Leadership Keynote Speaker

Inc. Top 100 Leadership Speaker -  Inspiring Stories - Practical Tools

When you hire a leadership keynote speaker, it’s not enough to leave everyone energized and feeling good – you want inspiration that leads to lasting behavior change and transformational results.

Award-winning authors Karin Hurt and David Dye bring practical inspiration to your leadership keynote stage.

Karin and David bring decades of experience as executives who transformed organizations and achieved breakthrough results

Your audience will leave fired up with tools to lead with more courage, influence and hope.

Click on the images below to read more about some of our most popular keynotes, or we’ll work with you to craft a message perfect for your event.

You can bring either Karin or David to your conference as an individual leadership keynote speaker or Karin and David can share the stage for a unique keynote experience.

Supplement your leadership keynote with engaging breakout sessions and workshops.

Winning Well Keynote Leadership Speaker

Courageous Cultures Leadership Keynote Speaker

Leading Through Uncertainty and Change Leadership Keynote Speaker

Master Tough Conversations Leadership Keynote Speaker

Becoming the Brand Leadership Keynote Speaker

WINNING WELL

Breakthrough Results - Without Losing Your Soul

Format:  60 to 90 Minute Keynote

Do you ever wish your team had more energy, would get more done, or solve problems on their own?

It’s tempting to demand more, tighten control, and micromanage to get more results out of your team...but there is a better way. 

WINNING WELL is a practical leadership strategy to achieve breakthrough results that really last. Get results while keeping your team (and yourself) energized, motivated and inspired.

Join award-winning authors, Karin Hurt and David Dye, as they use humor and real-life examples to guide you and your team through the art of inspiration, influence, and lasting impact. 

In this program discover how to:

  • Mind the MIT(the Most Important Thing)that contributes to consistent, breakthrough results
  • Play the Game: don’t game the score. Use data to drive, and not drown, your team
  • Own the UGLY: eliminate the most common productivity killers
  • Ditch the Diaper Genie: correct poor performance without drama
  • Put People Before Projects: quickly build a more competent and confident work force
  • Rock Your Role: leverage your strengths to make a unique contribution to the organization
  • Channel Challengers: build better relationships – up, down, and sideways
  • Trust the Trenches: know the people closest to your customer or product and what they have to say

 This program is perfect for:

  • Overwhelmed managers ready for a breakthrough
  • Those working to take their results and relationships to the next level
  • Leaders working to build a high-performing, high-engagement culture
  • Teams looking for practical tools and techniques they can use right away

 The audience will leave with:

  • Ways to stay focused on the MIT (most important things) that contribute to consistent, breakthrough results
  • Tools to correct poor performance without drama
  • Techniques to build better relationships up, down and sideways
  • A better understanding of how to give each team member what they need most to take their performance to the next level
  • Tools for building a more competent, confident team
  • Long term strategies to keep the team on track

ABOUT OUR BEST SELLING BOOK: Winning Well: A Managers Guide to Getting Results - Without Losing Your Soul

Join award-winning authors, Karin Hurt and David Dye for practical leadership tools, tactics and strategies to achieve breakthrough results that really last.

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“David and Karin worked really well with our team. It was almost uncanny how relevant the content was – perfect for our team and the issues that we face on a day-to-day basis.”

-Sean Barrett, VP Product Management, Albertsons

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COURAGEOUS CULTURES

Building Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates

What would happen if every member of your team came to work focused on finding solutions and creating better results?

Format:  60-90 Minute Keynote

Based on ground-breaking new research in innovation and problem-solving, you'll learn what leaders like you are doing to build more creative and solutions-oriented teams.

You'll explore the root causes of FOSU (fear of speaking up) and techniques to turn your team’s fears and frustration into innovation.

You’ll learn techniques to navigate the elegant dance between clarity and curiosity and practical tools to help your team discover micro-innovations and share best practices.

This program is perfect for:

  • Senior and mid-level managers
  • Managers struggling to get their teams to think more creatively and solve problems on their own
  • Teams looking to take their performance to the next level
  • HR leaders working to build more innovative, high-engagement cultures
  • Companies that want higher profits and more engagement from their teams

 The audience will leave with:

  • Easy-to-use tools and techniques to empower solutions-thinking and customer-focused problem solving
  • A clear understanding of what's blocking everyday innovation in their teams
  • Communication strategies to eliminate FOSU (Fear of Speaking Up) and encourage deeper dialogue up, down and sideways
  • A plan they can apply right away

Karin or David will inspire your team with real examples of turnaround successes and powerful tools from their executive roles and their work with companies around the world. Your audience will leave with tools and techniques they can immediately apply with their teams.

