High-Impact, Interactive Programs – Virtual and In-Person

One of the greatest rewards of what I do is watching resistance melt away — and seeing the “ahhh…yes!” happen. I offer programs, keynotes, and speaking engagements, focused on key concepts and tools from my Spiral Impact® approach to conflict mastery. I get people out of their seats and experiencing how power can be delivered with grace — and get results!  

My programs are designed flexibly to scale for large events or small internal groups who are seeking ways to work more productively and creatively with conflict.


What Can You Expect with My Programs?

I believe that people learn best by doing, so my programs are interactive and participative. I demonstrate all my concepts physically, making the learning entertaining and long lasting with visual and kinesthetic demonstrations. Here are a few scenes from an engagement I did for an internal team to give you a flavor.

Get Momentum in Times of Disruption with My Most-Requested Programs

Mastering the Art of Conflict

Conflict is the spark that lights the fire of innovation. However, the flames of conflict can also destroy trust and vitality that are essential to bringing out the best in people to create high performing teams and have successful relationships. Learn the five keys to innovative conflict for immediate application.

In this interactive presentation, I blend concepts from science and the martial arts to show you how to:

  • Transform destructive conflict into innovative solutions
  • Be the Calm Eye in the Storm, Raising Emotional Intelligence
  • Change your relationship with conflict as a natural positive part of your life

In Power Together 

Being in power together – happens when people set aside force and bring forth the elements of true power in relationships. This interactive action-oriented presentation demonstrates how force separates and how true power creates collaboration. Learn how to bring forth the best in all your team members for cutting-edge innovations.
Learn how to:

  • Distinguish the difference between true power and force – Know how to use your true power
  • Create collaborative relationships individually and across departments
  • Apply the three levels of intention to solidify your team or partnership

Cultivating Civilty or The Art of Influence (or The Power to Get It Done with Grace)

Can you push something toward you? No! Pushing is away. Why keep on pushing to make things happen or convince someone to take your position? Instead, learn to harness the power of a spiral and watch the magic happen!

In this interactive presentation, I blend concepts from science and the martial arts to demonstrate 5 keys to navigate through intense and demanding circumstances. Learn to:

  • Stop wasting energy trying to convince, instead Spiral to influence with more ease
  • Engage productively even when resistance is great
  • Stay calm and maintain perspective in intense situations
  • Create great relationships

Centering:  The Martial Way to Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness

Center is an internal focus to create a sense of balance, awareness, and personal strength. Centering increases mindfulness, emotional intelligence and is a key element to foster influence, collaboration and innovation.

This session creates a context for how centering increases your ability to perform with more stability and influence, as well as less stress while in challenging circumstances. Participants will leave with tools and a plan for how to integrate centering into their lives. Learn how to:

  • Become the ‘calm’ eye in the storm of life
  • Increase perspective and awareness
  • Engage with power instead of force to influence and collaborate

Innovation at the Intersection of Conflict and Change

The world compels people to speed up, do more, create more. But going faster isn’t the answer. Speed eventually peters out — but not before it creates burnout, killing creativity and productivity along the way. Momentum, on the other hand, builds power. Learn to harness and direct that power to boost innovation and collaboration.

In this interactive presentation, I blend concepts from the martial arts and science to demonstrate 5 simple keys to innovating through conflict. I’ll also share my proven process to help leaders and teams dramatically increase their employee satisfaction.

Attendees will be asked to identify a specific challenge and apply a 5-step problem-solving model. They will leave the session with specific tools and actions for moving forward.

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Ready to start making powerful shifts in your personal and professional life?

Karen captivates audiences with her engaging hands-on demonstrations. She left employees attending an exclusive TED-style event at Eli Lilly and Company energized and inspired with her Spiral Impact approach. Highly recommend Karen as a consultant, coach or guest speaker!  

Celeste Stanley, Program Designer, Eli Lilly Corporation

“Throughout our Momentum in Times of Disruption series, Karen let her expertise shine as she transformed a virtual setting into an engaging learning environment – everything from sharing experiences to standing up for movement exercises. Karen’s unique and effective methodology reinforces her as a leader in the field, and absolutely makes her a top choice for speaking & coaching needs!”

HealthCare BusinessWomen Association, Central Region

“There are many presentations on conflict out there but this one was much different — it was outstanding and made the evening meeting a great deal of fun. It was lively with attendee participation… Karen is a presenter with flare and the ability to get the point across.”
Western Ohio ASTD

“I don’t usually write speaker fan mail, but the high quality of Karen’s presentation content, combined with her platform skills made her presentation one of the high points of a very high quality program.”
Indiana State SHRM Conference

“Karen worked closely with me to customize a presentation that would be most beneficial to our organization, something very useful that attendees could take home and apply not only in work, but life as well. Karen provided all of that in a top-notch program.”
WomenHeart National Conference

Karen Valencic

Martial artist. Engineer. Author. Sought-after consultant.

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