Communicate to connect with clients, colleagues, bosses, and employees

Marion's Clients

If you’re a leader in your own biz, in a corporate environment, or in an any organization interested in improving productivity in the workplace, if you already understand and value good communications and relationships with your clients, colleagues, employees and bosses, then working with Marion is a great fit for you and your team. This includes emerging and established leaders from organizations large and small that hail from government, private sector, associations and non-profit sectors. Marion will help you to build resilient and productive teams, boost morale and  confidence, and get more desired results, all by changing how you communicate.

Arlene Stone

 Marion has an exceptional ability to provide engaging information to her audience. Of particular value to our group, was the constant interaction that Marion promoted amongst the participants, which served as both ice-breakers and ‘take-away’ experiences and practices. We would highly recommend Marion Grobb Finkelstein as the facilitator of your event.
Arelene K. Stone, Q. A.A. National VP, Association of Administrative Assistants

Vittoria Wikston

 Having worked with Marion intimately on several of our own client events, I have been impressed with the level of commitment and, more importantly, passion that she brings to every event she attends. On behalf of Niagara Falls Tourism, and our regional partners, I encourage your organization to consider engaging Marion to assist you in delivering an event that will be remembered as your best.
Vittoria A. Wikston, CMP, Director Business Development, Niagara Falls Tourism

 What a delight to watch this pro in action! Working with Marion was a snap, she made it easy. Comments from our participants distinguish her session as one of the most preferred in both content and delivery style. Marion was animated in her presentation style, engaging with her moving stories, and impressive in her ability to hold the audience’s attention. I would most certainly recommend Marion to others and look forward to working with her again.
Norbert G., Manager, Resourcing and Learning Services International Development Research Centre

If you’re interesting in leading with your best foot and your team is interested in improving performance, effectiveness and connecting with clients, colleagues, bosses and employees, Marion has a KEYNOTE, WORKSHOP, or CONSULTING/COACHING PACKAGE to meet your specific needs.

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    • Administrative Professionals Conference (APC)
    • Association of Administrative Assistants (AAA)
    • Association of Public Sector Information Professionals (DPI)
    • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
    • Canadian Diabetes Association
    • Canadian Medical Association of British Columbia (CMABC)
    • Canadian Museum Association (CMA)
    • Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)
    • Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE)
    • Canadian Society of Training and Development (CSTD)
    • Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
    • Greater Ottawa Home Builders Associations (GOHBA)
    • Group Works Leadership Institute
    • Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
    • International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
    • Medical Group Management Association of Canada (MGMAC)
    • Meeting Planners International (MPI)
    • Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO)
    • Ontario Association of School Board Officials (OASBO)
    • Ontario Municipal Social Services Association\
    • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
    • Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC)
    • Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC)
    • Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres (SARC)
    • Saskatchewan Association of School Board Officials (SASBO)
    • Adult Day Program Association
    • Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW)
    • Diefenbunker Museum
    • Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (Florida, USA)
    • Hopewell Eating Disorders Support Centre
    • Niagara Falls Tourism
    • No Fixed Address
    • Toastmasters (conferences)
    • United Way
    • Women Moving Forward
    • Women’s Business Network
    • Algonquin College
    • Carleton University
    • City of Ottawa
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
    • Florida Department of Health, WIC (Florida, USA)
    • Foreign Affairs Canada
    • Health Canada
    • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
    • Kitchener Public Library (KPL)
    • National Capitial Commission (NCC)
    • Natural Resources Canada
    • Northern Health
    • Office of the Auditor General of Ontario
    • Osgoode Home Care Support
    • Ottawa Public Library
    • Province of Alberta
    • Sustainable Development Technologies Canada
    • SISIP Financial Services
    • Wild Rose Foundation of Alberta
    • Administrative Performance Conference (APC)
    • Admins Rock Conference
    • Obasan/Sleeptek
    • P1 Consulting
    • Performance Management Consultants
    • Professional Development Summit
    • Project Management Institute
    • Ragan Communications
    • Stepping Stones conference
    • Tiree Facility Solutions
    • Venue West Conference Services
    • Westboro Design and Decor Centre

Are we right for you?

