In-Person Training FAQs

Here are answers to common questions about booking a live in-person training.

Our online and in person sessions revolve around three main topics: play, caregiver self-care, and play related do it yourself projects.

You’ll find a list of training titles and descriptions here.


I travel with my own wireless headset microphone and will need a sound system to plug into if the event requires voice amplification. No other AV gear is usually necessary. We can discuss details when your event is booked.

If time allows, I can generally build custom sessions related to play or caregiver self-care to fit your needs. What I often do for clients booking a whole day of training is weave together 3 or 4 session topics into an all day presentation.

Our sessions are for both early learning professionals and parents of young children.

I’ve lost track. Since starting out way back in 2000, I’ve presented across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

A few highlights:

  • I’ve keynoted the NAFCC National Conference.
  • I’ve keynoted many state AEYC conferences.
  • I’ve keynoted the IFDCA International Conference in Cork, Ireland.
  • I’ve presented to at the NAEYC conference. 

Here’s a fairly current list of the states, provinces, and territories where I have keynoted:

United States

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming 


  • Alberta
  • British Columbia 
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan


  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

Sure. Contact me and we’ll find you an answer.

Yes, please! Contact me with details and we will get it fixed.

The fee for an in person event within 1,000 miles of Sioux City, IA is $4,000. The fee for an in person event beyond 1,000 miles of Sioux City, IA is $6,000. These fees include up to 6 hours of speaking time and include all travel expenses.

Consider a live online presentation if these fees are beyond your budget.

Contact us to start the booking process.

For the foreseeable future, I’m only booking a handful of in-person sessions a year. Booking a date sooner is always better than later.

You can check out our training calendar here.

Sure. Just ask when you contact us about booking the event. My only request is that you contact me as soon as possible if you decide not to use me for your event so I can make the date available.

Yes. I’d prefer a handshake, but a contract keeps things clear and outlines what is expected of both parties. After you book an event, I will email a contract for your review. When everyone is happy with the document you can sign and email back a copy.

Yes. I generally require a 50% deposit due two months before the event. with the balance due the day of the event. Different arrangement can be negotiated, if needed.

I accept payment by check or online with any major card or via bank transfer through PayPal.

Just ask. I invoice through PayPal and just need to know where to email the invoice.

Over the last few years, some states have implemented complicated and time-consuming procedures for approving trainings that involve mountains of paperwork.

While I understand this is a reality that many event organizers must deal with, my training fees do not cover spending hours on paperwork. We will have to negotiate an additional paperwork fee if someone on our end has to complete mad stacks of paperwork.

I’ve tried to make it easy for the person on your end responsible for paperwork. For example, each session description includes learning goals as well as a session description and you can just click below to grab my bio, resume, list of publications, or head shots:

Sure. I’m happy to share info about events via my social media feeds and training email list. I’ll just need links and images to can share.

I can also do a short promo video you can share to help promote the event.

As simply as possible. “Here’s Jeff” is the preferred introduction.