I spent enough time during my corporate career sitting through boring presentations to recognize the challenge that exists in finding the right speaker. I’ve sat through dozens of training sessions and conferences and experienced a variety of speakers, some were good, but most were boring. I came to realize that the success of an event relies on a speaker that is able to achieve three things:
- Bring insights and ideas that the audience can connect with
- Present in a fashion that engages the audience
- Provide the audience with pragmatic takeaways that will improve their world
I began speaking professionally in 2008 and since that time I’ve invested considerable time and effort to create compelling and valuable talks that engage audiences and create a catalyst for change. I’m truly passionate about speaking and my hope is that this page will provide you all of the information you need to make your next event a success.
What you can expect
From the moment we speak, I can assure you of the following:
- Rapid response to your emails and telephone calls.
- Direct one on one contact with me, not someone from my team.
- A professional talk, built around your specific objectives to achieve the outcomes you desire.
- I will announce and promote your event (if you desire) through my blog and social media channels
- Custom videos, podcasts and any other resources I can provide to help you promote and prepare for your event, to engage your audience in advance of the session, ensuring a successful catalyst of change.
- A follow-up after the session to ensure your objectives were met.
Learn about me
I’ve been speaking publically for a decade, and as a profession since 2008. Since this time I’ve spoken at over 200 events and I’ve also been interviewed on several syndicated and local radio shows. I spent most of my career as a senior leader in several industries, having worked for organizations such as Magna International, N.C.R., Bellwyck Packaging Solutions and Bruce Power to name a few. I now devote my time to speaking, consulting and writing. In terms of my platform:
- I receive over 2000 new and unique visitors to my blog monthly
- My podcast – “Ideas with Impact” has been a top ranked blog on iTunes.
- I publish monthly for publications that include the Association of Manufacturing Excellence, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and several others.
- I publish frequently in national publications that include the Globe and Mail.
I have been happily married to my wife, Julie, for nearly a decade. We have two energetic young boys and live in a small community just north of Toronto Ontario Canada.
Recorded video clips
I speak for corporations, conferences, and non-profits. Here are some brief clips from several recently recorded speeches:
Engage to Succeed: Building and Evolving a Volunteer Culture
Watch Shawn as he speaks at the Vitalize Conference in Edmonton Alberta on How to Build and Engage a Volunteer Culture. If you need to attract and work with volunteers, this video is a must see!
Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce
Watch Shawn as he keynotes to a group of senior executives in the Public Sector, providing insight into how to be a more effective leader in a multi-generational workforce.
My most popular topics
I frequently speak on topics related to leadership, change, productivity, and employee empowerment. My presentations are customized to meet your objectives. My goal is to ensure we achieve the outcomes you desire. Most of my topics can be delivered as either a keynote or a workshop, including half-day and full-day sessions. Some of my most requested topics include the following.
