Damianakes Communications - Communications Consulting to Improve Business Performance
communications consulting to improve business performance
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Roger and I are inspired to write by the belief that breakthroughs in science often happen by building on small ideas. Our goal is to help scientists make sure their good ideas get heard.

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Keeping Your People Focused

Presentation Skills

Communications Skills

Media Training

Managing for Accountability

Conducting Performance Reviews and Career Development Conversations



Keeping Your People Focused - A 2010 Leadership Imperative - Web Learning
Distracted employees don't deliver great results. Fear, uncertainty and financial concerns are keeping your people from doing their best work. But you can change that.

Learn the five factors that keep employees focused. Join Amy Aines for an informative webinar that gives you a simple plan for taking action to keep your company on track. At the same time, you can do your part to help keep the economy on track.

This 90-minute web training session is designed for executives and people managers who want to use a proven leadership communications approach to ensure employees understand the company direction and their role in delivering results. Participants learn how to capitalize on opportunities, create context, demonstrate understanding and provide leadership spirit to inspire great performance, despite an uncertain business climate.

To schedule a workshop, contact amy@damianakes.com 925-937-4561.

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ON-SITE WORKSHOPS

Keeping Your People Focused - A 2010 Leadership Imperative - Workshop
Distracted employees don't deliver great results. Fear, uncertainty and financial concerns are keeping your people from doing their best work. But you can change that.

Learn the five factors that keep employees focused. Amy Aines delivers her webinar as a workshop customized to meet the challenges your organization and leaders are facing. Participants will work through a series of exercises to prepare them to take action to boost employee productivity and enlist their teams to deliver their best results despite today's challenging business climate.

This half-day workshop is designed for executives and people managers who want to use a proven leadership communications approach to map out the details of an action plan to ensure employees understand the company direction and their role in delivering results. Participants will be prepared to capitalize on opportunities, create context, demonstrate understanding and provide leadership spirit to inspire performance. Workshops are customized as needed for company relevance.

To schedule a workshop, contact amy@damianakes.com 925-937-4561.

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Presentation Skills
"Present Your Best" Presentation Skills Coaching
Group Sessions

Amy Aines conducts a presentation skills course designed to amplify strengths and provide tools and techniques to help overcome speaker's weaknesses. The course accommodates groups of four to eight participants. During the class, presenters practice delivering relevant business material and receive feedback on their performance.

This comprehensive course consists of six segments:

  • How You Engage Your Audience
  • How You Look
  • What You Say
  • How You Sound
  • How You Prepare
  • How to Respond to Questions


Participants are asked to complete a speaking skills self-assessment prior to attending. They receive a one-page tip sheet reinforcing the essence of the course content and a recording of their practice sessions.

Individual Presentation Skills Coaching
Amy Aines privately coaches executives to help them improve their effectiveness in front of audiences of all kinds. She begins by assessing any existing footage of the speaker and then tailors her approach to the needs of the individual.

Amy's multi-dimensional approach emphasizes the use of voice, movement and language as well as methods for engaging the audience and effectively handling tough questions. In addition, Amy advises speakers on ways to improve their presentation visuals and content to ensure a strong message is effectively delivered and well supported.

Presenters who are preparing for upcoming speaking engagements improve greatly from timely skill practice and recorded rehearsal.

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Personal Communications Skills Coaching
Amy Aines tailors skill-building programs to meet the needs of individual executives. She can address a full range of situations from improving interpersonal communications to enhancing leadership communications effectiveness. Amy's coaching approach includes an initial skills assessment, concept review, practice opportunities, feedback and practical recommendations that build on the unique communications strengths of each individual.

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Media Training
Amy Aines draws on her years in media relations to prepare leaders and spokespersons to effectively handle press interviews for print, radio and television. Participants learn how to create and deliver key messages, how to build effective relationships with reporters and how to handle difficult questions. Mock interviews are used to practice setting ground rules and responding to hostile and challenging inquiries. Participants learn to control interviews and respond effectively to tricky tactics and questions.

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Managing for Accountability
Leaders who deliver great results understand how to foster a culture of accountability. This interactive workshop introduces a five-part model of accountability designed to clarify the steps in a process that set up clear expectations for action. Participants examine performance barriers and learn how to coach employees and adapt their leadership style to drive results. Ideal for new managers or as a refresher for seasoned leaders, this course establishes a leadership foundation for improving organizational performance.

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Conducting Performance Reviews and Career Development Conversations
To attract, motivate and retain talented, high achievers, managers need to learn how to track and rate performance and conduct effective reviews. This workshop covers methods for delivering performance feedback, how to prepare for reviews, how to handle difficult conversations and how to set expectations for future performance. Leaders also learn how to translate goals and career aspirations into effective development plans and assignments.

Contact Damianakes Communications to arrange training for your organization.
925 937-4561
amy@damianakes.com