Experiential Learning Programs

Below are some of the most popular programs Brenda offers. All programs can be customized based on specific audience needs and delivered both in person and/or virtually.

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Brenda’s Most Popular Experiential Learning Programs

Learn more about Brenda’s most popular proprietary wide-open leadership programs by clicking on these links below.

Master the Brand Called YOU™®

Achieve Greater Success Through Leadership Personal Branding

Boost Your Executive Presence

How to Send the Right Signals, Influence Others, and Get Better Results at Work

Excel as a Wide Open Leader.

Given your existing mindset and behaviors as a leader, be honest—would you want to work for you? Learn key tips, tools, and techniques to becoming the leader everybody wants to work for. 

The Art and Science of Inspirational Leadership

Top lessons learned from Executive Coaching about how to become a more inspiring leader of both yourself and others.

Leading Through Uncertainty

What do you do when nobody knows what to do? In the face of unsettling times, get answers to the most common questions asked during a crisis and walk away with hands-on and immediately applicable solutions to addressing uncertainty—in yourself and others.

Master the Art of Listening & Managing Tough Feedback

How to Deal with Conflict and Build Better Relationships at Work
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Thriving in the New Renaissance

In a world where possibilities seem endless, why do most of us still feel so stuck? Learn how to ride the wave of the future by letting go of limiting beliefs and releasing your innate, wide open potentiality, both personally and professionally.

Embrace a Global Mindset and Perspective in Today’s Workplace

How do you cut through the confusion of today’s increasingly diverse world and learn to navigate your way to success on a global scale?

On-the-Job Coaching for Greater Success In Leading Others

Embrace powerful steps to becoming a more competent and effective leader-coach at work.

On-the-Job Coaching for Greater Success In Leading Others

Embrace powerful steps to becoming a more competent and effective leader-coach at work.

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** This program is customizable to a variety of needs and leadership levels within the organization, from early-career self-leadership, to senior-level executive leadership. **

Master the Brand Called YOU™®

How you develop your own personal brand makes the difference between success and failure in this new, wide open world.

Why do some individuals continue to excel in an organization and others don’t? The answer isn’t necessarily because they have the most experience or the most education. The truth is: You’re more likely to be selected for higher-level positions based on how well others perceive, think, and feel about “YOU™”- the Trademarked YOU. The art – and science – of leadership personal branding is what keeps successful individuals moving up the ladder.

In this engaging and interactive program, internationally renowned branding expert and Certified Senior Executive Coach Brenda Bence will share the three key steps to establishing a successful leadership personal brand at work, both inside and outside your organization. Based on Brenda’s experience helping individuals all around the world build successful brands for themselves, Brenda will reveal the top errors she regularly sees leaders make at work. These mistakes can hold you back from achieving your full career potential or even stop your career dead in its tracks.

During this enlightening and interactive program, you will:

  • Get clear on what “leadership” personal branding really is – and what it’s not – whether you’re leading others or focused on self-leadership.
  • Understand why leadership personal branding is so critical for your own individual development and for the success of your organization as a whole.
  • Learn how to leverage the six core personal brand positioning elements that go into defining your unique personal brand as a leader.
  • Find out how your own brand is being perceived right now so that you can make adjustments as needed.
  • Master and take charge of the five everyday activities that most communicate your brand to superiors, peers, subordinates (if applicable), teams you lead, and clients.
  • Avoid Top Leadership Personal Brand Busters® that you may be committing right now that can damage your brand as a leader – either consciously or subconsciously.
  • Get clear on what “leadership” personal branding really is – and what it’s not – whether you’re leading others or focused on self-leadership.
  • Understand why leadership personal branding is so critical for your own individual development and for the success of your organization as a whole.
  • Learn how to leverage the six core personal brand positioning elements that go into defining your unique personal brand as a leader.
  • Find out how your own brand is being perceived right now so that you can make adjustments as needed.
  • Master and take charge of the five everyday activities that most communicate your brand to superiors, peers, subordinates (if applicable), teams you lead, and clients.
  • Avoid Top Leadership Personal Brand Busters® that you may be committing right now that can damage your brand as a leader – either consciously or subconsciously.

Interested to find out more?

Executives

Boost Your Executive Presence

In today’s wide open world, how do you send the right signals, influence others, and get better results at work?

