Here is a list of programs for self-development that Laurel can design for your company or organization based on your needs.

Managing Stress with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of undivided attention, focusing the mental sense of attention with the 5 physical senses. Practicing this produces a state of calm that makes us better able to respond rather than relax, and to manage emotions.  Learning how to breathe deeply gives us an immediate way to let go of stress and calm down.

Communication Skills for Resolving Conflict

The purpose of communication is to connect with other people.  Going beyond the old paradigm of debating or arguing points of view, effective communication means being curious to understand each person’s perspective.  Learning to listen and also how to invite discussion in situations of conflict helps us have greater resilience and improve our relationships. 

Essential Life Skills

Essential life skills help you to be centered, focused, and relaxed while being more creative and productive.

The skills of self-respect, undivided attention, concentration, memory, and listening will help you to be more productive and fulfilled, both at work and at home. You can use these life skills to improve communication, be more organized, have greater health, and use your time more effectively.  They enable you to have better relationships at work and at home

How to Have More Time

We all have 24 hours in a day but some people seem much more productive than others.  Developing the skills of undivided and attention, learning how to set priorities, and how to do one thing at a time rather than multi-tasking, enables you to make better use out of the time you have.  Learn a concentration exercise and two methods for establishing priorities to help you be more productive, efficient, and fulfilled.

Developing Active and Reflective Listening

Learning how to listen is the best way to improve relationships, express empathy, and develop connections with other people.  This is an active workshop giving participants opportunities to practice the skills of active listening and the five reflective listening skills:  attending behavior, acknowledgements, door openers, silence, and reflectively responding.

Your Personal Mission

Knowing your core values and your ideals helps you to be centered and grounded.  Research on burnout shows that people develop burnout when they make choices that conflict with their core values.  This workshop offers an exercise for clarifying core values and identifying ideals so that you craft a personal mission statement that serves as an inner compass.  This helps you to make wise decisions and live your best life.

Six Keys to Better Relationships

All relationships, whether personal or professional, can be improved by understanding and developing six keys:  common ideals, communication, cooperation, change, creativity, and compassion.  Learn how to assess your strengths and how you can improve in these areas for better connections with the people in your life.

Visualization for Success

Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”  All successful people use visualization to first image what they want, and then choose appropriate actions to accomplish their goals.  Learn a three-part formula for success that you can apply at work and at home.  This enables you to recognize and take advantage of opportunities for greater wellbeing.

Attitudes of Gratitude and Affirmative Self Talk

Research shows that a daily practice of gratitude rewires our brains for resilience, optimism, and greater good.  Most people are unconscious of their inner dialogue which may be negative, expecting disappointment, being anxious or worried. This negative self-talk can turn into self-defeating choices and behavior.  Learn how to hear the stories we tell ourselves, and to cultivate a purposeful practice of gratitude for greater health and wellbeing.

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