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FireStar has a wide variety of seminars available. Please click on each subject below to learn more about how we can help you and your company achieve success.

Motivation

How to Stay Motivated During Challenging Times 

Join us for a pandemic pep-rally to help you cope and keep you going. In this fast-paced, tip packed session, you’ll get ideas that will help you keep your spirits up and your head in the game.

Some of the things we’ll cover:

  • the emotions you might be feeling and how to deal with them
  • for those of you who might have an inner control freak – you’ll get tips for calming him/her down in this uncontrollable time
  • three tips for boosting your immune system and your productivity
  • lessons learned and ideas for moving forward

You’ll get to connect with others via chat to exchange ideas during and after the session.  You are not alone in this!

 

Setting Yourself on Fire! No Matter What

One of the greatest challenges we all face is keeping ourselves motivated. This is particularly difficult and extremely important with our fast-paced high responsibility jobs today. It’s easy to lose enthusiasm and get burned out, stressed out, and finally – checked out. This high-energy session gives attendees six steps for getting the fire back in their lives professionally and personally. The role of attitude is explored in detail with lots of tips on how to keep yours positive regardless of what life throws at you. The importance of goals is discussed as well as identifying and confronting your fears.  Attendees will develop a customized action plan to get them started.  After this session, you’ll be able to figure out what’s holding you back from having everything you want out of life.  And you’ll be ready to take on the world!

Motivation by Chocolate

This session features two things everyone likes – chocolate and motivation!  It teaches nine key motivational concepts that can help participants get more out of every day – both personally and professionally.  They’ll learn about persistence, passion, effective allocation of resources, the law of diminishing returns, and much more!  The session includes a chocolate tasting to demonstrate not only how to appreciate chocolate, but life itself.  Attendees will also learn about the communication styles of the world’s best chocolate makers and determine their own style.  They can use this insight to better relate to others.  (This session is also great for teams that need a little building.)  All that and chocolate too!

 

Dealing with Change without Going Up in Flames

Changes are coming at us at an overwhelming rate – new technology, increased job responsibilities, relationship changes. People are suffering stress and anxiety at higher rates than ever before. This seminar is designed to help attendees effectively handle change. They will learn a five-step process for dealing with change and will examine all the different styles people use in dealing with change. Change is inevitable – this session will help you keep your sanity!

Women's Issues

Pink Prep – A Woman’s Roadmap to Preparing for the Worst

Recent events have made it clear the world can change in an instant. And many women aren’t ready. Did you know:

  • 80% of women will outlive their spouses
  • Only 20% of women feel very prepared to make major financial decisions (regardless of their generation)
  • Heart disease kills 647,000 Americans a year and is the number one killer of women and almost half of us have one of three risk factors?

We can deal with these challenges – if we prepare. We can take simple steps now that will have a huge impact on our future.  This program covers five key areas women need to address:

  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Health
  • Travel
  • Emergencies

It covers everything from relationship red flags to how to find money for an emergency fund. It gives tips for safety while traveling as well as how to avoid identify theft. There is a 100% chance the future will be different. This program will make sure you are too.

Increasing Your Personal Power for Women

The fine line between being effective and being perceived as a witch is one that women must contend with. This seminar is designed to help you be effective and get what you want. You’ll learn 15 power tactics that work for women, 10 things that weaken women both professionally and personally and how to avoid them, and you’ll develop your own plan for increasing your power immediately.  You are far more powerful than you realize.

Communication

How to Handle Conflict without Giving In or Lashing Out

Let’s face it, from time to time, we disagree.  Sometimes we disagree with random strangers; sometimes with people we love.  As long as humans have been hanging out together, we’ve had different opinions.  You say tomato, I say jelly bean.  So, is conflict bad, horrible, to be avoided at all costs?   Conflict, if handled well, can actually produce better results.  Customer complaints can lead companies to improve their products and services.   Disagreements can lead to better solutions.  But you have to know how to handle conflict to make the most of it.  This session shows you how.

Some of the things we’ll cover:

  • Some of the irrational thoughts we have concerning conflict
  • How you automatically react to conflict (and how to do better)
  • The destructive responses we have during conflict
  • How to productively handle disagreement

All participants will receive a workbook and tools they can take back and use with their teams (or their in-laws).

