Each audience member should walk away with specific, concrete ideas they can immediately implement to make them more effective. Inspiration is important, but now more than ever application is essential.
As such, all of our keynote topics focus on concrete practices that lead to sharper focus, improved productivity and more effective collaboration. We can customize each talk for the audience, and can also develop a custom talk for certain occasions. (In addition to these keynote topics, AC also conducts a number of workshops. These are more intensive half and full-day interactive sessions designed to help teams be prolific, brilliant and healthy.)
The Power Of An Authentic Voice – NEW!
Your work tells tales. It speaks about you, your values, your hopes, your ambitions, and ultimately what you deem worthy of your energy and attention. The key to making your work speak loudly and resonate with others is to uncover, develop, and then bravely use a voice rooted in authenticity.
In this talk you’ll discover how to develop the core drivers of an authentic, resonant voice (authencity, uniqueness, precision, consonance, empathy, timing), and why some voices connect deeply while others simply miss the mark. You’ll also learn why your most resonant work results when you are mindful of three key factors: what you care about, what your audience cares about, and ideas already gaining momentum.
Those people and teams who are brave enough to cultivate an authentic voice are impervious to cultural noise. They are the ones who change the game and resonate deeply with their intended audience.
(This talk is based on Todd’s book Louder Than Words: Harness The Power Of Your Authentic Voice.)
Passion for Work(life)
Are you building a body of work you can be proud of? When you channel a passion for work into something useful to others, the world around you changes. In this talk, you will learn a practical process for identifying personal and organizational passion areas, and a framework for applying them to the work you’re already doing. Additionally, you’ll understand why so many people and teams get stuck in a place of mediocrity, and how to avoid these common ruts and pitfalls so that you can unleash your best work.
(This talk is based on Todd’s forthcoming book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.)
How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
Can you improve your odds of having great ideas when you need them most? Yes! While creative ideas can be elusive, with a few purposeful practices you can set yourself up to have great ideas, even under pressure. Learn the basics of life and work rhythm, and how to build an infrastructure that supports your personal and team creative process.
(This talk is based on Todd’s book The Accidental Creative.)
The Essentials Of Collaboration
Lack of effective collaboration kills teams, but it’s easier to default to old habits and familiar systems when the pressure is on. If you want to do brilliant work, you must understand why collaboration breaks down, and what to do about it. In this talk, you’ll learn how to effectively engage in conversation about process, gain a better understanding of your co-workers’ motivations and goals, and how to set yourself up for long-term success in the marketplace of ideas.
Leading Through Uncertainty
There are certain core attributes that brilliant, effective leaders share, especially in the face of uncertainty. In this talk, you’ll learn how to deal with the uncertainty inherent in our ever-changing marketplace, how to set your team and co-workers up for success, and what great creative leaders do consistently to unleash their best work every day.