Motivational Speaking

 I am a motivational speaker serving the Philadelphia / New Jersey area during the spring & summer months, and the southern Florida area during the fall & winter months. My presentations are interactive, relevant, and informative while being fun and entertaining. My mental health and wellness presentations, including workplace wellness keynotes, provides practical skills for personal and professional success.

Whether it be a presentation on Dealing with Difficult People, Creating the Positive Workplace, Stress Management, or Communicating with Tact and Finesse, attendees will come away with skills to last a lifetime.

Spring & Summer Months

Motivational Speaking – Philadelphia Area

  • Philadelphia area, PA

Motivational Speaking – Southern New Jersey

  • Atlantic City, NJ

Fall & Winter Months

Motivational Speaking – Southern Florida

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Sarasota, FL
  • West Palm, FL

“With Judy’s assistance, we have provided the third dimension for our Human Resource.” – W.B., Manager, Labor Relations, Mack Trucks, Inc.

“…it was one of the best workshop meetings we’ve ever had.” – J.N., MIS Assistant, Penske Truck Leasing

“Attendee evaluations of the programs have always awarded Judy the highest accolades.” – L.G., Management Development Coordinator, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY


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Speaking Topics

Variant1Tips and Tools for the Positive Workplace

Based on their best selling series from mental health publisher, PESI, I share some of my secrets and practical strategies from my books that offer your employees immediately some effective life skills to use on the job that will increase positivity while increasing performance and productivity.  After all, a happier workplace is a more productive and creative workplace.  Using some of the interactive activities and tips in my books, I will help your employees improve communication, including learning to listen effectively and not just hear, as well as mange stress and conflict, get organized and focus, and unleash their creativity and potential.  Improve your workplace success powered by your employees personal success strategies! For each presentation, I offer many psycho-educational handouts and worksheets to keep the learning going! For more Speaking photos click here

Avoiding Burnout:  Staying Positive No Matter What!


Give yourself an EMOTIONAL TUNE-UP! No matter what comes your way, learn the secrets to staying positive. Learn ways to replace negatively with positive energy and healthy ways of thinking. In an interactive session, we will experience how to be emotional resilient and stress hardy.  Learn practical ways to limit the negative stress that leads to burnout. Aside from the personal cost, there is a monetary cost for the individual and workplace. Unbridled stress leading to burnout can be quite expensive for both the individual and the workplace. Use you stress to spice up your life – keep in mind that stressed spelled backwards is “desserts!”

Communication with Tact and Finesse

Using effective communication is vital to getting along with others. Unfortunately, there are often no commonly understood guidelines of what is effective communication, and many people lack insight about how they really come across. This interactive seminar teaches a common foundation of insight into the basic guidelines to effective communication so individuals will all understand what comprises healthy vs. ineffective communication in a fun way they will remember! Learn effective speaking as well as listening skills. Learn strategies to deal with the most difficult and challenging people. Learn how to present yourself with self confidence.

How to be a Stress Manager… and Not a Stress Carrier!

Many studies have shown that a difficulty in handling stress leads to billions of dollars a year spent on doctors visits, depression, anxiety, workplace absenteeism and poor job performance. Whether it is at the expense of low morale, employee negativity, absenteeism, poor people skills, addictive behavior, illness, high turnover, negative stress can be overwhelming. Aside from the personal cost, there is a monetary cost for the individual and workplace. In terms of dollars and cents, unbridled stress can be quite expensive for both the individual and the workplace. Make stress work for you rather than against you! Learn how to manage your stress and not carry your stress! Differentiate inner stressors from stressors from the outside. Discover tips for emotional resiliency and “hardiness.” Learn self-care skills and develop a behavioral plan to deal with stress. Make your own “stress kit!” The session ends with a relaxation exercise that helps on learn to “mindfulness” by learning skills to live in the moment and calm the mind and body. Make your stress spice up your life – keep in mind that stressed spelled backwards is “desserts!”

The Balancing Act – Achieving a Work-Life Balance

Increased responsibility and workloads can make us feel that we are not able to give the time and energy needed in both our work and home life. Trying to keep ourselves in balance is an on-going process. This seminar focuses on the many ways to manage and even enrich our lives from being able to juggle these responsibilities while maintaining our emotional well-being. Participants will learn how to bring a sense of purpose and focus to everyday activities in their home and work life. Time management, planning, prioritizing, and understanding the importance of our role in relationships both inside and outside of work are keys to continued balance and energy. Understanding, communication, realistic expectations and identifying strengths will all be part of the discovery process as we examine the choices we make that enhance our relationships at work and at home. Positive, constructive ideas and techniques will be presented to help each participant leave with a renewed sense of their own ability to create balance in their lives.

