Insights Into Individual and Organizational Development
Training, Seminars, Coaching and Keynotes
Training, Seminars, Coaching and Keynotes
Vincent “Skip” Wirth has over 35 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, speaker and coach and has conducted over 1500 workshops regionally and nationally on stress management, wellness, fitness, communication, team building, leadership, customer service, marketing, motivation and humor in the workplace. His effectiveness is born out of a strong sense of purpose, principle and ethics as well as his commitment to excellence. With his years of experience in a wide variety of settings, Skip brings real wisdom and value to individuals and organizations alike.
Skip’s training style is lively and upbeat and his messages are easily put into everyday practice. He involves groups in activities that not only enhance learning, but makes the process fun as well. With a focus on experiential learning, his teaching methods include lecture, role playing, initiative activities, skits, humor, games and story telling.
One of the distinctive features of his training is an emphasis on enjoying life, both individually and in the workplace. “We spend one third of our day working and that one third has a profound effect on the other two thirds and the quality of our lives. Work can and should be as natural as play and fun should not be relegated as a low priority item on our list of things to do. Humor and fun are valuable resources that pay enormous dividends physically, emotionally, spiritually, and yes, economically. When we feel good, we tend to do good.”
No two people, as well as no two organizations are alike. The same applies to Skip’s training. Each training session is tailored to the unique wants and needs of the individual or organization.
Skip is a Registered Nurse and has over 38 years of health care experience including clinical, supervisory, education, sales, marketing, and administration. He graduated with honors from WKU with degrees in Nursing and Public Health, and has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication. Formerly, he was an adjunct faculty member in WKU’s Department of Speech and Communication. Skip also was a trainer/facilitator with WKU’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO). Skip started the first Wellness Center in Bowling Green Kentucky in 1984.
Some of Skip’s clients include: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Hospital Corporation of America, U.S. Army, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, Southern Foods, City of Bowling Green, Kentucky Hospital Association, Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, Weyerhaeuser, Merrill Lynch, Kentucky Home Health Association, Nyloncraft, Bendix-Spicer, TVA, Camping World, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cedar Lakes, Kentucky Public Health Association, Forever Communications and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce honored Skip with the ”2012 Ambassador of the Year Award“.
“The Chamber Ambassadors selected Wirth as the Ambassador of the Year. Wirth is the director of sales and marketing for First Choice Home Medical, and he dedicates many hours to the Chamber outside of his job responsibilities. In addition to being a registered nurse and having more than 35 years of healthcare experience, he is an adjunct faculty member in Western Kentucky University’s Communications Department and has conducted more than 1,500 workshops regionally and nationally on stress management, fitness, team building, and leadership.” — Brad Howard
Recently, Skip contributed a chapter for Greg Coker’s book, Building Cathedrals, The Power of Purpose. His chapter is titled, “All Stressed Up and No Place to Go”.
Stress is a fact of everyday life. It is associated with happy events (marriage, promotions, outstanding personal achievements), as well as unhappy events (divorce, job lay-offs, personal tragedies). It can be triggered by trivial matters such as a snapped shoelace or a missing button, as well as major life crises, such as personal injury or death of a loved one. In fact, the event does not even have to be real; it can be imaginary.
Some people encounter more stressful events than others, but the way we perceive and react to stress is often more significant than the amount we face. Stress is a matter of perception; a prison we create for ourselves. We all know people who just seem to glide through life. Even though they encounter difficult life circumstances, these well-ordered souls keep their lives in perspective. What is it that they have that others do not? Can we incorporate what they do into our lives and become more like them? YES! Research has discovered seven characteristics of stress resistance and together we will explore their significance to your health and well-being.
Upon completion of this workshop, the participants will be able to:
“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” – Aristotle
Worldwide, all cultures, races, religions, ages and lifestyles rank the desire to be happy at the top. The quest to be happy is so compelling that dozens of songs have happiness included in the title. Research shows how vital happiness is: happy people live longer, are healthier and have better relationships. Unfortunately, many people are not experiencing much sustained, authentic happiness, but that can be changed. We can alter our “happiness set points” and attain an inner happiness that enlarges us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
“This joy I have — the world didn’t give it, the world can’t take it away” — Shirley Caesar, gospel singer
Some surveys show that having to speak before an audience is the number one fear in the world. The number two-fear…death. I have spoken to well over 1500 audiences throughout my 30 year speaking career and I can assure you, this fear can be overcome. Most professional speakers report that performing is their number one thrill, their biggest challenge and greatest accomplishment. Speakers influence, they encourage, motivate, inspire and communicate to the spirit. Public speaking, and indeed all communication skills, is ranked highest among grade point average and references.
This workshop, either in small groups or one on one, will prepare the participant to make a difference in things people care very much about through informing, persuading and entertaining.
