in 2013-2014. He is currently writing a book on “Concurrent to Keynote: How to’s for All Speakers”. What should organizations look for in a Keynote Speaker?
We have identified five qualities keynote speakers must have in order to be successful:
(1) High-Energy: Keynotes usually kick off a conference or end a conference; in these time slots, you need a presenter that energizes the entire group and gets them excited about what’s to come or what has been heard.
(2) Entertaining: Keynotes must be extremely entertaining and fun and excite and energize the room and all attendees.
(3) Engaging: Keynotes have to engage the audience and converse with them, not to them. Get them involved in the conversation, make them emotionally connect to the message.
(4) Material that applies to EVERYONE in an Audience: Keynotes have to be able to connect with everyone in the audience and must a message that is universal.
(5) Unique: Finally, a very important trait that is usually not pointed out is the uniqueness of the presenter. Keynotes need to differentiate themselves from the pack; it might be as simple as a different way to think or that they dress differently or do not use a microphone or podium…whatever the trait, it needs to stick out and be remembered.
The following is a list of keynote sessions that have been requested by conferences; we are happy to create a specific session based on your needs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
People-Centric Skills: Communication
Have great technical auditors that could use some help with their communication skills? Auditors who can communicate effectively are exponentially more effective than auditors who cannot. This two-day course will give auditors of all levels an outline of how to optimize their communication skills. This course is based on the book People-Centric Skills: Interpersonal and Communication Skills for Internal Auditors, due out Summer 2014 via Wiley Publications.
People-Centric Skills: Leadership and Communication
What makes a successful manager/executive? Technical capabilities play a part in advancement but, most importantly, is an individual’s ability to relate to others and connect with the team. Regardless if you are a CPA, CIA or CISA, People-Centric© Skills differentiate Management from staff and seniors. This keynote address will take attendees through the key people and leadership skills that help make successful leaders and key trends in the audit industry.
Topical matter includes:
• What Key Characteristics Do All Leaders Have in Common
• What are the Important Trends in Internal Audit and Risk/Compliance Over the Next Five Years
• What are the Key People-Centric© Skills that Leaders Exhibit?
People-Centric Skills: Impact Writing
Are you writing to convey a message or to facilitate change? Optimized Internal Auditors are change agents, assisting the company in meeting their goals and objectives. A major aspect of change is the innate ability to write and convey a message with impact. This session will take attendees through leading practices in message development and facilitating change.
• Learn what words/phrases should not be used
• Understand emotional terms and why they should not be utilized
• Understand report structure and how to best convey messages
People Centric Skills: Marketing Internal Audit and Conflict Management
Inherently, in most organizations, there is a natural fear of the word “Audit”. Most people initially think of the IRS or internal affairs; not a good impression, to say the least. As internal auditors, we must constantly manage the message to our organization and capture the benefits of internal audit; in essence, we must always actively market internal audit throughout the organization. Marketing internal audit is a significant undertaken that must be part of the foundation of any leading practices department.
In addition to messaging the organization on the benefits of internal audit, all auditors must be able to effectively manage conflict. Wherever two or more people come together, there is bound to be conflict. This overview will give participants a seven-step conflict resolution process that they can use and modify to resolve conflict disputes of any size. Additionally, we will take attendees through a very simplistic, key point process to manage any heated situation. Dealing with conflict is important for every organization no matter what the size. If it is left unchecked or not resolved it can lead to lost production, absences, attrition, and even lawsuits.
People-Centric Skills: Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been relevant for over 30 years but is now being focused on by Internal Audit Management. EI is the ability to recognize and manage ones behaviors, moods, and impulses in certain situations. It is also understanding the root causes of your emotions and how to use them can help you to effectively identify who you are and how you interact with others. This presentation will take attendees through the basics of EI and its importance.
CPA’s and internal auditors face with complex decisions on a daily basis without realizing many of them are actually ethical dilemmas. Although values and ethical issues pervade all social studies, this course provides attendees with an opportunity to study these issues in greater depth. This is a facilitated course with numerous group discussions and case studies where attendees can put into practice what is learned from the course.
Creativity and Innovation in Internal Audit
Internal audit can be a very stagnant profession, if we allow it to be. Everyone likes their routines and processes however, critical thinking must be applied to all facets of our lives, including our profession. We must let our preconceived notions on a subject cloud our view of an area. This overview will give attendees a new perspective on internal audit, with ideas to practically apply in their internal audit departments.
• Understand the negative effects of SALY!
• Learn how brainstorming can add significant value throughout the internal audit process
• Understand how to coordinate and run meetings and interviews in the most effective manner
• Understand emotional trigger words and what words auditors should not utilize
Assessing Corporate Culture
When new to an organization, being able to understand what is important in an organization. This keynote presentation will take attendees through how to assess corporate culture and how to adjust your personal and communication approach to fit the current culture.