Executive Presence (also referred to as “gravitas”) is one of the most consistently requested topics in the leadership development world today. Defined in a variety of ways, “Executive Presence” generally means the attitudes, skills, and behaviors that – when combined – send the right signals, influence others, and ultimately drive better outcomes, both professionally and personally. Executive Presence is a critical part of building a powerful personal brand as a leader and is also a core fundamental to career success, both short-term and long-term.

This interactive and engaging program, created by Certified Senior Executive Coach and Global Certified Speaking Professional, Brenda Bence, is offered in keynote format as well as in two-hour, half-day (3-4 hours), and full-day (8 hours) options. The modules offered are based on Brenda’s extensive experience as an Executive for Fortune 100 companies and her work as an external Executive Coach, having coached 700 senior leaders from more than 60 nationalities and across 70 different industries. The program offers tips and tools that help strengthen the level of Executive Presence required for success as an executive today.

Since Executive Presence is a broad topic, a variety of aspects related to Executive Presence are covered in this program. Conducted in modular fashion, and customized to the needs of the client, some of the most popular requested modules are:

Influencing without Title or Authority – A critical skill for both self-leaders and leaders of others, effective influencing – even if you don’t have direct authority – is an increasingly important skill in today’s global, matrix-system world. Five influence styles exist, and it’s critical to be able to shift between using all five, depending up on the situation at hand.

Speaking Up/Improving Communications – This module not only covers clarity of communications and articulating well, but also presenting to senior management, asking strategic and relevant questions, and learning to “ask not tell” as a key influencing mechanism.

Assertiveness – Often mistakenly confused with “aggression,” this attribute is key to success in developing aspiring leaders and, once learned, can make a significant difference between continued career success and careers that plateau.

Below are additional in-demand modules that can be included in Brenda’s Executive Presence program:

  • Active listening
  • Building a strong network
  • Developing charisma
  • Developing confidence
  • Effective electronic and remote communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Executive dining / business meals
  • Handling journalists (television/radio interviews)
  • How to engage via storytelling
  • How to master giving tough feedback
  • How to effectively push back
  • How to think on your feet
  • Leading in today’s diverse, multi-cultural workplace
  • Leading in today’s multi-generational workplace
  • Managing conflict
  • Managing your brand externally
  • Maneuvering office politics
  • Presenting powerfully
  • Mastering the art of small talk
  • Staying calm under pressure/managing reactions
  • Active listening
  • Building a strong network
  • Developing charisma
  • Developing confidence
  • Effective electronic and remote communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Executive dining / business meals
  • Handling journalists (television/radio interviews)
  • How to engage via storytelling
  • How to master giving tough feedback
  • How to effectively push back
  • How to think on your feet
  • Leading in today’s diverse, multi-cultural workplace
  • Leading in today’s multi-generational workplace
  • Managing conflict
  • Managing your brand externally
  • Maneuvering office politics
  • Presenting powerfully
  • Mastering the art of small talk
  • Staying calm under pressure/managing reactions

Interested to find out more?

Leadership

** FOR LEADERS OF OTHERS **

Excel as a Wide Open Leader

Given your existing mindset and behaviors as a leader, be honest—would you want to work for you? Learn key tips, tools, and techniques to becoming the leader everybody wants to work for. 

In this interactive, eye-opening program, Brenda Bence, Certified Senior Executive Coach and Harvard MBA, reveals the most damaging behaviors that she regularly sees in the workplace – the same behaviors that consistently hold otherwise-successful leaders back. There is one common thread that unites all of these behaviors: They are related to the art – and the science – of leading others.

Through her successful coaching practice, Brenda has worked with more than 700 senior leaders from over 60 nationalities and across 70 different industries. In this program, Brenda shares simple yet powerful tips, tools, and techniques that you can apply immediately to get better results and achieve greater productivity from the people you lead, while motivating and inspiring them at the same time.