Motivation and Momentum in the face of Change
There are few changes quite as significant as those that impact our time and livelihood. When faced with such significant changes it’s important to develop and nurture the right frame of mind. In addition, we need to ensure our energy and attention remains focused on positive and productive outcomes, rather than falling prey to negative perceptions and behavior. In this ninety-minute talk we discuss how to deal with significant change, developing a frame of mind that allows us to be productive, positive and optimistic. The talk includes several exercises and tools focused on helping attendees develop and sustain the energy, drive and frame of mind that will overcome the fear and ambiguity of change.Read More…
The new rules of engagement: How to engage, inspire and connect
Success is the result of one’s ability to connect and engage with others. The impact of new technology and changing demographics is altering preferred communication styles, and we must in turn find new ways to connect with and inspire others. The most successful people are those who are adapting to and exploiting these new communication styles to improve both the velocity and strength of their relationships. This session outlines the impacts our changing world has on our ability to communicate and connect with others, providing strategies to alter our communication styles and increase our adaptability in order to build other lasting relationships. Read More…
From Strategic Vision to Strategic Outcomes
A vision with no action is simply wishful thinking. We’ve all seen the research that supports how most business strategies fail in execution and for those who have been part of a strategy formulation session, these statistics will likely come as no surprise. The question that remains however is why? What are the variables and contributing factors that lead to such repeated failure, and more importantly what are the attributes that can ensure the successful execution of a business strategy? For nearly a decade I have been helping both companies and not for profits formulate powerful visions that they in turn accomplish. I’ve found that the secret to success is a culmination of contribution; collaboration and powerful and persistent action. Failure to capture and capitalize on these four areas results in what can only be described as an overpriced paperweight. This talk is highly popular as a kick-off to a strategy session and insights broader thinking and building a strong foundation to achieve powerful and tangible results. Read More…
Idealize and capitalize on Innovation
Are you considering introducing a program to capitalize and realize outcomes from Innovation? If so, you’re not alone, however there are still several hurdles to overcome. Studies have demonstrated that for those organizations that have been fortunate enough to introduce innovation, the process has most often become burdensome, with desirable outcomes being identified long after the opportunity ever exists. For innovation to be effective organizations must find new and more agile approaches to identifying and capitalizing on innovation, bringing solutions and opportunities to bare rapidly in order to overcome their greatest challenges and capitalize on substantiated opportunities. Join me for an intriguing and valuable hour in which I will introduce the innovation performance model (IPM), discussing exactly how to inject and enhance innovation across the organization, forming an approach that engages employees and external stakeholders to maximize innovation speed and value. During this thought provoking talk we will tackle topics that help form a sound approach to capitalizing on innovation. Read More…
Build a business your customer’s value
It wasn’t all that long ago that the CEO of a multi-million dollar company said to me, “Shawn, if our customers value diapers, then it’s diapers we will sell.” He recognizes what most business owners and executives fail to, that the customer is king! More specifically the most successful companies are not built on a unique product or service they are built on providing consistently meaningful value to their customers. Conceptually this should act as no surprise, however in reality what customers value is ever changing, evolving and shifting. The future belongs to those who clearly recognize what their customer’s value and have the ability to rapidly and creatively form new products and services that deliver that value. In this talk we discuss the building blocks of a customer value centric business, forming a clear vision of the strategy, structure and components necessary to form a highly profitable and sustainable business. This talk is a great way to kick-off sales and marketing conferences, shifting discussions away from sales techniques and creating a more intensive focus on delivering consistent and powerful customer value. Read More…
Breaking through productivity barriers
Being productive is not an outcome, it’s a philosophy. Our perceptions about “staying connected” and desire to “multi-task” has in essence diminished our productivity to all time lows, resulting in our feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. It’s time to put productivity into perspective; to mitigate distractions, set clear priorities and hold ourselves to account. Sound too easy? I’m here to tell you it’s not. Join me for this interactive session where we explore the key factors that are holding you back from being as productive as you want to be. Understand why downtime actually increases our productivity; how sleep leads to faster thinking; and why we are often our own worse enemies. By the end of this session you will have a new perspective on life, and most importantly a plan to help you put this perspective into action! Read More…
Shifting from people manager to agile leader
Gone are the days of hierarchical leadership. Today’s leaders are faced with predictable and unpredictable leadership challenges; shifting priorities and numerous communication challenges, all of which demand a different approach to leadership. Welcome to the adaptive leader. To be effective, today’s leaders must have the ability to think differently, to apply deal with the abstract and to challenge themselves to think and act differently when faced with unprecedented challenges. In this talk we spend time addressing the challenges of today’s leaders, discussing examples of adaptive leadership; the mindset; the approaches; and the outcomes. Most importantly we help participants formulate their own approach to adaptive leadership, a new perspective on existing issues that provides different and unique solutions. It’s time to put down the same tools you’ve been applying for decades and consider a entirely new dimension of leadership. Read More…
Here is what other people are saying
I would prefer to let others tell you of the value I can bring to your event, so the following are some brief testimonials I received from event sponsors and attendees from some recent talks.