The challenges being faced by today's businesses oftentimes feel unsurmoutable. The economic climate amplifies peoples' stresses, increasing the urgency and need for results while at the same time diminishing attention spans even further. The reality is that this same situation is faced by every keynote speaker today with their audiences and the companies they keynote for.
Employees and audiences have a great need to walk away from every event with actionable steps to improve their performance, whether it be in leadership, communication or presentations.
Prior to every event, Connie starts with a call to understand the specific needs and challenges that either the company or audience is facing. Everyone walks away with an understanding of the goals set and the actionable steps their audiences will receive. Connie researches the client and audience to ensure they are getting a practical keynote with business expertise to overcome their specific challenges.
Even after the keynote, Connie makes herself available to have follow-up conference calls to provide additional insight to ensure every client gets value beyond speaking.
In hindsight, the bedazzled briefcases signaled the debacle ahead. Let's set aside the Best Picture envelope nestled inside that caused the ruckus. The topsy-turvy spectacle was triggered by these black attachès—adorned with the golden logos of the Oscars and PriceWaterhouseCooper. These swag-clad beauties were designed to draw attention to the power couple as the accounting partners sashayed down the red carpet. And therein lies the root cause of the problem. When your accountant walks the runway, leaders should run the other direction.
The CEO firing was direct and dismissive. Barnes & Noble didn't stick to the bland yet reliable “we’re moving in a different direction” script when it booted Chief Executive Officer Ron Boire. They didn’t give him a gentle heave-ho with the old standby “he’s stepping down to pursue different opportunities” tale. Instead, Barnes & Noble whacked their CEO in bold fashion. The core issue is trust. And trust is an endless dance.