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  • Stuck: How Culture Makes or Breaks a Business

    Robert Starinsky, ASBC, Principal, Tradewinds Group, Inc.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    For better or worse, your business has a personality of its' own. It's referred to as the corporate culture. It is everything you can't see - and more; it is the secret sauce influencing how work gets done (or doesn't) on a day-to-day basis in your organization. A healthy, positive corporate culture can be a competitive advantage. A toxic culture? That's not a story you want to tell! MORE >

    what do you know about your corporate culture? Chances are, not as much as you think. This insightful presentation for business owners and managers provides helpful information on understanding, improving and leveraging your corporate culture as a competitive weapon, especially as you plot your return to normal in a not so normal world.
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  • Best Practices for Managing Remote Work and Remote Workers

    Robert Starinsky, ASBC, Principal, Tradewinds Group, Inc.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    The global pandemic has forced big changes in the way we work. Although the global pandemic increasingly appears to be in our rear view mirror, Remote Work and Remote Workers are here to stay! MORE >

    If you've just been getting by as a manager in the new normal of remote work, your days may be numbered unless you're ready, willing and able to manage work and workers differently in this newly emerging work world.

    This presentation provides a fast-paced introduction to the techniques and best practices you'll need in your toolbox as a manager in the new world of remote work.

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  • How to Grow Mental Muscle to Thrive in Challenging Times

    Julie Bronsteatter, Personal and Executive Coach, J Bronsteatter Coaching

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    We all know the importance of physical fitness, but mental fitness is not taught. There are 3 core muscles you could be using RIGHT NOW to increase your happiness and success. The session is based on the research and teachings from the book “Positive Intelligence,” by Shirzad Chamine.

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  • Leadership and Coaching

    Julie Bronsteatter, Personal and Executive Coach, J Bronsteatter Coaching

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    There’s more to leadership then, well, leading. In fact, the most successful leaders use coaching techniques to get the most out of their teams. This session offers 5 easy tips on how to approach leadership through a coaching lens, creating a powerful connection with lasting impact.

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  • Get it SOLD with Home Staging

    GraceAnn Simoni, President & Premier Home Stager, Staging Redesign Group Inc.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Selling your home now or in the future. When you’re ready to put you house on the market will you know where to start? Do you think the Realtor will do everything for you? Does the thought of getting your home ready for the buyer’s critical eye scare you? Are you willing to take a price reduction rather than investing a little into the house? MORE >

    Staging a home results in fewer days on the market and a higher selling price. Be one step ahead of the competition. Learn how to stage your home today! Get it ready now before even calling the Realtor!

    What can be done to get your house ready for little or no money?
    From the curb to the back door!
    What home Staging is and what it is not.
    What are buyers in this market looking for in their new home?
    How to shorten the time on the market and get the best offers.

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  • Understanding Pain Color and Light

    GraceAnn Simoni, President & Premier Home Stager, Staging Redesign Group Inc.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Ever choose the perfect paint color only to realize it does not look the same on your walls? Why? Understand more about color, the new light bulbs and how they effect color. Discover how light outside and inside you home effects paint color.

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  • The Art of Not Being Defeated

    Troy Sandidge, The Strategy Hacker® • I Maximize B2B Profitability • International Speaker

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    Life is difficult. Our lives are constantly "under construction" and so are our goals and dreams both personally and professionally. What happens when life throws you a curveball you didn't expect? What do you do when it feels like all is lost and you want to give up? This session tackles the reality and fear of defeat. MORE >

    • How to Deal with Life-Altering Situations
    • Strategies on How to Dig-Deep & Move Forward Despite Obstacles
    • Q & A on Personal Techniques That Helped Me Personally & Professionally

    • How to Release What’s Holding Us Back to Pursue the Goals We Want
    • Learn & Apply the C.L.O.V.E.R. Business Framework™ to Achieve Your Goals
    • Build T.R.U.S.T. within Our Internal Teams & Departments, & Discover as a Whole
    • Renewing Our Commitments Professionally & Personally
    • Tips to Improve Productivity, Teamwork, & Culture within Micro-Teams & Organization

    Intentional Themes & Emotion Expected to Be Experienced:
    • Self-Reflection
    • Inspiration
    • Transition
    • Affirmations
    • Objectively Thinking
    • Revitalization
    • Embracing Change
    • Taking Action Toward Goals

    Actionable Takeaways:
    • Get System To Level-Up Your Mindset to Maintain Momentum to Achieve
    • Apply Strategies to Obtain Clarity & Directions to Stay in Alignment with Your Goals
    • Refocus. Realignment. Revitalization. Moving From Passion to Action

    ** Session can be customized to be more Faith-based or Motivational-Based

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  • Optimize Your Customer Journey! Rebuild Your Marketing & Sales Infrastructure For Growth.

