Communicate in the workplace ... 

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What Defines MarionSpeaks Training & Consulting


When it comes to my company's values, they have been molded on my own which stem from both my family and this beautiful and rugged country Canada I call home. Values reflected in my company and everything I do include: hard work, professional and ethical conduct, and mutual respect. I celebrate and value relationship-building, diversity and individuality, competence, personal strengths, and creative options. Oh yes, authenticity and honesty -- I can sniff out bullshitters a mile away and won't tolerate excessive puffery. I am the "real deal", have the education, credentials, and experience to do what I say I can do. The MarionSpeaks community (i.e., my clients, suppliers and colleagues) is a proud collection of communication-minded business leaders working to create a culture of healthy workplace communication.


To help business leaders improve productivity and build relationships by changing how they communicate in the workplace.  MarionSpeaks offers tailored solutions to workplace communication challenges. 


Fairness: Treat people fairly; teach them to treat me fairly too
Interactive: Allow clients and their teams a chance to be heard
Small is beautiful: Capitalize on being a solopreneur and being nimble to respond to client's needs
Responsive: When people reach out, answer them
Engaged: Listen to what clients want and are really saying (even if they don't know exactly how)
Positive and passionate: ... in helping clients communicate
Flexible and open: Remain willing to consider options not even known yet
Ethical: Do the right thing, even when no one is looking
Service-oriented: Come from a place of service, not ego
Authentic: Don't be fake or misrepresent facts
Proudly Canadian: whoohoo, eh!

Let Marion simplify your life.

Are you planning a conference for your association? Or maybe a team, management or employee retreat? Perhaps you're in the midst of organizational change and need some communication expertise? You have a thousand and one details to worry about -- getting a great presenter doesn't need to be one of them. Marion can help. She will simplify your life with professional, reliable presentations sure to engage your audience members and leave them with hands-on communication tools they can use in the workplace, starting NOW! Engage your people with Marion's presentations, or dive deep into her communication expertise with her coaching or consulting services. No matter how you work with Marion, it leads to ... better communication, better business, better life.

"If you ever have the opportunity to work with Marion, TAKE IT! I wish I knew 100 people like her. Aside from being incredibly friendly and an absolute DELIGHT to work with, she is a consummate professional who knows her communication stuff!" 
Robin Jay, Owner, TwoBirds, Inc., Award-winning Movie Producer, Author, & Motivational Speaker (Las Vegas, NV)

Living in Niagara Falls (Canada), Marion Grobb Finkelstein travels to where you need her. She has presented to audiences throughout Canada, in the United States and in Europe. Having worked for and with large and small organizations in private and public sectors, she understands your world and communication breakdowns and challenges -- and she can help you find solutions. Marion is passionate to share what she's learned to help YOU connect with clients, colleagues, employees and bosses faster and more effectively, so you'll have less stress and more satisfaction in the workplace.

Chris Ford
"Marion is an awesome speaker: genuine, entertaining and informative. She has a knack for quickly establishing rapport with the audience - I've always felt she was speaking just with me, even though there may have been countless others in the room. If you're looking for an accomplished speaker, one who will give you way more than you bargained for, hire Marion ... you'll be glad you did!"
Chris Ford, President "Generally Speaking" (and 2009-2010 President of Toastmasters International)

When you work with Marion, you get over 30 years of communication, management and leadership experience. She balances her academic credentials with impressive hands-on, practical application. A former Director Communications and Promotion for airports in Canada and the United States, for national museums and for federal institutions, Marion "edu-tains" with her highly animated workshops and keynotes. Or if you would prefer more intense and specialized services, you can engage her as a consultant to come into your organization, work with your team and develop solutions to your biggest communication snafus.

Professional, personable, sensible, witty and smart - Marion delivers engaging, thought-provoking seminars and offers her invaluable experience and insight. The result? Increased teamwork and productivity. She helps change work cultures!
Patti Lascelles, Account Delivery Manager, Hewlett-Packard

With a variety of communication-related subjects -- all of which are content-rich, well researched, interactive, lively and challenge people to move to action -- Marion will engage your audience. Her sessions are full of tried and true tips you can put to use immediately.