In this engaging yet practical leadership development program, you will learn:

  • The single most important factor to becoming a better leader of others – and the fundamental leadership mindset that goes along with it.
  • The most critical cause of regretted employee turnover, and how taking simple steps to adapt your leadership style can immediately improve retention.
  • What your most preferred management approach is and when – and how – to adapt it as needed.
  • How to avoid conflict with subordinates forever – even when it comes to having difficult performance conversations.
  • A five-point model for effectively leading others that will also drive a much greater understanding of your organization’s culture so that you can improve it.
  • Mind-management techniques that are critical to effective leadership and how to identify where you are focusing your attention.
  • A simple self-test to help you stay focused on the most critical actions you take every day that will have the greatest impact on the people you lead.
  • How to quickly identify which model of delegation you are using so that you can adapt as necessary.
  • One of the most powerful – yet simple – ways to motivate employees and build a reputation as a great leader, both inside and outside of your organization.
  • The single most important factor to becoming a better leader of others – and the fundamental leadership mindset that goes along with it.
  • The most critical cause of regretted employee turnover, and how taking simple steps to adapt your leadership style can immediately improve retention.
  • What your most preferred management approach is and when – and how – to adapt it as needed.
  • How to avoid conflict with subordinates forever – even when it comes to having difficult performance conversations.
  • A five-point model for effectively leading others that will also drive a much greater understanding of your organization’s culture so that you can improve it.
  • Mind-management techniques that are critical to effective leadership and how to identify where you are focusing your attention.
  • A simple self-test to help you stay focused on the most critical actions you take every day that will have the greatest impact on the people you lead.
  • How to quickly identify which model of delegation you are using so that you can adapt as necessary.
  • One of the most powerful – yet simple – ways to motivate employees and build a reputation as a great leader, both inside and outside of your organization.

Interested to find out more?

Leadership
** This program is customizable to a variety of needs and leadership levels within the organization, from early-career self-leadership, to senior-level executive leadership. **

The Art and Science of Inspirational Leadership

Top lessons learned from Executive Coaching about how to become a more inspiring leader of both yourself and others.

Have you wondered what leaders gain from executive coaching?  In this insight-full program, Executive Leadership Coach Brenda Bence reveals the most common challenges that her senior coaching clients face, and shares key tips and tools used to overcome those challenges and become a more inspiring leader. These tools have successfully helped over 800 executives from more than 60 nationalities to bypass roadblocks and achieve their full potential.

In this program, Brenda reveals straight-forward, pragmatic techniques you can apply immediately to develop yourself and be more effective as a leader.  Customized to the needs of the audience, some of the most popular topics cover:

  • How to avoid conflict in the workplace – forever – even when it comes to having difficult conversations with bosses, peers, clients, and subordinates.
  • A four-step model that demonstrates the “internal” nature of leadership, and what simple steps you can embrace in order to take charge of the inner voice.
  • Get clear on the energy you are bringing to the workplace and where you are focusing your attention, so that you can make appropriate and forward-focused adjustments.
  • A simple self-test to help you prioritize the most critical actions to take every day, allowing you to make the greatest impact on both your own self-leadership as well as your leadership of others.
  • One of the most powerful – yet simple – ways to engage effectively with peers, clients, and employees which will help strengthen how others perceive, think, and feel about you as an inspiring leader.

Interested to find out more?

Leadership

Leading Through Uncertainty

What do you do when nobody knows what to do? In the face of unsettling times, get answers to the most common questions asked during a crisis and walk away with hands-on and immediately applicable solutions to addressing uncertainty—in yourself and others. 

Given the consistently changing landscape in our contemporary world, uncertainty has become the norm. As a leader, how do you handle ambiguity amongst your team members, when you yourself are not sure what the future holds? Leaders who can answer this type of question are the leaders who don’t just survive but actually thrive during unsettling times.

During this one-hour interactive virtual presentation, top-ranked Executive Leadership Coach, Brenda Bence, shares answers to the most common questions asked by leaders during times of uncertainty. She offers immediately applicable solutions to successfully leading yourself and others during unpredictable times.

In this interactive and inspiring program, you will learn:

  • Where to place your focus during tough times, so that you can achieve greater outcomes on the job.
  • The best way to communicate to raise morale when facing challenging situations.
  • A fascinating paradox that you can use to calm others’ nerves and help them be more productive.
  • The most important skill team members want in a leader, and a tell-tale sign to gauge how successfully you are using this skill.
    Ten self-leadership actions you can take every day to keep you mentally and physically grounded during uncertain times.
  • The best way to start your morning that has been proven to lead to success.

Interested to find out more?

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** FOR LEADERS OF OTHERS **

Master the Art of Listening & Managing Tough Feedback

How to Deal with Conflict and Build Better Relationships at Work

What two skills do the most effective contributors possess in the workplace? “Listening effectively and knowing how to manage tough feedback,” says Certified Senior Executive Coach and international leadership expert Brenda Bence.

