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If meeting and conference planners don't already have enough on their plate (I know - I've been one), nothing helps more than working with an experienced, seasoned speaker; someone you can count on to deliver a superb program offering significant value and content with a great entertainment factor...someone you absolutely don't have to worry about.  Confidence and peace of mind is highly valued in the conference planning arena.

Comment from recent Executive Leadership Retreat

"Hi JoAnn,

Thank you for the outstanding retreat you delivered last week. Our team debriefed this morning and everyone agreed that you were the exact right person to assist with our reset. Phenomenal job. I’ll be in touch with you this week to discuss ideas for follow-up."
Jeanette, Director Human Resources

That's what you'll get when you engage me for your next event. I am diverse, flexible, and t
he consummate professional. I've spoken all over North America, to thousands, and have had some crazy experiences along the way. Honestly - nothing at an event can surprise me or throw me....well hopefully not.  See a recent recommendation letter - UGA-CollofEdu-Rec.pdf
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Below is a partial list of my most popular topics over the past couple of years and along with a link to a list of videos to view my delivery style. To contact me for possible bookings - there's no form to fill out just email -
 or call toll free 888-388-0565 and let me know the following:

1.  Topic interests
2.  Location and name of the event
3.  Your budget range

When possible, I'll respond within 24 hours (or in many cases same day) for an exploratory discussion.

Rave Review!

"JoAnn was without a doubt an attention holder – I learned more this day then any other seminar. 
Informative, down to earth, easy to learn.. Thank you! "
Penny Bever, Manager, Amputee Coalition of America


If you have a need-theme, I can create it. In my 15 years of conducting professional seminars across North America, I've developed a breath of information that can be utilized in a keynote or break-out. Below is a list of my more popular topics. Or, contact me for a no-obligation brainstorming session: - call toll free: 888.388.0565   |  Note: Most topics can be delivered in a variety of time formats, though a few are a specific type -- they are noted in blue.   

Diversity & Creative Thinking – The Essential Power Couple

 “You cannot solve a problem at the same level of thinking at which you arrived at it” - Albert Einstein… and yet, that’s a common practice. Many companies are missing out on saving money and making money because their employees don’t believe they are creative and/or don’t know how to think creatively for practical, profitable outcomes.

They are also missing out when diversity is not valued, seen and leveraged in hiring and in profitable practices within a company’s operation and culture such as problem solving, process improvement, customer engagement and product development to name a few.

Many leaders do not realize that diversity and creative thinking are the essential power couple to a company’s competitive advantage and sustained growth. In effective creative thinking, the possibility for the best ideas occur when there is great variety of resources and experiences from which to draw. Diversity is an exceptional ingredient in this process. - Download complete summary Creativity&Diversity-KN.pdf
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Creative Collaboration - A Fresh Approach to Team Building
Tired of the same old team building workshops. Consider a highly interactive experience that combines the benefits of tapping creative thinking for problem solving and innovative thinking with working with others to achieve the best results.


*already qualified for HRCI credits - all design to qualify for general or strategic | detailed outlines available upon  request |  CEU credits available | Some topics can be from 1 hour to ½ day workshops - Download complete list with summaries  - Click here

Additionally all topics come with the option of including at a discounted rate the talent management handbook: 15 Shifts: The Essential Guide to Transform Your Talent Management

Best Hire - Best Fit: Hiring Beyond the Job Description - breakout

Leadership & Emotional Intelligence - keynote/breakout

How To Handle Difficult Employees - breakout

The Ripple Effect - The Power of Your Personal Brand in HR* (Featured Keynote 2014 HR Star Conference Atlanta & Cleveland; selected for SHRM National 2015, Iowa SHRM 2015) keynote/breakout

Brain on Fire: Creative & Innovative Thinking - The Next New Skill * (Selected for SHRM National 2015) keynote/breakout | complimentary book available
Voted the #1 key competency by a survey of 1500 CEOs by the IBM Leadership Values Institute, it’s the most misunderstood yet very popular to “talk about.” This session reveals that everyone is creative and teaches attendees how to connect with theirs while continuously being able to nurture it in themselves and those they lead.

The Power of Coaching - Leading & Managing From the Inside Out - Many may be noticing that the old leadership and management model of command and control is losing or has lost it’s effectiveness. With new attention being given to talent and performance management, new models of leading and managing are required to adequately leverage new philosophies, processes and technology (e.g. performance management software) for better profits and talent acquisition and retention. Additionally, human resource professionals must have adequate knowledge and resources to encourage and facilitate this change.  Coaching is an essential component in this new model and a critical skill in the 21st century workplace. Additionally, companies are recognizing the value of coaching not just as an individual skill, but also as an element of a company culture. breakout / full day workshop

Download complete list with summaries  - Click here  | Email for additional info.


