Professional Skills Courses

Download Peter Margaritis Catalog 2015 of all my Keynotes, Courses and Workshops

CREATIVITY

How to Dump SALY and Find a New Creative Approach to Accounting


Are you stuck in a rut of “Same As Last Year” and missing potential opportunities or not asking the right questions and missing potential areas of risk? Do you wish you were more creative in your thinking so you can uncover opportunities or potential area of risk?  Are you saying to yourself that “I am an accountant, I am not creative.” Well, you are incorrect. This course will demonstrate proven methods that accountants can use to unlock their creativity and innovation.  You will discover new ways to break through mental barriers, SALY thinking, and roadblocks in order to improve performance, creative thinking, and innovation.

This is a lively, interactive and hands-on course that you can apply the techniques learned immediately.

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LEADERSHIP

The 8-Hour MBA


If you don’t have the time to complete an MBA degree but still want to understand the key concepts then this course is for you. This course is designed for managers, professionals, and business owners who want to develop a broad perspective to deal more effectively in today’s rapidly changing and increasingly complex business environment.

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Leadership From a Slightly Different Perspective


Leaders create growth their companies and in others through their vision, passion and integrity. If you are serious about becoming a more effective leader, but ready for a slightly different perspective, this fun and unique class is just what you are looking for.

Peter Margaritis, CPA, CGMA will discuss how to incorporate the principles of improvisational comedy into your own personal leadership style. Explore how leadership is enhanced by the power of networking, the diversity of the generations, and communication between departments. Leverage your creativity, inspiration, public speaking and presentational skills to bring more value to your company and your career.

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Building Stronger Teams by Using Improvisation


The skills needed to perform improvisational comedy are the same skills and principles that are used in building successful teams. Improvisation is based on the principles of: trust, respect, support, adaptation, listening, and communication.

Through trust and teamwork, businesses can achieve remarkable results. The question many managers and owners are challenged with today is how to develop and foster a team environment that leads to organizational productivity and profitability. “Building Stronger Teams by Using Improvisation Comedy,” a high- energy and interactive workshop that will help you and your team learn how humor and improvisation can lead to successful teams and ultimately a more productive and profitable business.

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COMMUNICATION

How to Identify, Explain, and Present Pertinent Financial Information to Non-Accountants


Do your business associates and/or clients have difficulty understanding the financials. Are they making decisions without comprehending the financial impact of their actions. They frequently “smother in detail and crave for knowledge.” This high-impact interactive program is loaded with practical ideas and techniques to help associates and clients make better business decisions. Financial Information is one of management’s most useful tools, yet far too
many non-accountants are unable to read financial reports and use this information to enhance performance.

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Tips and Techniques on Public Speaking and Presentation Skills


Jerry Seinfeld once said that at a funeral, most people would rather in be in the casket than giving the eulogy. America’s greatest anxiety, public speaking, is a necessity in today’s business world. Those who can speak in front of crowds and have effective presentational skills tend to move up the corporate ladder more swiftly. Peter Margaritis, CPA, CGMA will help you break though the fear so you can stand in front of an audience, project confidence and knowledge, all the while making a connection and capturing your audience’s imagination.

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Communicating in the Workplace


How you communicate with your clients can make or break your career! We will discuss different client’s personality styles and demonstrate the different ways to communicate information to them. See how recognizing their personality style(s) can turn communication breakdowns into breakthroughs.

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Tips and Techniques on Building a Stronger Professional Network


Networking is one of the most powerful tools professionals can develop, but it takes time, energy and commitment in order to build a strong network. Having a strong network will assist you in launching a new idea or plan, develop new business and clients, reducing costs in recruiting, and leveraging your career.

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Tips and Techniques on Developing New and Existing Business


In today’s competitive market, business development is critical to survival. Business development can be defined as “attracting new business and retaining quality business.” This is a challenging task and one that requires knowledge, experience, patience, and a plan. Peter Margaritis, CPA, CGMA will demonstrate that business development does not happen overnight, it is a process of developing relationships over time and having a plan in place in order to achieve your goals. During this course you will develop your own business plan for the coming year.

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CURRICULUM FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Backpack to Briefcase: Essential Skills for Professional Growth Within Your Firm:


When your new hire joins your firm, they are like a deer in the headlights. They are transiting from the college campus to an office environment and have no idea how to navigate the turbulent waters of the business world. These new hires spend their first four to five years learning as much technical accounting as possible. However, by the time they become a manager and now have to manage people and develop new business, once again the deer in the headlights look with a steep learning curve.

My philosophy is that in those early years, your new hires need to begin to develop those professional skills (aka. soft skills) so that that learning curve in year five has flattened out and they are more productive to your firm.

I provide your firm the following curriculum that is designed to provide your young staffers with the essential skills for professional growth. In addition, I provide quarterly reinforcement to insure that the material is understood and applied properly.

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