“Knowledge is not power. Only applied knowledge is power.” – Don Phin
I have five goals when I present:
- Be of interest. That means you address the needs of the audience.
- Be insightful. Give attendees awareness and aha moments, be it management, change, leadership, emotional intelligence or compliance.
- Take them from abstraction to action. This means attendees need powerful strategies and tools they can take home and do something with ASAP. I love providing great take home value.
- Be entertaining! Tell stories and make them laugh.
- Make those people who had faith in my abilities … happy they hired me!
“Don very naturally draws his audience into a deep level of emotional examination without being overly psychological or threatening. He accomplished what would take me two years to achieve in one afternoon! My management team can’t stop talking about it!”
Dawn Myers SHRM-SCP
Director of People and Culture at Montage International
“Thank you so much for presenting to our San Diego SHRM members. Your presentation was very insightful and you were hilariously engaging! We truly appreciate you taking time to share your wisdom and knowledge with our Members.”
Executive Director San Diego SHRM
The 40/40 Solution: Mastering Emotional Energy – based off the book Don wrote with Loy Young this is a deep dive into emotional intelligence with a great take-home approach you can use! See the one sheet, Q&A, and video for this dynamic presentation.
“Don Phin recently presented his program on “The Inspired Workforce” to one of my Vistage groups and he was a real hit! Several of my members are arranging to have him come back to South Florida to speak to their Senior Leadership Teams. I had Don present to another one of my Vistage groups a few years ago and he received the same enthusiastic response. Don’s speaking style is engaging, energizing and motivating. If you are looking for someone to inspire your workforce, call Don Phin.”
Executive coach and Vistage CEO Strategic Roundtable facilitator
Mastering the Emotions of Change
Change is happening at an ever accelerating rate. The introduction of robotics and AI to the workplace is transformative. You will either become a master of change or get run over by it. As an individual or as a company. Don shares a common sense approach to mastering the emotions associated with this difficult challenge. Click here to see a report summarizing the workshop.
The Hour of Power- I love doing the “Hour of Power” program for each Second Chance class. I begin by reminding the students we are all miracles. Then we talk about the power in being responsible. Finally, we discuss how to coax, encourage and inspire ourselves to success. If you would like me to do this program for your students please let me know! See what Hour of Power Attendees have said.
Dear Don, bravo on a job well done! People are still talking about how this was the best presentation they have ever experienced… I know I took nine pages of notes and will implement many of the life strategies you presented use find me to do great things and I just wanted to say I appreciate our friendship!
Vantreo Insurance, Santa Rosa, CA
Dear Don, I just returned from Florida chair retreat and was singing your praise to everyone. My members love you and had a voracious appetite over all you expose them to. Always great to work with a professional!
Vistage Chair, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Don, thanks for working with my group this week! They got TONS of take-home value! Great job.
Vistage Chair. Los Angeles, CA
Dear Don, thank you for a great program. I have been in HR for 30 years and I believe that your program is the most helpful for HR professionals I have ever seen.
Santa Rosa, California
Don, your presentation will forever stand out in my memory for two reasons; your message was “powerful” and you are the first guest speaker in my career as a Vistage Chair. I will recommend you at every opportunity.
Laguna Beach, California
Dear Don, thank you for the great learning experience that you shared with us at the Align HR seminar in Wheeling, West Virginia. I have since started to implement some of your teachings, so far so good! I hope to see you again next year.
Steele and Cook Insurance Associates
Don, thank you very much for speaking with my Inside Group. We really enjoyed having you and I know that everyone went home with value. You’re entertaining and your content was awesome!
Vistage Chair, Texas
Hi Don, you made such a big difference in the success of our showcase – you set the perfect tone for the day and open everyone’s minds (as you always open mine). It has been great working with you on this event – I hope it’s just the beginning of a long association between our offices. Thank you, Don! You’re the best!