Brain on Fire: Creative & Innovative Thinking – The Next New Skill
Keynote - Breakout (most popular)
An IBM survey of 1500 CEO resulted in this finding: creative & innovative thinking is the #1 most needed leadership competency. This is a fun, interactive program to guide attendees through practical tools on how to generate ideas and develop innovative thinking. It's about solutions, process improvement, effective decision-making, and doing more with less!  As stated by Richard Florida (author of "Rise of The Creative Class") “Ideas are the new commodity of the 21st century."  This presentation is not "talking about creativity", but having the attendees actually experience their own! Attendees can also receive a copy of the complimentary book Brain on Fire! |  Showcase preview of this topic - click for video here
Click here for outline

Interested in a full day workshop: click here

Emotional Intelligence - Don't Leave Home Without It
Keynote - Breakout
It's the one element of our personal/professional capability that many take for granted -- the role of emotions in how we live and work. Knowing them, managing and levering them is an essential element to success in any role or industry. This session takes a "user friendly" approach to the popular topic of emotional intelligence.  In an entertaining and informative way, we look at what they are, how they play to our advantage and disadvantage and how we can leverage them to get more of the outcomes we need and want both personally and professionally.

The Inspired Professional - The Force Within
Keynote - Breakout

We could all use a bit more inspiration these days and usually we look outside ourselves to find it? How about a different approach? How about finding inspiration from within and sharing that inspiration with those around us? In these volatile times, what will set apart the ordinary professional from the extraordinary? will be those who are the inspired professional!

Can't We All Just Get Along
Keynote - Breakout
A humorous, entertaining and interactive look at differences and diversity through the lens of personality and how that impacts our relationships personally and professionally. This keynote provides meaningful life insights, practical take-aways and has attendees laughing and learning all at the same time! All walk away with a better understanding of themselves and others along with tangible actions items that can assist them in enhancing good will and collaboration in our many diverse work cultures.

Brand Me! - The Power of Personal Brand for Career Success

Keynote - Breakout

Though this phrase was coined by Tom Peters many years ago, it's more relevant now more than ever! It's not enough to jump from job to job. These days it's about effective career and brand management. We call it individual talent management. Today's professional landscape is becoming much more sophisticated and so should each professional. Updated thinking and tactics are needed to maximize their work-life satisfaction and earning potential. This session helps set the stage and lay the foundation for each attendee to understand what it will take to reach those goals. They'll walk about with a practical plan and resources to confidently move forward.

On the company side, as the need for employee engagement and talent retention rises, updated thinking and tactics are needed to maximize empowering employees and for setting the stage and expectation for them to embrace more ownership of their own work-life satisfaction, day-to-day engagement, performance results and earning potential. This session helps lay the foundation for each attendee to understand what it will take to reach those outcomes. They'll walk out with a practical plan and resources to enhance their performance as a way of expressing their personal/professional brand. Click here for info

Rave Review!
"Everyone is still so excited from yesterday’s event and I just wanted to thank you again for a phenomenal presentation.  I have spoken with some of my managers and other team members who have nothing bet great things to say about the seminar and particularly about you and the way you connected with everyone.  Can’t say enough."

David M. Thomas, CPM

Vice President and Director of Property Management

Allen & Rocks, Inc.


The breakout themes listed below can also be transformed into a customized keynote. They are derived from a full day workshop-seminar.

Getting Results - Lead & Succeed With High-Impact Productivity Strategies
Based on the book & wildly popular seminar Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed, this topic offers a holistic approach beyond just a typical time management seminar. It addresses a variety of areas not typically addressed that impact getting results through the lens of time.  This workshop is extremely insightful and practical as well as inspiring! A book for each attendee is available at a significantly discounted rate.

E.Q. and You - Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
(There is also a leadership version)
A great introductory program, perfect for a conference setting. It makes this very popular topic approachable and down to earth. This program answers the questions what is it, how do I develop it, and how to work with others who don't have it!  Want to learn more about how important emotional intelligence is and it's value to any conference. - click here

Leadership From The Inside-Out
Don't let the title fool you...this is a workshop designed for every employee and works from the premise that every employee is a leaders and should be empowered to see themselves that way. Additionally, an essential principle in effective leadership is who people are on the inside will dictate the kind of leader and the kind of team they will have on the outside. The inside can be characterized as authentic personal power. Attendees are guided through 13 points of a personal power wheel to provide tangible touch points for creating and maintaining personal power. This establishes the foundation for authentic leadership. This is for everyone!

The Power of Influence - Keys To Communicating with Tact & Finesse
A very interactive program that approaches this topic in a refreshing way.  The approach is by teaching that we are not necessarily speaking to a person but to their mind. An essential component of communicating effectively is
understanding how the mind works and then with that knowledge using unique techniques that can be used to achieve better outcomes. Some of the techniques are taken from NLP (neural linguistic programing). I call these specific techniques "3D Communication."


With thousands of workshops and seminars conducted both public and private, JoAnn has collected and developed many effective techniques to engage attendees and increase retention within that setting. She's conducted many seminars delivering these ideas and techniques. Her style has been defined as: fun, funny, entertaining, insightful, inspiring, meaty, high energy, practical and down-to-earth. 
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