July 27 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In 2001, as Erik descended from Mt. Everest, becoming the first blind person to reach the summit, his team leader pulled him aside and said, “don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.” Despite the abrupt timing of this remark, Erik took it to heart and has spent the better part of his life exploring what it means to live a No Barriers Life. That is, not a life without barriers, without struggle, where anything is possible, but rather a dive into the heart and mind at the core of the turbulent human experience. It is an exploration of the light that burns in all of us, the obstacles that threaten to extinguish that light, and the treacherous path of becoming a pioneer, practicing alchemy and reaching towards growth and rebirth to find our own summits and elevate the world.
July 28 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Grow Your Global Influence and Transform Your Business through Advanced Social Media Strategies
Shelita will show you how to grow your influence and transform the results you get from social media by implementing easy-to-grasp strategies, tips, tricks, and tools. Packed with insights and case studies, you’ll learn how to structure your social media efforts, and channel your thinking towards staying up to date with the vastly changing world of audience building. Whether you have 100 or 1,000,000 followers, you will learn advanced strategies to rapidly grow your global influence.
July 28 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities
Today’s leaders want to know how their teams can rise above any challenge and succeed no matter what comes their way. Whether it’s to embrace change, overcome obstacles, sustain growth, or take your success to the next level, true leaders will “Embrace the Shake.” The term “Embrace the Shake” is coined from Artist Phil Hansen’s personal story of transformation. After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake” both physically and metaphorically by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity. Phil not only restored his artistic abilities, he became a much more creative and innovative artist than ever before. Phil’s powerful message of finding creativity within limitations will inspire you to stop looking on the outside, and start looking within yourself for resources that can transform your challenges into opportunities for success.
July 29 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am
How to use Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and AI to Elevate your Speaking Career
Without any coding knowledge needed at all, Shelita Burke will share real life examples of how you can use blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and artificial intelligence (AI) in the speaking industry to solve problems. Shelita Burke is a data scientist, AI social media expert, entrepreneur, and award-winning international pop star. By combining data science with behavioral science and AI, she has generated 29 million Twitter impressions and millions of Spotify plays on her latest releases. In addition, she is a popular keynote speaker at major social media and AI conferences empowering marketers with her innovative approach to growing large audiences.
July 29 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
What Most People Don’t Know About Robert Cialdini and the Science of Influence – a Fireside Chat with Verne Harnish
Robert Cialdini, PhD, & Verne Hanish
Although most of us know about Robert Cialdini’s Principles of Influence, there a few questions that come to mind: How did he develop these principles? How did he test them? What exactly makes it a “science?” Before Cialdini studied and measured different strategies, he went on an undercover, three year mission, with a goal to understand the different approaches of Influence. He spent three years undercover, changed his name, persona, and even the way he dressed. During this time, he applied for various jobs, observed the best of the best, and took training on how to convince others of the value of his employer’s offerings. Cialdini will present on the research he did that was powerful, but not yet popular at the time. What lessons can we learn from this and what can all of this mean for you and your speaking business? This session will answer all the above and much more!
July 29 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Game Changers, Stand Up!
Orlando Bowen is a former professional football player who equips you on how to be a Game Changer. Game Changers change the path, perspective and possibilities of others by the way they show up for business and for life. Two armed individuals unfortunately cut Orlando Bowen’s professional football career short due to an assault that resulted in a severe concussion. Bowen was an active member in his community, so the assault galvanized his resolve to make an even bigger difference. Through all this, Orlando still showed forgiveness towards his assailants. This session will inspire you to “get off the sidelines” and make a difference in the lives of others as you let go of the things holding you back from being a Game Changer.
July 30 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection
Jia Jiang knows first-hand how the fear of rejection can hold us back. Our natural tendency to avoid it at all costs can be detrimental to our business, our careers, our lives. Determined to change that, Jia takes us down a path where rejection, instead of being avoided, is deliberately and actively sought. He asks complete strangers questions like, “Can I borrow $100? Can I speak over your store’s intercom? Can I get a burger refill?” The surprising answers led him to a whole new world. It may also teach you something you have never thought about before and even propel you forward in your speaking careers.
July 30 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Navigating Through the Turbulence on Your Flight to Excellence
William "T" Thompson, JD, CSP
How do you standout from the crowd in an increasingly competitive yet mediocre world? How can you be relevant and bring value in both your business and individual endeavors in a constantly changing environment? By building a Culture of Excellence that embodies both your professional and your personal life. Captain “T” Thompson defines Excellence and shows how being enmeshed in excellence has been the foundation for both abundant and sustained success. Yet we all have unsettled clouds, storms to weather and challenges to overcome on our flight through life. Captain “T” shares how he navigated through severe personal turbulence and how a Culture of Excellence helped cushioned the ride. You’ll learn how to pilot your flight to excellence and successfully attain your significant pursuits.
July 30 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Focus For Success: How to Focus Like a Fighter Pilot to Transform your Business
Carey Lohrenz, CSP
Flying on and off of aircraft carriers while operating in a fast-moving, uncertain, and challenging environment requires intense focus and fast decision making to get the mission accomplished and job done safely. Whether you are launching a new speaking business or looking to transform your current organization, focus is the key to long-term sustainable success. This is about being deliberate, disciplined and responding to a changing environment faster than your competition. You will walk away with actionable steps you can use to conquer chaos and grow your business.
July 27 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
How to Earn Your CSP®
Sharon Weinstein, MS, RN, CRNI-R, FACW, FAAN, CSP
Are you ready to pursue your CSP® designation, but aren’t sure where to begin? In this informative session, we’ll answer your questions and move you one step closer to achieving this milestone in your speaking career. This session is required for those applying to earn the CSP® designation and is open to all attendees.