Vivo Talks are designed to bring proven and sophisticated learning content to your audience in an easily digestible manner. Each topic is presented in an entertaining and engaging manner, customized to your audience.

Vivo provides learners with the level of learning they require. Similar content is provided in a different format to either employees or leaders. The talks provide participants with new learnings, time to digest the content and allow them to make meaningful connections to apply the learnings in their workplace.

Renée Safrata


As an entertaining and personable speaker, Renée brings her expertise and deep passion for teams to every audience. Participants leave with new insights into organizational health, the relevance of investing in teams for bottom-line performance, team-centric best practices, employee engagement and the 6 key indicators for highly functioning teams.

Whether you’re in the midst of a culture change, developing leaders, or simply interested in learning something new and thought-provoking, Renée will engage and add value as a keynote speaker.

With nearly 30 years of consulting experience, Renée has worked with over 250 companies and 2000 business executives throughout North America, helping them connect and adopt new behaviors to become confident members of highly functioning teams. She firmly believes that human-connection and talent development is what ultimately drives productivity and contributes to company results.

Renée is the founder and owner of Vivo Team Development, a digital performance management solutions company that offers corporations the ability to analyze team productivity, identify areas for improvement and provide targeted team-training solutions. Vivo Team’s platform diagnoses, trains and analyzes team performance to build teams and develop leaders.

Vivo Team proudly won WEConnect International’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014.

Dr. Jim Sellner, PhD., DipC.


If you are looking for an impactful speaker who will grab your audience’s attention, pull-them into the content and have them laughing in the midst of learning at every turn, Jim is the speaker for you.

Dr. Jim Sellner’s sole purpose is to Bring out the Genius in People. Rarely do you find a man as energized by his 40 years experience of working with over 3,500 entrepreneurs and business leaders. What makes Jim different is his no nonsense approach, his ability to keep things simple and encourage people to consider what they are doing and how a change in behaviour may get a significantly better result. Jim is an engaging speaker, with a wealth of experience, sense of humour and participatory style who cuts through the noise and focuses on making a lasting impact. He has authored more than 1600 articles and 3 eBooks including “Leadership for Einsteins: Bringing Out the Genius in People While Becoming Great Ourselves.”

Jim is the EVP of People Analytics and Talent Engagement for Vivo Team Developement a digtal performance management solutions company that offers corporations the ability to analyze team productivity, identify areas for improvement and provide targeted team-training solutions. Vivo Team’s platform diagnoses, trains and analyzes team performance to build teams and develop leaders.

The Vivo Talks

Here is a menu of offerings, if you have a particular interest let us know and we will create a best practice learning path for your audience.

The Secret to Cohesive Teams: Future of Training and Development Inside Your Workplace

Does your organization have strategies in place to leverage the Power of Teams?

Vivo’s CEO, Renée Safrata, with 30 years of entrepreneurship and a passion for vital, productive teams and leaders, will provide data-driven case studies to show how you can unlock the secrets to team performance.

This workshop is essential for those who are passionate about increasing team and leader performance, reducing cost and changing the culture of their workplace to be highly accountable and productive.
Participants will:

· Learn how to improve the performance of teams that require optimizing
· Learn why the soft skills are more important than technical skills
· Discover why teams are the future of every organization (we have the stats to prove it!)

Prior to the talk, each participant will be asked to complete a 5-minute diagnostic on a team within their organization. The data from the participants attending the talk will be used to customize the content to be most relevant to the participants in attendance. Renée will also share the aggregate data to give a picture of the current state of the teams within the room.

Each participant will receive an individual report on their team.

Accountability: The Science of Human Performance

Avoiding conflict and creating a culture where being liked is more important than being respected (in other words, trying too hard to be ‘nice’) can lead to lack of accountability in a team. As a result, staff produce low-quality work, miss deadlines, and engage in passive-aggressive conflict, causing team productivity to plummet.

In this informative, interactive talk, you will discover how to motivate – not punish or cajole – people so that they become volunteers and not “voluntolds”. People want to be productive – for themselves, for the team and for the company.

Participants will learn how to:

· Hold people accountable so that it inspires them to be eager to come to work and motivated to perform
· Work the “Six Steps to Painless Accountability Improvement”
· Hold people to account so both individuals and teams come together and create a sense of belonging that produces the right results.

These ideas are at the heart of what we at Vivo call Account-Ability: The Science of Human Performance – professional, respectful methods of getting things done and achieving desired results. Account-Ability is a way of doing business – a way of doing life – should you choose to take the assignment.

Communication: How to Effectively Listen to Increase Team Productivity and Collaboration

When teams aren’t communicating effectively, it leads to a sick environment of information hoarding, resentment by those who aren’t kept up to date, bad planning and inefficiency. The team ends up working at cross-purposes or unaware that others are taking on the same task.

In this Vivo Talk we help participants identify where communication is breaking down and give them effective techniques to start to create a team culture of clear communication.

Participants will:

· Learn a 5-step model for effective conversations.
· Use listening techniques that ensure clarity and understanding of one another and most importantly, become aware of the impact and cost of poor communication.
· Learn how to resist the temptation to make assumptions – and instead to be curious about what other people think.

Why Feedback Alone Doesn't Work & What To Do About It

Giving Feedback alone doesn’t work. Research tells us that about 1/3 of the time feedback leads to momentary performance improvement, 1/3 of the time it results in nothing and in 1/3 of cases it leads to worsening performance.

There is a better way.

In this Vivo Talk you will discover the power of the three “F” words to inspire and engage people to improve their performance.

You will find out the real dynamics of “negative” or “positive” feedback.

Join us for this interactive, informative session, and learn the One Thing that will make a huge difference to your influence power.

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Behavioral Intelligence

Your career success is directly related to your behavioral intelligence.

People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. How do they do that? They develop their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to become more Behaviorally Intelligent. As you train your mind to display new emotionally intelligent behaviors, your brain builds the pathways needed to connect more successfully with people. In this interactive Vivo Talk, you will learn how to be aware of, control and manage yours – and others – behaviors at work for more fun and engagement.

In this talk, you will:

· Discover why Behavioral Intelligence (EQ) is more important than IQ.
· Learn a model for increasing team and personal Behavioral Intelligence so our “lizard brains” are not in control.
· Learn how to use MRI’s – Mutually Respectful Interpretations to connect more effectively with MRR’s – Mutually Respectful Responses.
· Explore how neuroplasticity is the antidote to “psychosclerosis.”

Structures: How to Stop Over-Meeting So That You Can Digest and Collaborate More Effectively

A well-run meeting can inform and motivate teams and create a culture of collaboration. However, unfortunately, most meetings aren’t well run: they’re an ineffective waste of time. They are either haphazard (called only when there is a crisis); too rigid (held at a set time, always, whether there is something on the agenda or not); or focused on one-way communication (leaders pushing out messages that may or may not be useful to the people in the meeting).

In this Vivo Talk we will teach people the importance of creating and maintaining structures in all areas of the organization to build transparency and accountability in all areas including meetings, decision making and email norms.

Participants will:

· Learn how to Implement weekly one-on-one tactical meetings to motivate teams and provide direction,
· Replace ‘meetings’ with D.O.S.E’s – short, frequently held, Direct Ongoing Swift
· Encounters – where team members give quick reports on what they are doing and what challenges they’re facing,
· Learn how to host meetings designed to raise engagement and productivity.