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'Women in Denim' this week

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Still time to sign up; motivational speaker to squeeze the 'bad apples'

Once you have met Kathy Peterson, you will not forget her infectious smile or her vibrant personality. If you are one of the fortunate ones to take part in one of her motivational talks, you will walk away feeling better about yourself and giggling at some of the methods that this young, fun Alta speaker has used to get her message across.

She is one of the many speakers that will share helpful and enlightening information at the Fourth Annual Women in Denim conference to be held Friday night and Saturday at Buena Vista University.

There is still time to register for this popular event. The purpose of this conference is to give women involved in agriculture, whether on the farm or working in the agricultural field, a chance to gather, network, relax and learn from one another.

Women attending this conference will have the opportunity to choose from more than 35 educational workshops.

Peterson's topic is entitled, "Bad Apples: How to Deal with Negative Attitudes."

"I can't wait to present at my breakout session this year," said Peterson. "We are going to talk about all the 'bad apples' - difficult people and negative attitudes - that we deal with on a regular basis. From family members to people in our workplaces and everywhere in between, we'll talk about how to live and work with these people and stay sane! We will also spend time discussing what each and every one of us can do to stay positive so we don't let the bad apples spoil our days. I usually am presenting to a packed room, and I am excited to do that again this year."

This will be Peterson's third year speaking at Women in Denim; she has enjoyed the chance to be a part of each of them.

"The awesome thing about this conference is that it not only provides an opportunity for women from all over the area to learn together, but it also gives these women a chance to have tons of fun together!

"The price of the conference is unbeatable," she continued. "Many conferences I speak at are at least 10 to 20 times the price of this event, and it's just as good, if not better! The conference planning committee does a super job of finding a variety of speakers so that at this event, you will find something meaningful no matter what your background or walk of life."

While in her mid-20s, Peterson founded PeopleWorks. A year later the business became incorporated and now 10 years after taking the chance on becoming a business owner, she is one of the most sought after speakers in the nation.

PeopleWorks provides clients with a variety of customized services including training, human resource consulting, organizational development, instructional design and professional coaching for employees, managers, teams, organizations, community groups and schools

It isn't as easy as it appears to be a motivational speaker; there is often a great deal of homework to do. She goes that extra mile, though, learning as she prepares each of her talks. That, she said, is part of the fun for her. She even takes a great deal of time to learn not only facts for her talks, but fun activities - even magic tricks - and hands-on events to get everyone involved.

"I believe learning and fun go hand-in-hand," she said. "People need to have fun while they are learning. If I stood up and lectured the whole time, number one, they would hate it and number two they wouldn't walk away remembering anything I said. I am continually adding new things." That, she said, keeps things interesting for her as well as the audience.

She has developed, over the years, talks for many occasions which can be "tweaked" to fit her target audience, but she is never opposed to doing more research on a new topic if someone requests one she hasn't researched.

This fun lady grew up in Charles City. She admitted that she was never involved in speech classes while in high school but always surrounded herself in motivational quotes. Her bedroom at home still has the bulletin board plastered with inspiring words. When she goes back home, she enjoys re-reading the familiar words which helped make her the type of person she is today.

Any of her old friends would probably tell you that they always knew she would someday have her own business.

Peterson has a Bachelor's degree in communication studies from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in adult learning, performance and development from Drake University. In 2001, she earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resources Management. She is also a member of the National Speakers Association.

In addition to being a successful business owner, she is happily married to Tim Peterson and is a mother of three.

She has great support from her husband who takes over the duties when she is required to be away from home.

"If you're still debating whether or not you should attend (Women in Denim) make the time to come. You won't be disappointed."

Peterson's talk is set for Saturday at 9 a.m.

Registration information is available by calling 1-800-242-5022 or going online - www.womenindenim.com

In addition to providing the workshops, registration also includes dinner with keynote speaker Juli Burney - an award-winning teacher, entertainer and author - followed by dessert and coffee on Friday night and a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.



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