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5 Digital Technology and Trend Speakers For Your Every Need!

Looking for expert input as your company explores the every-shifting digital landscape? Need help navigating change, or learning to think-forward in the new normal of integrated tech thinking?

You’ve come to the right place!

Prospeakers.com has speakers and experts for all your technology, innovation, and interactive media needs. Consider any one of the following options:

 

Marc SaltzmanMarc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech industry since 1996 as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, and radio and TV personality. His specialties lie in consumer electronics, computers, Internet trends, small-to-midsized business technology and interactive entertainment. Marc is one of the busiest technology experts on the circuit. Speaking across North America on a wide variety of topics, he enjoys talking to groups big or small, consumer- or business-oriented, and ranging from kids to seniors. Along with delivering keynotes, Marc also enjoys moderating panels, delivering seminars and hosting lunch n’ learns for smaller crowds.

Marc currently contributes to more than 50 prominent publications including: Gannett, USA Today, Yahoo! (U.S. and Canada), CNN.com, AARP Magazine, and The Toronto Star. He also writes and hosts “Gear Guide,” a technology-focused video that runs nationally across Canada at Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters, IMAX theatres and various sister chains.

 

 

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost authors and thinkers on change and leadership. With an uncanny ability to understand and capitalize on where markets and mindsets are going, Harris looks to the future and helps organizations all over the world successfully identify and respond faster to emerging trends. Harris’ track record includes identifying the “blindsided” trend that continues to impact organizations today. Seemingly healthy companies can fail to recognize and respond quickly to market changes, resulting in being blindsided by competitors who overtake their market. Before “going green” became part of our everyday lexicon, Harris forecast the shift in thinking and committed to leading a political movement focused on sustainability and ecological wisdom. Harris has represented the Covey Leadership Center as an instructor of Dr. Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He speaks internationally and conducts strategic planning sessions on leadership, CRM, future trends, innovation and strategic planning and has been ranked by Association Magazine as one of the nation’s top ten speakers.

 

 

Dev BasuDev Basu is the President and CEO of Powered by Search, a PROFIT HOT 50 internet marketing agency specializing in SEO, Local Search, and Paid Search driven marketing solutions for Fortune 1000 as well as small and medium sized businesses. Dev has worked with the who’s who of Canadian brand names including RE/MAX, Public Storage, Delta Hotels, and many other enterprise and mid-sized businesses.

Dev’s articles and opinions have been widely published and quoted by the Canadian press such as the Globe & Mail, Financial Post, National Post and CTV. Basu’s value in speaking engagements lies in breaking down difficult concepts around online marketing and media, into short, succinct, and actionable advice.

 

 

 

Alexander Manu is a strategic innovation practitioner, international lecturer and author. He works with executive teams in Fortune 500 companies and lectures around the world on innovation, imagination, change agents and strategic foresight. He is a Senior Partner and Chief Imaginator at InnoSpa International Partners, teaches “Innovation, Foresight and Business Design” at the Rotman School of Management, is a Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and in Toronto and a visiting lecturer at the Wallace McCain Institute. For over 20 years Alexander has enabled global companies as diverse as Motorola, LEGO, Whirlpool, Nokia, Navteq and Unilever, to develop policies and strategies that address emerging issues through strategic foresight and pre-competitive business models.

Alexander has been a guest lecturer at over 45 distinguished post secondary institutions around the world. A graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts of Bucharest, Romania. (MDA – Industrial Design 1978), he was elected in 1994 an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in recognition to his contribution to the development of design and the visual arts in Canada.

 

 

Mike Walsh advises some of the world’s leading brands and corporations on what’s coming next in their industry. Author of the best seller FUTURETAINMENT, he is a leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior and fast growth markets. Mike perpetually focuses on the next five years – scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass – then translating these into usable business strategies. Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embroynic Web.

Mike has advised CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fuji?lm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC. Mike’s book, The Divergence (published 2012), charts the rise of online consumers in these emerging markets and shows that tomorrow’s Web will be radically different to conventional Western models requiring entirely new engagement strategies. His views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Business Week, Forbes and Wallpaper Magazine.

 

 

If you’re interested in having any of these incredible experts help bring fresh vision to your company, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

For a full list of our digital and technology speakers, click here.

