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With more over 25 years in the speaking and training profession, Karen is skilled as interactive facilitator. Employees leave her sessions with information, insight, and skills that make them better communicators and co-workers.
2022-09-28 14:57
I sometimes comment to colleagues and clients that mistakes are inevitable, and recently I’ve experienced that in my own work. A few weeks ago I posted a short article to ..... The pos… Read More
2022-09-20 17:08
I graduated from school during a deep recession. Armed with an undergraduate degree in psychology, I didn’t have readily apparent job skills. After a long and daunting job search, whic… Read More
2022-09-13 16:57
I am leading a monthly series of Leadership Trainings spanning over a year. One of the modules is Time and Stress Management, and it’s a topic that I have been ..... The post Time Stan… Read More
2022-08-30 13:51
I recently came across a list of amazing quotes by acclaimed American poet, storyteller, and civil rights I recently came across a list of amazing quotes by acclaimed American poet, ..... Th… Read More
2022-08-23 21:06
We like to think that employees are adults, that colleagues will all get along, and that everyone will focus on the organization’s goals and be united, but that is not ..... The post W… Read More
2022-08-15 14:46
Genuine appreciation comes in all forms. A handshake. A hug. A thank you. A letter of praise. A symbolic gift. The form doesn’t matter. Genuine appreciation changes lives. If you … Read More
2022-08-02 18:57
In order to create a respectful and inclusive culture, organizations need to provide regular diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training. But once you have had that basic… Read More
2022-07-12 15:46
I am that boss. The one who darts from good idea to good idea until there are so many ideas that nothing is accomplished. I am just back from the ..... The post Do You Work for “That&r&hell…Read More
2022-07-06 15:11
I am very excited to be attending the upcoming National Speakers Association meeting this weekend in Nashville. You are bound to hear much about it since I always come back ..... The post El… Read More
2022-06-21 18:18
One of our clients was kind enough to send me what he experienced after I wrote an article about the importance of feedback and compliments. “Once I paid what I thought ..... The… Read More
2022-06-09 14:57
When I read this article, one of many on “The Great Resignation,” I was reminded of what my accountant told me many years ago. She said, “Over time, employees start ..... T… Read More
2022-06-01 20:04
Your team has scored a meeting with a sought-after new client, Michael, a well-liked VP in the manufacturing industry. Participants in the meeting include three colleagues from your org… Read More
2022-05-17 18:51
An employee in a meeting I was facilitating felt comfortable telling her colleagues “I am nice at home, but I don’t have time to be nice at work.” “What?!” I … Read More
2022-05-11 14:17
When I was in graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, I took a course on Facilitation held by the esteemed professor, Roger Karsk. At the end of the semester, Roger offered ..... T… Read More
2022-05-03 19:38
Yesterday I conducted a class. There was a lively discussion about boundaries and respecting the “off” time of colleagues and employees. I said that receiving an email durin… Read More
2022-04-26 20:15
In organizations, we tend to focus on what is going wrong instead of what is going right. When we fail to pay attention to what’s going well, it can evaporate ..... The post What&rsquo&hell…Read More
2022-04-19 16:26
On April 28, 2018, I was driving home from a speaking engagement with the Training Officers Consortium. I spoke on how to resolve conflict in the workplace and then I packed ..... The p… Read More
2022-04-12 17:01
“Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” — Theodore Roosevelt  Research shows that habitual complaining affects us mentally, emotiona… Read More
2022-04-05 20:04
Returning to the office is good for you! In the fall of 2021, I was invited to attend and present at a meeting with a client. I had been working ..... The post Do You Know What Eudaimonia Me… Read More
2022-03-29 20:18
I have respected my colleague Joe Mull ever since I met him. I follow his blog and this weekend he alerted his readers to this article from Inc. magazine. It discusses ..... The post Po… Read More
2022-03-09 08:38
This morning I was thinking, “How can I stand here in this warm and lovely bathroom brushing my teeth while bombs are exploding on the the other side of the ..... The post Should I Bru… Read More
2022-03-01 17:40
Occasionally, someone I work with tells me that I am funny. That’s music to my ears, but truly, I know I am not a comedic genius. I just try for ..... The post Just Give Me a Smirk app… Read More
2022-02-22 15:13
On a recent business trip to Las Vegas, our group decided to go off the beaten path and try a well-reviewed Greek restaurant. Since we were over-ordering, rather than allowing ..... The post… Read More
2022-02-16 17:34
One of the frequent questions that I hear from participants after I have conducted Diversity and Inclusion work in their organization is, “How can I be more supportive of this ..... Th… Read More
2022-01-18 22:02
The more specific, the more terrific! You can’t improve if you don’t know what you’re doing wrong. In reality, many of us complain about underachieving co-workers, but we d… Read More
2022-01-12 20:54
I helped my son’s friend prepare for an interview last week. We started out talking about common interview questions, which evolved into a discussion of which ones are more and ..... T… Read More
