Workshop Options

All of Alan’s topics can also be delivered as an interactive workshop instead of as traditional presentations. This is a very popular option for groups that would like the audience to get involved discussing and sharing their own thoughts and ideas. This makes for a very productive learning environment and often participants can learn from each other as well with Alan facilitating the group discussions.

Alan offers two delivery models with his workshops:

The first model is to separate the presentation and workshop portion. This is the most popular model and is very effective. For the first half of the allotted time slot for the workshop, Alan delivers a presentation which sets the groundwork for the material that will be discussed.

This gets everyone excited and inspired to learn and discuss the material in more detail. A popular option is to have the presentation portion in the morning, then a break for lunch or coffee, followed by the workshop portion in the afternoon (or after the coffee break depending on timing). The workshop portion is filled with discussion questions and short activities and continuously refers back to the material that Alan shares earlier during the presentation.

The second model is to have the workshop discussion questions and short activities spread throughout the allotted time slot for the workshop. Alan presents the material for a specific focus or subject and then facilitates a short discussion before moving on the the next item in the workshop.

Both of these options are equally effective and it is entirely up to the organizer which workshop model is preferred for the group.


“Simply amazing and awe-inspiring. An incredible speaker with a great story to tell.”

— Matthew Ng, PEng, MBA, PMP | Manager, Chapters | Professional Engineers Ontario

Building Trust

Alan’s dynamic programs on building trust highlight the tools and essential steps that are involved in developing a level of trust in professional relationships. This is the foundation of effective teamwork and a collaborative, transparent work environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • The importance and advantages of building trust
  • Fostering an environment that encourages trust development
  • Strategies, tools and techniques for building trust
  • Gaining team member alignment and commitment
  • Open and transparent communication without placing blame

Coaching & Motivation

Motivating and developing others is an art that requires a unique skill set and adaptation of various techniques. For leaders and managers, coaching skills are essential in order to effectively identify strengths, transfer knowledge and empower others.

Learning Objectives:

  • The importance and impact of coaching for teams and individuals
  • Tools and techniques for motivating and engaging people
  • Effective coaching communication strategies
  • Distinguishing characteristics of outstanding coaches
  • Common coaching mistakes and how to avoid them

“Nothing short of outstanding! Alan’s message encompasses every aspect of life!”

— Gary Laakso, CFP, CLU, CHFC, CHS | Program Chair | Advocis Simcoe Muskoka

“The one standing ovation presentation
at District Conference”

— John H. Donovan | District Governor | Rotary District 5710, Eastern Kansas


Effective leadership in today’s society requires a shift in mentality to embrace more agile and collaborative approaches that empower people, leverage technology, instil confidence and boost performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Empowering your team and earning individual commitment
  • Agile practices and current global trends in effective leadership
  • Result-based vs. task-based leadership frameworks
  • Leading with integrity and making a positive, lasting impact
  • Innovation in leadership practices to drive purposeful change

Team Building

Developing healthy professional relationships between team members is essential for clarifying roles, breaking down barriers, gaining alignment on team goals and effectively collaborating to find innovative solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Building strong interpersonal relationships
  • Responding quickly and efficiently to issues that arise
  • Healthy competition and effective collaboration
  • Improving group morale and identifying individual strengths
  • Overcoming adversity and resolving interpersonal conflicts

“We’ve had nothing but positive
feedback since!”

— Autumn Smith | Manager | Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce

“I have no idea how I am going to even come close to matching your presentation for future conferences!”

— Steve Head | Executive Vice President | Telephone Association of New England

Strategic Planning

Alan’s strategic planning programs focus on setting strategic goals, developing a clear vision of future outcomes, gaining alignment from individual contributors and establishing the steps involved in achieving desired outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Developing a comprehensive strategic plan
  • Setting priorities and focusing energy and resources
  • Adapting the strategic plan to environmental conditions
  • Communicating the plan and gaining alignment from stakeholders
  • Creating a sustainable culture of commitment and implementation

Sales & Marketing

To win in today’s competitive marketplace, organizations have to embrace diverse marketing strategies, understand societal trends and constantly create remarkable customer experiences centered around value, integrity and relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding customer expectations and changing mentalities
  • Creating a true customer experience of value and transparency
  • Selling with integrity and focusing on providing quality solutions
  • Expanding and innovating customer touchpoint opportunities
  • Overcoming objections and reframing opportunities

“I just reviewed our event surveys, with top reviews being attributed to your keynote address. You captured the audience with a lasting impression.”

— Monica Klaas | General Manager | Alberta Seed Processors