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CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame – Mike Rayburn

By Dori Weisenberger | May 29, 2018 | Comments Off on CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame – Mike Rayburn

Learn more about Mike Rayburn. 

Augmenting Human Beings – Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | May 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Augmenting Human Beings – Mike Walsh

The real threat of AI is not killer robots or rogue star destroyers, but rather systems that lack accountability, or consideration of their economic impact on job replacement. Listen to Mike’s newest podcast episode here.

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Welcome to the Age of the Algorithm – Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | May 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Welcome to the Age of the Algorithm – Mike Walsh

What leaders can learn from great gamblers – Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | May 15, 2018 | Comments Off on What leaders can learn from great gamblers – Mike Walsh

Applying the logic of professional gambling to leadership might not strike you as obvious, but Rasmus Andersen is no ordinary thinker. Currently running two football teams with the assistance of data and machine learning, he is also a provocative thinker on human performance. When he became curious about why certain towns and cities produced so many top athletes, he decided to find out himself, venturing from Africa to Korea, in search of the secrets of talent clusters… Listen to Mike’s latest podcast episode here!

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Rock Star Leadership – Jason Hewlett

By Jason Hewlett | May 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Rock Star Leadership – Jason Hewlett

In this hilarious, entertaining, yet movingly insightful keynote, Leadership Speaker Jason Hewlett adds some fun twists and turns for leadership teams. In it, he shares never-heard-of leadership stories of those who seriously changed the game. You’ll laugh, even cry, as Jason takes you on an extraordinary journey of legendary performers who changed the face of entertainment because of their willingness to be different. To lead. To step away from expectations and rise to rock-star levels. Read more about Jason Hewlett’s Keynote Topics.

What’s Working for Today’s Audiences

By Karen Harris | May 11, 2018 | Comments Off on What’s Working for Today’s Audiences

 

When Humour and How-to’s Come Together

Here’s what we know – our world is a little chaotic right now. Stressful. Fast-paced. Even our best mindfulness experts are busy finding new ways to help organizations keep their staff members focused and steady in the “storms”.

One of the top requests we get from event planning professionals inquiring about our speakers is, “We need an entertaining speaker with a message.” We totally get that. A speaker who entertains, i.e., makes people laugh, is a tremendous equalizer. It’s a way for people to engage with a speaker and a message on a whole new level. Humour breaks down the barriers in communication in ways that other delivery styles can’t. It releases the stress that your audience brings with them from their busy work lives so when they hear the message (whether it be around innovation, leadership or teamwork) their minds are totally open and ready to learn.

We know that putting together events that work, start to finish, is a big job. It’s a juggling act between content and entertainment to ensure attendees get the right mix of skills, strategy, ideas, insights, motivation, and inspiration. Just as with humour, timing is everything.

What works best in our experience is to start your event off with an “entertaining speaker with a message” before you get to your “corporate speak” or “technical talks.” This ensures the attendees’ moods are lifted and their minds are open, so they are ready to receive the heavier material they also need to receive.

There’s a lot in our world to be stressed over, for sure. Finding a talented speaker who can BOTH educate AND entertain is one of the stressors we take away. It makes our day when your event participants give YOU a standing ovation for bringing in the best speaker ever!

Want to learn more? Contact us today to find out how we can help match the perfect speaker, message, and motivation for your next audience.

Karen Harris is the CEO of www.cmispeakers.com and is an expert at helping those who host and plan meetings to source great speakers. cmi is a global meeting industry leader which represents an international roster of carefully selected speakers who positively impact millions of people through their keynote speeches, books, and thought leadership.

Empathy Is A Powerful Leadership Tool

By Ty Bennett | May 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Empathy Is A Powerful Leadership Tool

In 2017 I chose Empathy as my word for the year. I studied it and tried to apply it more in my interactions with people. What I discovered is how important empathy is for great leadership.

If we understand that leadership begins and ends with people, then we understand the need to develop relationships, make connections, partner with our people, and show empathy. Read the rest on Ty’s website!

How to be an Effective Leader – Vinh Giang

By Dori Weisenberger | May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on How to be an Effective Leader – Vinh Giang

Do You Know the Three C’s of Innovation? – Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Do You Know the Three C’s of Innovation? – Tim Sanders

From blog posts to conference themes to magazine features, innovation is being touted as a top skill-set in this disruptive world we work in. It’s not simply a matter of locking yourself in a room and coming up with an idea, either. Innovation is defined as “when a solution successfully makes it way to market.”

For my entire career, I’ve studied innovation from several angles, and I’m here to tell you: It takes three steps to bring to life. Whether you analyze Elon Musk’s Tesla or funded contestants from the last episode of Shark Tank, they faithfully followed the 3 C’s of Innovation to the finish line… Read the full blog post here!

Entertainment with a Message – Jason Hewlett

By Dori Weisenberger | May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Entertainment with a Message – Jason Hewlett

Jason Hewlett is in a state of transition. When he is booked for an event, often he is asked “Do you still do the singing, voices and faces we know you for?”. Jason is here to tell everyone, “Of course”! He’s all about entertainment with a message. Find out more below:

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