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5 Fantastic Hockey Speakers for Your Winter Event

Hockey season is well underway, and as you plan your winter events, we have a stellar starting line-up of hockey speakers! Whether you’re planning an evening for business executives, a charity fundraiser, or a family-focused community event, we have who you need – Olympians, former NHL All-Stars, and TSN hosts and commentators.

Hayley WickenheiserConsider Hayley Wickenheiser: a four-time Olympic medalist, she is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world, with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. Wickenheiser has proven to be an elite athlete time and time again. Sports Illustrated named her number 20 of the ‘Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World’. She is also a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year and was named among The Globe and Mail’s “Power 50″ influencers in sport.

However, it’s not just her lethal slapshot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Wickenheiser is an award winner, community leader, mentor, history-maker and an accomplished businesswoman. Her passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth such as KidSport, Right To Play, Dreams Take Flight, Clean Air Champions and Spread The Net. In May 2007, Wickenheiser traveled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian organization.

 

 

Scotty BowmanOf course, no one is bigger in the hockey world than Scotty Bowman, the “winningest” coach in NHL history. Bowman made 28 total playoff appearances and won nine Stanley Cups in all. He won the NHL Championship with three different teams, a feat that has not been matched by any other coach in the NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB. He is a living legend in the world of professional sports.

Two Jack Adams’ Awards and his induction into the NHL Hall of Fame have endorsed Bowman’s skills as a coach. During the 2002 season, Bowman announced he would retire from coaching, but resolved to win the Stanley Cup one last time with the Detroit Red Wings. As a true Scotty Bowman endorsement, his team came through and took home the championship, validating Bowman’s extraordinary leadership abilities.

Bowman will inspire your audience to reach new heights of success and learn from his exceptional leadership abilities. It is not only die-hard hockey fans who will appreciate Bowman’s mastery on ice; it is also for those companies or organizations who want the insight of a time-tested and proven winner.

 

 

James DuthieOne of the country’s favourite hockey hosts is James Duthie. In his years at TSN, he has worked in a variety of sports and roles: from CFL to NBA to the evening edition of SportsCentre and now NHL on TSN. He is also part of the CTV/TSN Olympic Consortium – he has covered Sydney, Turin, Vancouver, and later this summer, he will be in London as daytime co-host of TSN Olympic coverage.

Prior to joining TSN, Duthie, an Ottawa native, worked at VTV in Vancouver as both a news and sports reporter. Duthie also spent three years at CJOH-TV in Ottawa as a sports anchor. Duthie has been awarded three Geminis for his broadcasting efforts. Charismatic and sharply witty, he is a favourite among sports fans across the country. He is also the author of The Day I Almost Killed Two Gretzkys, a collection of his sports columns.

 

 

 

Bob McKenzie is another well-respected sports commentator & analyst, providing insight and commentary for TSN’s national NHL coverage. McKenzie also continues to file updates and breaking news for SportsCentre, as well as write his popular Hockey Insider feature on TSN.ca, Canada’s leading sports website.

McKenzie has been covering hockey for the past 26 years and is one of the most respected analysts in the business. His unparalleled contacts in the hockey world, combined with an abundance of hockey knowledge and a genuine love for the game, make McKenzie the most well-informed, trusted and connected man in the business. McKenzie’s considerable contributions to the game were recognized in 2007 & 2008 when he was selected by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

 

 

Retired Canadian professional ice hockey left-winger Nick Kypreos played eight seasons in the National Hockey League for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently a hockey analyst on the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada.

Kypreos immediately became known as an enforcer at the NHL level, a role he maintained throughout his pro career. In 1994, Kypreos was a member of the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. He made his final NHL stop with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. As a Leaf, his career ended as the result of a concussion sustained in a fight in a pre-season game in September, 1997. After the injury, Kypreos suffered post-concussion syndrome and was forced to retire.

Since retiring as a player, Kypreos has gone on to greater fame as a hockey analyst for the Rogers Sportsnet cable television network in Canada. He also co-hosts Hockey Central at Noon on The Fan 590 in Toronto and simulcast on Sportsnet. Kypreos has also appeared on Sportsnet’s main rival, TSN, for some extra analysis work. Kypreos is a passionate speaker. A teammate once mentioned that he could “talk a pit bull off a meat wagon.”

