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Celebrate the Spirit Whisperers : Keynote Address

This session will leave your teachers feeling proud to be a professional educator. It will celebrate the Spirit Whisperer energy that exists within every person working with young people today.

This keynote will rejuvenate your staff. It will show them a vision of an educational system that doesn’t perceive failure, that grants dignity without it needing to be earned, that holds the student in a state of grace even as appropriate consequences are implemented.

Chick will help your teachers lift their eyes, their hearts, and their own spirits to see and remember again what is possible when the main purpose of education becomes the creation of who we are and what we choose to be.


The Sounds of Spirit Whispering

The purpose of this Featured Session is to honor and celebrate the Spirit Whisperer energy that exists within every person working with young people today. Spirit Whisperers teach to a child’s spirit. They address the entire trilogy of a student’s mind, body, and spirit as they perform their professional practice. They celebrate the human side of teaching even as they work hard to deliver math, social studies, language and other important content to students. Spirit Whisperers nurture, uplift, inspire and help students tune into the spirit and power within. Learn how to harness the incredible power of Spirit Whisperer energy, put it to use in your classroom, and become the teacher you always wanted to be.

Spirit Whisperers use a style of communicating with students that creates mutually respectful relationships. It is a skill-based system that helps educators learn a series of verbal skills and language patterns to help them achieve their desired objectives of increased achievement and self-responsible, respectful student behaviors.

There is an undeniable link between the words teachers speak and the attitudes and outcomes students create in their school lives. Your choice of words and your communication style are critical to the emotional health, academic achievement, and personal empowerment of your students. By intentionally selecting words and language patterns that build autonomy, personal responsibility, and internal motivation, you can empower your students and enhance their effectiveness as capable, caring learners.


The Teacher Talk Advantage - Training Opportunities

Awareness Session

Features effective ways of talking to students that enhance self-esteem, stimulate learning, and encourage autonomy. Increases a teacher's ability to deal with typical daily situations and problems faced by all teachers while communicating and expecting respect. Includes the 10 best/10 worst things you can say to your students. Intended to give enough Teacher Talk information so educators can see the advantage in scheduling further training and skill development in this topic.

Full-Day Presentation

This six-hour presentation helps an entire staff develop shared cognitions, a mutual language, and Teacher Talk techniques that can be implemented uniformly throughout the school. It is designed to help staff become skilled at defusing and handling anger, using effective praise, communicating expectations, and holding students accountable without wounding their spirit. Verbal skills that greatly reduce inappropriate behaviors, encourage difficult-to-motivate students, and teach respect and responsibility are included. This one-day seminar equips staff with the skills necessary to return to the classroom with an important and positive advantage when working with their students.

Three-Day Staff Training

Includes more material than the one-day session, more skill practice, and debriefing of the previous session. This training can occur in three back-to-back days or be spread out throughout the year. Includes a price break for multiple days.


Motivating the Unmotivated

Underachieving students often fail to turn in assignments. They fail to attend class regularly, fail to build positive relationships, and fail to steer clear of self-defeating behaviors. Underachievers fail to find meaning in school work, fail to ask for help, and fail to see the connection between effort, success, and failure.

Failure hurts. Failure encourages impulses to escape, attack, cheat, withdraw, distract, and give up.

  • Learn to break the cycle of failure in you underachieving students...so they can improve their performance and maximize their potential.
  • Learn to put attribute theory into practice in your classroom…so that underachievers understand the relationship between their behavior and their performance.
  • Help underachievers give up the victim stance and assume more responsibility over their school lives…so you can spend less time motivating and more time teaching.
  • Help underachievers develop an “I can” stance towards life so that can think, act, and be more successful.
  • Dramatically decrease the number of students who choose to underachieve by learning how to manage your classroom and your own mind to positively impact your “at risk” students.


Teaching Respect and Responsibility

Do you notice disrespectful, unself-responsible behaviors in students at your school? Are you hearing an increase in put-downs, sarcastic remarks, and rude suggestions? Have you seen students acting, talking, and thinking like victims, without taking responsibility for their own behavior?

If so, then this seminar is for you!

Respect and Responsibility don’t just happen. Not by luck, magic, or because you put a few character education posters in the hall and held an assembly to pass out awards to students of the month. Respect and Responsibility only occur in schools where the entire staff sets out to create them with intentionality, skills and a unified attitude.

At this seminar, your staff will learn to create a classroom atmosphere that models and invites Respect and Responsibility. Included are techniques for defining, teaching and debriefing respect issues so that students internalize the concepts. Skills to encourage self-responsibility and respond effectively to counter-productive behaviors are also included to help teachers react confidently.

