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Aug 2013 Fearless Presentations Miami, Fl

The Leaders Institute ® facilitated their signature public speaking workshop in Miami Florida in August, 2013. Ten participants from various industries attended the two day workshop looking to improve their public presentation skills. The participants were attracted to the Leaders Institute’s ® Fearless Presentations ® workshop for its’ strong reputation in public speaking expertise. They first learned that the combination being coached and practicing a new skill after learning it ensures the chance of developing that new skill. The participants also learned how to reduce their nervousness and anxiety by recognizing and dealing with them. The participants were tasked to give an introductory speech which was videotaped at the beginning of the workshop so that could see that they did not look as nervous as they thought they did, this also served as a tool to measure their progress at the end of the second day. The class went through a series of exercises of how the use stories and examples are important to support their presentations. Each individual in the workshop had some great examples that they wove into their short topics and you could see the confidence starting to grow in their presentation skills. The workshop ended after the first day with the participants developing and delivering a persuasive speech that utilizes a special formula for effective audience buy in. The second day the participants were ready to start developing their final presentation or three point talk. They took all the knowledge and practice learned the first day and developed their final speech. The participants came up confidently one by one and delivered some fantastic presentations. They were amazed how much they had learned and the confidence they had gained from the two day workshop.

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

Blackstone Came Boca Raton, Florida, to Strengthen Teamwork With a Build-A-Bike Event

Blackstone came to one of Its most prestigious properties, the Boca Raton Resort and Club,  for annual meetings that put a Build-A-Bike ® team building event, at the center of their sessions. Though Blackstone is a leading global alternative investment and financial managers,  it still believes it can work better, and smarter, by learning better team work.

Communication, collaboration, and solving problems made for a competitive environment, and a whole lot of fun. Laughing and acting out, as I am sure they rarely do, they finally got to their most heart-felt goal, building bikes and making kids smile. Learning about themselves and each other, they built bikes for kids who not only do not own a bike, but most likely have never seen such a beautiful property.

The backdrop for the team building event was magical, against the sea, palm trees, and blue skies, they practiced the companies principles – give back to others.  Getting to know each other was at the center of the event, and they came together for a really good cause. They built bikes for kids who have none. The payoff for their competition and working together – was giving back to some kids who really need a lift. Seeing shy kids smile and made the whole event come together. When one of the child’s faces come to mind, they will hopefully remember a bit about what they learned on their day next to the sea. By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Schwinn Works on Team Building with a Build-A-Bike Event in Boca Raton, Florida

Maison Brison, Dorel, and Schwinn, gathered in Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Ft. Lauderdale), from across the globe to focus on team building with a Build-A-Bike event.  Their goal, not surprising for one of the world’s leading producers of bicycles, was to Build-a-Bike for some kids who had no bikes. From France, Portugal, England, Canada and the US, they came to meet, get to know each other better. They grew from knowing each other through email and phone, to the physical; creating a long-lasting bond and giving back to the local community.

As they worked together to cheer on their team they learned about each other’s personality, their strengths, and how to solve problems. The world, suddenly got a lot smaller and easier to navigate. And making travel easier and more fun was the basis for the creation of Schwinn Bikes in 1895 by German-born mechanical engineer Ignaz Schwinn. In 1896 Schwinn entered the bike racing world and won…often. The company has gone through many changes, and is finally part of the Dorel Conglomerate. But the spirit of Schwinn’s creator, who survived all the odds when motorized vehicles began to fill the streets, and of course, the depression, survives and thrives.

On this day, they shared their good fortune with a bunch of kids, who likely would not otherwise have a bike. 26 in all. Rick Leckner, who oversees all of the company’s promotional, and advertising efforts said this, “Reaction was what I had hoped for—unanimously overwhelmingly positive, some even emotional.”  By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leader’s Institute

Participants in Miami, Florida Fearless Presentations Class Learn the Importance of Connecting with Your Audience

Participants in the Miami, Florida Fearless Presentations® Public Speaking Class Learn the Importance of Connecting with Your Audience when delivering presentations. We had seven people attend the presentation skills class in Miami, and we focused on, not only reducing public speaking fear, but also effective ways to really connect with your audience. The connection begins with the way that you carry yourself when you walk to the front of the room, the introduction that you use to capture attention, the stories and examples that you use to help turn facts and numbers into real-life events for your audience, and the energy that you have when you deliver. This step-by-step process allows for a better connection with the audience.

