Relationships can get messy
– in Teams and in Life.
Looking for someone to help you
Build a strong cohesive team and culture;
Develop responsive leadership practices;
Reduce conflict and unnecessary stress;
Overcome communication barriers?
Introducing Faith Wood
A trainer and business consultant for organizations as well as an international speaker and motivator, Faith is the principal of Inspiring Minds Consulting. Her career as a constable and a court appointed mediator have helped her develop significant experience in problem solving while appreciating the importance of emotional wellness. Sharing her experiences and her education within her inspirational communication style, makes it easy for audiences to engage and integrate her techniques and ideas.
Why? Because she is relatable.
Audiences quickly recognize that she has been where they are.
Faith has proven solutions for helping struggling leaders build a culture that minimizes unnecessary stress, conflict, and upheaval. Faith clearly demonstrates how to break through resistance and roadblocks to change while building confidence and personal accountability. This ultimately leads to a more successful bottom line.
After all, that’s the point – isn’t it?
What others are saying about Faith
The class that was the biggest eye-opener for me was Faith Wood’s “A Cure for Willful Blindness”. Throughout my life, I have let my desire to think and speak well of others turn into that flawed blind spot she spoke of. She posed the question, “What am I not seeing at work?” Our jobs are so intense and full of legal ramifications that we sometimes get overwhelmed and over fatigued, and we miss things that should be addressed. (more…)
A Cure for Willful Blindness made me open my eyes to things I should not let slide just because I don’t think what I say matters or because I don’t want to upset anyone. It could end up harming me, my fellow employees and/or the City I work for. What to do in an Active Shooter Situation reaffirms the plans I have made and has pushed me into asking my co-workers to think about theirs. – Susan R. Hale, Sunset City Recorder (Utah Municipal Clerks Assn. Conference)
“World-class endurance athletes respond to the stress of a race with a reduction in brain-wave activity that’s similar to meditation. The average person responds to race stress with an increase in brain-wave activity that borders on panic.”
No matter the circumstances around us, we need to rely upon the mental toughness we normally look for in our heroes not ourselves.
Courage and tenacity are skills that can be acquired, harnessed, and leveraged. Sometimes, things have to be pretty bad for you to go for that….but whatever it takes to push you forward that is the magic that lives in mental toughness.
Developing your mental toughness will help you be more emotionally resilient, push you to go further and harder, and build that “armor to persevere” against the bullets that life fires your way.
It’s not just about “being tougher,” though.
“Mental toughness” is about the courage to keep strong in the face of adversity. It’s the ability to stay focused and determined to make our difference in spite of any difficulties encountered. Sometimes there are decisions and events that are wholly out of our control that simply don’t align with our objectives. When this happens, it feels like an assault against all the good work we are doing. It feels like no one is listening and, perhaps, like no one cares. When things fail to go the way we’d like them to, mental toughness can help ensure that our passions and purpose remain unified and intact.
Just imagine the advantages of being tough minded.
- Excel during high stress and pressure situations
- Being able to bounce back quickly after a setback
- Produce results even when the likelihood of success is low
- Be unshakable through most any circumstance
- Reduce the damage that prolonged stress can cause on the body, mind and spirit
Are you ready to create the armour your mind needs to sustain your passions and maintain your focus? Then you definitely don’t want to miss out on the opportunity of being part of this presentation! The Courage to make your difference!
The way that you shake hands, hold eye contact, offer your business card, sit at a meeting, and carry yourself all have a bearing on what kind of relationships that you build and the amount of trust that you engender.
Ever wonder if someone really wants to be in a conversation with you? Could you be unknowingly undermining your relationship efforts with your body language (and theirs)?
As soon as we come into contact with others we are communicating, without having even exchanged one word. For this reason understanding your own body language and having the ability to read the body language of others will play an important part in achieving successful interpersonal communication outcomes.
Body language can make or break our efforts to establish long, trusting relationships. Our body language can help to reinforce and add credibility to what we say, or it can contradict our words. Understanding what signals you are sending, as well as being able to read the signals that your clients send, is an essential skill in sales and throughout our lives. Since we don’t make purchases from just anyone, and human nature says that we will pay more for a product we can obtain from someone that we like rather than someone who just offers us the best price, it’s important that we project a trustworthy nature and likeability.
What is your body language saying about you? Find out in this one day workshop!
In this fast paced, entertaining and interactive seminar, attendees will:
- Apply your knowledge of body language to improve communication
- Understand the impact of space in a conversation
- Understand the nuances of body language from a range of areas including your face, hands, arms, legs, and posture
- Use mirroring and matching techniques to build rapport
- Activate influence in your handshake
- Dress for success
- Recognize signs of discomfort or deceit
Almost three quarters of a person’s first impression of you comes from your body language, and you give off 10,000 body cues in the first few minutes of any interaction – phone or in person! Are you communicating positively and with intention or completely unaware of the signals that could be undermining your credibility and your professionalism.
Regardless of how old or young you are, everyone wants to be treated fairly and equally within the team service process. Whether our hair is naturally grayed or temporarily shades of pink, we all have the right to expect to be treated the same as the person standing beside us. That may mean you will need to be able communicte in a different manner or to appeal to a variety of core values, which are often different for each generation.
With practice and insight into your own body language, you can use the nonverbal cues your body conveys, such as eye contact, body posture, energy level and attitude, and voice tone to positively impact others in that crucial first minute and all the minutes (hours or days) that follow.
The ability to understand and use non-verbal communication is a powerful tool in helping connect with others, express what we really mean, navigate challenging personal situations, and build trust.
Are you ready to discover how powerful your non verbals can be in strengthening human interactions?