Say they teach about management yet have never been managers themselves

… has managed 7-digit budgets, hundreds of staff members and large groups of volunteers

Say they are communication experts yet have no credentials

… is a former Director Communications of several national organizations, and is a college and university honors grad

Say they talk about “personality”

… is True Colorsand Personality Dimensions™ certified

Say they teach about leadership, yet have no track record of being leaders

…  was recognized for “Leadership in Innovation” awarded by Association of Public Executives (APEX) of the Public Service of Canada

Say they get good feedback on their sessions yet don’t quantify results

… draws on her professional marketing research background to provide clients with participant self-assessments quantifying the impact of the learning session.

Say they’re experts because they read a book on the topic

… has 30+ years management, communication and marketing experience and shares real-life, personal stories, walks the talk and is the real deal.

Say they they are consultants yet don't have the personal qualifications to recommend anything to anyone

 ... has the unique combination of workplace communication credentials, experience and award-winning presentation skills, married with marketing research skills and ability to synthesize large amounts of data into easy-to-understand and use recommendations.

Marion's education qualifications include an Honours Bachelor of Administration degree specializing in Marketing (Brock University), as well as Marketing Research and Media Communications college certificates. Marion is also True ColorsTM and Personality DimensionsTM certified. A national member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) and Global Speakers Federation (GSF), Marion is an award-winning Toastmaster and cablevision producer. She has orchestrated national marketing campaigns, successfully managed controversial media issues, and oversaw the branding of several nationwide organizations.

Judy Krings, Ph.D.,PCC
Want a commanding, kind to her core, dynamo speaker? Need to ignite your employees' desire to develop winning communication abilities? Wish your employees understood the difference between passive, assertive, and aggressive speaking styles? Marion activates, motivates, and accelerates positive workplace communication success solutions. Professionalism personified, her stellar superior presentation ratings speak for themselves. She is a marvelously professional speaker. Even better, she shines as one of the most authentically wonderful women it is my pleasure to know and respect. She continuously earns and deserves my highest recommendation. She is the best!
Judy Krings, Ph.D.,PCCOwner Coaching Positivity | Professional Coach | Well Being, Strengths, Social & Emotional Intelligence

Some of Marion's Awards:

  • 2006 "Award for Leadership in Service Innovation" presented by the Association of Professional Executives (APEX) of the Public Service of Canada. Marion was honored for her communications contribution as "a member of the team OPERATION TIM HORTONS, for proving that client needs can be met in even the most difficult situations, and that even high-risk undertakings can be accomplished through innovative private/public partnerships". Marion worked with a team of colleagues to get the first-ever Tim Hortons outlet in the Kandahar Airfield for the Canadian Forces and allied forces in Afghanistan.
  • 2003 Toastmasters, District 61, Division A "International Speech Contest" winner
  • Manuela Charette
As a communication specialist, Marion is outstanding. Her savvy, professionalism, attention to detail and sheer smarts surpass any other communication person I've met. She gets involved and adds value to every step, in every project. A pleasure to work with.
  • Manuela Charette, Marketing Manager (federal government)

AUTHOR: Marion is a contributing author to the following:

  • "The Power of the Platform: Speakers on Success" (Featuring Marion, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Tana Goertz, and 17 other prominent speakers) 
  • Expert Women Who Speak, Speak Out! (Featuring Marion's Grobb Finkelstein's and Joan Grobb Augustino's chapter, "Facing the Chicken Within")

Some of Marion's Favourite Links:

    • Looking for a cloud to store all your files? Here's the one I use (PS: use the link I've provided I get get bonus file space too ... so thanks!)

    • I met Webcast Guru at an association conference and their video recordings of the presentations blew me away. 

    • A Canadian company, they work with associations across North America and specialize in delivering live & on demand content.

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