5 Mistakes Successful Speakers Never Make

I make my living as a professional communicator, which means I have the honor of speaking with audiences at over 50 corporate, association and conference events each year. Whenever possible, I like to attend other sessions at these events – because I enjoy learning, and I also want to watch great speakers, so I can continue to grow and improve as a speaker myself.

5 Mistakes Successful Speakers Never Make

Last year, I attended a conference breakout session led by a speaker with an impressive title. His bio listed many professional accomplishments and years of experience in a topic that I was very interested in learning more about. Even though his session was scheduled a few hours before my closing keynote, I made a point to get to the venue early in order to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from him.

Unfortunately, very quickly into the 75 minute session, it became clear that learning was going to be a challenge. Even though his professional experience and accomplishments related to the subject were impressive, the speaker conveyed zero excitement or passion for the findings of the case studies and research that he was sharing, and he didn’t seem to care at all about connecting with the the audience.

Pretty soon, in an effort to salvage the time investment as a learning opportunity, my note taking shifted towards capturing quotes and actions from the speaker that affected my ability to learn from him.

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I’m honored to be included among the 50 Most Game-Changing Influencers In Recruitment, according to devskiller.com!

If you’re interested in talent acquisition, candidate experience, employer branding and recruitment, the folks on this list are great to follow and learn from.

Date: February 16, 2016
Appearance: 50 Most Game-Changing Influencers In Recruitment [DevSKiller]
Outlet: DevSKiller
Format: Other

Unbridled Talent was recently named one of the top 75 HR blogs to follow by Proven, a hiring solution for small businesses.

I’m honored to be included, and always find lists like this one a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers that I can connect with an learn from.

Date: February 10, 2016
Appearance: Top 75+ HR Blogs to Follow in 2016 [Proven]
Outlet: Proven
Format: Other

Choose Your Change – Then Jump!

I’ve been in a mood lately. A little restless. A lot ready for something new. And while I now know that this is good news, I didn’t always feel that way.

Choose Your Change

I have a history of restlessness in my life. A personal life that has taken more twists and turns than the girl who grew up on an isolated Tennessee farm could ever have expected, and a career that has morphed into a life spent as a certifiable introvert, whose job is all about people.

And it’s all good.

But getting here hasn’t been without uncertainty, struggle, missteps, wrong steps and pain.

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11 Podcasts To Fuel Personal Growth and Leadership Development

I’m a voracious consumer of content in the areas that are of interest to me – specifically leadership, entrepreneurship, speaking and personal development.

11 Podcasts To Fuel Personal Growth and Development

Interestingly, I’m not a good book reader (fixing that is a goal for 2016). But I do buy lots of books. I just rarely read them.

So a couple of years ago, I decided to try podcasts as a way to continue learning, and to fill time that was normally spent listening to the same songs in my playlists or on the radio over and over again. Now, I listen to podcasts while driving, traveling, exercising, cleaning the house, fixing dinner, etc. Suffice it to say, I’m hooked on learning.

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Study Reveals The Key To Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a term that’s been passed along for years now. And for those of us responsible for attracting, retaining, and getting the most out of top talent – it’s always on our radar.

Employee Engagement

What is employee engagement?

We define employee engagement as the extent to which an employee is “all in”. Meaning, they’re fully absorbed and energized by their work, and therefore exert discretionary effort in their roles.

Even though there is still much debate about how to accurately assess and score an employee’s engagement level, we can’t deny that the highest performing businesses have seemed to get it right.

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I was recently quoted in a MONEY magazine article written by Daniel Bortz on the topic: 5 Best Career Moves to Make in Your 30s.

Advice in the article includes bolstering leadership skills, fostering peer relationships, keeping ex-bosses in your corner, managing your public image, and upgrading your industry visibility.

Check out the article for some great advice on managing your career at any age!

Date: January 5, 2016
Appearance: 5 Best Career Moves to Make in Your 30s [MONEY]
Outlet: MONEY Magazine
Format: Magazine

I’m honored to be the opening keynote speaker at the 2016 Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 26, 2016! The conference theme is “Ignite Your HR Passion,” and I’ll be speaking on the topic “Getting the C-Suite’s Attention: Seven Strategies For Transforming From HR Leader to Business Leader”.

I’ll also be leading a breakout session: “Like a Boss: Why Executive Presence Matters – And How You Can Master It” later in the day.

I’m looking forward to attending the event and making some new connections in Okalahoma!

Date: April 26, 2016
Time: 01:15pm - 2:45pm
Event: 2016 Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference
Topic: Getting the C-Suite's Attention: 7 Strategies for Transforming From HR Leader to Business Leader
Sponsor: Oklahoma Human Resource State Council
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
Location: 777 West Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

To inquire about Jennifer's availability for your upcoming event - http://unbridledtalent.com/contact

I’m looking forward to speaking at the CareerBuilder Roadshow in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, May 18th about “The Challenge Ahead For Recruiters Is Clear — But Which Path Will You Choose?”.

I’ll also be moderating a panel discussion between senior human resources and recruiting leaders on the topic “Reinventing Recruitment: Best Practices From The Talent Acquisition Trenches”.

If you’re a talent acquisition or HR professional in the Philadelphia area, I hope you can join us!

Date: May 18, 2016
Time: 08:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.
Event: CareerBuilder Empower Roadshow
Topic: The Challenge Ahead For Recruiters Is Clear — But Which Path Will You Choose?
Sponsor: CareerBuilder
Venue: The Hub Cira Centre
Location: 2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

To inquire about Jennifer's availability for your upcoming event - http://unbridledtalent.com/contact