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Emotional Intelligence and High-Performance Leadership

Emotional intelligence affects how we manage our emotions, navigate relationships, and achieve positive results. Steve Gutzler is a dynamic speaker who engages audiences everywhere on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. He has an exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity, and insight. Research shows…

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Thanksgiving Every Day

Here at Michelle Joyce Speakers, we practice an attitude of gratitude every day. Which isn’t incredibly difficult…considering that we’re a fun, cohesive team, blessed to work with some of the most inspirational speakers, and our jobs are to help them share their messages, impact audiences, and change lives all over…

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How Improv Techniques Can Help You Brainstorm

Scott Shellstrom is an accomplished artist, keynote speaker, and creativity innovator who uses Improv comedy techniques to inspire teams to rediscover their own ability for creativity and innovation. Using Improv skills he honed on some of New York City’s most prominent comedy stages, Scott teaches companies how to break through…

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Keynote Speaker on Performance

Deliberate practice can be applied to individuals and organizations when one is looking to improve performance and leadership. By definition, deliberate practice is a highly-structured activity in which you engage with the specific goal of improving performance. According to leadership keynote speaker Alan Stein, Jr., “In order to truly master…

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Unique Program for Your Next Leadership Conference

Melissa Agnes is an author, speaker, and leading authority on crisis preparedness, crisis management, reputation management, and brand protection. You may be wondering, “What does this have to do with leadership?” The answer is: everything. In the breaking moments of a crisis or an issue, who within your organization is…

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The Importance of Connection

Keynote speaker Colette Carlson delivers power-packed presentations on the importance of connection in communication, leadership, sales, customer service, and professional and personal wellness. The most successful businesses grow from, and are sustained by, mutually-beneficial relationships. Your success is in direct proportion to your ability to connect with others. Many people…

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How to Lead Millennials

Leadership keynote speaker Steve Gutzler shares insight on how to lead millennials. Many stereotypes exist about millennials, the most diverse generation to date. But before you can lead or manage millennials, it’s important to know what motivates them. While some of these stereotypes include wanting to be praised, not wanting…

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Keynote Speaker on Brainstorming

Organizations today operate in highly-competitive environments, making creativity imperative for success. Creativity is more than art, it’s a skill that fuels big ideas, challenges employee’s way of thinking, and opens the door to new business opportunities. Creativity Keynote Speaker Scott Shellstrom knows this all too well. Scott’s skills have placed…

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Why Word of Mouth Marketing is Important

Word of mouth marketing (WOMM) pioneer, speaker, and author, Ted Wright helps audiences realize marketing concepts in ways they have NEVER perceived them before through engaging, interactive, and impactful presentations. Ted’s primary goal for each presentation is to leave attendees inspired to be better marketers so they can sell more…

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Importance of a Crisis Ready Program

Melissa Agnes is an author, speaker, and leading authority on crisis preparedness, crisis management, reputation management, and brand protection. The big question is, if crisis were to strike your company tomorrow, is your organization #CrisisReady? According to Melissa, “Being crisis ready means your brand isn’t just able to withstand the…

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Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a crucial skill for both leaders and employees to have. EQ begins with self and social awareness and is defined as the ability to recognize emotions (and their impact) in both yourself and others. You don’t have control over what emotions you feel, but you can…

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A Winning Mindset

Alan Stein, Jr. is a performance coach, consultant, speaker, and author, who spent 15 years working with the highest-performing basketball players on the planet. He now delivers high-energy keynotes and interactive workshops that teach businesses and organizations how to develop championship-like performance, cohesion, and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone…

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Keynote Speaker on Crisis Management

Keynote Speaker, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. She was never drawn to the “sexiness” or “thrill” of crisis management that we see on shows like Scandal. When she began her career in crisis management, it was a challenge to help professionals…

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Word of Mouth Marketing Keynote Speaker

According to keynote speaker on word of mouth marketing Jay Baer, “By 2020, the majority of customer purchase decisions will be based not on price, not on availability, but on customer experience.” Word of mouth is responsible for as much as 50% of all purchases today, yet most companies do not…

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The Connected Leader

Colette Carlson is a Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker and Human Behavior Expert who transforms relationships through the power of connected conversation. At the heart of every sale, every interaction between a leader and a team member, every conversation with a customer… is a connection. How to make those connections…

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Word of Mouth Keynote Speaker

The world has changed and consumers make the vast majority of their buying decisions based off of conversations they’ve had with people they know and trust. Ted Wright says people are not going to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find the product they want; instead they are talking to their…

