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Kit Welchlin

High Energy Speaker and Trainer
When Kit Welchlin steps up in front of a group, it’s as a teacher, an entertainer and down-to-earth guy. This approach has helped him earn the respect and appreciation of audiences for years across a wide variety of organizations. Often described as “high energy” and “entertaining, ” he weaves his special blend of entertainment with practical strategies that enhance listeners’ personal and professional lives. Because Kit’s goal is for each presentation to feel like a personal experience for the audience, he often customizes his content, sharing proven methods and techniques that are truly relevant.

Fee Range: $10,000 and Below
Phone: 800-328-6008

Kit’s gift is his ability to transform his audience to active participants who feel like they’ve engaged in a conversation. At the end of the speech, workshop or presentation, audiences walk away energized and informed, armed with new tools and strategies, and believe their time with Kit was very well spent.

Kit Welchlin purchased his first manufacturing company at age 21, and by 26 was CEO and Chairman of the Board of three manufacturing companies in three states. He’s been an instructor with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where he has been repeatedly nominated Outstanding Faculty. He is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.

Kit has a B.S. Degree in Speech Communication, Business Administration and Political Science. He earned an M.A. Degree in Speech Communication and Business Administration.

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Most Request Programs Available for Virtual Presentations

Embracing Change: Become a Quick-Change Artist
Change is becoming the norm, to resist it can ruin your career. Learn to invest your energy in finding and seizing the opportunities brought by change.

Creating a World-Class Customer Service Culture

Research shows that we never hear from 96% of the people that are unhappy with us, or our organization, or our service. Do you really know how you’re doing? Learn world-class customer service strategies that work.

Closing the Gaps: Communicating Across the Generations 

With different generations converging on the workplace, everyone needs to be equipped with practical strategies to deal with the differences. Learn to sort through stereotypes and identify strengths.

Handling Difficult People: Dealing with People You Can’t Stand 

It is estimated that 20 percent of our population can be classified as difficult people. No matter where you go, there will be at least one to deal with. Learn to identify types of difficult people and strategies for controlling your emotions and responding appropriately.

Stress, Time & Procrastination Management

Nearly half the nation’s workers say job stress is destroying their mental and physical health, and eroding productivity. Learn 30 techniques to relieve stress, 20 time management techniques and 5 steps to stop procrastination.

Applying Emotional Intelligence for Career Success

The qualities that make up emotional intelligence — self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill — enable the most successful professionals to raise their own and others’ performance to a higher level.

Leadership: It’s not Just Positional; It’s Personal

Position power is the extent to which you have rewards, punishments, and sanctions. Personal power is the extent to which you can gain the confidence and trust of people you lead. The new leaders are communicators and build and sustain both positional and personal power.


Respectful Communication and Civility in the Workplace
Respectful Communication is about being mindful; trying to understand the views of your colleagues, remaining open to persuasion, approaching others with courtesy and clarity, being attentive, maintaining appropriate eye contact, and giving effective feedback. Today, however, in the workplace, we often encounter people who are rude, brash, blunt, and incapable of listening. Disrespectful and uncivil behaviors drain productivity and lead to deleterious effects on employee and organizational well-being. Negative spirals of increasing incivility between organizational members can ultimately result in bullying.

Emotional Intelligence
The five components that make up emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill.

Self-Awareness is taking some time, and reflecting, and objectively considering, our personal and professional strengths, weaknesses, drives, values, and the impact we have on others.

Self-Regulation involves self-monitoring our thoughts and feelings. We need to recognize that “little voice” inside, and control or redirect our impulses and moods, and develop the habit of thinking before acting.

Motivation is a passion for the work itself, for new challenges, with a strong drive to achieve. Motivation relies on relentless personal energy, with a commitment to improving our selves, our products, and our services.

Empathy is the ability to understand other people’s emotional makeup. Emotional Intelligence requires us to possess skill in responding to people according to their emotional reactions.

