Marco's Most Popular Sessions

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President Handler Inc. Public Relations and Communications​


The Moment of Choice: Finding courage when it matters most

We all face times when life is hard. Our challenges can keep growing to the point where it feels like there is no end in sight. In these moments a choice that seems so insignificant can be the choice that shifts your life for the better. In this session Marco shares how Small Acts of Courage – simple everyday actions– can be transformational. At the end of this session, audience members will leave feeling inspired, empowered and ready for action.

Available as a 30, 45 or 60 minute session

Breakouts and Workshops

Leading Transformation: Inspiration, performance and impact through values in action

Character Strengths have the power to transform. A strengths based approach can help influencers draw out what they, and others do well for better decisions, goal setting and productivity. In this session leaders will develop a better understanding of their own personal strengths, how to spot strengths in others, and identify new ways to use signature strengths. Participants will come away with evidenced based leadership tools that draw out individual and team potential, improve productivity, strengthen relationships, and shape change for the better.

The Empowering Leader: Mentoring, motivating and influencing through coaching

The days when leadership consisted of showing people what to do, how to do it and then evaluating performance are over. The modern work-world is rapidly changing, diverse and complex. Leaders shape culture, make difficult decisions, drive performance and mentor; often all at once. That requires a new type of leader.  Through Marco’s 20 years of experience, participants learn the key differences between effective and ineffective coaching, why coaching is essential to shift from a feedback culture to an empower culture, the fundamental coaching principles to artfully draw potential out of people, and what areas leaders are looking to impact most and how coaching can help

The Learning Organization: An introduction to human and organizational performance (HOP) and learning teams

When we understand how employees work, we understand how to improve an organization. HOP is an exciting approach to learning how people, processes and environment interact. What began as philosophy to increase safe operations and reduce errors, is now moving into all aspects of an organization. In this impactful session Marco discusses the 5 key principles to HOP and how they are vital for shifting from a consequence culture to a learn and improve culture. Marco also discusses how Learning Teams support HOP and draw out impactful operational knowledge and actionable solutions.When we understand how employees work, we understand how to imrpove an organization. 

Rising to the Challenge: How to manage stress and perform better under pressure

Everyone has moments where they “have to get it right”. Tough negotiations, important client meetings, running a business and challenging economic times bring very real consequences to the forefront. In these situations some people thrive, some falter and some flat out crack. The only difference between success and failure is how we respond to the stress of the moment. In this research based session, Marco helps participants understand how pressure and perfectionism negatively impact our wellbeing and performance, change their mind about stress, avoid turning high importance situations into high pressure situations, target the zone of high standards, and harness character strengths to overcome pressure and be at your best.

Managing Change and Transition

Unemployment, organizational restructuring, economic instability, and difficult life circumstances bring with them very real challenges that impact our personal and professional wellbeing. In this research based session, Marco helps participants understand what change is and how to use a five step process to powerfully navigate the road ahead. Participants will learn how to harness a growth mind-set, optimism and community to build resilience to come out stronger than before.

Mastering Willpower: How to change habits for better health and workplace performance

Lack of willpower is said to be the biggest barrier to making better personal choices. But is willpower really the issue? Scientists have made interesting discoveries on how willpower, change, and habits work. In this informative and engaging presentation you will learn about how habits really work, why focusing on willpower may actually be doing more harm than good, why good health is VITAL for personal and organizational well-being, and a simple plan to build new habits and overcome a “lack of willpower”.

Workshops and breakouts are available as a 45 to 60-minute, half or full-day sessions

Happy Participants!

It was enlightening to learn about the topic “willpower” and especially through the way Marco delivers it. Marco has a sense of humour that makes people participate.
Joy Reyes
Estimator, Igloo Construction
I have attended Marco's presentations a few times now. There are speakers you want to see only once and there are speakers you want to see and listen to over and over again for very apparent reasons; 1) great topic, 2) relevant, 3) timely, 4) direct to the core, 5) very informative and last but certainly the most important, ENGAGING. These are the attributes I found in Marco from the first day I heard him speak. This is why I kept attending his presentations. From the time he starts, you do not want to blink and not to miss anything of what he will say. As past president, of a professional association in Calgary, I was responsible for choosing a speaker to present at our professional development workshop (PDW) with the six attributes that make you want to come back. Marco never failed. Not only did he present topics that are relevant, he also worked closely with me and the executive board members, to come up with the best title and tagline for our PDW. Something not many speakers will do. Now that I've moved to the National Vice President and Members-At-Large Liaison position, I will certainly recommend Marco to speak at our future conferences in the national level. I can't thank Marco enough for what he has given and shared to our members in Calgary. Marco became the talk of Admins even long after they heard him speak. Now it's time for me to endorse Marco nationally. I can't wait for the next opportunity to hear Marco speak.
Evelyn Serbout
National Vice President and Member-At-large Liaison, Association of Administrative Professionals

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