Keynote Presentations

From Facebook to email and texting, technology has taken over as the primary means of communication. Yet conversations are still a crucial part of relationship-building, both professionally and personally. This upbeat presentation will provide real-life strategies for maintaining "high-touch" relationships while taking advantage of the innovations of "high- tech" times. Highlights include:

  • How to compose reader-friendly emails that cause people to respond
  • Strategies for creating "community" among your eNewsletter readers
  • High-Tech Checklist: Find out whether your cell phone behavior is respectful or rude
  • 3 clues that you should choose to call rather than email or text
  • How to make the most of networking at the "virtual water cooler"
  • Text Talk: Cracking the code of cross-generational communication
  • Sarita's Survey: What the tech savvy suggest for staying connected

The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertainty is essential for career success. In this uplifting presentation you will learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career. Highlights include:

  • Seven strategies for thriving on change
  • How to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control
  • Twelve motivators that can keep you motivated at work
  • Five ways to rekindle passion for your career
  • How to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire
  • How to effectively protect yourself from the negativity of others
  • How to use your "resiliency resources" to bounce back from adversity

In this interactive presentation you will learn how to communicate in a way that gets your ideas heard and encourages the cooperation of others. Sarita will also share her Top Ten Positive Communication Phrases and her two "green jello" principles of conflict resolution.
Highlights include:

  • Find out what your body language is saying
  • How to overcome barriers to listening
  • Key ingredients necessary for resolving conflict
  • How to respond to negative feedback without getting defensive
  • Do's and Don'ts of Giving Constructive Criticism
  • Sarita's Top Ten Positive Communication Phrases
  • Sarita's "green jello" principles of conflict resolution

We've all been told "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." This high energy presentation based on Sarita's book from the title of the same name, provides practical approaches and positive phrases for those times when you need to say something NOT so nice. Learn how to constructively clue someone in, deflect the negative comment of a well-meaning friend, or let a business colleague know what he or she is doing drives you crazy -- without destroying the relationship. This presentation will provide answers to such questions as:

  • How do you know if you should confront a situation or just let it go?
  • How can you soften the sting when giving negative feedback or bad news?
  • What should you do if someone asks your opinion and you have nothing nice to say?
  • How do you tell a colleague-or your boss-a thing or two without appearing ugly or insubordinate?
  • What's the best way to respond to nasty comments like "that's a dumb idea," "I knew you couldn't do it" or "what were you thinking?"

Is your reality "do more with less?" In this high energy presentation you will discover how to get done the things that matter most and set limits with people who make unreasonable demands, including three ways to say "no" nicely. Strategies for conquering habits that add to your stress will also be shared.
Highlights include:

  • How to determine which tasks are urgent, important...or neither
  • How to spend more time on the tasks that relate to your goals
  • Top five techniques for overcoming procrastination
  • Discover how guilt, perfectionism and other personal traits stress you out and waste your time
  • Fifty clues that you are on stress overload...and what to do about it

This workshop features a fun, interactive team simulation activity that reveals the roles that team members play and provides insights into handling team challenges. You'll also complete a ten-item assessment to find out how well your real life team is doing and learn tools for improved team communication and employee engagement. Presentation highlights include:

  • Roles people play - an interactive team simulation activity
  • Tools for improved team communication
  • How to develop team trust
  • How to respond to "anti-group" behavior
  • "Rules of the Road" - developing shared team expectations




Meet Sarita Maybin

Sarita Maybin is an international speaker, communication expert and author whose audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication situations and work together better.

During her 20-year speaking career, Sarita has spoken in ALL 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Asia, Iceland…and on the prestigious TEDx stage. Her clients include Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles County, Department of the Navy and University of California, among others. She's provides high-energy, interactive, and informative keynote presentations and workshops. Sarita enjoys empowering audiences and helping them have fun

Sarita is a former university Dean of Students with a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest winner and a Past President of the National Speakers Association, San Diego chapter. She has also been interviewed by the media about her book "If You Can't Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?"


“Sarita is truly ONE OF THE BEST! She wowed our audience in the Carolinas and really connected with everyone. I hope to hear Sarita speak in the future and would recommend her inspirational presentations to everyone.”

- Brian Boss, CCM, Club Managers Association (CMAA) – Carolinas Chapter

“Sarita thanks so much for creating such a positive and high energy beginning to this conference.”

- Jim Koontz, California Association of Health Facilities

“According to the feedback, 100% of those attending rated Sarita’s presentation in the EXCELLENT category! You can’t get much better than that!”

- Pattie Vargas. American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)

“Many attendees commented that your presentation was the highlight of the conference. What a great way to begin the week!”

- Linnet Baskett, Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

“Being a keynote speaker for us is not necessarily an easy job as people at UM often have high standards. The evaluations from the conference attendees were excellent. Typical comments were ‘Fantastic!’ ‘Loved her’ ‘Learned a lot’ and ‘I’m using what she taught us already.’ In short, Sarita delivered exactly what we needed.”

- Deborah Orlowski, University of Michigan

“Sarita’s keynote was the perfect way to conclude the conference…her standing ovation was well deserved.”

- John Bowen, Wisconsin School Counselor Association

“As a committee chair, I cannot express enough what a pleasure it was to work with you before the conference. You are extremely organized, know your material and always followed through on anything you committed to do for us. Your flexibility was helpful to us as we tailored the presentations to our audience.”

- Dolores Harper, American Association for Women in Community College

“Sarita, your high energy presentation to over 2300 counselors was EXCELLENT! We appreciated your stories about real life situations. You actively engaged the audience with humor while making a point and gave us strategies to better ourselves! Sarita, you are a fabulous speaker who makes learning fun.”

- Debra Bettis Britton, Ed.D., Texas Counseling Association

“Your lively presentation not only entertained our attendees, but also provided them with some great tactics for dealing with workplace stress and succeeding despite workplace challenges.”

- Robert J. Carey, Department of the Navy

“The audience thoroughly enjoyed your speech! You are an excellent communicator who is entertaining, motivating, invigorating and humorous! The advice on practical solutions for dealing with difficult situations was great takeaway.”

- Judie Vullo, Boeing Leadership Association of Southern California

“I watched in awe as Sarita engaged over 200 attendees as if she were speaking one-on-one. Perhaps the most appreciated by our audience – she was well prepared about the industry issues facing our attendees. She did her homework!”

- Joe Diehl, Affordable Housing Management Association

“Sarita, you exceeded my high expectations! Thank you for energetically and professionally engaging our audience today in a most memorable and positively impactful presentation. You are amazing!”

- Pam Lovett, Comerica Bank

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