Keynote Speeches & Business Workshops

  • Discover how to grab and hold an audience’s attention using secrets from Hollywood Screen Writers.

    One day to better presentations.

    Discover how to grab and hold an audience’s attention using secrets from Hollywood Screen Writers.
    • Learn the 5 act structure of a TV show and apply it to any business presentation
    • Improve business writing with a reader centric approach
    • Tips to keep an audience engaged including:
      • The 20/10 rule
      • The end is in the beginning
      • Find a great ‘hook’
      • More pictures, less text
      • Recency and primacy
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  • Q&A is an extension of your message. It isn’t a baseball game where audiences ‘pitch’ questions at presenters and presenters ‘hit’ their answers back at their audience.

    2 hour module

    Q&A is an extension of your message. It isn’t a baseball game where audiences ‘pitch’ questions at presenters and presenters ‘hit’ their answers back at their audience.
    • Learn to turn Q&A into a conversation and stay in control of the narrative
    • Find out the motivations behind audience questions and use that to your advantage when responding
    • Participants practice answering tough questions and receive personalized feedback
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  • Throughout the day participants engage in hands-on activities designed to build their storytelling skills and confidence.

    One day to better storytelling

    Great story telling is more than just entertainment; it’s an essential and underutilized professional business tool. If you are not using storytelling to motivate and engage your teams you may be failing to communicate the importance of your message. The risk? Everyone stays content with the status quo and none of your ideas gain traction.Throughout the day participants engage in hands-on activities designed to build their storytelling skills and confidence.
    • Develop storytelling techniques that amplify your impact
    • Make messages more compelling and ‘stickier’
    • Improve your engagement and connection with audiences, staff and clients
    • Leaders MUST be able to move teams to action. Learn the 6 stories that will:
      1. Manage change more effectively
      2. Get buy-in to an idea
      3. Communicate a vision
      4. Reinforce the company mission
      5. Align on company values
      6. Share best practices
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  • This on your feet workshop helps executives improve their presence by practicing the skills actors use to have great stage presence.

    One day to better presence.

    A study by the Center for Talent Innovation suggests that executive presence counts for more than 25% percent of what it takes to get ahead in today's global marketplace. In other words, not getting seen, or being heard, can derail a career.This on your feet workshop helps executives improve their presence by practicing the skills actors use to have great stage presence.Each participant receives personalized feedback and coaching from Carol on how to improve their presence, plus:
    • Learn and apply The Mechanics of Presence Framework.
    • Increase ability to create psychological safety and trust with others
    • Demonstrate poise and confidence
    • Practice thinking on your feet
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  • This interactive workshop offers practical tips on becoming a better influencer.

    One day to better Influence.

    Have you ever struggled to get people to do what you want then to do? You are not alone. Virtual teams, dotted line reporting and outsourcing have required up and coming leaders to get good at influencing—especially when they aren’t yet the boss.This interactive workshop offers practical tips on becoming a better influencer.Participants learn how to:
    • Look like you are in charge
    • Be strategic when asking a senior executive or colleague for resources or buy-in to an idea
    • Increase the likelihood people will say yes to requests
    • Understand and implement the five principles of influence:
      1. Authority
      2. Reciprocity
      3. Social Proof
      4. Likability
      5. Constancy & Commitment
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  • Samir is brilliant. The go-to person if you have a question about operations. He thinks of himself as detailed oriented—the perfect SME. Nobody’s told him everyone thinks he’s a bore. Own your brand before it owns you.

    One day to a new personal brand.

    Laura is a hard worker who checks in with her boss daily and offers suggestions on process improvements. She thinks she’s known for being helpful. Nobody’s told her that everyone says she’s ‘needy’.Samir is brilliant. The go-to person if you have a question about operations. He thinks of himself as detailed oriented—the perfect SME. Nobody’s told him everyone thinks he’s a bore.Own your brand before it owns you. Learn how to:
    • Find out what your current brand actually is
    • toot your own horn without sounding like a blowhard
    • speak with authority, poise and presence
    • find advocates, sponsors and mentors
    • build wider networks
    • position self for higher stakes projects
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  • Don’t let worry undermine your ability to execute during high stakes meetings, presentations or conversations. Learn to manage your apprehension and show up looking confident.

