Seminar List

The courses below are ready to be delivered to your organization, department, or team.  Most seminars are one to two hours in length and can accommodate as many participants as your training room can seat.

All seminars can be delivered virtually during the time of COVID-19 and beyond. Dr. Gratias can deliver in-person seminars with appropriate social distancing and mask usage in place.

The ROI of Time Management

Many professionals have more work to do than time to complete it.  Time and task management are critical competencies for professional success and work/life balance.  However, it is hard to allocate time to plan and organize.  Dr. Gratias knows the time management activities that have the biggest “bang for the buck” and will guide you through making informed choices about where to invest your efforts.

This two-hour course will help you:

  • Diagnose your personal time management difficulties
  • Reorient yourself toward the time management choices, activities and tools that produce optimal results
  • Set goals and devise action strategies to implement meaningful improvements

NEW! Positive and Productive Communication

Some organizations assume that, “if you can talk, you can communicate.” Wrong. Communication landmines can turn a productive team into a mess of unproductive conflict instantly. 

This two-hour course will help you:

  • Understand the important balance between facts and emotion in communication
  • Learn how to respond to others so that your impact matches your intent
  • Follow research-based formulas and scripts that provide clear direction for positive communication

NEW! Productive Feedback Delivery

In this fun and fully interactive two-hour workshop, participants learn the absolute worst AND best ways to deliver feedback in the workplace. 

Participants will learn:

  • The pitfalls of “winging it” when it comes to delivering feedback
  • A structure for feedback delivery that produces results 
  • How to de-escalate feedback situations that are becoming conflictual
  • How to handle resistance when it occurs 

The Superhero Power of Setting Goals

There is no better way to direct and focus your efforts than to set goals, but there is a right way to do it.  In this two-hour workshop, Dr. Gratias addresses the dos and don’ts of creating goals that will transform your business and life.

Participants will learn:

  • Why goal setting works and when it doesn’t
  • The three critical elements of a goal that research shows will lead to success
  • When you should abandon or revise your goals
  • How to set goals without getting overwhelmed

The Psychology of Productivity

Getting organized at work is an emotionally-laden journey for many businesspeople. In this 30 to 60-minute keynote, Dr. Gratias describes case studies of clients whose experiences and results will resonate with and inspire you. Sometimes the biggest hurdle is your own brain.


Crazy Productive Tips for Microsoft Outlook

Outlook has lots of great features to help you be organized – if you know where to look for them.  This two-hour class is hands-on and packed with practical tips that participants can use every day to manage their email and their time.  Training is available for Outlook for PC desktop versions.

Topics covered include:

  • Mail advanced features, many of which will be new even to experienced users
  • Calendar essentials, including appointments, meetings, and sharing
  • People, including contact management, distribution lists, and sharing
  • Tasks, including best practices for task creation and task management

Conquer Your Email Today …because there is no tomorrow

Email can be an excellent communication tool as well as a time consuming chore.  The volume of email is steadily increasing while our ability to manage it is being reduced due to competing demands for our time.  In this two-hour seminar Dr. Gratias teaches participants the skills they need to simplify the emails they send, receive and retain.

Participants will learn:

  • Best practices for using email as a communication tool
  • Proven techniques to reduce the amount of email you receive
  • How to determine what emails to keep and delete, and where to file them
  • Tips for living within company-imposed mailbox limits

Maximize Your Meetings

Meetings are expensive and often wasteful. This one-hour seminar provides guidance for you as both a meeting owner and meeting participant to maximize the return on investment (ROI) of your time and that of others in a meeting.

Topics covered include:

  • How to avoid “pointless gatherings” of highly-paid people
  • Essentials of meeting documentation and follow-up
  • Tips for getting meetings back on track
  • The beauty and value of meeting charters
  • Conducting a meeting audit to determine where your time is best spent

Rituals that WORK: How to Gain Control of Your Time

A ritual is, by definition, a series of steps that is followed faithfully. In this one-hour seminar, you will learn how to incorporate rituals into your work to keep your to-do list updated, calendar managed, and fires extinguished before they even start.

Topics covered include:

  • How to take advantage of our natural human tendencies to follow rituals
  • The most productive ways to start and end your work days
  • How to stay on track with goals, metrics and projects
  • The importance of flexibility and the trap of perfectionism

Workplace Interruptions: You Don’t Have to Be a Victim

Workplace interruptions are often a productivity-stealing substitute for good time management behaviors.  In this two-hour course, participants will learn to reduce superfluous interruptions before they start and deal more effectively with them when they occur.

Topics covered include:

  • Minimizing self-interruptions and convenience interruptions
  • Changing the culture of interruptions in your team
  • Reducing the damage caused by interruptions
  • Understanding the psychological and productivity-related benefits of focus

Project Management for Regular Folks

Managing projects is becoming a part of most every businessperson’s job.  This two-hour introductory course is for people who manage projects as a part of their regular jobs.  Participants will learn the basic components of managing and organizing projects.

Topics covered include:

  • Scoping a project to prevent scope creep
  • Task tracking to keep projects moving forward
  • Meeting management that facilitates communication
  • Results reporting to project sponsors and stakeholders

Electronic Files: How to Avoid a Digital Junkyard

Does your company (or department) have a shared network drive?  Has it gotten out of control?

This two-hour course will help teams and/or departments:

  • Organize large amounts of electronic records
  • Clarify file ownership and shared server etiquette
  • Encourage file sharing even if associates fear doing so
  • Specify naming conventions for files that facilitate search and retrieval
  • Reduce duplication in electronic files across servers and file formats

This course is particularly relevant to companies who plan to migrate their electronic files to a document management system and can be customized to train participants on the migration.

How to Get People To Change …even when nobody wants to

Change is a constant. However, few people like – much less love – changing. In this two-hour session, Dr. Gratias helps people who are responsible for leading and implementing changes.

Topics covered include:

  • Understand the psychology underlying change resistance
  • Employ proven strategies to influence people to become change champions

Participants will gain a greater appreciation of the process of change and understand how they can work with people to move change strategies forward.

Productivity Hacks …to reclaim time and create mental bandwidth

A “hack” is a clever solution to a tricky problem. It’s also a name for an untalented golfer, but that’s not what this one-hour seminar is about. Dr. Gratias will share 10 productivity tricks that address many common time wasters found when working with people, processes, and technology. Participants will leave the seminar with concrete plans to save time and mental energy every day.