2022-01-04 22:14
After graduating from college, I had no interest in going back to school, yet I knew most of the careers I was interested in required more education. One day Johns ..... The post One Day at… Read More
2021-12-21 19:25
At holiday gatherings, my family of origin played word games (video games hadn’t been invented yet.) It’s natural, then, that I’d use words to facilitate your fantastic fam… Read More
2021-12-14 16:10
Anyone who knows me, knows that I appreciate a good walk! I am especially happy when I am walking with friends, and also when I am able to walk and collaborate ..... The post Take a Gra… Read More
2021-12-08 13:20
One of my clients was agonizing over the many options available to address her company’s ambitious Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. This reminded me of something one of my… Read More
2021-11-28 21:03
My friends of color have told me about “the look.” This was also the topic at a recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task committee meeting I led, prompted by an employee… Read More
2021-11-22 15:31
Last year at Thanksgiving, I wanted the focus of the meal to be around gratitude. Remembering an exercise I learned in graduate school, I modified it to fit my family ..... The post Feeling… Read More
2021-11-16 16:59
Unlike the usual quick blogs that I generally post, on occasion, I am going to delve deeper into subjects that I find my readers need to be thinking about and ..... The post Sorry, the Emplo… Read More
2021-11-09 17:39
“When you’re thankful for what you have; you end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey What do… Read More
2021-11-02 17:03
“Conflict is constructive when it helps build cohesiveness among people. Conflict is destructive when it diverts energy from more important activities.” — Karen Snyder For… Read More
2021-10-27 20:42
This cartoon has always cracked me up! It reminds me that some of the suggestions I make in programs and during coaching don’t always work the way they were intended. ..... The post Wh… Read More
2021-10-19 20:02
All of us need daily doses of each of these happiness chemicals, but how can we get them when we are working? Here are some tips: Dopamine Finish a little ..... The post Hacking Your Happine… Read More
2021-10-01 15:09
I utilized this thought-provoking video from Procter and Gamble as a discussion starter for a recent D&I workgroup. Take a look: We tend to believe we understand the complete pictur… Read More
2021-09-28 20:18
“Observation skills help you understand what is happening in a conversation or in a group. If you are a good observer, you will know how well you are communicating, and ..... The post… Read More
2021-09-21 19:22
Like everything else, there are many different opinions on just how much water you should be drinking. Health experts commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses each day, although some be… Read More
2021-09-01 14:17
As the pandemic has made all of us reflect and re-evaluate many aspects of our lives, I started to think more about our relationship to work. On a recent trip ..... The post Pause and Reflec… Read More
2021-08-24 15:10
I just got off a video call with a potential client. They were consulting with me about their back-to-the-office strategy and were having problems with their vacation policy. The organizatio… Read More
2021-08-17 16:05
Years ago when I was on a tour in the Mission District of San Francisco, we stopped to eat burritos. We were told that we were eating the famous Mission ..... The post Mission Burrito appear… Read More
2021-08-10 14:15
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire I have been sharing a series of blogs on the importance ..... The… Read More
2021-08-03 20:11
One of our readers sent in this situation: There’s a person in his business who often replies to emails with “TLDR.” I didn’t know what that meant, but it means, … Read More
2021-07-27 16:28
The word spuddle means “to put in a great deal of effort and achieve only very little.” Let’s face it, all of us spuddle sometimes. It’s just a matter of ..... The po… Read More
2021-07-20 16:15
I attended the National Speakers Association Conference last week and as always, I learned so much. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the conference that I would like ..... The post Ask… Read More
2021-07-13 16:36
Recently I met with leaders who were trying to develop a return to office policy. They decided on a blended approach, having everyone come into the office two days a ..... The post It’… Read More
2021-07-07 15:30
In order to create a respectful and inclusive culture, organizations need to provide regular diversity, equity, and inclusion training. But once you have had that basic training, h… Read More
2021-06-30 14:10
I was an undergrad at the University of Virginia when a classmate said, “It’s so rude to interrupt.” What? I had never heard that before. I truly had made it to … Read More
2021-06-22 19:26
I went to lunch last Thursday with my colleague, Shirley. Shirley has been a VP of HR for the 18 years that I have known her, and I have been ..... The post Blending Is Not Just for Your Ble… Read More
2021-06-15 16:13
I grew up in the South, but didn’t know about Juneteenth until just a few years ago. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of ..... The post H… Read More
2021-06-08 16:14
I walked outside to go to an appointment today and heard the deafening hum of cicadas. I sent a group text to my family that read, “Cicadas.Are.Loud.” If you live ..... The post… Read More
2021-05-26 14:49
