As a new non-profit and new board, understanding communication styles and preferences can be a big help in building a productive team. Erika volunteered to facilitate a group session to increase our awareness and improve our team work. She masterfully guided us in seeing ourselves and each other through non-judgmental productive conversation. She was full of enthusiasm, insight, and empathy that is so needed when a new group is establishing trust and boundaries.
Tai Goodwin, M. Ed.Speaker & Creative Strategist
As a lunch keynote speaker at the UIC HR Academy, Erika had the tough job of engaging an audience that was more focused on food than professional development. She addressed the challenge head-on. Not only did Erika deliver a message that motivated individuals to participate in meaningful information exchange, she also inspired audience to learn more about the benefits of a brain-friendly workplace.
Kim Morris LeeDirector, Organizational EffectivenessUniversity of Illinois
She was extremely knowledgeable and helped us build better working relationships by teaching us about different communication styles, preferences, as well as our individual strengths and weaknesses. She showed us how to build upon our individual strengths in order to become an even more effective board.
Maria-Renee Grigsby, M.Ed.Education Consultant, Trainer & Educator
Erika provided communication training and effective relationship training to the board of a non-profit I serve on. As a relatively new board for a start-up nonprofit her training was crucial to ensure we got off on the right foot. During our session with Erika we discovered a wide range of communication styles, preferences, strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the session we had also creates rules of the road and standards to create a positive and effective way to communicate as a board both …
Nicole FendeAuthor, Speaker & Tamer of Finance Fears
It struck me as an ahh-haaa how micro-interactions can help allay threats to status and uncertainty. Others left with their own ah-haas, which is what made the session so valuable.
Lori HussSPHR - Employee Relations DirectorScott County
[Erika’s workshop was] excellently designed and executed training. Erika was very tuned into her participants and the materials are very well designed for adult learning. Great workbook, ppt design and training techniques!
Planner, Dept. of Human Services, State of MN
Spirited—great sense of humor— easy to stay attentive!
Fabulous session about setting employee expectations, developing team and individual work plans.
Policy & Planning Manager
Wonderful! Dr. Garms was a very engaging speaker and the subject matter was fascinating!
Great tips to use every day! She was really knowledgeable and a great presenter!