Get Back to Work Your way with Lisa Hufford, Nancy McSharry Jensen, and Sarah Duenwald

Learn proven strategies to re-enter the workforce and how to do the work you love as a consultant. Led by authors of “Back to Business” and “Work, Your Way”, Nancy McSharry Jensen, Sarah Duenwald, and Lisa Hufford will provide insight and actions for you to get back to work.

Get Back to Work Your Way

About our speakers: 

Nancy McSharry Jensen is CEO and Co-Founder of The Swing Shift, the destination for women in career transition. Nancy loves to take new and emerging businesses off the ground.

Sarah Duenwald is Co-Founder of The Swing Shift and over the past 15 years has focused on business development and sales operations in the software and high-tech consulting industry. She co-authored Back to Business with Nancy McSharry Jensen.

Lisa Hufford is the founder & CEO of Simplicity Consulting—helping companies optimize their marketing programs at speed and scale to accelerate growth. Her books include Navigating the Talent Shift, Personal Brand Playbook, and Work, Your Way, available for purchase here.

Taming the Sabertooth: Thriving in Turbulent Times with Tracey Grove

Resilience is increasingly needed in the workplace. The world of work is more fast-paced, digitized, and interdependent than ever before. The addition of a pandemic has made any semblance of balance between work and home life an increasingly difficult challenge. For professionals trying to do more with less, please more demanding clients, and solve complex issues in a constantly changing environment, stress is becoming a part of life. The numbers are staggering:

While we may not be able to control our environment, we do have the power to control our response to it. This workshop with executive Coach, speaker, facilitator, and author, Tracey Grove, sets the foundation for building resilience at work and at home.

Watch the webinar or catch some of our takeaways below:

Taming the Sabertooth: Thriving in Turbulent Times - webinar video

On "Taming the Sabertooth"…

Resilience is our ability to deal with change and the use of a repertoire of problem-solving skills. It's about your belief in your capability.

We discuss:

If you'd like to contact Tracey Grove for future engagements or further support on building resilience, you can check her out at puresymmetry.com or by emailing her at tracey@puresymmetry.com.

You can get a copy of Tracey's book, Taming the Sabertooth: Resilient Leadership in a Stressful World, here. The book serves as a roadmap for anyone looking to develop the ability to deal with ambiguity, change, and adversity with courage and grace. As leaders, we are reminded that while we cannot necessarily change our environment, we do have the power to choose our response to that environment by building resilience.

Creating a Culture of Coachability, Featuring Patricia Burgin

The pandemic has required us all to be more resilient, to roll with the punches, and adapt to change to keep our sanity. Coaching is now an essential skill that all leaders must add to their toolkit in order to foster team collaboration, performance and enhance mental health.

In this 30-minute conversation, Patricia Burgin will share top tips on how managers can create a culture of coachability and how employees and consultants can grow their coaching skills that result in a supportive and high-performance workplace.

This conversation is hosted by Simplicity Consulting’s Founder and CEO, Lisa Hufford, and will cover the following questions:

• What does coachability mean?
• How coachability and mental health are connected?
• How does a manager create a culture of coachability?
• How can an employee increase their coachability to advance their careers?

Tune in to this vital discussion for inspiration, introspection and personal and professional growth.

About Patty Burgin, MA MCC, Founder and CEO, SeattleCoach:

As a facilitator, author, and mentor coach of leaders, Patricia Burgin ("Patty") has advised and mentored thousands of individuals and teams toward better performance, communication, and meaning. She founded Seattle Coach in 2003 and has credentialed over 500 SeattleCoaches who have brought their wisdom, heart, and fun to the process of learning to “do the craft and be the coach”. Patty holds two masters degrees, one in Theology and a second in Applied Behavioral Science.

Mastering the Networking Conversation, Featuring Julie Schaller

Research shows that 70-85% of jobs are found through networking.

Approach networking the wrong way, and it’s a complete waste of time. Do it right, and doors open with very little effort. Discover how to demystify the process, activate your relationships, and flip any angst you feel into a sense of confidence and direction.

Whether you’re looking to grow your contacts or you’re rolling off a project and looking for the next one, activating your network is the single most effective way to find work. In this 15-minute training, you'll learn what to say when contacting your network and how to have strategic conversations with your contacts. You'll receive empowered coaching principles to break through the most common fears. The goal? Build confidence and skill in telling your network about the work you love to do!

About the speaker:

Julie Schaller is President & CEO of Julie Schaller Career Growth Coaching. Prior to coaching, Julie spent 12 years at Microsoft in business leadership roles and 3 years as a consultant. She understands the challenges busy professionals face. Her client list includes Microsoft, Nordstrom, Facebook, Amazon, T-Mobile, Simplicity Consulting, and many others. Julie is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and holds certifications in Myers-Briggs and Personal Branding. Julie was part of the original Simplicity Consulting team and continues to support Simplicity as coach and trainer. Contact Julie.

