The Speakers’ Bureau at Improving Communications delivers presentations to groups of all sizes on various topics having to do with communication skills. Use an Improving Communications talk to get your meeting/conference started or ended in a way that delights audiences and leaves them with valuable information.
Achieving Goals & Making That Difference
By prioritizing and making some sacrifices, real and valuable results will follow.
Adventure (Motorcycle) Riding Through Life
How we look at life positively affects how we respond to its challenges. Use the inspiration of how the Adventure Rider chooses “The Road Less Traveled” and earns unexpected rewards.
Stand up for who and what is right, without alienating or hurting others.
Building Your Brand
Brand is the feeling people have when they interact with your creations. Take control of people’s reactions to you and your materials.
Communication Essentials For Leaders
Leaders need a number of key ingredients in order to be effective and get the results that are necessary for progress. Find out the ingredient list, as well as the recipe for successful and powerful leadership.
Engage People With Your Message
Spoken and written words can fall flat, unless they’re crafted in the right way and delivered in an impressive format. Learn what it takes to get people engaged.
Finding Your Voice
Discover what feeds your soul. Follow your passion. Do what you love.
Key Principles of Internal and External Customer Service
Serving customers may be a challenge, but keeping a few important principles to guide actions ensures effective and positive rapport with all.
Managing Performance, Motivating With Praise
Criticism hasn’t worked. It’s time to empower and elevate others to get the best from them.
Understand how media power is used to generate fear and take away people’s abilities to think for themselves. See the harmful effects of media-generated fear on yourself and others in the workplace. Use solutions to avoid MEDIA TERRORISM and promote increased mental and physical health.
Positivity in Communication
In a world of fear, negativity, and doom-and-gloom, be the forward-thinking one who leads people by promise of reward, rather than fear of loss.
Principles of Networking
Learn how to connect, and why you need to build a strong professional network.
Productivity Styles and Maximizing Efficiency
Different individuals bring strengths to the work they do and the staff that they support. Tap into those Productivity Preferences and get the right people on the right tasks.
Stress (fear) is corrosive, and paralyzes people, or causes them to take counterproductive action. Stress can be managed and viewed accurately, to allow for progress and success. Learn to spot your own stress and its causes, as well as shift perspectives and engage in activities that reduce personal fear.
The (Monetary) Value of Clarity and Accuracy
Clear messages and proper business communication is efficient and costs only what it costs. Mistakes can be humorous and sometimes, tragic, and can cost an organization its life. Find out how to be clear and accurate to present the best possible image to the world.
The Power of Attitude
What you believe affects how you behave and what you say. Discover speech and behavior that reflect a “good attitude” and how to avoid the “bad attitude.”
UB4ME – Team Versus Self-Centeredness
“It’s all about ME!” Having a service mindset means putting others before yourself. Putting others first requires re-ordering your priorities and taking care of another’s needs ahead of your own. Discover the rewards in placing yourself after others. UB4ME: Put the “You” Before the “Me”.
Unity in Diversity
Discover value in diverse perspectives and personalities and their benefits. Strategize ways to strengthen relationships and turn negative into positive interactions.
Using Emotional Intelligence To Build Better Rapport
Today’s savvy leader or staff member needs a full understanding of emotions in order to manage them personally, and work appropriately with others. Gain an excellent set of tools for working with and through emotions to get to the best solution for all.
We certainly were given a worthwhile and valuable series of leadership and communication sessions by Dr. Atkins. I have received comments of appreciation for his message and tips for improving communication and relationships. It was a meaningful investment for our organization and is being used to jump start other organizational communication and training programs. Thank you, Dr. Atkins.Penny McCarty, SPHR, Assistant Director of Human ResourcesSIU School of Medicine