The Counseling Geek Speaks

Looking for a breakout or keynote speaker? I love to work with state school counselor associations, school districts, departments of education, and others to create engaging, knowledgeable, and relevant presentations to school counselors, counselor educators, district and state administrators, and other stakeholders. I enjoy public speaking and getting to meet a lot of new contacts through the experience, while sharing some of my knowledge. If…

ASCA 2015 – Fiery School Counselor Presentations: From Blah to Blazing

ASCA 2015 – Fiery School Counselor Presentations: From Blah to Blazing

School Counselors and Public Speaking A winning combination when done right. On Wednesday July 1st – Stephanie Smith, Paul Smith, and I will present a morning workshop on the importance of high quality presentations – from both a preparation and design aspect, as well as delivery components. We hope you join us for an invigorating, high energy, and fun way to wrap up your ASCA 2015 experience! You will leave with ideas of how to…

School Counselor Shopping List – February/March 2014

School Counselor Shopping List – February/March 2014

Hello fellow Geeks. I am going to start a new feature on The Counseling Geek this week – I am dubbing it the School Counselor Shopping List. I am not sure about you – but I am an avid online shopper, high quality item finder, and a seeker of good deals. I thought I could share some of my golden finds with you (and how I am using them in my counseling programs! I will most likely post bi-monthly about some of the recent purchases…

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

School Counseling Technology – Basics and Beginnings (Post 2)

Good day counselors, teachers, administrators, or other interested folks. Last week I did a short overview via video blog about what I hope to cover in this series, what you can expect to feel when learning new tech skills, and helping calm some fears. This week, I will give you a few resources on where to start to acquire basic software needs (which we will use in upcoming posts), steps a counseling program should take to determine what types…

NSCW ’13 – School Counseling On Air Recordings

The following videos were recorded during National School Counseling Week 2013 in our first ever School Counseling On Air event. Recorded Sessions Sun Feb. 10th: Spreadsheet Sunday with Jeremy Goldman, NCC Saturday Feb 9th: Social Media Saturday with Erin Mason, Ph.D & friends Friday Feb 8th: It’s all about hanging out at happy hour with Hatch with Trish Hatch, Ph.D. Thur. Feb 7: Girls’ Leadership and Development with Julia V….

Increasing Productivity: How Dual Monitors Changed My Life

Increasing Productivity: How Dual Monitors Changed My Life

…Yesterday, I posted a blog post about Mouse Without Borders – a program that lets you use one mouse/keyboard to control multiple separate computers. However, what if you only have one computer? Did you know that there have been multiple studies (like this and this) showing the increased efficiency and productivity through using a two (or dual) monitor setup at work or home? It is true and totally awesome….

Read: Insight from Awesome School Counselors – Interview & Applicant Essentials

Read: Insight from Awesome School Counselors – Interview & Applicant Essentials

Looking for a new position (or your first position)? – check out the advice of school counselors around the US As we enter the long awaited, for current counselors, Spring time — or the dreaded and anxiety inspiring time frame for those looking for work — I decided that I would revamp some of the Interviewing Interviews from the past. Instead of interviewing one person – I reached out to many of my contacts around the…

#ASCA14: Branding & Marketing Your School Counseling Program – Preview Part 2 (of 2)

#ASCA14: Branding & Marketing Your School Counseling Program – Preview Part 2 (of 2)

Pre-Conference Session Article “Spread the Word” As we get closer to ASCA’s 2014 National Conference in Orlando, FL – Jeremy Goldman and I are getting pumped to present to (we hope) lots of school counselors eager to share their awesome programs with all of their stakeholders. A few months ago – Part One of our two part series on Branding and Marketing Your School Counseling Program articles was publish in the…

Free Printable – Communication and Marketing Planning Guide for School Counselors

Free Printable – Communication and Marketing Planning Guide for School Counselors

Please download this printable freebie – a worksheet to help your next marketing/PR effort. I am excited to offer you all a template Communication and Marketing Planning Guide for School Counselors. This form will be helpful in planning and tracking your marketing plans. The format is based on the 4 D’s from Jeremy Goldman and my ASCA Magazine articles and ASCA presentation. Please feel free to share this with colleagues or edit it…

What Next When Marketing and Communication Fails?

What Next When Marketing and Communication Fails?

…Failure, not reaching expectations, being let down, and overall defeat are all words that can go together when you try something and the results are not what you want. It is a natural thing in life and it is something that we, as school counselors, teach students proper ways to react to everyday. There are many areas where we can fail in our work and I am going to share a personal anecdote about one such day that I had this last week….

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