speakingProfessional associations, business organizations and women’s groups are energized, educated, and yes, entertained when I’m at the front of the room.

They thrive on the human-to-human connection that’s been my hallmark since I was a talk show host. I know for sure that listeners learn best when they’re deeply engaged and active. Sitting back, reading bullet-points and hearing a bunch of blah-blah-blah doesn’t cut it.

In keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops, I skip the blahblah, get to the heart of things and share not just information but also inspiration. Of course I’ll customize a program for your group. Here are some possibilities.

Uninterruptible: Make the Conversation Count

Even in our highly visual culture, the way you sound has enormous impact on the people you hope to influence. Of course that’s especially true when your meeting’s on the phone or web. (92% of sales conversations happen on the phone. How do you make the most of those calls?)

Outcome: Your members know how to use vocal nuance and subtle shifts in language to build rapport, direct a conversation and get results. They develop comfort and confidence that they can achieve their goals in phone conversations, conference calls and web-based meetings. And they’ll have an extra advantage in face-to-face conversations too. 

Magnetic Introductions: How to Have Them at Hello

What’s more boring than listening to somebody drone on about their business and their bio and their background? There’s a better way describe your business and the value you offer so that you can make meaningful connections at every networking event, association meeting or social occasion.

Outcome: Your group discovers a new take on the old elevator speech. With a different way to talk about their work, they can deliver a quick, compelling intro that captures attention, keeps it, and opens the door to deeper business relationships. (And that won’t send their listeners into snooze-mode.)

Executive Presence: Embody Confidence and Charisma

speakingPeople make up their minds about us in seconds. Then the way we look and sound continues to have a huge impact on every professional interaction. So how do you make the kind of impression that will serve you well? How do you show up and shine?

Outcome: Your people become aware of habits that undermine a strong personal presence. They understand how to use their physicality and voice to influence how they’re perceived—and how others respond to them. They discover how to pick up on feedback and adjust so they increase their influence. And they have a chance to practice so they can see, hear and feel the difference in themselves and each other.

Leadership: It’s Being, not Doing

Corporate executives can learn one more technique for running productive meetings. Or managing up. Or managing down, for that matter. None of it hits the mark if they don’t have Presence. Leadership Presence commands respect, creates connection, and cultivates a natural impulse to join in. And yes, Leadership Presence can be developed and enhanced.

Outcome: This is about doing the groundwork to become an individual people want to follow. Your team will discover how to make the most of their natural gifts and maybe change some things about the way they show up. That might mean coming out of hiding to step into a bigger role. Getting comfortable being at the forefront. And communicating like a leader.

Transition: What’s Next and How to Get There

Some people cave in completely when a job ends, a company closes, or a merger changes the landscape at work. They can’t do what they’ve always done in the way they’ve always done it. They can’t imagine doing anything else. They get swept into a downward spiral—and some never recover.

speakingOthers reinvent themselves when the rug is yanked out from underneath them. They figure out the next right thing. They prepare themselves for an altered role, a new employer, even a completely different career. They rise from the ashes of what was and create a new future.

This program is about becoming that resilient.

Outcome: Participants get new ways to think about the whole experience of transition. Specific strategies for sorting out their options. Exercises that help them get clear on what they have to offer—and who needs it.

They also get a fresh perspective based on my many experiences of “one door closing.” Sometimes you find that open window. Sometimes you have to cut a hole in the wall.

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