Brett Keenan

Principal and Founder, BRKeenan & Associates, LLC

Free Business Speaker in Chicago

  • How to Sell When You Hate Selling!!

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    "I hate selling." Unfortunately, I've heard that statement way too many times from entrepreneurs whose success depends upon their ability to sell. But, if you hate selling, you'll never be good at it -- at best, that means lost revenue; at worst, company failure. In my experience, it's the entrepreneurs who really love selling who are the most successful. MORE >

    So how do you learn to love something you hate? You change the rules of the game, creating your own version of how you approach Selling, and learn to love that. Like the old adage says, it can really be a simply as "mind over matter". In this presentation, we will explore how to change the experience of selling by changing the way we look at it, making it a passion rather than a pitfall.
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  • Great Public Speakers — Make More Money And Change the World. Yes, You Can Do Both!!

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Great public speakers can swing nations (Churchill) and elections (Reagan, Obama). Great speakers can also swing markets (Jobs, Peters). One skill set every entrepreneur and businessperson must develop is a strong Public Speaking presence. In this seminar, we will examine a few tricks of the trade to help strengthen both the novice and more skilled speaker. MORE >

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  • Before You Quit — Read the Fine Print!

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Before striking out on your own, or leaving job A for job B, you should take out your employment agreement. After spending the next hour translating the "Whereas" and "Wherefore" clauses into plain English, you might agree with the Bard – “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” How on earth can you ever get out from under The Man’s Thumb if he and his greedy non-competitive digit are protected by legal barred wire? In this presentation, we will explore how to cut through a Non-Compete Agreement (NCA) and into the wide open prairies of capitalism. MORE >

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  • Fraud & Embezzlement — It’s Grandma in Accounting Who Steals!

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    While large, public company scandals abound (e.g., Enron, Tyco, Madoff), the most likely person to steal from your company is the 60-year old, kind, gentle grandma who works in accounting and has been there forever. Unfortunately, she (and many of her octogenarian friends!) have robbed their employers blind, putting many of them out of business. In this presentation, we will review many common fraud and embezzlement tricks, how to spot and, more importantly, prevent them. MORE >

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  • Ready, Fire, Aim: The Advantages (and Disadvantages of) Acting First and Thinking Later

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self Improvement

    Inertia is the enemy of growth, standing between us and our desired outcomes. Too many of us have been captured in the bog of procrastination or in the slow death of "I'll do it tomorrow". From boot strap start-ups to training for a marathon, the process of "Ready, Fire, Then Aim" is more than a miracle worker -- it can the difference between success and failure. In this presentation, we will explore how action, almost any almost action, is an excellent way to begin, since learning to crawl quickly leads to walking then running. No infant ever thought about crawling; they just did it. So can you. MORE >

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  • “I Just Got Fired by the World’s Greatest Boss” — How to Be That Boss

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Managing employee can be a nightmare. But done well, it can be sublime, leading to life-long friendships. At one of my clients, there was an IT manager who would fire about half of his staff each year, and yet all of his employees loved him, even the ones he had just fired!! In this presentation, we will review what this IT manager did so well and how to become that boss. MORE >

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  • Ethics — Huffing and Puffing vs. Lying

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    TV's Dr. House claims that "everyone lies". Unfortunately, dishonesty is all too common. And while we would all agree that "honesty is the best policy", we sometimes fall short. Yes, lying is wrong. In contrast, "huffing and puffing" is not. In this presentation, we will explore the difference between huffing and puffing and lying, how to recognize each, and stop both in their tracks. MORE >

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  • “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” — When to Ignore the Bard

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    In small businesses (and in our personal lives), we are often hesitant to hire attorneys, mostly because of the cost. But when you represent yourself in legal matters, you can easily have a fool for a client. There are key moments in every small business and in our personal lives when having a good attorney is literally worth their weight in precious metals. In this presentation, I will review when it makes good sense to "ignore the Bard!" MORE >

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  • Keep What You Hire – 12 Core Competencies

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Attracting and retaining excellent employees is not easy. Fortunately, it CAN be done. In fact, it is rather simple -- not necessarily easy to do, but it is simple to understand. Of course, with practice and time, it will also become easy to do as well. In this presentation, we will discuss the twelve core competencies which your company must have in order to attract and retain excellent employees. MORE >

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  • Start Ups — Six Things To Be In the 6% Which Succeed!!

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Unfortunately, most Start Ups and Entrepreneurs fail. In fact, 96% fail! In this presentation, I will discuss six things which every entrepreneur and start-up business owner should know in order to succeed, from Corporate Legal Structure to Marketing to bringing Employees on Board to obtaining Angel and VC Funding and more.

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  • I have had the honor to select speakers for national and international events through my work .... Brett is the type of speaker I hope to find. Engaging, creative, articulate and motivating.

    Amy Courter, MI