To book any of these hockey greats, or to find out more about our other sports speakers, contact us today: online or at 416-420-4525.

 

Six Incredible Family, Parenting, and Youth Speakers

Looking to bring in a speaker to your educational event? Whether it’s for a school, parenting community, or family-focused evening, we have the speakers for you!

Read on to meet Cameron Hughes, Professional Sports Fan – or Jeff Adams, a Five-Time Paralympian and World Champion – their ability to engage and inspire children, youth, and adults alike is perfect for a youth-focused event.

Liz Pearson will help you tackle the many challenges of eating well as a busy family!

And of course, our parenting experts Kathy Buckworth, Ann Douglas, and Alyson Schafer are full of input and tools that will help bring a little sanity to your day-to-day lives.

 

 

Cameron Hughes

Cameron Hughes got up out of his seat at an Ottawa Senators game in 1994, and spontaneously pumped up the fans into an inspired frenzy. What started out as a gag soon turned into a full-time career as a “Sports Entertainer,” speaker and television host. Cameron has entertained nearly 10 million fans across North America in stadiums and arenas of all sizes, and was the official crowd animator for 25 hockey events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. He was a huge hit at the 2011 US Tennis Open in New York City, and his antics inspired Novak Djokovic to dance at centre court, followed by a post-game dance-off that hit over 100 million impressions worldwide.

Cameron was the voice of the award-winning Labatt Blue “Out of the Blue” radio advertising campaign that lasted from 1998-2001 and hosted 2 seasons of “Game Face”, a sports comedy series on The Comedy Network in Canada. He also hosted the CFL’s Grey Cup live on TSN in Canada, and performed to a sold out crowd of 68,000 boisterous fans.

Cameron lost his mother to breast cancer in 1988 at the peak of his high school career, indirectly inspiring him to become school president, athlete and community leader. After a very “interesting ” university career as an active student leader, entrepreneur and Mr. Spirit, Cameron has spoken to over 300 000 students across North America, and has been asked to be the keynote speaker for Bishop University’s Orientation Day for the last 10 years.

 

Jeff AdamsJeff Adams is no stranger to overcoming challenges. He survived childhood cancer, but the radiation treatment that ultimately saved his life permanently damaged his spinal cord. He started using a wheelchair at a young age, and his love of competitive sport helped him turn his wheelchair into the vehicle for a journey of success. Adams is a five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion. He has acted in television commercials, has been a global spokesperson for multinational corporations, and regularly works as a journalist and colour commentator, recently hosting the CBC radio show The Current. He’s served as Chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee and as the Chair for the Ontarians with Disability Advisory Council.

In 2002, Adams climbed the 1776 stairs of the CN Tower in a specially designed wheelchair for an awareness event called “Step Up to Change”. By climbing the stairs in a wheelchair, Adams demonstrated in a tangible way, that when faced with what seems like an impossible task or an insurmountable barrier, having a plan, sticking to it, and taking it “one step at a time” is the best way to guarantee success. Using compelling video footage of both the best and worst days of his athletic career, the themes that echo throughout his presentation are encouraging, motivating, and inspiring for young and old alike.

 

Liz Pearson approaches healthy eating in a way that is sane and sensible. Her mission is to translate the often-confusing and ever-changing science of healthy eating into practical, commonsense advice that people can follow in their busy lives. Liz’s second book, The Ultimate Healthy Eating Plan, that still leaves room for chocolate! was a national bestseller and won a North American award for best book in the health/nutrition category. Liz’s newest book, Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health, and don’t forget the chocolate, sold out as soon as it hit bookstore shelves. This national bestseller also won the prestigious gold award from Cuisine Canada for excellence in nutrition writing and recipes.

Liz is well known and respected by the media. She was a regular nutrition correspondent for CBC News World and has appeared on shows such as Canada AM, Breakfast Television, City TV, CBC Radio and 680 News. Liz was the nutrition columnist for Chatelaine magazine – Canada’s leading magazine for women – for seven years. A sought-after consultant for the food industry, Liz has worked with companies such as Unilever, Nestlé, Campbell’s, Loblaws and Dare Foods. She represented the 5-to-10-a-day fruit and vegetable campaign, sponsored by The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society, for many years.

