Community Presentations




#7 Topic:
SUICIDE IS A PERMANENT SOLUTION to a TEMPORARY PROBLEM!


TARGET AUDIENCE: M.S./ H.S./ Adults
LENGTH: 1.5 Hrs.

This presentation initially focuses on the sad facts/statistics regarding teen suicide. It also addresses the sign/symptoms of teen suicide. In addition, Tom addresses how one can respond in a caring, non-judgmental way to confront someone who may be severely depressed.



#9 Topic:
WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE? - Managing your time and setting priorities in your life.....!


TARGET AUDIENCE: H.S. / Adults
LENGTH: 1.5-3 Hrs.

This presentation addresses time management in your life. It also addresses efficient ways of managing the time you have personally, professionally and family-wise. A look at the participant’s “normal day” is one activity on the program. A closer look at “workaholism” and “quality” time is also included. Don’t bring your watches!



#11 Topic:
CHOOSING TO BE MORE WELL----A personal responsibility!


TARGET AUDIENCE: M.S. / H.S. / Adults
LENGTH: 1-8 Hrs.

This presentation addresses total wellness vs. just your physical health and discusses specific personal responsibilities one needs to take socially, physically, emotionally and mentally. The assessment of ones wellness can be turned into a workshop day including stress management, time management, personal wellness and personal wellness/self-care planning.



#12 Topic:
LAUGHTER: Medicine for your Funny Bones!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Adults / Business Groups / Staffs
LENGTH: 1.5-2 Hrs.

This session shares the benefits of laughter. A sprinkling of funny stories and some embarrassing moments will be shared during their session along with some factual information and new research information and new research on how laughter can affect not only our lifestyle, but your longevity. Bring some tissues if you are a crier!



#14 Topic:
AN ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM--Living in a family of alcoholism....!


TARGET AUDIENCE: H.S. / Adults / Teachers / Administrators
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation addressees how alcoholism in a family affects the entire family. A discussion of family roles, enabling and co-dependency also takes place. Practical strategies on what family members need to do to get help for themselves is addressed! Knowing how children of alcoholics function allows us to teach and parent more effectively!



#15 Topic:
ALCOHOL/DRUG PROBLEM AWARENESS----for teachers/parents!=


TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers / Parents
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation paints a picture of the severity of the alcohol/drug problem, it’s effect on student learning/parenting and what prevention efforts need to take place to intervene or prevent problems.



#17 Topic:
TEEN EMPOWERMENT--Life skills needed to navigate through life!


TARGET AUDIENCE: M.S. / H.S. / Parents
LENGTH: 1-3 Hrs.

This powerful presentation or half-day workshop allows young adults to learn and practice some critically important life skills like communication, listening, confrontation, decision-making, and refusal. The student thus becomes more empowered with the needed skills which immediately allows them to make better choices for themselves as well as have more techniques to help others when in need.



#18 Topic:
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH OUR KIDS?---Adolescent issues and how to help our children deal with them.


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents / School Boards / Administrators / Counselors
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation focuses on why teens act the way they do, what the issues are that are going on with them and what we can do as parents/teachers to nurture them through this segment of their life without major problems due to their common unhealthy risk/choices/decisions.



#23 Topic:
HOW TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES OF RAISING HAPPY, HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation share some exciting and relevant information on the 40 developmental assets. The Search Institute, a youth research foundation, has found 40 common traits or building blocks that will increase the opportunities that you’ll raise healthy, happy and successful children. Practical parenting strategies will also be discussed to assist in attaining those assets. VERY INFORMATIVE AND PRACTICAL for ANY parent!



#25 Topic:
TECHNIQUES FOR MORE POSITIVE PARENTING-Strategies that make parenting more effective and give our children lifetime "gifts”


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

Parenting is a tough job and it should be considered our main career! This session shares practical techniques and/or strategies that make parenting a bit easier and our children better human beings because of it. Enjoy getting reaffirmed for what you do right, adopt some new strategies and continue to give your children the greatest “gifts” of a lifetime!



#27 Topic:
COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR TEEN?????-It Can Be Easy.....!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents and Teachers
LENGTH: 1 Hr.

At times, it seems impossible! Communicating with your children can be easy and believe it or not, it can be very effective. Come and learn a few new techniques to better communicate without conflict, power struggles and shouting matches!



#28 Topic:
FAMILY WELLNESS- “Everyone wins!”


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents
LENGTH: 1 Hr.

This presentation addresses the seven dimensions of a “well family”. It also provides practical strategies to enhance your family’s wellness. Family wellness- what a precious gift and a win for all!