This workshop is skill-based, practical, and can be put to use immediately to get your students choosing responsible, respectful behaviors.


The Five Power Eaters and How to Eliminate Them

Language is more than a medium of communication. It is also a medium of perception. The words you choose to use as a teacher and the words your students use affect how they perceive the world, help create their beliefs, and ultimately influence their actions. One of your main jobs as a professional educator is to help students learn and use language patterns that add to their confidence, help them take responsibility for their own lives, and increase their sense of personal power.

You will learn the five frequently used phrases and how they eat away at personal power and self-responsibility. You will be given specific prescriptions on how to rid yourself and your students of the dis-eased language patterns that contribute heavily to these conditions. Use these prescriptions and you will gain a deep inside satisfaction that you have touched the spirit of your students and helped them learn important pieces of the language of personal power.


Parent Talk: Words that Empower, Words that Wound

Features effective ways of talking to children that enhance self-esteem, stimulate learning, and encourage autonomy. Helps parents learn and use verbal skills to uplift, nurture, and inspire. Increases parents’ ability to deal with typical daily situations and problems faced by all parents while communicating and expecting respect.

Includes the 10 Best/10 Worst things you can say to your children.

Entertaining and gets results.


The Only Three Discipline Strategies You Will Ever Need

Yes, there are only three discipline strategies you will ever need. They will help you:

  • Eliminate whining, back talk, and procrastination.
  • Gain cooperation without nagging or yelling.
  • Hold children accountable without wounding their spirit.
  • Communicate anger in a respectful way.
  • Design consequences that are reasonable, respectful, and related to the misbehavior.

The three skill-based strategies presented in this seminar are The One-Minute Behavior Modifier, The Dynamic Discipline Equation, and The Positive Anger Explosion. They are practical techniques that parents and teachers can put to use immediately.


The 10 Commitments: Parenting with Purpose

This session is a celebration of conscious, enlightened, committed parenting. Parents leave motivated and re-committed to parenting with a passion.

Parents will learn the 10 commitments they need to make in order to raise responsible, caring, confident children in today’s world. During this session they are able to determine whether their behavior is congruent with their beliefs concerning the 10 commitments.

Raising children is a sacred responsibility. By recommitting to that responsibility, parents move closer to becoming the parent they always wanted to be.


Grace-full Parenting: How to Infuse your Parenting with Grace

Grace-full parenting is enlightened parenting. It is parenting that comes from the heart and offers an inspirational blend of love and guidance. It helps parents connect to their children soul to soul.

Parents will learn how to hold children in a state of grace, even as they hold them accountable for their behaviors. It will help them to communicate love and caring while simultaneously implementing necessary discipline strategies.

This session can help parents transform their parenting style, their family relationships, and their attitude towards the important and sacred role of parenting. Grace-full parenting will help participants nourish a child’s spirit as they guide them through the daily challenges of becoming who they are destined to be.


Protecting Your Children from Dis-ease Laden Language

Do your children think school bores them, their brother annoys them, or they can’t do fourth grade math? Do they demonstrate behaviors that show a lack of self-responsibility, procrastination or a low level of confidence? Do they exhibit signs of stress, anxiety, frustration or uncontrolled anger? If so, there is a strong probability that they have been exposed to dis-ease laden language.

Learn how to use language that empowers children and helps them see themselves as able, capable, and responsible. Learn to speak in ways that help your children own their behaviors and feelings. Inoculate them against language that encourages them to see themselves as unable, keeps them stuck in the past or caught in the judgment trap.


Developing Your Child’s Inner Authority

What do you really want for your children? Do you want them to be blindly obedient or to think for themselves? Do want them to mind or think through their choices and the potential consequences of a situation and decide for themselves? Do you want them to follow your personal truths or create their own? Do you want them to follow a set of rules laid down by others or create a personal code of ethics for themselves?

An inner authority is the only authority your children will take with them everywhere they go. At this session you will learn how to help your children develop a strong inner authority.


Enlightened Parenting

Have you noticed more than a hint of anger creeping into your parenting style? Do you parent more with your vocal chords than you do with your heart? Are the typical frustrations, annoyances, and irritations associated with parenting beginning to get you down? If so, this session is for you.

In this seminar you will learn a style of parenting that uplifts, nurtures, and affirms, even as you hold children accountable for their actions. You will learn how to separate the deed from the doer so you can implement discipline strategies without wounding the spirit or attacking the character of your children. Important strategies that blend equal amounts of love and guidance into your parenting style that help you create responsible, caring, confident children will be presented.

This session is practical, informative, and life-changing.