It’s not “information” that moves an audience to action; not on its own, at least. (Can you imagine pushing “play” on a PowerPoint, and letting the screen speak for itself?)
People come to hear speakers to get energized! If you’re tired of boring lectures and “cotton-candy” motivational speakers as vehicles for valuable information transfer, and ready to engage your corporate audience in a new kind of leadership conversation, I’m your guy.
Changing how you think … about everything!
I’m Jim Smith, and I’m the speaker you’ve been searching for all these years. I’m known for sharing life- , career-, and company-changing stories, and engaging audiences in activities that leave participants thinking and behaving in new ways.
Since 1999, I have had the privilege of speaking with hundreds of enthusiastic audiences on three continents, many times to standing-room-only crowds. My programs and keynote presentations on Leadership, Trust, Coaching, and Happiness consistently earn some of the highest ratings at conferences, corporate programs and events, and professional association meetings.
I invite you to investigate the topics I can offer to your very important audiences.
Fold open any of the topic categories below to view detailed descriptions of each of my talks:
Happiness and Positive Emotional Practices
Happiness @TheSpeedofLife: Five Prescriptions for Happiness!
Happiness is a state of mind that can have a huge impact on our outcomes. Happier people make better employees, leaders, partners, parents, and friends! In this talk, I review the foundational principles of living a happier, more balanced life. You will leave with five specific actions you can practice to improve the strength of your “positive emotional muscles” and increase the experience of happiness in your life and work. Come to change your outlook on life and self, reduce stress, and move closer to what YOU define as happiness.
Duration: 30, 45, or 60 minutes
Happiness, Stress, and the Quest for Wellness
Whether you are concerned about your personal health or the health of your organization’s bottom line, you need to know what Jim has to share in this important talk.
Most of the headlines about Wellness focus on the physical practices you “should” follow. Yet there is so much more to Wellness. Imagine the power of using your whole self – head, heart, AND body – to create outcomes that are more positive for you and everyone around you.
In this interactive talk, you will learn how to better manage the emotional space you bring to your roles as a leader, co-worker, parent, or partner – through how you use language, body, and breath. You will walk away with tools you can share with everyone in your world.
Participants in this program will:
- Review the important difference between the Sickness model we use versus the Wellness model to which we aspire
- Learn the Big Four Drivers of chronic disease and healthcare cost, and how to leverage our Emotional self to cultivate overall Wellness in those four areas
- Understand and use the mind-body connectionboth for personal change and to change the mood of a conversation or relationship
- Practice several somatic skills to embody a more positive attitude and actively reduce stress
Duration: 30 to 75 minutes
Change You, Change Your World(view)
The Talmud reminds us that, “we do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are.” Depending on where you spend the most time on your personal Web of Emotions, the world is a happy, sad, angry, or scary place. Did you know you have the power to Change that world?
Join Jim Smith, The Executive Happiness Coach®, as he engages our body, mind, and heart in the practice of intentional happiness.Learn how to leverage the power of your Five Centers to shift your own (and others’) mood to help build a more positive world and workplace. You will leave with specific actions you can practice to improve the strength of your “positive emotional muscles,” plus a Somatic tool that is breathtakingly simple – and always transformative!
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Happiness @TheSpeedofLife: The 13 Principles of Happiness
Being “Happy” is a state of mind a person can carry with them regardless of what is going on in the world around them. It comes from understanding what is important (to you) and from learning how to manage your attitudes and the environments in which you operate. Happiness is more likely to occur when you shift the way you look at yourself and what goes on around you.
We live in a 24/7 environment, and as the speed of life accelerates, we need to pay more attention to our coping skills. Studies in the area of Positive Psychology have proven that people who experience more positive emotion in their lives not only cope better, but are more creative, more productive, and live healthier lives!
This program will introduce you to a “menu” of 13 simple Principles you can apply to your own life, to move closer to what you define as happiness. Some of them you may already know, while others will be new. You need only apply a few of them to dramatically reduce stress and increase your own level of satisfaction with life.
For those who manage or coach in the workplace or at home, the principles provide you with an additional tool to help others address personal and workplace issues.
Duration: 45, 60, or 90 minute sessions
Happiness 101: Life Skills for Stressed-Out Professionals
Research shows that people who experience more incidents of positive emotion in their lives are not only happier, but also more productive, more creative, and more physically and mentally resilient. Such people “bounce back” from stress and adversity more quickly than those who experience the world thru a more negative lens. The good news is that you can LEARN how to be happier! Regular application of a few simple activities can increase your awareness of the good in your world, and lead to an increase in the incidence of positive emotion in your life.
This program will introduce you to information and tools you can apply to your own high stress life. You can also use these to coach others – and wouldn’t it be great to work with a bunch of happy people?!
Duration: Versions of this program can be delivered in 60 or 90 minute sessions, or in a half-day (3 hour) workshop format.
Building a Positive Culture: Why Happiness Matters
In this interactive program you will learn how to bring the science of Happiness and Positive Psychology into the workplace to help leaders create organizations that respect and engage people while also delivering great results.
In addition to understanding the financial impact of Positive in the workplace and how fostering happiness in your employees can improve your bottom line, you will learn several simple – yet powerful – personal practices to embody positive leadership and change your presence in the workplace.
Duration: 60 or 90 minute sessions.
