Inspiring SpeakStrong Keynotes

Powerful Keynotes For Every Educational Level 
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SpeakStrong keynote presentations can run anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes. They are entertaining, inspiring and informational.

Speak Strong with Grace and Savvy:
How to Use the Three Sources of Power to Master Tough Conversations 
Today more than ever before, professionals need to be strong, savvy, and saintly. Sound impossible? It’s not. Learn how the most effective professionals get people to respect their authority with little or no disagreement. Learn how to cut to the core of every conversation to get the information and understanding you need – fast. Discover the words to use to take charge without sounding like you’re trying to take over. Find out how savvy individuals refer to their jobs and their responsibilities in ways that win them respect and cooperation. Get six “secret weapons” you can use immediately to master those tough exchanges you need to have every day. Finally, learn the Ultimate Communication Formula that will guide every word you speak from the moment you start work until you head back home at the end of the day.


Conflict Management Alchemy:
Finding the opportunity in Contention, Confrontation and Conflict
Skilled conflict managers know how to look at conflict through eyes that lead to resolution. They know the difference between being resolute and stubborn. They know the difference between being assertive and aggressive. They know what words and behaviors incite the very resistance we want to overcome. They know how to use power rather than force. This remarkable keynote tells you how to look at conflict through a lens that will transform conflict to resolution. 

Communication Style Alchemy: 
Embracing Different Communication Styles 
If someone’s words seem like Greek to you, chances are you have different communication styles. This entertaining keynote takes an amusing look at the four different styles of communication and how to communicate with someone whose style is significantly different from your own. It includes hilarious anecdotes that tell tales not only of how people have miscommunicated, but how they learned to overcome their communication barriers. 

Brand Aid: 
How to Prepare and Package Your Potently Personal Message 
The world is full of writers, trainers and speakers, but is painfully devoid of true original thinkers. The Stephen Coveys and the Tom Peters in the world stand out because they do something that other educators do not; they create new paradigms that not only get people looking at things differently, but get them looking at different things. This keynote tells you how to take your ideas and develop them into transformative concepts that become embedded deeply into the psyche of your audiences. This concrete presentation provides eight guiding principles that are essential to convert ordinary ideas into original systems of thought that others embrace. 

Wake Up and Smell the Power: 

How Candor Is Your Key to Outrageous Success 

Too often your success is limited by the things you don’t say. The ideas you don’t share, the injustices you silently tolerate and the questions you don’t ask hide your key to propelling you to your next level of outrageous success. This dynamic and entertaining keynote opens your eyes to what you are not saying, and unlocks the doors that keep you from saying it.

Communication Standards: 
Codes and Commitments for Clarity, Candor and Civility 
Once upon a time, society hid behind communication norms that valued politeness at the cost of clarity. Recent years have seen those norms dissolve into the chaos of a verbal free-for-all. While there is much to be said for the abandonment of rigid communication norms that prohibited the mere mention of sensitive issues, there is more to be said for new standards of communication that promote clarity, candor and civility. This fun and highly practical keynote explains the need to establish standards of communication to get your company, community and colleagues communicating by the same game plan. 

Some Boats Need to Be Rocked:
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There’s nothing safe about playing it safe. What worked yesterday can hold you back today. The name of today’s game is continuous improvement, and continuous improvement means questioning everything. Questioning everything requires well-honed communication skills. Find out how to use “PowerPhrases” to say what you mean and mean what you say, without being mean when you say it – and to rock boats constructively. Learn how to probe into limited thinking, bad habits and failed systems in ways that inspire creative thinking and action. Learn to develop compelling visions that inspire people to work together toward shared aspirations. Get the five questions essential to any improvement effort. Discover transformational phrases that Lean Organizations use to rock the boats that need rocking and promote everyday excellence.


Specialized topics include:

The Lean Leadership Challenge: Communicate to lead excellence
≈Recommended for lean leaders and those who want to manage lean 

The Collaborative Advantage: Creating a dynamic continuous improvement communication culture
≈ Recommended for lean leaders and those who want to manage to learn 

The Proficiency Memo: Communicating competence to win respect and get results when you’re not in charge
≈ Recommended for Administrative Assistants, Executive Assistants, office professionals and support staff 

Meryl Runion Speaking at Athena Woman's Conference

Some Boats Need to be Rocked: Productive conversations about things that matter
≈ Recommended for any audience

Kata Talk: The Chutes and Ladders of Continuous Improvement
≈ Recommended for the quality industry

Conference Communication Sandwich: Phrases and tips to get the most out of your convention or event experience
≈ Recommended for any audience or gathering

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