Through coaching more than 700 leaders from 60 different nationalities across the world, Brenda has seen that the individuals who continue to rise in any organization have mastered critical self-leadership skills: the art of listening and how to give and receive feedback regularly. They also know how to manage conflict and influence others even if they don’t have an official “title.”

By attending this practical, hands-on program, you will:

  • Conduct a self-assessment of your own listening capabilities, explore key barriers that prevent you from listening well, and learn simple techniques to overcome those barriers.
  • Practice and role-play three proven techniques for more effective listening.
  • Gain greater self-awareness about your reactions to feedback, and uncover the typical reasons you don’t accept or give feedback as often as you should.
  • Learn how to take the “fear” out of giving and receiving tough feedback.
  • Get clear on how feedback relates to managing conflict at work – and what this means for you, your team, your peers, and subordinates.
  • Role-play providing challenging feedback and handling conflict by using the “IDEA” model.
  • Practice implementing newly learned listening, conflict management, and feedback skills using tough scenarios from real-life case studies at work.
  • Identify one individual who needs to receive difficult feedback on the job, and make a plan to make this happen as soon as you return to the office.
  • Conduct a self-assessment of your own listening capabilities, explore key barriers that prevent you from listening well, and learn simple techniques to overcome those barriers.
  • Practice and role-play three proven techniques for more effective listening.
  • Gain greater self-awareness about your reactions to feedback, and uncover the typical reasons you don’t accept or give feedback as often as you should.
  • Learn how to take the “fear” out of giving and receiving tough feedback.
  • Get clear on how feedback relates to managing conflict at work – and what this means for you, your team, your peers, and subordinates.
  • Role-play providing challenging feedback and handling conflict by using the “IDEA” model.
  • Practice implementing newly learned listening, conflict management, and feedback skills using tough scenarios from real-life case studies at work.
  • Identify one individual who needs to receive difficult feedback on the job, and make a plan to make this happen as soon as you return to the office.

Interested to find out more?

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Thriving in the New Renaissance

In a world where possibilities seem endless, why do most of us still feel so stuck? Learn how to ride the wave of the future by letting go of limiting beliefs and releasing your innate, wide open potentiality, both personally and professionally.

We are on the edge of a new frontier – at the cusp of the most extraordinary time in human history.

Given the lives we lead today, and with more choices than ever in the history of humankind, our ancestors would be green with envy.

And yet… a survey of thousands of people across six continents shows that we’re far from satisfied, and we still see the world in a negative light, both inside and outside of the workplace.

What’s going on?  We’re looking in the wrong place – outside of us – but where we really need to look is inside.

When we place our focus on changing everything around us, we end up spinning our wheels. But when we change the way we think, we have the capacity to drive greater outcomes in every area of our lives.

The key to thriving in the New Renaissance is shifting our mindset.

This holds true for leaders as well. Great leadership, first and foremost, is an inside job – whether you’re focused on self-leadership or leading others.

Why? Because it’s our limiting beliefs that truly hold us back from the leadership success we want to achieve, and the joy and wide open possibility that comes along with it.

In this engaging and interactive program with Brenda Bence, leading global executive coach, will show you how to:

  • Change self-limiting beliefs that hold you back and prevent you from reaching your full potential.
  • Discover why simply altering your behavior isn’t enough to create long-lasting change.
  • Feel more in charge of your future so that you can take advantage of the New Renaissance.
  • Face the unknown with a sense of excitement and adventure.
  • Master a simple mindset shift to get what you want in relationships, career, work, finances, health, and beyond.

This program can be customized for a variety of audiences and leadership levels for companies, conferences, associations, and public audiences.

Interested to find out more?

International Flags

Embrace a Global Mindset and Perspective in Today’s Workplace.

How do you cut through the confusion of today’s increasingly diverse world and learn to navigate your way to success on a global scale?

Today’s workplace is the most diverse in the history of humankind. We regularly work across cultures, languages, nationalities, religions, and more – all without a textbook or a roadmap. Yet, how you approach this “medley” of differences at work is fundamental to your success.

Leading and collaborating effectively today requires learning to expand your global mindset and perspective. Why? Just by virtue of being human, we all have unconscious biases – unintentional personal preferences for one type of person over another. As a result, we make judgments and assumptions every day, without even being aware of them.

