Hello, welcome to my communication web site. It will
always be in progress, just like life, continuously improving as I learn
and grow--and interact with you.
Think of Dr. Dolly as akin to Dr. Ruth. Like that famous
dynamo, I am also a middle-aged woman, also cheerfully chubby with a sense
of humor, also a doctoral level expert helping develop and improve people,
performance, organizations, and relationships. But I'll leave sex issues
to Dr. Ruth, thank you. And mental pathologies to others more qualified
for that. I am a communication specialist, a communication consultant,
with human emphasis.
Communication can benefit or impair everything you do.
Take a wellness approach, a TQM approach.
Prevent problems. Learn to creatively solve problems, using powerful communication
tools and strategies. Be proactive with this vital, complex dimension
of your professional and personal life.
I help people with all kinds of human communication:
interpersonal, group, writing, speaking, nonverbal communication--all
sorts of interaction for various personal and professional purposes. My
work is as diverse as our clients' needs (and my own inspiration) and
draws from a rich multi-disciplinary perspective.
Communications with an "s" signals a techie orientation;
without an "s" emphasizes process. I am not a computer
expert, though I find the Internet a magical tool for learning and communicating--and,
in collaboration with cyber-gurus Henry
Neufeld and Destin
Berthelot, do select web site writing, web site design, and web site
editing. I am also not a certified psychologist or psychiatrist, but communication
(as I have studied and practiced it) encompasses and applies many pertinent
behavioral sciences and expressive arts.
My U. Tennessee graduate study combined communication
(writing, journalism, interpersonal communication, human relations, social
and humanistic psychology, group dynamics) with curriculum and instruction
(adult learning, creative program or instructional design). Experience
has included daily newspapers, magazines, books, teaching 7-12 through
university levels (Loyola U.), research, business/organizational training
and development, creative workshop design, seminar leader, group facilitator,
conflict management, diversity training, teambuilding, and more, all potentially
useful to you. (Our long list of satisfied customers
and repeat business indicates we do something right.)
By nature I am a learner, a synthesizer, an innovator,
and a helper, bringing to every task a persistent inquisitiveness, creativity,
deep interest in and love of people, all kinds of people. For Myers-Briggs
aficionados, I am an ENTP, sometimes an FP. In terms of a very different
people analysis tool, Berthelot Consulting's more right brain SELFSHAPES,
I am a versatile, innovative triangle with softer oval and circle tendencies,
and inter-connecting polygon qualities. The SELFSHAPES page introduces
this self-help strategy and related SELFSHAPES/RELATIONSHAPES
workshops. Applications to churches include the presentation Your Church
Is Not Perfectly Square. See also our other creative
workshops for organizational development, professional development,
personal growth, self help, or leisure
Current passions: "Creating unity within diversity--fostering
a ME to WE perspective (for all our
sakes)"; "Story sharing" (in person
and in writing, including articles, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs)--a
powerful learning, growing, and relating tool; and "Friendly
Persuasion--Communicate to Influence Deep, Positive Change."
My pace-setter SELFSHAPES, a whole brain human
types system, and its companion RELATIONSHAPES, use geometric shapes for
fresh angles on people. A related book, PERFECTLY
SQUARE, A Fantasy Fable for All Ages, amuses, inspires, and motivates
change, diversity, creativity, and teamwork.
Because life stories are so powerful for so many personal and professioanl
purposes, and because I so enjoy helping others extract, articulate, use,
and preserve their precious life and work experiences, I have developed
Mine Your Memories, a new division of Berthelot Consulting with that focus.
offers new options for expert consulting, guidance, MYM
workshops, group facilitation, and professional
interviewing, writing, and editing services geared to helping you
use, learn from, and pass on personal, family, business, and organziational
stories, from workplace anecdotes, to humanized geneaology, to memoirs.
Mine Your Memories reflects my persistent commitment to Unity
in Diversity, my intrigue with various culltures and individuals,
and my growing fascination with my own Lebanese-American ancestry and
heritage (see Roots
of Understanding, Mid-East).
Let's use the Internet's power for communication. I invite your
recollections, insights, and personal anecdotes, which may ultimately
appear on-line, in future publications, or in Your Life Story (or Your
Business or Organization Story), a unique legacy.
I welcome a dialogue about how this communication consultant,
workshop leader, and professional writer/editor can help you. You may
call (850) 375-4287 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about professional
communication guidance, training, or creative services. Let's talk!