LIFEWISE Training Presentations

Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE™ partners with organizations by bringing talent development to the worksite. This collaboration can align an individual’s professional goals with the organization’s vision.

We offer:

  • Team and leadership coaching
  • Executive coaching
  • Staff development training and workshops
  • Dynamic trainers who engage employees and improve management synergy

Our training includes more than 60 presentations in 11 categories.

Cardiac risk reduction

Freedom from Heart Disease: Knocking Out Your Risk Factors—Learn risks for heart disease and practical tips to assist you in preventing heart disease or further heart disease events in your life. Also, determine how multiple risk factors can substantially increase your risk for a heart event. The great thing about these risk factors is that they are modifiable—something you can change!

High Blood Pressure: How to Lower the Pressure—Did you know the lifetime risk of having high blood pressure exceeds 90 percent? In fact, one in three adults has high blood pressure. Learn what happens over time to your heart if you live with high blood pressure. This presentation will discuss six natural ways to lower your blood pressure.

Know Your Health, Know Your Numbers—Knowing your numbers for cholesterol, fasting glucose, blood pressure, and waist circumference, and recognizing diabetes or pre-diabetes are vital to your health. This presentation will teach you what these numbers are, what they mean, where your numbers should be, and how to get there for optimal health.

Nutrition: Stepping Out of the Box—If you are confused about what to eat or if you are not sure about what is healthy anymore, this course is for you. Participants will learn what each meal should consist of as well as what healthy snacking is. Participants will be asked to review three case studies of patients’ diets, and they will be able to know what the diet is missing and what they should have for a healthy diet.

Reducing Cholesterol: Mission Possible—Participants will learn their cholesterol numbers, where they should be, and how to get there. Cholesterol-lowering medications will be discussed, as well as natural ways to lower cholesterol. Prior to this presentation, the presenter would like to work with three or four employees to use their numbers (de-identified) as case studies. At the end of the presentation the case studies will be introduced (de-identified) and the participants will be able to offer solutions for how to improve the cholesterol numbers.

Top Tips for Permanent Weight Loss—Learn top tips to assist with optimal health and weight loss. No need to read several diet books…the basics are all the same!

Communication and employee engagement

Best Communication Ever!—This training shares important communication facts, introduces Marshall Goldsmith’s communication tips, and leverages the experiences of the audience to create a best practice for their team or organization.

Communicating Effectively—Communication is one of the most important ingredients in good relationships. This presentation teaches the importance of active listening, benefits of using assertiveness rather than passive or aggressive approaches, what our non-verbal language conveys to others, and how to demonstrate “positive intent.”

Do Men and Women Communicate Differently?—Different communication styles are the result of our personalities, family backgrounds, and roles of men and women. Understanding these differences and gaining tips for better communication to bridge the gap can improve your relationships.

Relating to People Whom We Find Difficult—This presentation is based on Dr. Rick Brinkman’s book, “Dealing with People You Can’t Stand,” and his “Lens of Understanding” model to help identify difficult behaviors, use effective strategies when dealing with difficult situations, and not reinforcing a “difficult” person’s behavior.

Creativity and innovation

Creative? Who, Me?—All too often we believe that there are only a few people in the world—usually in the arts—who are creative, while the rest of us are simply not. Explore different ways in which people are creative, how they can use that creativity in their personal and professional lives, and how it can enhance life when we do.

Creating Your Legacy—At some point in our lives, many of us begin thinking about leaving a legacy, evidence that our living made a positive difference. EAP trainers share ideas about legacies and facilitate conversation around what legacy each of us may want to leave.

Creativity and Innovation 101—This workshop helps participants understand the business case for more creativity and innovation in the workplace and what drives an individual or a team’s creativity, and introduces tools to promote creativity and innovation.

Diabetes risk reduction

Five Steps to Diabetes Prevention—Learn how small steps toward healthy eating and lifestyle changes can make a big difference in delaying or preventing type 2 diabetes. Focus will be on food choices, exercise benefits, and what the numbers mean.

Healthy Tasty Eating for Diabetes—Quick and easy can still be healthy. Presentation will include strategies for home and on the run that can satisfy the taste buds and still reach individual goals.

