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Jennifer Abrams        

International Educational & Communications Consultant, Author and Voice Coach

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, hospitals, universities, and non-profits. She trains and coaches teachers, administrators, hospital personnel, and others on successful instructional practices, new employee support, supervision and evaluation, generational savvy, having hard conversations, and effective collaboration skills.

An author, Abrams's books include "Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives" and "Having Hard Conversations." Together with Valerie Von Frank, she co-authored 2013's "Being Generationally Savvy: Learning and Leading Across the Generations."

Abrams has been featured in ASCD’s video series, "Master Class," hosted by National Public Radio’s Claudio Sanchez, as a generationally savvy expert for "Tune in to What the New Generation of Teachers Can Do," and by the Ontario Ministry of Education for their "Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations" video series.

Abrams considers herself a voice coach, helping others learn how to best use their voices, be it in a group, in front of a classroom, coaching a colleague, in a supervisory role, and most recently in writing for the stage, as she did in her tenure as a Board Member of the National New Play Network.

Abrams resides in Palo Alto, California, and holds a master’s degree in education from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University.

Speech Topics

Influence and Persuasion

Gone are the days when a leader’s positional power was sufficient to advance an agenda. Today’s successful leaders must gain commitment to ambitious goals not only from people who work for them, but also from peers and a diverse group of stakeholders who are beyond their command. See how the ability to influence and persuade others is now a critical differentiator of leaders who move people to support their goals from those who can’t.

Building Capacity in Aspiring Leaders

With Boomer administrators retiring in greater numbers over the next decade, supporting new leaders in our organizations is essential to successful succession planning. Experienced leaders need to articulate what legacy they wish to leave behind as well as well as learn and coach toward the skills and capacities aspiring leaders need to build and foster. Using work on generational savvy and leadership development, this session will provide rubrics and recommendations for supporting the growth of aspiring leaders.

Being Generationally Savvy: Working Effectively With All Generations

Have you noticed your newer employees feel and look and act differently than novice colleagues you remember? Are you hearing of communication challenges between colleagues of different ages? Are you becoming aware more employees want a life-work balance vs. a work-life balance? Generational factors might be coming into play. Who are these four generations in our workplaces? What are their strengths and needs? What structures and communication protocols should we design to work well with them all? And, what knowledge do we need to help every group thrive? Using Jennifer’s book, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate and Create Community, this workshop will provide tools, resources on this increasingly intriguing topic.

Having Hard Conversations

As administrators, coaches or colleagues, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak, and what environments are best for when we do speak? Based on Jennifer’s book, Having Hard Conversations, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this session will provide participants with action plans and scripting tools for having those necessary hard conversations.

Swimming in the Deep End - What Does It Take?

No matter where what role we play in a school or district, we all want to make a difference. However, things move fast in education these days, and often in our communications we are left confused, overwhelmed and not as successful as we could be. We need to build up a skill set of effective decision making capabilities, ‘resistance management’ communication strategies and for the sake of our health, our ‘stress tolerance.’ This workshop will provide support, a laugh, and some cognitive, social and psychological resources to help you communicate more effectively, confidently and collaboratively, no matter your role.

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