Social Skills Classes & Services . . . . . .
A New World
Things have changed a lot since I developed the courses listed on this page. Most notably, the pandemic brought all in person classes to a screeching halt. And while we're slowly moving in the direction of a new normal, we're still not quite there yet.
Fortunately all, or almost all, of the courses and/or course content listed on this page continues to be available in one form or another. Groups and organizations interested in the classes listed below can contact me directly to explore options for making course content available to your organization through online trainings, webinars, and blended learning.
As in the past, course material will continue to be available to individuals through skills training coaching or as part of my psychotherapy practice.
Please check back over the coming months for updates on course availablilty, but also for new programs specifically focused on the kinds of personal and professional social challenges we now face in what we hope will be a post pandemic world.
Exceptional People Skills
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Learn to Schmooze: Thrive in a Room Full of Strangers
If you find yourself wondering why some people walk in a room
full of strangers and leave with new friends and business acquaintances,
it's time to learn the tricks of the trade. Learn how to make winning introductions,
onnect with strangers, and put people at ease. We'll explore commonly overlooked "schmoozing opportunities,"
what it means to "work a room,"how to make your goodbyes memorable, and simple things you can do to prepare
for and follow-up on any event--tools and techniques designed to last a lifetime.
Do you find yourself searching for
something to say when you meet someone new? Then you're not alone.
Most people do. So why not be prepared? Learn the secret of
successful conversation--from what to say and how to say it to ways to
deal with those awkward lulls that sink a conversation. In this
fun filled evening, we will demystify the art of conversation and
practice simple easy techniques to put yourself and others at ease.
We'll cover the fundamentals of good conversation along with tricks of
the trade that draw people out, move the conversation along in the
direction of your choosing and help ease whatever fears or anxieties you
may have about striking up a conversation--be it for business or
Say It Right!
Knowing what to say is only half the battle.
If you don't know how to speak in ways that capture the attention of your audience,
your message can be lost. In this course we will explore the subtleties of how we speak.
Tone of voice, volume and pitch control, as well as mirroring, pacing and tricks of the
trade designed to transform ordinary conversations into charismatic moments will be discussed.
Students will have an opportunity to practice their conversation skills and receive personalized
feedback on ways to enhance their verbal performance.
Body Language Boot Camp
Unlock the mysteries of body language. Learn
to command authority with a look, how to incorporate your body type into
your body language, and how to look more approachable to others. We'll
cover the basics from posture, gestures and facial expressions to the
style of your walk, where to sit and keys to effective eye contact. Be
prepared to have fun learning this strange, but powerful language.
Communication: Results With Words
A good conversation is like a carefully
planned trip--it helps to know where you're going before you get there.
In this class, you'll learn to develop a "roadmap" for effective
communication. Armed with fundamental techniques for good
communication, you'll learn to identify communication goals in yourself
and others, to recognize differences in communication patterns from
person to person and adjust your style accordingly, to channel
conversations in the direction you want them to go and to avoid
unnecessary conflict with the turn of a phrase. More importantly,
you'll learn the power that focusing on your goals can have on the
outcome of your conversations--valuable tools for both your business
Schmoozing For Introverts
Increase your social confidence while
learning the skills you've admired in others. From winning introductions
to strategies for putting people at ease, learn the skills active
party-goers and professional networkers take for granted in this highly
informative, interactive, practical, skills-training class.
Schmoozing For The Holidays
The holiday season is upon us and with
it a host of social obligations and opportunities. Learn to make
the most of them---how to strike up conversations with the boss, be a
gracious spouse and make a positive impression on your co-workers.
Learn how to host gatherings that put both you and your guests at ease
and tips for making time spent with relatives go more smoothly.
From winning introductions, conversation starters, entries and
exits to strategies for making new business and personal
connections--it's time you learned to schmooze your way through the
Exceptional People Skills
Have you noticed how some people make great
first impressions and seem to get along with everyone they meet? This
class teaches you how to improve your people skills and establish a
better rapport with coworkers, friends and family alike. From the words
you use to your body language, we'll discuss communication styles that
encourage and motivate others, while commanding respect and helping you
stand out in a crowd. Learn how to handle conflict constructively, make
your point without making an enemy and get to "yes" through persuasion,
Social Skills Coaching
Personalized one-to-one skills-training
sessions designed to identify social strengths, while bolstering areas
of social weakness. Participants are coached in the development and
implementation of a step-by-step plan to achieve social goals. Common
areas targeted in coaching sessions include body-language, conversation
skills, presentation skills and strategies for making positive first
impressions. Sessions are augmented by audio and vide-taped feedback,
practice sessions and homework assignments.
Who would benefit from this program.
Individualized social-skills coaching is appropriate
for business men and women who want to polish their social presence,
singles who would like to refine their dating skills and individuals who
simply want to feel more at ease in social situations.
Online Services. I set aside a limited number of openings for
online coaching and consultation for people who do not live in the Seattle area and are unable to attend my classes.
To participate in online coaching sessions, you must have access to high speed internet services
and video conferencing capability of some kind. If you are unfamiliar with video conferencing,
we can discuss low or no cost options that may work for you.
For more information contact me at my office . . . (425) 455-5400 or email me.