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Hall of Fame Speaker

Congratulations to our very own Jay Baer! On July 16, 2018, Jay was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, receiving a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism by speaking peers. (He’s been in our Hall of Fame for years!) The Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE)…

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Leadership Keynote Speaker

Performance coach, consultant, keynote speaker, and author, Alan Stein, Jr. spent 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet and now delivers high-energy keynotes and interactive workshops helping organizations improve performance, cohesion, and accountability. He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action…

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Business Success Relies on Customer Trust

Customer trust is the center of every customer relationship. Trust increases customer loyalty, boosts referrals, and increases sales. Friday Featured Speaker Jay Baer tells two stories encouraging you to build your empire on trust in: How to Instantly Build Customer Trust. One of the stories Jay shares is about Dr.…

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Great Leadership Starts with Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is one of the core components of emotional intelligence and is quite possibly one of the most valuable. Successful leaders know where their natural tendencies lie, are conscious of their strengths, and acknowledge weaknesses or areas for improvement. Are you aware of how your words and behaviors impact others?…

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It’s all About the Power of Connection

At the heart of every sale, every interaction between a leader and a team member, and every conversation with a customer… is a connection. How to make those connections effective, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread woven into every one of Colette Carlson’s programs. Colette teaches audiences…

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Webinars for Building an Invincible Brand

Crisis Management Strategist and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes launched her first book, Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, in March 2018. In today’s Friday Featured Speaker spotlight, we are excited to announce the launch of Melissa’s 6-part webinar series, tailored to help you meet your specific…

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Improve Relationships and Bottom Line Growth

Our “serial entrepreneur,” Clint Greenleaf is the successful founder and CEO of several companies, an author, and keynote speaker. Clint speaks to audiences all over the world about how they can bring disciplined innovation and entrepreneurialism into their organizations by focusing on improved relationships and bottom line growth. Clint’s audiences…

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Speak Up and Speak Often

Keynote speaker, Ted Wright, is an author and word of mouth pioneer responsible for several consumer revolutions including Pabst Blue Ribbon among urban hipsters and Chocolate Milk among athletes. When you identify the people most likely to talk about your brand, and then use creative strategies to encourage communication between…

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Seek New a Perspective to Achieve Innovation

Scott Shellstrom is the modern day Da Vinci, and inspires teams everywhere to rediscover their own ability for creativity and innovation. As a former advertising executive, Scott knows that creativity is more than an art, it’s a skill. Creativity is the most important commodity for success in business today, and…

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Will Instagram Become the Next Facebook?

Internet pioneer, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author, Jay Baer, predicts that by 2020, Instagram will overtake Facebook in total usage in the United States. Pretty bold, yet interesting statement, right? Earlier this year, Jay addressed groundbreaking new data from Edison Research that found Facebook usage declined for the…

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Develop and Share Your Leadership Story

A story is being written right now about your leadership. Your passion, your vision, how you react when something goes wrong, the things you say most, and how you recognize and develop others are all part of your leadership story. Like any good story, your story needs a plot, a…

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Gain Internal Buy-In to Build an Invincible Brand

No one wants a negative situation to occur, but issues and crises can happen at any given moment. The big question is, is your organization prepared to instinctively and successfully overcome the challenges, obstacles, and realities that loom when crisis strikes? Today’s Friday Featured Speaker, Melissa Agnes helps organizations around the…

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Stay Curious, My Friends

Humans, as social beings must connect to thrive, both professionally and personally. With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior and 20+ years of experience with personal development, Colette Carlson knows the difference between trendy topics and timeless truths when it comes to successful business and interpersonal practices. Colette inspires individuals…

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Keynote Speaker on Leadership

Companies win business for many reasons. One reason that is often overlooked is the salesperson’s emotional intelligence— their ability to identify, assess, and control their emotions. Emotions have a direct impact on sales results. Increasing your emotional intelligence, especially during stressful situations, will help you close bigger deals – in less…

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Keynote Speaker on Word of Mouth Marketing

Word of mouth is directly responsible for 19% of all purchases, and influences as much as 90%. Yet, most companies do not have a word of mouth strategy. People don’t talk about average experiences; they talk about experiences that stand out. Your best marketers are your current customers – as…

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Keynote Speaker on Creativity

Every Wednesday, our keynote speaker and creativity enthusiast, Scott Shellstrom shares a “What is it Wednesday” post on his Facebook page. Like Scott’s keynote program, Unleash Your Inner Da Vinci, his Wednesday posts encourage followers to look at things differently, think more creatively, and always look for new possibilities. Creativity is the most…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

