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  • Wills, Trusts and What Every Family Needs To Know About Estate Planning

    Robert J. Varak, Law Offices of Robert J. Varak

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    Most people know that they should have a will, but why? When should you have your first will drafted? What is the difference between a will and a trust? How do I make sure that my children will be taken care of in the event of a family tragedy? What is probate and how does it work? I will give direct, understandable answers to these questions and any others you might have about the world of estate planning. MORE >

    Attendees will leave this talk knowing all the basics of the estate planning process, how to go about finding a qualified attorney, what is involved on their part and how much the process should cost them. It's the perfect one-stop primer to learn about wills, trusts, guardianship, powers of attorney and other sometimes intimidating but universally important topics.
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  • The Retirement Transition Window: Don’t Get Shut Out !

    Tom Kedzie, Financial Planner, Lincoln Financial Advisors

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    The "transition window" is from age 62 to 70. During this period of your life, you will need to make a variety of decisions- some of which are irrevocable. A wrong decision will follow you throughout retirement! These decisions include Social Security elections, Medicare enrollment, and company retirement distributions options, to name a few. Learn how to manage this "transition window" so you will have a successful retirement. MORE >

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  • Negotiating internationally with confidence

    Kirk Samson, Owner, Samson Atlantic LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Leadership Challenge: Why Sales Management Fails

    Bill Bartlett, Owner & CEO, Corporate Strategies & Solutions, Inc. A Sandler Training Center

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    This session is for business owners, presidents, entrepreneurs and other sales executives facing business obstacles when it comes to selling, managing a team and growing their business. MORE >

    Participants will learn how to:
    • Gain the upper hand during sales calls and prevent unpaid consulting
    • Roll out simple behavior modification that lead them to quota achievement
    • Build proactive prospecting plans to fill pipelines and drive new business
    • Shorten sales cycles by avoiding time wasters and unqualified prospects
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  • Today is not Yesterday.

    Arika Clark Alejo, Certified Professional Coach | Speaker | Motivator

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self Improvement

    Every person is unique in how they view the world around them. It is our experiences and values that we use to perceive the world. Often, this limits us and hold us back from being more productive, less stressed, and feeling more pleasure because of the assumptions we make. During this talk learn about the seven levels of energy that we bring to the table and how each of them can help and hinder us from the things we most desire. MORE >

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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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  • Go For It! Determine your dreams, Define your moments, Discover your destiny

    Lee Ann Piano, Power Skills Specialist, John Maxwell Team Member

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    Learn to live a No Limits life! It’s time to do more, see more and be more. Discover what is limiting you from living at full capacity. When you live with more success and satisfaction, you are able to deposit more value into others. MORE >

    Take A-Ways:
    • The power of a personal vision
    • Use obstacles to become mentally strong
    • The game changer of destiny- CHOICES
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