In this eynote presentation, we will explore the value of non-verbal communications – the assumptions, interpretations and evaluations that are being inferred from the style you choose in your day to day communiques.
Public speaking scares most people. Even professionals who “present” for a living typically experience nerves and anxiety before facing an audience. The good news is that there are several key things you can do to ensure your presentation has a greater chance of success.
A leader that can get up and deliver a well-constructed, confident presentation in front of a group of colleagues will leave a valuable legacy, benefitting from greater perception and credibility to enhancing rapport and levels of influence. Although many courses exist to help you polish your speech, if you aren’t grabbing your audience’s attention within the first 90 seconds, it may be already be too late.
Come discover how Entertainers captivate their audiences in those first critical moments. Get a “behind the scenes” look as Faith Wood, CSP, will reveal some of the trade secrets from the world of entertainment and professional speaking and learn how to build fascination before and during that next important presentation.
In this session, you will learn how to:
- Discover a few trade secrets of how to create fascination and hold your audience’s attention from the first 90 seconds onwards.
- Open your mind to the possibility of showmanship and how it can amp your presentations and get you the attention your project needs.
- Develop insights of how to tell a better story and keep your project and team focused on the moving it forward.
You probably recognize and understand the importance of capturing and holding the attention of your audiences. However, with today’s hectic pace, attention is a rapidly diminishing skill. In this presentation, come discover how Entertainers captivate an audience in the first critical moments. Get a “behind the scenes” look as Faith Wood reveals some of the trade secrets from the world of entertainment as well as Neurolinguistics Psychology (NLP) and learn how to build fascination during your next meeting or presentation.
In this session, you will learn how to:
- Construct captivating communique with an audience of any size.
- Understand how to grab attention and gain maximum engagement
- Confidently express your messages using key learnings of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming
- Discover ideas for crafting captivating messages in your pre, during and post presentation materials
How can you bring calm and peace to the middle of a stressful, chaotic day?
The answer is simple, though not always so easy to put into practice: learn to be present.
No matter how out-of-control your day is, no matter how stressful your job or life becomes, the act of being present can become an oasis. It can change your life, and it’s incredibly simple. Learn to be more mindful.
Mindfulness is good for our bodies: Studies have shown that after just eight weeks of focused practice, mindfulness boosted our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
Mindfulness is good for our minds: Several studies have found that mindfulness increases positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress. Indeed, at least one study suggests it may be as good as antidepressants in fighting depression and preventing relapse.
Mindfulness changes our brains: Research has found that it increases density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.
Mindfulness helps us focus: Studies suggest that mindfulness helps us tune out distractions and improves our memory and attention skills.
Mindfulness helps schools: There’s scientific evidence that teaching mindfulness in the classroom reduces behavior problems and aggression among students, and improves their happiness levels and ability to pay attention. Teachers trained in mindfulness also show lower blood pressure, less negative emotion and symptoms of depression, and greater compassion and empathy.
During this session, attendees will discover a few simple techniques for becoming more mindful daily.
A little about the Speaker and why you might just want to hear from her:
“How you think affects how you feel and how you feel affects your decisions, actions and performances”. And Behaviourist Faith Wood might know just a thing or two about that.
Personally, she has managed as a single mother and thrived as a mother of 4 in a blended family. Her professional careers have taken her from health care to law enforcement to a thriving consulting and speaking business. In each of these life situations, Faith has relied heavily on the gifts of mental toughness to support her through some pretty serious conflicts and life stressors.
In this presentation, Faith will REVEAL her engaging and energetic perspectives on what it takes to challenge the natural tendency to become overwhelmed and dis-enfranchised in our lives and in our professions and embrace the gifts of mental toughness as we re-ignite and stabilize our passions.
She is the author of 5 books on the power of interpersonal influence (including two novels).
Ever heard of someone being involved in a car crash, or a close call and they say “I just didn’t see them”!? This happens all too often in our approach to safety programs as well.
Everyone has a blind spot when it comes to being safe. No, we’re not talking about just the little area of space in your car where it’s hard to see if someone is about to hit you on the highway, or the area behind your head. Blind spots pop up our minds, not just our vision. Whenever we are not aware of something – whether it’s in our physical surroundings, how we behave, or our personal attitudes – we lack insight about this. And when we lack insight into something that can get us hurt, it can be a blind spot for our safety.
Nothing will kill a safety culture like leaders who undermine safety policies, and who fail to be safety role models themselves. When it comes to influencing workers to behave safely, leaders need to show safety practices are a priority. Studies have repeatedly shown a direct link between workers’ perception of the importance their leaders place on safety and their attitude towards working safely.
Safety needs to be a deliberate choice in every moment of every day.
Join Faith as she explores the fascinating world of human behavior and the mindful strategies that have the capacity to reduce our blind spots when it comes to safety.
Faith Wood is a Behaviorist. She is the author of 6 books and has been a Certified Professional Speaker for more than a decade.
She became interested in Behavior Psychology while she worked as a law-enforcement officer. It occurred to her, if she knew what people really wanted, and what the motives behind their actions really were, she could do her job much more efficiently.
Since she decided to hang up her handcuffs, she has traveled the world, helping people all along the way to better understand their behaviors, and how they impact others.
Wood has taught thousands how to tap into the area of the brain that controls actions, which in turn, offers a new way of thinking and a new way of life. There is no doubt that she leaves a lasting impression on everyone she touches.
Her personal story of recovery from a workplace injury will inspire as well as entertain.