    Troy Sandidge, The Strategy Hacker® • I Maximize B2B Profitability • International Speaker

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Optimize Your Customer Journey.
    Rebuild Your Marketing & Sales For Sustainable Business Growth.

    Stop marketing for fans.
    Start marketing for money. MORE >

    When is the last time you looked at your customer journey through the eyes of your ideal customer? Is your journey optimized and systemized to give the right value at every stage? Are your marketing, branding, SEO, and selling initiatives in alignment with where you are in your business right now? Some businesses' customer journeys and initiatives are stuck on awareness mode when they need to switch to sales, acquisition, and conversions mode.

    Let me share with you a 5-point customer journey blueprint that you can modify to fit your current situation. I'll then show you how to expand your marketing and sales tactics and effectiveness using your actual customers. We'll also debunk some myths many businesses are still doing that are costing them sales, repeatable buyers, and causing them to fail.

    Here's an audible that breaks this down:

    • Use Social Media & Digital Marketing
    • Learn Concepts & Infrastructure To Better Your Sales Process & Build Sales Systems
    • Get A 5-Point Customer Journey Blueprint
    • Leaarn How To Implement C.L.O.V.E.R. Business Framework™
    • Apply The D.A.R.T. Marketing Methodology™ To Improve Marketing Tactics

    Best For:
    • B2Bs & Corporate Organizations With Small Teams
    • Small-Medium Size Businesses With No Marketing Team & Third-Party Marketing Agency Needing A Plan
    • Entrepreneurs, Solopreneurs, Freelancers, Organizations Looking To Improve Their Marketing & Sales Systems
    • Business Looking To Level-Up Marketing & Sales Strategies

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  • Climate Change Solutions: We already know how, so let’s “DO IT”

    Dorelle Ackermann, Activist, Pachamama Alliance: Chicagoland Co-Hearts


    Climate change is an immediate and serious threat that must be addressed this decade. We will briefly touch on the impact of climate change that is evident today as well as the basic science of global warming. However, our main focus will be on the fact that the solutions to climate change are already here. We have the technology to "drawdown" our atmospheric carbon dioxide and prevent catastrophic climate change. MORE >

    We will offer hope and invite participants to consider individual actions to reduce their carbon footprint while inviting participants to join us at a local level to advocate for community, state, national and international action.

    Presentations are individually tailored to your group and we are especially excited to present to school groups where we provide raffle prizes to motivate students to take actions within a week of the presentation.

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  • Why Some Invisible Things Need a Visible Price

    Mike Zanillo, Community Outreach Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby / Citizens Climate Education


    To maintain a balance in an economy, there is a cost to everything. Yet, in one critical area, there is no cost to dump carbon into the air we breathe. From reading a basic primer in most economic educational programs, TANSTAAFL (There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch), we learn that free things, will ultimately be utilized or consumed on an unlimited basis. Hence, there’s growing support for carbon pricing as a necessary step to address climate change. MORE >

    Citizens Climate Lobby and Citizens Climate Education, are national nonprofit, non-partisan organizations that provide presentations to groups such as Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, League of Women Voters groups, college clubs and other local groups.

    The presentation will educate, enable, and entertain your group members. The presentation can include short videos, slides, stories and time for audience questions. While the length of the presentation is at your discretion, the following topics will be covered.

    Come to learn:
    • What are the major alternatives to control carbon emissions
    • What role individuals, companies and government can play with carbon emissions
    • How pricing carbon pollution is the best economic-friendly policy
    • How carbon emissions can be reduced while getting the benefits of economic growth and jobs
    • A bi-partisan approach is the best option for achieving needed goals
    • How you can support a carbon pricing policy

    After participating in our meetings, participants often feel more informed, energized and hopeful for a future stable climate. There will be no solicitation of donations or attempts to sell anything.

    Please contact me if you would like to discuss this opportunity for a presentation of this timely topic.

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