Crises are inevitable, and lack of preparation almost always makes the outcome much worse. An effective response starts long before a crisis or catastrophe takes place— this is what we call being “crisis ready.” Crisis Management Strategist and Keynote Speaker, Melissa Agnes helps organizations around the world build invincible brands.…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

There’s a saying, “To earn respect, you must show respect.” How true. Ask most people in an organization how they want to be treated, and “respected” will most likely be the most common response. Demonstrating respect is a behavior learned in life. Respecting those you work with, work for, or…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Steve Gutzler

Being a leader is one of the most difficult and rewarding positions in the world. Character building in business, and knowing which traits effective leaders should possess, is vital for the success of your team. Character is more than intelligence, integrity, ethics, and self-awareness. As Steve Gutzler said, “There is…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

Crisis Management Strategist, Melissa Agnes joined Shel Holtz on his widely recognized PR Podcast, For Immediate Release (FIR), to discuss how two companies deftly handled surprise issues and the importance of internal communication in times of crises. Melissa’s conversation with Holtz begins roughly at the 6-minute mark and we are…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Jay Baer

Jay Baer is a renowned business strategist, a New York Times best-selling author of five books, and the world’s most retweeted person among digital marketers. We are thrilled to announce that Jay will be releasing his new book, Talk Triggers in October 2018. Jay’s programs help organizations around the world…

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How Invincible is Your Brand?

Ulta Beauty was recently accused by former employees of cleaning and reselling used makeup. Other employees have since negated the allegations and Ulta Beauty addressed the issue head on. The big question is, what effect do these types of allegations have on the brand, and how will it affect consumers?…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

Are you one of the millions of American who’s “married” to your job, taking only a few days off every year because of your many important responsibilities? Vacations are not always a luxury; they are often a necessity for a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Whether you feel like you can afford…

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Five Ways to Invest Your Time Wisely

The start of a new year is a great time to take the bull by the horns when it comes to your goals and aspirations for how you want to elevate your life. Are you aiming to be more organized at work? Are you looking to start a healthier lifestyle…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

Our international crisis management keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes helps today’s organizations understand the realities that loom when crisis strikes. Her customized presentations provide tools and strategies that create a proactive, cohesive, and crisis-ready corporate culture. Crisis management is an important and necessary topic that applies to every organization. In fact,…

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Understanding the Facebook Algorithm

Are your posts reaching fewer people on Facebook? Whether you are using Facebook for personal use or for your business, you need to understand the Facebook algorithm. The Facebook algorithm monitors the number of posts that people and businesses share every day and chooses posts to show in our News…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Scott Shellstrom

When you think about creativity, what do you think of? Art, drawing, painting? Creativity is so much more than an art, it’s a skill— a unique solution to a problem. In his presentation, Unleash Your Inner Da Vinci, Scott Shellstrom, motivates audiences to uncover their hidden problem-solving abilities and be…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Jay Baer

Newsjacking… have you heard of it? By definition, “Newsjacking is the art and science of injecting your ideas into a breaking news story so you and your ideas get noticed.” Think of it like this, you tell a breaking news story with you or your brands twist/angle added to it…

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Unlock the Power of Vision

A clear vision of your life and leadership purpose is one of the most powerful things you can possess. It helps you pursue dreams, gives an idea of the future, provides motivation, and helps prioritize your values and strengths. A clear vision will open your mind to the endless possibilities…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

What contributes to one’s success in their personal life and career? Being present. The more time you devote to being present, the more valuable you will be to those around you. Being present is crucial to your career’s success and longevity.  Human connection expert, Colette Carlson, was traveling over the…

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Strong vs. Weak Content Marketers

Content Marketing Expert, Jay Baer, is encouraging his followers to read Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProf’s 2018 B2C Content Marketing Benchmark and Trends Report. He found their data comparison between “most successful” and “least successful” content marketers most intriguing, and that inspired him to share, 7 Decisive Difference Between Strong and…

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Self-Manage Your 17% Moments

According to leadership expert, Steve Gutzler, research shows that 83% of the time, we effectively manage our relationships and daily tasks— both personal and professional. The 17% moments when clients, team members, and day-to-day tasks become more challenging, causing your stress levels to increase. How you handle your 17% moments…

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How to Best Become Crisis-Ready™

Crisis can strike at any given time— are you prepared? What will you do? What are key stakeholders’ expectations? What impact will the crisis have on your organization? These are all critical questions for which you need to have answers. Do you? Keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes, was a guest on The New Wholesaler Masterminds…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Steve Gutzler

Leaders who listen both effectively and intentionally are able to create trustworthy relationships that are transparent and lead to loyalty. These leaders make it a priority to keep employees’ best interests at heart— because they truly listen to and value them. Listening goes beyond being “all ears” and giving someone…

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Many Communicate. Few Connect.