How to Communicate with Everyone Who is Not You

Life would be so easy if everyone we interacted with was just like us. They would understand our cryptic e-mail messages, forgive our bizarre text messages, and understand why we unfriended them on Facebook. There would be no hard feelings, no conflict, and clearly, world peace. Unfortunately, no one else is exactly like you and to succeed in life and business, you have to work with the confusing, the angry, the silly, and yes, even the smarter and more articulate. This session will help you do just that. You will learn about barriers to communication and how to remove them. You’ll get tips on defusing hostile people (especially helpful for those in customer service or divorce court). You’ll take a communication styles quiz and find out just how different a large portion of the world really is and how to get along with them. There will be tips on technology and how to be more effective when using it to communicate. And you’ll even improve your listening skills (not that anyone has better ideas than you, but they might have more information). People won’t stop being different, and this session will help you understand them.

Leadership

Setting Your Followers on Fire!

This session opens with a discussion of the traits great leaders possess.  Then we move on to the common mistakes that leaders make (micromanaging, failing to define expectations, criticizing rather than coaching and more) and how to avoid them.  Then we get to the juicy stuff – what really motivates people (let go of Maslow’s Hierarchy – we’ve got something better!).  If you want to get more from your employees, if you want to raise morale (without raising pay), or if you just want to be a better boss, this seminar is for you.

Survival Skills for Leaders

This session offers a deeper dive into essential leadership skills.  It covers effective delegating and coaching (two of the most challenging skills to develop), dealing with conflict,  and how to run an effective meeting.  We’ll also discuss leading members of different generations and those with different communication styles – a must in today’s diverse workplace.  You’ll also get tips on time management to create the space to implement all this!

Leadership Lessons from the Kings of Chocolate

To be a better leader, one should learn from the best.  Milton Hershey, Forrest Mars, Henri Nestle and several other chocolate makers built huge empires and they didn’t do it alone.  With dramatically different leadership styles, all built tremendously successful companies.  Attendees will learn what they did that worked, what didn’t, and how to adjust their own leadership style to get the results they want.  Participants will also review case studies of smaller chocolate operations – some that made it and some that didn’t.  The case studies will help them improve both their leadership and your business practices.  And, of course, there will be chocolate involved!  They can become better leaders AND eat chocolate – what could be better?

Customer Service

It’s All About Customer Service

Customer service either makes or breaks a business. If you aren’t taking care of your customers, your competitors soon will be. Attend this high-energy session and improve your skills in dealing with customers (and people in general!).  We’ll have an informative (and hilarious) discussion about the importance of body language when dealing with customers face-to-face.  Some of the key things you’ll learn include the five things customers want, how to deal with problem customers and ten things you should NEVER say to a customer! Be prepared to have a great time learning how to take better care of your customers.

This session can be highly customized based on your needs.  Don’t assume your people are delivering great service just because they’ve been with you for a long time.  Let’s get them re-energized about delivering outstanding service!

Innovation

Stop the Insanity! How to Be More Innovative

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The world has changed radically in the last several years – has your company? Have you?

This provocative think tank/workshop will get you thinking about game changers for your work and your life. Some of the topics covered:

• How to be innovative (almost 2 dozen ideas)
• Breaking down barriers to innovation
• Myths about innovation
• Fear of innovation/change

This is a great session to help participants think in new ways and generate new ideas. It also forces leaders to consider how innovation is fostered (or not) in their organizations.

Stress & Time Management

Overloaded, Overwhelmed, and Over It! Strategies to Reduce Stress

Unless your kids move out of the house, your boss expects less, or you win the lottery, the demands on you are not going away anytime soon.  Do you find yourself angry, tired and frustrated?  Is your life feeling more like a struggle than an adventure?  If so, this session is for you.  We’ll discuss many of the causes of stress and how to deal with them.  You’ll take a quiz to find out just how stressed you are.  Then we’ll cover everything thing from ways you can think differently to action steps you can take immediately to reduce your stress.  You’ll leave with a customized action plan to help you succeed in a world of ever increasing demands.

Motivational Speaker Under $5,000