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.

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.

Leadership: How Great Leaders Build Productive Teams

People are the lifeblood of any organization. As a leader, it is your job to get the most from the people you are leading. Chances are, you have some teams within your organization that are not functioning optimally. Find out what tools you can apply within your teams to get them performing as highly productive teams.

In this VIVO Talk, you will be presented with six varied case studies that describe how the key indicators work within an organization. Each case study will be validated with industry research to provide leaders with powerful, validation on focusing on the soft skills.

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!)

Participants will get access to a download link for:

  • VIVO’s white-paper on the 10 Team Assumptions
  • VIVO’s online Team Diagnostic
  • A follow-up call with a VIVO expert to learn more about their diagnostic results.

The Power of Teams

In this VIVO Talk, you will discover the dynamics driving talent and leadership development. Go beyond engagement surveys or leadership profile assessments, to explore the power of teams.

Imagine grabbing your smart device to do a 4 minute diagnosis on one of your teams and within moments you will not only learn the 6 key indicators of highly functioning teams but also get a diagnosis on the key indicators in which your team is succeeding or struggling. You will get insight into how much this team is costing in lost productivity and use this relevant data to challenge your assumptions throughout this talk.

In a thought provoking manner, Renée Safrata, VIVO’s founder will present the two biggest forces that are putting pressure all companies to shift towards building teams – Managing Generations and The Rapid Change of Technology.

Having the smartest individuals in the room won’t do you much good – if they can’t work with others. Learn to harness the power of teams.

Participants will get access to a download link for:

  • VIVO’s white-paper on the 10 Team Assumptions
  • VIVO’s online Team Diagnostic
  • A follow-up call with a VIVO expert to learn more about their diagnostic results.

The Company Killer: How Dysfunctional Teams Are Destroying Results

In this VIVO Talk, you will learn how you can raise the level of engagement and productivity of your all-star teams and how dysfunctional teams may be costing your company’s bottom line. Discover how to transform troubled, even toxic teams into highly engaged and productive ones.

Renée Safrata, VIVO’s founder and team engagement expert will work with you to:

  • Estimate the cost of your core project team,
  • Identify early warning signs and symptoms of productivity issues,
  • Learn the 6 key indicators of highly functioning teams,
  • Discover next steps to raise your all-star team and turn your troubled team around.

Participants will learn:

  • A variety of client case studies to demonstrate different types of team issues and techniques used to get team performance back on track,
  • Engagement and productivity statistics to keep top of mind,
  • The VIVO philosophy on how you can get more leverage by investing in a team vs an individual.

You’ll leave with new insight allowing you to identify the symptoms of dysfunction within your teams; diagnose productivity killers and understand how to take the steps needed to create engaged, productive teams.

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.

Feedback/Feedforward: The Essential Key to Keeping Projects On-Track While Developing Great Talent

One of the most important skills effective team members use is the ability to provide and receive feedback between one another. People need to know that they are taking the right actions, and making the right decisions, or they must be given direction on how they should change their actions. Unfortunately, team members often get so caught up in completing their own tasks that they forget to take time to provide feedback to their peers, or they lose their perspective and ability to give effective feedback. And at times, people shy away from giving (and taking) feedback because they associate it with negative criticism.

In this VIVO Talk we will teach participants the difference between feedback and criticism and the power that regular feedback can have on the health of a team.

Participants will:

  • Learn a proven model for giving and receiving effective, regular feedback and learn how to engage in a process we call ‘feed-forward’.
  • Learn how to overcome the negativity associated with feedback by teaching people how to be more sensitive in how they broach their feedback and to be less
    defensive in how they receive it.
  • Discover how to set up systems where regular one-on-one feedback can take place, so that it becomes part of the team’s culture and not something that only happens annually.
  • Learn techniques that allow participants to use the process of giving and receiving feedback as a way to learn more about themselves and about their team members.

Emotional Intelligence: How to Manage Workplace Floods and Volcanos

People who are passionate about what they do bring strong emotions with them to the workplace. Used effectively, those emotions can be powerful motivators that drive team members towards success. But when those emotions veer towards the destructive, they can damage relationships and tear teams and companies apart.

In this VIVO Talk we will teach participants how to be aware of, control and manage their own emotions at work for the benefit of their team.

Participants will:

  • Discover how to identify the early warning signs of workplace emotional eruptions.
  • Learn a model for developing team and personal emotional intelligence. Become aware of their own emotions and emotional triggers and how to self-manage them.
  • Learn a methodology to become more empathetic to other people’s emotions. This opens the door to being able to provide feedback and support, increase awareness of one another and encourage cooperation while focusing on leader assertiveness, so people are aware of when and how to assert their viewpoint and opinion to move project results and the team forward.

Accountability: Keys to Painless 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 VIVO Talk we will teach people how to make a commitment to achieve their collective goals and how to hold each other accountable.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to create a culture where individuals are encouraged to take part in
    energized debate and conflict while acknowledging emotion.
  • Learn how to identify the kind of diversion tactics individuals use to avoid
  • Discover how to give feedback regularly, while acknowledging emotion.
  • Implement a system which encourages team leaders to do regular ‘accountability check-ins’ – following up with team members to ensure they are meeting their commitments and doing good work.

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.

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 behaviours 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 web-based 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.

“Renée engages and entertains all types of audiences with her practical VIVO Talks. She blends case-studies and easy-to-apply techniques while responding to participant’s day-to-day challenges. Her style is casual but don’t let that fool you, she packs a punch of value at every turn. My TEC group gave Renée rave reviews.”

Barbara Mowat | President, Impact Communications Ltd.

Founder | TEC Chair | WEConnect International | Women Presidents Organization



  • Go for the Greens – Orlando
  • Women’s Presidents Org
  • WBE Canada
  • WeConnect Canada
  • Young Presidents Organization
  • Entrepreneurs Association
  • Human Resources Professionals of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • GroYourBiz; Ontario & BC
  • COO Forum; BC
  • Interior Designers of Canada’
  • MacKay Group CEO Forums

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 VP of Learning’s and Applications for VIVO Team Development, a web-based 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.

“Dr. Jim Sellner, was the best MacKay Group speaker we have seen to date. He had members do pre-work online and kept it interactive throughout”

Don Holmstrom | President | Value Drivers



  • MacKay CEO Groups
  • Entrepreneurs Organization (EO)
  • EO Indonesia
  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO BC)
  • FS Financial
  • Cactus Club Cafe
  • BC Business Men’s Forum Group
  • Interior Designers of Canada
  • TIO Networks

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