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Whether you're looking for a keynote, half-day or full-day program, Cynthia's high-energy, how-to style is a dynamic addition to your event.

She's also a strong facilitator for leadership retreats and strategic planning days.

Cynthia taps her teaching experience, MBA studies and improv training to bring cutting-edge content and strategies to your participants.

Check out what Andrej Suskavcevic, President & CEO of Financial Executives International says about working with Cynthia:

NEW Programs for 2017

Getting Beyond “We’ve Always Done It This Way!”

Confused young woman trying to talk on a tin can.It’s no secret we live in disruptive times. You need to keep our eye on what’s coming our way and adjust your organization to the new potential reality.

Unfortunately many are not ready for this level of change. They dig in their feet and raise their battle cry, “But we’ve always done it this way!” Their commitment to the past can be a kiss of death for your progress.

Simply telling people to change doesn’t work.

You need to help them unhook from the safety of the past - and shift to embrace the exciting potential of the future. In this hands-on session, Cynthia D'Amour, MBA will teach you a simple, three-part model to address this critical risk management issue and help inspire team members to willingly join you with a focus to the future.

As a result of this program, you'll be able to:

  • Explain why people are so committed to the past.
  • Apply a three-part model to help shift people's perspective.
  • Avoid the most common mistake for dealing with past-focused team members.

You'll walk out of this session feeling more confident about leading the future - with some how-to ideas you can use right way as well.

Lead, Laugh - Or Get Out of the Way!

The leadership skills required to lead your association successfully during disruptive times are different from when everything was the same year after year.

You need to lead your members and staff at faster pace - and into the unknown with confidence. This new, uncharted space can be overwhelming and intimidating.

Enter the power of improv.

Improv exercises are a beautiful language of metaphors for the leadership skills needed to successfully lead to the future. You learn to lower your filters, trust yourself and be open to the opportunities presented in unexpected ideas. In this hands-on session, Cynthia D'Amour, MBA will take you through improv exercises to help you grow your new leadership skills – and  you can take back to use with your team to help them grow their confidence with the unknown future as well.

As a result of this session, you'll be able to:

  • Lead more confidently into the unknown.
  • Help design a safe space for your team to secure the future of your association.
  • Create experiences to springboard conversations into what might be with enthusiasm!

Come ready to play, laugh and learn simple improv exercises you can use right away!

The Comedy of Team Building
Build Strong Teams Using Lessons from Improv

Performing improv comedy is one of the ultimate team experiences.

There is no script - everything is made up in the moment. There is no net. 

Your troupe cannot be successful unless everyone is committed to the good of the group.

Cynthia D'Amour, MBA,  performs improv with her troupe, Modest Hawties, in Michigan. She'll share the secrets of improv for turning a group of individuals into a highly functioning and supportive team.

You'll learn how to take your team beyond their comfort zones and into a performance worth rousing applause!

2016-improv1NOTE: Both descriptions are examples of how your participants can benefit from an improv experience. Cynthia will design a custom experience to fit the goals of your meeting or consulting project.

 

Networking (with Humans): The Skill the Schools Forgot to Teach

No matter what size your company is or what position you hold, working the room successfully is a "must-have" skill for you. Your clients, peers and suppliers want to meet and talk to you at events.

As a result of this program, you'll be able to:

  • Boost your confidence.
  • Work the room strategically.
  • Build relationships faster.

Although technology helps build relationships, you still need to be able to pull off the face-to-face experience with confidence!

NOTE: I’ve seen a lot of people lose some polish on their social skills thanks to technology. Those who feel confident working a room have a big advantage over others. This is also a good program to offer earlier in the day because I’ll give them homework to have conversations with confidence before they leave.

Other fun titles I’ve used with this program include: “How to Be a Hit at the Party – And Work the Room with Confidence!” and "Networking for Fun and Profit"

 

Explore Cynthia's Chapter Leaders Programs...

Cynthia delivered her first training to volunteer leaders when she was a senior in high school - and hasn't stopped since!

Cynthia gets what it takes to be a successful volunteer leader.

  • She's served more than 67 total years on volunteer boards.
  • Plus recruited more than 250 members to various organizations.

Cynthia is always a crowd favorite.

  • Leaders love how Cynthia has walked in their shoes.
  • They have fun as they learn.
  • Plus Cynthia gives them specific ideas they can use right away.

How Cynthia works with clients: You and Cynthia will talk about what you want from your program. Cynthia will design a special program for your event.

For those of you wanting some ideas about what Cynthia's been working on, here are some of her recent programs:

(Trend alert: All of the programs below included simple how-to's leaders can use as a chapter leader - AND at work. Association-only information is not enough for today's participants.)

