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  • Affirmations: What’s the “Big Deal?”

    Nancy Belda, President, Nancy Belda

    The use of affirmations does NOT qualify you as a practitioner of "woo woo" science. Affirmations are the assertions that something exists or is true. Aren't your goals true? Don't you believe that a better life exists for you? By using affirmations, you will ratchet up your ability to achieve goals, recover from trauma - of any kind - and live the life of your dreams. Nancy will share with you the techniques of creating positive affirmations for your personal life. MORE >

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  • Why Settle For Less?

    Robb Hill, Founder/President, R Hill Enterprises Inc

    Why Settle For Less, When You Can Be The Best? Many people settle for far less than they can have or achieve. Complacency becomes their biggest enemy, as disappointment becomes the norm. Knowledge is not power, APPLIED knowledge is power, and learning this application, can change the life out come. MORE >

    Financial advisor, author and inspirational speaker, Robb Hill has for over 18 years helped people not only put their financial house in order, and reorder their thinking processes for a better life outcome. His powerful lectures on basic financial planning, corporate communication and personal development are revolutionizing the way people look at their lives, their choices, and their futures.
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  • Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness

    Robert Beezat, Owner and President, Robert A. Beezat. Inc.

    Be Joyful! Have Fun! Be the happy person you were born to be. As human beings, we are born to know and love. With a grasp of this basic concept, we can make choices and decisions which will enable us to live good, authentic, happy lives in the short term and long run. Understanding, developing, and nurturing the human capacities of knowing and loving are the keys to finding deep and long lasting human happiness. It is never to early or too late to be deeply happy!
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  • Reducing Deadly School Violence

    Kasia Wereszczynska, Clinical Director / Executive Director, Counseling Speaks / In Her Shoes Foundation

    Learn from Kasia Wereszczynska about reducing deadly school violence in a thought provoking presentation that focuses on prevention through understanding behavioral health.

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  • Developing A Personal Brand for Career and Life!

    Bette Lawrence-Water, Founder and Principal Consultant, Spectrum Strategic Solutions

    Personal Branding is identifying your assets, characteristics, strengths, and skills as an individual. Understanding Personal Branding will provide advantages in your participant’s personal and professional lives. Branding is a mix of how you present yourself and how others see you. It is important to be aware of how you are viewed. MORE >

    During this lively and enlightening personal branding discussion, participants learn to uncover their vision and passions for career and life. Then, find out how to utilize this knowledge through Social Media to define and influence how others see you. You are your brand so protect it. Live it.

    Discussion Objectives:

    • Define your image.
    • Control your image.
    • Understand how to sharpen your brand.
    • Use social media appropriately.
    • Manage your brand in a crisis.
    • Develop a professional appearance.

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  • Navigating Life’s Curves ad Corners: Managing Change at Work, At Home and In-Between

    Jerilyn Willin, Principal, JWillin Consulting, Ltd.

    Career transition, new technology, a new life direction...no matter what your age, situation or outlook, you've been touched by change. How can dealing with life's changes be less chaotic? What can you do to help yourself and others deal better with change? MORE >

    Take positive steps to help others and yourself navigate through the rough patches in life at work and at home. Come: 1.) Explore the phases of change everyone experiences, 2.) Learn and share ideas/techniques to effectively deal with change, and 3.) Chart next steps to help you move forward through and to your new normal.
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  • Speaking with Confidence in any Situation

    Suzanne M. Bracken, Managing Director, Ludicrous Theatre Company

    This lively presentation will address the causes of fear associated with speaking when we are not comfortable doing so. Learn how to make those butterflies in your stomach "fly in formation," so you can get your point across in a confident and effective manner.

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  • Sticks & Stones – How Our Words Frame Our World

    James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D., Life-Imagined, LLC - Author - Personal Development Speaker & Coach - Radio Talk Show Host

    Sticks and Stones – Using the Power of Words to Frame Your World MORE >

    In a single moment of time we can speak words which can have an impact for the next 10 years, positively and negatively. This isn’t a new discovery. For years I spoke without regard for the far-reaching consequences attached to what I said. Whether out of foolish jesting, or raging anger. Negative destructive words cut two ways… going into the life of the hearer and when they come back to the life of the speaker. This workshop answers these questions:

    Where does the spoken word gather its power?

    How can I use the language of the physical realm to my advantage in life?
    Why is it difficult to put emotions such as love and hate into descriptive terms.

    We explain that the language of the mind is thought, while the language of the body is an experience. How both work together to advance or hinder success in ourselves and others. This is explained in detail in my Best Selling book, Looking for God? Look No Further-Look Within.

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  • Get (and Stay) Organized

    Erin J. Kelly, Professional Organizer, Arranged By Erin

    Learn how to live a simple and organized life. Whether it’s your home or office, Erin explains the tools to help you be more productive and save time. Erin has given speeches all over Chicago including corporations, ADD support groups, and libraries.

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  • Building From the Inside Out.

    James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D., Life-Imagined, LLC - Author - Personal Development Speaker & Coach - Radio Talk Show Host

    The key to successfully creating anything in life begins with working on the inner-man first. This approach establishes a solid foundation on which to accomplish our goals and build our vision. Here we present three simple but powerful steps to laying this foundation for success. MORE >

    1. “Taking Control of Your Mindset” - It is vital that we get this first step right. This can be viewed as a method for house keeping of the mind. Henry Ford said “thinking is the hardest work we can do”. To think creatively and effectively we must take control of your thought patterns and the images that flood the mind daily. Filter out every thing that runs counter to your vision/dream/plan, replace it with positive thoughts, images and energy. See it as daily mental health cleaning or maintenance.

    Eliminate all language of complaining and thinking either in yourself or others around you. Sometimes to build we must separate from people, places and things which have a nature which opposes your vision. Success results more from who you are, ones state of being - than what you do (the actions we take). Be unique and single minded. Be willing to swim against the tide of traditions, willing endure being ridiculed and judged for your idea(s). Remove competitive envy from your mentality, setting the ego aside; this includes Fear, Resentment, Excuses, Envy

    2. “Creating Winning-Problem Solving Ideas” by spending time connecting to the source of all wisdom through prayer, reflection, and meditation. Schedule some quiet time; especially in the early morning hours. It slows our brain down to be able to hear our own creativity. It is here we receive Direction, Inspiration, Revelation.

    3. “Surrendering to the Creator's for the Execution of the Plan”. It is written, “I always do the things I see the creator do”. During the quiet time always be prepared to take notes when God begins to respond to your communication, this where the partnership begins to become a tangible reality. Then taking the revealed idea, writing out a plan and executing that plan, taking action, step by step (no matter how small) as it develops into a reality. Taking time to create an actionable but practical plan goes a long way to making it happen. Making it a part of your life experience.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, A mind once stretched to a new idea can never return to its former dimensions.

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