About Terry Schmitz

Terry Schmitz is the founder and owner of The Conover Company. Terry has been involved in the development of assessments for both education and corporations for over 30 years. He has developed hundreds of job-specific assessment systems that link to skill building systems.

Conflict Resolution: An Important Life Skill

Conflict is a common, inevitable part of life. It exists because people don’t always get along or agree. Because conflict is a normal part of everyone’s life, conflict resolution, or the ability to resolve conflicts effectively, is a crucial skill for everyone to have. This is especially important in the [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|Bullying Prevention, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Stress Management: Tools for Dealing with Stress

In our previous blog posts about Stress Management, we've discussed how to find and think through the various stressors at school, work, and in personal life. Now we will cover the different tools people can use to fight stress. Because unwanted stress reactions affect us both mentally and physically, stress [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Stress Management: Self-Control

Self-control plays a big role in learning to manage stress. Self-control is the ability to handle personal feelings and emotions in difficult situations. Learning to manage stress requires you to learn self-control. Without self-control, it is impossible to manage your anger and stress. Let’s look at some topics related to [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Destructive Thinking: The Hidden Cause of Stress

Every day our minds have about 60,000 thoughts. Many of these thoughts are repeated over and over. In fact, experts say that 90% of those 60,000 daily thoughts are the same ones we had the day before. We can be aware of these thoughts, but we usually tend not to [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills|0 Comments

Stress: Is it as minor as we think it is?

The Importance of Stress Management How big is the problem of poorly managed stress? Experts estimate that stress costs the American economy more than $300 billion each year. Medical experts estimate that 80% of all health problems are, at least in part, due to stress. While the effects of stress [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Anger Management, Soft Skills|0 Comments

PBIS – Focus On the Cause Not the Symptom

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) has been around for a long time. The process has had time to establish and refine itself in most school systems across the nation. Most systems seem to start with some sort of data- based decision making that leads to establishing a set of [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Emotional Intelligence, PBIS, Soft Skills, SPED|0 Comments

Bullying Prevention – Addressing Bullying at its Source

An immense amount of materials have been developed over the years to address the problem of bullying. Most deal with the actions of the bully but not the victim of the bullying. But bullying is a double edged sword. It involves the bully or the giver and the receiver or [...]

Anger Management – Stress Management Overview

What does everyone have in common, no matter what part of the world they come from? We can all recognize an angry face when we see one. Anger is a common emotion for all of us. While everyone experiences anger not everyone reacts to feelings of anger in the same [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Anger Management, Emotional Intelligence|0 Comments

Conover’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Process

A quick internet search on the definition of PBIS results in two common threads—reducing problematic behaviors and increasing academic success, with an emphasis on evidence-based research. But, ever since PBIS was first introduced in 1997 in the re-authorization of IDEA as a research-based framework for supporting children with behavioral disorders, [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|PBIS, SEL, Soft Skills, SPED|0 Comments

Interpersonal Assertion – Steps to Success

Jump start your new assertive communication style! Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest part when you are trying to do something important. It can be overwhelming to think about and remember everything you must do in order to be assertive. You might be held back by a fear [...]

By | December 27th, 2016|Anger Management, Soft Skills|0 Comments