Constructing a Diabetes Plan—Recommended for people with diabetes to develop a plan for improving day-to-day self-management skills. This program encourages participants to recognize how making a plan can be a foundation for success.

Optimal Numbers and Outcomes—Learn to clearly define targets for blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol to help minimize risk for chronic complications from diabetes.

Family life

Eldercare Part I: Resources for the Issues Facing Caregivers—This presentation includes a review of trends in caring for the elderly, what caregivers provide, types of care available, and resources to help manage this important role.

Eldercare Part II: Legal Issues—An elder law attorney presents information, tips, and strategies on helping your loved one get the care they deserve while legally protecting your family's assets. Learn to determine if your elderly parent qualifies for financial assistance for nursing care, and whether having a power of attorney is something you, as a caregiver, should consider.

Eldercare Part III: Maintaining Stamina as a Caregiver—A significant challenge for many caregivers is how to assist an elderly person and still maintain their own energy. This presentation focuses on caregiver stamina and energy, recognizing “energy-depleting” behaviors, and what caregivers can do to “recharge.”

Healthy Marriage—This presentation examines leading reasons people stay married as well as the top five reasons people divorce, and reviews Dr. John Gottman’s seven principles for making a marriage work.

Parenting: The Seven Most Common Mistakes to Avoid—Raising children is one of the most rewarding and daunting experiences in life, full of joy and tough challenges. Learn how small changes can have big results, how to end self-defeating behavior, and ways to improve the quality of your parenting.

Parenting Teenagers: Parents as Coaches—The journey from adolescence to adulthood is a challenging time for teenagers and their parents. A teenager’s job is to become an individual while still being accountable to parents. Learn a useful coaching model that promotes teenager growth and increases accountability using support and challenge.

Parenting Infants and Toddlers—Learn the "EASY" concepts to enhance the basics of infant and toddler parenting. This presentation offers practical skills to approach infant and toddler eating, activity, and sleeping and taking care of yourself during those first five years.

Financial well-being

Financial Well-being—Our personal financial spending and saving decisions are 20 percent education and 80 percent behavior. This presentation focuses on the emotional and behavioral aspects of money and is provided by an EAP behavioral change expert. Content can cover living within a budget, saving for retirement, and why having a financial plan is important.

Leadership development and continuous improvement

Coaching for Improved Performance—Learn coaching skills, understand the six styles of leadership, and know the components of coaching to improve employees’ performance and when to use coaching. Training content can expand to include application exercises and role playing.

Effective Delegation—This presentation teaches how to be an effective delegator, including concepts such as having the right attitude, growing and developing others, and not “dumping” projects or tasks we dislike or are too busy to do.

Hope: The Will and the Way to Our Goals—Well beyond wishing or positive thinking, this presentation focuses on the science of hope. Research provides convincing evidence that hopeful thoughts and behaviors propel us toward success and well-being.

Leadership Excellence: Leveraging Your Team’s Strengths—All employees have strengths that provide both employees and employers with the greatest opportunity for success. This interactive workshop teaches how to leverage your team’s strengths to promote engagement, activate potential, and accelerate performance. Participants will have an opportunity to develop and apply strategies to their current challenges.

Leadership Resilience: Skills to Model, Mentor, and Create a Resilient Environment—This workshop makes the business case for resilience and its impact on success, productivity, and bottom line. Learn how to enhance resilience in yourself and those you lead, and ways to create resilience in your workplace.

Leadership Training Workshop—Learn how to understand teamwork and the role of leaders with a proven five-step model and tools to promote trust and accountability. This workshop can be complemented with individual coaching sessions for attendees.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence—According to research, 80 to 90 percent of a person's success is related to their emotional intelligence (EQ) and 10 to 15 percent is related to IQ. This presentation introduces five realms of EQ and includes an assignment.

Lean Six Sigma—This overview of the Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodology explains the eight kinds of waste, and how to map out workflow processes, identify and eliminate unnecessary steps, and rework processes to save time and money.

Managing Threat of Violence—Help your managers and human resources staff learn to proactively recognize the factors that contribute to violence in the workplace and what we can do to promote a safer environment.

