THE GENERALS

Lt. Col William Gus Pagonis and Brigadier General Nick Halley

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“General Knowledge”

 

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Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan is the Earl C. Daum  Professor of Int’l Business and the Founding Director of the Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.He also served as the 2009 Professor-in-Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant for General Electric. In his talks, Govindarajan shares with audiences his work with CEOs and top management teams from various Global Fortune 500 firms where he challenges them to escalate their thinking around strategy as innovation. Read more

Carol Kinsey Goman

Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an executive coach and international keynote speaker and seminar leader for corporations, associations and government agencies.

Body language has always played a key role in Carol’s professional life. Prior to founding Kinsey Consulting Services, she was a therapist in private practice — reading nonverbal cues to help her clients make rapid and profound behavioral changes. As a coach, Carol helps leaders build powerful and effective business relationship by using verbal and nonverbal communication that projects confidence, credibility, and empathy. Read more

Rich Hart

Rich Hart

Personal & Business planner, developer, visionary, extremist and ultimate funny man who keeps his listeners dancing on the head of a pin!

Rich is a high powered cutting edge business innovator who visualizes opportunity as a defined focused choice. Technology grounded Baby Boomer geared to high level Multi-Marketing and bold Branding concepts to make lasting impressions. Rich is a progressive entrepreneur who realistically captures today’s Personal to Business development plan in order to perform less and achieve more while generating Focused Outcomes. Read more

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and one of the industry’s leading experts in sales strategies, leadership development, relationships and change. Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV/radio personality, Podesta delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real-world strategies and solutions. She has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, strengthen their leadership skills and become more profitable and successful than they ever thought possible.

 

TOPICS

Stand Out From the Crowd: How to Out-Think and Out-Perform the Competition
“Business as usual” is no longer enough. The game has changed and the competition is closing in with new strategies daily. If you want to succeed in an environment where dramatic change happens at the click of a mouse, then ask yourself: What do you bring to the table that is so memorable that people would CHOOSE to be your customer, colleague, employee, leader, or partner? Your success will depend upon your ability to differentiate and be recognized as a “one-of-a-kind” brand that delivers more than expected in the areas of added value and amazing service. Entertaining, yet insightful and refreshingly candid, Connie has the answers you need to accelerate past your competition and truly STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!

Stand Out SALES: How to Out-Smart and Out-Sell the Competition
“Selling as usual” won’t close the deal anymore. Prices, products and services have begun to look alike in the eyes of your customers, and the competition is “cutting deals.” If you want to succeed in sales today, you must set yourself apart and be recognized as a unique, “one-of-a-kind” brand. Ask yourself: What do you offer in the way of added value, extraordinary customer service and creative business consulting that would cause a customer to CHOOSE to buy a product or service from YOU rather than your competition? With wit, wisdom and captivating insight into the mind of both the buyer and the seller, Connie will show you how to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD and look at “SALES” from a whole new perspective. Get ready to sell like you’ve never sold before—and enjoy a flood of new customers and bankable profitability!

Stand Out LEADERSHIP: How to Influence Others in a Positive Way
You have the power and opportunity everyday to lead others to success. Leadership is not defined by title or corner office, but rather by how you DECIDE to live your life. Your personality, beliefs, character, values and intent are reflected in your choices, words, actions – and your ability or potential to INFLUENCE the thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and lives of the people around you either positively or negatively. Ask yourself are you the type of person that others would CHOOSE to imitate, follow and respect? Do you STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD because of your skills, talents, ethics and expertise? With humor, insight and her “no-nonsense” style, Connie will share the secrets of being the leader others can’t WAIT to follow.

LIFE WOULD BE EASY…If It Weren’t For Other People: How To Deal With Stressful People and Situations
Understanding the complexity of human behavior leaves most of us confused and frustrated! Ask yourself What could my team and I accomplish if we were able to decode the “mystery” of human behavior and use it as a powerful, pro-active force in every area of our lives? Successful personal and professional growth hinges on your ability to learn as much as possible about yourself and others, including why people do what they do and say what they say – so that you can ACT rather than REACT to whatever life throws your way. Learn to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD so people will CHOOSE you to be their friend, colleague, leader, salesperson, partner and employee. Connie’s funny, on-target and intuitive presentation will reveal the secrets to dealing effectively with every type of personality (including the ones who drive you crazy) so you can enjoy a new level of success, happiness and satisfaction at work and at home!

