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About Managing Your Mind

Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.

Creator of Managing Your Mind coaching programs and seminars, Geri Markel, Ph.D. is an educational psychologist specializing in learning and performance. At the University of Michigan, Geri served as faculty in the School of Education, director of Adult and Adolescent Services at the Reading and Learning Center, seminar leader of the Instructional Design Workshop at the Executive Education Center, School of Business, and consultant at the School of Dentistry. She has special expertise in helping adults and adolescents with ADD and learning disabilities.

Co-author of several books applying behavioral research to productivity, Geri now works as a performance coach, speaker, and consultant in business, industry, healthcare, and education. Her client list includes Pfizer, Ford Motor Company, Domino’s Pizza, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Michigan State University School of Osteopathy, General Television Network, and AT&T, among others.

Professional Affiliations:

Member, National Speakers Association

  • ADHD Coaching Organization (ACO)
  • National Speakers Association (NSA)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
  • Learning Disabilities of America (LDA)
  • Association of Training and Development (ASTD)

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Selected Publications

Markel, G. (2007) Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress. Ann Arbor, MI: Managing Your Mind, LLC.

Markel, G. (2007) Mem-Cards for Defeating the Demons of Distraction. North Palm Beach, FL: Mem-Cards Corporation.

Bizer, L. and Markel, G. (2007) Parent's Guide to the SAT and ACT: Practical Advice to Help You and Your Teen. (3 CD package with Insert of Tips) Ann Arbor, MI: Managing Your Mind, LLC.

Markel, G. (September, 2006) 10 Tips to Help You Avoid Networking Nightmares. National Speakers Association: NSA Michigan Newsletter.

Markel, G. (2006) Defeating the Demons of Distraction: 111 Tips to Increase Work/Life Performance and Decrease Stress. 16 page Booklet. Ann Arbor, MI: Managing Your Mind.

Greenbaum, J. and Markel, G. (2005) Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies.

Markel, G. (2005) Managing Your Memory (CD) Ann Arbor, MI: Managing Your Mind, LLC.

Bizer, L. and Markel, G. (2005) Peterson's Parent’s Guide to the SAT and ACT. Lawrenceville, New York: Thomson Peterson.

Markel, G. (2005) Breakthroughs in Work/life Balance: A Systems Approach. In The Better Bottom Line: Skills and Strategies to Develop Your Business. Bloomfield Hills, MI: National Speakers Association of Michigan.

Markel, G. (2000). Using a Human Performance System Model to Balance Professional and Personal Life. Performance Improvement. 39, 3, 36-42.

Greenbaum, J. & Markel, G. (2001) Helping Adolescents with ADHD and Learning Disabilities Ready-to-Use Tips, Techniques, and Strategies for School Success. Paramus, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Markel, G., & Greenbaum, J. (1997). Performance Breakthroughs for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities or ADD How to Help Students Succeed in the Regular Classroom. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Markel, G. (1993). Problem-Solving Strategies: Training Module and Leader's Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: U Train.


Recent Presentations

  • Finding Your Focus: 6 Tools for Dealing with the Chronic Disorganization and Distractibility of Adults with ADD. National Association of Professional Organizers, Southeast Michigan Chapter, Novi, MI. March 28, 2007.
  • World Class Customer Service. February, 2007.
  • Finding Your Focus: Navigating Adult AD/HD. Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI September 27, 2006
  • Defeating the Demons of Distraction. In recognition of National AD/HD Awareness Day. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI September 20, 2006.
  • Dealing with the Stress Mess. Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Instructional Development Day, Ann Arbor, MI. August, 2006.
  • Creating Academic Excellence in the Classroom. Washtenaw Technical Middle College, Ann Arbor, MI. June 5-9, 2006.
  • Pipeline Program to Enhance Learning and Study Skills. School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. May through June, 2006.
  • Managing Your Memory. April 18, 2006.
  • Defeating the Demons of Distraction. April 17, 2006.
  • Fast Track Reading. March 15, 2006.
  • Coaching for Peak Performance. January 14, February 13, 2006, November 8, December 7, 2005.
  • Finding Your Focus. Jewish Book Fair. Ann Arbor, MI November 13, 2005.
  • Managing Your Memory. September, 2005.
  • Academic Breakthroughs for Adolescents and Adults with ADD. 6th Annual Michael Gold Memorial AD/HD Conference. Farmington Hills, MI September, 2005.


Radio/Television/Teleclass Appearances

  • Keep it Real: The Gregory Thomas Show. WDRJ, 1440 How to Help Get Your Child into College, 11/11/06.
  • The Bob Mundie Show. WWJ News Radio. Defeating the Demons of Distraction. Sept 20, 2006.
  • ADDA Teleclass Program. I've Got Things to Do, but I Don't Know Where to Start. 9/13/06.
  • The Ori Hoffer Show. PCTV Park City Television. Park City, Utah, 3/21/06. Finding Your Focus.
  • The Melanie Deveau Show. Radio. Finding Your Focus. CKLW, Windsor, ON, CA 11/9/05.
  • Radio DKNW. Adults with ADD. Vancouver, B.C. CA 11/10/05.
  • Ask the Expert. Park City TV with Ori Hoffer, 4/7, 2005. A Parent's Guide to the SAT and ACT.