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Speaking Engagement Topics

  • How do I keep communication open with my middle-school aged daughter?
  • What do I do when my child / teenager is so upset?
  • Why won’t my child take my advice when I’m just trying to help?
  • How can I stop the whining and manipulation?
  • How do I create a family where we listen and talk with each other instead of yelling so much?

These are important questions and I have helpful answers!

The goal of my presentation is to shift your view of a situation so you can see new alternatives and positive solutions. This renewed feeling of hope and confidence will enable you to take my information and apply it to your special family situation.Below are examples of one time presentation topics that schools and businesses have enjoyed. I develop my own talks so I can tailor the presentation to fit your needs. I speak to parents of children aged 3 to 30.

Please contact me to see how I can help your organization.


Listen to a featured podcast at the online publication Professionally Speaking produced by Ian Griffin of the National Speakers Association, Northern California:

“I met Cynthia at a recent National Speakers Association Northern California Chapter Pro-Track class and asked her about her professional focus and what attracted her to Pro-Track. To hear what she had to tell me, click on the podcast icon below.”

Organizations impacted by Cynthia include:

  • Morrissey-Compton Educational Center

  • Parents Place

  • Stanford University’s Work/Life Program

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

  • School Districts from Millbrae to Mountain View

  • Children’s Health Council

  • Child Care Coordinating Council

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Las Madres

  • Hewlett-Packard

 Contact Cynthia for her complete list of schools who have benefited from her expertise. .

Presentation Topics that Get Results Parents Want

Win Your Kids Over Without Punishments or Rewards

Win your children’s cooperation through learning effective discipline strategies. Discover how to perfect the art of setting and enforcing rules and expectations without the need for punishments or rewards. You will be teaching your children how to become self-reliant and respectful.

Stop Arguing and Win Cooperation With Your Kids!

Learn how to direct your kids to do “undesirable tasks” without getting into an argument. It’s simple when you set the stage for success with your new cooperation creating actions and words.

Emotional Intelligence: The Foundation for a Problem-Solving Family

Learn how to effectively respond to emotions so you can keep communication open with your kids. Then, you will be able to problem solve together so you can create greater family cooperation and harmony. This presentation will teach you the Three Step Problem-Solving Process.

Get Unstuck with the Right Parenting Solutions

Find parenting solutions that fit your family. In this workshop, you will learn whether to be a director, collaborator, or supporter in order to get your family back on track. Effective strategies for each parenting role will be shared.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen to Your Great Advice

Learn the few simple changes in your language that will make a world of difference in your ability to communicate with your children. Too often kids put up walls or barriers that shut us out. If you ever said, “I’m just trying to help”, or “I wish my kids would talk to me more”, then join in to learn how to turn silence into loving conversations with your kids.

Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Personal Power

Explore ways to build your children’s self-esteem through parenting actions that empower. Develop beliefs and actions that positively impact your children’s inner strength, courage and ability to successfully handle life’s challenges.

How to Develop Resilient and Resourceful Children

Create a happy family that solves problems together. Discover how to talk with your kids about homework and other important issues. Learn the 3 Step Problem Solving Process so you can teach your children how to handle frustration, set important goals and solve their problems with clarity.

Turn Craziness into Calmness – Avert Power Struggles

Discover how to defuse your intensity so you can turn a potentially crazy time into a calm time. Learn from brain research the keys and solutions to your emotional turmoil. Take control of yourself so you can create the cooperative and harmonious family you desire.

Understand and Handle Emotional Moments with Confidence

Stop the whining. Learn how to view challenging emotional behaviors as a chance to feel close and loving. Discover how you can set firm limits and then listen with empathy without feeling manipulated. With this new approach, you can help your children through their difficult feelings. You will turn times of conflict into times of connection, closeness and cooperation.

Effective and Joyful Discipline with the Strong-Willed Child

Learn how to break the common cycle of power struggles with the strong-willed child. Develop a parenting approach that builds cooperation with these intelligent children. You can bring out the best in yourself and your challenging children.

Mothers and Daughters – Keeping the Closeness

Learn why the treasured relationship of mothers and daughters is also the most challenging. Explore how to keep the doors of communication open so your daughter allows you to support and influence her as she makes important life choices.