Guest Speaking

Are you looking for a guest speaker?  

Maggie DiStasi is an avid public speaker with experience and training in the capacity to deliver an effective, meaningful and inspiring speech or presentation.  She has found that something magical happens when a group of people are brought together to join in a skilfully facilitated conversation or presentation: they connect, they find strength in vulnerability, they experience a sense of belonging and shared humanity, they learn and grow.

At this time, Maggie is pleased to be a guest speaker on the following topics, or she can customize a presentation to suit your specific needs/interests:

Your Process is Your Partner: Navigating the Uncertainty of Career Transition

 Your Process is Your Partner:
Navigating the Uncertainty of Career Transition

  • Have you ever wondered how some people are clear on their career goals, when you aren’t?
  • Have you thought there was something *wrong* with you because you couldn’t figure out what you wanted for yourself in your career?
  • Have you felt frustrated because you didn’t know what to do next, even though you were longing for a change?

In our goal-focused society, many of us believe that without a clear goal we can’t move forward or make progress. Often, it’s this belief itself that holds us back and makes us feel stuck, especially in our careers.

In reality, we all have the capacity to create positive change in our careers, whether we know what our goals are or not.  To get started, you need to identify and develop your personal process for creating change based on how you have successfully made positive changes (big or small) in your work before.  In this presentation, you’ll learn a simple, 4-step approach to develop your process to create positive change.  When you work through the steps with intention, your future gets brighter all the time.

“Thank you again to Maggie for an insightful and very practical session.”
– Christina Greenberg, Scala Network (June 2017)

“Thank you for your session.  It was helpful to (our career transition clients) and well-timed.”
– Deborah Nixon, Mandrake Human Capital (May 2017)

“Thank you very much for a flawless and involved presentation.”
– Sapphire Dholakia, Medavie Blue Cross (customized version presented in September 2016)

Download speaking sheet: speaker_profile_maggie_distasi_career_transition

Planting Seeds for Success: Making the Shift from S.M.A.R.T. Goals to Goal Emergence

Planting Seeds for Success:
Making the Shift from S.M.A.R.T. Goals to Goal Emergence

A team-building workshop that engages staff to position themselves for their best goals to emerge.

Goal-setting is changing.  Research has uncovered significant limitations to S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals, including:

  • S.M.A.R.T. goals dull responsiveness to the complex nature of organizations
  • S.M.A.R.T. goals reduce people’s awareness of other factors that may be important to success
  • S.M.A.R.T. goals compel people to adopt riskier strategies to achieve them
    (Ordonez et al., 2009)

What’s next?  The trend is moving away from identifying static goals and towards goal evolution and emergence.
(David. S., Clutterbuck, D., Megginson, D., 2013)

In this half-day workshop, we’ll explore the changing nature of goal-setting from SMART goals to goal evolution and emergence.  We’ll discuss the two kinds of creative thinking required for your best goals to emerge and evolve.  With creative team-building and goal-emerging exercises, we’ll help your staff position themselves to achieve their best goals in the year ahead.

“Maggie created a specific program to help provide structure to setting individual goals and creating goals and objectives for our company as a whole.  The team was reminded what it is to really listen to their co-workers and be mindful of others workloads and positions in times of stress. Maggie provided a great alignment amongst our company for striving toward one goal of growing our overall teamwork and defining our business objectives. We look forward to working with Maggie again in the future.”
– Sarah Brown-Duncan, Account Supervisor – Marketing, The Mint Agency 

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Mindful Leadership

Mindful Leadership

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
(James Baraz)

There is opportunity to be mindful in every aspect of our life, including our work and development as leaders.  While it requires skill and practice to be mindful, the new perspectives that become available to you are invaluable, i.e. an appreciation of the complexity of a situation and the sense of urgency driving our behaviour, an awareness of the pressure we put on ourselves/our teams and its impact, and respect for the creativity that is unleashed when we can step back and observe ourselves in the moment (to name just a few).

The more mindfully aware we can become, the more our leadership presence grows and positively influences those around us.  Let’s talk about additional benefits of mindfulness at work, the challenges to being mindful (especially when the pressure is on), and any assumptions we make about how mindfulness “should” look and feel that may be getting in your way of being mindfully aware.

“Thank you again to Maggie for a great discussion!”

Christina Greenberg, Scala Network

“Our staff had such a positive reaction to Maggie’s “Introduction to Mindfulness” that we invited her to come back to talk to us about mindfulness and creativity. Maggie designed a tailor-made workshop that addressed our employees’ needs and aspirations. Her expertise, friendly style and gentle humour made this session accessible and fun. Thank you, Maggie, for inspiring creativity in brand new ways here at ST!”

Brittany De Guerre
Human Resources Coordinator
Stephen Thomas

Training & Experience:

Maggie has been a Toastmaster since 2009, regularly competes in speaking contests with her current club (West Mall Toastmasters), and serves on the Executive Committee.  Maggie has also trained with The Humphrey Group and PeopleDynamics Learning Group.

Maggie’s speaking engagements have included:

  • Guest Speaker: Break the Glass Ceiling, TechConnex
  • Presenter: How to Start & Grow a Thriving Practice, Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association
  • Keynote Speaker: Art as a Reflective Process, Art for Cancer Foundation
  • Guest Speaker: Mindfulness at Work, Stephen Thomas Ltd
  • Guest Speaker: Career Transition & Mindful Leadership, Scala Network
  • Guest Speaker: Writer’s Block, Adler School
  • Guest Speaker: Work & Cancer: Princess Margaret Hospital, Ovarian Cancer Canada

In addition, she has spoken at multiple networking events (Women on the Move, Havergal College) and facilitated numerous workshops (Sick Kids Hospital, Adler School, University Health Network, Interval House, her own public workshops).

I want to thank-you for the great presentation yesterday; I really enjoyed it! ..Your presentation was really well thought-out, engaging and funny! The exercises were effective and inspired meaningful conversations and provoked some great reflections! I will apply them personally as well as with my clients! You presented yourself with confidence and poise and I appreciated your generosity in offering me some really great food for thought! Lucia

Congrats Maggie on such a great presentation.  You really held our attention well and made us feel relaxed and eager to learn what you were presenting. Your starting line was perfect and funny, and your continued sense of humour certainly lifted the learning to a fun place.  Well done. Colleen