Whether assisting participants to be more effective listeners, overcome public speaking anxiety, communicate more assertively, acquire skills to combat bullies or assailants, or communicate more clearly among cultures or generations, the ESTEEM team creates an enlivened environment enabling participants to discover skills to grow into more effective communicators in all aspects of life. ESTEEM will customize the training to fit the needs, size, and culture of your organization. Contact us today to schedule a training for your organization.
Sexual Harassment Prevention
We offer management and employee versions of our Sexual Harassment Prevention trainings that are highly interactive, using humor, stories, and small group discussions to ensure understanding of the issues by all participants. Emphasis is placed on a behavioral or common-sense definition of sexual harassment. We explore the “gray areas.” ESTEEM conducts sexual harassment prevention training sessions for employees at all levels–general employees, managers, supervisors, and executives. Employees attend two-hour sessions in groups of no more than 30, with supervisory and management employees in separate sessions from non-supervisory personnel. This training is compliant with California AB 1825.
Bullies in the Workplace
According to The Workplace Bullying Institute (2007), 54 million employees of the United States workforce have been bullied now or some time during their work experience. Arming management and employees with the knowledge of what workplace bullying is, how it occurs, and how it affects all involved can decrease workplace bullying.
This training challenges participants to become more adept in our most basic human skill – communication. Through discussion, journal exercises, small group and large group work, participants will deepen their ability to empathize and de-escalate conflicts. The skills taught will be applied to various relationships: family dynamics, work-place conflicts, facilitation and leadership roles, and assisting individuals in crisis.
The Art of Listening
During the course of a day, approximately 45% of an individual’s time is spent listening; however, the average individual’s listening skills are not as well developed as active communication skills. Throughout the educational process, we are not taught how to listen; instead we are just expected to know how. This workshop will enable participants to understand and differentiate between just hearing a message and actually listening to it.
Connecting Cultures Through Communication
Communicators of differing cultural backgrounds face more barriers in recognizing and interpreting verbal and nonverbal messages and the implicit assumptions underlying the messages. The condition of such significant differences and obstacles in communication presents a special context of communication, intercultural communication. This seminar uses activities, discussion, and role-plays to facilitate development of effective communication skills across cultures.
From 8-tracks to Ipods: Bridging the Generational Gaps
Currently there are three distinctive cultures populating America’s workforce: The Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. Individuals from each generation in the workplace creates a potential for discriminatory practices due to a lack of understanding between the individuals with divergent communication styles and cultural values. Creating increased awareness and understanding of the primary role that communication plays in this process can avert regrettable outcomes. This seminar uses activities, discussion, and role-plays to facilitate an understanding of generational communication differences and tools to overcome them.
Public Speaking With Confidence
Research indicates that public speaking is frequently listed as the number one fear for most people. This seminar is designed to decrease the anxiety frequently associated with public speaking and increase speakers’ confidence. In this course we will discuss what makes a good presentation and how to reduce speaking anxiety; in addition, we will use these skills learned to prepare a speech. This activity and skills-based seminar enables each participant to leave with the experience of having successfully given a public speech!
Job Interview Skills: Turning a Teeth-Chattering Experience into a Controlled Conversation
This training offers participants an opportunity to improve their communication in a setting that is frightening to many – the job interview. Through discussion, individual exercises, small group and large group work, participants will sharpen their ability to effectively communicate the information employers need to make a favorable hiring decision.
Personal Safety Seminar
This training features skills for avoidance, deterrence, and resistance of physical and verbal assault. This seminar teaches the necessity of esteem, and highlights skills for avoidance, deterrence, and resistance of physical and verbal assault. Current techniques used by perpetrators are also explored. Role-plays are incorporated to demonstrate the skills in scenarios that relate to the audience. This dynamic session covers all the most frequently asked questions regarding assault prevention.
Home and Family Safety
Statistics show that most assaults happen in the seclusion of a victim’s own home. This seminar enables participants to protect their home and family with practical safety measures. Includes demonstration of easy-to-learn physical techniques.
Setting Professional Boundaries
This training helps participants develop clear, effective workplace communication skills. Participants learn to speak their minds in concise, non-confrontational language that enhances harmonious working conditions. Facilitator employs volunteers from the audience to enact verbal scenarios.
