Speaking / Workshops

The following programs can be uniquely adapted to your needs, audience, and desired outcomes. They can be delivered as a ½ or full-day workshop or in a shorter yet still interactive talk. Please contact theCoach4you to help you design a training curriculum, facilitate a team building retreat, moderate a panel, or emcee an employee recognition event.

Leadership  |  Life/Work BalanceCareer Development  |  Fun Stuff


The ABC's of Creative Problem Solving
A course for leaders wanting to inspire individuals and teams to tackle problems in more creative and effective ways, and for individuals to develop the capacity to look at life from a fresh perspective.  You will leave with new tools to:

  • Articulate vision
  • Build trust
  • Craft a sustainable leadership strategy
  • Develop a competitive advantage
  • Emotional intelligence application

Through interactive discussions of current studies in the field of leadership, exploring real-world case studies that participants are experiencing, and exercises based on the power of visual language to shift perspective, this program offers creative techniques for dealing with old problems and renewed energy to move forward with increased effectiveness.

Assertiveness and Authority
Are you a good worker with good ideas but feel that you’ve hit a wall in your career advancement? Do you supervise someone who has the potential to be a good leader but lacks confidence and authority? In this seminar we will look at assertiveness as a positive process towards career development. You will learn effective ways to articulate ideas, express opinions, get recognized for your contributions, and position yourself (or your colleagues) as a valuable and reliable resource.  
Boss as Host
Using the metaphor of hospitality, this interactive workshop compares the boss–employee relationship to that of host and guest. Grounded in research from Stacey’s doctoral dissertation, “The Psychology of Hospitality: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments,” this creative and contemporary workshop revives an old tradition to achieve new results. This course develops the skills and perspectives to more effectively function in today’s organizational structures, which are more networked than hierarchical. Requiring increased interpersonal skills, leveraging of emotional intelligence, and more engaged relationships, executives and managers will learn how to create an optimal culture that fosters trust, collaboration, mindfulness, candor, empathy, intellectual humility, and psychological safety. Creating an environment that makes others feel welcomed, appreciated, and empowered requires conscious intention, creative energy, and just plain old common sense. By reviewing the field of hospitality through the lenses of mythology, theology, philosophy, psychology, and the tourism industry, participants will gain a better understanding of the significance of hosting/supervising others and the elements that bring out the best in their guests/colleagues. Specific topics covered:

  • Hospitality towards Self: Learning to embrace the paradoxes and complexes of our own psychology
  • Hospitality towards Others: How to overcome obstacles, biases, and fear to be open to the unknown other
  • Hospitality in the World: What myth, philosophy, theology, and tourism has to say about welcoming others
Chaos to Clarity: The Art of Managing Change
When changes occur, stress, conflict, and other issues can arise. This seminar will explore the many aspects of change, shifting the response from chaos to opportunity, and techniques for helping individuals and organizations manage change with curiosity, collaboration, and consensus.
Coaching Skills for Managers and HR Executives
Every great team has a great coach.* In this seminar, Stacey will share the core coaching competencies that help leaders identify star players, build team camaraderie, and create inclusive environments that inspire great ideas and effective implementation. *The word “coach” originated in the village of Kocs, Hungary, where horse-drawn coaches were invented and first used. Literally, a coach is a mechanism designed to move something or someone from where they are to where they need to be.
Communication Skills Bootcamp
From clarifying expectations to influencing change to having difficult conversations—communication is the key to success. This workshop is perfect for people seeking to learn skills and gain confidence in their ability to articulate, engage, and inspire those around them in day-to-day conversations, drafting proposals, delivering presentations, and/or offering feedback to employees, peers, and supervisors. We will review the art of listening, the importance of goal setting, and how one’s behavior communicates much more than their words.
Corporate Storytelling
Every organization has a story. Does yours have a positive impact on employee and customer engagement, a negative impact, or none at all? This workshop will cover how to maximize the myth of your organization by using the ancient art of oral storytelling and the present day tools of social media. Storytelling is an excellent tool for managing teams, marketing products, and attracting strategic partners.
Creating a Winning Team
Everyone talks about the importance of teamwork, but how many managers really know how to create a structure and establish the space for teams to thrive? In this workshop we will learn the necessary skills to engage employees and engender collaboration. The key points to be covered will be:

