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5 Ways To Build Credibility – Ty Bennett

By cmi admin | Jan 10, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 Ways To Build Credibility – Ty Bennett

Credibility is an essential ingredient for every one of us who want to build trust and influence.  Being a relevant leader is a balance between credibility and reliability.

Here are 5 simple ways to build credibility.

  1. Highlight Your Past Experience & Qualifications.

– People are looking for signs that you know what you are talking about and that you are a proven entity. Highlighting your past experience lends credibility and substance to your opinions and beliefs.

  1. Display How Much You Care

– The old adage is true – “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” When we feel others have our best interest in mind, we buy into them more.

  1. Demonstrate Similarities

– People like others who are similar to them. We tend to trust people who are similar to us. Shared values, similar dress, body language or speaking style can make you feel more familiar and therefore more accepted.

  1. Appear Assertive

– Studies show that people who quickly express their opinion and can counteract opposing arguments, are viewed as experts. Assertive is the middle ground between passive and aggressive and it is the sweet spot for credibility.

  1. Gain Social Proof

– When other credible people recommend you or introduce you, they lend their credibility and make you less suspicious and easier to buy into. In essence you are riding on their coat tails but that is why testimonials and endorsements are so vital – they extend your credibility quickly.

How can you boost your credibility?

cmi wishes everyone a Happy Holiday!

By cmi admin | Dec 19, 2017 | Comments Off on cmi wishes everyone a Happy Holiday!

The cmi Team wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Mastery and Magic – Vinh Giang

By cmi admin | Dec 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Mastery and Magic – Vinh Giang

cmi Celebrates 15 Years with Cary Mullen!

By cmi admin | Nov 28, 2017 | Comments Off on cmi Celebrates 15 Years with Cary Mullen!

Last night we celebrated our 15 Year Anniversary with the incredible Cary Mullen We’ve loved getting to work with you everyday and look forward to many more years to come!

Disruptive Collaboration – Tim Sanders

By cmi admin | Nov 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Disruptive Collaboration – Tim Sanders

Mike Walsh Visits cmi

By cmi admin | Nov 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Mike Walsh Visits cmi

We were thrilled to host Mike Walsh in our office this month. It was his first visit to our global headquarters in Calgary, Canada and it was a very exciting time for all of us. We had some great strategy sessions and heard from him about his perspective on the future for cmi. We capped the day off with some great food and lots of fun at one of Calgary’s finest restaurants. We can hardly wait for his next visit!


Bruce Turkel on how to find the authentic truth of your brand – Mike Walsh

By cmi admin | Nov 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Bruce Turkel on how to find the authentic truth of your brand – Mike Walsh

In an age of multiplying devices, platforms and social media channels – it can be tempting to forget the classic lessons of marketing and branding. On a recent trip to Miami, I caught up with Bruce Turkel, an author and marketing guru who has helped some of the world’s leading brands including Hasbro, Nike, American Express and Citicorp. We chatted about the challenges of marketing in this new fluid digital environment, and why some things – like discovering the authentic truth of your brand – will never change.

Job Posting: Administrative Assistant

By cmi admin | Nov 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Job Posting: Administrative Assistant

Our Company

Job Description

Our Company

cmi speaker management is a global leader in the meetings industry. We represent an international roster of carefully selected authors who positively impact millions of people through their keynote speeches, books and thought leadership.

Our founder, Karen Harris, is known worldwide for her high level of integrity in all her business dealings. She has worked tirelessly to advance ethical business practices in our industry by sitting on the Board of Governors of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus for a total of 7 years and is a former Past President.

Celebrating over 15 years in business, cmi is expanding its roster of clients and looking for an exceptional team player. This opportunity is perfect for someone who wants to make a difference, in a high integrity environment with a fun, vibrant family-oriented team.

cmi is located in the desirable deep south (Midnapore), away from the expense of downtown Calgary yet close to shopping and restaurants.

If you would like to work for an entrepreneur who deeply cares about changing the world – be part of a team that feels like your second family – and rub shoulders with ‘near celebrities’ – we want to see your resume.

Please submit resume through Indeed

Job Description

We are looking for an Assistant whose role will be:

  • Assist the CEO with all travel needs, arranging appointments, filing important documents on the Cloud, office management, etc
  • Data entry and admin support for the CEO, Sales and Events teams
  • Manage and maintain large database
  • Administration and maintenance of all software (Salesforce, Dropbox, RingCentral, Cirrus, proprietary, internal server)
  • Troubleshooting for various software
  • Light reception, answer phones
  • Willing to take on any and all tasks

Required Experience:

  • Administrative experience (minimum 5-10 years) in a sales and/or high traffic environment
  • Data Entry experience (minimum 5-10 years) especially with a CRM like Salesforce
  • Database experience (minimum 5-10 years) especially with a CRM like Salesforce
  • Customer service experience in an office environment
  • Calendar management is a must

Required Skillset

  • Proven ability to work with accuracy and efficiency in a high energy environment
  • Capable of handling and completing multiple tasks with multiple interruptions
  • Demonstrated time-management skills and meeting tight timelines
  • Excels at prioritizing tasks from multiple executives
  • Thrives at working under minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the speaking, event planning or meetings industry will be an asset

Essential Technology:

  • Experience with a CRM software such as Salesforce, Yesware, ACT or Goldmine
  • Advanced capability with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, with a high accuracy rating
  • You are experienced with social media, particularly Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • You are experienced with Dropbox and the Cloud
  • You are proficient with internet research
  • You are proficient in a Mac environment
  • You are an advanced user of Google Mail & Calendars
  • Typing speed of at least 60 wpm

Desired Competencies:

  • Nurturing and compassionate with a little bit of silly
  • Speaks truthfully and does the right thing
  • Attentive to detail to the point of being anal especially while under pressure
  • Focused on key priorities and delivers on their promises
  • Solves problems easily and independently
  • Researches solutions independently
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • Cooperative and collaborative team player
  • Enthusiastic and passionate with a can-do attitude
  • Works hard, and if necessary, long hours during peak times to get the job done
  • Flexible and adaptable coping well with complexity and change
  • Calm under pressure maintaining a high level of performance
  • Assertive by taking a loving and firm stand when necessary

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required experience:

  • Administrative Assistant: 5 years
  • Data Entry: 5 years
  • CRM (Salesforce) software: 5 years

Please submit resume through Indeed

How to Succeed For the Rest of Your Life – Tim Sanders

By cmi admin | Nov 15, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Succeed For the Rest of Your Life – Tim Sanders

Last year, an Uber driver was talking me up as he drove me to the airport. I’d just finished giving a keynote address at a conference and still had my badge on. He asked me what I speak about, and without hesitation I replied, “How to be successful at work.” This piqued his interest. “Driving this car is my side-hustle. I work in operations at a software company and I’m struggling to move up. So let me ask you this: How can I achieve success?” Read the full post on Tim’s blog.

Creating Something New from an Existing Idea – Mike Rayburn

By cmi admin | Nov 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Creating Something New from an Existing Idea – Mike Rayburn


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