Speaking

Merge’s most popular concurrent session topics

Below are some of Merge’s most popular concurrent session topics. Please don’t think of these “canned” presentations, because they’re not! Merge customizes every program she does to fit her specific audience, so consider these merely “suggestions” to get the discussion started! Peruse through these and let Merge know what catches your attention; she’ll use your initial responses as a “jumping-off” point to get the dialogue going, and then she’ll expertly craft a unique session just for you and your situation!

Basic Tools

  • Early steps in leadership
  • Making the transition from a technical to a leadership role

Essential tools

  • 25 best zero- and low-cost ways to motivate the troops
  • Are we having fun yet? – motivating your team and maximizing performance
  • How to coach a winning team
  • Personality performance – the inside scoop on forming high-performing teams
  • Leading multiple generations in the workplace
  • How to effectively manage off-site employees
  • Effective delegation skills
  • Overcoming negativity in the workplace
  • Mastering the performance evaluation process – you can’t manage what you don’t measure
  • Emotional intelligence – the keys to working more effectively with others
  • Juggling your workload – prioritization and time management skills for leaders
  • Just for leaders – project management 101
  • How to get the right person for the job, every time!
  • Building bridges and fighting fires: tools and skills for problem-solving and decision-making

Communication tools

  • Interpersonal communication skills for leaders
  • How to give effective feedback
  • Flexing your leadership style
  • The essence of assertiveness
  • Mastering the secrets of persuasive communication
  • How to communicate with confidence, clarity and credibility

Power tools (for the really tough situations!)

  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Managing employees with lousy performances, unacceptable behavior or rotten attitudes
  • Effective feedback and discipline skills for leaders
  • Having difficult conversations with your employees and co-workers