Stories grab us. They take us in, transport us, and allow us to live vicariously and visually through another’s experience. But have you ever considered how the stories you tell yourself are impacting your ability to lead, communicate and even believe in yourself and your own identity. People are attracted to stories, “because we’re social creatures and this is how we relate to other people.” It is also how we influence and/or are influenced by others. It’s no surprise. We humans have been communicating through stories for upwards of 20,000 years, back when our flat screens were cave walls. Centuries ago, people passed information from one person to another via storytelling long before they could read or write. As a result, today our brains are hardwired to listen to and respond to stories.
Stories form the very fabric of what we think and how we think and if you are not telling the story, then you are likely the audience of someone else’s – perhaps even accidentally.
In this seminar, Speaker and Novelist Faith Wood will share how the 3 Act Story may be one of the most influential communication opportunities you will ever have – with yourself and others.
It’s an amazing experience watching somebody turn ordinary people, perhaps your friends or family, into outrageous performers. The power of suggestion and imagination, and the lowering of inhibition, does make for a fantastic evening of entertainment. However, these demonstrations only scratch the surface of what hypnotism can do when it comes to helping heal mind, body and spirit.
Come explore the benefits of hypnotic phenomenon and be prepared to help demonstrate the power of the human mind in this fun filled presentation focused on mind magic!
Be prepared to Unleash the Power of Faith!
Faith Wood of Inspiring Minds Consulting Ltd. is an internationally certified hypnotherapist and stage hypnotist. She is a high performance coach and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) who has traveled the globe helping thousands discover how to crack the code and harness the power inherent in their own thoughts.
She is a master story teller and has authored 7 books, 3 of which are a novel series that has been selected for TV (scheduled to air in 2018).
A former law enforcement officer, Faith shares practical insights about the stories we tell ourselves and how they can be leveraged for greater success.
Be prepared to have a little fun as you crack the code on the magic of the mind.
Who is Faith Wood: https://youtu.be/Beb1MaOKRcc
Hypnotist Faith Wood: https://youtu.be/Q8m4Kilo6dY?list=PLdQsqPuD_pm1MqmXS1zMD1fwaNwucFqhh
Good communication has always been about the story you have to tell. If your story is that you have no time, no patience, get no respect, never get the resources you need or the rewards you deserve, your first job in building your ability to influence will be to find a new story.
Influential storytelling demands that you abandon the safety of being “on the outside looking in” and step inside an experience or imagined experience with all the messy details, consequences, and personal feelings that happen in real life.
In this seminar, Faith Wood, will help you “Crack the Code” on your personal story with all the limiting beliefs attached to it. Then help you discover and develop a framework for improving your influence through better story telling.
Ideal for leadership teams or entrepreneurs looking to discover a way to influence through the magic of story telling
Cracking the Code …
Become a better communicator by mastering the psychology
You probably already know that effective communication has always been influenced by interpretation and assumptions – on both sides of the conversation.
Imagine if you had the power to ethically influence people’s subconscious minds for better receptivity and ….
Imagine if you could do it by using simple trigger words (or even non verbal’s) to activate involuntary “reflexes” in the brain.
Now imagine you could do it in writing as well as in speech.
You probably don’t believe this can actually happen. But I’m going to tell you that it can—because over time we’ve all been subtly hypnotized to accept these triggers and they are impacting our conversations (on and offline) each and every day.
In a business where you are judged heavily on your talent for communicating, it pays to master the psychology that affects both the spoken and written word – does it not?!
In this concurrent session, Faith Wood, will help you “Crack the Code” on becoming an influential communicator. You will discover how to trigger more powerful outcomes with yourself and others.
If you want to get better at influential leadership, reduce conflicts and embrace change, then don’t miss the session that will show you how to master your psychology.
What will attendees take away:
- You will learn one specific strategy that can be used immediately to change limiting beliefs and perform better under pressure.
- Discover how to control emotional states (in self and others) while eliminating the impact of self-doubt, fear, negativity and unnecessary conflict.
- Discover the power of 3 little words to grab attention, alter perception and create more open mindedness
Your success as an organization often depends on how well your team operates. How are their problem-solving skills? Is everyone motivated and enthusiastic about consistently doing their best? This (half day intro or full day practical) workshop is a basic course designed to focus on the characteristics of effective team players and the elements of an effective team. Participants will leave the workshop with plans for their own personal development as a team player and ideas for developing stronger, high performing teams.
This training focuses on developing peer support leaders within an organization with an emphasis on effective communication and early recognition and intervention of stress and crisis.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Certification Training (can be customized to address needs of specific audience): NLP Training has been described as the user’s manual for the brain, and as a must-have tool to understand the under-the-hood belief systems that successful people use to achieve their goals. Certification training is broken into 40 hours for Basic and 40 hours for Masters. If no certification is requested, this course may be customized for sales, communication and customer service training.
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to improve the critical communication skills of listening, asking questions and being aware of nonverbal presentations during potential or obvious conflict situations. We will help participants who are struggling to find that middle ground between being too aggressive and too passive, and how to counter the behaviours of challenging personalities.
This is not your grandmother’s conflict management course. This is a conflict management course that covers what other courses often leave out. Over 2 days, in a collaborative learning environment, we will discuss topics and develop key strategies designed to make you more ‘street wise’ with your conflict management style. This is not just a step 1, 2, 3 kind of how to workshop – that’s what Google is for. This is hands on reality.
Just what are can we determine about ourselves and others from just glancing at one’s writing style. This interactive seminar is designed to stimulate curiosity while helping you gain tolerance and understanding.
If you have ever felt like you “stuck your foot in it”, this seminar is for you! Learn how to control your inner voice so you can use your outer voice with diplomacy and expertise while developing the skill of ‘thinking on your feet’.
Ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day for that ‘To Do’ list? Take some time to laugh as you explore opportunities for creative and effective time management.
Influencing people positively is a vital business and personal skill. In today’s fast-changing world, where traditional hierarchies are disappearing and demands for creative problem solving are on the rise, it will be those who can learn to be ‘Influencers’ who will be most successful. This seminar was intended to help you begin to understand what influencing involves, and to discuss some key elements and techniques that are essential for you to actually become an influencer!
Everyone knows that bullying exists. It’s nothing new. But what is new is the escalation of bullying from kindergarten age through high school. Many parents don’t look for signals that indicate their five-year old is enduring attacks from a schoolyard bully – and, many parents can’t accept the fact that their six year-old leads the pack of those schoolyard bullies. Taking the Bully by the Horns approaches bullying from both perspectives, and it serves as a catalyst of strength for parents and targets of bully behaviours. This workshop is based on the speaker’s book by the same title – Taking the Bully by the Horns.
The Bullies have Graduated – Respectful communications in the workplace. The session will focus on understanding the need for building workplaces that generate a climate of respect and understanding. This presentation is designed to further efforts aimed at reducing tension in our working relationships, increase respect between gender groups, decrease incidents of harassment and increase resolution of conflict. This workshop is based on the speaker’s book:
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(Faith was interviewed on Air 106.1 in respect of workplace bullying – you can hear the full interview here. Click the MP3 icon to open play in a new tab).
Are you keyed in to what motivates your employees? Do you have any idea about what sparks fear in them as it pertains to your company? Do you recognize when your employees are dealing with stress? No? Well, you’re not alone. Motivating employees for increased productivity isn’t easy, and the majority of execs, HR personnel, supervisors and managers don’t consider that motivation plays a strategic role in your company’s success. Oh, they talk about it, all right – but, do they truly motivate? I doubt it – however, it’s not because they don’t want to. It’s because they don’t know how.
Change is defined as doing things differently, seeing things in a new way, adjusting to surprises, ideas with new twists…..getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. So let me ask you, how many of you get really excited about surprises?
With so much attention on the challenge of Bully Behaviours (at work, on volunteer boards and committees; in our schools and in our families), the question begs to be asked….have we learned to speak up when we see or learn of these behaviours or are we still turning a blind eye? Have we figured out how to develop more resiliency in the face of toxic behaviour patterns or are we still making excuses and looking away? When we start to feel uncomfortable, are we running back to our rooms to colour or are we pausing to stand up, lean in and shift what we tolerate and promote. Because we believe it is possible to interrupt the shadow side of human behaviour, will we?
Faith is inspiring, energetic and wildly entertaining. I’ve listened to many professional speakers over the years, but Faith Wood is among the best. I’ve known some professional speakers to just talk the talk and when it comes to walking the walk – most don’t even take a single step in the direction they speak of. Faith is very different, her life experiences have put things into a very unique perspective. The delivery is thought provoking, full of charisma and wit. She would be a welcome addition to any public speaking event. Plus, her skills in handwriting analysis are astounding.
– Tish Bell (Boychuk)
Want to know how to gather information quickly and successfully, or how to negotiate or resolve conflict? Well, this is the course to gain those skills. Faith did an excellent job in presenting, and I hope many others in the association will follow in taking this course.
– Michael Young, S/Cst.
This course concluded today and I want to let everyone know what they missed out on! This was an excellent opportunity for us to enhance our communication skills to “cut to the chase” and be able to negotiate conflicts in a very simple and effective manner. We are so impressed that I’ll be asking the city to bring Faith back to run it again, in the fall…
– Garry Roth
I am one of many who appreciates you and your outstanding efforts. In my 54 years on this planet and during a working life that has had 5 peace officer appointments, I feel qualified to say that you are one of those people who brings character to your job. You are a credit to your family, friends, citizenry and the community. Society is in a state of flux, you are committed to principles that are not.
I contracted Ms. Wood to provide a full-day seminar at our conference in Banff. The seminar was very successful, as Ms. Wood’s presentation was interesting, informative, and entertaining. Ms Wood is a very dynamic speaker and I highly recommend her services!
– Patty Lehaul, Alberta Crown Prosecutor
I cannot tell you how much your seminars mean to me and what joy and awareness they bring. The privilege of attending two in the last 3 months is a bonus. Your presentation skills are the best I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. Many seminars in this 63 year old life, all of value, all a wonderful learning, but if I was given a choice, after experiencing you, it would always be you I went to. Looking forward to more presentations during our next fiscal year, with or without the Power Point! You are all the Power we need!
– Lynzie Pilfold
As a peace officer, I looked to further my career. However, my own mind had other ideas, and I felt the only thing standing between me and my goal was the PARE (Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation). I had completed it three times, but could not meet the goal of 4:45. It wasn’t as if I couldn’t see my goal, it was right there, on the other side of this huge wall. Referred to Faith by a friend, I thought Guided Imagery would perhaps give me the courage and motivation to get where I really wanted, no, deserved to be. After one session with Faith, I felt good enough to jog home!
The motivation she instilled in me kept me going, even if I’d rather be anywhere than the gym. I’m proud to say that a short few weeks later, I passed the PARE with a time of 3:33, but I’m even more proud to say that Faith’s work inspired me to get there!
– Peace Officer Kendyl Hudson
Faith Wood has a charismatic way of presenting to a group. Her Predator / Prey information is serious and critical, however she delivers it with humour and an intensity that drives the point home. The value in her message is very clear and simple which makes her recommendations easily applied in our day to day lives. After hearing Faith give her message, our group is better prepared to protect themselves and make safe decisions. A great investment for your group, give them some “Faith” in intuition and permission to use their own power!
