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Linda Henley-Smith  

Drawing upon her experiences as a teacher, counselor, author and trainer, as well as a lifetime in the entertainment business.

Drawing upon her experiences as a teacher, counselor, author and trainer, as well as a lifetime in the entertainment business, Linda Henley-Smith provides an amusing and educational outlook on working, living, and surviving. Her programs are presented with humor, music, stories and an energy that is contagious. Audiences are encouraged to improve their laughitudes and enjoy an attitude of altitude.

Linda has been featured at conventions, conferences and events all around the world. She is a trainer in high demand and is currently presenting workshops under her company name of For the Good Times. Her book, Adjust Your Attitude and Laugh 'til the Cows come Home is a helpful handbook of hints for the humorally challenged. Humor Me I'm a Teacher has been used as a textbook for educators in some schools. Her monthly newsletter, The Good Times Gazette keeps readers chuckling about life's humorous possibilities.

Linda believes that too many of us keep the joy buried inside. She fears that keeping laughter bottled up can cause a condition known as humorrhoids. This can lead to terminal seriousness Linda has come to be known for her bag of toys, her banjo, her pig brief case and her smiles-on-sticks, among other things. Her keynotes and playshops inspire audiences to dig up their funny bones and take themselves lightly in order to achieve new heights. Even the most terminally serious will leave her programs with a new appreciation of the power of positive attitude and laughter.

She tailors her programs to meet the needs of each individual group. She educates and entertains. Her blend of humor, music and true life stories inspire audiences, whether she is talking to college kids about self esteem or hard core executives about increasing the bottom line.


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"Lose the Excuses and Live a 'But'-Kickin' Life!"

You want your staff to be the best they can be for their sakes and for the good of the organization. So many people get stuck and never reach their full potential, due to lack of confidence, fear, low motivation…there are many excuses. I call them big “buts”. You know the pattern: “I would do this BUT…(fill in the blank)! A healthy person is one who learns to kick him or herself in the “but” and break through to the next level of personal development and success.

"The Cracked Pot"

Most of us are cracked pots. We’ve had experiences that have left us broken and we might even have considered ourselves as failures or useless. What we need to understand is that no matter what has happened to us; physically or emotionally, we can always find restoration, and often we will be stronger and more beautiful than before! Kintsugi is a Japanese word meaning “golden joinery.” It refers to the art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold. A vessel repaired by kintsugi will be stronger and more precious than before it was fractured. If our destiny is altered and we take a different path…it can be more rewarding than the one we originally thought we should walk. Recovery is possible!

"I am Woman. I am Strong. I am Invincible...I am Pooped!"

This session has become a favorite for women's conferences. We live in hectic times and it seems as if a woman's work is never done! There are so many stresses that plague our gender and we all seem to feel that we have to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. It is mentally healthy for us to realize that we can't always do it all! We need to take time to play and indulge ourselves every once in a while. The fact is, there is a time to eat tofu and a time to go for the chocolate! This session addresses how to deal with stress and put things into proper perspective.

"Balancing Your Life: Are You Smarter Than a Sock Puppet?"

We live in a fast paced world with hundreds of decisions to be made every day. Stress is rampant and sometimes it feels as if we are living in a pressure cooker. Because we’re caught in the daily rush that seems to carry us along, often we get exhausted, lose our voice when it comes to saying “no” and get swept up in things we don’t really want to do. We begin to feel like we’re losing our sense of self and becoming someone else’s sock puppet. It takes more than knowledge and intelligence to be a success; it also takes emotional intelligence…the ability to recognize the importance of and utilize our emotions in dealing with life’s challenges.

"All You Ever Wanted to Know About Stress But Were Too Tense to Ask!"

Say the word “stress.” Now say it with a whispery voice and really hiss out the ssssss on the end. It sounds kind of villainous, doesn’t it? Stress can really make you sick and mess up a work environment, as well. The term “stress” was initially coined to denote how much pressure could be borne by beams in a structure before they snapped! Stress can damage our bodies and our workplaces, as well; resulting in high absenteeism, cranky staff and an unpleasant environment. A stressed worker won’t give the customer or coworkers the attention and courtesy they deserve, and besides, no one wants to work with a troll! It is said that everyone brings joy into the workplace…some when they enter and some when they leave!

"Serving Customers: A Recipe Book"

No matter what business you’re in, you serve people and anyone who is served is a client of sorts. Face it, there are no many options these days that if you’re not serving your customers, someone else will! Not only do you want to have satisfied clients, you want loyal clients. This session will help your staff to look at your company the way your customers see you.

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