To learn more about mastering the art of networking, check out "6 ways to work your network to thrive as a consultant" by Simplicity Consulting's Founder & CEO, Lisa Hufford.

High Impact Sales Storytelling: 3 Must-tell Stories to Get More "Yeses", Featuring Erin Sanchez

What do successful marketing campaigns from leading brands like Hallmark, Progressive, and Noom have in common? They all use the power of storytelling to captivate, connect, and convert. Whether you run a small business, a non-profit organization, or a corporate enterprise, injecting stories into your marketing content is a surefire way to successfully move leads through the sales or fundraising cycle.

This thought-provoking presentation will:

Or maybe you're just looking to improve your persuasion skills so you can have your voice heard in meetings and sell your ideas via presentations -- this talk is for you, too!

Get Erin's free guide to humanizing your brand with storytelling.

About the speaker:

Erin Sanchez is a writer, speaker, and educator on a mission to help individuals and organizations leverage the power of strategic storytelling in their brand messaging. Drawing on 15+ years of experience in marketing and communications, Erin brings a unique skillset and perspective to every talk, training, and client engagement. To learn more about Erin and her work, visit candidbranding.co.

Why Freedom and Flexibility Matters, Featuring Alyssa Hughes, Simplicity Consultant

Today we are here to shine a light on Alyssa Hughes!

Alyssa is a phenomenal marketing strategist, entrepreneur, military spouse, and mom.

She's been consulting with the Microsoft Research Web Production team for the past 5 years as a digital content manager, helping make sure that her team's presence is well represented across the web.

In this conversation with Carrie Morris, Simplicity's VP of marketing, operations, and client services, Alyssa shares the benefits of working as a consultant.

Tune in to learn how the consulting lifestyle has enabled Alyssa to find flexibility, build work-life balance, and even launch the Little Supply company, a company to help busy moms enjoy more of those magical moments with their kids effortlessly.

"…being able to really be proficient in my job and have time and freedom flexibility, because I'm not hamstrung by an office, it's really allowed me to become that marketing Rockstar for my clients."

Alyssa Hughes

Thank you for sharing a little bit of your story, Alyssa!

To learn more about the consulting lifestyle and the benefits of working this way, check out our latest blog post by our Founder and CEO, Lisa Hufford, Work, Your Way: Flexibility.

Work Your Network to Get Work, Featuring Al Stelly, Simplicity Consultant

Al Stelly is a successful consultant and project manager with extensive experience in retail sales and operations, leadership development, and visual merchandising execution.

In this conversation with Carrie Morris, Simplicity Consulting's VP of marketing, operations, and client services, Al talks about the importance of networking to thrive as a consultant and shares some practical tips for getting started.

Al spent several years as a full-time employee in the enterprise world before transitioning to consulting. As such, he understands the power of building thoughtful connections in his career.

"In the time of need, I can call on [my connections] to either provide a recommendation, provide direct feedback on opportunities that I have, and this approach has helped me learn quite a bit as a professional to be able to get where I am today, for sure."

-Al Stelly

You’ve got to network to get work!

Tune in to watch Al's practical tips for working your network.

For more practical ways to succeed in the world of consulting, check out "6 ways to work your network to thrive as a consultant" by Simplicity Consulting's Founder & CEO, Lisa Hufford.

Own Your Life: Consulting Pros & Cons

Learn why 40% of professionals don't want to be FTEs. Simplicity Consulting’s Executive Vice President, Carrie Morris, shares the benefits of consulting … and myth-busts the cons.

Curious about jumping into the gig economy? Learn more about project-based consulting work (versus full-time employment) and how to leverage your skills & experience to do the work you love. Download the Personal Brand Playbook

How To Execute An Insanely Awesome Digital Marketing Campaign

Get a leg up on how to execute digital campaigns that drive results.

As consumers shift more and more to a digital world, companies must use technology to improve performance, expand reach, optimize and operationalize infrastructures, and find new ways to connect with audiences. Every step we take, every dollar spent, must lead to intentional results.

In this (on-demand) webinar, led by Simplicity founder & CEO, Lisa Hufford, and featuring digital marketing experts, Cassandra Douglas and Sydney Tanner, you'll learn how to build an insanely awesome marketing campaign in 2020, including pro tips from strategy to execution, and what not to do when executing marketing campaigns that drive results.

You'll learn how to:

  1. Use our repeatable & scalable framework to plan and execute winning digital campaigns
  2. Identify key digital marketing metrics for your business
  3. Optimize tools, processes, and capabilities to make them work for you
  4. Utilize data analytics to create lucrative advertising campaigns