 

Kathy BuckworthKathy Buckworth is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and television personality. She is the author of six books, including I Am So The Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family The Business and Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay. She writes for Sympatico.ca, Metro News Canada, the Huffington Post (Canada), Parents Canada, and many other magazines. She is a regular guest expert on CityLine, and parenting correspondent for CTVNewsChannel. Kathy is a two- time winner of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established Literary Arts. She has over 18 years of corporate marketing experience with CIBC, Royal Bank, Telus and Coca Cola Foods.

Kathy helps Moms everywhere laugh and realize that balance is just something you need to do while putting on your peep-toe heels. And you are so the boss of them.

 

Alyson SchaferAlyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. She is the Ask An Expert columnist for Today’s Parent Magazine and sits on the Health Advisory Board for Chatelaine Magazine. Alyson is a re-occurring guest expert on The Marilyn Denis show and CTV News Channel. She is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth; Honey, I Wrecked the Kids; and her latest, Ain’t Misbehavin’ , is receiving rave reviews and endorsements from parenting experts across North America. Alyson is consulting and participating in the Bank of Montreal SmartSteps for Parents program, an online portal dedicated to helping parents teach financial literacy to their children. The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save Us From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Star and others.

 

Ann DouglasAnn Douglas has been Canada’s go-to guide to all things parenting since the publication of her now-classic The Mother of All Pregnancy Books over a decade ago. A mother of four and creator of an internationally successful book brand (The Mother of All®), Ann speaks frankly and with authority about parenting, communication, and tapping into the power of community. You may have read her column in The Toronto Star or noticed her being quoted by top media outlets as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Parenting, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, Canadian Family, Chatelaine, or Canadian Living. Ann is trusted by the media to provide insightful analysis of the parenting issues of the day.

An experienced speaker, Ann has delivered keynote addresses and customized workshops to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 1500, delighting audiences of parents, healthcare professionals, social service workers, professional communicators, women, and business groups. If you’ve already met Ann via her books, you know what you can expect from one of her presentations: to be inspired, entertained, and informed.

For a full list of our family and parenting speakers, click here.

Or, as always, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

We’ve Got the Finance & Economic Experts You’re Looking For!

Whether you’re looking for a financial spokesperson for a brand event, or someone to bring insight into our national economic reality, prospeakers.com has the finance and economic experts you need!

Which of these well-established authors and spokespeople are right for you? We’ll help you decide.

 

Patti Croft

Patricia Croft – Since retiring from the position of chief economist at RBC Global Asset Management in 2010, Patricia has been making frequent media appearances on Canadian financial market developments and the economic outlook for Canada. With 30 years of experience on Bay Street, on both the buy and sell side of the street, including a 13-year stint with Burns Fry followed by 3 years with Wood Gundy as senior economist, she was the youngest ever woman chief economist of a major financial institution in Canada. Her keen insights and warm demeanor make her a popular speaker at major institutions across the country.

 

 

 

 

Lloyd Atkinson

Dr. Lloyd Atkinson – Lloyd Atkinson is an economic superstar who offers authoritative perspectives on international economies, financial markets and global trends. A captivating speaker, he has the ability to explain complex issues in applicable, understandable terms. He has taught finance and economics at a number of American universities; his in-depth knowledge of the financial world and extensive experience in the academic realm have given him an impressive ability to speak confidently and insightfully into today’s economic climate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Sellery

Bruce Sellery – Bruce Sellery, author of the best-selling Moo-la-la (Why smart people dumb things with their money (and what you can do about it) has been speaking professionally for over 14 years. He has delivered keynotes and hosted events for such clients as Manulife Financial, Bell Canada, Cosma International, Mastercard and industry associations of every description. He writes an advice column for Moneysense Magazine and was the financial expert and host of season one on “Million Dollar Neighborhood” a reality TV show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. He regularly appears on Cityline and Lang & O’Leary.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz Oxlade – Gail’s no-nonsense approach to debt-reduction made her TV show Til Debt Do Us Part a veritable hit. She’s passionate about learning, committed to sharing, and hell-bent on getting people to take control of their money and their lives. Gail has written 13 books on personal finance, including It’s Your Money: Becoming a Woman of Independent Means, Money-Smart Kid$, and Debt-Free Forever. She has contributed hundreds of articles to financial media outlets, published a financial magazine for women, and worked with Canada’s leading financial services companies to help educate employees and clients.