I just got back from a mini-vacation. It was the first time our family had been together in a very long time, and such a joyous event!   Try as I may, ..... The post Always On… Read More
2021-05-20 17:40
May is Mental Health Awareness month, and while many factors affect mental health, the practice of gratitude can have a positive impact. One simple way to practice gratitude is to ..... The… Read More
2021-05-12 15:03
At the beginning of the pandemic I wrote an article about leading virtually.  There are lots of tips about setting up your home office, finding a suitable backdrop and keeping ..... The… Read More
2021-04-18 21:28
Recently a manager revealed a hiring experience to me. She was interviewing candidates for a new position, and the job description for the position didn’t list the salary range.&n&hell…Read More
2021-04-15 15:11
While there hasn’t been much that was great about Covid, there were some silver linings. One silver lining is that some employees and some companies discovered that work could be … Read More
2021-04-07 13:51
Last week I was asked to review a report with Simon, a senior leader in an organization where I consult. I have met with Simon before and I appreciate his thoroughness, ..... The post Y… Read More
2021-03-25 14:26
Last week, victims were shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia. This week, more innocent victims were killed in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. The perpetrator in Atlanta identified… Read More
2021-03-23 20:16
One of the managers with whom I work regularly, Steve, reminds me that he does compliment his employees. He does! It’s true and I hear him. The problem is, when he ..... The post… Read More
2021-03-10 15:07
Hello! My name is Karen. If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would be apologizing for my name, I would have said,“…What?” When my parents, mostly my ..... The post Hello… Read More
2021-02-23 17:23
I cut my husband Bill’s hair on the back porch last week so he wouldn’t need to see his barber while we are waiting out our turns to be vaccinated. ..... The post Porch Haircuts… Read More
2021-02-09 21:42
I have heard that once you are having an affair, it’s too late to save the marriage. I don’t know about this personally, but it makes sense. Likewise, once an ..... The post What… Read More
2021-01-27 15:49
The election got me thinking about the many job transitions that are happening in the DC area right now and I thought of one of my own. Many years ago, ..... The post Transitions of Power an… Read More
2021-01-18 17:56
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never ..... The post R… Read More
2021-01-07 21:08
Yesterday my friend Susie called from Utah. “What’s it like to be in the DC suburbs right now? Are you okay?” Susie asked. She was referring to the crowds ga… Read More
2021-01-05 18:53
“How were your holidays?” I asked one of my coaching clients, Michael. “Amazing!” he said. I was shocked. Was he living in the same world I was in? I querie… Read More
2020-12-23 13:23
Happy Holidays from the Concordia Team. We hope you will use this time to rest and recharge.  The post Happy Holidays 2020 appeared first on Karen Snyder Read More
2020-12-15 20:14
‘Twas a week before Christmas When all through the town Every creature was stirring As video meetings abound. Work products were paused By the employees with care In hopes that ..... T… Read More
2020-12-08 15:40
At Thanksgiving dinner, we take turns around the table sharing highlights of the year and expressing our thanks. It is such an uplifting conversation and we were able to do ..... The post Wr… Read More
2020-11-24 17:52
It was back in March when my client, Kristen, asked me, “Karen, what are your silver linings?” She meant, “What are your silver linings related to COVID-19?” I h… Read More
2020-11-11 15:30
Thank you to all the veterans who protect our democracy. The post Happy Veterans Day 2020 appeared first on Karen Snyder Read More
2020-10-13 19:41
Back in December 2018, I was reading a professional magazine and there was an article about the many benefits of a standing desk. Better concentration, better posture, a few more ..... The p… Read More
2020-09-29 16:58
Today I was conducting a coaching session with an executive I respect highly. She shared that what I said to her during a previous session had really stuck with her. I ..... The post To… Read More
2020-09-21 16:25
Nineteen years ago I came home from a business trip, gave my husband Bill a huge hug and kiss, and immediately tiptoed into each of the kids’ bedrooms for goodnight ..... The post Boom… Read More
2020-09-16 00:28
About a year ago I was talking with my business manager Keri about how messy the Concordia office was. We both agreed that it was not only messy, it needed a facelift! ..... The po… Read More
2020-09-06 16:59
Happy Labor Day! I am immensely grateful for the health care workers who must be so very tired, and for the teachers who are trying their very best to meet ..... The post Happy Labor Day 202… Read More
2020-09-01 15:35
On the same day I received e-mails from two men, Farik and Dave, in different organizations. While both men are about the same age and in a similar place in ..... The post What Does Your E-m… Read More
2020-08-25 15:41
I met with my coach yesterday and she asked me, “How are you doing?” We chatted for a while and I shared that my Coronavirus life is like a roller ..... The post Masterclass in L… Read More
2020-08-11 20:30
Two weeks ago I shared many of the techniques that my client Sally used effectively to create a productive meeting for her environmental lobbying community group. Below are some of the… Read More

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