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carlpresentsIn addition to our course offerings we have a number of popular, shorter programs that can be part of Conference seminars, lunch and learn sessions or keynote addresses. Some of the topics include:

Gaining Control in Crazy Times

This light-hearted, motivational session takes a lighter look at all the craziness that’s making our lives tougher. While it pokes fun at the situations and stressors that makes our blood boil, it also presents lots of practical hints and tips for taking the high road for coping. In this presentation we cover a number of  themes, including:

  • What's going on? Why the World is such a crazy place?  Learn about the “Crouton in the Caesar Salad” Theory of stress.
  • Your own attitude: How you can be your own worst enemy. How we teach others how to behave towards us.
  • Gaining Control: exploring ways to gain the upper hand over the irritating and aggravating experiences of life.


This session can be delivered in a one-hour version although it can be tailored to almost any time period, up to a full day. This session has been delivered to many audiences, including police and correctional officers, lawyers, doctors. social workers, business managers and professional groups.

Influencing Through Values

When it comes to influencing others, we often rely on the power of logic. Yet, despite what we consider to be our superior insights, we get frustrated when the other person fails to "see the light" and counters with what they see as the all-compelling argument. This often creates resistance as each party tries to win over the other.

Using some humorous examples, this presentation provides the audience with way of turning resistance and deadlock into more collaborative outcomes. By connecting solutions with needs, values and interests, we can create buy-in and find common ground.

Blame-Free Problem Solving

Often we can get ourselves into trouble by the way we approach and discuss problems at work. The tendency is to jump to solutions (almost always wrong) or engage in finger-pointing or blame-fixing. Even the words we can use to discuss problem can lead to defensiveness and conflict.

This short presentation introduces the notion of blame-free problem solving. Participants in the session will learn how to create neutral, fault-free problem descriptions that keep the problem solving squarely on the road to quicker resolution and common ground.

 Here is a brief segment from one of Carl's presentations.