2022 Leadership Challenges

The race for talent, growth, and engagement is on its way for 2022.  SNW Speakers is leading with a Leadership Introduction Series over the next month, as leaders embrace the beginning of another year with pandemic concerns.

Come along with David Burkus, the author of LEAD FROM ANYWHERE.; take a peek at what is still evolving and it is not going away………..maybe ever!

* The future of work is working from anywhere.

* The office will always be there, to be sure. But not everyone who was sent away in March 2020 is keen on returning. And almost no one is keen on returning there for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

* Leaders need the skills to lead from anywhere. And there are a lot of them. New skills in technology, communication, coaching, succession planning to bring the NexGen leaders along, and so much more. But there’s one place every leader can start.

Culture, driven by top management, instills a sense of purpose, an element of work that explains the “why” you are there, doing your best, being engaged, and driven.  The Great Resignation might just be the Great Search for Meaning and Inclusion or the Great Migration.

Invite David to your next virtual or in-person meeting to understand how to win this race.  Let’s set up a conference call for you with David to explore and see if he is the right Race Master for your team.   For quick info about David, give me a ring at 704-533-1706.

About David:

A skilled researcher and inspiring communicator, David Burkus is a former associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. He has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker, and governmental and military leaders at the US Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over two million times.  He has also been on the Thinkers50 List in 2017 & 2019.


How will artificial intelligence (AI) and fintech (financial technology) affect your organization going forward? 

How will artificial intelligence (AI) and fintech (financial technology) affect your organization going forward? 

Ask an expert — in person. Amazon best-selling author and futurist Brett King would love to share his considerable findings and internationally valued opinions with your audience in a friendly, interactive, easy-to-understand style.

Brett will help you to better understand (and answer) these urgent questions:

*  How can your organization reinvent itself in the age of AI and Fintech — and fully embrace it?

*  What are the upcoming challenges you will be facing — but may not know it yet?

*  Which traditional procedures can you salvage in the midst of this radical transformation?

*  How can you keep your data safe and prevent hacking?

*  What will your business look like in five years? Ten years? And beyond!

*  How can you use behavior, psychology and technology to advance beyond the competition?

*  How will AI create incredible wealth?

*  What don’t you understand (still!) about the complicated subjects of blockchain, augmented reality, and other leading-edge tech?

Brett is the founder and executive chairman of the neo-bank Moven, the world’s first “mobile challenger bank.” It pioneered:

*  the first in-app bank account sign-up

*  the first real-time receipt

*  the first contactless payment capacity

*  an app homepage design that has been adopted by the industry at large.

He also advised the Obama administration on the future of banking and currently advises regulators and bank boards around the world. In the last three years alone, Brett has spoken on this subject in 50 countries.

Brett has also spoken at TED conferences and has given opening keynotes for Wired, Techsauce, Singularity University, Web Summit, The Economist, IBM’s World of Watson, CES, SIBOS, and more. He has appeared as a commentator on CNBC, BBC, ABC, Fox, and Bloomberg.

His latest book, The Rise of Technosocialism, has just come off the press and is already getting a great reception. One of the book’s considerations:  by 2035 AI will already be making many jobs obsolete; at the same time, there will be a labor shortage of skilled STEM workers. Will robots take your job? (Listen to more here)

His book Bank 4.0 was on the Amazon Top-10 Bestseller’s list for Banking for nearly two years.

Contact Missy at Speakers Network Worldwide (704-533-1706) to get more information or to schedule Brett for your event!

P.S. Watch Brett in action here!

Remote Work in the Age of Coronavirus

Remote Work in the Age of Coronavirus


In the age of Coronavirus and our efforts to stop the spread through social distancing, many U.S. workers will be working remotely. Remote working has been in place for many companies for quite some time as the workforce has become more globalized and talent is spread out throughout the world. Now, more than ever, it is important to look at ways we can make remote work be less troublesome and actually beneficial for  us in these interesting times.

Even though we don’t see one another face to face doesn’t mean we can’t schedule regular, daily connections. Tools like Skype and GoToMeeting actually help us to see one another and therefore connect on a level that phone conversations don’t allow. Avoid impromptu meetings. People tend to feel more connected if there are scheduled meetings. Many of us rely on emails and texts, but nothing is more important than  picking up the phone and actually talking to someone. Remote work doesn’t have to be isolating.

Brahim Jaouane, a digital marketing specialist says, “one of the most important rules of remote working is to preserve team spirit, so you need to talk often with your managers and colleagues. He suggests, making an effort to say hello each morning, sharing a virtual coffee in a video conference, and always reassure people that you are available and involved at any time.

Most importantly, if you are resorting to remote work due to the health risks of the social spread of the coronavirus, reassure teammates that this is only temporary and soon they will be back together again as a team. Staying positive is critical in crisis situations. It’s not reducing the crisis, it’s reducing the fear and panic.  Just maybe, you will learn through this process that remote work can be very productive, in the long run, by incorporating a few simple measures.

Check out our youtube site to get some tips and strategies for remote working from tech and innovation speaker, Julie Holmes!

We Are In The Meetings Business

We Are In The Meetings Business


So, we are in the meeting business, and we know that meetings can be powerful platforms for organizational success and growth. They are opportunities to exchange ideas through hearing from some of today’s greatest thought leaders that can inspire and motivate individuals and organizations to take the next steps toward greater success. Great meetings can also be conduits to share the organizational objectives and recognize the positive efforts of the entire team. But, in reference to the sometimes daily, non-productive meetings that are a waste of everyone’s time, we need to take a look at how they are not achieving the best outcomes for the organization. We think there is value in looking at the non-stop meetings in relationship to the larger annual meetings and conferences. Both, if they are not well-planned, well-orchestrated and well-evaluated and then re-structured, are simply a waste of time and energy for everyone.

When my children were younger, when someone asked them what their dad did, they would always say, “He goes to meetings.” To them that was all he did. They didn’t realize that ideas and planning require buy in and without meeting with colleagues, clients, and management, people can’t be on the same page. However, as Steven G. Rogelberg says in his book, The Surprising Science of Meetings, “ Meetings are essential to teams and organizations.” Rogelberg is on a mission to fix the bad meetings that waste our time, bore us to death, and frustrate success.

I think we are all for fixing bad meetings. If we have to attend them, then let’s look at ways to respect other’s time and make them more efficient and engaging.  According to Rogelberg, it really is up to the leader of the meeting to improve the quality of the meeting. He suggests asking the team what he or she is doing well in the meetings, what’s not working and what can be done differently. Asking people to weigh in on meeting effectiveness can change the entire experience for everyone.

The leader can change and create a positive, more effective meeting though what Rogelberg calls separation, standing and shrink. Separation is setting the stage and creating warmth, and presence, by recognizing the value each person brings to the meeting. When people enter the room, they feel welcomed and visibly notice the energy created by the leader. Standing refers to “ditching the chairs.” Simply put, sit down meetings take longer than standing meetings. It all comes down to respecting people’s time. Finally, shrinking the meeting size. The more non-essential people, the less productive. Have a rule that you don’t include “spectators.”

I can see a world where people are actually excited about going to a meeting. Through reading Rogelberg’s science-based research, we can make meetings more effective and welcoming for all.

Call us to arrange a conference with Professor Rogelberg!

Here’s Why You Should Always Use a Speakers Bureau

Here’s Why You Should Always Use a Speakers Bureau


The Value of a Speakers Bureau to You

 Do you think you are saving time and money by doing the work of finding a speaker yourself?

Do you trust the Internet as a source of knowledge over an expert?

The answer to both is a resounding NO and here’s why: