Keynote Presentations, Conference Breakouts, Interactive Workshops & Webinars

Unique programming for conferences and professional organizations

Give your members the skills and confidence to reach the next level of career success!

Valerie Gordon, Commander-in-She presentations

What’s in a story?  The stories we put out to the world impact the way others see us and the opportunities we’ll get. And the stories we tell ourselves determine our course of action and future success. Stories can entertain, educate and influence.  A universal language, storytelling is an in-demand skill for a diverse array of roles.

So how often have you thought about YOUR story?

Gain the confidence and communication skills to “take command” of your career with these Commander-in-She interactive and introspective workshops.


What’s Your Story? Storytelling Strategies for Success (60 minute sessions to full-day facilitation)  In this interactive workshop, participants explore how the main components of storytelling apply to our personal lives and subsequent success. Taking command of your own, ongoing career story and personal brand means knowing how to effectively encapsulate your backstory, navigate present-day plot twists and create the micro-actions necessary to reach future goals.

Communicating with Confidence – Struggling to get your message across? Whether you are addressing an audience of one or an auditorium of hundreds, make your presentation meaningful and memorable with the 4-C method of communication. Grow your gravitas, exude executive presence and feel calm and confident with words that matter!

The Art of the Ask: Set the Scene for Successful Negotiation (45 – 60 minutes) Knowing what you want and why is the first step to determining how to get it. Whether seeking a raise or promotion or to secure an advantageous business opportunity, participants will emerge with the skills to present their best selves, manage conflict and unexpected plot twists with confidence and fact-check a pesky internal narrator.  Discover why negotiation is a two-step process and what must come first, practice “If / Then” scenarios and “Use No as Your Know” to “Get to Yes!”

What’s My Story?: Networking for Non-Networkers (30 – 90 minutes) How do you establish a memorable and meaningful personal brand in mere minutes of meeting someone? Interpersonal communication needs to go beyond WHO you are and WHAT you do to your WHY and HOW. Participants both extroverted and introverted will receive tools to author an authentic elevator pitch, survive speed networking sessions and create conversation starters and focused follow-up. Additional time can be spent on networking techniques for on-line platforms such as LinkedIn and Shapr.

“Tell Me About Yourself”: Interviewing Skills for Introverts (45 – 75 minutes) In this engaging workshop, participants explore the power in their personal career stories to best “sell” their experience and impress hiring managers and future supervisors. Learn to effectively encapsulate your backstory, speak up without feeling selfish and handle tricky questions with confidence and ease. Create your :30 summary and “career highlight reel” while setting the scene for your future success story.

Ask about our POWER PROGRAMS! Quick 10-15-minute talks with great takeaway to pump up your full-day conferences!

Proceed with Purpose and Passion! – 16 powerful pieces of programming from the 16thletter of the alphabet! Discover how 16 words can paint a picture of progress for all participants. (This session brought to you by the letter “P”.)

The “Unlikelies” – How to Make Bad Things Better – Things don’t always go according to plan. Discover how unlikely story elements (the type you don’t like and don’t think can help you) can be used to drive positive action.

Big Ol’ Bag of Excuse Bingo (please allow 15-30 min.) In this rousing game-show style session, participants identify and debunk all of the roadblocks that are holding them back from achieving goals. Prizes awarded but everyone leaves a winner.

Other workshop topics are available along with keynote presentations, team-building retreats and individual coaching.

Budget-friendly rates.  Unforgettable programming!

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