Maybe you want to communicate to one person or to the masses and you’re not quite sure where to start? You’re in the right place if you are …

  • an emerging or long-time leader wanting to leverage your innate communication talents to build resilient and productive teams
  • an Association executive or director wanting to add value for your existing members while attracting new ones
  • a meeting or conference planner pro looking for presentations your audience will love from a presenter you love to work with
  • a manager grappling with how to improve team morale and communication
  • an employee struggling to relate to your boss and difficult personalities in the workplace
  • a non-profit organization looking to invest in your volunteers or develop your staff

Marion Grobb Finkelstein can help you gain the communication and leadership skills to get the results you want and deserve. If you already acknowledge and appreciate the difference that great communication makes to your workplace, if your organization and your team is ready to stretch and grow and is anxious to move forward, then Marion Grobb Finkelstein is the right “fit” for you. Whether through a keynote, training session, or personalized consulting or coaching, Marion will provide you with hands-on communication tools you can put to use NOW!

What clients are saying about Marion Grobb Finkelstein (a sampling of client comments):

“(You delivered) … a compelling and emotionally touching speech that was truly able to connect with the participants at the event. The connection your words had with the participants had such a strong impact that even hours later, into the night, we were still talking about your words of wisdom. Your genuine passion and empathy came through and I believe it really helped to transform how we as a group of fundraisers spoke and dealt with one another.   Crystal D’Cunha, Chair of No Fixed Address

“So many tools I can apply at my job!”, “Engaging! I learned so many processes that I can take away!”, “I learned action steps I can apply right away at work”, “Liked the concrete and specific action plan”.Participants, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Education Forum Annual Meeting (EFAM)

“Providing a strong platform, Marion’s session was an excellent starting point for our Kick-off session. She was able to engage our employees leading them into a more constructive course that fostered open and frank communication amongst themselves, thereby enhancing their relationships with colleagues.”
President, SISIP Financial Services

“Thank you for being you! I loved your presentation … I found you to be engaging, interesting and fun. You managed to keep my attention for your entire presentation. The big learning that I took away was to pause before I respond. Thank you and I hope that our paths cross again soon.”
Sheldon Rice, Financial Advisor, Raymond James Ltd.

“Great presentation and a delight to see you in action. Among the take-aways, my top one has to be the CERBB!”
Senior Coach, KWA Partners Ottawa

“Marion is always enthusiastic”, “… made you want to listen and participate”, “Marion is a fantastic speaker with a wealth of valuable knowledge”.
Participants, PMC Forum on Administrative Excellence re: Marion’s “Leadership Begins with YOU” keynote

“A HUGE thank you for sharing all the great information at yesterday’s conference with us. Our team here at the Ottawa Senators really enjoyed your talk and found the information very helpful and insightful.”
Executive Assistant & Office Manager, Sens Foundation

“Just wanted to send you a quick note to say how much I enjoy your newsletter … insightful, helpful and thought-provoking. Thank you.”
Vice-President, Tiree Facility Solutions

“I loved your chapter, ‘Life’s a Gamble’. You were so right on with the risk factor part. I was a chicken before I went on Reality Stars Fear Factor, but I used that as an opportunity to stretch and grow and come out of my comfort zone, and I did. Keep up the great work.”
Tanya Goertz, ‘The Apprentice’ Reality Star, International Speaker, Author (U.S.A.)

“Marion was a fantastic speaker/presenter with a ton of experience. Very organized and clear. Engaged the audience”, “Extremely professional”, “Dynamic”, “Best one so far!”
Conference attendees, “Vitalize 2009” Provincial Voluntary Sector Conference (Calgary, AB)

“Marion Grobb Finkelstein was the perfect choice of speaker to kick-off our conference… She delivered her insightful ‘Facing the Chicken Within’ keynote … Marion inspired our group of administrative professionals to use their fear to push forward. Setting an upbeat tone for the day, Marion’s presentation received many positive comments including, ‘great speaker’, ‘relevant to life outside work’, … ‘good energy of speaker’, and ‘very empowering’.”
Vice-President, Performance Management Consultants (Ottawa, ON)

“I was so inspired by your presentation because it was like a script I was following … that has brought me to where I am today! … (I) would love to hear you speak again and again. You were AMAZING!”
Member, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Ottawa Chapter (ON)