    2 hour module

    Don’t let worry undermine your ability to execute during high stakes meetings, presentations or conversations. Learn to manage your apprehension and show up looking confident. Covers 25 tips and tricks to manage anxiety including:
    • How to activate the relaxation response
    • Dealing with the inner critic
    • Visualization
    • Small physical changes that calm the mind
    • Reframing
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  • This on your feet workshop teaches the skills of creative thinking using techniques from Improvisational Theatre. Participants love our favorite exercise: Red Ball!

    Designed for:

    Specifically for Industries that already use Lean 6 Sigma.
    A common criticism of Lean 6 Sigma is that it drains creativity and stifles innovation. By the time you’ve Defined, Measured and Analyzed your business problem, your staff has already settled on what to do in the Improvement phase—without actually brainstorming all of the possibilities.This on your feet workshop teaches the skills of creative thinking using techniques from Improvisational Theatre. Participants love our favorite exercise: Red Ball! Participants learn:
    • To make active and positive choices
    • Listen deeply to colleagues and build on their ideas (rather than explaining why the idea won’t work
    • How to embrace the unexpected
    • How to recover gracefully from a mistake
    Bring real work problems to the session and leave with new ideas about how to solve them.
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  • Deepen customer relationships and sell more — faster! Learn the three key stories that overcome client objections and close deals.

    Best audience:

    Sales Conferences, Sales Teams, Marketing meetings, Entrepreneurs, Business Developers, Networking groups
    Deepen customer relationships and sell more — faster! Learn the three key stories that overcome client objections and close deals.Audiences leave with specific ideas about what stories they will tell the next time they are sitting across from their customers and clients.
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  • Get your audience members up and networking with each other right away!

    Best audience:

    Networking Events, Sales Conferences, Business Summits, Small Business Conferences, Meetings for Entrepreneurs. This interactive keynote works best as the first morning session of a full, or half day event.
    Get your audience members up and networking with each other right away!After Carol shares the magic three step formula for answering the: "So, tell me about yourself" question, people pair up and put their networking statements to work immediately.Audiences also leave with a deeper understanding of how to get seen, be heard and look more confident when speaking about their business or service.Skills include:
    • How to toot your own horn without sounding like a blowhard
    • Owning the room
    • Using the 5 P’s of Vocal Variety (especially helpful on conference calls after the conference)
    • Improving body language and gestures
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  • Improve your executive presence by learning skills actors use to have great stage presence. Audiences learn The Mechanics of Presence framework and then put the skills immediately into action by following Carol through a series of fun and easy to do performance exercises.

    Best audience:

    Executive Teams, Executive Education programs, Leadership conferences, High Potential Leader’s programs, Women’s Leadership programs, Associations, Small-Mid sized Business owners
    Improve your executive presence by learning skills actors use to have great stage presence. Audiences learn The Mechanics of Presence framework and then put the skills immediately into action by following Carol through a series of fun and easy to do performance exercises.Delegates leave with a deeper understanding of how to get seen, be heard and look more confident.
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  • Transform your approach to writing PowerPoint presentations by using these little known TV sitcom writing techniques. Delegates leave with easily implemental guidelines that will improve their very next PowerPoint deck.

    Best audience:

    Professional development programs, Small Business Owners, New employee onboarding, Analysts, IT experts, Engineers. Perfect for a lunch and learn!
    Transform your approach to writing PowerPoint presentations by using these little known TV sitcom writing techniques. Delegates leave with easily implemental guidelines that will improve their very next PowerPoint deck:
    • Discover how to “hook” your audience and keep them engaged
    • Never again run over your allotted speaking time
    • Learn what (and what not) to put on your slides
    • Determine the best ending to get your audience to do what you want them to do
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