Don't Get Me Started!

Strategies for a Culturally-Challenged World

San Francisco Bay Area-based DGMS & Co. is a full-service business offering books, workshops, presentations and game shows based on  its seminal book, The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit - Strategies for a Culturally-Challenged World.

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All of our books are based on primary and secondary research in the following disciplines:  psychology, ethics, law, sociology and technology - using real-world scenarios to illustrate win-win options for better decision-making and effective communication.

 Workshops and Presentations

All of our workshops and presentations use  the concepts of our Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit ---offering practical strategies for developing better decision-making and  more effective communication skills.

Game Shows

Our interactive game show experiences celebrate the skills of  critical thinking, emotional intelligence, flexibility and creativity - demonstrating their use (or absence) in worldwide current events.

DGMS & CO.

Strategies for a Culturally-Challenged World

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About Us

DGMS & Co.

Welcome to DGMS & Co.!  We -principal partners, Connie Payne and Patricia Kutza - bring to the making of our initial book, The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit, over thirty years of experience each in the education (Payne) and telecom (Kutza) sectors. This book provides a systematic approach to assessing and successfully responding to the many complex situations that people encounter in our rapidly-changing world.


We take the basic principles of our book and integrate them into workshops, presentations and game shows that focus on cultural awareness and cultural competency. Three  versions of this book - workbooks created for the middle-school, 4th/5th grade and adult niches -  expand their mission:  Offering good decision-making and restorative justice skills to a client base which includes key decision-makers in the school, state workforce centers  and senior active living communities located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Our Valued Partners

 
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Workshops and Presentations

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Cultural References

In this workshop we share how cultural references  define and shape each generation's relationship to the world they live in.  Participants learn how practicing our toolkit skills helps them bridge the cultural divide.

Brain Pleasers

Participants in this workshop learn the strategies that can help them differentiate themselves in the quickly-changing job market.

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Workforce Leadership

These workshops, customized for school age (4th-5th grade, middle school,and high school) and adults, use real-world scenarios to explore such topics as gender identity, generational differences, social media usage and cultural diversity. Our workbooks, all based on The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit skills, are the foundation for the workshops - and offer  flexible options for one-day or extended learning schedules.

Effective Communication and Decision-Making

These workshops are tailored for emerging leaders in the workforce.  Challenging real-life scenarios address a wide variety of issues they face in our rapidly-changing technogically-driven world.

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Girl Scout Badges

Sanctioned by Girls Scouts of Northern California, these workshops - using our fun and informative game show format - satisfy the requirements for the Cadette Finding Common Ground Badge.

 

Game Shows

 
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Our What in the World game shows combine trivia and cultural events questions using an interactive fun-filled multiple choice format - perfect for a wide variety of environments - such as senior living communities, corporate and other special-occasion settings.

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Sanctioned by Girls Scouts of Northern California, these workshops - using our fun and informative game show format - satisfy the requirements for the Cadette Finding Common Ground Badge.

Books

 
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This workbook, geared for 6th -12th grade levels, features many culturally-diverse and student-oriented scenarios that leverage the power of using our skills toolkit. Optional teacher

key version.

Available for purchase from Amazon or directly from DGMS & Co.

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Our flagship book - The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit - Strategies for a Culturally-Challenged World - provides an in-depth description and discussion of our skills toolkit:  critical thinking, emotional intelligence, creativity and flexibility.  Includes a wealth of scenarios that address many of the most pressing challenges of our era - social media usage, gender identity, cultural mores, and generational  differences. 


Available for purchase from Amazon or directly from DGMS & Co.  

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This workbook, geared for 4th and 5th graders,  features many culturally-diverse and student-oriented scenarios that leverage the power of using our skills toolkit. Optional teacher key version.

Available for purchase from Amazon or directly from DGMS & Co.

Ten 30 minute lessons based on culturally-diverse and work-oriented scenarios help adults become more effective communicators by practicing:

  • Critical thinking

  • Empathy (Emotional Intelligence)

  • Flexibility

  • Creativity

Available for purchase from Amazon or directly from DGMS & Co.


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In the News

Word on the Street

 
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Host Whitney Savannah Mitchell interviews Connie and Patricia about their book, The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit - Strategies for a Culturally-Challenged World.

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Editor Don Huntington in conversation with Connie and Patricia.

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Connie and Patricia share the origin of their business with Vallejo Times-Herald reporter Richard Friedman.

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