Make Being a Leader Irresistible in Your Chapter

  • Do you struggle to find people willing to serve on your board?
  • Tired of recycling the same leaders year after year?
  • Burned out by serving for too long?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Your chapter can be a magnet for people excited to serve as future leaders. Cynthia D’Amour, MBA, author of The Lazy Leader’s Guide to Outrageous Results will teach you a simple three-part approach to making being a leader in your chapter irresistible. You’ll learn how to promote serving on your board as an exciting thing to do, how to create a dynamic team of future leaders - and prepare them to step up into leadership with ease.

As a result of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Make current board service more attractive
  • Identify a corps of future leaders eager to serve
  • Set your next chapter year up for easier success

Come ready to have fun and learn simple, how-to ideas you can start to use right away.

 

Get More Volunteers NOW!

Are you tired of…

  • Having to beg folks to volunteer?
  • People promising to do work—and then nothing?
  • Feeling like you are doing it all?

Do you wish you...

  • Had more volunteers?
  • Had more time?
  • Could get more work done with less effort?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, help is on the way!

Cynthia D'Amour, MBA, Leadership Strategist and author of The Lazy Leader's Guide to Outrageous Results will teach you how to get more work done through the involvement of others.

As a result of this program, you will be able to…

  • Get more work done with less effort
  • Speak the language potential volunteers understand
  • Turn "I don't have time" into "I can't wait to volunteer!"

Come ready to roll up your sleeves, have fun and learn simple, how-to ideas you can use as a volunteer, in work - and in your life.


How to Run Effective Meetings -
No Matter Who Your Volunteers Are!

You can’t always choose the people who volunteer for you. They are a cast of characters who bring their special ways and sometimes baggage to your table.

As a leader you need to be ready to lead all types – and make sure they get value for showing up as well!

Join us to discover how to be the leader members can’t wait to volunteer with. You will learn strategies for leading diverse teams as well - as how to deal with all the characters at your table.

As a result of this program, you will be able to:

  • Support the development of your team.
  • Thrive given the diversity of your volunteers.
  • Facilitate strategic conversations more smoothly.

If you want your volunteers to show up for your meetings eager to participate and ready to get to work, this is the session for you!

 

Make Your Meetings the Must-Attend Event

  • Do you wish you had members eagerly showing up for your chapter meetings?
  • Are you tired of seeing the same faces at every meeting?

Join Cynthia D’Amour to learn how to create magnetic meetings experiences that keep your members coming back.

You will learn how to:

  • Use the key elements today’s members are looking for in meetings
  • Deliver program promotions that make members want to attend
  • Create dynamic experiences members that hit members’ hot buttons

You’ll also leave with several meeting ideas you can start to use right away.   

 

Delegate So the Work Gets Done

  • Do you delegate work to volunteers?
  • Do volunteers do the work they promise to do?
  • Before the next meeting?

If you answer "no" to any of these questions, and you are tired of wasting time at another meeting where nothing is done, it is time to polish your delegating skills.

Being a solid delegator is the key to getting the work done after the meeting is over.

Join Cynthia D'Amour, MBA to explore what it takes to delegate so others do the work - rather than fall back on you!  You'll discuss a four-step model for delegating, how to create experiences members will actually do as well as common traps to avoid.

As a result of this program, you will be able to:

  • Delegate with confidence
  • Avoid common delegation mistakes
  • Increase meeting effectiveness by having more people show up with the work they promised to do done.

If you want your volunteers to do the work promised, this is the session for you.  

 

Getting Beyond “We’ve Always Done It This Way!”

Confused young woman trying to talk on a tin can.It’s no secret we live in disruptive times. You need to keep our eye on what’s coming our way and adjust your association to the new potential reality.

Unfortunately many are not ready for this level of change. They dig in their feet and raise their battle cry, “But we’ve always done it this way!” Their commitment to the past can be a kiss of death for your association.

Simply telling members to change doesn’t work.

You need to help them unhook from the safety of the past - and shift to embrace the exciting potential of the future. In this hands-on session, Cynthia D'Amour, MBA will teach you a simple, three-part model to address this critical risk management issue and help inspire members to willing join you with a focus to the future.

As a result of this program, you'll be able to:

  • Apply a three-part model to help shift member perspective.
  • Wake your members up to exciting possibilities.
  • Avoid the most common mistake for dealing with past-focused members.

You'll walk out of this session feeling more confident about leading the future - with some how-to ideas you can use right way as well.

Give us a call at 734-994-0097 for more information and/or to check Cynthia's availability. Or fill out contact form here.

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