Deri Latimer
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Deri's raison d’etre is helping others achieve positive possibilities in their lives. Her mantra is “Move out of the rut, and into a new groove!’

From her chosen vocation as a human resource expert to her current calling as an inspirational conference speaker and seminar leader, Deri’s focus in on helping others to build positive emotion and energy – at work and at home.

Deri combines a B. Mgt. (Bachelor of Management, majoring in Human Resource Management) with a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation, and adds to those a lot of other acronyms like EI (Emotional Intelligence), NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), AI (Appreciative Inquiry) and MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). The letters that are her greatest source of pride, joy, and motivation are MOM.

Deri’s home and heart are in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, Randy and two children, Ali and Max.

Entries by Deri Latimer

How to Have a Caring Conversation with Someone Difficult

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:10 PM

"My boss is a bully."

"My co-worker constantly berates me for making even the smallest error, or asking what she deems a 'stupid' question."

"My colleague's voice tone is condescending and insulting toward me when we are in meetings."

Do you work with someone whose behavior is challenging...

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Top 10 Tips for Epic Family Bonding This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 11:53 PM

Are you heading out on vacation soon? Do you want a little family bonding to occur while you are away? Bonding -- coming together, connecting -- requires something that seems to be the opposite of bonding. It requires "letting go" -- letting go of control, letting go of expectations, letting...

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Six Benefits of Mental Spring Cleaning

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:21 PM

2013 Collage 3It's Spring! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the sun is shining and faces are smiling. There is nothing quite like it!

Spring is often the time of year when you engage in some spring cleaning; getting rid of...

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3 Key Reasons Your Wellness Program is Sick

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Symptom vs SourceDoes your organization have a wellness program? I'll bet you do - in some form or another. Most organizations do - or at least they say they do.

Chances are good that your wellness program, no matter how elaborate...

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How To Be A Hero At Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 9:02 PM

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Have you ever met a hero? I have.

A hero is a person who demonstrates noble qualities like generosity, courage and kindness. Each of these words...

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It's True, Love Is a Drug

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 10:50 AM

It's the month of love.

Valentine's Day on the 14th marks the half-way point in the shortest month of the year.  Spring is around the corner, and moods seem to be lifting (especially for those of us who have lived through a bit of a deep freeze this winter).

I...

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Five Tips to Warm Up to Winter

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Baby, it's cold outside! That seems to be a recurring theme across North America these days.  If it's true for you, try these Five Tips to Warm Up to Winter

Tip # 1: Give It a Break

The 'it' to which I...

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Did Last Year Slip By? Try These Time Warping Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:45 AM

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Remember that song from The Rocky Horror Picture Show..."The Time Warp"? Some of the lyrics suggest that "it's astounding, time is fleeting," and I have to say that is certainly true for me as I get older....

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Share Your Holiday Stories

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:16 PM

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Christmas morning, 2000. Max was 3 and Ali was 6. Our tradition had been (and still is) that Randy headed downstairs to turn on the tree lights and grab the video camera. Then...

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Immunize Your Organization Against Negativity

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:26 PM

positivity=productivityI just had my flu shot -- the last couple of years the Government of Canada has recommended that we "Get the Shot, Not the Flu." The purpose of an immunization -- although it is not guaranteed -- is to...

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Having Friends Is Actually Good For You

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:38 AM

I just spent a lovely evening with six other women with whom I have been friends for over 20 years. Today, I feel wonderful. There's a reason for that positive feeling.

Holly and Debbie from Chancellor Dental Centre are Positive at Work!...
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Four Keys to Manage Your Moods at Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 12:57 PM

"He's in a mood today." That's what Sarah said to me when we met to talk about an event she was planning. I was going to be meeting her manager for the first time, and Sarah wanted to warn me that Tom...

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Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 8:59 AM

PROJECT DiannaI have always been a people watcher.  As a young child, visiting the city from Northern Manitoba, some of my strong positive memories are from riding the City Bus on the way down town to go to the dentist.  Okay,...

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Four Ways to Be Happier at Work

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 7:42 AM

You know when you're having one.  You feel drained of energy, you are grinding your teeth, maybe furrowing your brow... and people -- even strangers -- are avoiding you. And, sometimes, you turn in to bed early just so you...

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Five Tips for Mental Health Wellness at Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 4:05 PM

Next week is Mental Health Week; so it seems like a great time to be reflecting on, and talking about, mental health in the workplace. The Canadian Mental Health Commission released a voluntary National Standard for Psychological Safety and Health in the Workplace in January of this year. The...

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How To Be Happy At Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 6:00 PM

'It's easy for you to be happy at work -- you have a great job!''  Jerry meant what he said. Somehow happiness was out of his reach, he believed.  And, he seemed to think, the...

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What Does It Mean to "Win" in Business?

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:16 PM


I did not know a lot about winning when it came to organized sports when I was a kid.

Does this sound familiar to anyone else? "OK, kids, you are going to pick teams. Bob and Sally,...

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Love Where You Work, Love Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:51 PM

This was the theme for my client's AGM (Annual General Meeting) and Staff Event: Love Where You Work. Now, that's the kind of organization I'd want to work with -- one that chooses that sort of a theme.

The keynote was Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q on CBC...

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Empty Your Inbox and Fill In Your Team

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:36 PM

"I'm not an email expert," I told my client. I was sensing that email management was a concern for the managers in this organization, and I wanted to make sure that I understood their expectations for my keynote at the conference.

"What I do is help people learn about...

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Creating Young Game Changers in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 11:07 AM

My Family Volunteering at Siloam Mission


"My name is Logan Taylor and I am a Grade 12 student at Mother Teresa High School who wants to make a change for the better."...

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