Living the Positive Life

No matter what comes your way, learn the secrets to staying positive. By learning the elements of creating the positive home, the positive workplace, positive relationships, you will learn ways to feel empowered and positive. Leran ways to replace negatively with positive energy and healthy ways of thinking.

How To Bounce Back To Come Out On Top

Thrive – and not just survive – these challenging times. Learn emotional wellness and resiliency skills to overcome obstacles and challenges to strengthen yourself and develop a richness of character. Boost your “mental Wellness I.Q!” To quote Rocky Balboa, “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!

Want to be happier? Want to get out of the trenches of unhealthy thinking and feelings of negativity? What are you waiting for? You don’t have to go anywhere to wait for the next best thing to be happy. The only change you need is between your ears – change those thoughts in your head! With a new perspective and healthy way of looking at things, sticking to the facts and not interpretations or the stories you tell yourself, you will be able to give yourself a mental makeover today!

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life!

Based on the recently released book, this presentation focuses on how the “holes” in our life make us “whole.” I use Swiss Cheese as a metaphor for life – and guide participants on how to go through the “holes” rather than get stuck in them. Would we really want our lives to be bland and predictable like American cheese? I focus on how to develop resiliency skills so that we can enjoy the process of getting through the imperfections in our lives with wisdom and appreciation, rather than being filled with bitterness and regret. This seminar is light yet profound, and practical “hands on” exercises help cement the learning.

Think Straight, Feel Great!

Positive Thinking for a Happier Life Change those thoughts! Positive, rational thinking is the cornerstone for mental health. Learn how thoughts determine feelings and behaviors. People all too often underestimate the power of their thoughts and how their thoughts create their feelings and their mood. Turn negativity into constructive action! Learn strategies to change toxic though patterns and learn the power of positive self-talk. Learn the Psychological ABCS of thinking. Conflict and miscommunication is often viewed as an outgrowth of irrational thought. Understand what “Learned Optimism” is and Martin Seligman’s Depression project in the Philadelphia area schools. Make yourself “button proof” – so no one can “push your buttons.” Learn healthy thinking enables the shift from being problem focused to solution focused

Handling the Challenges of Change

We live in a fast paced society and our world is rapidly changing. To survive optimally, one needs to be able to be flexible in adapting to change. Giving up old patterns and habits is hard, but necessary for growth. Turn obstacles into an opportunity for self-discovery and building self-esteem. Stubbornness gives way to flexibility and growth. Obstruction, anger and grudges have no proper place in the work environment. Old habits of thinking and communicating are hard to break and this workshop gives the individual tools to “let go” and “move on.” Find out how to use positive and rational thinking skills to weather change gracefully. At times, recognition of a grieving process of what was, what might have been, and what is no longer, gives way to adjusting to the way things really are. Learn from the past rather than live in the past, which is a major key to moving on and letting go. Don’t get stuck in the past or be so concerned with “future proofing” that you can not have the flexibility to “go with the flow.”

Essential Tips for Staying Sane and Productive … Amidst “The Buzz”

  • Are you in control of your social media or is it controlling you?
  • Are you constantly distracted from your work by the alerting sounds of tweets, dings and rings, not to mention a burgeoning number of inbox messages that just can’t wait to be read?
  • Do you have a hard tolerating the suspense of whether or not you got new followers, new messages, new mentions – and you just have to check?
  • Are you feeling increasingly anxious over not having enough time in the day to keep up with Face book, Twitter, Twellow, WordPress, Buffer, Pin Interest….need I say more? Can you Digg It?

If any of these questions ring a bell, ding, tweet, or otherwise, then you might be suffering from some form of social media obsession! Learn in this presentation some essential tips to curb your social media addiction and stay focused and productive amidst the tantalizing buzz!

Samples of Other Wellness Presentation Topics

Harassment Prevention Happiness is…….. Difficult People Made Easy Making Every Day a Fresh Start Forgiveness Mindfulness and relaxation Team Building Burnout Busting Defeating Anger Humor in the Workplace Listening Skills Dealing with Depression and Anxiety Coping with the Holidays

Mental Health Topics For Mental Health Professionals (Continuing Education)

The Very Best Tips and Tools For The Therapeutic Toolbox Effective Treatment Strategies for the Treatment Resistant Client Group Activities and Tips for Interactive Groups Understanding Personality Disorders and Mood disorders CBT, DBT and Beyond Compassion Fatigue