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Diane Amundson

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Diane Amundson creates thriving workplaces with leaders who want to communicate more effectively, resolve conflict and build stronger teams.

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Phone: 800-328-6008

Diane is Founder and CEO of The Thriving Workplace which helps individuals and organizations improve their communication, so they are more productive. She has been speaking and training on topics of leadership, team building, conflict resolution and strategic planning for twenty-seven years.

She earned her Certified Speaking Profession (CSP) designation as a result of her experience, education and competency in the speaking industry, which also includes input from clients and a CSP Review Panel process. Little more than 12 percent of the speakers worldwide hold this professional designation.

She has co-authored a book titled Success Strategies: A High Achiever’s Guide to Success and is a member of the National Speakers Association. In addition, she has served as Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at Winona State University.

Speech Titles and Descriptions:

What Were You Thinking? How to Communicate More Effectively in the Workplace

This 1-1.5 hour keynote or 3-6 hour workshop identifies how individuals think and process information.  Learning how to become an effective communicator is critical when working with others on a team. Using the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), a unique, scientific, broad-based tool for assessing thinking styles, this workshop will help you gain insights into how you prefer to think, learn and communicate which will enable you to harness the power of your thinking for improved teamwork, creativity & trust.

In this workshop you will gain:

  • A better understanding of your preferred style of thinking and communicating
  • The knowledge of when your style enhances or hinders the group’s performance
  • Concrete methods and tools for working more effectively with all styles, especially those that oppose your style.
Networking for People Who Hate to Network

We all know the importance of connecting with other human beings to improve our social and professional lives. However, there are times when we will do anything to avoid attending that networking event that we know will help us succeed.  In this 1-3 workshop you will discover how to:

  • Learn how to connect with others through small talk
  • Understand how to make a positive, lasting impression
  • Learn how to create more opportunities for members to connect
  • Introduce yourself so people want to know more
Talking About Our Generation:  Learning to Communicate More Effectively Across Generations
What You Will Learn:
Have you ever had these thoughts?  “Oh why can’t they learn to use the computer?” or “You should stay until the job is finished,” or “Being on time means five to ten minutes early, not late!” or “ Why would anyone give out their cell phone number to be bothered at all hours of the day?”  You love the variety of people you work with and the variety of tasks you perform each day but sometimes they can all drive you crazy!  Some of this craziness comes from the way that the four different generations clash in today’s schools and workplaces.  Each generation wants to perform their best work and yet their beliefs and values can differ greatly in how they approach their work. This workshop promotes a light-hearted yet thought-provoking look at the benefits of a mixed-generation workforce and examines how age affects all of us in the workplace.During this highly-interactive 1hour keynote or 2.5 hour workshop you will:

  • Assess your current knowledge of the four generations in today’s workforce:  Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y.
  • Learn the facts and events that shaped each of these generations’ way of viewing the world of work.
  • Discover six to ten tips to improve your communication with each generation.
  • Develop a generational action plan that you will be able to use immediately when trying to bridge the generational communication gaps that exist at your workplace.

Situational Leadership II:  How to Create a Culture of Respect and High Performance
To change a culture to showing more respect for each other with words and actions, the leadership of that culture must first role model the behavior they want.  Because many managers rise in the ranks to manager without formal leadership training, they need to better understand the skills necessary to lead others.   The Blanchard companies Situational II Leadership model will help leaders understand when to direct employees’ actions and when to stop the directing and take on a more supportive coaching presence.

In this 4 hour workshop managers will receive:

  • A model and the tools for creating open communication and developing self-reliance in those they manage
  • An increase in the frequency and quality of conversations about performance and development
  • Improved competence & commitment to their jobs along with retaining talented employees
Managing Conflict in the Workplace
Using the Thomas Kilmann Instrument or TKI this 1.5-2 hour keynote or 3 hour workshop will identify your preferred mode(s) of dealing with conflict and help you identify and develop your least preferred modes.  Conflict is any situation in which your concerns or desires differ from those of another person.  As a manager or leader of an organization your success depends on managing your own reaction to conflict along with those that report to you.

In this 1-3 hour highly interactive and content-rich workshop you will gain the following:

  • A deeper awareness of your own preferred conflict style
  • The ability to recognize the conflict styles of others
  • The skill needed to assess conflict situations
  • Time to practice using different conflict modes

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