– Jill Jones
I really enjoyed the course and your facilitation! Your facilitation skills are excellent including your ability to move things forward and stay focused. The material and content you covered will be extremely useful to us as we move forward. Your presentation captivated and energized me!
Dave Gerlitz – Youth Programs
I want to thank you again for the ‘out of box’ experience last week at the Farm Womens Conference. If it wasn’t for the room full of women and the hunch of trust I had for you, I never would have gotten up on that stage. Getting hypnotized was never on my ‘to do’ list. Awesome!
Having Faith Wood “warm up” the attendees at our Alberta Restorative Justice Association fall conference formal supper with her handwriting analysis was nothing short of amazing! The feedback the Board has received about Faith has been ‘glowing’. During dessert, Faith was asked to ‘keep the crowd’ engaged and in their seats before our other key note speaker took to the stage, and she did just that,…with amazing results! It is obvious that Faith is an expert in the field of handwriting analysis and she is able to present this to the crowd as a fun and interactive activity that has the crowd engaged and eager for more. Faith allows us all to take a little look inside our own personalities and she delivers this knowledge, zest, and flair. I most highly recommend Faith Wood and her handwriting analysis to any group looking to bring some energy into the room, have interaction with the audience, keep the attendees interested and wanting more, and most of all,…having fun! If you are looking for something different that has not been done before, try Faith and her handwriting analysis, Faith does not disappoint.
Betty J. Lynn-Benson – Alberta Restorative Justice Association
She was a wonderful presenter and I would definitely attend another seminar presented by her. She has a wealth of knowledge and made foreign concepts real to the accounting crowd. I’ll be able to use these techniques daily.
Faith brought a lot of energy into the training session today. Her depth of experience in conflict resolution gave me the sense I can use the tools that she gave me to better resolve conflicts as they come up in the future.
The day zipped by and I could have signed up for a second day.
Faith is an excellent presenter, humorous and knowledgeable.
Faith Wood entered our annual regional meeting with a big smile and positive radiant energy. Faith started her wonderful presentation and everyone in the group started smiling and laughing, forgetting about their everyday stresses. Faith left our group with real life experiences and easy ways to deal with our stresses. THANKS FAITH.
Bob Bomberak – District Park Supervisor, Winnipeg Beach
Recently I attended a keynote presentation given by Faith Wood … the fellow that introduced her stated that she had a “dynamic” personality … well that is an understatement … in the dictionary “dynamic” refers to “marked by continuous productive activity – energy” and dynamic she was. When you hear some of the obstacles that she has overcome in her personal life … it leaves you with a feeling that life isn’t as bad as we thought – we all have problems and crisis to deal with, maybe our problems are not as big as we feel they are.
My mother has a saying …. in everybody’s life there is a box full of problems and we all have to put our hand in that box and pull one out … we might pull out a big one … or a small one… and sometimes we pull out two at a time that are stuck together.. but everybody gets to deal with “the box”….
It really is not that 649 ticket that is going to make our life better .. it’s our attitude. If you ever have the opportunity to go to one of Faith Wood’s presentations you will not be disappointed.
Shirley Wintink, Water Conservation, Manitoba
I was amazed at how I was able to use the tips you gave during your short presentation at the HRIA conference. Following that day, I ended up having difficult conversations at work and with my family. Being able to throw out the positive energy as well as minding my space and avoiding blame, we were able to reach consensus and everyone walked away feeling better about it. Thanks for the great advice!!
A big thank you for making your schedule work in order to present and open on Friday night at our 2nd Annual Holistic Conference & Retreat – Experience the Peace! Our attendees really enjoyed your presentation. You are indeed a talented and inspirational presenter and we would not hesitate to recommend you. Thank you for a job well done!
Even as technology takes over our lives, I still relish in face to face communication and therefore thoroughly enjoyed Faith’s information on body language. Appreciated the depth of her knowledge versus just simple body language tips that one commonly hears. Faith, thank you for a very entertaining, enlightening, and engaging hour.
“I saw Faith for the first time at a professional development conference in November 2013. I tried to listen with just one ear while planning which speaker I was going to see next. I even sat at the back to avoid being noticed. She didn’t let me because she was engaging, funny, and smart. I left the room smarter too. I look forward to seeing her again soon. I’ve definitely become a fan. Thank-you, Faith, for making the conference better.”
The presentation on Body Language was entertaining and very informative.
Real life examples were so easy to relate to and I learned a great deal.
I would highly recommend Faith for your next seminar!
Specialist, Health, Safety and Wellness
I understand how important body language is in our day to day communications as I have taken a body language class previous to this. However, after attending your session at the Health & Safety conference, I realize that I still have much to learn. I loved your session and was engaged until the end. Your humorous approach was a great way to involve the audience and keep us interested! I’d love to attend another one of your sessions and recommend you to anyone that wants to teach their group the importance of body language in a fun way!
Coordinator, Safety Systems
Teck Coal Limited
Our staff still talk with enthusiasm about taking your hand- writing analysis workshop – to the point where our new employees not only have to provide them with their signature, but provide a full sentence for a complete analysis! Several staff have expressed interest in taking your online course and are anxiously awaiting the details of its launch.
Manager, Culture & Heritage
City of Grande Prairie
We had Faith join us at our home for the Stephenson Cardiovascular MRI Centre Xmas party on November 30th, 2013 where she was going to do some handwriting analysis. We had about 75 people in attendance and I’m sure at least 70 of those had their handwriting analyzed by Faith. Initially there was some skepticism but it was short lived as each time someone came away from seeing Faith their eyes were wide with shock at how well she had “read” their handwriting and they spread the news. The main talk of the evening ended up being about how good Faith was at her job! We were at another Xmas party last night where some of the same people who attended our party were and they were still going on about Faith!
