Diane has 20+ years of experience as a consultant, keynote speaker, instructor, and leadership coach specializing in professional networking strategies.
The answer is that it depends on the audience, budget, and goals of the organization. Small audiences may be better suited for a combination of intimate keynote presentation and a workshop. Keynote presentations are more ideal for large audiences.
Absolutely! If it is known in advance that the audience will be professionals with similar careers, then tailoring the content for the audience will be more effective. However, my content also resonates well for diverse audiences as the recommendations are applicable.
Keynote presentations generally range from 30-90 minutes. Workshops are best delivered over four weeks in 60-90 minute sessions. It depends on the goals of the program as well as the budget.
The first aspect is to discuss what networking is - and what it isn’t! Many people have a misguided idea that networking can be selfish or even “sleazy”. I take great pride in building relationships and my programs show the inherent value in networking - which is, in part, about building authentic relationships. The content I created for my programs elaborates on these discussion points.
Yes! Indeed, I also test on the gentle side of being an introvert. In fact, I’m considered an ambivert - which means I can go back and forth between introvert and extrovert. I understand what it’s like when you prefer to be in a smaller setting - which is why I design my content to apply to a diverse audience in this respect.
I find that my clients get the best results over a 3-month period whereby we meet at least 1x per week. Coaching is for driven people who want to focus on their work in a strategic and meaningful way - and they are ready to be vulnerable and commit their time. Just like an athlete, they value someone else’s perspective and knowledge. Not everyone is coachable. It’s key to start small and grow from there.
In my experience, companies with strong corporate cultures both retain talented employees while also improving the bottom line. My consulting is hyper-focused on corporate culture (both the detractors and multipliers to success). This includes: Corporate Culture Review & Strategy, 360 Executive Leadership Feedback, Talent Management & Development, Company Positioning to Recruit New Talent, Employee Best Practices & Adherence to Corporate Policies.
"I am a tough critic and Diane is the best of the best. Her content was brilliant and her delivery was exceptional."
“Diane teaches that generating clients isn't a matter of closing ‘sales’; it's a matter of building relationships with people you want to help and who want to help you.”
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