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  • Connect & Succeed: A Communication Style to Engage and Motivate Your Employees

    David Bennett, Owner, Common Ground Communication

    Those in management are constantly seeking ways to relate to and work with their direct reports. This presentation, based on the book by the same name, provides managers with guidelines for developing a communication style that will enable them to engage and motivate those people with whom they work. MORE >

    All people in management start with basic communication skills which they use as their default. Some of those skills work for them, some of them do not. A Connect & Succeed Communication Style helps managers to identify the communication skills that work for them and enhance those skills even further. This approach also helps those in management find common ground and connections with all of their employees/associates making the work more rewarding and productive for everyone.
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  • Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Volunteers

    Renee Harlor, Founder, Greater Than Eight, Inc

    So many non-profit organizations are started by passionate people who want to make the world a better place. Non-profits often operate on slim budgets and remain stagnant, or worse, fail. It isn't because of the lack of heart, dedication or passion. It's because of the lack of a strategic plan, goals and a solid team of volunteers. Let's talk about getting the right people in place and keeping them happy. MORE >

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  • Discussing Undiscussables: Challenging, yet transformative conversations regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion

    Andrew Adeniyi, CEO, Co-Founder and Consultant, AAA Solutions LLC

    This presentation explores the uncomfortable yet important conversations that must take place in the workplace in order to foster a culture of inclusion while attracting and retaining diverse team members. This presentation can be used to explore topics such as: MORE >

    -Unconscious/Implicit Bias
    -Systemic Racism
    -Police Brutality & Race
    -How to increase diversity
    -Fostering an environment of inclusion
    -How to engage in challenging conversations
    -White Privilege

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  • 8 Is Not Great

    Renee Harlor, Founder, Greater Than Eight, Inc

    When was the last time you couldn't wait to tell your friend all about your average experience? Customer service can cost you thousands of dollars or it can earn you more market share. Your clients, customers and guests don't remember average. They do remember awful and awesome. Most companies can't afford to employee a full time trainer, the problem, is most companies can't afford NOT to have a trainer. We break down the numbers when it comes to customer service in a fun and enlightening way. Average will cost you!
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  • How to create a Culture of Accountability

    Natalie Menke, Business Coach and Sales Expert, Inspire Results Business Coaching

    There isn’t one among us who hasn’t put off or avoided a tough conversation that stems from an unmet expectation. You wonder if your zone of tolerance is too small or too large or maybe you just don’t know how to say what needs to be said in a way that will leave your team member feeling good. MORE >

    • Should you say something to the employee who’s 10 minutes late once a week or not?
    • How long do you wait before addressing your salesperson who hasn’t met goal for 3 months straight?
    • If you’ve already mentioned the confusing communications from your operations manager twice and the sales staff are still baffled by operations’ messages, do you ignore it or is it time to have that tough this-is-a-pattern talk?
    • Do you ever get so fed up that you say something you regret? Do team members?

    Achieving a culture of accountability includes setting performance goals, establishing regular meetings to monitor progress, and having accountability conversations along the way. There’s a process you can follow that will make accountability conversations easier… even natural and uplifting.

    This presentation will help you decide whether you SHOULD speak up, how to get in the best mindset for it, and how to navigate the accountability conversation, including before the conversation, during, and follow-up after.

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  • Sell more, Sell more easily

    Shad Tidler, Business Coach, Lushin and Associates

    In this interactive session, Shad will cover the hidden weaknesses that negatively affect those in sales and business development. He will also help you to learn how prospects buy and how to avoid falling into the typical buyers’ traps so you can sell and close more and do it more easily. MORE >

    Are you or your sales people:
    • Frustrated by not being able to effectively prospect and get to the people you need to talk to?
    • Doing a good job of closing business but you feel like it takes longer than it should?
    • Constantly being asked to quote proposals and then lower your prices?
    • Unsure of the best way to jump-start prospects who went cold?
    • Tired of being used for your free information you provide (unpaid consulting)?
    • Struggling to truly differentiate yourself and win the projects and business you deserve?
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  • Networking is a contact sport

    Shad Tidler, Business Coach, Lushin and Associates

    In this interactive session, Shad will uncover the reasons that we run into these challenges when it comes to networking effectively and productively. He will also help you to learn how to overcome these challenges and become more effective at networking and growing your business. MORE >

    When it comes to networking and building your business, are you or your people asking yourself:
    • What should my goals be for networking?
    • Where should my focus be when networking?
    • What should I look to get out of networking?
    • How does networking fit into the overall picture of growing my business?
    • How can I be more effective at networking?
    • How can I be more comfortable with networking?

    The above is just a sampling of what typically is discussed. Please be prepared to bring your networking challenges to the meeting. If you are having these challenges, it is very likely that most of the room struggle with the same things.

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  • Real Estate IS a Blue Collar Job

    Gregory Mayo, Award Winning Author, Speaker

    The real estate market continues to defy odds and logic. The market in and around Indy is changing quickly and we have to change with it. Couple that with the fact that many people are looking for a way to "get rich" either flipping or building real estate, and it can be tough to navigate the waters.
    Greg has over 20 years experience as a contractor, home inspector and Realtor...mostly in the downtown Indy market. This talk will take you on a deeper dive into the reality of real estate, home flipping and building in Central Indiana.
    It's not about getting rich, it's about building our city with a mix of affordable housing, green housing tech and luxury homes that are built well and built to last. MORE >

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  • Build, Buy or Franchise

    Mark A. Roger, Business Broker, FranNet MidAmerica | Indiana

    A practical guide to evaluating business concepts from an owners' perspective. Mark will discuss trending business strategies, hot concepts in today's marketplace, and evaluate the three strategies behind business start-ups. Highlights include: MORE >

    - understanding the strategies behind fundamental business models,
    - evaluating pertinent due diligence issues and business owners’ concerns,
    - identifying trending variations to traditional work environments,
    - exploring the teachings of Shark Tank and The Profit, and
    - discussing opportunities available for entrepreneurs in Indiana.
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  • The Importance of Creating Your Company’s Business Operating Plan

    Brad Justus, Business Coach, Inspire Results Business Coaching

    Have you ever wondered why some business owners are calm, confident, and cool while their profits are soaring, their business is running smoothly, and they have tons of time to spend doing the things they enjoy? The secret these successful business owners employ is detailed planning. In this fast-paced presentation, business owners uncover the potential in their business by completing the Single Sheet Business Plan, then, break it into quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals, getting a line-of-sight from daily tasks to their 10-30 year purpose. MORE >

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