#31 Topic:
LIVING EACH DAY-Finding out what really is important in your life...!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents / Teachers / Businesses / General
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This session allows you to put your life into perspective and remind yourself of what really is important everyday! Finding time for the people/opportunities in your life that are important to you is discussed. Sit back and enjoy this presentation that will make you you think and feel and refocus the way you live. It also suggests ways to live life each day to it’s fullest.



#35 Topic:
The ABC’s OF PARENTING


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation walks parents through the “ABC’s” of parenting, and offers many practical suggestions to assist in your tough job as a parent. Come and learn your ABC’s all over again! Parent differently immediately after this session!



#38 Topic:
LIFE SKILLS THAT ARE CRITICAL FOR YOUR STUDENTS AND YOUR OWN CHILDREN


TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers / Parents
LENGTH: 1-1.5 Hrs

This presentation addresses the main life skills that are critical to a healthy lifestyle for your students or your own children. Decision-making, problem-solving, communication, refusal, assertiveness and care-frontation skills are all discussed in a practical manner. If time allows, teachers/parents “practice” the skills themselves so they understand them and are able to teach them to their students and/or children.



#40 Topic:
PARENTING TEENS “IN THE MIDDLE”


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents of M.S. students / Parents of upper elementary students
LENGTH: 1 Hr.

This presentation will address what middle school-aged youth are like so you know what’s normal and maybe abnormal. Specific parenting strategies will be discussed to deal with this generally emotionally-charged/ socially-activated child.



#44 Topic:
A PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL “WORK SESSION” FOR PARENTS AND TEENAGERS!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents OR parents with their teens!
LENGTH: 1-5 Hrs.

This practical presentation focuses on preparing parents and their teens for the dating experience. Since this is quite an awkward time for serious and deep conversations regarding the many sensitive issues that need to be discussed during these years I thought that I’d share pieces of a book that I’m presently in the process of writing. These “pieces” offer both parents and their teens a model to “work through” and gain some practical information and life skills needed to strategically prepare for some big decisions regarding healthy relationships and sexual activity. It also shares several “contracts” that can be used between the parents and their teen to insure accountability. Come and ease your nerves with your teen while you pick up some very important, yet practical information, on preparing for your teenagers’ dating experiences/ future relationships.



#46 Topic:
CHILDHOOD OBESITY-What’s a parent to do?


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents
LENGTH: 1 Hr.

This presentation focuses on the many causes of childhood obesity, the consequences if left unchecked and practical suggestions to prevent obesity in your child.



#49 Topic:
LAUGHTER, HAPPINESS AND TIME MANAGEMENT


TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators / Business professionals / Parents

This presentation focuses on three of the five necessary keys to personal rejuvenation. It’ll address the benefits of humor/ laughter, the keys to being happy as well as the interesting and practical ways to look at setting priorities in their lives while managing their time.



#50 Topic:
YOUR PRICELESS ATTITUDE-How to Begin “Infecting” Yourself as Well as Others!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Business professionals / Parents / Educators / Administrators
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation will address how to acquire a positive and “infectious” attitude every day. Once acquired and conscious of that mental state, we will discuss how you can “infect” others throughout your day! This presentation will leave you feeling fortunate, appreciated, confident, rejuvenated and most of all, with an attitude that WILL BE infectious!



#52 Topic:
CRITICAL INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO GIVE YOUR CHILDREN/STUDENTS 3 LIFETIME “GIFTS”---Health, Happiness and Success!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents / Teachers
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This session addresses the 40 development assets that all children need to be happy, healthy and successful in life. It will also address some critical life skills that teens need to survive this “tough” world.



#55 Topic:
MY CHILD'S SOCIAL SKILLS?-Raising the bar for your children to become more SOCIALLY WELL!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents
LENGTH: 1 Hr.

With texting, Facebook, TV, video games and computers, etc. making out teens “socially incompetent”, this session addresses the critical need today to teach social skills with our teens. A discussion on specific social skills needed and how to instill them in your children with relevant and practical strategies will take place.



#64 Topic:
EMPOWERING YOUTH, FAMILIES AND THE PROFESSIONALS THAT WORK WITH THEM!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers/Administrators/Social Service Personnel/Youth advocates/Etc.
LENGTH: 4-7 Hrs. broken up into segments

The keynote and follow-up presentations offers specific strategies that educators, families and the professionals that care for youth can utilize so that effective prevention can truly occur. A general overview and awareness of relevant adolescent teen issues will initiate the understanding which is needed to begin that powerful prevention process. Specific strategies that are needed to help youth become empowered will then be shared. In addition to those suggestions for youth, specific recommendations for schools, communities and families so they can all become an active participants in the prevention process as well! The keynote will conclude with a presentation dedicated to “caring for the professional”. Through energetic, caring, compassionate and rejuvenated professionals, we can then and only then begin the process of offering prevention programs with effective strategies that will promote positive behavior changes in the youth we serve!