Thanks so much Faith for making our party a hit!!!
On 28 May 2014, it was my pleasure to be in the audience at a presentation offered by Ms. Faith Wood as she delivered a session to a group of County employees in Central Alberta. I am a professional speaker, like Ms. Wood, and I always take every opportunity to attend presentations of other professional speakers as it is always beneficial to see the delivery style and content of other speakers. In observing Ms. Woods session, I spent as much time watching the audience as I did watching Ms. Wood and I was taken aback by the level of engagement and participation she developed in the audience.
The audience was comprised of a group of folks that I would have characterized as “sit and be entertained” people and as she was explaining the audience participation portion of her presentation, I thought to myself “good luck getting these people to participate”. To my delight and the surprise, she had people standing and participating in activities and engagement that I never thought would be possible.
I would attribute her success to her infectious energetic style, her appropriate use of humour and her ability to weave her stories into her instructive content. I was awestruck.
In short, the presentation and delivery style of Ms. Wood provided an engaged, energetic, instructive and powerful session and I would jump at the chance to see her present any of the other sessions she has in her arsenal.
Gary McDougall, President
Conflict Solutions Limited.
Hi Faith, I really enjoyed your presentations at the PMI NAC conference. Besides the content that you presented, I thoroughly enjoyed your energy, dynamics, humour and the pedagogical approaches that you used. Fabulous speaker and presenter ! Elyse Mireille Lecharrois
I hope all is well. The feedback from your presentation was probably the best I have seen in my 7 years on the board of directors so thank-you again for an amazing presentation.
Corey McDougall, PMP
VP of Communications
PMI Regina South Saskatchewan Chapter
Testimonial in reference to Faith Wood’s presentations at the IIMC Conference in Milwaukee, May 2014. She spoke on how Technology may be undermining our ability to Communicate as well as Getting through the Social Media muck
Your session in Milwaukee was great as well as your session last year in Atlantic City.
Frankly, the course material was not what I expected. Although you converted me, I was going in for justification not to use all of this social media stuff and voluminous emails that simply consumes too much of my day.
Before doing the assessment, I down-loaded your materials “Cutting Through the Social Media Muck” thinking that was to be the material addressed in the assessment. Upon review of that material I learned exactly what you said about this being our new way of life and to use the phrase, either get on the train or watch it go bye, truly applies.
You are a remarkable and captivating speaker whom I would not hesitate to refer.
Municipal Clerks Association of New Jersey
Faith presented at our Lacombe County Employee Health, Safety and Wellness Day to a very diverse group ranging from administrative employees to mechanics, road construction crew, Community Peace Officers and agricultural workers.
Her unique ability to engage all of our employees with her personalized and interesting stories was evident in the comments we received from our employees in all departments ….“awesome speaker”…”best day we’ve ever had”….”second to none”….”really enjoyed myself”….“informative”…”engaging speaker”. Faith’s high energy presentations were the highlights of our day!
Thanks again Faith,
Employees are still talking about how great the day went and the quality of your presentations.
Health & Safety Coordinator
Lacombe County Alberta
Influencing with Integrity is a 4 day workshop designed to provide insights into personality preferences, conflict navigation, nonverbal communication strategies and the basics of negotiation.
In October 2014, Faith provided 3 rounds of training to staff of Alberta Environment. Below are a few of the comments she received post-training.
– Faith is a very versatile instructor, able to make general concepts relevant and applicable to the group.Loved the course! Will use information learned in current work environment.
– Fantastic course – excellent insight into personalities and individual reflections.
– Great course! Lots of informative and useful info. Nice to participate in a course that isn’t GOA focused.
– Overall I really enjoyed the course. Faith was a great presenter. I was engaged throughout the duration of this 4 day workshop. She is an excellent teacher.
– Everyone in Government Services should take this training!
– This course was a little overwhelming at the beginning (1st hour) but by the end it made more sense. Very Interesting – I really enjoyed this course.
– Very practical and helpful! Gave really good perspectives. Thanks so much.
– This was a very useful course that I think everyone should have.
– I think the course was great and very useful and helpful! A refresher course would be a great addition.
– I didn’t know what to expect from this training and it surpassed anything I could have hoped for!
– This was a great course, filled with information that I can use in my work now and into the future.
– Would love to have additional refresher training and coaching between 6 and 12 months of this workshop.
– Everyone who has relationships – whether professional or personal – should take this course.
– Excellent for personal and work relationships
– The concepts were very enlightening. I understand myself a whole lot better now.
I wanted to send a note of sincere thanks to you for your ‘Cure for Willful Blindness’ presentation at last week’s symposium. The content and discussion generated great enthusiasm from the learners and food for thought on how we all potentially play a part in willful blindness in our everyday lives.
You helped make the event meaningful, memorable, and an exceptional learning experience for everyone involved.
Gary Gillan, PMP
Director Project Execution, Industrial Group
I’d like to thank you for the great presentation you offerred us during the conference. It has been very helpful for my job and funny at the same time, which is hard to combine. Well done – I so really enjoyed that hour.
Carmen Deac, P.Eng; PMP
Senior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Your presentation was fabulous! Everytime you speak to the Hypnosis Society of Alberta our members walk away feeling uplifted and inspired. I loved the NLP anchors you showed us and will use them in my own hypnosis practice.
Thank you so much and do not hesitate to come back and visit us again.
