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I help passionate professionals factor their feelings, first so they can reach their potential
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I grew up in an environment where the expression of emotions was unwelcome and discouraged. At an early age, I learned that it was better to hide how I was feeling as opposed to physically or vocally sharing what was going on inside me.
Fast forward to my late 20’s and I found myself working in “tech” in corporate America having had decent success. I had a career I mostly enjoyed, discovered skills that I was good at and had seen progression through my career vis-a-vis promotion and salary increases. With all of this I felt like I should be happy and fulfilled, yet I wasn’t. I still had big dreams I wanted to pursue yet I felt as though something was getting in my way. As it turns out, all these years I had been focusing on the external factors (promotions, money, job titles) that would move me forward rather than the internal struggles that were holding me back.
I’ve been in Software as a Service (SaaS) for nearly 20 years now and I still enjoy it. And during the Covid shut down in 2020, I realized I wanted to pursue something that could make a meaningful difference in someone else's life; something that had changed my life; getting in touch with how I feel. I launched my business to help professionals reach their potential by factoring their feelings, first.
Outside of software and speaking, you’ll find me cooking, traveling or enjoying where I live, sunny southern California.
How to Use EQ to Reach Your Potential
If someone told you that you could get out of your own way by stopping to evaluate your feelings, would you believe them? Probably not. Yet what I’ve discovered is that the birthplace for resilience, courage and bravery starts with understanding how we feel. Our feelings and emotions are at the core of who we are and how we interact with each other. Studies show that feelings left unaddressed or unrecognized can inhibit our judgement, cognitive ability and long term success.
In this talk I'll show you how naming, feeling, accepting and self regulating our feelings unlocks the door to reaching your potential.
How Adversity Helps you Improve Your Confidence & Communication
Many of us have faced adversity as children, adolescents or even as adults. For those that have dealt with it or are living through it right now it can be difficult to navigate the emotions that come with these kind of events; shame, guilt, fear. And sometimes it takes us awhile to figure out that these circumstances and feelings can get in the way of who we want to be.
I believe however that our adversities can be the fuel to our success.
In this talk, I'll show you how owning and telling your story will help you increase your confidence and become a better communicator.
The Art of Gathering: How to Use EQ to Navigate our New Working World
There's still uncertainty and discomfort as we are adjusting to remote work and transitioning to in-person interactions in the office or with clients. We want to do what's right for our employees, clients and business but how do we get it right? What we've learned from being separated from each other is that we need to be together. Human connection and gatherings are critical to the human experience. As we learn how to re-gather will get it perfect? Probably now. However there is an opportunity to re-examine how we meet and potentially to redefine it.
In this talk, Diana shares tools and techniques based in EQ to help us navigate our new (albeit awkward) working world.
I offer approachable ways to develop your awareness and appreciation for your feelings. Once you’ve decided you’re ready to do the work, keep your efforts on your front burner and do it with help. It’s easy to go back to auto pilot. It takes repetition to change habits.
This is why coaching can be so helpful, serving as disruptors reminding you and helping you to change.
Practice inclusive language
Create a culture of belonging
Empathy, mirroring and labeling
Build a plan for software evaluations
Develop business case, ROI
Diana’s passion and knowledge of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is unparalleled. Her use of personal stories and connections help the listener to [reframe] their thoughts and embrace ALL emotions.
I would definitely listen to more of this topic or similar from Diana. She rocked it!!
Supervisory Logistics Management Specialist
I had the pleasure of working with Diana as a speaker for The Complete Manager Makeover® – Transforming the Human in Human Resources® Inaugural Management Training Summit hosted by my firm. Her session on Emotional Intelligence was deep, thought provoking and transparent which is what we look for in our content, a connection to the Human element, Diana sure delivered! She is a transparent leader and educator who I would recommend to any event planner.
Founder and CEO The Complete Manager Makeover & National Management Training Week
Diana takes us on a captivating journey and speaks with conviction on the topic of emotional intelligence. She offers practical and compelling advice in a fresh and professional manner, ebbing and flowing between scientific, creative, and sometimes personal point of views. Diana's own storytelling on her journey to emotional mastery keeps the attention of her viewers, and leaves us recognizing that our vulnerability is our strength, and harnessing the 'human' in business and in life is essential to our personal success.
Senior Account Executive
Sharp, practical and deeply relatable. Diana will hit you between the eyes with the question: what are our feelings and what would happen if we really used them? Diana’s talk will leave you with a deeper appreciation of one of our greatest assets, our emotions. She established trust by being vulnerable to her audience and it was so refreshing. I felt smarter and more capable after digesting the concepts. It was fantastic and engaging. Diana is a diamond in the rough.
Director, Latin America