I began my communications career as a reporter and newspaper editor, later transitioning to public relations. Over my 20-year career I have worked in local government, private and non-profit sectors, as well as a post-secondary instructor and corporate trainer.
Some of the public speaking and training sessions I offer include:
- Presenting like a pro – Taking the fear out of presentations
- Media relations 101 – Understanding the media landscape and how to pitch your story
- How to write a news release that will actually be read
- Media interview skills – How to tell your story and connect with your audience
- How to handle tough questions – Advanced media training for professionals in the spotlight
- Taking the pulse of your organization’s communications – How to conduct a meaningful communications audit
- Issues management – Moving from reactive to proactive
- Crisis communications – Planning for the unexpected
These training sessions are all customizable to meet the needs of the participants.
I have recently combined my communications experience with my passion for patient advocacy, by writing two books – Bed Rest Mom – How to survive bed rest with your sanity and dignity intact (imbed link to bedrestmom.com) and Your Child’s Voice – A Caregiver’s Guide for Advocating for Children Who Fall through the Cracks (available September 2018).
I offer training and conference speaking on the following topics related to these books:
- Bed Rest Mom – supporting the mental and emotional health of pregnant women on home and hospital based bed rest. This is an area of patient care that is often overlooked, and can leave the mom feeling isolated, fearful and depressed.
- Your Child’s Voice – tools, techniques and life lessons to help parents learn how to proactively advocate for their child.
- Going beyond the label – helping health care professionals and caregivers understand their roles and how to work together to support children who have special needs.