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

Meet Marion

What Defines MarionSpeaks Training & Consulting

Marion Grobb Finkelstein

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To help leaders at all levels get faster, easier, better results by changing how they communicate. To help managers and employees communicate better with each other and with clients.

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When it comes to my company’s values, they have been molded on my own which stem from both my family and this beautiful and rugged country Canada I call home. Values reflected in my company and everything I do include: hard work, professional and ethical conduct, and mutual respect. I celebrate and value relationship-building, diversity and individuality, competence, personal strengths, and creative options. Oh yes, authenticity and honesty — I can sniff out bullshitters a mile away and won’t tolerate excessive puffery. I am the “real deal”, have the education, credentials, and experience to do what I say I can do. The MarionSpeaks community (i.e., my clients, suppliers and colleagues) is a proud collection of communication-minded business leaders working to create a culture of healthy workplace communication.

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Fairness: Treat people fairly; teach them to treat me fairly too
Interactive: Allow clients and their teams a chance to be heard
Small is beautiful: Capitalize on being a solopreneur and being nimble to respond to client’s needs
Responsive: When people reach out, answer them
Engaged: Listen to what clients want and are really saying (even if they don’t know exactly how)
Positive and passionate: … in helping clients communicate
Flexible and open: Remain willing to consider options not even known yet
Ethical: Do the right thing, even when no one is looking
Service-oriented: Come from a place of service, not ego
Authentic: Don’t be fake or misrepresent facts
Proudly Canadian: whoohoo, eh!

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logo-bubbles Here’s What Makes MarionSpeaks Unique …

OTHER PRESENTERS …WHEREAS MARION …
Say they teach about management yet have never been managers themselves… has managed 7-digit budgets, hundreds of staff members and large groups of volunteers
Say they are communication experts yet have no credentials… is a former Director Communications of several national organizations, and is a college and university honors grad
Say they talk about “personality”… is True Colors™and Personality Dimensions™ certified
Say they teach about leadership, yet have no track record of being leaders… was recognized for “Leadership in Innovation” awarded by Association of Public Executives (APEX) of the Public Service of Canada
Say they get good feedback on their sessions yet don’t quantify results… draws on her professional marketing research background to provide clients with participant self-assessments quantifying the impact of the learning session.
Say they’re experts because they read a book on the topic… has 30+ years management, communication and marketing experience and shares real-life, personal stories, walks the talk and is the real deal.
Say they are consultants yet don't have the personal qualifications to recommend anything to anyone... has the unique combination of workplace communication credentials, management experience, and award-winning presentation skills, married with marketing research skills and ability to synthesize large amounts of data into easy-to-understand and use recommendations.

CAPSMarion’s qualifications include an Honours Bachelor of Administration degree specializing in Marketing (Brock University), as well as Marketing Research and Media Communications college certificates. Marion is also True ColorsTM and Personality DimensionsTM certified. A national member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and Global Speakers Federation (GSF), Marion is an award-winning Toastmaster and cablevision producer. She has orchestrated national marketing campaigns, successfully managed controversial media issues, and oversaw the branding of several nationwide organizations.

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I want to build a company that rewards kindness, that honours honesty, and that gives and commands respect. I want to treat people fairly and work with those who treat others so. My company will work with clients who share my core values.

logo-bubbles Let Marion simplify your life

Are you planning a conference for your association? Or maybe a team, management or employee retreat? Perhaps you’re in the midst of organizational change and need some communication expertise? You have a thousand and one details to worry about — getting a great presenter doesn’t need to be one of them. Marion can help. She will simplify your life with professional, reliable presentations sure to engage your audience members and leave them with hands-on communication tools they can use in the workplace, starting NOW! Engage your people with Marion’s presentations, or dive deep into her communication expertise with her coaching or consulting services. No matter how you work with Marion, it leads to … better communication, better business, better life.

 If you ever have the opportunity to work with Marion, TAKE IT! I wish I knew 100 people like her. Aside from being incredibly friendly and an absolute DELIGHT to work with, she is a consummate professional who knows her communication stuff!

