Focused Communications offers targeted communications strategies for changing minds. Since 2001, Focused Communications has been providing corporate training, educational initiatives, meeting management, and advisory boards for clients in both the public and private sectors. Our emphasis is on measuring effectiveness and change using multiple outcome measurement strategies to enhance performance and productivity. Focused Communications has full staff capabilities for logistics, recruitment, contract management, and report writing.
Sylvia’s success in managerial roles in both the public and private sectors, coupled with an educational background in psychology, communications, and business led to her founding Focused Communications in 2001. Sylvia has accreditation in Continuing Heath Education from the Department of Medicine (U of T), is a certified trainer from OISE (U of T), and has Training Certification through The Performance and Learning Institute. She also has specialized training in Human Resources and Neuroliguistic Programming (NLP) for business. She has been offering expertise in needs assessments, educational design and evaluation strategies for CHE and Training with a focus on measuring ROI and change. Her ongoing continuing education is spent taking courses in leadership, change management, persuasion and new advances in Learning and Performance. In her spare time, Sylvia can be found with her family, road biking, golfing, working out at the gym or walking her tireless Portuguese water dog, Charlie. Sylvia also mentors young students on “The Science of Persuasion and Leadership” and increases their skills in the psychology of non verbal communications. She is proud to have helped many students to obtain their first career after university or support those in career transition.
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Performance and Learning
Corporate training sessions are contextualized to the specific needs of the attendees and include comprehensive evaluation and follow-up. Sessions and workshops are flexible and can be offered in 2 hour, half day, full day or 2 day comprehensive programs. Workshops can be implemented during sales meetings, on site with teams or off site. Examples include:
The art and science of persuasion
Designing and facilitating effective meetings
Facilitating groups and presentations with engagement strategies
Facilitating groups and managing group behaviour
Designing needs assessments and focus groups
Train the trainer (developing corporate trainers)
Designing Effective Seminars and Conferences
Continuing Health Education (CHE)
Needs Assessments designed to assess perceived as well as unperceived needs
Knowledge, attitude (beliefs), behavior and skill gap assessment
Educational Design strategies and ideas (innovative and engaging strategies linked to the learning need)
Evaluation levels 1-4
Professional Meeting Facilitation
Design strategies and professional facilitation (innovative workshop ideas and tactics)
Advisory boards and consultative meetings
Brand and strategic planning (post it workshops, mind mapping, war games etc)
Focus Groups and needs assessments
Internal change management or mapping workshops
Seminar Design and Facilitation for Investment Advisors
Advisory Boards and Consultative Meetings
Innovative design ideas to gain depth, clarity and relevance of feedback from key advisors
Professional meeting facilitation to evoke critical thinking
Full service planning, recruiting, communications, invitations and all administration
Detailed and comprehensive reporting of feedback
“Sylvia is the essence of positive energy combined with strategic thinking, excellent execution and customer service focus. She can design perfectly tailored training and deliver it in such a way as to engage all participants. She is gifted with a high EQ which enables her to facilitate very constructive sessions with KOLs, physicians and sales teams alike.”
Catherine Beauchemin, Marketing Manager at Abbott EPD
“Sylvia has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience, along with an infectious creative energy. The result is a continuous stream of sound ideas and possibilities which enhance any project and make it muchbetter than the original concept. Although I have been a sales trainer for 10+ years, working with Sylvia was a real learning experience. The final result reached well beyond the original expectations for the project and my bottom line didn’t suffer for it!”
Lynn Cunningham, Training Manager at Schering
“We have hired Sylvia for facilitation training, consultative meetings and strategic planning workshops. Sylvia brings unique ideas to meeting design and has excellent facilitation skills. She is a critical thinker, effective questioner and excellent listener. Her high energy approach and sense of humour are welcome by participants. During our strategic planning sessions, the activities were designed to keep all participants engaged and enthusiastic about working together. I always appreciate Sylvia’s enthusiasm toward the brand she works on and appreciate her dedication toward her work.”
“One of the best moderators I had the chance to work with. Excellent questionning skills and in-depth knowledge of adult learning principles.”
Want to get in touch?
You can contact Sylvia directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at either 416-900-0975 or 514-917-7558.