Book Melissa as Your Speaker
Melissa will charm and delight your audience, while inspiring and empowering them to take action. Here’s a little taste:
For Corporate Audiences:
It Pays to Play at Work
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but just as important as play after work is play at work. If this sounds crazy, you won’t want to miss this talk to find out why play is your 21st Century secret weapon, and how you can use it to improve productivity and benefit your organization.
- Why play is not what you might think
- Research-backed reasons play is good for us
- The 3 ways to incorporate play at work
Teaching the “King of Engagement” to Engage: The Real Secrets of Communicating for Influence and Impact
Have you ever tried to get people onboard with an idea, but gotten crickets in response? The ability to influence others, so you can make an impact, may feel like a mysterious X-factor, but really, it’s a combination of learnable skills. In this session, Melissa shares the 6 key skills anyone can develop to have greater influence in life and work, and how her F.U.N. Method™ of active-learning not only keeps learners engaged, but helps them remember better, too. You’ll walk away with tools you can use right away in life and work!
You’ll walk away:
- Understanding the skills you need to have greater influence
- More aware of your unconscious, reflexive “no” response
- With an activity you can do with your team, to help them apply empathy to communicate more effectively
For Creatives & Students:
Play: The Missing Ingredient & Your Secret Weapon
Spending time on creative things is frivolous and self-indulgent, right? WRONG! In fact, it’s world-changing.
You don’t need to find the cure for cancer or end war as we know it in order to change the world for the better. Discover why your creative play and self-expression is a world-changing act, whether you’re an amateur or a professional. You’ll never look at playtime the same way again!
- 5 reasons why putting time into creative play is world-changing.
- The surprising way that creative play affects the brain.
- Simple and effective tools for breaking free of creative blocks and resistance.
Melissa Dinwiddie is chief instigator and lead facilitator of Creative Sandbox Solutions™, a creative consultancy that helps organizations build cultures of creativity and innovation through the strategic use of play.
She delivers kickass workshops and keynotes to corporations, conferences, high schools and colleges; hosts creativity retreats; runs an online community for women; and is the author of The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life.
A former “non-creative” person and recovering perfectionist, Melissa is on a mission to change the conversation around creative expression and play, because not only does creating make you feel more alive — it’s how you change the world!
She shares her writings, artwork, and music on her blog, Living A Creative Life (recently awarded a Top 20 Doodle Blog on the planet), where you can also find her Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast.
If you don’t count her first oral report in fourth grade, Melissa entered the world of public speaking with a bang, when she co-delivered her undergraduate valedictory address to an audience of over 2,000 students, faculty, and families in a packed Zellerbach Auditorium at U.C. Berkeley.
A handful of years later Melissa was leading hundreds of congregants in three-hour High Holy Days services every fall for her lay-led Reconstructionist synagogue. Years of training as a jazz singer, singer/songwriter, and improviser have honed her skills as an entertainer, but her favorite performances are those that do more than entertain: they transform.
Contact Melissa today to bring her unique style of transformation to your event.
“Melissa Dinwiddie speaks (and sings) with a charisma that is instantaneously inclusive, bringing her audience together in community and lighting them up. Her charm is irresistible and it is also deep.“
International speaker and performer, author, actor, storytelling coach
“This workshop inspired me to allow myself more time to create for me, and balance that with what my customers want. The knowledge I’ve gained from this presentation is a lesson I’ll take with me wherever I go. Thank you for speaking at our school!”
“It was fantastic!“
VP Programming, CTPPA
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