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keynotes & workshops

My speeches and workshops are customized to connect with your people and help you achieve your strategic goals. If your goal is to strengthen culture, motivate and boost productivity for your organization, I will deliver a keynote that inspires your leaders and workforce to dream and do BIG things. My keynotes are crafted for 1-hour or for a half or full-day workshop for your salespeople, leadership team or service providers. My focus on emotional intelligence, and building a dynamic, team-first culture is rooted in academic research, engaging stories, inspiration and easy-to-implement tools and techniques.

The Dynamic Qualities of an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

There are several different kinds of intelligence, and yet we focus so much on just IQ. Research shows that emotional intelligence (EQ) is the best predictor of long-term success in the workplace. So, why aren’t we as leaders doing more to hone this powerful skill set for ourselves—and to transfer this knowledge to our employees?

This is my top keynote that has been delivered to executives, sales leaders, athletic organizations, financial services companies and leadership cohorts. I break down the qualities of an emotionally intelligent leader and provide clear, actionable ideas on how to integrate these into our careers for maximum impact. Characteristics like empathy, adaptability, positive outlook and self-awareness are essential for helping you lead, make decisions, build rock-solid relationships and capitalize on new opportunities. I provide stories of leaders that looked within to discover how to use EQ to their advantage for tremendous benefit to themselves—and the people they lead.

Results:

  • A "Master’s degree" understanding of emotional intelligence and why it matters
  • 3 easy-to-implement ideas you can use to make smarter decisions and build relationships across your organization
  • An “EQ Game Plan" to gain clarity and direction on what you need to succeed
  • Deeper understanding of self and others for making smarter strategic decisions

Business Areas of Focus:

  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
  • Productivity
  • Employee Engagement
  • Retention
  • Sales Performance
  • Culture
  • Relationship-Building
"10 out of 10! Christopher’s message on emotional intelligence and team-building Was a game changer for our coaches and senior administrators."
"Engaging. Powerful. A masterclass in Emotional Intelligence for Leaders."
"Christopher’s authentic leadership approach to emotional intelligence was exactly what our organization needed to transform and take our leadership to the next level."

THE GAME CHANGER: USING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO TRANSFORM YOUR ORGANIZATION’S CULTURE

As the saying goes, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Most organizations know that a winning culture matters—the problem is not knowing how to organically and authentically build one. Focusing on five pillars of emotional intelligence (Empathy, Self-Awareness, Adaptability, Social Skill and Motivation), I demonstrate how to leverage these to drive positive cultural change in your organization. Based on the research and examples from my books, The Value of You and Leading with Emotional Intelligence, I provide academic research and organizational examples on how to positively influence change efforts by re-imagining your organization’s culture. I discuss the key elements to building a thriving culture, how to adapt to an evolving technological landscape, and I provide insights into how to retain your high-performing employees. I tie this back to how it impacts the organization in terms of employee relations, and detail how emotionally intelligent leadership improves the company's bottom line.

Results:

  • Actionable steps you can take on team-building, change and integrating EQ into your culture
  • A clear understanding on the roadblocks and obstacles to building a great culture
  • Inspirational examples of leadership that you can emulate where you are today
  • Tools and exercises you can use to facilitate communication and forge connection among teams

Business Areas of Focus:

  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
  • Culture
  • Vision and Values
  • Employee Engagement
  • Retention
  • Sales Performance
  • Motivation
"Exactly the leadership message our organization needed to hear. Sincere, funny and inspiring. Outstanding."
"Great engagement on emotional intelligence and leadership that our cadets loved. We’ll have him back again!"

THE 5 HALLMARKS OF WINNING TEAMS: THE SECRETS TO BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS TO EXECUTE YOUR STRATEGY AND VISION

Every day, we partner with co-workers across business units to collaborate and achieve a shared goal. What if we could form authentic relationships quicker, smarter and with authenticity? Team success is built on values and shared goals and powered by selflessness, commitment and action. This aligns with the vision and strategy that you have for your organization.

This keynote highlights five, specific criteria that comprise the attributes of winning teams. These criteria qualify as the essential attributes of any team- in all industries and professions. I use examples from sports organizations and businesses that showcase what helped them build camaraderie and achieve their goals. I provide you with several actionable takeaways of how you can integrate these into your projects and overall leadership approach to maximize success. The key to a thriving organization is great relationships. Great relationships form the backbone of winning teams, helping to deliver your strategy and vision for maximum results.

Results:

  • A renewed focus on building powerful relationships and infusing your culture with positivity
  • Clear direction for forming teams and creating buy-in toward achieving shared goals
  • A “Game Plan” for how to build your culture from the ground-up
  • Communication tools to implement in each team environment that promote healthy, positive discussion

Business Areas of Focus:

  • Team-Building
  • Culture
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Vision and Values
  • Employee Engagement
  • Sales Performance
  • Motivation

Recognizing My Value and Giving it to the World

As J.K. Rowling once said, “We don’t need magic to change the world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.” This inspiring, motivational speech empowers you to take control of your life and use your power to your advantage. I teach you how to recognize your value, helping you to understand yourself like never before. I highlight ways that the most successful people in the world utilized a values structure and organizing principles to define success, vision and purpose to achieve their biggest goals. Putting together your own professional development plan isn’t easy, but it’s necessary to elevate your career to new heights. We’ll unlock the “DOR” (Decision-making, Opportunities, Organization and Relationships) to provide a framework for ways to start game-planning goals, and setting a course for high achievement. I tie it all back to what matters most in your life, and how to move forward every day with a winning mindset.

Results:

  • Increased self-awareness and confidence in using your strengths to your advantage
  • Clear direction for achieving your biggest goals (individual and team)
  • Professional Development “Game Plan” to work with performance management

Business Areas of Focus:

  • Professional Development
  • Values-Based Leadership
  • Vision and Purpose
  • Customer Service
  • Employee Engagement
  • Leadership Development
  • Sales Performance
  • Motivation

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