Participant, Project Robin Jay, Owner, TwoBirds, Inc., Award-winning Movie Producer, Author, & Motivational Speaker (Las Vegas, NV)

Living in Niagara Falls (Canada), Marion Grobb Finkelstein travels across Canada to where you need her. She has presented to audiences throughout Canada, in the United States and in Europe. Having worked for and with large and small organizations in private and public sectors, she understands your world and communication breakdowns and challenges–and, most importantly, she can help you find solutions. Marion is passionate to share what she’s learned to help YOU connect with clients, colleagues, employees, and bosses faster and more effectively, so you’ll have less stress and more satisfaction in the workplace.

 Marion is an awesome speaker: genuine, entertaining and informative. She has a knack for quickly establishing rapport with the audience – I’ve always felt she was speaking just with me, even though there may have been countless others in the room. If you’re looking for an accomplished speaker, one who will give you way more than you bargained for, hire Marion … you’ll be glad you did!

Chris Ford, President “Generally Speaking” (and 2009-2010 President of Toastmasters International)

When you work with Marion, you get over decades of communication, management and leadership experience. She balances her academic credentials with impressive hands-on, practical application. A former Director Communications and Promotion for airports in Canada and the United States, for national museums and federal institutions, Marion “edu-tains” with her highly animated programs presented as conference keynotes, workshops, or onsite training sessions. Or if you would prefer more intense and specialized services, you can engage her as a coach or consultant to work one-on-one or come into your organization, work with your team and develop solutions to your biggest communication snafus.   

Professional, personable, sensible, witty and smart – Marion delivers engaging, thought-provoking seminars and offers her invaluable experience and insight. The result? Increased teamwork and productivity. She helps change work cultures!

Patti Lascelles, Account Delivery Manager, Hewlett-Packard

With a variety of communication-related subjects — all of which are content-rich, well researched, interactive, lively and challenge people to move to action — Marion will engage your audience. Her sessions are full of tried and true tips you can put to use immediately.

Want a commanding, kind to her core, dynamo speaker? Need to ignite your employees’ desire to develop winning communication abilities? Wish your employees understood the difference between passive, assertive, and aggressive speaking styles? Marion activates, motivates, and accelerates positive workplace communication success solutions. Professionalism personified, her stellar superior presentation ratings speak for themselves. She is a marvelously professional speaker. Even better, she shines as one of the most authentically wonderful women it is my pleasure to know and respect. She continuously earns and deserves my highest recommendation. She is the best!

Judy Krings, Ph.D.,PCC, Owner Coaching Positivity | Professional Coach | Well Being, Strengths, Social & Emotional Intelligence

Some of Marion’s Awards:

  • “Award for Leadership in Service Innovation” presented by the Association of Professional Executives (APEX) of the Public Service of Canada. Marion was honored for her communications contribution as “a member of the team OPERATION TIM HORTONS, for proving that client needs can be met in even the most difficult situations, and that even high-risk undertakings can be accomplished through innovative private/public partnerships”. Marion worked with a team of colleagues to get the first-ever Tim Hortons outlet in the Kandahar Airfield for the Canadian Forces and allied forces in Afghanistan.
  • Toastmasters, District 61, Division A “International Speech Contest” winner
  • Producer and Host of the year award, Skyline Cablevision (now Rogers)
As a communication specialist, Marion is outstanding. Her savvy, professionalism, attention to detail and sheer smarts surpass any other communication person I’ve met. She gets involved and adds value to every step, in every project. A pleasure to work with.

Manuela Charette, Marketing Manager (federal government)

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Marion's latest Book!

After years of sharing her communication systems with clients nationwide, Marion has gathered her top strategies of how to flip negative events into positive outcomes. 

It begins by communicating with yourself and ends by communicating to others. This step-by-step guide will walk you through exactly how to do that … and then, to let go.

Discover THE FINKELSTEIN FACTOR: WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS GO WRONG … BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEY WILL (SIGH).

Marion is a contributing author to ...

  • POP-Front final cover“The Power of the Platform: Speakers on Success” (Featuring Marion, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Tana Goertz, and 17 other prominent speakers)
  • Expert Women Who Speak, Speak Out! (Featuring Marion Grobb Finkelstein and Joan Grobb Augustino’s chapter, “Facing the Chicken Within”)

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Phone: 289 969 7691

Email: Marion@MarionSpeaks.com