Assertiveness Training for Women
This training prepare participants for a variety of real-life situations: Women learn to verbally circumvent dangerous situations with strangers as well as confront acquaintances who do not respect personal and/or professional boundaries. This seminar uses activities, discussion, and role-plays to empower women to speak their minds while respecting others.
CHILDREN & TEENS
Beyond the Bully
Using the techniques of storytelling, games, and group activities, Breaking the Bully answers questions and dispels fears children and parents have about bullying. This seminar develops awareness, self-esteem, communication skills, and teaches children to use their bodies and verbal skills effectively to co-create a bully-free community.
Sticks & Stones: The Power of Words
This workshop uses interactive storytelling and activities to teach children to recognize the power of words as well as a speaker’s ability to foster negative and positive environments and relationships. This seminar helps build self-esteem, teaches responsible communication, and encourages children to use their new skills to be more effective communicators.
Communicating, Dating, and Relating: Maintaining Your Sense of Self When the Pressure is On
Through fun, interactive role-plays co-created by the participants, this course for girls focuses on enhancing the interpersonal communication skills of teen girls as they learn to navigate their complex social world, including work, school, and dating situations. Students will have the opportunity to practice setting and enforcing boundaries using both verbal and physical skills. Participants will also master physical self-defense techniques to handle “worst case scenarios.” This course aims to empower girls to communicate clearly, protective themselves effectively, and move through the world with less anxiety and more confidence.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
Self-image is integrally linked to body image; how we see ourselves impacts how we feel about ourselves, making a positive body image an essential component of positive self-esteem. Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to explore their feelings about their own bodies as well as develop an understanding of the ways in which gender influences self-concept and body image. Through the use of activities, discussion, and role-plays, participants will learn to deconstruct cultural ideals of beauty for both men and women and work to establish a realistic and attainable sense of beauty.
SAFETY TRAININGS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
A Kid’s Best Defense
Using the techniques of storytelling, games, and group activities, A Kid’s Best Defense answers questions and dispels fears children and parents have about safety by teaching self-reliance and self-protection. This seminar develops self-esteem, helps build communication skills, and teaches children to use their bodies and verbal skills effectively to protect themselves against assault and attempted abduction.
Teen ESTEEM for Personal Safety
This seminar teaches the necessity of esteem, and highlights skills for avoidance, deterrence, and resistance of physical and verbal assault. Current techniques used by perpetrators are also explored. Role-plays are incorporated to demonstrate the skills in scenarios that relate to the audience.
A Girl’s Best Defense: Introductory Self-Defense Workshop for Teen Girls
This training answers the questions and dispels the fears many girls have about their safety by teaching them self-reliance and self-protection. The program develops self-esteem, helps build communication skills, and teaches girls to use their bodies effectively to protect themselves against physical assault.
Introductory Self-Defense Workshop for Women
This training offers participants an introduction to easily mastered physical techniques involved in self-defense. Participants learn a variety of hands-on techniques along with the opportunity to rehearse verbal role-play scenarios. Body language, voice control, and moving beyond the “freeze” response are covered as a part of this dynamic workshop.
Intermediate Self-Defense Workshop for Women
A powerful follow-up to the Introductory Workshop, this training method offers participants the opportunity to deliver full-force, debilitating blows to a padded assailant in a variety of simulated attack scenarios.
Condensed Self-Defense Course for Women
This course combines the Introductory and Intermediate Self-Defense Workshops into one 8-hour training that can be accomplished in one, two, or three sessions.
Comprehensive Self-Defense Course for Women
This extended course offers participants the opportunity to integrate the techniques they learn over the course of eight weeks through repetition. This training offers participants the opportunity to deliver full-force, debilitating blows to a padded assailant in a variety of simulated attack scenarios. In addition, participants spend a full session viewing and discussing their videotaped role-plays with the instructor.
Advanced Self-Defense Course for Women
This training focuses on more complex assault scenarios. In a safe and supportive atmosphere, instructors work with participants to prepare for more complicated situations including defense against armed assailants (knives, guns, clubs) as well as attacks from multiple assailants.