Building and maintaining strong, lasting business relationships is hard work, but the more time you invest in building deep connections, the more effective you will be at achieving greatness and success. Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Melissa Agnes

Crisis Management Strategist and Keynote Speaker, Melissa Agnes, helps organizations around the world become crisis-ready™ and build invincible brands. She delivers powerful talks that help today’s organizations understand the realities that loom when crisis strikes. Her customized presentations provide tools and strategies that create proactive, crisis-ready™ corporate cultures – and protect those…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Colette Carlson

Business has been and always will be built on the foundation of relationships. The most successful businesses grow from and are sustained by mutually-beneficial relationships. Your success is in direct proportion to your ability to connect with others. Humans, as social beings, must connect to survive and thrive, both professionally…

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Which Speaker Wore it Best? (Halloween Edition)

Ever wonder why we wear costumes and beg for candy on Halloween? This fun and festive holiday has ancient origins dating back to the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1, so October 31 marked the end of their summer and harvest.…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Jay Baer

Internet pioneer, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author Jay Baer shows companies how to create marketing, customer service, and customer experience that customers love enough to talk about. And when your current customers talk, new customers follow. We are thrilled to announce the launch of Jay’s new website and…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Steve Gutzler

Steve Gutzler engages audiences everywhere on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. Through his programs, he inspires greatness for individuals at every level and believes every presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership. In today’s Friday Featured Speaker spotlight, we share Steve’s recent article, A Short Course in Human…

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Can Human Connection Be Automated?

What is artificial intelligence? Simply put, artificial intelligence (AI) is a computer or machine’s ability to perform tasks that imitate human intelligence. From Siri to cars that can parallel park themselves, AI seems to be progressing quickly. The big question is, are we losing sight of the importance and need…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Jay Baer

While scrolling through your Facebook feed, how often do you see posts from your “friends” complaining about a recent customer service experience? I can recall two posts this week where someone described their unfavorable experience and tagged the company. Customers interactions with your company are becoming more and more public…

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Leaders Influence Team Performance and Innovation

Successful innovation teams are built by selecting a diverse group who are analytical and creative. These teams are committed and invested in their success. Imagine that you’ve been asked to lead a new “innovation team” within your organization. You have been asked to build a team that can generate new…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

Equifax’s new interim CEO has now made a third statement communicating to Stakeholders about their well-known data breech that impacted 143 million people. Crisis Management Expert, Melissa Agnes addresses the question: “Why does it seem to take organizations multiple attempts at communicating in a crisis before they actually get their…

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Marketing Rule #1: Interact With Your Customers

Relevant marketing is key in today’s competitive world. As marketing expert, Jay Baer, said, “Relevancy is a value exchange. Customers and prospects are trading their attention for information.” In his recent article, The Real Reason Most of Your Marketing Fails, Jay explains why you need to take the time to…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Steve Gutzler

Steve Gutzler engages audiences everywhere on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. In his continuing effort to inspire greatness in individuals and organizations, we are excited to announce the release of his new book, Splash: 10 Remarkable Traits to Build Momentum in Life and Leadership. Several high points and low…

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The “Yes, and…” Principle

Picture this: You are sitting in a brainstorming meeting and your ideas are getting shot down. Unfortunately, your teammates’ suggestions are yielding the same result. How frustrating… what are you to do? Creativity expert and keynote speaker, Scott Shellstrom, has the answer! In his video, Scott shares the most important…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

Have you ever lost a promotion even though you were qualified? Do some of your co-workers seem to excel in spite of having fewer skills? In today’s competitive market, you have to show up and speak up to get noticed. In her article, 3 Career Truths to Fly Further Faster,…

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Data Breach… Say What?

If you have a credit report, it is likely you are one of the 143 million Equifax customers whose personal information was exposed in Equifax’s recent data breach. This is a big deal, right? No data breach is good; especially when your organization’s breach is being referred to as one…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Robert Tucker

Robert Tucker is a renowned global futurist and innovation keynote speaker who is recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in the field of innovation. Known for his in-depth customization, Robert provides today’s leaders with practical strategies, cutting-edge insights, and inspiration to take action after each seminar. His interactive presentations…

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Your Words are Stronger Than Others

Sure, you’ve done it… I’ve done it… we’ve all done it. It has been proven that posting quotes on social media can generate a lot of likes, but is it really the best move? Marketing Expert and Keynote Speaker Jay Baer thinks we can all do better. According to Jay’s recent…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Jay Baer

Jay Baer is a renowned business strategist, a New York Times best-selling author of five books, and the world’s most retweeted person amount digital marketers. His programs help organizations everywhere rethink their approach to marketing and customer service, helping them gain more customers and keep those they’ve already earned. Jay…

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Got Emotion?