ACHIEVING BALANCE…In a Crazy 24/7 World: How To Stay Sane When There is Just Too Much To Do!
In Today’s hustled and hurried world, striking that all important life balance (and staying sane in the process) can seem like an elusive and lofty goal! Ask yourself What if I was able to manage all the demands of employers, customers, co-workers, family, and friends while also taking care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally? Wouldn’t that be the perfect, life-affirming way to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? Connie Podesta, an expert in the psychology of human behavior, helps people do just that in a world where seemingly no one sleeps, and even sane people are turning into the workaholic they promised they would never become. Connie deftly combines laugh-out-loud humor, inspired insight, and a realistic take on life to help people re-assess what is important, re-align their priorities, and re-adjust their thinking so they can enjoy the life they work so hard to achieve.

Biography

Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING EXPERTS in sales strategies, leadership development, relationships, and change. Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV/radio personality, Connie delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real- world strategies and solutions.

Connie has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, strengthen their leadership skills and become more profitable and successful that they ever thought possible.

Connie Podesta has both the passion and credentials needed to speak to educators. With a bachelor’s degree in communications and business, and a master’s degree in human relations and counseling, Connie Podesta has been a well-known and trusted educator for more than 30 years. Her classroom experience at all levels (elementary, middle school, high school, and three state universities), is in addition to her being a Board Certified Professional Counselor, an organizational therapist, and an expert in the psychology of human behavior. Connie Podesta has been a keynote speaker to thousands of educators and has presented standing-room-only sessions at the National Elementary School Association, National Secondary Association, and the American Association of School Administrators. Her ability to tackle the toughest educational issues, coupled with her first-hand experience of the rewarding but often complex, frustrating, and stressful nature of the education industry, will leave your audience with a renewed sense of commitment to educate by example and teach with passion

Terri Sjodin

Terri Sjodin is principal and founder of a public speaking, sales training and consulting firm. She is one of America’s most popular female speakers, training and motivating thousands of people all over the world. Terri specializes in advancing the persuasive presentation skills of professionals, and is the author of the highly acclaimed book, NEW SALES SPEAK – The 9 Biggest Sales Presentation Mistakes and How To Avoid Them which hit Amazon.com’s Top 100 Best Seller List, the CEO-READ Top 25 annual best seller list, translated into multiple languages, and is now available in it’s second edition. Read more

Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman

Dr. Gary S. Goodman is a unique resource in the fields of customer service, sales, and telemarketing. Combining over twenty years of leading-edge business and consulting experience as President of The Goodman Organization, he is also a best-selling author of twelve books, including Please Don’t Shoot The Messenger!: How To Talk To Demanding Bosses, Clueless Colleagues, Tough Customers, and Difficult Clients Without Losing Your Cool (or Your Job!) ,Monitoring, Measuring & Managing Customer Service and his latest, Dr. Gary S. Goodman’s 77 Best Practices in Negotiation. Read more

Mark Jeffries

The “hard sell”—persuading aggressively—is how most organizations and people do business. Mark Jeffries offers “soft” skills that work better–a valuable toolbox of innovative communication ideas designed to help you grow your business profitably by improving the way your people communicate, network, negotiate, and connect with clients and colleagues at this challenging time. From building and maintaining valuable relationships to the subtleties of word power and the secrets of planting ideas, accumulating payback credits and encouraging meeting etiquette, Jeffries shares how the intangible skills of communication are often the ones that win new clients and new business. Read more

Jim Loehr

Jim Loehr

Jim Loehr shows audiences how to focus and concentrate to increase productivity and meet the demands of modern life. Faced with daunting workloads and a rapid-fire pace of life, we are all looking for ways to improve productivity and well-being. Author of The Power of Full Engagement and The Power of Story: Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life, Jim Loehr says the key to enduring high performance and achieving health, happiness and life balance, is not just time management, but energy management. An expert in the field of performance psychology, Loehr has spent 25 years helping the world’s greatest athletes to perform more effectively under brutal competitive pressures and now uses that training to coach the people he terms “Corporate Athletes.” Loehr appears frequently on television, including Today, Nightline, 60 Minutes and Oprah and his work has been chronicled in leading national publications including the Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, Time, Fortune and Self. Author of 12 books, Loehr offers step-by-step approach to managing energy more skillfully, both on and off the job. Read more

Regis McKenna

Regis McKenna

Considered the marketing guru of Silicon Valley, Regis McKenna is a well-known technology marketing consultant, advisor to entrepreneurs, venture capitalist and author. For the past thirty years he has advised companies in business and marketing, including a number of entrepreneurial start-ups and their founders during their formation years, such as America Online, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Linear Technology, Lotus, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics and 3COM and many others. He helped launch some of the most important technological innovations in recent history including the first microprocessor (Intel Corporation), the first personal computer (Apple), the first recombinant DNA genetically engineered product (Genentech, Inc.), and the first retail computer store (The Byte Shop). Today, McKenna focuses his efforts and time on developing new ideas about how technology influences marketing, organizations, strategy, and how it contributes to social change, and divides his time as an educator, marketing author and lecturer. Read more