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"Set Your Altitude Pack Your Essentials" pdf icon speeches summary >>>

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Here you are. Right here right now. What did it take to get here? Who came before you and who sacrificed for you? What sheltered you from harm? How much of your current station in life can be credited to you and just you alone? And now that you are where you are what do you dream to be next? How much time do you think you have left to get there and how long will your stay be?

Give yourself permission on a regular basis to take time out in order to grasp that we all possess great potential. Allow yourself a chance to recalibrate and realign. Is there a new altitude you wish to reach? Is there a place or situation you wish to return to? Do you seek balance? Do you possess ambition and inventiveness but struggle to find a place where you are appreciated and rightly compensated? What are the essentials you need to get there, to arrive there, to stay there, and to leave there?

Bystanders in life no more, self-reliant adults who are fully engaged in life embark on many journeys and they know enough to celebrate each as they happen rather than aspire to someday be a braggart, having collected many. In this session attendees can focus on process and hear about time-tested ways to transition from an existence defined by others to one that releases the unique qualities within each of us.

Recommended: keynote speech or breakout session (45 minutes to 2 hours).

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Ok, now that's really good. That's a great way to look at things.

Account Executive, Salesforce.com


"Top Ten Meetings In Your Life"

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When you take time to reflect back on the "big things" in life what exactly and who comes to mind?

Recognize first that we alone have the power to choose to discard or edit or carry our customized collection of "life lessons" along with us throughout our lives. And if we carefully listen with our head as well as with our heart, we simultaneously afford ourselves unlimited chances to witness the wisdom others possess by hearing delightful tales about faraway worlds and adventures and situations that are meant to be extracted only through the gift of conversation.

Look at how purposeful and long lasting reciprocal relationships can start, be they for professional and business reasons or perhaps for more personal reasons such as for inspiration. Admittedly these connections occasionally come about by pure chance or chemistry but nonetheless they still carry an impact.

Fun encounters with celebrities and well known personalities excluded, who appears on your more serious "top people list" of all time? Think only of individuals who have personally changed you in a deep or significant and lasting way. To make all the nominations takes time and can actually be difficult and surprisingly uncomfortable. An intensely private exercise for sure, assembling names requires honesty and reflection plus a fair amount of time as it forces a internal conversation about feelings, memories, hopes and past outcomes. What criteria will you use?

This inspirational talk challenges those in attendance to become more of a gateway to humanity through the many intentional and unintentional meetings that we find ourselves in.

Recommended: keynote speech, luncheon topic or after dinner remarks (30 to 45 minutes).

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Every individual possesses brilliance – potential, insight, genius, innovation, and ideas – just waiting to be released.

Simon T. Bailey


"Power and Control Over Economic Uncertainty"

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While in the midst of the longest recession since the Great Depression, Americans struggle between pessimism and optimism about tough business conditions and dire employment opportunities and the stagnation of their income all while watching their net worth shrink. Right now in this economy there is no place to hide as we are all playing strategist in the "survival of the fittest" game whether we want to be or not.

For captains of industry on down to proactive entrepreneurs there is a strong need to find relevancy while comparing fiscal information as we pull out of the current domestic and global economic condition. Personal challenges such as "living underwater" are immediate and real and a strategy to cope is incumbent for stability and sanity. Based on taking personal responsibility for desired outcomes in the workplace as well as at home, this popular interactive session offers tips and "what's working now" approaches for immediate use.

Recommended: breakout session or luncheon topic (45 minutes to 2 hours).

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Great info - both personal and professional. Enjoyed the variation of topics plus good audience interaction which was entertaining.

Attendee, NW Festivals & Events Annual Conference


"Niche Growth: Satisfy Demand Then Seek Transaction Efficiency"

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Niche marketing seeks to position a product or service or company as a "big fish in a small pond" instead of being a "small fish in a big pond". Niches do not exist per se but are created first by identifying unique and targetable consumer needs, wants, and desires that are being met poorly or perhaps not at all. Because consumers today expect experts to exist for virtually everything, they depend upon search engines and websites to quickly find those individuals or companies who can bring them a solution.

Working in a niche means fewer competitors, more specialization, more expert status and thus potentially higher net profit for savvy business owners and eager risk takers. This workshop delineates why it is sometimes better to specialize and thus produce more loyal brand evangelists along the way (be one thing for many people with high satisfaction levels) rather than to generalize (be all things to all people and do it all with lower satisfaction levels). Overlooked and underserved by the mainstream, niche communities often celebrate their uniqueness simply through volume purchase and use of particular products and services.

Recommended: breakout session or luncheon topic (45 minutes to 3 hours).

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All learning should be fun, but you still need to learn.

John Chen, CEO, Geoteaming


"Emotional Marketing"

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Celebrating a culture, a gender, a generation, or even a personality type in a way that simultaneously spotlights a strongly held emotion or core belief can catapult the awareness of a brand with stunning speed. If a particular product is carefully linked to a prescribed emotion then "emotion demand" or craving can translate into sales. Understanding the essence of a desired customer base or client list and then designing a sequential campaign around what they care about and what might appeal them as it relates to their emotional needs and desires is an organic and sustainable process that ensures loyalty.

Conversely, a category or identifiable subset of consumers who cannot see past their "blind spots" might simply need to be given repeated permission (via your messaging when promoting your product or service) to embrace a particular emotion. This session explains why emotional marketing can only take place when a user experience embodies an overall purpose.

Recommended: breakout session (45 minutes to 3 hours).

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Really enjoyed the emphasis on building relationships through storytelling. Lots to think about for sure. Great information and especially appreciated the 'ask the expert' section.

Attendee, UO Meeting & Event Management


"Rejection: What To Do When They Don't Want You"

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People often start every new calendar year with resolutions and goals and retooled plans so that they may attain happiness and success in their lives. Business and corporate leaders do the same at the start of every quarter as they seek profitability and effectiveness. For frustrated job seekers and sales professionals alike, one challenge stands in the way and that roadblock is often underestimated, mocked, laughed at, and over time cursed or even avoided completely even at extreme personal and professional cost.

This session exposes how each of us acknowledges rejection when we're faced with it on a repeated and consistent basis. If competitive and quick thinking people can take initiative and survive and prosper through constant episodes of devastating rejection, so can all of us.

Recommended: keynote speech or breakout session (45 minutes to 3 hours).

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Liked all of it!! Presentation was very informative and handouts will be very beneficial to my selling career. Thanks for all the information and the preparation you gave us. I'm more ready now than I've ever been!"

Attendee, Beaverton (OR) Chamber of Commerce