Are you experiencing high levels of turnover particularly with key people within your organizations? Are you stressed out and under a lot of pressure? Emotions drive our behaviors, performance, and establish our leadership reputation. Leadership keynote speaker, Steve Gutzler, inspires greatness in individuals and organizations at every level. In his latest blog…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

Crisis management strategist and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes, was asked a question that is a common struggle behind the scenes for many communication departments regarding crisis management and crisis communication— “Where do you stand on autonomy for the Communications Team to have the freedom to do their job?” In her video, Should Your…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Robert Tucker

We use our frontal lobe almost every day to carry out higher mental processes such as thinking, making decisions, and problem-solving. It’s no secret that we live in a highly competitive society, but did you know your success is dependent on the function of this “compartment” of your brain? In…

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Define Your Life of Significance

“When you live with intentionality, you know and understand that every day is your time to make a difference.”, says Steve Gutzler, keynote speaker and leadership coach. In his recent article, 10 Choices That Define a Life of Significance, Steve describes the ten choices he has made to live intentionally, in…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Colette Carlson

Colette Carlson is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. How to create effective connections, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread that is woven into every one of Colette’s customized presentations.  The most successful businesses…

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Jay Baer’s Interview with Todd Hartley

Have you heard about Jay Baer’s newest program, Talk Triggers? In his interview with Todd Hartley, Jay explains how to create your “tribe” of raving fans by delivering such an amazing experience that your customers WANT to tell all their friends about you— and your company. Here’s the thing: great…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Steve Gutzler

According to leadership keynote speaker, Steve Gutzler, resiliency can be one of our greatest assets, and one of our greatest weapons. In his article, Seven Powerful Traits of Resilient Leaders, Steve shares seven influential traits to embrace in becoming a strong, positive leader. Steve inspires greatness in individuals and organizations…

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Developing A Risk-Taking Culture

Wouldn’t it be great if every organization could infuse innovation into their company’s vision and culture? In his recent Forbes’s article , Innovation Keynote Speaker, Robert Tucker, shares his inspiring and detailed interview with Chief Communications Officer & Head of Strategic Engagement, Lale Kesebi, whose team is focused on finding…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

For many, change is hard because our brains are wired to do the same thing over and over, regardless if that activity is good or bad for you. Oftentimes, it is challenging to go through change, no matter if it’s positive or negative. What can you change in order to…

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Social Media Metrics… Get Promoted!

Content marketing expert, Jay Baer, just launched a new, free ebook called, The 3 Types of Social Media Metrics and Why They’ll Get You Promoted. In his article, The 3 Social Metrics That Will Get You Promoted, Jay outlines a few highlights from his ebook and explains why it’s time…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Scott Shellstrom Interview

What if you could hire Leonardo da Vinci as your next keynote speaker? Scott Shellstrom is the modern day da Vinci, and inspires teams everywhere to rediscover their own ability for creativity and innovation. Creativity is the most important commodity for the success of business today, and a unique solution…

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Four Ways to Gain Focus and Purpose

Leadership, like most things in life, requires wisdom, balance, and focus. Every 90-days, leadership expert, Steve Gutzler, sets aside time to prioritize his goals for the few months ahead. In his article, Four Proven Strategies of Focused Leaders, Steve said, “Once you know your goals, it’s then about goal getting!” He…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

Congratulations Colette Carlson for being inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame! (She’s been in OUR Hall of Fame for years, and now she has a fancy statue and designation.) This prestigious award, presented by the National Speakers Association, honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Steve Gutzler

Steve Gutzler has delivered thousands of presentations on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. He has an exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity, and insight. Steve inspires greatness in individuals and organizations through his customized programs— Steve believes every presentations should transform a life…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Robert Tucker

Modern disruption and digitization are changing the way many companies and organizations approach innovation. Crowdsourcing, however, is something innovation expert, Robert Tucker, sees many companies embracing during this disruption. In his Forbes article, How Crowdsourcing Can Enhance Innovation Performance, Robert shares six ways organizations are using crowdsources to drive results.…

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What is Your Crisis Prevention Strategy?

