Leadership Keynote Speaker

Inc.’s Top 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speaker Karin Hurt and David Dye are perfect when you want an engaging leadership keynote speaker who will inspire your team with proven approaches they can apply immediately for breakthrough results.

When you hire a leadership keynote speaker, you need a speaker who will transform your people and give them practical tools to take action. It’s not enough to leave everyone energized and feeling good – your leaders and teams need inspiration that leads to lasting change. You need a leadership keynote speaker with real-world leadership experience and the ability to translate that experience into behavior.

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. In their keynote programs, they share inspirational stories combined with highly practical strategies leaders at every level can use right away to ignite their teams and transform their results.

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. Your leaders and teams will gain greater insight into how they can achieve breakthrough results – without losing their soul. Keep reading for descriptions of our most popular leadership keynote programs.

Here are some of our most frequently requested leadership keynotes. Click on the title to see a full description.

Leadership management keynote Winning Well How to Manage for lasting results without losing your soul

Leadership management keynote Mastering the Art of the Tough Conversation

Leadership management keynote Leading during times of uncertainty and change

Leadership management keynote Building innovative solutions-focused culture

Leadership management keynote Turn Employees into Brand Ambassadors

WINNING WELL

How to Manage for Lasting Results - Without Losing Your Soul

Format:  60 to 90 Minute Keynote

 This program is perfect for:

  • Overwhelmed managers 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

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

Management isn’t easy.

Manager's face aggressive goals and often drive their teams to burn out trying to deliver. Or, employees seek connection and support, so managers focus on relationships . . . and fail to make the numbers. The fallout is stress, frustration, and disengagement, and not just among team members: two-thirds of managers report being disengaged.

Winning Well is a manager's lifeline for getting the results they need while keeping employees (and themselves) energized and motivated. Filled with humor, straight talk, and hard-won truths, this inspiring keynote delivers principles and practices to galvanize your team in positive and productive ways.

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

3. Mastering the Art of the Tough Conversation

MASTERING THE ART OF TOUGH CONVERSATION

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

Format:  60-90 Minute 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

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.

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

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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 DURING TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY AND CHANGE

Format:  90 Minute Keynote or 3-hour Workshop

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 the uncertainty with poise
  • Communication techniques to keep their teams focused on what matters most
  • Tools to think build critical thinking capacity and make better decisions
  • 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.”

-Kerri Phipps, MC, HR Asia

Winning Well books at the bookstore

HOW CAN WE? BUILDING AN INNOVATIVE, SOLUTIONS-FOCUSED CULTURE

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

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

 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

What would happen if every member of your team came to work every day asking themselves and each other one simple question: How can we?

  • How can we build an extraordinary customer experience?
  • How can we fix this?
  • How can we turn this around?
  • How can we collaborate?

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

SEE OUR BEST SELLING BOOK: Winning Well: A Manager's 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

7 WAYS TO TURN YOUR EMPLOYEES INTO BRAND AMBASSADORS

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.

Format:  60-90 Minute Keynote

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

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.

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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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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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