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Keep Your Smart Phones On: It’s a workshop!

March 6, 2018

Last week I provided my workshop helping peacemakers build a successful practice.

What was really neat is that as I was presenting, people were actually making modifications to websites, taking notes on what they will do differently and using their social media. I encouraged people to keep their smart phones on and laptops open. I encouraged tweeting and posting to Facebook, taking pictures and videos during the workshop. People were immediately implementing and practicing what I was explaining for them to do! We really put the “work” back into workshop. Here is a summary of the evaluations. (30 people attended and 20 handed in their evaluation.)

Evaluation Feedback Summary

Training Session: Building, Brand, Market, Close: Building your successful peacemaking practice

Date:                           March 2, 2018 :

Group/duration:          York Collaborative Practice group, full day workshop.

Scale 1 – 5

The workshop was well organized

4.2 – 84%

The content and scope met my expectations

3.95 – 79%

The presenter’s preparedness for the course and knowledge regarding the course content

4.45 – 89%

The presenter’s ability to add value/information beyond the scope of the course

4.2 – 84%

How much of the information covered in this workshop was new to you?


Which term best describes your overall experience?

4.14 – 82.8%


What was the most important thing you gained from this workshop?

  • A lot of marketing info
  • It is important to be creative, resourceful and entrepreneurial advice on how to improve my professional profile and language to use/avoid
  • Learning to own what I do and offer and how to explain in simple meaningful terms to others including potential clients.
  • Expanding my view of “collaborative” in marketing and grabbing the “low hanging fruit”.
  • The importance of using language on the level of the receiver. Something I knew and do, nice to have it confirmed.
  • Social media usage. Target your client group and business group.
  • Helpful to be aware and understand the need and benefit to BRAND and MARKET.
  • Self-process and discussion of simpler language.
  • Tips around expanding service I can offer and plain English information.
  • Marketing, Marketing, Marketing.
  • Practical tips on how to market my practice online – breaking it down extremely well.
  • Getting our ego out of the way.
  • Language and words are important. Be more thoughtful.
  • Great ideas and new ways to approach language on my website – re: jargon / not-simple.
  • Website drafting – language.


I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship, divorce or separation issue or even help growing your practice. I am available in person and by Skype.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW for counseling and support – to build your successful practice

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

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