 

 

 

 

 

For a full list of our finance & economic speakers, click here.

 

Or, as always, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Four Leadership Speakers With Fresh Perspectives

Developing your team’s leadership capabilities is an ongoing endeavour, and that’s why we are here! Whatever perspective you are looking for, we have speakers and leaders to offer input and help bring your business leaders to the next level.

Consider bringing in one of these high-demand leadership experts for your next corporate training:

 

Heather Moyse OlympianHeather Moyse is a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, but also so much more: a multi-sport national athlete, inspirational speaker, ambassador, bionic woman, philanthropist, role model, and above all, Champion.. In 2001, she began a nine-month internship in Trinidad and Tobago as a Disability Sport Program Officer, but ended up staying in Trinidad for an additional two years, adding contracts with the local Rugby Union to develop and coach women’s rugby, and with the local chapter of Disabled People’s International as a consultant. In 2007, Heather completed her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, focusing her graduate research on occupational-/life-balance. In 2010 and 2014, she won Olympic gold in women’s bobsleigh.

Heather is an inspiration to people of all ages, and stands as a symbol of what it is to be a true leader and champion. Her down-to-earth and genuine personality shine through as she helps her audiences discover how perspective and the tiniest of inspiration can move you to maximize your potential and get you closer to achieving your goals. For more information on Heather and her leadership expertise, click here.

 

 

 

Tim MagwoodTim Magwood is a creative, collaborative and passionate leader. As a seasoned facilitator and presenter, he has brought value to over 10,000 participants. Before entering the business world, Tim delighted audiences in stage productions such as Les Miserables (Royal Alexandra Theatre, National Arts Centre) and Napoleon (Elgin Theatre). He then spent over a decade in private communication and sales training, and now combines his unique skills and passion for leadership to teach, challenge, and inspire businesses and educators through The Mark of a Leader program.

In the most popular of these presentations, Tim explores Five Level Leadership: how, when human beings are fully engaged on all five of our levels (Spirit, Imagination, Intellect, Heart, Hands), there is virtually nothing we cannot do. The program can be used to create an unforgettable keynote, or facilitate an event, interspersing amazing stories throughout and customizing the messages to your specific audience and needs. For more information on Tim, or to read about other Mark of a Leader presentations, click here.

 

 

 

 

Stuart Knight Leadership SpeakerStuart Knight is a speaker, author, producer and writer, mesmerizing audiences with his high energy and theatrical speaking skills. He spends time writing songs that are heard around the world, and produces commercials that have been seen nationally. As an award-winning speaker, Stuart’s presence on stage is contagious and his ability to move his audience is unprecedented. Stuart has keynoted numerous conferences, and has inspired corporate clients, including such organizations as Rogers, TD Canada Trust, The Four Seasons, Emerson, Canoe, Citi, The Government of Canada and Kraft, sharing the stage with such notables as Pamela Wallin, Robin Sharma, Stephen Lewis and Jenny McCarthy.

As an “out of the box” renegade entrepreneur, he continues to bring his entertaining and thought-provoking ideas to fruition.  In his life-changing presentation called The Art of Powerful Conversation, Stuart gives people the tools to build relationships and to connect on a deeper level. To find out more, click here.

 

 

 

 

  Scott Kress Adventurer & SpeakerScott Kress holds a Masters degree in Leadership, is an Executive MBA professor for the Rotman School of Management and the Odette School of Business, and is one of the top leadership and team development facilitators in North America. In 2012, Scott received a Teaching Award for his Leadership Presence class in the EMBA program at the Rotman School of Management. On top of all that, Scott has been climbing and guiding in the mountains for over 20 years. He has summited peaks in North and South America, Africa, Europe and the Himalayas. He is now in the pursuit of the evasive “Seven Summits”; the highest point on each of the seven continents.

