Leisa Reid

Leisa Reid
There are always more possibilities available to you than you could ever imagine. Believe in yourself.”

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Hello, my name is Leisa Reid, and I help to bring Productive Learning’s life-changing workshops out into our local Southern California community.

I’ve built my career around the understanding that our perceptions have the power to define how we experience the world around us.  But we have the power to understand and develop our perceptions.  This reality has been the driving force behind my passion for connecting individuals with educational opportunities designed to promote personal growth, challenge assumptions, and increase self-awareness.

I took Beyond Reasons for the first time in 2004, and it opened my eyes in a way that’s hard to describe.  I was in a place of transition in my personal life, and the workshop helped me understand how to move forward without repeating patterns that hadn’t served me well in the past.  From there, I continued to take three or four workshops a year, and that was that.  Productive Learning was helping me live a more fulfilling life, but my role was purely as a client.

For more than 20 years, I have worked in management, sales, and executive leadership.  I addressed my passion for teaching, communication, and the intricacies of human dynamics as a business owner and in numerous roles in university-level academic administration.  In 2013, I found myself at a crossroads.  I knew I wanted a change, but I didn’t know what it would look like.  That is, until I took Productive Learning’s Trainer’s Training and dared myself to explore the possibilities.

Since joining the Productive Learning staff later that year, I’ve worked to bring some of the core concepts of Beyond Reasons into the community by speaking with hundreds of organizations and businesses each year.  It’s incredibly rewarding to speak with people about the power of their mindset, individuals who may be experiencing personal development training for the first time in their lives.  I find great joy in watching those who begin to accept that they are not alone in their struggles – we’re all working through things, and we can do it together.

To help support other professional speakers in their efforts to connect our community with new learning opportunities, I founded the OC Speakers Network.  Over the years, it’s continued to grow in both size and scope.  I also volunteer with three charities that tackle women’s issues both locally and globally: Women Helping Women, Working Wardrobes, and Pachamama Alliance.

In 2016, I was proud to become a published author.  In Manage to Success: A Guide to Cultivating Happy and Productive Employees, I’ve helped to fill a gap that exists in today’s training management.  Beyond basic job training, the book lets professionals be their own advocate and educate themselves on how to cultivate happy and productive employees.

Outside of my professional roles, I’m most often found laughing with my daughter, husband, and two huskies.  They bring more joy to my life than I ever dreamed possible.

I try to approach each day with excitement.  After all, I have the power to create whatever it is I want to experience in this day.  Why not make it something great?

Jul 7, 2017

Sweet Genes Are Made of This

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Jul 7, 2017

See the Sea Glass on the Seashore?

Thirty years ago U2 released I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For from their mega album The Joshua Tree. The song is a mix of existentialism and disappointment—one looks and looks and looks—but the search is fruitless. Does this sound familiar? Are you still looking for the right relationship, the right job title, that...

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Apr 28, 2017

Death, Taxes, and Fastballs

Scientist, inventor, author, diplomat, wit-extraordinaire and Founding Father, Ben Franklin, had an underlying philosophy about life certainties. Among them are death, taxes, and moments when the proverbial crap hits the fan. Franklin wrote: “Men are subject to various inconveniences merely through lack of a small share of courage, which is a quality very necessary...

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Apr 14, 2017

Friendship, Just The Perfect Blendship

Of all the relationships in our lives, friendships bear a unique role. Friends don’t carry the complications of lovers, the politics of family, or the formalities of colleagues and acquaintances. When dark times appear you ugly cry, snot, and spit, to friends that listen compassionately. Think of the times friends stood by you when...

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