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  • Negotiating internationally with confidence

    Kirk Samson, Owner, Samson Atlantic LLC

    Negotiating effectively is critical to your business and personal success. The importance of this skill is reflected in the wide range of books you can find in libraries or bookstores on how to improve your negotiation savvy. Unfortunately, almost all of these books represent an American perspective on how to negotiate. The negotiation process and strategies can vary wildly around the world, and many of the techniques that business people use daily here in the U.S. will serve you poorly overseas. MORE >

    In this presentation, Kirk Samson will highlight some of the major differences you can expect while negotiating overseas and how you can 'shift gears' to negotiate with confidence around the globe.
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  • Creating the Brand New YOU – Strategies to Reinvent, Re-brand and Stay Relevant at Any Stage of Your Career

    Susan Fignar, President, Pur-sue Inc.

    Are you in a season of change?
    • Seeking advancement in your career
    • Adapting to a new job role / culture
    • Evaluating your skillset
    • Re-energizing and leveraging your professional network MORE >

    In today's competitive marketplace, you need to examine, develop and demonstrate your personal brand as a way to stand out in a crowd. Identify and market your features and benefits to help you be seen as a valuable resource, get you noticed and differentiate you from other professionals in your field. Whether you are relatively new in your career, have been in a job for a long time, would like to be considered for a promotion, or position yourself for a new opportunity, now is the time to examine your value, strengths and expertise. Hone your executive presence and polish your personal brand to advance your career.

    Break out of the old mindset and patterns of comfort and prepare for a new and enhanced YOU. You'll be amazed by the positive changes you’ll start to experience in as little as 45 days with our four-step process.

    Program length: 60-75 minutes

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  • 10 Soft Skills Every Leader Needs

    Bette Lawrence-Water, Founder and Principal Consultant, Spectrum Strategic Solutions

    Having the technical skills and knowledge to successfully execute your job duties is only one part of being the best you can be in the workplace. In addition to these “hard” skills, we also need “soft” skills. Soft skills are those skills which allow us to effectively work with others. No matter what your position, organization, or industry, you work with people! Taking the time to build effective soft skills can contribute to a more efficient, more harmonious, and more productive workplace, as well as to your own overall job happiness and satisfaction. MORE >

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  • Resilient Leaders = Resilient Organizations

    Amy Ruppert, CEO, The Integreship Group

    What does it mean to be a resilient leader? And what does it take to be one? We are living in a time where rapidly changing technology and the speed of business is moving faster and farther than human beings can adapt. Confusion, chaos, conflict and constant change challenge leaders like never before. Leading others through this type of turbulence takes resilience and grit. But how does one build and improve their resiliency? MORE >

    In this presentation, Amy will share with you proven methods some of the most successful, high profile leaders she's coached have used to become more resilient leaders and how a leader's resiliency impacts those that work for them and the entire enterprise.

    You’ll leave with a personal 3-step plan to become a more resilient leader.

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  • Presenting Your Professional Best

    Susan Fignar, President, Pur-sue Inc.

    In today’s rapidly changing business world, your professional presence, how you relate and connect to others, along with your workplace behavior and practices will contribute significantly to your credibility and overall success, and the bottom line of your organization. Whether you are attending a meeting, interacting with a new client, delivering a presentation, working across departments or attending a company-sponsored event, you need to be mindful of the messages you're communicating as an ambassador of your company. MORE >

    In this light, informative and interactive program, Susan will highlight the key elements of presenting your professional best.

    Program length: 60-75 minutes

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  • Global business expansion – your business is ready to grow!

    Kirk Samson, Owner, Samson Atlantic LLC

    There are over 200 countries in the world today, and the world has a population of over 7 billion. What is the current reach of your product or service? If you sell to the United States alone, you are only reaching a little of over 4% of the world market. What are you missing out on? While not all countries have the buying power of U.S consumers, many of them do. That difference in current market and potential market is what makes international expansion so intriguing. MORE >

    Additionally, there are other important reasons to expand your business internationally: capturing innovation, forging lucrative partnerships, and diversifying your business risk. In this presentation, Kirk Samson will walk you through the advantages and risks of expanding your business to a new market, introduce you to existing free resources for business expansion and show how you can find the perfect place for your business to grow.
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  • Enhancing Influence & Impacting Change

    Lee Ann Piano, Keynote Speaker, John Maxwell Team Member

    What Women Leaders need to know in order to grow! This Keynote is designed to help elevate the impact of women leaders – enabling them to navigate the business landscape, develop and leverage their talents, and step into roles of greater influence. Lee Ann will share time-tested techniques and practical ideas that help women become more confident of their personal leadership identity and committed to changes they will effect in the workplace. MORE >

    Take-A-Ways:
    • Articulate your vision and your action plan for personal leadership
    • Engage supporters through compelling communications
    • Negotiate favorable outcomes and manage conflict
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  • The Power of Authentic Storytelling

    Troy Sandidge, Vice President Creative Services | Social Media Jedi | Motivational Speaker

    In a digital world where most forms of content are reaching a saturation point, everyone is an expert in everything, and competition is fiercer than ever, what is a brand to do? How can your message not only rise above the noise but truly connect with your target audience? Honesty. Originality. Transparency. But the challenge brands face today is how can they be heard? What good is it to tell your story if no one can hear it? And how can anyone hear your story if it sounds like every other story out there? MORE >

    Takeaways:
    - Learn how to convey the story of your brand in multi-dimensional ways that set you apart from everyone else
    - Understand how to use social media not to become the noise, but merely silence the noise while establishing your own voice
    - Discover strategies to humanize your brand while showcasing your brand's uniqueness without overdoing it

    ** Session can be customized by business type, social media needs to address, etc.

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  • The Attraction Principle: How to Shift from Working to Get Clients to Attracting Them Effortlessly

    Tom Kelly, Business Coach, Potential In Motion

    If you are looking to dramatically increase your sales, make more money with less effort, and build a sales system that produces predictable results, then this presentation is for you! In this presentation, Master Certified Business Coach Tom Kelly covers the 5 shifts that you need to make in how you approach your business so that you can attract what you want, as opposed to chasing it. MORE >

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  • Entrepreneurship: “Who is holding your ladder?”

    Peter A. James, Speaker, Coach, Professor

    We, as entrepreneurs, have a tendency to work our tails off... by ourselves. It is often not our own faults. We just gain momentum and stay in our own bubble with our own goals. But are we hurting ourselves by remaining in this bubble? And if so, what is the best way to accomplish success? This workshop will allow your audience to see the true beauty in numbers. MORE >

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