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Dr. Kelly Waltman      

Workplace Culture Leader, CEO of SLR Leadership Consulting, Author of "Elevate Connection"

Dr. Kelly Waltman helps leaders and teams cultivate spaces where people thrive. Through her bestselling book, Elevate Connection, in her talks and workshops, she shares the tools to elevate connection, get comfortable with feedback, and improve communication.

As someone who has experienced the full spectrum of connection and communication (the good, the bad, and the ugly), Waltman draws upon her twenty-plus years of leadership and professional development experience to take audiences on a journey of understanding what true connection means, what effective feedback is (and what it is not), and how to begin cultivating their ideal workplace culture.

Waltman earned a Master's Degree from Shippensburg University and a PhD from Temple University. She is happiest when she is outdoors, preferably exploring trails with her family. She is an avid traveler, hiker, loves to backpack, and dabbles in ultra-marathoning.

Speech Topics

Elevate Connection: How to embrace feedback, promote meaningful connection, and cultivate spaces for thriving.

The research is clear, the quality of communication within an organization has a direct relationship to the company’s success. Billions of dollars are lost each year due to ineffective communication, employee disengagement, and turnover. The research also overwhelmingly shows that when employees feel connected to the bigger picture of the company’s work, to the leadership, and to one another, they are more satisfied, motivated, and productive, and the business' bottom line improves. Audiences who hear this talk will feel empowered to give and receive feedback more effectively, and inspired to connect more meaningfully.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand why connection is vital to team member engagement and success.
  • Recognize how connection and communication predict the overall success of an organization.
  • Move beyond fear of feedback to give and receive feedback more effectively.
  • Identify actionable steps to begin elevating connection within their teams.

?Presentation Options: In-person or Virtual Presentation Style: 60-minute keynote"

Getting Comfortable with Feedback

You know feedback is an essential part of effective communication, but how comfortable are you with giving and receiving feedback? This interactive and engaging workshop helps take the fear out of feedback and provides attendees with the tools to begin cultivating a feedback culture in their teams.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand why feedback is an essential part of workplace communication.
  • Learn why we fear feedback and how to move beyond that fear.
  • The five components of effective feedback.
  • Action steps to begin cultivating a feedback culture.

Presentation Options: In-Person or Virtual Can be offered as a 1 hour, 1/2 day, or full day workshop"

Developing a Leadership Philosophy

A leadership philosophy serves as a system of guiding principles, or foundation, for positive and effective leadership. Rather than "winging it" - especially when difficult situations arise - having a defined leadership philosophy helps bring consistency to your leadership approach and to your everyday decision-making. By the end of this workshop attendees will have a completed draft of their leadership philosophy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand what it means to have a leadership philosophy and why it's an important part of effective leadership.
  • Understand the components of a leadership philosophy.
  • A completed draft leadership philosophy.

Presentation Options: In-Person or Virtual Can be offered as a 1 hour or 90 minute workshop"

Emotional Intelligence Essentials

Emotional Intelligence (EI) plays a key role in how we show up for, and interact with, people in our personal and professional lives. Participants will leave this training with a greater understanding of EI and its associated skills, along with tools to strengthen their individual EI and strategies to apply EI in the workplace and beyond.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding what Emotional Intelligence (EI) means.
  • Learning the importance of EI for success.
  • Defining and understanding EI skills and assessing our own strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Identifying areas for application in the workplace.

Presentation Options: In-Person or Virtual Can be offered as a 1/2 day, or full day workshop"

Navigating Workplace Transition

Periods of transition and change - even when considered to be "positive change" - bring experiences of uncertainty and stress for team members. Even micro-transitions require understanding and effective leadership. This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of the layered components to transition and share tools to support team members during times of change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the layers and phases of transition.
  • Finding empowerment in the language and labeling of transition.
  • Communication and feedback essentials during transition.
  • Action steps to effectively support team members.

Presentation Options: In-Person or Virtual Can be offered as a 90 min or 1/2 day workshop

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