Dr. Bob Levenson, President
Hypnosis Society of Alberta
I highly recommend Faith Wood as a presenter/ speaker/ facilitator for the sole reason; you get VALUE for your time and money. I have had the pleasure to be part of 2 presentations by Faith and both times I walked away not only with an empowered feeling of I can do so much more, but also I have learned something that I can use for my personal life and my professional life. What more can you want from a presenter?
Her presentations are entertaining yet professional and to the point. She makes you experience what she is asking you to stretch for and backs it up with theories and knowledge. Because of the full package she delivers in a short time, I am taking courses from her to become a master NLP, as I know my investment will double its value and I will walk away enriched!
Veronique Dewilde, Hypnotist
Inner Focus Hypnosis, Airdrie AB
Thank you so much for our coaching session this week.
It’s refreshing to talk to a coach who is willing to offer suggestions to help me and my business grow that I can afford to implement right away. I literally went back to my office and started on my homework!
I loved that you were “real” and down to earth, it wasn’t about you trying to sell me a program that I would need to sell my first born to take on. I look forward to implementing Faith’s suggestions and seeing where my business goes next.
I’d recommend Faith to anyone who’s looking for someone to mentor you, someone who truly understands what it’s like to have the desire to grow and is willing to share her experiences with you.
Thanks again Faith, I’ll definitely be reconnecting!
Linda Roberts, Calgary Divorce Mediators
Faith is a very dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking speaker. Her topics on Willful Blindness, delivered to two sets of Project Managers in Spring and Fall 2014 were very well received by the participants and exceeded our expectations in every aspect. Her inspirational and educational presentation shared a captivating theory of how we go about both being willfully blind ourselves, and how we recognize but sometimes don’t act on the willful blindness of others we come into contact with. Hard-hitting in so many ways.
The preparatory work Faith puts in prior to the ‘gig’ is an area that sets her up for success – truly understanding the audience dynamics and challenges resulted in a more personalized delivery.
I particularly enjoyed Faith’s encouragement of audience participation throughout her presentation as it kept the audience engaged while providing an opportunity to practice new thought processes.
The biggest value that Faith brings is her personality and ability to strike a personal chord with her audience. Long after the session was complete we still had participants discussing willful blindness, body language signals, and general leadership concepts as they relate to our environment.
I’d highly recommend Faith for any form of speaking engagement centered on her areas of expertise – she is by far one of the most accomplished speakers that I’ve had the pleasure to learn from. We will certainly be using her for future engagements.
Should you require any further clarification please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Gary Gillan, PMP
Director Project Execution, Industrial Group
Just want to thank you for a fun and interesting seminar. When I signed up I wasn’t sure what to expect. I left feeling that I had learned something valuable. You are a powerful speaker who has knowledge and the passion to share that knowledge with others. Thank you for sharing that with me and the rest of the class today.
I am very interested in receiving a copy of your e-book. I can see great value in your belief hand writing analysis could be a valuable tool in my pursuit to help students, co-workers, my family and friends.
Irene Shelton, Calgary Board of Education Convention 2015
I absolutely enjoyed this snapshot of your Handwriting Analysis session & your dynamic presentation style. I am so ready to learn so much more
Christa Hayward, Calgary Board of Education Convention 2015
Hi Faith, I attended your class for Handwriting analysis last Friday afternoon at the SA convention. I had fun and was impressed with the results of a stranger analysing my tiny handwritten sentence. I really enjoyed myself during that session.
Raul Hernandez, Calgary Board of Education
Thank you so much for coming to the CBE Convention. It was wonderful to be able to attend your AHA workshop, filled with “Aha moments.” Who knew that a person’s handwriting revealed so much about both, their dreams as well as their challenges. I have always believed that people are able to do their best when you give them what they need. Up to now I’ve always just used observsational skills to try and figure out what motivates the children that I work with and then plug into those needs. Being able to analyse handwriting would be another great tool.
Lorna Ronneberg, Calgary Board of Education
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your luncheon chat with us this past Friday. I especially related to your candor and straightforwardness approach. Its refreshing to me though its not always appreciated out in the nice workplaces like my last one.
“Faith is an exceptional speaker. She kept our attention and had valuable content. Faith was easy to work with and very professional.”
Thank you again for speaking for WE.
Pamela A. Ryan, President/CEO
The “dust” has finally begun to settle so to speak and I am finally getting around to sending you an e mail. First of all, I would like to say how much I enjoyed the class I took with you on the advantages of handwriting analysis plus how much I enjoyed your delivery of the information. You were so “animated” and fun that a person couldn’t help but enjoy the class plus learn from it too, bonus!!! 🙂
Margaret McLaren-Soult , Teacher
Calgary Board of Education
Last night I attend a SWO CAPS meeting and was blown away by Faith’s energy. Faith spoke on Mind Magic – how to captivate from the stage. She was able to actively engage the audience and I walked away with all kinds of new ideas. I’m presenting at a HR conference at the end of the month and I can’t wait to be more innovative with my talk.
Watch out London!
CAPS SWO – London, Ontario
Your presentation earlier this evening in London was inspiring. After 25 years of teaching testosterone-laden, digitally-distracted, hormonal, too-cool-for-school, post secondary guys with an attitude… who would still inspire me? Turns out, Faith Wood.
Ralph Lembcke, P. GSC
CAPS SWO – London, Ontario
“Faith was our opening key note speaker at the annual convention for the PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa). And she was fantastic! She truly did open the convention with the right tone and set up all the other speakers to have a warm and engaged audience. Her presentation was flawless and the reception was fantastic.
