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  • 10 Soft Skills Every Leader Needs

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

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

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

    Kirk Samson, Owner, Samson Atlantic LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    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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  • Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

    Jeff Davis, Sales and Marketing Alignment Expert, The Sales and Marketing Alignment Summit

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Aberdeen Group estimates that companies with poor sales and marketing alignment experience an annual 4% revenue decline. In today's B2B business environment sales and marketing can no longer operate in silos. We must find a way to create "Togetherness" and use the collective knowledge of each team to win. MORE >

    The goal of this presentation is to achieve making CEOs and other customer-facing executives think differently about how sales and marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This presentation focuses on using evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

    The key objectives of the presentation are to:

    * Establish an understanding of the detrimental effects that occur by not aligning sales and marketing
    * Explore the key reasons why this relationship continues to be a challenge for most organizations
    * Examine strategies and tactics to promote cohesiveness between these two functions that will lead to improvements in achieving revenue targets.

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  • Back to Basics – 4 Areas to Secure Your Financial Well-Being

    Robb Hill, Founder/President, R Hill Enterprises Inc

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    According to the Social Security Administration: 94% of the Baby-boomers are not prepared for retirement. The sad reality is that retirement is a financial position not an age. Far too many people think of retirement in terms of time however; that is only half of the equation. MORE >

    Retirement is time+money and so many people miss the second part “money”. There are many reasons for this bleak statistic however, there is only one solution: EDUCATION! We need your help in sharing with as many people as possible the information that can change this statistic.

    We offer a series of 4 lectures designed to equip the attendees with enough information to make informed decisions in the areas of Wills & Trusts, Long-Term Care, Safe Alternatives to the Stock Market and Final Expense.

    For the highest quality educational lectures in personal finance; the most trusted name in Illinois is R Hill Enterprises, Inc. Prominent organizations such as AARP, Manor Care Corporation, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees have featured these very lectures and workshops and they have also been presented at many National Credit Unions and Fortune 500 companies.

    There are many proven strategies that will aid in keeping more of our assets in our families and away from the government. These lectures are limited to a maximum of 30 participants in order to facilitate interaction between the audience and the speaker(s).

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  • Essential People Skills You’ll Need to Succeed

    Amy Ruppert, CEO, The Integreship Group

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    When your job depends on how well you talk to and connect with people, why is it you’re not as committed to honing those skills as you are your technical skills? Throughout our careers the emphasis is on technical proficiency and while that’s very important, if you can’t make a genuine connection with people and have a productive or effective conversation, all the technical skills in the world won’t help you. MORE >

    In this presentation, Amy will share with you why we connect with some and not others, the necessary ingredients to make natural connection and techniques to establish trust with the people you need to influence, win-over or get results from.

    This is a hands-on presentation for participants where you’ll not only learn about these essential skills, you’ll also get a chance to practice them in a fun and engaging way.
    Second Presentation Topic Title (optional) Resilient Leaders = Resilient Organizations

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  • 6 Ways To Network Effectively – How To Leverage Your Relationships

    Robb Thompson, President & Founder, Progressive Life

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    We will show you ways to connect with people in all different areas of life. Don't hesitate to step outside of your comfort zone. That is the only way you are going to become successful. Here are some things we cover. MORE >

    • Developing strong relationships
    • Building a healthy team
    • Surrounding yourself with the right people
    • Different levels of relationship
    • Mentor/Mentee relationship

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  • Stress, Wellness and Humor

    Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Author, Wellness Coach, Acupuncturist, Humorist & Chiropractic Physician

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

    Dr. Smith will teach the audience how to increase the body’s ability to fight off disease and stress, and prevent injuries through all the latest and greatest on wellness and humor.

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  • Restore our Democracy

    Ed Spire, Co-lead, Restore our Democracy Project, NWSOFA-Indivisible

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Restore our Democracy addresses the problem of unlimited political money corrupting our democracy. We explain the problem clearly, and discuss the causes and possible solutions, including steps that we can take in our own communities to begin addressing this structural problem in our country. The presentation is non-partisan and brings issues to light which are of concern across the aisle. MORE >

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  • A Guide to Customer Success

    Joshua Reed, President/Founder, Tier One Consulting LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    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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  • Mindfulness for Leadership, Performance and Well-Being

    Ravi Rade, Mindfulness Trainer For Corporate Success, TheLeaderInsideYou.com

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    An inspiring introduction to the mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training program developed at Google and backed by the latest neuroscience. This introductory presentation helps to improve focus and empathy to harness your team’s full potential. MORE >

    Designed and tested at Google, the SIY program teaches mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills that lead to sustained peak performance, strong collaboration, and effective leadership. This SIY Keynote is an inspiring and interactive 60 to 90-minute introduction to mindfulness-based emotional intelligence skills with practical applications that participants can incorporate into their life immediately.

    What to expect from a Search Inside Yourself (SIY) keynote:
    The keynote integrates individual and hands-on exercises. It can be customized for your organization’s needs, and held as a stand-alone presentation or integrated into a conference or off-site. The interactive keynote includes:
    · The neuroscience supporting mindfulness and emotional intelligence.
    · The role of attention training in enhancing focus and developing empathy.
    · Foundational exercises to focus attention, calm the mind and enhance connection and compassion.

    Typical keynote agenda:
    Introduction
    Opening Exercise
    Case for Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence
    Self-Awareness: Knowing one’s internal states
    Practice: 3 Breaths
    Empathy: Understand others’ feelings and experiences
    Practice: Unmindful Listening
    Practice: Shift to Connection
    Practice: Mindful Listening
    Application Brainstorm
    End of Keynote

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