About Sandi

Sandi in the News

Interviewed by The Age (Melbourne) for their Business Section, Sandi was cited as a Team Strategist expert.

The article covered the topic of Office Gossip - and how to stop it.

In part, Sandi's comments were:

“Where problems arise is when individuals engage in misdirected negative communications in a workplace.

“That type of gossip is detrimental to productivity and to morale.”

 

You can read the full article here - or copy and paste this URL in your browser: http://www.theage.com.au/small-business/how-to-gag-office-gossip-20130723-2qfrv.html

About Sandi Givens

What you can expect when working with Sandi

Guarantee

Your time (and that of your staff) is your most valuable commodity. I respect that and want to ensure you get a great return on your investment – your investment of time, energy and money.

No-Risk, 100% Money-Back Guarantee: You will never pay for any service or product from us that you aren’t 100% delighted with. That’s’ our promise – and peace of mind for you.

My Commitment to you includes …

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Who is Sandi?

What is Sandi's Style?

Style

I hold a high value on creating learning events that are effective and efficient.

Countless research has shown that the most effective learning occurs when individuals are relaxed.

Research has also shown that there are specific, concrete ways of accelerating learning and increasing retention.

Because of this, my programs are characterised by appropriate amounts and use of:

  • Lightheartedness
  • Interaction between myself and the participants, and the participants themselves
  • Real-world practical applications and exercises
  • Anecdotes, stories and examples
  • Music
  • Colourful visual aids
  • Summaries
  • Memory hooks enabling better recollection of the material
  • Informality, while remaining professional
  • Opportunities for individuals to complete personal Action Plans for the future

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What are Sandi's Qualifications & Experience

With over 25 years of professional experience in training and management, my primary goal is to help people learn, rather than merely tell them what to do. Since 1989, I directed my own company, Shattering Glass Ceilings (a Division of Knowledge-Able Pty Ltd).

I am regarded by both my clients and peers as one of Australia’s most enthusiastic and authentic presenters.

And I am particularly proud to be a widely-acclaimed author, with my book, Women on the Move: How you can create your place in the world, now in its 2nd Edition.

I was awarded the designation of Certified Speaking Professional by the National Speakers Association of Australia (NSAA) – the only internationally recognized designation for professional speakers. As of January 2012, only 91 members of the Australian Association have achieved this honour - of which only 34 are females.

I served as NSAA’s President – Victoria (2005), was awarded their Speaker of the Year (2004) and am a Member of the Global Speakers Federation.

As I relish the opportunity to assist organisations in developing their people in order to achieve higher levels of excellence and satisfaction and am committed to contributing to our community, I am also the Past Patron of the Australian Institute of Office Professionals (Victoria Division), a Member of the Advisory Board of The Global Good Foundation and serve on the organizing committee of our local Cancer Council Relay For Life annual event.

I sincerely believe that what truly enables me to assist you in achieving your desired outcomes is -

  • More than 25 years professional business experience
  • Experience with a range of industries:
    • IT
    • Communications
    • Airlines
    • Banking
    • Advertising
    • Manufacturing
    • Service
    • Hospitality
    • Real Estate
    • Environment Protection
    • Government Departments
       
  • and a range of professions, including:
    • Engineers
    • Secretaries
    • Accountants
    • Receptionists
    • Managers
    • Systems Analysts
    • Service Deliverers
    • Bookkeepers
    • Team Leaders
    • Project Managers
    • Journalists
    • Flight Attendants
    • Administrators
    • CEOs
  • Experience as a Leader/Manager with three different organisations
  • A depth of understanding of human behaviour derived from study, research & experience in working with diversity
  • My passion for offering choice & celebrating success, and
  • My commitment to my own personal growth, learning & development

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What are some of the tools Sandi uses?

The tools I use include -

  • Models of Human Behaviour – MBTI® , DiSC, Learning Styles
  • NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Generative Learning
  • 25+ years of real-world experience
  • Humour, understanding and warmth
  • Compassion, patience and tolerance
  • Listening, empathy and acceptance

People come to seminars and conferences, not only to learn, but also to enjoy themselves. It is important that they feel …

  • Challenged (but unthreatened)
  • Curious (but not confused)
  • Excited (but not overwhelmed), and perhaps most importantly
  • Personally motivated and inspired (not pushed or coerced).

You and your people are guaranteed to experience all this – and more – during my programs. Participants only need to bring their willingness to learn and an openness to possibility – then you can let me do the rest!

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What are Sandi's Business Values & Ethics?

Like most people, I fulfill many roles in my life; woman, wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, business woman, volunteer for charity, Professional Speaker, Seminar Leader, Facilitator, Coach, Motivator, Mentor … these are some I thought you might want to know about.

In both my business & personal life, I value –

  • seeking solutions, rather than being stuck on problems,
  • tolerance & respect for differences in the human race,
  • honesty, integrity & commitment
  • sharing of knowledge, skills & resources for the benefit of others
  • being clear in communicating myself to others, while being a willing and attentive listener.

I’m a keen & avid learner – especially about anything to do with human behaviour.

My aim in life is to –

  • Love,
  • Laugh,
  • Let go, and
  • to leave a Legacy that will benefit future generations.