Faith was a pleasure to work with, and as an organizer, she made my job easy and a pleasure to do. “
Conference Chair, PSASA 2015
Cape Town, South Africa
I really enjoyed this session (Influencing and Motivating Engaged Teams at the IIMC Convention in Hartford, Connecticut – May 2015). While I’ve been blessed to take a number of leadership classes over the years, this was a new perspective for me and helped me reflect on what I can control / influence within my teams, department and organization. As someone who is about to take the leap from an assistant director to director – I’m looking to set a new tone for our already successful and positive team.
I was recently at a conference where Faith was speaking on Influencing others. It was incredible, I came out of the session with a renewed idea of how to be an influential person. I would certainly recommend anyone in a leadership or human resources related role see Faith Wood speak about Influence. Incredible.
Faith, I just wanted to capture my thoughts from your presentation on Monday night and share them with you so you knew what an incredible impact you had on me.
I am motivated and inspired now to really step out of my comfort zone in my speaking business. I so realize now that my fun factor, passion and energy are what’s needed on stage, and in all areas of my life. Thank you for inspiring me to play full out, and have more fun.
The stories, tips and media you used were excellent. I could really see how it was all relevant, not just in my speaking business, but in my life. I especially enjoyed the variety you shared.
Your ability to hold our attention, your inspirational messages and depth of stories, and your amazing wealth of content was fabulous.
Thanks so much for inspiring me on so many level and for your funny sense of humor which came through so many times. I really enjoyed it.
I look forward to using your ideas as I move forward with life and business, and I’m thrilled to be staying in touch through social media.
I also look forward to meeting you in Halifax in December!
Thank you again for all that you shared with us.
Gail Scott, Toronto Canada
Professional Speaker, Writer and Coach
I am member of CAPS Fastrack. I just wanted to thank you for your insights you shared with us on Saturday. I benefited from some of the glimpses you gave us of your knowledge of government. I enjoy hearing you speak, you have excellent presence. You seem very comfortable when you speak, which makes it very comfortable to listen. Something I hope to emulate in my own presentations someday.
I really enjoyed this session at IIMC in May 2015 (and the motivation session). It definitely has me taking a second look at things both professionally and personally. A tough thing to do, but necessary!
Your book – The Accidental Audience was great – I couldn’t put it down.
Jody Kelley, Municipal Clerk
International Municipal Clerks Convention 2015 (IIMC)
“close talker” here. I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to contribute to your session. I really enjoyed your approach – mainly the fact that you somehow manage to share your human qualities while not falling into the trap of being perfect.
You’re a great role model.
Paul Salvatore, Alberta
I am really enjoying the Colbie Colleen series. Book two picks up three years later and takes Colbie’s crime solving skills international when her friend and fellow PI needs her help on a big case. It’s a page turner with enough bad actors to keep Colbie’s intuitive skills sharp and ever in need. Even so, there’s an ending that even Colbie can’t expect. I’m looking forward to number three!
Dawn Ross, All Tasks Services
Faith was a breath of good, fresh air. She was so engaging that we hadn’t realized that the day had flown by. Her personal stories were fascinating but quite relevant to our topic of Change. Faith imparted her wisdom and understanding about how we may move through life without fear of change, rather, she encouraged us to embrace it. Thanks Faith.
Cyndy Lorincz, Dean, Student Services and Registrar
Northern Lakes College
Slave Lake, Alberta
I highly recommend Faith as a keynote speaker for any event. She was so personable and excellent to deal with. Our very first conversation was so easy and Faith was so friendly and just made everything flow. Such an amazing, positive person. I was so excited to meet her in person and she did not disappoint, she was everything I imagined from our previous email conversations.
Faith was such an excellent addition to our Women’s Conference that we hold annually. We have about 100-150 women in attendance for this event and the feedback forms were all 5 out of 5 for Faith’s address.
In the beginning our committee was having trouble choosing what we wanted Faith to speak on to make it work with our theme that we had chosen. She made it very easy to come to a final decision by combining a couple of her topics to make it an amazing ending to the day. There was not one woman in the room that left that day feeling anything but uplifted and positive. To this day, 5 months later, we still hear positive words from women on the streets of our small town about Faith.
Some of the comments included were:
“Wow Faith was amazing”
“Truly enjoyed Faith’s presentation”
“Faith was fabulous”
“Grateful for the time given by Faith”
“Faith was very well put together”
“Faith had great energy”
The above were just some of the many comments that were written on the feedback forms. I really can’t say enough about how professional and friendly Faith was to work with and would most definitely have her back to speak again. She was so adaptable and met every need that we had and I just hope that we were as easy to work with as she was.
Thank you so much for making our event just that much better. I feel very blessed to have gotten the chance to meet Faith and hear her words of encouragement.
Nanton Women’s Conference Committee member
From the moment I met Faith I knew there was something special about her. Any company or individual who hires Faith to speak will be very impressed. I am pleased to recommend her as your next guest speaker. As an event host and CEO of Ignite Me Now, I had the pleasure of hosting Faith as our guest speaker for a networking function and her abilities never ceased to amaze me.
Her charismatic energy mixed with her joyful personality allows the audience to listen intently. She is able to deliver a very powerful message in a short amount of time that truly engages the crowd. She’s funny and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.
Faith’s talk on body language and how this can be used effectively when networking enabled the audience to practice immediately. The audience was left feeling more confident and empowered. This is exactly what I look for when working with speakers. She is a woman who is a living example that displays authenticity.
With Faith’s ability, engagement and delivery of a powerful talk, I would highly recommend her for your next keynote. You will be pleased you did. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the above address or direct phone (403) 828-7173.
Ignite Keynote http://faithwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Ignite-Keynote.pdf
Keynote provided May 11th, 2016
Melissa MacKey, Ignite Me Now, Calgary AB
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