Personal and Organizational Engagement—This presentation increases leaders’ awareness of factors that reduce engagement, shares research on effects of disengagement and loss of trust and confidence in leaders and organizations, and offers ideas to re-engage.

Mentoring—This interactive presentation discusses the value of mentoring less-experienced people, creating relationships to help others grow, and encouraging others to achieve their goals. We discuss myths and realities about mentoring and present strategies for successful mentoring relationships.

Reality-Based Leadership—This program, based on the principles and tools developed by Cy Wakeman, author of the book “Reality-Based Leadership,” promotes strategies for leading in an era of change and uncertainty by reducing drama. It promotes reality-based coaching and leading teams toward results using the “golden rule of teamwork.”

Senior Leadership Retreat—Half- or full-day retreats for leadership teams to learn about each other’s work styles and engage in proven brainstorming activities to address specific challenges. The retreat can be customized to include indoor team challenges, presentations, and the use of various assessments to better understand self and others for greater effectiveness.

Twenty Things a Good Leader Should Stop Doing—What behaviors might be holding you back in getting from where you are to where you want to be? We review bad habits of leaders identified by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith in “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” with emphasis on eliminating behavior that may be damaging your relationships. Includes a feed forward exercise.

Substance abuse education

DOT Training for Supervisors and Drivers—For organizations that are required by the federal government to comply with Department of Transportation Regulations, we offer training to place your organization in compliance with the required two-hour supervisor training—an hour on signs and symptoms of alcohol, and an hour on signs and symptoms of drugs—and the one-hour driver training also required by DOT.

Substance Abuse Awareness: Reasonable Suspicion Training for Managers—This presentation strengthens managers’ awareness and understanding of substance abuse in the workplace. Learn how to approach situations in which substance abuse is suspected, substance abuse testing, reasonable suspicion documentation, and ongoing monitoring.

Tobacco cessation

This three-hour interactive workshop is facilitated by a trained LIFEWISE EAP tobacco cessation coach. Its purpose is to increase success and well-being for those who want to stop using tobacco products.

Participants will:

  • Learn the six stages of change and assess their current stage of change
  • Identify ways to overcome their own resistance to change and how to move to the next stage
  • Learn about nicotine addiction and how to replace old habits with new rituals
  • Learn about a wide range of tobacco cessation resources and nicotine replacement therapies (NRT)
  • Learn important facts that lead to successful planning to create and maintain a viable tobacco cessation plan

Comprehensive information about resources and effective treatment options is discussed as participants design their own smoking cessation plan, including preparing for common “traps” that contribute to relapse. After attending the workshop, a one-hour on-site group coaching session is available, if desired.

Results of a LIFEWISE Tobacco Cessation Workshop:

  • Participants report up to a 40 percent increase in confidence in their ability to quit after participating in our interactive workshops.
  • Participants report a 50 to 55 percent increase in knowledge of the change process and confidence in being able to stop smoking.
  • Up to 80 percent of participants report having quit smoking within one year of attending one of our workshops.
  • 100 percent of participants would recommend our workshop to others.


Anger Management—When anger isn’t controlled, you may become reactive, endangering yourself and others. Research shows that anger can increase the chance of developing coronary heart disease and can also lead to stress-related problems, such as insomnia, digestive problems, and headaches. Learn how to identify the underlying feelings beneath anger and learn how to appropriately express feelings in a healthy, non-destructive way.

Eat Move Sleep—Based on the book by Tom Rath, this presentation addresses these three interconnected areas. Small decisions about how we eat, move, and sleep each day have tremendous impact on our lives in the present and future. Learn strategies to eat right, move more, and sleep better to improve daily energy, health, and longevity.

Enjoying the Holidays—Holidays create stress for many of us. Learn to de-stress for family gatherings, manage holiday tasks, take care of yourself, and focus on what is most meaningful to you this season.

Food and Mood—Over the past several decades, nutrition research has evidenced a positive relationship between diet and well-being. This presentation goes beyond the impact of what we eat on our physical health. We explore the immediate link between what we eat and our mood, energy level, and how we think.