One of the biggest struggles with any new speaker is that they concentrate on themselves so much that they don’t do a good job of Connecting with their audience.  To be a successful communicator, you must learn to connect.  Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in such a way that establishes a positive rapport.   When you are trying to persuade your audience to take action, change their mindset, or even purchase your product…connecting is everything.  It’s the difference between just communicating and communicating effectively.  According to the Harvard Business Review, “The number one criteria for advancement and promotion for professionals is an ability to communicate effectively.  When giving an effective speech, it means connecting.  Three years ago, I sat through a presentation, given by a very bright speaker.  He had a lot of very good information to share with the audience, but failed to ever connect with them.  At the end of the speech, the speaker made a call to action and the audience just sat there in awkward silence.  Even though the information was good, they hadn’t developed enough trust in him to take the action he wanted of them.  He learned the lesson the hard way about the importance of connecting.  So, understand that it’s not only about the information; it’s also about developing a positive rapport and making a connection with the audience.

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

Focus Brands Team Building Event Builds Bikes in Paradise

Over 600 employees, vendors and sponsors came together for Focus Brands Foods annual meetings and Team Building Event at the fantastic Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island near Nassau in the Bahamas to build bikes for kids. Focus Brands includes Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotsky’s Deli, Cinnabon/Carvel and Auntie Anne’s food chains and they came together in the Bahamas with each one sponsoring a Build-A-Bike Team Building Event. The four different events all culminated with bicycles being given to children from the Island of New Providence where Nassau and Paradise Island are located. Nearly 100 children received brand new bikes because of the benevolence of the Focus Brand’s generosity. Each of the events produced a lot of fun, laughter, interaction and learning as well as producing new bikes for under privileged children.

The Build-A-Bike Team Building Event is a great opportunity to bring people together, experience team building, and make a significant and important contribution to charities. It is a great event and a wonderful experience to combine team building with a generous donation to people who can use the help. The event leads people through fun and fast-paced learning concerning team building, communication and leadership and then ends with brand new bikes that were built during the event being given away to at-risk children from the community where the event is held. The four Focus Brands were each touched by enjoying the fun and then seeing their generosity rewarded when the children receiving the bikes were present at the end of each of the four events.

Because the group was such a large size, we hired a barge to ship the bicycles from Miami, Florida to Paradise Island so that the bikes could be donated to local kids in the Bahamas. Thanks to Focus Brands: Moes, Schlotsky’s, Cinnabon/Carvel, and Auntie Anne’s for a great team event, a great contribution, and a memorable event for each of the participants and the recipients of the bikes.

Belvedere Trading Includes Build-A-Bike Event in Corporate Meetings In Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Belvedere Trading, put a Build-A-Bike team building event at the center of corporate meetings in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Belvedere recognizes that team building is critical to the future of their ever-expanding company. Their core values are clear – the way forward is through synergy, collaboration, growing the company while keeping a small company feel, being innovative, pushing to think outside the box, and give to charity.

Stock traders, are by nature, just a wee bit competitive, and team-building is no exception.  No matter what team they were on, they came together quickly, solved  problems, and built bikes in record time.   In minutes it became a “team mentality.”

<img class="alignleft wp-image-6702" title="DSC_0068" src="https://www.leadersinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DSC_0068-197×300.jpg" alt="" width="196" height="300" The payoff for their competition and working together – was watching twenty Ft. Lauderdale children walk into the ballroom and touched the first bike they have ever owned.  Even the tough-guy traders were reduced to soft-touch guys, who gave bike lessons and shared their lives with the kids. Tim Albury, of the Fort Lauderdale, Police Athletic League, told the group that the target of his organization, PAL, is the same target area where there were drug arrests and danger for years.  Now there is help with homework, encouragement and fitness.  The message – every child can do well in life, if they just get a little help.  Belvedere Trading stepped up and hopefully inspired these kids to believe that with hard work – anything is possible.  A simple bike, can be a gift of empowerment for a child.  It gives them control over one thing in their life, in a world where they have little control over anything.