#72 Topic:
LIVIN’ LIFE TO THE FULLEST!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators / Hospital-Nursing home staff / Business / Adults
LENGTH: 1-1.5 Hrs.

This presentation addresses some practical suggestions adults should seriously consider to “Live Life to it’s Fullest”. A smattering of topics ranging from self-care to attitude, humor & time management are intermingled throughout this presentation to give all participants a smorgasbord of ideas to really LIVE by so they can start to “enjoy the ride!”



#74 Topic:
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF SO YOU CAN CARE FOR OTHERS!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Caretakers / Parents / Teachers
LENGTH: 1-1.5 Hrs.

This presentation offers 25 practical suggestions to “mix” into your life so that it is a happy, healthy & successful one. A smattering of stories and readings throughout the self-care strategies will be shared to help all participants truly understand the needed “mixture of ingredients” needed in order for your LIFE to be “baked to perfection”!



#79 Topic:
CELEBRATE WHAT’S RIGHT IN THE WORLD!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Businesses / Educators / Parents / Adults
LENGTH: 1-1.5 Hrs.

This presentation addresses our vision we have for our life! It’s suggested that we begin by looking for what’s right in the world rather than what’s wrong in it. Having a mission plan( a reason to live and how to live it) for your life is discussed. To conclude, an excellent DVD is shown to solidify the point of having a “vision”/mission plan for your life while celebrating what’s right in it! Your choice of an “infectious” attitude also begins this celebration!



#81 Topic:
RELAXATION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR THOSE STRESSED!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Adults / H.S.
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation is highly interactive where, after a brief discussion of stressors, coping strategies and relaxation techniques, all will try several techniques/ Come and relax-stress is killing you slowly!



#88 Topic:
WARNING SIGNS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION/POTENTIAL SUICIDE-What to do, what not to do!


TARGET AUDIENCE: M.S. / H. S. / Teachers / Parents
LENGTH: 1-1.5 Hrs.

This session will share some common warning signs of depression. Whether you are a parent, teacher or friend, this session will offer several strategies as to what you should do and discuss the many things that shouldn’t be done when you are concerned about someone who may be depressed /suicidal.



#90 Topic:
LIFE SKILLS-- Life’s “ingredients” needed to succeed!


TARGET AUDIENCE: M.S. / H.S. / Parents / Teachers
LENGTH: 1 Hr.-2 Hrs.

This session shares the necessary life skills that all teens need to have in order to succeed in life. They are extremely necessary at this stage in their life because of the many life-altering decisions they are making!



#95 Topic:
DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS-POSITIVE PARENTING--Giving your children 3 gifts that will last a lifetime!


TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents
LENGTH: 1-2 Hrs.

This presentation will affirm what parents are already doing well and then share some new research on developmental assets! Several positive parenting strategies and tips will also be discussed to aid in their own parenting styles!



#96 Topic:
A RECIPE FOR YOUR LIFE: TOTAL WELLNESS


TARGET AUDIENCE: Adults- Teachers, Parents, Business and Community
LENGTH: 1 Hr.

This presentation looks at combining the necessary ingredients to live MORE WELL! As with a recipe, it lists what is needed "TO BAKE" or to truly LIVE a balanced, productive and well lifestyle. Sprinkled with stories and video clips, you'll be given those necessary ingredients that'll make your life "cook" to perfection!



### Topic:
LIFE OF AN ATHLETE


TARGET AUDIENCE: MS/HS
LENGTH: 1-1.5 Hrs.

This presentation high-lights some of the research from Mr John Underwood from the American Athletic Institute. The relevant information is for athlete, teens, parents, coaches and/or community personnel. This presentation shares the new and very interesting research on alcohol/drugs and the brain. Related information on sleep, energy drinks, etc. can be included if time allows. To personalize, a 15-20 minute DVD entitled, GABE (interview with a potential HS athlete from prison) can be integrated as well!



#101 Topic:
BALANCING YOUR LIFE PERSONALLY, PROFESSIONALLY AND FAMILY-WISE: It’s About TIME!!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers, Business employees, Parents, Community professionals
LENGTH: 1-1.5 hrs.

This presentation allows all participants to seriously look at how they can realistically balance their lives personally, professionally and within their families. This thought-provoking session allows those in attendance to reflect on how thier lives are literally being "spent" while considering some specific stategies to begin the change that may allow that needed balance to take place. All will be encouraged to truly think about their priorities in life------the things that make them happy, the things they live for each day! It's ended with a challenge to TAKE ACTION and begin the process!