Four Secrets of a Healthy and Successful Transition into Retirement—This program is designed to assist participants in thinking about and discussing the mental and emotional sides of the retirement planning process. The facilitator introduces the four secrets of a healthy and successful transition into retirement with powerful questions to discuss individually or in small groups.

Humor and Health—Could you be “humor-impaired?” Did you know that appropriate use of humor in the workplace can contribute to team bonding and lead to more creative solutions? Participants report a 30 percent average reduction in stress levels by the conclusion of this presentation, and 98 percent report what they learned will improve their overall stress management. Interactive, fun, and educational activities encourage experiential benefits of humor.

Improving Sleep and Rest—In 1900, Americans were getting nine hours of sleep per night, but today we average six to seven hours. According to research, up to 20 percent of adults have fallen asleep while driving. Learn strategies to enhance “sleep hygiene,” determine if we are getting enough sleep, and how to improve our quality of life and overall health by making small changes.

Life Coaching: What’s It All About?—When am I going to decide what I really want in all areas of my life? How will I identify multiple action plans to make my dreams and goals happen? These are two of the many core questions that are addressed in life coaching, which is for motivated people ready for the next step in their lives.

Looking Forward: Creating Purpose in Life’s Next Chapter—With our society's emphasis on youth, older people are often valued less and do not have a clear cut role to play. With their many years of experience and wisdom, participants explore how they can contribute their gifts to others and have a sense of purpose in the later years of life.

Positive Psychology—Research shows that practicing positive psychology skills can produce optimal functioning including more stable relationships, better resilience, and significantly better health. We include your “explanatory style,” learned optimism, and how pessimism and worry raise risk of certain illnesses.

Relaxation Training—Relaxation is effective in managing and ultimately preventing stress and anxiety. This experiential presentation teaches participants about the behavioral techniques of breath work, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization.

Resilience—Ever wonder why people who encounter a similar challenge or crisis may have very different outcomes psychologically? Why do some people find it hard to continue to function, while others seem to become stronger and function amazingly well? This presentation is based on resilience research that explores the characteristics, thoughts, behaviors, and activities that can be incorporated into our lives to increase our resiliency.

Secrets to Working Well—This program introduces participants to the five elements of well-being and generates ideas that will enhance career, social, and/or community well-being. This program is often followed by on-site, one-on-one coaching.

Stamina and Management Energy—Participants conduct their own “energy audit” developed by the Harvard Business Review, identify “rituals” that either energize or de-energize, and learn about the four wellsprings of energy and ways to manage and renew energy in healthy ways.

Stress: Out With the Anxious Brain—To better understand the fight or flight response and its impact on well-being, a better understanding of the nature of anxiety is needed. Content includes switching from threat to challenge, and ways to manage anxiety.

Understanding Behavior Change and Habits—This program addresses trends in well-being and what we have learned about helping people through the change process to get to where they want to be. We introduce new concepts in a compelling way such as “Don’t let your brain boss you around,” “Upgrade old habits,” and “The importance of preparation."

Understanding Loss and Moving Forward—Events in our lives involving loss can give rise to strong emotions and troubling thoughts. Depending on our experience, these thoughts and emotions can overwhelm us, weaken our ability to function normally, and cause illness. Content includes effective stress management, accepting loss and change as a normal part of living, and ways to move forward.

Well-being: The Five Elements—An introduction to Tom Rath’s book: “Well Being.” This presentation highlights the Gallup research that revealed the five elements that contribute the most to our personal well-being. It’s loaded with many interesting facts that offer a different perspective on health and career and social, financial, physical, and community well-being.

Workplace effectiveness

Aligning Your Team in Challenging Times—Alignment with organizational and team goals is essential to ensuring efficiency and enhancing performance. Align your team by learning the neuroscience of leadership, the five accelerators, and the Organizational Change Adoption Path. Based on the book, “Smart Tribes.”

