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Spring 2019

DateTitle of PresentationPresenter
Feb. 4 Powered by Hope Teri Griege
Feb. 26 Opportunity Town Cris Jacobson
Feb. 28 It's Not What You Say, It's HOW You Say It® Barbara Teicher
Mar. 7 Green Dot: Changing the Conversation about Violence Danielle Koonce
Mar. 19 Quill Power-The New Will Power for Success in a Prickly World Steven Iwersen
Apr. 3 CONNECT...How to get Great Results in Relationships & Teamwork Cathy Newton
Apr. 15 Building and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile Travis Kline

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Presentation 1
"Powered by Hope"

Teri Griege

Inspirational Speaker


Date:               Monday, February 4, 2019 
Time:               11:00 am or 1:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:         Student Union Ballroom

Through her inspirational story, Teri has developed all-purpose tools for battling adversity that are extremely impactful. Her tactics are simple, easily implemented, and incredibly powerful.

Presentation 2
"Opportunity Town"

Cris Jacobson

CrisInstructor, Psychology 

Northwest Missouri State University

Date:             Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time:             10:00 am or 2:30 pm
Length:          90 Minutes
Location:        Student Union Ballroom

Welcome to Opportunity Town, a beautiful place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed! Or do they? This simulation and discussion will explore how a system based upon privilege impacts our daily lives.

*Must have a minimum of 20 participants to conduct this session. Session will be canceled if there are not enough participants. Session will be limited to a total of 40 participants, so don’t wait to register!

Presentation 3
"It's Not What You Say, It's HOW You Say It®"

Barbara Teicher, CSP


Date:               Thursday, February 28, 2019 
Time:               11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Words are powerful tools. Have you ever had someone take offense at something you’ve said... and you have no idea why? “It’s Not Just What You Say, It’s HOW You Say It.®”

The "way" you say something can be more important and have greater impact than the words you actually use. The intention behind the words we try to convey may be totally different than the message being perceived. They are often not in sync at all... Why?

Join international and two-time TEDx speaker, published author and business coach, Barbara Teicher CSP, as she shares the secrets of strengthening relationships and improving communication because “It’s Not Just What You Say, It’s HOW You Say it.®”

By the end this program you’ll be able to:

  • Diagnose the situations/people where a level of discomfort exists and why
  • Recognize the reasons for disconnects in conversations and relationships
  • Identify the 6 step “It’s HOW You Say It®” principle
  • Determine how to make a V.A.S.T. difference

Presentation 4
"Green Dot: Changing the Conversation about Violence"

Danielle KoonceAnderson
Green Dot Coordinator, Wellness Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time:              10:00 am, 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm
Length:            60 minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

At Northwest Missouri State, we’re committed to preventing violence. Green Dot is a violence prevention initiative focused on reducing violence, including stalking, sexual assault, and partner violence. A green dot is any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude that interrupts violence or sends the message that violence is not okay with you. As a part of the Northwest community, you can help set the norm that violence is unacceptable and everyone is expected to do their part to keep our community safe. Through this program we will explore how to identify concerning behaviors that might indicate violence, unique ways to interrupt violence by drawing on your strengths and personality, and how the Green Dot approach could be beneficial and useful to you as you develop as a professional.

Presentation 5
"Quill Power-The New Will Power for Success in a Prickly World"

Steven IwersenWhirley
Aurora Pointe, LLC

Date:               Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time:               11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:         Student Union Ballroom

The Power of Positive Accountability and Actions to Increase Personal Success

It has been said that “where there is a will, there is a way.”  But, finding that way is sometimes elusive or seemingly exclusive.  Achieving Championship Results can be experienced when you have the strategic skills to match that personal will.

Let’s Get To The Point:  How you perceive your circumstance and achieve your highest potential depends on your ability to attract respectful relationships, overcome limitations, resolve conflict, communicate with others, and hold yourself accountable to the strategic decisions that move you to your finish line!  If you want people to cooperate with you, partner with you, buy from you — or even love you-you’re going to have to start making an effort to be the BEST YOU.  Your success is a culmination of the attitude, mindset, and actions you choose today!

Steven takes you inside the arena of real life personal and professional challenges, and with his signature style of humor, storytelling, and interactive delivery, reveals the simple strategies that can help you redirect negative attitudes and outcomes into positive, courageous, and productive results!

Presentation 6
"CONNECT...How to Get Great Results in Relationships & Teamwork"

Cathy NewtonCareer Services
Author and Speaker

Date:               Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time:               11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:         Student Union Ballroom

Do you understand the power of CONNECTION? It’s the principle that sustains relationships, elevates productivity and stabilizes trust. It’s your ability to positively affect the thoughts and actions of other people. And it requires some risk! Connecting with others flows through the filters of your HEAD (Cognition), HEART (Love) and GUTS (Emotional Intelligence) requiring you to take intellectual, social and emotional risks. Exercise your “risk taking” muscles! Learn commonsense strategies to understand your filters and maximize your influence.  Think of the great results you will get. RISK IT!

Presentation 7
"Building and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile"

Travis KlineCareer Services
Career Development Coordinator/Internships, Career Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Monday, April 15, 2019
Time:               10:00 am, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Are you LinkedIn? If not, you need to be. LinkedIn has more than 500 million users, and is used by more than 90% of corporate recruiters. If you are looking for a job or internship LinkedIn can be a major asset. This presentation will cover the major parts of a LinkedIn profile, best practices for students and tips on how to use LinkedIn to supercharge your networking and job search.