#102 TOPIC:
PARENTING PRE-TEENS……? Don’t Freak…..Tweak and Empower them for LIFE!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents/teachers/mentors/grandparents/foster parents of pre-teens (ages 11-15)
LENGTH: 1-2 hrs.

This presentations’ content comes from a book I have written and published. The presentation will address those critically important issues that need to be discussed and communicated with your pre-teens. As you know, there are several big, possibly even life-altering decisions that your pre-teen will have to make soon in their lives. Just a few of these decisions include alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, smoking, driving responsibly, etc. The presentation assists the parent, guardian, mentor, teacher, etc. with not only the needed information but with a variety of relevant and practical interactive activities that can be done together WITH the pre-teen to enhance communication and build the necessary trust that’s needed between a pre-teen and their responsible caring adult. The presentation provides the necessary knowledge and specific and relevant strategies to assist pre-teens as they begin to make those choices and develop relationships.


#104 TOPIC:
IT TAKES 2 TO SAY “I DO”- Simple Tips to make you “I DO” last

TARGET AUDIENCE: Couples
LENGTH: 1 hr.

This interactive presentation addresses specific tips couples could keep in mind to maintain a positive and healthy spousal relationship. A blend of the “little things” couples can do for each other will also be shared. Specific strategies will be discussed to keep their “I DO’s”, a long lasting one! There is time for discussion regarding looking back, looking forward and identifying present thoughts and feelings about their relationship. All this will be discussed before a suggested, “Date-Night-Out”.


#105 TOPIC:
INFECTIOUS ATTITUDES within your MARRIAGE and your FAMILY…Creating an Epidemic from Within!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Couples and parents
LENGTH: 1 hr.

This presentation discuss many practical ways couples can develop a more positive attitude with their spouse AND their children. Suggested tips/practical strategies on relationship-building through an intentional choice of a positive attitude will be shared. This presentation includes couple discussion time which is followed up with their true couple and family “attitude adjustment” action-planning time.


#106 TOPIC:
HAPPINESS; What Does It Take?---YOUR Ingredients Await…!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers/Parents/Community Groups/Business
LENGTH: 1 hr.

This presentation addresses the 12 things that happy people do differently! It also discusses the correlation between happiness, your attitude and your overall gratitude. Some “secrets of true happiness” are shared from a book entitled, Happy for No Reason”. Also discussed are the 5 traps that ensnare folks trying to achieve happiness. It concludes with 12 practical and relevant suggestions for one to consider to begin the process of living more happily than they already may be, by intention.-----DON’T WORRY-----BE HAPPY!


#107 TOPIC:
CARING for the CAREGIVER: How to Support a Sick Loved One Without Falling Apart Yourself

TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone caring for a sick loved one
LENGTH: 1 hr.

This presentation will address 6 barriers one needs to overcome when caring for a sick loved one. Also, specific strategies for success while care giving will be shared. The presentation will conclude with a smattering of practical suggestions to simply care for oneself so you’re able to care for your loved one.


#108 TOPIC:
GRATITUDE’S THE ATTITUDE!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Adults/teachers
LENGTH: 1 hr.

The gift of gratitude is a priceless gift. This presentation focuses on 10 ways to practice gratitude while you develop your thankful attitude. Ways to “master” the gratitude attitude will be discussed as well. A gratitude journal will be suggested after listening to this presentation.



#110 TOPIC:
SITTOSIS: Interventional Strategies that can help for those who have to SIT too long.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Business employees
LENGTH: 1 hr.

The next person who implores you to “don’t just sit there” might be your physician. “Sittosis”, the lack of movement because of sitting too long, may be inhibiting the circulation of lipase, an enzyme that absorbs fat. Learn about the dangers of too much sitting and strategies to intervene when sitting long hours in the workplace or at home. Participants are free to stand during this session.

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#123 Topic: 
Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary: Intentionally Aging Well while you Create Buckets Lists so you can Live Without Regrets!

LENGTH: 1 hr.
AUDIENCE:  Adults/Employees/General Populations

This presentation allows the participants to really begin to think about the "process" of aging at any age, intentionally doing things to aid in that process and creating achievable goals by writing bucket lists so they can live a life without regrets!  The main theme is not to be the best IN the world but the best FOR the world!  It allows the participants to look at short and long term goals, identify steps to attain and then write those goals while identifying behaviors that may prevent one from reaching those goals.  Tom will also discuss the importance of personal, family, spousal, friend and/or grandchild buckets lists as ways to really LIVE and "age well" without regrets!