Gail Pursell Elliott, (bio)

Contact: Gail Pursell Elliott
Mailing Address: PO Box 552, Roland, Iowa, United States of America 50236
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Attendee comments ranged from "Wonderful!" to "Bring her back" to "Practical info I can use in my work, not pie in the sky stuff." I will echo the remarks of the attendees and also say that you have been wonderful to work with. Your preconference planning with us was particularly well thought out and well organized. We discussed your topic in detail and you tailored it to our audience. You submitted handouts well in advance, unlike many speakers who do so at the last minute. I sat in on part of your presentation, and the rapport you had with your audience was immediately obvious. They were totally engaged in your presentation, which was informative, humorous and motivational all at the same time. In short, you earn a meeting planner's highest praise -- you make me look good to my constituents, our members!
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Fields of Interest:

Administration, Nursing, After Dinner, Change, Communication, Consulting, Diversity, Education, Empowerment, Ethics, Family/Youth, Human Resources, Inspiration, Leadership, Learning, Management, Motivation/Inspiration, Organizational Development, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Relationships, Self Esteem, Service Management, Spirituality/Religion, Stress Management, Teambuilding, Training, Women in Society, Healthcare Management, Long Term/Home Health Care, Medical, Medical Education, Medical Humanities, Occupational Health, Risk Management, Social Work/Sciences, Business, Family, Human Relations, Interpersonal Communication, Secretarial/Administrative Skills, Volunteerism, Womens Issues, Youth, Behavioral Science, Domestic Violence, Counseling, Parenting, Abuse

Most Requested Topics/Programs:

  • The Power of Dignity and Respect
  • Mobbing: Workplace Emotional Abuse
  • Reward and Recognition on a Limited Budget
  • Staff Retention and Motivation: Slowing the Revolving Door

Recent Engagements:

  • Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • InterHab of Kansas
  • Life Services Network
  • Inc.
  • Connecticut Association of Not-for-Profit Providers for the Aging
  • Texas Assocation of Homes and Services for the Aging
  • American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR
  • Illinois Health Care Association
  • Indiana Health Care Association
  • Iowa Department of Education Iowa Community Education Association
Speaker 's Fees:$2501 to $5000
Length of presentation:Conference Breakouts, Keynote, half or full day workshops/seminars, multiple topics optional
Travels From:Des Moines, IA
Travel Limits:none
Target Audience:Any
AV Requirements:Projector needed. Laptop and powerpoint provided
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Food: yesMileage: yes
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Speaker, Author, Educator, Human Resources and Training Consultant, graduate of Penn State University, post-graduate education certificate work at the University of South Florida, member of American Mensa, Member of the American Society for Training and Development, founder of Innovations “Training With A Can-Do Attitude” TM , located in central Iowa.

Gail has over 20 years of professional experience in administration, recruitment, training, and motivation. Operating from the basic premise that ‘all people want and have the right to be treated with dignity and respect … no exceptions’ she travels nationally to conduct staff and supervisory training for both profit and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of interpersonal communication, motivation and morale, reward and recognition, teamwork and trust, and a see-it/stop-it/prevent-it approach to emotional abuse in schools and workplaces.

She designs sessions upon request to address specific needs and timely issues, and is a featured speaker at conferences. Gail has also developed dignity and respect and mobbing/bullying awareness programs that she presents for school professionals and students.

Gail is author of the book "School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See It – Stop It – Prevent It with Dignity and Respect" and co-author of the 1999 book Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace, as well as the author of training, motivation, inspirational materials, and the weekly email column "Food for Thought" that has an international readership and is often reprinted in various publications.

Her articles have appeared not only in printed media, but some can be viewed on the Internet on such sites as the Iowa Business Network, and

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