Professional Development

Every business will succeed or fail because of the quality and motivation of their most important resource – their people. Investing in the lives, learning and encouragement of the human resources of a business, government or not-for-profit group through seminars, workshops and retreats can be the difference you need.

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"I would highly recommend Grant Fairley of Strategic Seminars.  He is one of the best presenters I’ve seen in his ability to engage an audience and invoke their contribution. His presentations have the right balance of content and “real life” application examples that make them entertaining, educational and relevant…I have always left Grant’s presentations inspired and with something new and valuable to bring back to my workplace and clients."
Ross Downing, Managing Director
KPMG Consulting

"Grant is always well prepared for sessions that he manages. He has a very inclusive style that encourages dialogue and participation while keeping discussions focused and on track"

Doug Yungblut, President
Yungblut & Associates Consulting

"Grant has a special gift in explaining and communicating new ideas and concepts in a classroom or executive presentation setting. He has a wide range of experience to draw on which provides added background and examples to his teaching and coaching skills. He is articulate and his congenial style makes the learning experience effective and rewarding. I would recommend Grant as an excellent presenter or trusted coach to senior professionals and executives.”
Ted Roberts, Owner
EC Roberts Advisory Inc

On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for your seminar... The seminar was fun, fresh and funny... Thank you for the valuable tools you have provided.
Danielle Moldovan
Fundraising Coordinator

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Grant for the wonderful professional development seminar that you provided for my staff. You did a terrific job of presenting great concepts that will be beneficial for me and my team, both personally and professionally. I enjoyed the fairy tales and all of the meaningful and rich information. The fairy tales allowed us to connect familiar stories with real life situations. Your approach was practical and will challenge us to think outside the box. I would recommend Grant's services to anyone looking for an informative, down to earth, and inspiring presenter.
Regional Director Special Supplemental Nutrition Programs United States Department of Agriculture


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Professional Development

Value Added from our Seminars Workshops and Retreats

Team Building – A seminar is an excellent tool to help the team step outside of itself and think about the big picture. It also is a way to learn more about yourself and the others on your team and how that all fits together. With a renewed sense of who “WE” are – there is new energy and commitment to each other. You also find yourself a bit more tolerant of those personality types who are not like “ME”.

Sales Training – For those who have to keep their edge to be effective in sales and marketing, training is always a refresher and a chance to exchange the war stories of life on the battlefield of selling. People in sales are always looking for a new idea or tactic that can help them get that potential sale across the finish line.

Conflict Resolution – Where there are people there will be conflict. That’s life. But in the workplace – conflict can drain personal energy and change the focus from customer service and sales to duck and cover. A workshop allows people to vent and then rebuild the trust relationships.

Leadership – This is often seen as a topic for just the senior management. The truth is that you have leaders all through the organization. We often assume that they know how to lead because it may be a small group or area of responsibility. Poor leadership – even in small groups – can create conflicts and poor performance.

Customer Service – The battle to keep each member of your organization focused on serving the customer never ends. Having a seminar on customer service can remind everyone of the choice every customer always has – to buy that good or service here – or somewhere else. That will affect your bottom line.

Community – Groups that serve the community face many of the same pressures to perform and compete as a business does. Instead of sales, it is those valuable donor dollars that go to one organization or another. Add to that the extra challenge of working with volunteers! Training is essential to keeping the spark in community groups.

Encouragement – Good seminars will encourage you. This can add some “oomph” to you and your work. You’ve been away from the routines and the same old/same old. The seminar has reminded you of the important part that you play in the lives of the rest of your group. The value of your work as part of your life has been affirmed. You now have something extra to share.