“The thing that distinguishes Marion from other presenters is her genuine energy and obvious commitment to making an impact…  the feedback afterwards was overwhelmingly positive… our employees are still talking about what they learned and applying key principles in their day-to-day communications… well worth the investment … excellent session and one which I highly recommend!”
Vice-President, Tiree Workplace Visioneering (Ottawa, ON)

“When I read your chapter, I was stunned at the brilliance of your writing… Your chapter, ‘Life is a Gamble’, brought such a fresh twist of motivation to the book — and it was written so well! … I wish I had twenty speaker/authors like you for every book. I enthusiastically look forward to working with you again.”
President, Las Vegas Convention Speakers Bureau (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

“It’s my pleasure to recommend Marion Grobb Finkelstein as a speaker and presenter to anyone wanting the simplicity of working with a consummate professional.”
Professional Development Director, Project Management Institute, Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter (Ottawa, ON)

“I rated this session a 10, and I NEVER give this rating!”, “We need more sessions like this”, “Marion is a fantastic speaker and role model for this topic (communications).”
Members of Project Management Institute, Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter (Ottawa, ON)

“I couldn’t wait to get back to work to tell (my colleagues) how motivating and inspiring you are. I shared your tips with them about Raising Your Profile in the Workplace. They were very impressed; so am I. Thank you so much.”
Participant, Canadian Payroll Association, National Payroll Week (Moncton, NB)

“Over the years, I have seen many presenters and you are definitely at the top of my list. I enjoyed the way you presented (Raise Your Profile); not stuffy, not boring, and you kept the audience interested from the start to finish.”
Participant, Canadian Payroll Association, National Payroll Week (Sudbury, Ontario)

“You were superb! I must congratulate you on being an excellent speaker — energetic, knowledgeable and relevant. We all benefited from your session.”
Conference Developer, Insight Information, Advanced Professional Administrators’ Forum (Ottawa, ON)

“It is no surprise that 100% of our attendees reported increases in their confidence of giving media interviews … Her (Marion’s) approach is empowering … To anyone wanting a presenter who is knowledgeable, engaging, and a dream to work with, I highly recommend Marion Grobb Finkelstein. She delivers.”
Associate Director, Communications, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario/Alberta/New Brunswick)

“It was a pleasure having you speak at our Association’s monthly meeting last month. The response of our attendess to your presentation, ‘Communicate with Impact!’ was excellent.”
Vice President, Ottawa District, Ontario Institute, Purchasing Management Association of Canada (Ottawa, ON)

“Your ‘communication tips’ (e-newsletter) of yesterday came just at the right moment …   I will circulate your tips among my team. Looking forward to more of your enlightening tips. Thank you very much.”
Subscriber to Marion’s e-newsletter, federal government employee (Ottawa, ON)

“I have been enjoying your book … you are making a difference in this world; I know — I am one of them!”
Purchaser of “Women Who Speak, Speak Out”, featuring Marion’s “Facing the Chicken Within” chapter co-authored with Joan Grobb Augustino (Ontario)

“Marion is extremely skilled in her field. A brilliant presenter.”
Director, European Military Family Resource Centres (Brussells, Europe)

“Very motivational. Clear, to the point, interactive.”
DPI conference attendee (Ottawa, ON)

“(Marion) is able to handle tough questions and challenging participants, always remaining respectful and in control. I thank Marion very much for her work, dedication and enthusiasm to the ’cause’ of effective communications and building a better workplace. Her efforts have made a difference to our Division and I, most certainly, would hire her again.”
Chief, Radiation Protection Bureau, Health Canada (Ottawa, ON)

“Marion captivated the audience with her humourous start”, “Excellent presentation — wish it was longer!”, “Could have listened for hours”, “An uplifting and encouraging presentation — well done!”
Attendees of Marion’s “Raising Your Profile in the Workplace” presentation, Ottawa West Chapter, International administrative Assistant Professionals (Ottawa, ON)

“Marion, thank you for your insights, your wisdom and your wonderful inclusive presentation skills. Listening to you was a pleasure. We would love to have you come and speak to our organization again.”
Founding Executive Director, eWomenNetwork Canada (Ottawa, ON)

