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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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  • 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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  • A Guide to Customer Success

    Joshua Reed, President/Founder, Tier One Consulting LLC

    The customer experience is one of the most important aspects of any company. By the time this talk is over, you will be able to create an environment for your customers that will drive them to come back each and every time. We will cover everything from initial contact of the customer, down to your appearance, and even closing it all out. If you want to increase your brand quality and drive customer flow, this is the talk for you. Let me help you create the environment your customers crave. MORE >

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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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  • Practical Creativity: Getting and Turning Ideas into ‘WOW’ Services!

    Karyn Ross, Owner, Karyn Ross Consulting

    Want to make sure your business stays one step ahead of the competition? Then you'll continuously need to create and deliver the innovative services that WOW your customers! And that's exactly what Practical Creativity is all about: using creativity to get new ideas, and then turning those ideas into reality so that your customers get what they want, when they want it right the first time! MORE >

    In this fun, interactive presentation, we'll practice getting creative, new ideas based on what we already know through experience...and then we'll learn the basic principles of turning those ideas into actual WOW services effectively and efficiently! And that's exactly what your business - and your customers - want!
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  • The Hidden Revenue Streams in Your Business That Are Keeping Your From Earning What You Want

    Jean Kuhn, CEO, JeanKuhn.com

    Certified Master Speaker and Marketing Maven, Jean Kuhn, knows your local small business owners are not making enough money. Let’s help them. Look around, how many of your local businesses have closed their doors in the past 5 years? MORE >

    Small Business Owners (SBOs) get so caught up in the daily grind of running their business, taking care of customers, employees, worrying about payroll, and paying the bills, they don’t have time to figure out how easy it can be to increase their income. I know it’s true, because it was true for me when I first became self-employed and it took me 17 years to figure it out.

    Every business owner has revenue streams in their business they have either forgotten about, don’t see, or don’t have the time to implement. Countless (SBOs) close their businesses because they don’t make enough money. While I can't see dead people, I can see revenue potential, it's my "sixth sense.“

    What if I could show your SBOs where they are losing money in their business?

    What if I could show your SBOs the revenue stream(s) they can’t see in their business?

    When a SBO thrives and makes more money, they put it back into the local economy, they create jobs, and the local government gains more tax dollars. A true, win/win.

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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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  • The 3 resistances every leader must overcome

    Dr. Jeff Van Meter, The Human Leader

    The moment you step into a leadership position, you encounter 3 resistances you must overcome to achieve your goals. Dr. Van Meter will share those resistances and how to overcome them.

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  • Yes, and…: Improv Comedy Exercises to Build Teams and Bolster Creativity

    Marta Carlson Ph.D., E-gate22, Inc.

    Too often the workplace makes us feel as if we always have to have the right answer, the answer our supervisor wants. We become afraid to generate new ideas because we are afraid to fail or look silly. Improv comedy exercises gives people the opportunity to see how being a little silly can reduce anxiety, build teams who enjoy working together, and bolster creativity. In this presentation, participants will have the opportunity to experience improv comedy exercises and discus how they may be used in the workplace. MORE >

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  • Everything you know about taglines is wrong.

    Tagline Jim

    A strong tagline is the most valuable single branding/positioning arrow in your marketing quiver. Yet small businesses and, particularly, BtoB businesses often disregard or misunderstand this precious bit of branding. As a result, most taglines suck. Having specialized in creating taglines for 35 years, I can help you gain a different understanding of why and how a great tagline is invaluable, and disavow you of many universally accepted myths about taglines. Short? Simple? Clear? Descriptive? NO! Find out the real story, and put a strong tagline to work for your business. MORE >

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