Quebec’s birthday, St. Jean Baptiste, was celebrated this past weekend. During a parade in Montreal, a picture went viral accusing organizers of the parade of advertising systemic racism. While crisis management expert, Melissa Agnes, feels this was not intentional— she feels it was preventable. In her video, Important Message To…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Jay Baer

You may be wondering, “How often should I post on social media?” That is a great question and something content marketing expert Jay Baer addresses often. The “science” behind successful social media posting has changed significantly over the last few years. In his article, Here’s How Often You Should Post on Social…

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Three Tips to Staying One Step Ahead

Between professional and personal commitments, we’re all busy. Successful entrepreneur and business leader, Clint Greenleaf, lives an active and busy lifestyle, too. In his article, Stay on Tops of Things, Clint shares three important lessons he’s learned that will help you stay one step ahead of your busy lifestyle. As…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Steve Gutzler

In today’s fast-paced, competitive environment, how effective are you as a leader of personal influence, impact, and inspiration?  Our spotlight this week is on Steve Gutzler, a dynamic speaker who speaks to audiences everywhere on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. His authentic, inspiring style moves people to action with…

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Six Key Components of Your Personal Game Plan

If you were laid off tomorrow, for whatever reason, what would you do? Whatever your position, profession, or industry, your ability to innovate will give you a personal, competitive advantage in today’s unpredictable and ever-changing society. This means you must design your personal development plan so you are braced for…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

In this video, keynote speaker and connection expert, Colette Carlson, explains the importance of awakening your awareness of how you come across to others. Who are your “truth tellers?” For booking information on Colette Carlson, contact Michelle Joyce or visit MichelleJoyceSpeakers.com.  Tune in every Friday for additional featured speakers!

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The Importance of Addressing Customer Complaints

Have you ever been so frustrated or dissatisfied with a product or service that you’ve resorted to posting on social media to “air” your frustrations? Did you receive a response from the company? You most likely did not, but you did share your story and someone out there read what…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Scott Shellstrom

“Why not fall asleep on the job?” Scott Shellstrom asked. Take a moment to count the decisions you’ve made so far today. Most likely, you woke up and decided what to wear, decided what to eat for breakfast, and what route to take to work. Then once you sat down…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Melissa Agnes

When you pop a champagne cork, the bubbles of carbon dioxide form at tiny defects in the glass, join together, and explode upward when enough pressure builds. Crises usually start small, like champagne bubbles, and explode when the pressure builds to the breaking point. Keynote speaker and crisis management expert,…

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An Important Tip for Selecting your Next Mentor

In her article, “Learn by Connecting – Don’t’ Ignore your Best Teachers,” keynote speaker and connection expert, Colette Carlson, suggests a different approach for protégés searching for a mentor.  (HINT:  The information applies to mentors too!) “Whether protégé or mentor, when cultivating connections, diversity matters to maximize learning and growth,”…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Colette Carlson

Building and maintaining strong, lasting business relationships is hard work, but the more time you invest in building deep connections, the more effective you will be at achieving greatness and success. The power of connection — with yourself and with others — is the thread woven through all of connection…

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Simulations Tests Your Company’s Crisis Preparedness

If crisis were to strike tomorrow, is your company prepared? Does each employee know their role, responsibilities, and what is expected of them? In her article, What’s The Best Way To Train Your Staff To Be Crisis-Ready?, crisis management expert, Melissa Agnes, addresses the importance of developing, testing, and gaining experience…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Scott Shellstrom

An article in Fast Company states:  For CEOs, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM. Creative leaders are more prepared to break the status quo of industry, enterprise, and revenue models, and they are 81%…

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Your Energy Level is Affecting Your Productivity

“I need more coffee.” “I don’t have time to exercise.” “Once I get through this week, things will settle down.” Sound familiar? The reality is that everyone is trying to accomplish more than ever in a single day, and most people are simply stretched too thin. In his article, Quick…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

The best way to train your staff to be #CrisisReady is by conducting a crisis simulation. And the best way for students and employees to prepare for experiencing a crisis simulation is to align what actions to take first, brainstorm how to address communication, and determine who might be the…

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Cognitive Technology, Relevant Communications

Analyze > Optimize > Execute > Repeat has been the core process for successful digital marketing initiatives for many years now.  Today, however, we live in a technologically savvy society where new marketing strategies and concepts are constantly emerging— cognitive technology being one of them.  In his article, Why the…

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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

“Do you know where you are going?” This question pertains to life, your career, and your personal goals. Your powerful motive is your driving force and competitive advantage in sustaining life’s many challenges.  In his article, Take 10 Quiet Minutes Each Day to Ask…, keynote speaker and leadership coach, Steve…

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Social Interaction in Today’s Tech-Savvy Society

Mobile phones have become a staple of our society, with everyone from elementary school children to senior citizens. And while mobile apps and texting have made our lives easier in many ways, they have also negatively impacted certain aspects of our lives such as our attention span and our ability…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

