President of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy, child/family psychologist, play therapist, and author
Colleen Pelar is a superb speaker! I have heard her present numerous times at very large conferences and in smaller meetings, and she has excelled each time. She is well-prepared, knows her material, speaks from the heart, and includes great humor. She is both profound and practical. There are many people who share my assessment of her, and in fact, I have heard only excellent comments from others who have heard her speak as well. I give her my unreserved and highest recommendation.
You're responsible for a lot, and you care deeply about building and supporting a healthy, productive association team, whether it's
But how to get there?
The internet is crawling with expensive, gimmicky options: Obstacle courses, paintball outings, inspirational speakers, meditation circles ...
How about some down-to-earth team productivity building you can do right in the real-life context of your workplace, focused on your association's specific goals?
Not actually sing, of course. But fire on all cylinders, win the blue ribbon, be the best they can be--you choose the cliche. Scratch that: Let's just focus on your goals for your team. Tell me your goals, and I'll customize my interactive training programs to help you reach them.
I've been guiding teams, groups, and individuals for 25 years. My goal has always been the same: Bring innovative, fresh energy to every situation. Focus on what can be done. Get it done by providing people with the insights and skill sets they need to reach new heights. (Oh, shoot--another cliche. Hazard of the job, I'm afraid.)
You may have noticed a few. There's a simple explanation: I used to be a professional dog trainer. In fact, that's where I originally honed my speaking skills.
Over the years, I came to realize how relevant good dog training principles are to life in general, and to a productive workplace in particular. Concepts like reinforcing behavior you like, for example, or setting one's environment up to promote success.
So I use a lot of dog analogies in my talks. I figure a little dog speak is preferable to worn-out workplace jargon like "synergy," "paradigm," and "bandwidth."
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