Known as the content guy that will make you laugh, Shawn is a passionate motivational speaker. As a business leader for nearly 20 years, Shawn understands the challenges that all managers and business leaders face. His ability to connect with the audience through real world examples helps to drive home new opportunities to improve performance.
Rather than relying on a small bank of “pre-canned” material, Shawn customizes every talk to suit his client’s objectives. His fresh approach and motivational tone have attracted clients such as Pepsi Co and YMCA Canada, as well as dozens of associations such as the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute for Supply Management, to name a few.
Some examples of Shawn’s more popular talks are listed below. You can also find several videos of Shawn’s recent speeches here.
Senior Manager Convention
Trade Shows and Events, Produce Marketing Association
Change for change sake: Successfully navigating and managing change.
Change surrounds us leading many to feel powerless and incapable. Those who are successful embrace change as an opportunity to influence outcomes in order to achieve their goals and objectives. Leaders must have the ability to rapidly disseminate change that is thrust upon them; as well as effectively engage stakeholders in support of change initiatives; all while still maintaining a vision of their goals. This session will discuss the strategic components of change; the ingredients to effectively initiate and manage change, all while retaining a focus on strategic objectives. Read More…
Manager, Member Network
Professional Development Institute
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 h3er lasting relationships. Read More…
CMA, Director Management Accounting
Building leaders and breaking paradigms.
Despite popular belief, leaders are not born they are built. Understanding the qualities of the most effective leaders and how to engage and empower these leaders is fundamental to building h3 organizational performance. In this session we not only discuss how to identify top performing leaders, but the steps to take in order to build their confidence and ability. Read More…
Comfort with the uncomfortable: Navigating difficult discussions.
Dealing with direct reports, peers, suppliers and customers requires the ability to broach and navigate difficult discussions. Understand why difficult discussion cause discomfort, and learn strategies to initiate and manage difficult discussions, all while diffusing emotion before it has a chance to spark. Understand how to keep the discussion on target and ensure a mutually beneficial outcome to every difficult discussion. Read More…
Q.A. & Facilities Manager
Transpire to inspire: Engaging and motivating teams.
Leading a team requires the ability to simultaneously motivate and build commitment of members. In addition, achieving success in a team environment requires the ability to engage, motivate and influence individuals as well as the collective group. In this session we discuss the techniques required to engage and motivate, as well as how to maintain motivation momentum. We also factor in proven techniques to influence and persuade others in order to improve engagement and results. Read More…
Supply Chain Management Association of Manitoba
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…
“Shawn brought an outside perspective that was interesting, provocative, and yet engaging to the audience and supportive to other panelists.Feedback from attendees was excellent resulting in a session that exceeded our expectations.”
Director, Excelerated Response
Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre
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…