites, what to expect when you get into the studio, and if necessary, how to use a teleprompter.So, whether you’re preparing to meet the press, testify before Congress or be a guest on “Morning Joe,” you’ll be so confident, comfortable and relaxed that they’ll never see you sweat!