Posts Tagged ‘caregivers’

Speeches

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Drawing on her skills as a humor writer and life coach, Pat presents motivational speeches to professional and community groups on using humor and positive psychology techniques to function more happily in our personal and professional worlds.

Don’t Let The Dog Eat Your Planner

Are work challenges and personal responsibilities putting you over the top? In this interactive presentation based on her book,  Pat shares how to re-frame those metaphorical “dogs” in our lives and keep moving forward.

Her audiences participate in specific research-based exercises that will help keep a positive focus when life seems chaotic, and they get homework to keep the experience alive.

Good Grief: Why Am I Laughing At A Time Like This?

Grieving can’t be laughed away.  But finding  humor during the grieving process can give us a needed vacation from the trenches of grief and hope that life goes on.

Pat, who lost her husband in May 2009, will show how the techniques she used for finding humor in an overbooked life can also help find humor in times of loss.

Humor Helps: Develop Your Sense of Humor and Survive Hard Times

Have the daily news and economy got you down? Let Pat  show you how to develop a sense of humor that can get you through. She knows.

For nearly a decade she’s chronicled her own travails in her regular humor column, Balancing Act. Looking for the light, ironic side of life has honed her humor-finding skills and helped her survive everything from her mom’s declining health and husband’s long-term illness to the ups and downs of practicing law and raising kids. So the stock market takes a belly flop? “What else is new?” she says.


To book Pat for a speech, get in touch by using the contact form.

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Workshops

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

In times of emotional and financial upheaval, book Pat for a workshop that uses humor to relieve stress and spark creativity. The following workshops can be customized to fill time periods ranging from 1 to 4 hours and make perfect programs for businesses that want to boost the power of their all-important human resources and employees who are stressed or facing job loss. Pat also conducts bereavement workshops and helps those facing all types of losses to re-write their stories using a humor perspective.

Coach Your Own Career

Whether you’re facing a job transition or stalled in a career that doesn’t seem to fit, clarifying your values and understanding your personal strengths can help you move forward.  This workshop helps you identify and face down the inner critic that holds you back and uses positive psychology techniques, including the humor perspective, to transform your current work situation into a more tolerable and possibly even inspiring place.

A Funny Thing Happened: Bringing Your Humorous Tales to the Page

Every one has an amusing story to tell. Let humorist Pat Snyder help you take your own funny stories from amusing to amazing, using techniques that humor writers use. This workshop that will teach you to brainstorm, draft, share, review and revise your own stories, compile them into a collection as family gift books, family reunion collections or blogs, incorporate them into speeches you give at work and in the community, and even find publication outlets to share them with the world.

Good Grief: Why Am I Laughing At A Time Like This?

Grief can’t be laughed away. But finding humor during the grieving process can give us a needed vacation from the trenches of grief and hope that life goes on.

Pat Snyder, who lost her husband in May 2009, will show how the techniques she used for finding humor in an overbooked life can also help find humor in times of loss. Her workshop, suitable for those who are grieving and the professionals who support them, also surveys the latest research on bereavement and interventions that work.

Belly Laugh To Your Aha! Moment (general audience)

Scientific studies show that humor boosts creativity. And that’s no laughing matter. The mental twists and turns we take to “get the joke” could be just the re-wiring we need to find a cure for cancer, a new market for eco-friendly cleaning cloths, or even fix a paper jam in the copier. Join humorist Pat Snyder to explore how humor can solve your problems, boost your creativity, or move you forward on your next project.

Belly Laugh To Your Aha! Moment (for writers)

Scientific studies show that humor boosts creativity. That’s why you don’t have to be a humor writer to benefit from this writers workshop. Anyone who has ever experienced writers block is welcome. The mental twists and turns we take to “get the joke” could be just the re-wiring we need to find our story arc, improve our timing, or incorporate a touch of humor into any genre. Join humorist Pat Snyder to explore how humor works and try some creativity-boosting exercises.

Book Pat for a workshop by contacting her. Fees vary depending on the length of event and location.

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Book a Laugh-In

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

As a laughter leader certified by the World Laughter Tour (www.worldlaughtertour.org), Pat Snyder is trained to lead groups in stress-relieving, creativity-sparking laughter exercises.

She can also lead regular laughter sessions for workplaces and community and social groups, or specially design a one-time laugh-in as a fun program for your group.

What’s a laughter session like? Take a look at a recent laugh-in with the women of St. Bremen’s Catholic Church in Hilliard.

In addition to one-size-fits-all laughter programs, several specially designed laugh-ins are currently available for work, community and social groups:

Laughter for Lawyers: A lawyer herself, Pat knows that civility (or the lack of it) is an important issue for today’s practitioners. Who can remain even-tempered when demanding clients and opposing counsel expect lightning speed answers, thanks to always-on technology like cell phones, e-Mail, and faxes? The stress of practice quickly dissolves after lawyers make light of their plight through cell phone laughter and brief-writing laughter, and given a hearty belly laugh to an imaginary panel of jurists.

Laughter for Caregivers: Whether it’s caregiving at work, caregiving at home, or caregiving through regular visits with a friend or family member in a special care facility, laughter can lighten the load and help to reduce stress. Pat offers assisted living and nursing facilities a six-week pilot program of laughter sessions tailored to the needs of facility staff as well as home caregivers and their families. In addition, she offers laughter sessions to support groups struggling with family illness.

Laughter for Seniors: Residents of nursing homes, adult day care, retirement communities, assisted living can benefit from therapeutic laughter, especially when they have cognitive impairments or mobility challenges. Pat also offers these facilities a six-week pilot program of laughter sessions tailored to these residents’ needs.

Over-The-Top Birthday and Retirement Laughter: Send milestone birthday and retirement parties over the top, not over the hill, with a good-natured laughter session that laughs with, not at the honoree, and celebrates the fun years to come with the celebrant’s interests incorporated into laughter exercises. No black balloons or Geritol here, just funny hats, Ho! Ho! Ho! and some special surprises that will take you back to your childhood where, after all, laughter began.

Book Pat for a laughter event or consultation about a pilot program by contacting her. Fees vary depending on the length and type of event and location.

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