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Elizabeth conducted a company-wide workshop for Genesis, the topic was “Strengthening Professional Communication Skills.”
The goal was to enhance employees’ skills to help them communicate clearly, consistently and professionally.
Elizabeth exceeded our expectations by:

  • Enhancing the proficiency of our teams, equipping them to write and format even better professional emails
  • Working one-on-one with each of the 45 participants, she was successful at helping us speak and write positively, clearly, and succinctly.
  • Training us to communicate confidently, assertively, and factually.

At the conclusion of the workshop we conducted a survey to all participants, the results of which showed the employees were extremely satisfied with the workshop, realizing value in it and believing it was a good investment of their time.

It’s rare that you come across standout talent like Elizabeth. I had the pleasure of hosting Elizabeth for a Communications Workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

Above all, I was impressed with Elizabeth’s ability to hold the audience’s attention during the entire two-hour workshop through sharing her expert knowledge of communication skills, providing easy to understand tips, and having workshop participants implement what was learned by practicing in small groups. It was such a dynamic, high energy presentation yet it felt like personal one-on-one training.

One participant told me afterward “…it was the best two hours I’ve spent in a long time.” Elizabeth would be a true asset for any communications skills training session.

Although there are many things to notice, first is Liza’s intelligence!
There are many facets to this amazing woman. I want to say Thank You for being so uplifting! We need that now more than ever in our world today.

Elizabeth MacDonald offers an organic, spiritual, energizing experience and truly gives her attention and time with her whole heart and soul.

I feel encouraged and uplifted every time I interact with Elizabeth. She is a consummate professional with a deep knowledge and skill set in communication. I recently completed her course on confident, positive and clear communications. I have already implemented five golden nuggets from that session.

I look forward to learning more from Elizabeth in the years to come. If you are seeking additional communication or public speaking skills, you will be pleased with the results Elizabeth provides.

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COMMUNICATION TIP #97

Do you collect negative experiences and use them to define you?

Here are two examples:

  • “I knew this would happen: Every time I’m on a team, something goes wrong.”
  • “You’re not catching any fish because I’m in your boat. This happens all the time.”

For pessimists, one negative incident can pervade all other experiences.

For optimists, it is an isolated incident from which the person learns and gets on with life.

If you work with a pessimist, encourage that person and diplomatically and respectfully counter that person’s comments with facts to the contrary. And add a compliment, if applicable.

Pessimists can change their perspectives. Be optimistic about that!

COMMUNICATION TIP #96

Owning certain words that end in “ing.”

My writing this tip and your wanting to learn it exemplify how our searching for growth continues. Notice I didn’t say: I (or me) writing, you wanting, and you and I searching.

Those words ending in “ing” are gerunds. They are derived from verbs and function as nouns. If they are nouns, they can be owned. (Joe’s car, Joe’s driving, Ella’s thought, Ella’s thinking, John’s boat, John’s boating.)

Here is the difference between the noun and the verb:

  • We are laughing (verb).
  • Laughing (Gerund) is fun.
  • Jill’s laughing is loud. (Who owns that laugh?)

I encourage your implementing this.

COMMUNICATION TIP #95

When do we capitalize the words team, mom, dad, boss, president, friend, sister, pastor, father, etc?

Answer:

  • When they are used INSTEAD of names. (They become the name.)
  • Examples:
    • Tell Dad to call Sister.
    • Good morning, Team.
    • Right way, Boss!
    • Pick up Giraffe and put him in the toy box.

We do not capitalize when they are used as a general title. (Example: Tell my mom to call her boss.  I told the boss I’d do it right way. Pick up the giraffe and put him in the toy box.)

Usually, I see people not capitalizing when they need to. I believe it’s because many of us have forgotten this rule along the way.

Go for it, Friend!