The biggest news story this week was the passenger who was brutally removed from an overbooked United Airlines aircraft. As the man was pulled from his seat and down the aisle of the aircraft, fellow passengers filmed videos of the situation. These videos then flooded the internet, worldwide.  United Airlines…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Clint Greenleaf

A deep connection exists between America’s favorite pastime and America’s favorite peanut butter. And, with the first day of the 2017 Major League regular season in the books, it is only appropriate to shine some light on our keynote speaker and CEO of Homeplate Peanut Butter, Clint Greenleaf! HomePlate Peanut…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Jay Baer

We are excited to announce the newest program by Jay Baer!  Our best-selling author and renowned keynote speaker on marketing and customer service has created Talk Triggers: Turn Your Customers Into Volunteer Marketers. Customer experience is how you make your customers feel. Great customer experience occurs when you exceed customer…

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The Art of the Deal

Success comes from building one relationship at a time. Clint Greenleaf, a successful entrepreneur, business leader, and keynote speaker says, “The relationship is where I can create real, lasting value amidst a world filled with transactional dealings.”  In his article, Why Providing Value Requires Connection: How To Engage Your Audience…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Steve Gutzler

Every conversation you have is an opportunity to inspire and influence others— whether it be your spouse, child, colleague, senior management, or a complete stranger. Most don’t realize the impact their leadership and influence has on others, and you may be wondering how to better empower those around you. “The…

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Spy Techniques for the Next Interview You Lead

Imagine this scenario:  Your company has an open position that needs to be filled, and you are responsible for interviewing prospective candidates. Your job is to “pull” the truth out of the data the interviewee has chosen to present, and determine if this candidate is a good fit for the…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Colette Carlson

The most successful businesses grow from and are sustained by mutually-beneficial relationships. And your success is in direction correlation to your ability to connect with others. Customers buy from people they like, know, and trust. Employees want to work for people they respect. The ability to connect on both a…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Melissa Agnes

As many of you are aware and probably watched live, the producers and cast of “La La Land” mistakenly accepted the Oscar for best picture. Within minutes, the best picture snafu became instant social media gold. But the question is, was this indeed a crisis for the Oscars?  In her recent #crisisready…

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See the Opportunity, Then Seize It

We are surrounded by opportunities every day. These opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, and are often disguised as challenges.  Your mindset and how you approach these challenges determine your success. “If you want to make a stunning story by making a difference, are willing to start small, have…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Scott Shellstrom

Scott Shellstrom is our creativity and innovation expert who combines his experiences, stories, improv comedy techniques, and art to inspire audiences to seek new ideas and perspectives for everyday challenges. Creativity is the most important commodity for the success of business today, and a unique solution to problem solving. Scott…

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The Power of Connection

“Your ability to succeed is in direct proportion to your ability to connect,” says Keynote Speaker and Connection Expert, Colette Carlson. The power of connection — with yourself and with others — is the thread woven through all of Colette’s programs. So when she was introduced to Jewelry Designer, Kendra Scott,…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Clint Greenleaf

When it comes to starting and growing successful businesses, Clint Greenleaf just can’t help himself.  His programs teach businesses of all sizes the value of essential relationships, discipline, and how to create a competitive advantage.   With successful stints of book publishing and children’s clothing under his belt, Clint is…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Jason Hanson

If you look around today, you’ll see most people moving too quickly, while being pulled in different directions, with their heads buried in their cell phones.  And while many view this as “productive”, criminals view this behavior as “an easy target”.  Being aware of your surroundings is more important than…

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How to Gain Leadership Buy-In for Crisis Preparedness

Implementing and maintaining a #crisisready corporate culture is essential in business today.  So what’s the best way to gain the necessary approval and commitment from your top leadership?  This question is a common one heard by Crisis Management Expert and Keynote Speaker, Melissa Agnes. As Melissa says, “In my experience…

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Fire Away!

Firing an employee is never fun.  But sometimes you have to make a tough decision and help someone move on. Thankfully, we know Clint Greenleaf.  As a successful entrepreneur and business leader, Clint shares lessons on effective leadership and valuable relationships to audiences everywhere through his customized programs. In his…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Steve Gutzler

In today’s fast-paced, competitive work environment, how effective are you as a leader of personal influence, impact, and inspiration? Steve Gutzler has delivered thousands of presentations on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. He has an exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity, and insight. Steve…

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A Former CIA Officer’s Airplane Safety Tips

Our speaker Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer, a New York Times Bestselling Author, and America’s #1 Authority on Personal Safety. In his customized seminars, Jason teaches how to heighten your level of awareness, and offers exciting demonstrations of spy tools and tactics, which anyone can use to thwart danger…

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Want More Customer Reviews?

