Keynotes that engage your audience, educate and inspire...that's my goal. Props are one of many tools I use to draw your audience in...a children's book or a newspaper clipping to enhance a talking point. Or, I will ask a question and see what folks in the audience have to say. There's always a chance I could wave a magic wand or even give them out as a take away. It depends on what outcomes you are seeking. I'm all about customizing a theme to address your intentions for your audience. It's been my passion for 35 years.
Rhona Stein Singer compares my enthusiasm to "bubbly champagne when she talks…or does anything else for that matter."
A former educator and tutor, my explanations of key ideas are done with easy-to-remember stories rather than lists of things to do. Often key points are wrapped in an acronym for simple recall. And, I do give out homework. People have yet to complain.
Inspiring people to take action is my utmost goal. The key is to make the suggested course of action simple and doable.
My three favorite themes that engage, educate and inspire are: Laughter, Imagination and Gratitude. Each are very versatile in a variety of settings and intentions. Let's talk and I assure you the creative juices will come up with something very unique for your event, program, etc.
Keynote Talk Descriptions
Laugh for no reason?
Typically people think something has to cause them to laugh. Who just laughs for no reason? Participants find out in this presentation that to laugh, we don't need jokes or anything to make fun of.
The introduction presents the facts about laughter yoga: Who started it, who participates, and what media and research supports its tenets. A short list of the many health and well-being benefits definitely gets people's attention. Then the fun begins with participation in simple laughter routines that has everyone…well yes, laughing.
1. Easy-to-remember practices such as the hand-clapping mantra, Ho-Ho-Ha-Ha-Ha.
2. Online resource information.
3. Tips on how to start a group at work, in the neighborhood, or at a place of worship.
"Thank you for your time and expertise about Laughter and the benefits of laughing. You taught participants a new way to let go and relax that doesn't include a doctor's visit or medication. Hopefully they will use this skill each day." ~ Cheryl Wieland, RN-BC, BSN, CCM, Florence Sylvester Senior Center
The Imagination Formula
Is imagination kids stuff? Walt Disney didn't think so. Cutting edge corporate visionaries don't think so. Educators, who recognize the current academic system is not serving our students in the 21st century, don't think so.
In the late 1800's, Edison said imagination is more important than knowledge. Best-selling author Tina Seelig wrote in Ingenius that "Imagination is the catalyst to transform knowledge into ideas." My take is the Imagination Formula: Imagination + Knowledge = Creative Ideas.
In this keynote, participants are given sound mathematical reasoning why everyone can be creative and how imagination can uncover solutions for changing a habit, solving a problem, and approaching something new.
1. The how-to's of the imagination formula with application examples.
2. Go from "No" to the bigger "YES" with the acronym for STOP.
3. The benefits of three important questions: What if? Who wrote that rule? Why do we have to think outside the box? Maybe the box has the answer.
"Cheryl had everyone participating when she spoke to our group. We were amazed with what she taught us about how to use imagination. People were still talking about her program at the next meeting." ~ Patti Brunner, Long Beach Women's group
"A thousand thanks for a perfectly delightful morning. You are a shining example of creativity and imagination. personified!" ~ Molly Levitta, Laguna Beach Assistance League
Be a ThankYouologist
Thankyouology is a practical approach to gratitude with thoughts, words, and actions. It's guidance for expressing appreciation—a philosophy for creating a magnificent way of life. A ThankYouologist is a person who practices the art of saying thank you as a way of life.
The audience has a good time because it's all about taking action more than reciting inspiration. Participants are provided with unique gratitude techniques such as thank you rhymes and expressing appreciation to your body (that's called Body ThankYouology). Ideas from my book, ThankYouology, come to life with hands-on participation such as writing a thank you note to a specific part of the body.
1. How the power of words are a "pot of gold."
2. Creating thank-you rhymes.
2. New ideas for a thank-you journal.
4. Tips on overcoming challenges with thank you.
"I remember the stories, especially when Cheryl uses children's books to get a point across when she speaks." ~ June Madison