Appreciative Inquiry—The traditional approach to change is to look for what is broken, diagnose the problem, and find a solution. Appreciative Inquiry is an exciting change management approach that engages participants to focus on making positive contributions to the team or organization by looking for what works using specific powerful questions, describing where the team wants to be, and creating a new positive energy to get there. The best outcomes for this innovative strategy are accomplished when teams are committed to scheduling several sessions with a facilitator so action plans can be created that will help them get from where they currently are to where they want to be.

Business Interest of Managing Your Time in an Era of Hyper-tasking—A review of the highly publicized term hyper-tasking, multi-tasking beyond the desktop invading every aspect of our lives. Content includes the impact of distraction on productivity, social consequences, and management strategies.

Conflict Management: Five Styles and Strengths and Weaknesses of Each—Participants take the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument to identify their personal style when faced with conflict. Learn about the styles of managing conflict, positive and assertive communication, emotional and relational intelligence, and the benefits of collaboration. More in-depth conflict management workshops are also available.

Critical Incident Stress Management—The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation defines critical incident stress as an event that causes unusually strong emotional reactions and can possibly interfere with one’s ability to function normally. Talking with a professionally trained EAP facilitator can be effective to help people manage critical incident stress.

Customer Service—How do customers form impressions of your team and your business? What can we do to improve? Research, communication tools, and interactive exercise are explored to create exceptional experiences for your customers. We’ll also share tips for communicating with upset or rude customers.

Diversity—This workshop is designed to help you increase awareness, promote a professional workplace, and relate to others with acceptance and appreciation.

Getting Things Done: Effective Time Management—This presentation introduces best practices from well-known experts including David Allen, Brian Tracy, and Steven Covey. Learn ways to prioritize projects more effectively, manage interruptions, get organized, and set goals.

Harassment Prevention—This presentation teaches participants to recognize and prevent or respond effectively to different types of workplace harassment that can negatively impact morale, productivity, and profitability as well as increase an employer’s liability or jeopardize an employee’s job.

Managing During Times of Organizational Change—This presentation focuses on developing personal resiliency during times of change. Learn to develop effective strategies to adapt to new realities and shift from useless to useful approaches when experiencing change.

Multi-Generational Workplace—For the first time in history, there are four distinct "generations" in the workplace. What do traditionalists, baby boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y have in common and how are they different? Participants learn more about each generation and focus on appreciating strengths each brings to the workplace.

Professionalism Confidence, Competence, and Credibility—How does a professional project the “Three Cs?” By building rapport, creating a positive first impression, and incorporating emotional and relational intelligence into day-to-day workplace behavior. Participants identify behaviors to improve and create a “professional presence signature.”

Respect and Civility—Is respect earned or should it be automatically given? Learn about the principles that promote respect in the workplace—equality, accepting differences, and appreciating diversity. This presentation also includes vignettes for discussion designed to educate and remind employees and leaders of their organization’s specific policies related to respect.

Team Building—What are the advantages of being on an effective, collaborative team and the factors required to truly function as a team? Participants learn elements of effective teams and discuss how to communicate during conflict. A team assessment can be conducted that may be used to develop a strategic plan around increasing team cohesion.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team—Based on the book by Patrick Lencioni, this class has powerful messages for those who strive to be exceptional leaders by getting to the heart of why teams, even the best ones, often struggle. The model and the actionable steps can be used to overcome common hurdles so leaders build a cohesive, effective team.

Trust—This presentation identifies the importance of trust in the workplace, provides different perspectives on how trust is earned, helps employees and leaders recognize how they either promote or discourage trust, and creates insights into this complex emotional and behavioral issue.

Understanding Emotional Intelligence—Do you know people with high IQs who struggle in their career or relationships, as well as those with modest IQs who do exceptionally well? Research makes the case for what is known as Emotional Intelligence (EQ) being a strong indicator of success and well-being. A self-assessment is offered and strategies to enhance Emotional Intelligence are presented.

Vision Statement—This generally includes several planning meetings to assist teams in creating a vision statement, and can include studying powerful vision statements of successful organizations, identifying trends in your business, conducting a Gap Analysis to move from current to desired state, and enhancing engagement and commitment to future work.

To learn more about the effective professional resources at Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE or to inquire about a customized topic, call 816-931-3073 or 800-327-1223, or email