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“Karin and David bring executive leadership experience and they know what they’re talking about. We have a common language that all leaders can use. Leaders at every level are empowered and truly owned the vision and the way forward.

-Carl Lytikainen, VP Customer Service, Mindbody

LEADING THROUGH UNCERTAINTY AND CHANGE

How do you inspire hope and performance when you don't know what's coming next?

Format:  90 Minute Keynote or 3-hour Workshop

Your mission is sacred, but uncertainty and change are inescapable. Your customers need your team at their best, even when they’re feeling frustrated and confused. Your team is looking to you for confidence, inspiration, and hope.

How do you keep your team energized and motivated when so much is changing? How do you keep them focused on what matters most without adding to their stress? How do you encourage and support your team when you don’t have all the answers?

In this high-energy, interactive keynote, you will learn practical ways to inspire and encourage your team, particularly during times of uncertainty and change, and to show up strong for your customers—and for yourselves, your family, and the people you work with.

Through strategic storytelling, humor, and interactive exercises, your team will leave with more confidence and competence for greater influence and impact.

This program is perfect for:

  • Fast growing teams or organizations
  • Associations serving highly disrupted, fast-changing industries
  • Organizations going through times of significant change (e.g. mergers, restructures)

 The audience will leave with:

  • Confidence to navigate through uncertainty with poise
  • Communication techniques to keep their teams focused on what matters most
  • Techniques for strengthening influence and impact
  • Tools to encourage problem-solving and best practice sharing
  • Strategic questions to help uncover new strategic opportunities and insights

Join Karin and David to get the antidote to uncertainty, help your leaders and teams to thrive during times of change, and make ambiguity work for you, not against you. We will work with you to fully customize this program based on your biggest pain points. This highly interactive program will give your team an opportunity to surface and have candid conversations that address their fears, and give them to tools to navigate the change with more confidence and competence.

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“Karin and David light up the stage through dynamic storytelling and highly-practical leadership solutions participants can implement right away. While they're teaching teamwork and communication, they're actually demonstrating it beautifully.”

-Kerrie Phipps, MC, HR Asia

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MASTER TOUGH CONVERSATIONS

Communicating for Influence and Results

Format:  60-90 Minute Keynote

Do you have a tough conversation you need to have, but are avoiding at all costs?

Do you have a tough conversation you need to have, but are avoiding at all costs? Have you ever regretted not having the tough conversation, as you watched someone you truly care about repeat a pattern that severely impacted your business? Is your team speaking with the candor they need to own the ugly problems in your organization and make the best decisions?

Mastering the art of the tough conversation is a key to success in business, life, and creating a healthy, vibrant culture. One of the greatest gifts you can give another human being is to tell them the truth.

This very popular keynote works well across a wide range of industries, countries, and cultures and is easily adapted for leaders and individual contributors at all levels. Filled with inspiring stories, humor, and very practical tools, your audience will leave with tools they can implement right away to take their communication to the next level.

This can also be delivered as a breakout, following the Winning Well keynote.

This program is perfect for:

  • Leaders working to build a high-performing culture
  • Managers struggling to have the tough conversations vital to building healthy, high performing teams
  • Managers working to build more productive relationships up, down and sideways

 The audience will leave with:

  • Tools to solve 90% of your tough conversations before they happen
  • Approaches for "ditching the diaper genie" to have the tough conversations that need to happen.
  • The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. method of delivering tough feedback
  • An easy-to-use methodology for asking strategic questions that uncover vulnerabilities and opportunities for strategic growth

INCLUDES TOOLS FROM OUR BEST SELLING BOOK: Winning Well: A Managers Guide to Getting Results - Without Losing Your Soul

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“Karin Hurt and David Dye were invited to speak to an elite group of highly engaged volunteer leaders from around the world – a tough audience to please. It was an early morning session on the last day of a long conference. Their delivery style, real-world stories, and innovative concepts kept this audience engaged. The feedback from the leaders is that they gained takeaways they could immediately apply in their volunteer and professional roles – including tools and templates. I would hire Karin and David again to improve the skills of people who manage others in any capacity."

-Linda Jones Coordinator, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class

 

Build and Army of Ambassadors

BECOMING THE BRAND

7 Ways to Connect Your Team to What Matters Most

Format:  60-90 Minute Keynote

Great commercials, strong PR, a brilliant social media strategy all warrant effort when building your company’s brand, but there's no better PR than an army of loyal employees living and breathing your brand.

