Speaking

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at hundreds of events, from small gatherings to large conferences, and – while my stories and slides may vary for each audience – the desired result is always the same: I want every single person to know our greatest power lies in our freedom to choose four things: our thoughts, our emotions, our words, and our actions.

Below is a list of my most-requested presentations, however if you have a specific topic in mind but don’t see it here, I would be happy to tailor an engagement to fit your needs. For additional information or to check availability, please click here to contact me directly.

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How the Most Remarkable Leaders Think: An Introduction to Mindful Leadership

To effectively lead yourself and others, you have to understand the cause and effect relationship between what you think and what you do. Since what you do is the driver of your results, if you want those results to be better you have to go to the source, meaning you must shift your thinking in a way that takes full responsibility for how you experience your own life. This presentation will show you how to do just that through a process designed to help you respond to your circumstances – whatever they are – from an empowered place, rather than simply reacting to the chaos that surrounds us all. You’ll learn the “Four Questions” process for wise decision-making, you’ll be introduced to a proven tool psychologists use to interrupt negative thought patterns, and you’ll also receive a virtues, intentions, and goals template that will clarify your most important leadership behaviors. Indeed, with the level of disruption and uncertainty in business today, we must all respond these and other pressures with greater poise, agility, and patience than ever before. Come discover how a practice that started more than two thousand years ago is your leadership edge of today.

Key Takeaways: 

  • An overview of mindfulness, i.e. what it is and why it matters in business.
  • How organizations ranging from General Mills to Google are incorporating mindfulness-based programming into their day-to-day operations.
  • Practical ways to begin a daily mindfulness practice of your own (without losing your competitive edge.)

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Nonviolent Communication: Speaking Peace in a World of Conflict 

The most effective professionals are always the best communicators. You know who they are. They’re the ones coworkers turn to because they stay articulate and calm regardless of what’s going on around them. The secret? These execs have a built-in circuit breaker. In other words, they have that remarkable ability to analyze a challenge, diffuse the emotion, and choose the best response. Thankfully, this type of composure is a skill, but there is a catch: Those who learn it early have a distinct advantage over those who don’t. In this presentation, we’ll cover a four-step “mental defusing” process that begins with witnessing thoughts and ends with understanding how to act on only those that serve the collective good. A powerful learning experience, this session sets the stage for professionals at all levels to develop a mindful, executive presence that will benefit them through every stage of their careers.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Three biological reasons we get triggered into reacting – plus specific exercises you can do to calm down at any moment.
  • The one question you should always ask yourself in the middle of a disagreement.
  • How to recognize the inner forces that derail promising careers – and how to release them once and for all.

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Spiritual Intelligence at Work: Turning Inner Guidance into Outer Influence 

When you start down the path of adding meaning to your work, the discussion of spirituality is unavoidable. At some point (particularly as we get older) we all find ourselves questioning whether there is indeed a higher power “out there” we can call on for guidance in our lives. This presentation explores that idea and uncovers how teachings from classic spiritual texts can help you connect the dots between your “spiritual self” and your “professional self” to achieve greater success in your life and career. (Please note: This presentation is not aligned with any particular religion.)

Key Takeaways: 

  • The difference between interdependence and interbeing and why the latter is required for conscious, compassionate leadership.
  • Why a state of non-judgement is the key to presence – and how to achieve it even through times of challenge.
  • Proven techniques for “rising above the battleground” and letting go of any unserving thought patterns and behaviors.
  • How to lead from a place of inspiration versus ambition.

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Who Says It’s a Man’s World: What the Most Successful Women Do Right

Years ago, I had a director-level job at a top accounting firm, a nice office, a team of staffers…and a problem. I was too worried about being liked to be an effective leader at work. So I surveyed more than 700 executives nationwide to discover whether other women had the same challenge, and to uncover what – specifically – the most accomplished women do differently. In this workshop, I share the results of this research including what women really say about other women managers and what career veterans wish they could go back and tell their 20-year-old selves. Participants will also learn how to create an individual career plan that covers the five core competencies of leadership, as well as specific behaviors to accelerate success in each.

Key Takeaways:

  • Enhanced ability to make better on-the-spot decisions and navigate work challenges with calm confidence.
  • The top reasons women who would select their boss on gender chose men three-to-one.
  • An overview of the Ladder of Inference resulting in an increased ability to focus on data-based responses versus emotion-driven reactions.
  • How to stay inspired through long periods of struggle and doubt.

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Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job 

Successfully transitioning into the workforce is more than just office etiquette – it requires a fundamental shift in thinking from campus to career. In this signature presentation based on classic advice from Effective Immediately, we’ll take an in-depth look at “the space” between stimulus and response, including how to build personal credibility by designing – and then living to – the reputation you want to create based on the values you want to embody. Through a mix of stories, exercises, and discussion, we’ll also go back to the basics on what it means to be a true professional, covering not only how to be a rock star at work, but also how to avoid some notorious career landmines along the way. Using best practices passed down from scores of business leaders, you’ll learn how to manage the only thing you’ll ever completely control – yourself –so you can turn even the most cynical coworkers into raving fans who will champion you behind closed doors.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Why credibility comes before visibility – and how to get it.
  • Proven ways to integrate seamlessly into established work teams – including what you must know about generational differences.
  • A self-created list of your top five values – plus how to start a daily practice of career growth rooted in self-awareness and emotional intelligence.