The folks of Belvedere Trading went away feeling fortunate and richer that they had given back to kids who really needed a lift, encouraging words, and an example to follow. By Connie Timpson/Sr. Instructor/Performance Coach/The Leaders Institute

Fearless Presentations Public Speaking Workshop comes back to Sunny Miami Florida

Another successful Fearless Presentation ® Public Speaking Workshop was completed in sunny Miami on November 15 and 16th. The participants met at a beach-side hotel to improve their presentation speaking skills. It was once again, as usual for Miami, a multi-national that had two goals in mind, to overcome their anxiety for speaking in public and to learn to design and deliver a more effective presentation. Countries like Croatia, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, and Canada, as several people from the United States participated in a two-day presentations course. The one thing that they all learned is that the fear of public speaking is universal, but something we can all do if we understand that public speaking is a skill that can be developed and mastered. The class saw significant improvement  at the end of the second day felt much more confident with their ability to speak clearly and concisely. Fearless Presentations ® will be back in Miami in February of 2012, make sure to sign up today and take the next step to improving your public speaking skills.

For a Complete List of Upcoming Classes, Visit the upcoming presentation skills classes post. You can can click here for details about the Fearless Presentations ® class.

Best Cities for Annual Retreats and Team Building

Our instructors travel all over the world to conduct team building events for our client companies, and we each have our favorite locations to travel to and lead team building event. This list is not necessarily the “Best Cities” but they are the cities that we most like to travel to and teach in. We hope you agree.

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: Las Vegas is still an extremely fun and cost effective location to hold an annual convention or team building event. Hotel expenses are literally a half to a third the expense that you’d invest in other cities, and the huge casinos are like cities in and of themselves. Your team will likely never have to leave the casino and still feel like they have seen “it all.” Also, because the hotels and event planners are well seasoned, planning and delivering a world-class event is very easy and turn-key. More information about team building in Las Vegas.
  • Orlando and Miami, Florida: Orlando is probably one of the most popular convention cities in the world because of the great weather and famous attractions. Just like in Las Vegas, a great bonus is that the event planners and hotel staffs are well-seasoned and very easy to work with. Be sure to insert free-time into your agenda so that your participants can enjoy the resort-like atmosphere that most convention hotels in Orlando have. Miami is also very popular for similar reasons, but Miami is a little more tropical and “adult oriented.” Either location will give you a fantastic convention or team building event, but Orlando is a little more family-friendly. More information about Orlando Team Building and Miami Team Building.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, and a nice compact city center make Chicago a fantastic place to hold your annual convention. In many locations, participants can walk to additional attractions and location, but a short cab-ride is also easy to find. Just like with the Florida location and Vegas, Chicago has a vast pool of great event planners, but because hotel space is a lot more limited in Chicago, your event will take a little more planning. A Cubs game is a nice bonus for visitors as well. The food in Chicago is impeccable as well. Whether you favor a Chicago Dog or Deep Dish Chicago-style pizza or a great steak, Chicago is a great place to gain a few pounds. More Chicago Team Building information.
  • San Francisco, California: San Francisco is a great place to hold a convention or annual meeting, but logistically, San Francisco can cause a few transportation challenges. Because of city politics, many of the big convention hotels are located outside of San Francisco proper (and also because of the high concentration of companies south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley. So getting your group from their hotel to some of the attractions can increase your total cost a little, but the hotels are still a great value compared to other major metropolitan areas. Attractions like the Wharf, Alcatraz, and Candlestick Park offer great outings for your group. San Francisco Team Building information.
  • Washington, DC: Although it takes a little more planning because of the congestion, Washington, DC is one of the absolute best places to conduct a convention — especially if your group favors a historical perspective. The city has a number of nice convention hotels and attractions galore. The city is easy to get around in via walking or cab rides as well. The major drawback to Washington, DC is the customer service. Unlike cities like Vegas and Orlando where, no matter who at a hotel you communicate with, you will always get a warm and friendly response and immediate service, in Washington, DC, So, you might have to make simple request more than once to get satisfaction, and the service may not be as fast as you might require. Information about Washington DC Team Building.
  • New York, NY: New York city is a fabulous place to hold a convention, because it is the center of economic activity and the home of Broadway and Times Square. The sites and sounds of New York can make any convention a memorable event. The city has three major airports and taxi-rides into the city are fairly inexpensive as well. The one major problem with New York as a convention destination, though, is the hotel rules. Most of the staff at the hotels have strict union rules that can cause a few challenges for the uninitiated. For example, the union rules demand that setting up a station at an event generate a minimum of two hours of labor for the waiters/waitresses, so you will often find a waiter standing next to your food or beverage station while you team is on break — not refreshing, but just standing — and then often pack up station early. As long as you know their rules, you will have fewer challenges, but a good, local event planner in New York is really worth it to you. New York Team Building information.