  • Trust
  • Experimentation
  • Affective Meetings
  • Mutuality
  • Win-Win Outcomes
  • Open Communication
  • Recognition
  • Kindness
Facilitate Meetings that Matter
Learn how to run a meeting that covers the necessary content, makes your employees feel seen and heard, and builds a sense of cohesiveness and engagement within your team. This workshop will cover: room set-up and seat placement, agenda writing and time management, pre-and post-meeting communication, and how to encourage introverted employees to spend more time talking and extroverted ones to spend more time listening.
Failing Forward: Transforming Mistakes into Tools of Mastery
Everyone makes mistakes and plans often don’t go as planned. In this increasingly complex and unpredictable world, we need to develop the resiliency to recover from mistakes with more speed, efficiency, and positive outcomes. In this course you will learn how to instill an attitude of innovation in your organization by recognizing possibilities that were previously seen as problems and opportunities where others see obstacles.
Feedback and Supervision Skills
When communicated well, feedback, both positive and constructive, maximizes your human resources and helps your employees feel important, appreciated, and motivated. Through this interactive seminar, you will explore, experience, and understand the value of holding your employees and co-workers accountable to their best performance. We will focus on:

  • Giving & Receiving Feedback
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Listening Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Delegation & Goal Setting
  • Employee Engagement
  • Managing v. Leading
From Supervisor to Manager: Stepping into Authority with the optimal Aptitude, Alignment, and Attitude
In this workshop your confidence and enthusiasm will grow as you learn how to:

  • Listen in ways that influence performance
  • Earn trust and respect of colleagues
  • Appreciate and apply your leadership style
  • Develop necessary time management techniques
  • Effectively communicate your vision to your team
  • Reduce resistance of people reluctant to change
Listening: A Skill and an Art
Many people underestimate the power of effective listening and overestimate their ability to listen effectively. In this workshop we review the five components of good listening, debunk some of the myths, break down the barriers to effective communication, and practice some exercises to build your active listening skills.
Narrative Leadership: How Your Personal Story Informs Professional Success
One of the most important and yet underutilized leadership skills is self-awareness. In this workshop you will be guided to reflect back on your path to leadership. First, you will explore the life experiences that shaped who you are, the values that drive what you do, the perspectives that define your outlook, and the competencies that determine how you work. Then you will have the opportunity to craft your own Leadership Narrative and take a more proactive role in authoring your professional future.
Negotiation and Influence
To be able to effectively influence and negotiate with others one needs to be able to shift their perspective, engage them in your vision, and motivate them to do the things you need them to do. This course will help participants:

  • Understand the different methods of motivation behind building strategic relationships, instigating change, and achieving alignment
  • Explore theories, techniques, and strategies to influence outcomes and negotiate effectively
  • Discuss the attitudes and approaches that will help achieve win/win outcomes
  • Further develop their interpersonal and communication skills

Life/Work Balance

Adventures in Autobiography
Have you ever thought that your life would make a good book or movie? This workshop provides the time and space to reflect upon the stories of your past and become the author of your future. Practical writing assignments, imaginative exercises, collaborative conversations, and relevant readings will stimulate memory, imagination, metaphor, and sensory perception. Participants can expect to develop the skills, confidence, and inspiration to look at their life through an alternate lens, uncover new perspectives, and find fresh meaning in their old stories.
Avoid the Pitfalls of Perfection: Life Lessons from Mary Poppins on the Magic of Risk Taking and Mistake Making
Do you fall victim to the tyranny of perfection? Come experience how the wit and wisdom of Mary Poppins can help you set aside the ideal conception of who you “should” be so that you can find the magic in who you truly are.  The practically perfect character of Mary Poppins as originally conceived in the eight books written by PL Travers, offers a more realistic and relevant role model than the picturesque, harmonious, and Disneyfied version portrayed in the film.  Although many of us actively avoid spoonful’s of sugar, Mary Poppins offers other useful (and calorie free) tips to:

  • Help life’s medicine go down,
  • Find the fun in every job that must be done, and
  • Free you to be yourself without inhibition or explanation.

Let Mary Poppins and Stacey Zackin teach you to take the leap and land safely (no umbrella required).