“Of particular note was your excellent delivery style. Your ability to engage the audience and hold their interest was outstanding. Your session would best be described as energetic, colourful and content-rich, which, along with my opinion is supported by the feedback from the attending delegates.”
Conference Director, The Government Exchange, International Quality & Productivity Centre (Ottawa, ON)

“Your session added greatly to the conference’s overall success. It was a pleasure for the Conference Committee to deal with you through the process of planning and development of this event … We received lots of great feedback and congratulations from conference delegates who believed the three days of professional development for information professionals was only possible through your efforts … Once again, thank you.”
2nd Vice President & PDW Program Chair, Association of Public Sector Information Professionals (Ottawa, ON)

“Marion Grobb Finkelstein was our featured keynote speaker … Marion captivated us with her ‘Fill ‘er Up’ opening speech. Her message was tailored to the theme of our conference and set the upbeat tone for the day … The response of our audience to Marion’s presentation was terrific … (Marion) is reliable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with … For anyone looking to kick off a conference with an informative and uplifting presentation, I would highly recommend Marion Grobb Finkelstein. She is a polished speaker who will contribute to the success of your event.”
Member, Women in the New Century Conference Organizing Committee, WEBB (Women’s Educational Business Breakfast), (Ottawa, ON)

“Thank you so much … for your keynote presentation, ‘Facing the Chicken Within’… You certainly connected with the audience in a big way. It is a measure of your success that some people, previously strangers, remained networking and bonding with each other until almost two hours after the event was over … We look forward to working with you again.”
Founder and President, Group Works Leadership Institute (Ottawa, ON)

“After attending an excellent workshop on ‘presentations’ given by Marion Grobb Finkelstein to a group of 18 graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and faculty, we noted a remarkable change in people’s oral presentations … The growth in confidence in their ability to present to a live audience is very evident in these students who claim now to look forward to the next experience. That is indeed remarkable! We are most grateful Marion for giving us a wonderful experience and I highly recommend her workshop.”
Professor and Chair, User-Centred Design, Human Oriented Technology Lab, Carleton University (Ottawa, ON)

“Ms. Finkelstein was impressive. Her style was energetic and thoroughly interesting. Her mastery of the subject was superior to anything that I have seen on this subject in 30 years in the public and 15 years in the private sectors … All in all, Ms. Finkelstein successfully imparted an amazing volume of information and ideas in a very short period of time. I would certainly engage her again”
President, Diefenbunker Museum (Carp, ON)

“Thank you for your time in sharing your undeniable expertise. We all enjoyed your presentation and were impressed by the depth of the information you shared and the obvious expertise you have on the subject of communication. You demonstrated consummate professionalism and flexibility … hope that you will attend and be our guest speaker on another occasion in the near future”
Founder, Women Moving Forward (Ottawa, ON)

“Thank you for delivering a fabulous media training. I know that what you make look effortless is in fact true talent.”
Regional Director, Canadian Diabetes Association (Ottawa, ON)

“Marion and Joan’s interactive, animated presentation kept everyone involved and engaged. As a result of this one-day training, participants reported an increase in morale, marked increases in their communication skills and their understanding of how to effectively communicate, and (participants believe) there is a 80% likelihood that this training will help them perform their jobs better.”
Director Human Resources, Corporate Services Branch, Health Canada (Ottawa, ON)

“Thank you for your excellent … workshops in Winnipeg and Moncton. I have heard much praise from the participants about the professionalism with which the proceedings were facilitated. Your skills at … creating just the right atmosphere to encourage the participation of our volunteers was exemplary.”
Associate Director, Canadian Diabetes Association (Winnipeg, MB / Moncton, NB)

“Marion makes us look good. Her talent shines to such an extent that we ask her back again and again. The single greatest strength that Marion brings to her work is as a communicator with genuine authenticity. She is an incredibly talented emcee and speaker. I strongly recommend her.”
Regional Director, Canadian Diabetes Association (Ottawa, ON)

“Thank you once again for your significant contribution … for sharing your expertise, your enthusiasm. The feedback on the training was very positive. I look forward to hopefully working with you again.”
Campaign Director, United Way (Ottawa, ON)

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