Educators – The Journey Starts Here:

The teacher is the decisive element in the classroom. If the teacher is warm and positive, the climate will be warm and positive too. If the teacher is enthusiastic about teaching, the students will be enthusiastic about learning. A motivated teacher motivates students. Setting aside staff development time for a workshop on motivation and positive school climate is not only beneficial — it’s imperative.


Teachers Still Make The Difference

Teachers STILL make the Difference can serve as an exciting kick-off to the school year or an uplifting mid-year charger! It is positive and upbeat, laced with humor and a reminder of the important role teachers play as they influence students’ lives. This topic is also an appropriate keynote or break-out session for educational conferences.


Emotional Intelligence 101: 
How to Carve a Duck

It’s a strange title, but it’s an absolutely powerful session. It teaches a system of self-coaching that helps participants become more patient, more confident, and remain calm in upsetting situations with a kind and approachable tone of voice.  It outlines three specific strategies that lead to a higher level of “emotional intelligence,” increased awareness (mindfulness) and self-mastery of any desired skill. It enhances effectiveness and enjoyment in all areas of life, both on and off the job.


Teaching From The Inside Out

John Goodlad in, A Place Called School, reminds us that kids may not always remember what they were taught but they will remember how they were treated.

Success in the classroom hinges on the climate created by teachers, administrators and the entire school staff. School climate starts at the top and permeates the entire organization. For each individual educator, leadership and personal effectiveness originates from the inside out.


Coaches Make The Difference

The game or meet you are preparing for right now will pass quickly, but your legacy and influence will continue long after the last horn sounds and your career comes to a close.  How you treat your athletes, how you handle winning and losing, and how you handle the ups and downs of competitive athletics is the ultimate test. Your choices determine the real and long-lasting success of your coaching career.

Break Out Topics

Educating From The Inside Out, Emotional Intelligence: How To Carve A Duck both serve as excellent break-out sessions.

Other sessions can be custom designed:

  1. Keeping Yourself Positive During Challenging Times
  2. Staying Calm Under Fire/Dealing With Difficult People
  3. Correction vs. Criticism
  4. You DO Make The Difference
  5. Building Self-Esteem and Confidence
  6. Embracing Diversity: Making Our Schools Safe And Welcoming For  ALL Students


Customization: Because we never stop growing…

Additional sessions can be created for specific organizations, each to be completely customized to fit your specific needs and objectives.

Dennis Smith Training & Development   |   Phone: (320)250-9741   |   Email:
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Denins Smith Training & Development is located in Saint Cloud, MN. Denny Smith speaks nationally as a keynote speaker, wrap-up speaker and breakout speaker.
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