These are just a few of our favorite cites for team building, so this is, by no means, a comprehensive list. For instance, our home base in Dallas, Texas is a great place because of it’s central location and attractions. Orlando Team Building is also a great team building city because of it’s airport and great downtown area. Seattle, Washington is probably one of the most overlooked location to do team building, but has a lot of advantages. And, of course, Los Angeles and San Diego are fantastic team building locations.

Whatever location that you choose, make sure and contact one of our team building staff for details about delivering one of out world-famous team building events.

August and September Fearless Presentation Classes

Upcoming Public Speaking Classes

Fearless Presentations ClassThe Fearless Presentations® Public Speaking Class is the fastest, easiest way to reduce stage fright and the fear of public speaking. This 2-day presentation training seminar helps participants gain poise and confidence in front of a group — fast! Stage Fright is still the #1 fear in America. And, right or wrong, people form a perception of who we are and what we represent by the confidence that we show when we deliver business presentations. A person who can stand in front of a group, with poise and confidence, can immediately create the perception of competency. However, a person who is shy and timid in front of a group will have a tough time convincing the audience that he is capable.

August and September Fearless Presentations® Public Speaking Classes

  • 2011 Aug 11-12 Indianapolis IN
  • 2011 Aug 15-16 Dallas TX
  • 2011 Aug 18-19 Miami FL
  • 2011 Aug 23-24 Boston MA
  • 2011 Aug 25-26 Baltimore MD
  • 2011 Aug 25-26 Philadelphia PA
  • 2011 Aug 30-31 Seattle WA
  • 2011 Sept 8-9 Columbus OH
  • 2011 Sept 13-14 Chicago IL
  • 2011 Sept 15-16 New York NY
  • 2011 Sept 20-21 San Diego CA
  • 2011 Sept 22-23 San Francisco CA
  • 2011 Sept 27-28 Austin TX
  • 2011 Sept 29-30 Orlando FL

Click and of the links above for details about or to register for any of these public speaking seminars.

Building a Better Team by Creating A Team Culture

Oh yes, Miami — beaches, swimming, sun and learning. (We’ll get there!) Chris Carouthers Law firm, from Atlanta, put the sandcastles,sunbathing and beach volleyball on hold to learn how to better communicate and strengthen their team.

Creating a Team Culture through The Leader’s Institute is a fun, yet results driven seminar. Chris’s team learned that creating a stronger team takes committing to the team goal, a few wild stories to anchor concepts, and acknowledging each others strengths and natural gifts. By employing The Leader’s Institute’s ® Leadership Principles the group learned how to recognize possible miscommunication and those “oh so prickly internal personality rubs” and proactively solve problems before they even start. Now, to the sun and a stronger team!

If you have a group of individuals that needs to become a team we can help you Create A Team Culture. Doug Staneart, CEO of The Leader’s Institute ®, and senior instructor, Connie Timpson had a great time building this team.

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