But when these preferences result in leaving out a particular group of people, it can have a significant and negative impact. We may fail to hire a diverse workforce, or certain groups within the organization may feel they are treated differently and don’t have the same opportunities as others. The outcome? The integrity and reputation of your organization suffers, and collaboration is compromised, leading to unsatisfactory outcomes.

Throughout this engaging program, led by Global Certified Speaking Professional and international leadership expert Brenda Bence, you will become aware of your own inadvertent biases and will develop global intelligence in order to help create a workplace that is inclusive, respectful, more harmonious, and more productive.

During this interactive, multi-media program, you will:

  • Take a quiz to discover some of your own unconscious biases.
  • Find out the major types of biases that happen every day at work and the implications of each. What does it feel like to experience a bias against you?
  • Discover ways to avoid bias-related conflicts and skillfully manage confrontations when they arise.
  • Improve your self-leadership skills, as well as key skills to lead others, by respecting and valuing diverse perspectives.
  • Learn how to test assumptions before acting upon them.
  • Understand how to create a workplace that cultivates greater trust, strengthens relationships, increases engagement, and improves productivity.
  • Gain tips, tools, and techniques that you can immediately apply to collaborate across the organization and drive sustainable performance as you work with global teams.
  • Take a quiz to discover some of your own unconscious biases.
  • Find out the major types of biases that happen every day at work and the implications of each. What does it feel like to experience a bias against you?
  • Discover ways to avoid bias-related conflicts and skillfully manage confrontations when they arise.
  • Improve your self-leadership skills, as well as key skills to lead others, by respecting and valuing diverse perspectives.
  • Learn how to test assumptions before acting upon them.
  • Understand how to create a workplace that cultivates greater trust, strengthens relationships, increases engagement, and improves productivity.
  • Gain tips, tools, and techniques that you can immediately apply to collaborate across the organization and drive sustainable performance as you work with global teams.

Interested to find out more?

On-The-job-coaching

** FOR LEADERS OF OTHERS **

On-the-Job Coaching for Greater Success In Leading Others

Embrace powerful steps to becoming a more competent and effective leader-coach at work.

This highly interactive program will allow you to return to the office with success skills you can apply immediately to be a more effective leader-coach on the job. Certified Senior Executive Coach and international leadership expert, Brenda Bence, will share powerful, proven tips, tools, and techniques that will not only help you have a greater impact as an individual leader within your company, but that can also make a positive impact on your company as a whole, helping to instill a stronger coaching culture within the organization.

To ensure that the learning can be used immediately, you will practice coaching in a real-life challenging situation from your own work environment.

During this engaging, practical, and hands-on leadership development program, you will:

  • Get clear on what on-the-job coaching really is – and what it’s not – and why the distinction is so critical to your success as a leader.
  • Strengthen your understanding of what makes a “good” and “bad” coach at work.
  • Assess your own personal strengths and development areas as an on-the-job coach.
  • Understand challenges and potential roadblocks that can prevent you from being a good leader-coach at work.
  • Discuss the relevance and impact of country/corporate culture when it comes to successful on-the-job coaching.
  • Get clear on the six fundamental elements that make up a good coaching discussion.
  • Gain practical coaching experience through each portion of a good coaching discussion using a real-life work situation.
  • Become a much more competent leader on the job by using a proven framework for crafting excellent coaching questions.
  • Develop an action plan for implementing this framework at work with a specific, individual “coachee” in mind.
  • Fully embrace coaching as a “mindset” that can help you achieve more at work, ultimately bringing you higher productivity, better results, and greater job satisfaction.
  • Get clear on what on-the-job coaching really is – and what it’s not – and why the distinction is so critical to your success as a leader.
  • Strengthen your understanding of what makes a “good” and “bad” coach at work.
  • Assess your own personal strengths and development areas as an on-the-job coach.
  • Understand challenges and potential roadblocks that can prevent you from being a good leader-coach at work.
  • Discuss the relevance and impact of country/corporate culture when it comes to successful on-the-job coaching.
  • Get clear on the six fundamental elements that make up a good coaching discussion.
  • Gain practical coaching experience through each portion of a good coaching discussion using a real-life work situation.
  • Become a much more competent leader on the job by using a proven framework for crafting excellent coaching questions.
  • Develop an action plan for implementing this framework at work with a specific, individual “coachee” in mind.
  • Fully embrace coaching as a “mindset” that can help you achieve more at work, ultimately bringing you higher productivity, better results, and greater job satisfaction.

Interested to find out more?

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