Presentations

2 impacting presentations are now available!

  • Safety
    STOP Cutting Corners! – Safety is in Your Hands
  • “Powerful & impacting presentation! Thanks again, it will definitely impact me, my clients, family and friends.”
    – K. Burgess, Saskatchewan Abilities Council

  • Leadership & Inspiration
    Unleashing the Power of Regret – Learning from Mistakes, Missteps, & Misadventures!

A Great, eye-opening presentation! Makes a person appreciate life decisions.
– C. Fowler, UMAAS


 

STOP Cutting Corners!

 

STOP Cutting Corners

STOP Cutting Corners!

“Cutting Corners” is defined as removing part of a process while attempting to achieve the original result. Usually it is done to save time, effort or money, but often it results in an unsafe practice. 

November 22, 2008 seemed like another Saturday of renovating where I spent far too much time with far too little progress completely unaware my life was about to take a dramatic turn. It was the end of a long day when an effort to save time resulted in the unsafe use of a tool and placed me on the receiving end of a table saw kickback. The results were devastating! My right hand was crushed; my pointer and ring fingers were amputated and my middle finger and thumb were barely hanging on. Thankfully, a surgical team was able to reattach my thumb and middle finger and through hope, perseverance, rehabilitation and healing I have regained much of the functionality of a hand I once took for granted. My missing fingers serve as a constant reminder of the potential impact of cutting corners. 

STOP Cutting Corners is a presentation developed with authenticity and vulnerability that is deepened by providing some of my history and the events leading up to my injury. The presentation highlights the impact seemingly benign actions may have on your job, on your well being and on your family. I uncover the range of emotions that needs to be worked through when dealing with a serious injury including: Anger, Pain, Victimization and Loss. I don’t stop there; I also equip the audience with the tools I used to overcome these negative feelings including: Forgiveness, Perspective, Perseverance, Hope, Acceptance and Adaptation. 

There are four critical behaviors responsible for preventable injuries and when they are not recognized it results in a whole pile of “HURT”. Self evaluation becomes a strong tool which enables the audience to examine where they have cut corners and how they can avoid doing so in the future. This presentation is much more than a list of do’s and don’ts, it has become a guide to overcome adversity and drives home the realization that injuries can happen to anyone when we get complacent and decide to cut corners.

Typically my presentation is an hour long and includes a number of PowerPoint slides and requires a projector capable of attaching to a laptop. As a former teacher, I’m comfortable presenting to large groups. I also adapt my presentation, as required, to fit in a smaller setting and to address the distinct needs of the audience. For more information regarding availability and pricing details contact me at duane@stopcuttingcorners.ca. Contact me today to help you promote a culture of safety within your organization.

I look forward to the opportunity of working with you and your organization in an on-going effort to raise safety awareness and prevent “HURT” by encouraging people to STOP Cutting Corners! Promote a culture of safety within your organization by contacting me for a speaking engagement today! 
 
Stop Cutting Corners – Safety is in Your Hands pdf file

“Beautiful, inspirational and genuine. With incredible passion, Duane presents the strength and power of vulnerability. He describes hard-hitting moments with vivid-detail, which fully engages and educates the audience.”
– J. Hall, Information Services Corporation


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Unleashing the Power of Regret

Many people have stated that we have to live life without regrets. Most often that really means we should pursue the things we value in life. Unfortunately that mindset has people running away from regrets before they’ve taken the time to analyze them. Do you have regrets in your life? Do you have regrets on your projects?

Regret is such a powerful tool, yet everyone wants to bury it. People need to live in the present, but using what we’ve learned from our past will empower our future. If we fail to do so we are likely to repeat the same mistakes or fail to capitalize on opportunities similar to the ones we’ve already missed.

Duane has regrets. He will share one of his deepest regrets that had catastrophic results. He used a tool incorrectly which resulted in the amputation of 3 fingers and his thumb on his dominant hand. He has used that regret as fuel to raise awareness of other unsafe actions and to help others prevent injuries as well as providing an example to overcoming adversity.

During this presentation Duane will:

  • Encourage the behavior of addressing regrets rather than burying them
  • Provide understanding that regrets hold positive value
  • Provide tools to help attendees analyze regrets and identify beneficial outcomes

Unleashing the Power of Regret – 12 minute video

Unleashing the Power of Regret – Learning from Mistakes, Missteps, & Misadventures pdf file


“Good job! Funny! It’s obvious that your regret has led to greatness!”

– S MacDonald – Prairie Valley School Division

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