“Thanks again for your presentation. Many commented yours was the best presentation we’ve ever had!”

stephanie denny

my philosophy

Engaged. Valued. Inspired.

 

Every speaker has an underlying philosophy. Mine is simple: I don’t believe in talking “at” people.

(We’ve all sat through boring Power Points or people who droned on about their accomplishments…)

I believe in engaging people in something meaningful.

I believe in making people feel valued – simply for who they are.

I believe in inspiring them through creativity. 

I don’t use an already-prepared speech; I want your audience to get the value they deserve. To that end, I bring my brand expertise to crafting something special to suit your objectives.

My goal is for people to feel valued… and empowered.

I want them to leave having new conversations and motivation to take action…

Contact me if you’d like to discuss your live or virtual event!

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speaking topics

I speak on topics related to entrepreneurship, brand growth, sales strategy, business and personal brands, leadership and resilience.

I also volunteer speak and run workshops for non-profits wanting to help people discover how to leverage their natural talents and strengths.

The Strengths-Based Future City

The Town of Gilbert | AZ

Results show an engaged workforce can bring significant gains, not merely to a business or industry, but an entire state. Rhode Island’s economy grew by an estimated $112M within 3 years of drastically improving their employee engagement through a strengths-based initiative.

This workshop was designed to show the mayor, town council, and economic development staff how the Town of Gilbert could achieve this through implementation of a similar initiative.

As a speaker and strengths-based business owner, I led this workshop for a private client. If you’d like to know more, please contact me directly.

Building a Brand that Sells

Drupal Camp Conference | Denver

Drupal is an open source platform used by many agencies and freelancers. For those with a range of broad and deep technical needs (such as government agencies, educational institutions, etc.) it makes an ideal solution.

I’ve worked with many developers over the years and understand that sales, marketing, and branding aren’t necessarily their favorite topics! It’s not unusual for some to readily admit they prefer to be doing technical work – not marketing, negotiating, etc.

For that reason my presentation focused on leveraging their natural talents in their brand-to-sales efforts.

Drupal developers have highly refined skills in thinking deeply about complex client issues and building solid solutions. I showed them how to translate these into language and case studies that will help sell and build their businesses FOR them, using real results, numbers, data, and client testimonials.

I emphasized the importance of creating solid relationships and helping new prospects visualize potential results for their own companies. We discussed strategies and tactics for this along the way.

FEEDBACK

The feedback I received from several of the attendees was that I’d made everything easy to understand, and showed how they could use their talents to create a brand that sells itself.

I even had a few people who stayed after to chat with me tell me I should write a book. Stay tuned!

Small Business Brand Strategy

Sola Salons | Chandler, AZ

Sola is a unique concept… they provide beauty professionals with high-end, fully-equipped salon studios, along with the tools and support to launch and grow their businesses.

This was a workshop co-hosted with 30-year salon professional and New York salon owner, Theresa Weinberg.

My role was to address brand and marketing strategy from a best-practices approach… in other words, what it takes to grow a brand and business with dedicated repeat clients. Theresa related key principles to the specific needs within the beauty industry.

Our audience consisted of Sola franchise owners, beauty salon owners, med spa service providers, and estheticians.

HOW WE ENGAGED THE AUDIENCE

Theresa and I ran the workshop casually, with plenty of question and answer time throughout. We provided materials for them to write thoughts and ideas as we went, and integrated fun activities to get everyone up and moving from time to time.

Our goal was to have everyone leave the workshop with practical ideas they could implement right away.

FEEDBACK

 

Great! Loved the activities. Made me really think about who I am and why I started a business. I needed this. I need to write down my thoughts, ideas, and goals more often.

You ladies did a fantastic job!! Thank you! My why and my goals are two things I really should focus on.

I needed this to see where to go with my business! The video exercise was a big eye opener.

Building a Strengths-Based Business

Alt Summit | Palm Springs

ALT Summit is a week-long entrepreneur conference focused on business-building strategies. Attendees are primarily owners of small product or service-based businesses.

STRATEGY & PURPOSE

As a trained Gallup CliftonStrengths coach, my session was designed to help attendees:

  • identify their natural talents, through a self-assessment exercise
  • discuss how their talents show up in their business
  • identify strategies to leverage their talents, improve productivity, and solve problems common to entrepreneurs.

CREATIVE TWIST

Since Alt is jam-packed morning to night, I wanted people to have a break from all the sitting and taking notes. I wanted to do something fun – almost playful and relaxing.

One of my personal interests is neuroscience and productivity. Some of us get aha moments in the shower, on a hike… or through cooking, art, or another activity. It frees us our minds to think and problem-solve more easily.

I decided to leverage this and structure my session within the context of making art journals. Each attendee would leave with a journal they could write and reflect in throughout the week.

The feedback I got from this session was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone enjoyed being able to get real insights into their talents, and have something tangible they not only made, but could keep and use.

Mastering Surface Design & Licensing Your Artwork

Gilbert, AZ

Note: I have a business that licenses art. This opportunity came through that.

This presentation was for an audience consisting primarily of traditional fine artists… painters, mixed media artists, collage artists, etc.

Engaging the audience would present a unique challenge – most of them were unfamiliar with the world of surface design and art licensing. Only some of them worked digitally, which isn’t a requirement, but a factor to consider.

I knew I would need to educate them quickly, and inspire them with a vision for their own potential in the market, so I broke my presentation into two: the design side and the licensing side. This allowed me to discuss what surface design is, substrates, themes and trends found in the industry, as well as the types of contracts typically negotiated.

I also discussed the important role traditional artists play in the industry, and how they can participate.

HOW I ENGAGED THE AUDIENCE

I had a fun, practical exercise that got everyone out of their chair and participating in an activity they’d never tried before… making a seamless pattern by hand. At the end of the night, everyone left with their own seamless pattern. (If you’ve never tried this before, but are interested, ask me to show you how!)

I used this exercise as a means to show them how they could turn their own motifs into marketable patterns for sale.

FEEDBACK

Thanks again for your presentation at GVAL. Many members commented that yours was the best presentation we’ve ever had! I know you put a lot of effort into the preparation, and we most appreciate it. – Stephanie Denny, Organizer

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