"We Help Good Parents Become Great 
Life Coaches to Their Children."
How to Bring Out the Best in Your Children...
One Conversation at a time.

THE POSITIVE WAY is an on-line workshop designed and delivered by Bill Durkin. It's for good parents who want to get better at bringing out the best in their child, teenager or young adult...during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.


The workshop is built on a positive action learning model. There are no lectures. Knowledge is important, but it doesn't change behavior. Good parents need "deliberate" practice having positive conversations that inspire their

kids to become more optimistic, grateful and resilient during these turbulent times. 

To learn more about the positive science behind this workshop CLICK HERE

How to Bring Out the Best in Your Children...
One Conversation at a time.



1. Being a Positive, Strength-Based Parent

2. Listening and Asking the Right Questions 

3. Turning Conflict Into Positive Growth


4.​ Inspiring Your Kids to Enjoy Winning the Day



The Workshop Includes
a 90 Minutes On-Line Group Experience
Plus a 7 - Day Positive Parenting Challenge 


How to Bring Out the Best in Your Children...
One Conversation at a time.

"Are you trying to create positive change in your family, workplace, or community? If your answer is 'yes,' your number one priority today should be to get a little better at bringing out the best in everyone around you."

Bill Durkin

"Bill has been more than just a leadership coach. We have a family business, and he helped my entire family get along better."

 Artie Cichy, VP SurfaceWerks, Inc.

"Your workshops and coaching has produced measurable results in productivity as well as real improvements in communication. Thank you for everything Bill."                                             

 Jack Schacht, President, Illinois Trade Association


The practices are taught in a group session that include good parents who ask to be in the program. When engaged people go through the learning experience together, relationships get stronger and positive change happens faster.

The workshop is built on an action learning model. There are no lectures. Knowledge is important, but it doesn't change behavior. Good parents need "deliberate practice" with having positive conversations that help their kids become mor optimistic, grateful and resilient. 

During the workshop, you will be involved in a variety of small group exercises to practice the skills needed to bring out the best in a child, teen or young adult.

The timining of all workshops are customized to the unique needs of each client.


THE POSITIVE WAY  7 Day Parent Challenge

To help working parents develop positive habits after the workshop, each person will have an opportunity to participate in the 7 Day Parent Challenge. During the week following the workshop, parents will receive more education, encouragement and short positive action projects designed to support and challenge individuals to apply what they learned in the workshop. 

“I had the pleasure of attending Bill Durkin’s program. What an invigorating experience! We focused on ‘real’ communication that leads to successful business relationships and results. Bill had obviously familiarized himself with our business environment. My management style, techniques and philosophy of work were reinforced throughout the seminar and I felt rejuvenated.”

MaryAnn Reedy, Customer Service Manager Aetna


For many parents, group learning experiences are not enough to create consistently positive results. When new attitudes and skills are taught without follow-up and accountability, old behavior resumes quickly. Mom's and Dad's may develop the desire to change; but after a few days, most people are back to their old habits. In order to ensure parents get better at The Positive Way to bring out the best in their children, Bill Durkin has developed a unique Coaching Process to enhance the value of the workshop.

The formal coaching option takes place over 8 weeks.  During that time, you will receive at least 4 hours of individual coaching. Prior to the coaching session, you will identify a relationship challenge with a child, teen or young adult. During the coaching, you and Bill will videotape a role-play of a conversation you’re going to have with that person. When the role-play is complete, you and Bill will review the tape and identify what went well and what you can do to improve. Your assignment after the video coaching is to have the conversation with your son or daughter and apply what you learned. Additional coaching sessions can be scheduled after the 8 weeks on an as-needed basis.

Bill will also be available anytime during  the 8 weeks by phone or email to answer your questions, offer guidance and make sure THE POSITIVE WAY Practices are being developed. This process gives you the encouragement, support and accountability you need to get better at bringing out the best in your child, teen or young adult.



Clients have the option of adding the following assessments before or after the workshop.

THE POSITIVE WAY Assessment: Parents can complete a short on-line assessment for The Positive Way  Practices from the Workshop. Children also have the opportunity to complete an assessment on their parents and themselves. The Assessment takes about 15 minutes to complete.

VIA Character Strengths Assessment: Parents and children who discover and develop their unique, God-Given strengths and use their gifts to serve others are happier, less stressed, and more confident.

The Assessment takes about 15 minutes to complete


Research from Dr. Lea Waters found:

1. It helps kids reach their full potential.

Your kids’ path to their personal best is through building their strengths. Focusing on weakness takes performance from a low baseline to average. When you focus on strengths, there’s no ceiling.

2. It builds kids’ well-being. Research indicates children and teenagers with strength-based parents are less stressed, better at handling friendship issues, better at meeting homework deadlines, and get better grades

3. It fosters a better parent-child connection Strengths are a positive common ground where parents and kids can connect. You learn to see and appreciate the best in each other. That builds trust and affection. 

Bill is a wonderful speaker and very knowledgeable. He kept our interest by giving personal examples. By providing the tools we needed, he made things easy to understand and helped us find a new way to approach things by looking at a situation from a different angle. Bill was thoroughly prepared and related the topics of his discussion to our office, our personal lives and other situations in which we can use our core skills. We need the skills talked about in this class before we can go looking for new business.

Great class. We certainly look forward to working with you again.

-- Carol Thornton Director, Continuing Professional Education RSM McGladrey --

As I reflect, Bill about our accomplishments over the last year, there is no doubt that you have had an appreciable impact on CBI Corporation. The training you offered our company was valuable, and everyone came away with thoughts and ideas that they have implemented. As important to me was the fact that you made sales calls with me. After 37 years of sales, it is easy to think you have most, if not all, the answers. You helped me realize that on a call I thought went extremely well but, as you pointed out, could have been much better. You have helped revitalize both me and CBI from a sales and marketing standpoint. You are a great guy with a lot of knowledge. We look forward to working with you again on other projects as they come up.

-- Cliff Bregstone, President CBI Corporation --

The workshop and follow-up sessions conducted by Bill Durkin for PricewaterhouseCoopers has added new dimensions to my leadership and enhanced my contributions to my work.

I’ve been able to extend myself to the teams that I lead, to elicit their participation, and to bring out the best in each of them.

Business is often a complex matter, and the heart of any business is people. I would highly recommend Bill Durkin because he has such a positive impact on people’s ability to relate, communicate, and perform. He has developed a real ability to bring people together, which is instrumental for increasing productivity and effectiveness in all business.

-- Pam Nigro, US UT PricewaterhouseCoopers --


If you want to learn more about the THE POSITIVE WAY 

Workshop, Coaching or Speech, contact Bill Durkin at

630-215-5144 or billdurkin@onepositiveplace.com


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