About Mindy Lockard

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For internationally recognized leadership and etiquette expert Mindy Lockard, etiquette does not mean choosing the right fork or walking with a book balanced on your head.  Instead, her series of interpersonal workshops offer simple but effective blueprints for establishing respectful and productive relationships in the office, classroom and community.  Mindy’s customized toolkits enable professionals at every stage of their careers and university students to foster and grow “in real life” professional and social networks, fundamental skills in a society where digital devices and social media have eclipsed conversations, meals and even smiles as preferred platforms for interpersonal engagement.

After identifying a vacuum in the interpersonal skills of today’s college students and young professionals, Mindy also established G3 (The Gracious Girls’ Guide), a leadership for tween + teen girls that aids in equipping both girls and moms with key social skills / habits to help girls live Brave, Confident and Authentic lives, and the Leadership Academy, a program for middle school boys and girls that focuses on cultivating lifelong social and leadership skills.   

For more than a decade, Mindy has facilitated interpersonal workshops for college athletes and alumni, government agencies, corporations and professional organizations, and youth of all ages.  Mindy has been featured as a regular on-air television expert for KATU Afternoon Live, FOX 12 MORE Good Day Oregon, KING 5 Seattle and Huffington Post LIVE and has been featured in publications such as Forbes Woman, Oregon Business Magazine, Women’s Day and InStyle Magazine, Real Simple, Better Homes and Garden and People’s Style Watch.

About Mindy Lockard Interpersonal Workshops:

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Based on research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Stanford Research Institute, “technical skills and knowledge account for fifteen percent of the reason you get a job, keep a job and advance in a job. Eighty-five percent of your job success is connected to your people skills.”

Each of Mindy’s interpersonal workshops focuses on that 85 percent to enable individuals and teams to function more effectively and grow their business and personal success.  Workshops can be combined and customized as a cohesive series or as stand-alone events. Core concepts and topics include:

  • Professional Leadership Workshops
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Interpersonal Leadership

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Networking: The Secret to Successful Networking is a Four Letter Word

Mindy shares fundamental skills and builds confidence so you can emerge from the crutches of LinkedIn and Facebook connections to establish meaningful and productive relationships with co-workers, colleagues and professionals acquaintances. Mindy’s workshop is designed to eliminate the awkward moments while reigniting your appreciation for the power of connecting with others beyond the screen.  

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Key topics include:

  • Power of Preparation
  • How to Work a Room
  • Entering and Exiting Conversations
  • Use of Power Skills: Eye Contact, Facial Expression & Handshakes
  • Value of Curious Conversations
  • Meaningful Follow-Up

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Professional Dining: Putting Your Best Fork Forward

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Mindy believes that moving from the desk to the dining table with superiors, clients or co-workers can extend and strengthen your business relationships.  However, it can also produce anxiety, whether you are meeting for a multi-course meal or just a cocktail. Mindy’s workshop provides simple tools to eliminate stress and enjoy the fundamental connections that are created when sharing a meal or even just a drink.  

Key topics include:

  • Entering and Exiting the Table
  • Power Dining with Clients
  • Navigating Courses: Bread & Butter, Soup, Salad, Entrée and Dessert
  • Styles of Dining: American and Continental
  • Toasting with Confidence

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Growth Mindset for Professional Development

Mindy believes that young professionals and support staff play a crucial role in shaping workplace culture and establishing a business’ reputation.  By investing in people skills of employees in support and emerging roles, companies can create more harmonious, connected and professional workplaces.  

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Key topics for this workshop include:

  • Establishing Personal and Professional Goals
  • Identifying Leadership Hats
  • Establishing Baseline for Growth and Fixed Mindsets
  • Skills for Managing Up with Efficiency and Flexibility
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Personal Responsibility and Growth Attitude
  • Managing a Meeting: Preparation and Execution

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