When your conversations must be engaging, your connections valuable, and your collaborations effective, Jean Krisle can help!
Driven to improve communication in our sound bite world, silo-stymied companies and splintered families, Jean is passionate about the pivotal significance of three underused communication skills: CONVERSATION, CONNECTION & COLLABORATION.
Blessed with a natural curiosity and fueled by a desire to succeed, Jean combined life experience, natural instincts, networking, focused training and ongoing education to hone her communication skills, support her clients, and drive her businesses to success.
Jean's life has been an ongoing model of anything is possible. She was in her late 30s when she was forced to step outside of her comfort zone and set some pretty lofty goals as she suddenly found herself a single parent with six young children.
Jean entered the workforce with nothing more than a high school diploma and worked her way from stay-at-home mother living in a California mountain community to Vice President of Communications for Atlas Network, a Washington DC-based international organization.
Jean is a "nothing is impossible" personality; she's been hired, fired (and sometimes tired), but through everything, Jean has been an optimist and a connector. She stays positive, pays attention, reaches out, and connects the dots.
She parlayed wisdom gained through personal and professional experience into a successful consulting business, professional speaking career, life-saving nonprofit organization, and international recognition as a thought leader for transparent communications, innovative outreach, and support in the addiction industry. Jean's approachable personality, quick intellect, easy laugh and can-do attitude are key factors in her success.
Jean is a "nothing is impossible" personality; she’s been hired, fired (and sometimes tired), but through everything, Jean has been an optimist and a connector. She stays positive, pays attention, reaches out and knows how to connect the dots.
A successful business owner for more than a decade, Jean’s most recent endeavor 10,000 Beds, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was born out of a realization that with empty beds in addiction treatment centers throughout the United States, and at the same time people without resources wanting and needing treatment, there was a critical equation in need of an immediate solution. So she connected the dots!
Conceived in 2014 and officially launched in the fall 2015, 10,000 Beds was born from the very skills Jean teaches in her seminars today – CONVERSATION, CONNECTION & COLLABORATION. It’s through the 10,000 Beds scholarship program Jean is able to connect those who need help with those who can help.
The unique model of reaching directly to treatment centers for scholarships, instead of raising funds through private donors to pay treatment centers for “scholarships”, has resulted in more than $1,000,000 in awarded scholarships through 10,000 Beds in 2016. The fast-growing organization is on target to double this achievement in 2017.
Jean has experienced more of the dark side of life than she ever expected.
With six children, five stepchildren, and 20 grandchildren in a combined family with her husband Hal Krisle, Jean has experienced the highs and the lows of parenthood. Her family has been affected by addiction on many levels.
It’s not difficult for Jean to instantly flash back to dark alleys, bright flashing lights, suicide notes, room searches, weapons confiscation, and finally, thankfully, the evolution from sorrow, to fear, to hope, followed by hard work and a commitment to life in recovery. Gratitude is an important tenet of Jean’s life. Teaching, helping, and talking with people is one way she can give back.
Today Jean will tell you many of her heroes are the family members, friends and colleagues in recovery who every single day choose to take responsibility for their lives and their choices.
A captivating yet approachable speaker, Jean’s presentation style is best described as dynamic and conversational: both riveting and engaging.
Her life experiences fold into her presentation seamlessly and illustrate key skills needed to buoy up your attitude when you are facing challenges, communicate effectively with colleagues, friends and family, and set achievable goals to achieve and maintain success.
Focusing on communication, optimism, leadership, and excellence in life and work, Jean’s lifetime of expertise and experience makes her a well-liked and effective speaker with the ability to capture the attention of the most unwilling participant and engage audiences beyond their expectations. Jean believes without reservation everyone can be a leader and everyone can improve communication.
She’s spent her adult life learning from the experts, reading, listening, studying and modeling behaviors and attitudes that uplift, support, and promote real communication and positivity. She’s culled those bits and pieces of solid wisdom into her presentations, absolute in her knowledge and resolution that effective communication is the key to success.
Jean engages her audience immediately with her candor, enthusiasm and dynamic delivery. She weaves audience participation, humor, and personal stories into her message and effortlessly drives home critical points without unnecessary repetition or drama.
Jean’s favorite review from a past speaking engagement: “Can’t we just hire her and keep her around all the time?”
Often staying involved long after her presentation to meet and greet and continue the conversation, Jean believes her responsibility to an audience only begins on the stage. An invitation-only FB page allows audience members to stay connected and receive answers to questions following Jean’s presentation.
COACHING: When 1:1 with a business leader or consulting with corporate teams, Jean’s goal is to listen first, talk last. By doing this she can most effectively help her client strengthen basic leadership skills, clarify communication methodology, determine effective actions, recognize expectations and anticipated results, put a positive spin on everything, and envision what the future will be.
For Jean’s availability, and to determine how she can help you reach your goals, please call 801-875-2821 or contact her at email@example.com. #LetsTalk