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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


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How’s your generational intelligence?

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Conversations that end before they begin

A workshop participant once asked me how she should handle being dismissed shortly after an initial networking conversation had begun.  Business cards had been exchanged, but the other person no longer seemed interested in talking. Has this ever happened to you? My...

How do you start a network from scratch? 

This was one of many questions posed to me during the Q&A portion of a program I delivered recently.  This was a definitely a Big Question and one that was hard to answer completely in a few minutes!  That’s why today’s post offers a few details on how to address...

Three ways to improve your conversations

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Another important intelligence

A friend was recently telling me about her very smart nephew who is entering Kindergarten this fall.  He can already recite the elements of the Periodic Table.  As you can imagine, the parents and family of this highly intelligent child are immensely proud. “He’s...