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you do not like and do what you would rather not.” — Mark Twain
Unfortunately, far too many American’s buy into that notion. It has long been known that it is cheaper and better to stay well than to get well. Research shows that just through a modification in lifestyle we could prevent or delay 75% of illness and disease.
By attending this workshop, you will learn the physical, social, psychological and spiritual benefits of adopting a wellness lifestyle.
Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job everyday. Imagine an environment where people are truly connected to their work, to their colleagues and their customers. Addressing today’s most pressing work issues, including employee retention and burnout, with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message that applies to everyone in any sector of an organization. Fish offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable and profound.
Work teams have become America’s most popular way of doing business. Great teams empower its members to do what each does best (square pegs for square holes), which improves efficiency and effectiveness, not to mention making your company a serious player in todays competitive environment.
On the surface, teamwork sounds so simple, however, the operational components of teamwork often proves more challenging. This workshop explores the characteristics of effective teams, leadership fundamentals and strategies to prevent your team from becoming dysfunctional.
With so much competition in today’s economy, providing exceptional customer service is no longer an added benefit, it is vital. Customers who are no longer satisfied with the way they are treated will take their business elsewhere. For a customer to move from being merely satisfied to becoming a loyal customer, they must sense that you care.
In this workshop, we will discuss customer loyalty, seeing your job through your customer’s eyes, body language, barriers to effective listening, emotional bank accounts and turning a complaint into a gift.
Abbott and Costello made the vignette entitled, “Who’s on First?” long before I was born. The title and the message are timeless. Communication seems like such a simple process, but as illustrated in the eight minute film, things can and do go wrong. Unlike the film, our real life communication failures often have devastating consequences, both in human terms as well as financial terms. T. S. Matthews wrote, “Communication is so simple and so difficult, that we could never put it into simple terms.” This workshop is designed to prove him wrong. Communication is a skill that can be improved upon when you understand what you are up against.
“Skip Wirth is the most motivational and uplifting person I have ever had the privilege of knowing. As a consultant, coach and trainer, I am not easily impressed, but Skip Wirth is simply the best I have ever seen. He is my personal coach and when you walk away with an encounter with Skip, you want to be a better you! When I’m putting together a workshop that requires multiple trainers, Skip Wirth is always the first call. When I was looking for a contributing author for my life/business motivational book, Skip was the first call and his involvement and participation took my work to another level. I simply cannot say enough about this gem of a person. If you have the opportunity to invest in his wide array of services, please do not miss this opportunity!”
Author, Consultant & Business Executive
“My family has had great success with Skip Wirth’s clinical hypnosis. My son’s ACT scores increased greatly and my husband has overcome his fear of heights and flying. Skip has a unique way of putting individuals at ease and preparing them with the tools they need to overcome the anxiety associated with their fears.”
“We are writing this letter in regards to Skip Wirth’s sensory awareness relaxation technique which he used with several of our family members who had test anxiety. After working with Skip they were able to take their test. One scored very high on the ACT and the other passed a licensure test. We were so pleased with these results. We would recommend Skip to anyone having anxiety about anything.”
–David and Judy Buchanan
“Thank you so much for everything you did for the WKU Foundation! We really appreciate all the training and teamwork activities you provided for us. I know we all learned a lot and we take what we learned and apply it to our daily lives. You are a great instructor and you made the day a whole lot of fun.”
“I want to personally thank you for your wonderful, interactive TEAM Building workshop you presented to our Kentucky Member Services Association group. I received nothing but positive feedback about your presentation from our attendees.”
KMSA Conference Coordinator
Kentucky Association of Electric Coops
“Thanks so very much for the time you spent with our Community Services staff. Your mastery of the topic was most apparent. You condensed so much of the self-help/personal development material into some basic principles that make sense.”
“You have an excellent presentation style that combines information with personal energy. The program this year was one of the finest I’ve been associated with. Thank you for help making that so by sharing your time.”
–Gene C. Crume
Coordinator of Special Events
Western Kentucky University
“I commend you for the outstanding job you continue to do as part of our Corvette Challenge Training. Your four-hour block continues to be a highlight of the forty-four hour program. You are always enthusiastic and have the ability to hold the attention of the entire group. Not only do you bring a wealth of information to this group on stress and communication, you include humor and make the sessions fun. You identify well with each group and are such an asset to the training program and to our employees.”
–Dr. Georgia Childress
Supervisor Training and Development
General Motors Plant
Bowling Green Plant
“Skip began working with the City’s leadership and development class in early 2002, providing team building and supervisor development training. His enthusiasm, preparation and skills have given us a tremendous boost in developing the future leaders of our organization. We look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
City of Bowling Green
“Skip delivered an outstanding program at our annual conference in 2012. Our participants practically demanded that we have him back. So, we are looking forward to having him as our 2013 opening Keynote presenter and he will likely become a regular presenter for us for many years to come!”
–Jennifer D. Allen
Director of Resource Development and Member Services