Chief Communications Officer, Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller
Don, I have attached a copy of a news article that appeared in our local paper. Our attendees overwhelmingly rated you very high in your presentation, substance, interaction and style! I wasn’t the least surprised. I have heard you speak at least 6 times, and I still fill up multiple pages of notes with your comments, and still very much enjoy hearing you speak. Our clients were clamoring for your return. I mean that in all sincerity. Thanks again for a great presentation. You made us look good!!”
CIC, President, ICI
Don, I heard lots of positive feedback from both of the sessions you gave at the AMSUG meeting. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed your session and got great insight into human behavior that will be a benefit in both my business and personal life. Great seeing you again!
President/CEO (Education Chair for event)
Dear Don, Thank you for your support and guidance. It’s always ‘right on the mark’. Since your session at our annual staff retreat, we have come a long way. Victims, Villains and Heroes makes so much sense, drama in the workplace is greatly diminished. Our staff loved your presentation and were totally engaged. You kept their attention and really drove points home. It had an impact. Conversations among staff are on a deeper, more meaningful level. We made tremendous growth in a very short period of time. Victims, Villains and Heroes is a powerful frame. Thank you again for your guidance.”
President, Learning Forum
Don, I wasn’t sure how my supervisors would react to the training today. I think we all learned a lot today. Thanks! I will highly recommend your training, it was informative! Thanks again for an inspiring and illuminating talk.
Dasco Engineering Corp., Torrance, CA
Don, Your session on Friday was a fantastic experience! To borrow a word from the Yiddish vernacular, your presentation was a mitzvah a good deed—on so many levels. Your ears should have been burning not from the sun shining on them at the pool but rather from all the positive and enthusiastic comments that were made about you and your presentation! Everyone present learned so much from you, your experiences and your expertise! That you put the entire presentation in a context that was understood, absorbed and discussed long after you left the room is a compliment to your insight, your knowledge and your intelligence! I thank you for being so generous with your time and your talents! I also am thankful that whatever caused your epiphany to leave your lucrative law practice has brought you to this stage in your life where you are able to enlighten others in such an effective manner To paraphrase a Peanuts saying: You’re a good man, Don Phin!
Executive Vice President, Builders Association of South Florida
Don, thank you very much for presenting your seminar, “Building Powerful Employment Relationships”, at our recent claim managers’ meeting. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the experience and feel they gained much from it. Having attended your seminar once before, I was not surprised with the positive feedback I received from my peer group. You are indeed very well informed on the subject of human resources, and you deliver your knowledge, ideas and comments in a very engaging and enthusiastic manner. There is much to be learned from you in helping us all to stay tuned to the human touch.
Claims Manager, EMC Insurance Companies
The 40/40 Solution provides us with a comprehensive and thorough approach to Management and Human Resources. For the first time, we are proactively discovering problems and improvements and seeking solutions, rather than spending time “fighting fires” and doing damage control.
Don very naturally draws his audience into a deep level of emotional examination without being overly psychological or threatening. He accomplished what would take me two years to achieve in one afternoon! My management team can’t stop talking about it!
Dawn Myers SHRM-SCP
Director of People and Culture at Montage International
Great HR Program- a full day HR extravaganza! To learn more click here.
Sexual Harassment Training- I deliver this training in way that keeps everyone’s attention and helps to reduce this all too common exposure.
“Thank you for coming out on Monday to conduct our Sexual Harassment Training for our Managers, Executives and non-management employees. It was a long day for sure and you handled it like a champ! Your easy going style for presenting this information worked perfectly for our team. You kept us all engaged and involved for the entire presentation. Great job!”
– Felecita Ferera-Gabourel
Director of Human Resources
SolarMax Renewable Energy Provider, Inc.
Lynda.com/LinkedIn Training – I have created done a number of online trainings for them on employee engagement, HR technology, the law from hire to fire and managing independent contractors. More trainings are in the works including on performance management!