Leadership and Culture
Seven Critical Mistakes That Stop Good Leaders from Becoming Great
So, you’re in an excellent business, and you’re surrounded by a great group of people who get the work done and serve customers well. As the company grows, you take good employees and promote them into management positions. Some of these grow into fabulous leaders, while others… not so much. What keeps good managers from becoming great leaders? Old habits and a lack of awareness of the new skills needed for success in the new role.
Join Jim Smith, The Executive Happiness Coach®, as he shares from his three decades of leadership work some of the biggest mistakes that business leaders make – and how to overcome those so they can better motivate and inspire their employees. Learn what you can do to help yourself and to coach your leadership team to improve communication, build loyalty, and increase trust in your organization so people want to come to work for you – and stay.
Participants in this session will:
- Learn seven critical communication and leadership mistakes, e.g. Living in Constant Crisis, Listening without Hearing, etc.
- Identify which of the mistakes show up in their own organization, and how to track such behavior to the bottom line via impact on productivity, quality of work, employee/customer satisfaction, and retention
- Understand the skills-based solutions to these critical mistakes, and study examples of how they can take those skills back into their own organizations to improve outcomes
Duration: Keynote 45-90 minutes
Seven Leadership Essentials: Core Competencies and Learning for Leaders who Want to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World
What skills do leaders need to be successful in the next 10-15 years?
How should you go about developing those skills?
What are the “secrets” to being successful as a leader?
These are critical questions, especially for organizations trying to develop leaders across the spectrum to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
While many leaders think their organization or industry is “special,” the reality is that core skills work equally well across ALL organizations – and these skills are not special, they are just ignored most of the time! If you want to build better leaders, you must give attention to the Seven Universal Leadership Competencies.
Jim Smith has been coaching leaders for over 15 years, across multiple industries, professions, and levels, in addition to his own executive career across three industries and seven functional areas. He has distilled his 30+ years of leadership learning into this important presentation that you MUST attend if you are serious about leadership development.
Participants in this program will:
- Review a core set of seven Universal Leadership Competencies that show up across all industries and professions
- Learn the importance of BALANCING technical and interpersonal development, and why they need to focus on developing their leadership skills independent of their functional expertise
- Understand how common Enemies of Learning can get in the way of leadership growth
- Understand the value to organizations of de-coupling leadership competencies from technical skills
- Take away tips for personal development in the leadership sphere
Duration: 45-90 minutes
Leadership @TheSpeedofLife: A Hands-on Clinic for Leaders
Leaders have it tough. As drivers of workplace effectiveness they must continually push for change and help others cope with the stress of it; while as human beings they must also deal with the personal stress that change creates. In this fast-paced working session we will examine several tools leaders can adopt to help themselves and their teams operate at peak levels in a turbulent world, including:
- Creating a personalized Balance Sheet
- Being “Intolerant”
- Letting Go
- Employing the Rules for Effective Conversation, and
- Using their Power To Choose (Attitude!)
Life’s fast. Be ready for it.
Duration: 45-90 minutes, more with additional exercises
Happiness: The Secret Key to Effective Leadership
Studies prove over and again that happy, connected employees are more productive, make fewer mistakes, and provide better service. In a phrase, “Happy people make better employees.” So, how do we help people get to that happy state? In this session you’ll learn how to help the Art of Leadership meet the Science of Happiness, leading to a better “bottom line” for both your employees and your organization.
Duration: 30, 60, or 90 minute sessions
Trust Is A Verb: What you can do, shouldn’t do, and must do to engage the people in your organization
Consider what is on the “issues” list for many leaders: building teams, improving communication, leadership development, diversity, hiring, retention. Every one of these issues succeeds more or less to the degree there is trust – trust in the process, in the people, in the leaders, in the organization. No matter how good the “best practice” you employ to accomplish your goals, your impact will be diminished without a solid foundation of trust. Meanwhile, LACK of trust is a leading factor in turnover and disengagement. Too many leaders dismiss trust as unimportant – ‘it’s an emotion,’ they say; ‘and this is business…’
What is this elusive thing, Trust? In this session we will explore:
- Definitions and Types of Trust
- Why Trust is critical for organizations
- Trust as an emotion – and as an action
- Common Practices that destroy Trust
- Why giving it is more important than receiving it
- Actions leaders can take to build Trust
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes; – also up to half-day hands-on workshop.
Personal Coaching: What it is. How it works. Why you want it.
Enough with dry programs on the ROI of leadership development! Let’s get personal here: have you ever thought about hiring a professional coach for yourself or a key leader in your organization, but hesitated because you didn’t understand the process? We’ll explore how coaching looks and “feels” in real-life, how coaching can serve both the individual and the organization, how to measure effectiveness, how to use coaching within your OD budget, and how to find and select the right coach for the job.
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Powerful Questions, Powerful Results: Coaching in Organizations
Asking the right question at the right moment in a conversation can move a person from “stuck” to fast forward on making a decision, closing a deal, or taking action.Coaching – the hottest management tool of the 21st Century – also uses questions to get people “unstuck” and moving forward faster toward improving their effectiveness. Not just any question will do, however. To get the best results, a coach/leader has to focus on matching questions to the context and on laying appropriate groundwork for employees to move themselves forward through providing their own answers to those questions.
Participants will learn how powerful coaching works and how to use some specific coaching techniques to help others – at all levels – solve their own problems better and faster by tapping into their own resources and intuition.
Duration: 60 to 90 minute program
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I look forward to energizing your business audience.