If you are after a fun, enthusiastic and engaging speaker that will inspire an audience to reflect on themselves and take action, give me a call.

I focus on getting to the heart of issues around developing awareness, overcoming barriers and taking small steps for big transformation.

I speak at conferences, symposiums, special events and other occasions which call for a focus on what really matters.

Below are examples of some of the topics I cover.

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Managing change and uncertainty

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Change and uncertainty in the workplace can cause significant fear, anxiety, resentment, denial and inertia. Managing this well requires awareness and skill. Tulsi explores the impact of change and uncertainty, typical responses to change, strategies to manage fear and anxiety in ourselves and others and practical approaches to moving forward and achieving success before, during and after change.

Overcoming the empathy deficit

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Barack Obama has referred to there being an empathy deficit in society today. Empathy is the key to understanding, developing and maintaining good relationships and understanding another person’s perspective. This session explores what empathy is, its importance, how it can make a significant different to the quality of workplace relationships, and tools and strategies to develop and demonstrate more empathy in the workplace.

Why you shouldn’t walk the talk

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It’s those quiet, secret messages we hear in our head that tell us we’re not good enough, that other people are better, that we can’t do it. Negative ‘self talk’ is something we all engage in some of the time and the impact can be debilitating if not devastating. This session will explore what negative self talk is, its impact and strategies for overcoming it to enable staff to reach their full potential and feel confident to embrace new challenges.

Communicating for successful relationships

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This session explores key communication challenges for staff and organisations and the impact of these on workplace relationships. It then focuses on practical tools and strategies for developing self-awareness and effective communication to promote excellent workplace relationships and a positive organisational culture.

Lead your own change: from insight to achievement

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It can be very challenging to transform yourself or your organisation. This session explores the key stages of leading your own change from a focus on gaining insight and awareness, to embracing a commitment to change and moving to the planning, action and accountability stages.


Listen, learn and then lead

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To be an effective leader you need to listen and learn from those around you. This session explores the importance of listening and engaging with staff and the skills required to effectively do this.

Acknowledgement: the path to employee engagement and better relationships

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A study of 200 000 people found that the number one reason why staff would be willing to migrate to another country for work was for acknowledgement by their boss. Acknowledgement is free, easy, requires little time, yet it is done badly and rarely. This session explores acknowledgement, what it is, why it is important and how to do it well.

The importance of kindness and connection

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Kindness and connection can make all the difference to the relationships you have on a personal and professional level. When you have challenges with people, feel disconnected or unable to work with them, expressing kindness and seeking connection can de-escalate conflict and develop more positive relationships. This session defines what kindness and connection means, how it can make all the difference and how to develop the ability to express kindness and connect with others even when situations are challenging.

The 5 leadership practices that transform

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Based on in depth research, Kouzes and Posner identified 5 key leadership practices. This session explores these key leaderships practices: Inspiring a Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Enabling Others to Act, Modelling the Way and Encouraging the Heart; and why these are so important to engaging staff and creating a positive organisational culture.