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what if you could…

converse and connect more easily, authentically, and meaningfully?

Award-Winning Author  —  Speaker

Facilitator  — Consultant


I specialize in teaching smart professionals how to attract and enjoy more meaningful and rewarding conversations, connections, and relationships:

With coworkers and colleagues
with prospects and customers
at conferences and networking events
in social settings and everyday life

What’s the big deal about having better conversations, connections, and relationships? Pretty much everything.

Numerous studies over several decades reveal that friendly, positive, supportive, and memorable in-person social interactions can enhance:

  • Productivity
  • Team effectiveness
  • Image and brand
  • Customer loyalty
  • Professional development
  • Event success
  • Career advancement
  • Opportunity awareness
  • Brain power / intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Self-esteem & sense of belonging
  • Attitude and energy level
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Health and longevity

Who doesn't want all of that?

 Let’s discover how we can work together.

What clients have to say

Ginger Kelly, VP of Marketing

As the opening keynote speaker for our event, Patti set the tone for the day with her charm and wonderful ideas... Ginger Kelly, VP of Marketing, RIM Architect LLC and 2018 SMPS Pacific Regional Conference Co-Chair

a short list of organizations I’ve worked with

A+ Federal Credit Union
Charitable Giving Planners
City of Austin
Commercial Real Estate Women
Concordia University – Texas

Geoscience Support Services
HEB Women’s Leadership Conference
Hewlett Packard
Lakeshore Public Media
MGM Resorts Foundation
NXP Semiconductors

Rodan + Fields
Society of Association Executives
Silicon Valley Bank Private Equity
Texas State University
Wnet Leadership Summit
Worth of New York

how i can help you

Interactive Presentations & Workshops

  • Retreats
  • Strategic sessions
  • Fireside chats

Panels & Discussions

  • Let’s get an interesting, enlightening conversation going!
  • Podcasts
  • Book Clubs

Consulting & Coaching

  • Tap into my experience and expertise
  • Participate in one of my events
  • Join one of my coaching groups


The True Gift in Conversation

Let’s talk about a gift that may or may not be a gift at all. It’s called “The Gift of Gab.” Ever heard of it? While conducting interviews as research for my new book, More Than Just Talk: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Enjoy Better Conversations, a...

7 Ways to Improve Your Conversation Confidence

Need some inspiration on how to get good conversations going - and keep them going?  Tired of dull, drab exchanges that go nowhere, are unbalanced or a waste of time, or drift into zones of extreme unpleasantness?  (So draining!) Here are a few basic tips that can...

When you’re just not a “people person”

“I want to be better at conversations and networking…but I really hate people.” That’s what one young woman said during the Q&A and final discussion time at the end of my presentation at a leadership conference a few years ago. At first, I thought she was kidding....

More Than Just Talk Earns the Silver

I am so pleased and excited to announce that my new book More Than Just Talk: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Enjoy Better Conversations has earned a Silver Award from the Non-Fiction Authors Association.  This award is kind of like the Malcolm Baldridge...

A Few Favorite Questions

This is going to be an extra short post as I’m at the airport devouring a breakfast taco and preparing to board a flight to LAX. I’m facilitating a workshop tomorrow to a very bright and driven group of entrepreneurs.  They have been a dream client and I’m super...

Would your current circle be enough?

This may seem like an odd question, but here goes:  What if you had to spend Eternity in a closed social loop where you were surrounded only by people you knew during your lifetime? There’d be no anonymous faces at the grocery store, on the street, in the gym, at the...