There's no better PR than an army of loyal employees living and breathing your brand. You know the type: folks with enthusiasm bursting from their veins, talking up your products and services with their friends at every bar, family gathering, and sporting event they attend. "No, I'm telling you this works, I've seen it from the inside! This product has changed my life! Let me show you." Or  "I'm so sorry you had that experience, it's not usually like that."

Yes, you can define your brand and advertise it. But don't overlook the power of your employees as brand ambassadors. Our best employees want to be part of the inner circle.

To build business sustainability and strengthen your competitive advantage, increase ownership by treating your staff as owners of your brand. In this high-energy program, you'll learn 7 ways to get employees at every level of the organization advocating for your brand.

Note: This keynote is also available for Association Leaders: 7 Ways to Turn Your Volunteers Into Brand Ambassadors (click here for a full description)

 This program is perfect for:

  • Leaders working to build a more customer-centric culture
  • Customer service teams working for creative ways to engage employees at every level
  • Sales teams looking to build more ownership and brand loyalty

 The audience will leave with:

  • Inspiration to go build an army of brand ambassadors
  • Creative approaches to connect your employees to your mission and values
  • Techniques for building micro-engagement opportunities to involve your team as brand ambassadors
  • Tools for getting underneath the tough issues, preventing your employees from loving your brand

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ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP: 7 WAYS TO TURN YOUR VOLUNTEERS INTO BRAND AMBASSADORS

Format:  60 -90 Minute Keynote or Workshop Designed for Association Leadership

This program is perfect for:

  • Association leadership, boards, and chapter presidents
  • Association board retreats
  • Leadership volunteer conferences

NOTE: We've delivered this program to 1000 people at the Society for Human Resource Management National Chapter leadership conference, several state SHRM chapter leadership conferences, as well as the Project Management Institute's Chapter Global Leadership Institutes in Berlin and the US.

 The audience will leave with:

  • Inspiration to build a more professional engaged chapter
  • Practical tools and techniques for engaging more (and new) members
  • Creative ways to use social media to enhance your chapter's brand
  • How to focus your efforts on the work that will be most value added to your membership

Great commercials, strong PR, a brilliant social media strategy all warrant effort when building your chapter's brand. But there's no better PR than an army of loyal volunteers and employees living and breathing your brand. You know the type: individuals with enthusiasm bursting from their veins, talking up your chapter with their friends and colleagues at every work event, family gathering, and sporting event they attend. "No, I'm telling you, this association changed my life!" Or  "I'm so sorry you had that experience, it's not usually like that."

Yes, you can define your brand and advertise it. But don't overlook the power of your volunteers as brand ambassadors. Our best people want to be part of the inner circle. To build sustainability and strengthen your competitive advantage, increase ownership by treating your volunteers as owners of your brand. In this high-energy program, you'll learn seven ways to get both your volunteers and members advocating for your brand. The added bonus is that these can also be used for your employees!

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"Attract and Retain an Army of Brand Ambassadors was a highlight of the conference. You have a magical presentation style that encouraged participants to embrace your message of building loyalty through the employee experience. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us. The audience left feeling excited and motivated."

-Theresa Finn, Nevada State SHRM Council Director

 

Karin Hurt Women's Leadership Keynote SpeakerWOMEN'S LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE SPEAKER - POWERFUL AND INSPIRING

Do you have amazing women on your team, who are not speaking up for fear of not being heard?

Are you looking for a powerful and inspiring women’s leadership keynote speaker for your next conference or corporate event? Could your team benefit from a powerful women’s leadership speaker who’s been where you are, leaving a strong track record of results? Are you looking for a women’s leadership speaker to help your team gain more confidence and influence?

Karin Hurt will work with you to custom-design an inspiring and highly practical keynote or masterclass to inspire and motivate your team. Whether you’re looking for straight talk for your executive women’s leadership conference, or inspiring and practical techniques to help the women leaders on your team gain more confidence and impact, Karin will work with you to get the message just right.

Karin draws on her depth of experience as an executive who’s also a mom growing emerging leaders. She’s made a significant impact in her work at Fortune 50 Verizon, and now in her work with leaders at all levels around the world. She shows up real and approachable, and as one recent women’s leadership conference participant put it, “I feel like I was listening to my best friend.”

Karin was recently recognized on Inc.’s 60 Great Business Books: All Written By Women as well as Inc.’s 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers.

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"Karin is the perfect blend of authenticity and inspiration. Her insights are practical and presented in a manner that is engaging and entertaining. I know she renewed my perspective on what we have the ability to achieve in our organizations and our industry overall. While also providing an actual "how" to hit the ground running and apply what she shared."

-Sam Smeltzer, CEO & Creative Director, HR Development