Coach Yourself to Success
Every champion has a coach to help them fulfill their potential and master their technique. In this workshop participants learn to maximize their strengths, overcome obstacles, and adopt a winning perspective that allows for positive, sustainable, and invigorating personal and professional change. Attendees will:

  • Define what success means to them
  • Identify the most effective structure to achieve their goals
  • Celebrate their past success and visualize their future achievements
  • Learn tangible coaching techniques that can immediately be applied at home and work
DeFrag™ Your Life: Prioritize, Plan, and Purge
Defragmentation is a technological process that reorganizes the fragmented contents of a computer’s memory to create larger regions of free space by combining small files and deleting ones that are no longer relevant. This process makes the computer function at a higher speed and with more efficiency; ultimately maximizing its capacity to contain, prioritize, and access information. This workshop will guide participants through a similar process to:

  • Delete irrelevant information
  • Effectively manage your energy
  • Find time for what’s important
  • Re-wire your thought patterns (operating system)
  • Accomplish more by doing less
  • Gain a broader perspective
Emotional Intelligence - The Art and Science of Your Personality
How we show up and succeed in the world is a combination of our IQ, EQ, innate personality, and lived experience. Looking to the work of Carl Jung (Psychological Typology & Individuation), Abraham Maslow (Hierarchy of Needs & Dynamics of Self-Actualization) and Howard Gardner & Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence), participants will get to experience their passion and purpose by developing their:

  • Emotional Awareness,
  • Social Competency,
  • Self-Management, and
  • Relationship Mastery
Life Purpose Workshop
Happiness, Fulfillment, Meaning, Satisfaction…these are the desires that drive our behaviors and yet we often find ourselves in habitual actions and default attitudes that seem to move us through a cycle of frustration, disappointment, discontentment, and lack of control. In this interactive workshop, you will get a chance to explore your values, reignite a sense of passion, and create a concrete purpose statement that will help you find significant patterns in your past and drive dynamic choices in your future. This class is designed for millenials trying to find themselves, professionals wanting to market themselves, empty-nesters wanting to rediscover themselves, and seniors who want to enjoy themselves.
Manage Your Time, Manage Your Stress
Although we can’t control time, we can learn effective strategies so that it doesn’t control us. In this interactive workshop you will have a chance to evaluate your priorities, explore alternate perspectives, and develop effective techniques to:

  • Achieve both speed and efficiency,
  • Accomplish more work in less time, &
  • Find balance at work and at home.

Time management requires both a concrete strategy and a creative imagination…both of which will be utilized in this program so that you leave with a focused plan and the flexibility to adapt when things don’t go according to that plan.

Solutions, Not Resolutions (Ideal for December or January)
Every year many of us make resolutions about what we ‘should’ do to improve ourselves and create positive change. This workshop provides a structure to evaluate priorities and create effective strategies to launch the New Year with passion and sustainable commitment.

  • Priorities & Purpose – Identifying what success means, balance looks like, and values are most important
  • Action Planning – Setting goals and strategies for success for 2016
  • Stress Reduction – Learn techniques to pursue your goals without succumbing to overwhelm and being vulnerable to self-sabotage.
Value-Based Decision Making
If there are certain areas of your life that are less than fulfilling, chances are you are not honoring some values that are important to you. This course helps you identify your values, reflect upon their meaning, and create strategies to integrate them in your day-to-day decisions. By using your values as a barometer—goals become clearer and choices simpler.

  • Value Assessment
  • Values in Action
  • Creating a Values-Based Business Plan/Life Strategy

“Stacey donated her time, talent and expertise to present a one person show at a fund raiser for our chapter of Hadassah International. Her ability to use storytelling, humor and values to convey her understanding of life’s experiences was both entertaining and emotionally satisfying. The audience was falling off their seats with laughter, and nodding their heads in recognition of our common experiences. Her continued involvement in community, educational and business sectors is proof of her leadership, intelligence and charitable qualities. Great speaker!”

Elaine Kahaner

Donor Dinner Chair, Hadassah

Career Development

Branding Yourself: Knowing and Communicating Your Unique Value
Why do many of us find it easier to admit our weaknesses, dwell in our failures, and belittle our accomplishments than to embrace our talents and celebrate our success? After this workshop you will not only identify your strengths, but also feel confident, comfortable, and capable of communicating them in a way that garners respect and instigates opportunity in both your professional and personal lives. We will do exercises that help you value your values, shift your perspective, identify your purpose and communicate your strengths which can be used for your 30-second business card/elevator pitch, on the top of your resume, and in your LinkedIn profile.

  • Best – What do YOU do best?
  • Relief – How will YOU solve someone’s problem?
  • Anecdote – What story helps others know and remember you?
  • Number – How do you quantify your impact?
  • Description – How do you want others to describe you?
Job Search Tools: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Social Media OH MY!
One-on-One and Group coaching to provide participants concrete information on best practices and tangible tips to create effective marketing tools, build a strong network, and secure more job interviews.

“Stacey is an ace. Her professionalism is based upon the values she teaches in her coaching seminars and reflects the honesty and integrity of a skilled communicator and educator who is liked, trusted and respected by colleagues like me. I worked side-by-side with her on a variety of projects, programs, and events where her excellent skills in management, diplomacy, delegation, and communications were constantly on display and necessary for successful outcomes. She overcomes challenges with a humorous wit that is both appropriate and welcomed. I would gladly work with her again.”