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Will Sandi tailor an event to my needs?

Every organisation is different. That’s why we tailor our learning events to fit in with your culture, your priorities, your needs and wants … as well as your budget.

Time of day and day of the week is entirely your choice.

‘Lunch & Munch’ sessions, ½ day, full day, residential programs, or even a series of shorter events scheduled over several months can all be catered for.

In addition to face to face events, we also use on-line programs, teleconference & webinar technologies to transfer knowledge and instill key messages.

Individual and Group Coaching are further options that can be incorporated to create a custom solution to the business problems and challenges you want to address.

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What are Sandi's formal qualifications?

My formal qualifications include successful completion of –

Bachelor of Arts Degree:
Sociology and Psychology
Monash University
Train the Trainer Management Technology Education
Managing Information Overload Stephanie Burns
Learning to Learn Stephanie Burns
The Professional Trainers Programme Level 1:
Advanced Presentation Skills
MAXXUM International Training & Research
The Professional Trainers Programme Level 2:
Advanced Training Skills &
Training Design
MAXXUM International
Training & Research
The Professional Trainers Programme Level 3:
Advanced Facilitation Skills
MAXXUM International
Training & Research
The Professional Trainers Programme:
Certificate of Qualification:Educational Applications of Generative Learning and Neuro-Linguistic Programming
MAXXUM International
Training & Research
Qualifying Certificate for administering and interpreting the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Perspectives Consulting,
Otto Kroeger Assoc.
Trainer as Facilitator Polson HR & Training Brokers (Colin James and Glenn Capelli)
Certificate of Participation:
MBTI® Step II Advanced Training Programme
Peter Geyer and the Australian Council for Educational Research
Certificate IV
Workplace Trainer and Assessor
ISIS – RTO No. 1243

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I sincerely believe that what truly enables me to assist you in achieving your desired outcomes is:

  • More than 25 years professional business experience
  • Experience with a range of industries:

IT, Communications, Airlines, Banking, Advertising, Manufacturing, Service, Hospitality, Real Estate, Environment Protection and Government Departments

  • and a range of professions:

Engineers, Secretaries, Accountants, Receptionists, Managers, Systems Analysts, Service Deliverers, Bookkeepers, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Journalists, Flight Attendants, Administrators and CEOs

  • Experience as a Leader/Manager with three different organisations
  • A depth of understanding of human behaviour derived from study, research & experience in working with diversity
  • My passion for offering choice & celebrating success

and

  • My commitment to my own personal growth, learning & development

About Sandi Givens

What you can expect when working with Sandi

Guarantee

Your time (and that of your staff) is your most valuable commodity. I respect that and want to ensure you get a great return on your investment – your investment of time, energy and money.

No-Risk, 100% Money-Back Guarantee: You will never pay for any service or product from us that you aren’t 100% delighted with. That’s’ our promise – and peace of mind for you.

My Commitment to you includes …

(click the links below for more information)

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Recent Blog Posts
  • Frankly, no. It's not possible - and we are causing ourselves untold frustration and disappointment while we keep trying to achieve it!
     
     
    Why do I say this?
     
    Well, think for a minute about the phrase itself - 
  • (WARNING: Your life as you know it is about to change)

     

    “How can I handle difficult people?”

    Answer – you can’t.

    “Wait – what? You mean I’m stuck with them in my life?”

    Answer – it all depends on how you look at it.

  • I recently attended a three-day women’s festival that I attended for the first time in 2016. It’s never the same the second, third or umpteenth time around is it? First of all, there’s that ‘first time newness’ that we can only get once. “Wow! Look at that!” “Goodness, that’s amazing!” And so on … because we are seeing things through fresh, first-time eyes.

    In our subsequent visits, while we look for that same magic, but logically know it will be different than our beloved ‘first-time’.  We then start to notice what’s not there that we liked the previous year(s), and lament “But I really liked that!”

    So this year, I decided to focus instead on what was new, different and intriguing. And that’s how I came across The Release Tree.

  • We’ve all heard these definitions …

    Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.  (I’ve seen this attributed to Dan Millman)

    Courage is resistance to fear.  (Thanks Mark Twain)

    Courage is mastery of fear.  (Mark Twain again)

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  (Kelly Clarkson made this line famous in her pop song)

    In other words, grit your teeth and move on regardless. Tough it out. Toughen up.

     

    A lot of people who know me say I’m one of the most tenacious, determined, “courageous” people they know. And I’ve always kind of liked this. I’m proud that I ‘hang in there’, dig deep and find my way through challenges.

    My father (bless you, dad) had a saying that went something like this: “The real measure of a person’s character is how they handle adversity.” And I liked this too – for most of my life.

    Whenever I was going through a tough time, I’d remember my dad’s words and think ‘keep going, Sandi – you’re developing character. People will admire you for the fact that you’ve made it through all this crap.’ And so I did keep going (though I’m not sure this really earned me brownie points in the admiration-from-other-people stakes).

  • That’s right – how long has it been since you celebrated?

    I don’t mean go-out-on-the-town-and-spend-a-fortune celebration …

    I mean even a simple pause in your day when you gave yourself a pat on the back.

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