How many customer reviews did you receive last year?  (Not enough? Want some more?) Sure, you could beg, plead, and offer to pay for customer reviews… but wouldn’t you rather earn them and ask for them in a more personal way? Enter Jay Baer, keynote speaker and best-selling author of…

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Friday Featured Speaker: Interview with Melissa Agnes

If crisis were to strike your company tomorrow, is your organization #CRISISREADY? Melissa Agnes is a sought-after, international crisis management keynote speaker. She delivers powerful talks that help today’s organizations understand the realities that loom when crisis strikes. Her customized presentations provide tools and strategies that create a proactive, crisis-ready…

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What To Do First When Crisis Strikes

Uh-oh. You and your company have just experienced a crisis. It’s a mess. Things are happening so quickly now… it’s difficult to think. And people are already posting their own versions of the incident on social media! You have to do something. Fast. Now!  But what? Where do you start?…

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New Year, New Content Marketing

We’ve seen new, creative changes and trends in marketing over the past year and 2017 will only bring more.  How will you and your company stand out in this ever-changing marketplace?  For our first blog post on the new year, our speaker Jay Baer is giving you a gift:  7 Content…

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas… we present Michelle Joyce!

The Drummers are Drumming and Michelle Joyce is marching to the beat! With an unconditional love for the professional speaking industry, Michelle combined her passion of managing and coaching professional speakers to create our company in 2015.  She effectively connects audiences and speakers, resulting in a memorable experience every time. Her…

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas… we present Neil Joyce!

Ladies are Dancing, but Neil Joyce has the best moves!  Although his day job includes procurement, contract management, and sourcing for the nation’s leading financial institution, Neil graciously volunteers his time as our Resident CTO. (Neil, who is married to our President, doesn’t recall volunteering for this position.) When Neil…

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas… we present Jason Hanson!

Hey “Geese a Laying”, get out of the way… we’ve got Jason Hanson!  Jason is a former CIA Officer and America’s #1 Security and Personal Safety Expert. His one-of-a-kind keynote presentations draw upon his CIA Officer training, executive protection services, and corporate security consulting. Audience members are fascinated to learn Jason’s…

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas… we present Steve Gutzler!

Step aside Calling Birds, we’ve got Steve Gutzler!  Steve is a dynamic, highly sought-after speaker who has delivered thousands of presentations on leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal transformation. He has an exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and business solutions with humor, clarity, and insight. As part of our 12…

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On the Third Day of Christmas… we present Melissa Agnes!

We prefer Melissa Agnes over French Hens any day!  Melissa is a sought-after, international crisis management keynote speaker. Her powerful programs help today’s organizations understand the realities that loom when crisis strikes. Melissa’s customized presentations provide tools and strategies that create a proactive, crisis-ready corporate culture. As part of our…

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On the Second Day of Christmas… we present Colette Carlson!

Who needs two Turtle Doves when you’ve got Colette Carlson?! With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior and extensive experience in the personal development industry for over 20 years, Colette Carlson knows the difference between trendy topics and timeless truths when it comes to successful business practices. All of Colette’s seminars are…

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On the First Day of Christmas… we present Jay Baer!

Move over Partridge in a Pear Tree, we’ve got Jay Baer!  Jay is a renowned business strategist, a New York Times best-selling author of five books, and the world’s most retweeted person among digital marketers. His programs help organizations everywhere rethink their approach to marketing and customer service, attract new…

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The Business of Storytelling

‘Tis the season of family get-togethers, food, and lots of storytelling.  My favorite part of family gatherings are the stories that are shared from people of all ages.  Stories bring events to life. Stories evoke feelings, memories, and reactions. Stories are remembered and retold. It’s the same for your business.…

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Everyday Gratefulness

I’ve always jested that the word “grateful” should be spelled “great-full”, as I think that more accurately describes the feeling of the adjective. As we approach Thanksgiving this week, many are focused on gratitude and thankfulness.  For me personally, I make a point to focus on gratitude every day.  As…

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My First Job: Garbage Collector

My first job was picking up trash along the roadside for Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington, Ohio.  I was ten years old, and my grandfather was the Superintendent. I took over the job for my big brother when he started a lawn care business (a fancy term for mowing neighborhood…

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How to Engage the Toughest Audience

I come from a long line of great storytellers.  As a child, I remember sitting around the table with my brother and my cousins listening to my grandparents tell incredible stories of their lives. I was mesmerized by every detail. And there was always an important lesson to be learned…

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