Donna Rynda

  • Former Training Specialist for SONIC Corp.
  • Recognized as one of the Top Speakers in the National Restaurant Association 2008 Convention

For more than twenty-five years, Donna's experience as a Training and Development Specialist has included a variety of management positions within such industries as:  retail sales, banking, computer technology, grocery distribution, hospitality, and foodservice.

She named her company Make It Matter! -- because she considers that to be her personal goal and professional commitment.

In May 2008, Donna was a session speaker at the annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago -- and received a ranking in the Top Five of the sixty speakers based on audience evaluations!

A member of ASTD since 1980 and of CHART since 1999, Donna has served in director capacities for both organizations.  As a consultant, Donna has worked with various organizations throughout the Midwest.  However, her consulting services have not been limited to companies within the United States.  For the past several years, her expertise in change management issues and her ability to develop interactive training programs have served her well as a consultant  for Stellar Consulting Ltd. in the United Kingdom.

  • How to Survive and Thrive During Change: What happens when our comfort level is shaken? And why is it that some people are more adaptable than others? When we experience change whether personally or professionally there are bound to be more questions than answers. Therein lies the challenge: To maintain a productive work ethic and a proactive attitude in spite of the (sometimes fearful) uncertainties. So how do we get control of situations for which we may feel that we have little, if any, control? We'll address that question by focusing on the four emotional phases of the change process. Discovering that our experiences are normal helps us to regain our sense of control and maximizes our chances for organizational success. Participants will be able to: 1) Explain the attributes of the four phases of change; 2) Diagnose and respond to these four phases of change; 3) Cite the control issues of change; and 4) Identify strategies for effectively dealing with change.
  • The Secrets of Stress Management: Every manager is a trainer and a role model for his/her employees. The performance and productivity level of employees has been proven to be directly related to the example set by their manager. So how can managers inspire increased productivity? What is the #1 strategy that can ensure improved job performance? Which communication tactic has the greatest impact on employees? Learn the answers to these questions during this session and leave with a list of ten training techniques for results that are more time-efficient and cost-effective. Participants will be able to: 1) List 10 techniques for more cost-effective results: 2) Name the #1 strategy that can ensure improved job performance; 3) Identify the communication tactic that has the greatest impact on employees; and 4) Own a plan for developing their own talents as an exemplary trainer/manager.
  • The Keys to Confident Communications: How we communicate affects how we are perceived. And that's the bad news. The good news is that we are totally in control of that perception! There are actually three categories of communication that impact our interactions with others and their perceptions of us. We'll discover which one of the three has the greatest impact on our personal contacts and professional colleagues. Did you know that most professional communicators agree that effective communication skills have more to do with listening than with speaking? So we'll focus on the how-tos of listening with a variety of games and quizzes. What about questioning skills and presentation skills? They too will be addressed. After all, knowledge is power -- and power promotes confidence! Participants will be able to: 1) Explain the 3 V's that impact all types of communication: 2) Demonstrate the "secret" of effective listening: 3) Identify the one questioning skill that can most positively affect interactive conversations; and 4) List the do's and don'ts for producing a powerful presentation.
  • Management
  • Stress Management / Life Balance
  • Team Building

For more than thirty years, Donna Rynda’s experience as a Training and Development Specialist included a variety of management positions within such industries as:  retail sales, computer technology, grocery distribution, education, hospitality, and foodservice.   

Then, in 2004, Donna had the opportunity to develop her own business as a training specialist, leadership consultant, and motivational speaker. She named her company Make It Matter because she considers that to be her personal goal and professional commitment.  

Donna’s speaking engagements have included keynote addresses, conference seminars, and leadership retreats for more than 100 state and national organizations.  Her popularity as a Keynote Speaker has grown dramatically since she “substituted” for the Mayor of Oklahoma City at a Regional Conference a few years ago.  

Listed below are just a few of the organizations that have invited Donna to be their workshop leader or keynote speaker:

  • Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART)
  • Association of Talent Development (ATD)
  • American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
  •  National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago, IL 
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • Oklahoma State Council for Human Resources Management (OKHR)
  • Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) in Alexandria, VA
  • Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Southwest Alliance in Austin, TX n  Governor’s Conference on Developmental Disabilities for Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Society of Association Executives (OSAE)
  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Chapter of Oklahoma
  • Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City & Houston
  • Oklahoma Department of Tourism & Department of Commerce
  • Oklahoma Safety Council (OSC) Conferences in Oklahoma City & Tulsa
  •  INTEGRIS-Health Regional Hospitals in Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education  

Whether you participate in a one-hour session or a day-long seminar, Donna promises that her program will be informative, interactive, and worth your time!

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