For Retreats, Conference Keynotes or Breakouts, or Civic Groups
Grin and B.E.A.R. It—New for 2011
For years, counselors have taught that our level of emotional and relational contentment correlates directly to the degree of difference between people’s expectations and the reality that life serves up. Leslie shares theoretical and practical ways to increase our satisfaction in life by raising our reality and developing more realistic expectations.
Thrive It Up: Upgrade Your Attitude & Improve Your Outlook—New for 2010
Leslie developed this topic in honor of her husband’s favorite saying: “Doesn’t it feel good when you stop banging your head against that brick wall?” It’s hard for anyone to change or improve as long as they remain mired in the same old yuck. Leslie teaches practical steps toward positive change.
Aha Moments: Gaining Wisdom & Perspective from Life’s Defining Events—New for 2010
An aha moment is one of life’s defining moments where you gain clarity and understanding—wisdom God can use to change your life. An aha moment involves being available, honorable and authentic and moving toward acceptance, hope and anticipation. Leslie shares the story of her massive stroke in this powerful talk.
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TOPICS FOR MOM AUDIENCES
If Mama Ain’t Happy: On Finding Balance & Contentment
Balance? What’s that? Contentment? Yeah, right—maybe when the kids are grown. Does hubby wonder why you greet him with irritation or indifference on a good night? Because moms have the most difficult job on earth and nobody seems to care. Leslie addresses specific areas of discontent and how to improve attitudes about the job of motherhood. Watch out, though; this talk requires work—both introspection and action—on your part.
Home Fires: How to Keep Sparks of Passion in Your Marriage
Leslie shares age-old secrets, such as identifying and meeting your spouse’s needs, speaking to your spouse in his love language, and making your husband a priority over your children. An added bonus: practical tips for dating your husband when you have preschoolers and tight budgets!
Kid Boot Camp: Teaching Your Children to be Responsible
People often express a desire for their children to be responsible or take responsibility for their actions. Does this “just happen?” Not at all. But with a carefully formulated plan, parents can (1) determine what a responsible child looks like; and (2) develop effective ways to help their children learn those qualities and habits. Working backward from age 18, Leslie teaches audience members to use practical resources—ranging from age-appropriate chore charts to timers to organizational systems—to accomplish the goal of raising more responsible, conscientious children.
No More Cookie-Cutter Kids: Target Your Parenting to Your Unique Child
Like snowflakes, no two children are exactly alike. By identifying a child’s specific personality type, you can more effectively parent your sanguine, melancholy, choleric, and phlegmatic children. Leslie also discusses learning styles, kids’ needs, birth order, and love languages to help you better love, discipline and motivate your unique child.
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JUST FOR TEACHERS
No More Cookie-Cutter Kids: Target Your Teaching to Each Individual Student
Like snowflakes, no two children are exactly alike. By identifying a child’s specific personality type, you can more effectively teach sanguine, melancholy, choleric, and phlegmatic children. We’ll also discuss learning styles, kids’ needs, birth order, and love languages to help you better love, discipline and motivate each student.
I Can’t NOT Teach
Specifically designed for those who are called to work with children, this talk will encourage and inspire you to be the best teacher you can be. Whether it’s through establishing relationships or digging deeper in the Word, Leslie offers practical insights and pearls of wisdom that will leave you eager to return to your students.
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Viva La Difference: Men and Women Were Not Created the Same
We’ve all heard that opposites attract, but is it really true? Leslie looks at the differences between men and women in a humorous—and slightly irreverent and offbeat—discussion that will leave you celebrating the unique role that both males and females bring to relationships.
What’s in a Name?
This fun analysis of name trends and the challenges of naming kids in today’s society will make you laugh and scratch your head as you ponder your own name issues . . .
Will Power: Determining God’s Will for Your Life
Description: Most teenagers struggle with finding God’s will for their lives. What classes should they take? What should they do after high school (college, military service, trade school, work)? What about guy-girl relationships? Leslie shares foundational principals for seeking, determining and following God’s will for their lives.
TOPICS FOR WRITERS’ CONFERENCES
(Note: Each talk runs approximately 45 minutes.)
21 Secrets to Make Your Speech Sizzle
Includes effective speech elements, style do’s and don’t’s, and successful Q & A.
How To Develop a Speaking Platform
A look at the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of developing speaking topics and targeting an audience based on your writing—fiction, nonfiction, freelance.
Writer, Edit Thyself
Editing is almost as important to producing a quality finished product as writing is. Leslie—who as the nonfiction editor for The Writing Spa (www.TheWritingSpa.com) has edited dozens of manuscripts— teaches writers powerful techniques to improve their work.
Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make & How to Avoid Them
In talking with dozens of writing professionals (agents, editors, authors and freelancers), Leslie has compiled a list of mistakes that betray beginning writers. She teaches “newbies” how to move past these quickly to improve their craft significantly.
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