And finally Social Skill, which is building rapport with others, and moving them in desired directions and achieving desired results. Social Skill is having proficiency in managing relationships, building networks, and finding common ground.

Here’s the bottom line: With the rough and tumble world of work, having negative thoughts and feelings is unavoidable.

However, if we understand and expand our Emotional Intelligence capabilities, we will be able to overcome the negative thoughts and feelings, and learn to act in a way that reflects our values, rather than what we are feeling at the moment.

How to Give and Receive Professional Criticism
Rules for Managing Anger
How to Understand Emotions and Respond Professionally
How to Motivate Yourself and Others
How to Incorporate Perception Checking
The Characteristics of Global and Cross-Cultural Competence
How to Build a Supportive Communication Climate

Gender Communication: Men are from Fleet Farm; Woman are from Nordstrom’s
If you haven’t noticed, men and women communicate differently. For twenty years I have been collecting communication strategies that help improve communication between men and women. Neither style is better, just different. Unlock the secrets to success in understanding and improving communication with opposite sex.

Men and women often misunderstand each other. Though we don’t plan or expect to make life difficult for each other, we often mistake the ideas and feelings of a person of the other sex.

We can understand and improve communication between men and women.

Participants will learn…

• the four viewpoints on gender communication
• the seven levels of gender communication in the workplace
• the differences in conversation
• the differences in vocabulary and nonverbal communication
• how relationships are created and maintained
Understand male and female realities, the new male-female relationship, and provide gender-responsible leadership!

Men and women use different vocabulary and communication strategies. Let’s visit some of the differences in the way men and women communicate:

• Men use more swearing, hostility, profanity and expletives
• Women use 5 – 7 times more intensifiers, hedges, adjectives and qualifies – maybe, sort of, kind of, etc.
• Women have a greater repertoire of adjectives and a more expansive vocabulary
• Men interrupt women more often than women interrupt men
• Women are more aware of turn-taking in conversations
• Women ask questions instead of making statements – hinting
• Men don’t get the hint
• Men use more space, dominance cues – speak louder, indirect body posture

It is important to be aware of the differences in how each gender communicates so that we can understand more fully each conversation and not take things too personally. In order to enrich your conversations make sure when speaking with the opposite gender you understand how they communicate.

Time Management: Achieving Results and Getting More Done In Less Time
We all get the same 168 hours each week. How effectively are you using yours? It is important to recognize the tasks and activities in our lives in which we have some, if not total control, and maximize our time and life management. Given the demands of this new economy and our fast-paced personal lives, effective time use is a critical skill.

Time is a unique resource. Day to day, everyone has the same amount. It cannot be accumulated. You can’t turn it on or off. It can’t be replaced.

Learn to improve your effectiveness and efficiency through better time management and get more done in less time.

Participants will learn…

• the self-generated time bandits that rob you of your time
• the environmental time bandits that rob you of your productivity
• what controls your time
• the three tests of time
• the top twenty time management techniques
Learn time management techniques and regain control of your life!

You’re on a Team, You May as Well be Good at It
Working together is a difficult, complicated communication task. Working well together is a necessity. Learn how to participate effectively and build cohesiveness on a team in this fast-paced & activity-filled program.

Leadership: It’s Not Just Positional; It’s Personal
Leading Through Adversity!

Position power is the extent to which leaders have rewards, punishments, and sanctions. Position power comes from the organization. Hundreds of studies have sought to identify what it is that differentiates effective leaders from ineffective ones.

All studies generally conclude that the effective leader must be competent in these four skills: conceptual skills, human skills, technical skills, and political skills.

Personal power is the extent to which you can gain the confidence and trust of those people that you’re attempting to influence. It’s the cohesiveness or commitment between leaders and followers.


the six criteria of personal credibility
the top ten characteristics of effective leaders
the three skills to long-term effectiveness
how to select appropriate situational leadership styles
how to take charge and grow winners

The new leaders are communicators and build and sustain both positional and personal power!

Other programs include:
Customer Service Skills
Listening Skills
Negotiation and Conflict Techniques
Life Balance



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