Noah Gordon

Founder/CEO, JAZE

Fun Stuff

Creativity Coaching
Are you one of those people who think that you are not inherently creative or who used to have creative interests that you no longer have time to experience? If so, this program is for you. Living creatively requires no great artistic talent, superior intellect, or a lot of time, all it takes is a willingness to approach life with playful curiosity and uninhibited imagination—attitudes we naturally had as children that can be applied at work and home to:

  • Find innovative solutions to everyday problems
  • Respond to the unexpected with ease
  • Express yourself effectively
  • Have more fun!

Utilizing the five senses as our guide, this workshop offers a safe and supportive place to discover the new information, experiences, and understanding that exist at the boundaries of your comfort zone and beyond the status quo.

Dynamic Discovery through Doodling™
Often seen as an insignificant distraction or nervous habit, research has shown that doodling is a valid tool for accessing unconscious wisdom and improving cognitive retention. In this workshop participants experience how free-form doodling opens avenues of creative thinking, stimulates alternative methods for creative expression, and encourages the recognition of before unseen patterns and possibilities. In organizational settings this program boosts moral, enlivens culture, and enhances social bonds. Every participant goes home with the work they created. Art supplies provided by theCoach4you.
Get to Know You B*I*N*G*O
A fun community building exercise that is perfect at the start of a professional conference or during a social gathering. Everyone has a bingo card with typical words one might hear in day-to-day conversation. As emcee, Stacey asks for three volunteers to sit at the front of the room and be interviewed. Through their answers they say words on the bingo cards, eventually leading to a winner who then takes their place as an interviewee. It is not only a very fun and stimulating activity; it gives participants an opportunity to learn things about each other they might not otherwise learn throughout their professional or community interactions.
Self-Perception and First Impressions
Do you ever worry about the impression other people have of you or fall victim to that negative voice that preys on your insecurities about not being enough…or even worse, being too much? In this simple yet significant feel-good workshop you will have a chance to hear some positive feedback about how others see you. You will leave discover what impression you make on others and how to leverage that knowledge to increase your influence and boost your self-esteem. The program will conclude with a discussion about the value of knowing your value and how important it is to own and reaffirm your strengths. When we go in to meetings, interviews, or to network with potential clients, we need to know how we are perceived so we can use that knowledge to develop our brand and establish positive relationships in a natural way. This program reminds people who they are at their core and the positive impact they have without even trying.
Speed Networking
Like speed dating, but much more fun. Like a typical networking event, but much more effective. Stacey emcees this engaging activity and offers creative conversation prompts to help participants get to know each other beyond the 30-second business card, outside of the confines of standard work chat, and without the pressure of trying to find your soul mate. A great ice-breaker at the start of a conference or retreat or as part of an employee training or celebration.

“Stacey’s work was exemplary in all facets. She is detail and goal oriented, while remaining personable and flexible. Stacey is a problem-solver and is frequently the source of expertise for colleagues and friends. I recommend her as a wonderful innovator as well as colleague.”

Cassie Weinstock

CEO/Founder, Providing Instruments Empowering Self-Esteem (P.I.E.S.)

“It is in Stacey’s very nature to create an environment that is inclusive, engaging, creative and fun. She’s a quick thinker, which makes her very resourceful – she loves coming up with ideas to make everyone feel special and well taken care of.”

Amy Feagin

Sales Associate, New Era Park at New Era Cap

The Creative Roundtable

6-Month Virtual Goal Accountability Group

Creative Strategies and Supportive Structure to guide you to Get What You Want!

  • Group and Private Coaching
  • Values Assessments
  • Accountability
  • Inspiration

Contact Stacey to find out when the next group will launch.

“The Creative Roundtable has provided helpful and explorative methods to gain a deeper understanding of what really matters to me most and the kind of life I would like to live. I have been able to refocus my goals and remember that there is nothing I can’t accomplish when I am clear and actively using my desire to reach further and dream bigger.”

David Villella

Entertainer, Creative Roundtable 2015-2016

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

Sponsored by the Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Center, this 6-month in-person business seminar provides structure, support, and concrete strategy to evolve your ideas, talents, and values into a small business. Monthly workshops and action plans will help you gain a clear understanding of your product, your ideal client, your strategic plan and yourself as a business leader.

The pilot-program launches on March 16th in Manchester, CT. Applications due on March 7th. Click here for application.


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