In the past, like most women, I felt extremely uncomfortable sharing the good stuff about me and my life. In fact, I was far more likely to put me down so that others would feel better about themselves in my presence.
Nowadays, I feel less uncomfortable (I’m working on it ) thanks to Regina Thomashauer, founder of the Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, who teaches women to be proud of their greatness and who starts many of her conversations with, “Tell me a brag.”
So, tell me a brag about yourself. Hey, and if you like, share one about me; I am practicing hearing and accepting the good stuff about myself.
With tremendous appreciation and ownership of my gifts and talents, here are some terrific things said about me:
"Susan Vaughan’s facilitation style involves multiple learning modalities for different learning styles, including some lecture, small group activities, small and large group discussion, as well as interactive games which keep participants fully engaged. She creates a trusting and honest group environment, where real world problems can get discussed and solutions discovered. Susan’s passion for facilitating learning and group development is unparalleled. She is able to challenge participants, address difficult issues, and facilitate growth in a respectful, safe, and professional environment. Her energetic and common sense approach has broad appeal. Susan listens to her clients and provides customised services based on their needs and feedback. It has been a pleasure to participate in some of her workshops and to work with her as a facilitator."
Executive Director York University
I was first introduced to Susan Vaughan in January 1999 through the Textile Management Internship Program (TMIP), a program offered by the Textiles Human Resources Council in partnership with McMaster University, Mohawk College and North Carolina State University. From the first day of class, it was quite apparent that Susan conducts herself in a fashion that stands as a model of professionalism in today’s society—with dedication, integrity, a solid work ethic, sensitivity, and passion. As an instructor, Susan provides a complimentary blend of theory and experience. Past students have commended Susan’s ability in the classroom, claiming that the skills and knowledge Susan imparted on them would prove to be assets in their future careers. The Textile Management Internship Program, the graduates, and McMaster University has benefited from Susan’s involvement. Susan Vaughan is a wise investment for any organisation!
Program Manager McMaster University
Susan is the most inspirational person I know! Attending one of her workshops will provide you with a great understanding of yourself and give you the tools you need to achieve your goals. She is highly supportive and provides great insight into how to achieve your dreams. Over the years Susan has been a rock that I can count on. She is a no-nonsense person who will tell you the truth in a kind and friendly way and will give you the right kind of support you need.
Career Specialist Centre for Education and Training
As a Learning Consultant at Crown Life Insurance, I contracted Sue to deliver project management training to both IT and non-IT staff. Sue never failed to deliver a top-quality learning experience, putting her significant energy, knowledge and experience 100% into every delivery. As one might expect, she always received excellent end-of-course evaluations. Significantly, participants continued to reference the materials and their learning experience long after the course was over. I am proud to have a professional colleague of Sue’s calibre. She brings enormous energy, knowledge and good common sense to her work as a facilitator of adult learning. And most important, she herself is a passionate learner, offering an inspiring model of the much vaunted—but not always practised—model of “lifelong learning.”
I have found Susan Vaughan’s process of team building to be very responsive and flexible to the issues we are experiencing. She starts by listening to where we are and where we want to go, and then brings in a sensitive and insightful approach to the workshop presentation. She demonstrates and models excellent communication and presentation skills in her interactive style. Our staff has always been left feeling that their time has been well spent and that they have a number of ideas to take away, and new learning to integrate into their everyday work. She is always able to get 100% participation from the staff taking part and I have learned something new about them from their interactions, which is a bonus to our working together as a team.
Client Service Manager Scarborough Community Care Access Centre
Susan Vaughan is an experienced facilitator with sound industry experience and exemplary adult education skills. She demonstrates a high level of professional expertise and I would not hesitate to have Susan deliver any material to any level of employee within our organisation. Susan not only delivers the material in an informed and professional manner, but she makes a connection with the class that I have not witnessed with other facilitators.
Audrey L. Kemp
Performance Consultant, IS Education Manulife Financial
It has been my pleasure to co-ordinate, observe, and participate in Project Management Workshops conducted by Susan Vaughan for Canada Life in Regina, Saskatchewan. Susan’s practical delivery method emphasises skills that extract the mystery from the concept and can be put to immediate use in the workplace. Building upon the participant’s experience, Susan incorporates a learner-centred approach to build knowledge and skill among group participants while maintaining an element of fun. Always professional, Susan is consistently well received by the participants. I would highly recommend Susan’s Project Management course for everyone involved in project-based work—from managers to leads to team members.
Know IT Consulting Inc.