Scott’s foundational keynote presentation shares how the strategies his team used to summit Mount Everest may be applied to summit your own personal mountains in business and in life. Through his inspiring story of triumph, challenge determination, and sometimes failure, Scott shows audiences that we are all climbers, climbing our own mountains. Scott educates, entertains, and motivates while imparting the wisdom gained in business and in the mountains. To learn more about Scott’s adventures and how to bring them to your workplace, click here.

 

 

 For a full list of our leadership speakers, click here. Or, as always, call us for more information! 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

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Scott Kress’ North Pole Expedition

Earlier this year, Scott Kress led an expedition of 53 ill and injured soldiers, civilian team members (including Olympians), guides, media and film crew on a ski expedition to the magnetic North Pole. The largest group to ever attempt such an adventure, Scott recorded insights on team building along the way:

 

Day 1

From a team building perspective we are very much in the forming stage at this point. We are just starting to build the relationships that will form the foundation of our team culture. Our aim will be to accelerate our development to a high performance team as this will be critical for safety, success and enjoyment during this expedition.

Day 2

From a team building perspective this was a storming day with a bit of forming as well. Storming is not always conflict oriented and can be a very positive stage. This time is used to gain clarity on team roles and to ask questions. This is an essential step in moving towards high performance.

Having 24 hours if sunlight makes it difficult to sleep deeply.

Day 3

Today would once again have elements of Forming and Storming. We are still very much in the initial phase of our development as a large team and the formation has only just begun with our individual PODs. As a leader at this time my style is fairly directive. I know the team culture I want to create and the skills that need to be learned. There is not a lot of room for debate here. I am also focused on using an Affiliative and Visionary leadership style to paint a picture of success and to build strong emotional bonds within the team. I believe that relationship is the foundation to all high performance teams. People must know, understand, respect, and trust one another. Without this foundation the team will never become high performance as these factors will become critical at some point and if they are not there this is where the team will stall.

 

Day 4

Today was a continued Forming day as we did not fly into our start position as intended. One more day to continue to build relationships and team build. Low clouds and increasing wind at the landing zone postponed our flight and then grounded us for the day after the 2pm weather report.

Day 5

Our day did not go exactly as planned and this was the storming. Storming is not always conflict-oriented, sometimes it is just when you need to deal with the stress and disappointment of plans not going your way. As a team we had to support one another as some people were more emotional than others. As a leader I need to keep my team focused on our culture vision and our end goal, engage them in dialogue, answer their questions and reassure them. This can be a difficult time for a leader as the team sits idle waiting to do their job. They must be kept in a positive mindset so they are ready to go when the time is right.

Day 6

Ski-Day8We finally make it to the ice and start the norming process of team building. We are doing what we need to do, but there is still a lot of learning and refinement to take place. Storming also pops in and out as people struggle with things and emotions rise from being tired and hungry. As a leader I focused on being a calming influence on the group, being a coach and a mentor and keeping us focused on our culture vision.

As we started out the group quickly spread out. I kept my POD together so we would be close on this first march of the expedition. The first 2 days are critical as this is when most skills for living on the ice will be learned, this is when we really start to bond as a team, and this is when our team culture and norms will form.

Day 7 

We trudged on and on and at 7:00pm we stopped for the night. I was exhausted from the effort and my team was also quite tied… We had become quite strung out this day and some people near the back were feeling upset that there was not enough communication coming from the front, there was no clear plan for the day and that plan was always changing, and that we were traveling too far and long. Much of this was the emotions of exhaustion, but some was the normal process of figuring out how to travel and work together as a team in a new environment. As guides we observed, met, discussed, and adjusted the plan accordingly.

Team building analysis: as you can see we went through a lot this day. Forming continues to take place as we learn and build relationships, Storming happened when emotions got strong and when plans changed, Norming was there as we grew and refined skills, and Performing had to be there to cover the distance that we did. All in all, a great team day. I was proud of my team and all the other PODs as well.

Day  8

For hour after hour we skied, growing more tired with each step forward. Some team members started to hit the wall and need to be helped by those that were stronger.

Eventually we saw the flag fluttering in the distance and thanked God we were there. It was 8:00pm and we had traveled 21km. Everyone was tired, but happy. It was good to know we could cover this distance as this is what would be required to make it to the pole for our extraction date.

All I all a good day. Tough but good. We are really starting to form as a team and today had some elements of Performing for the first time. Roles have been defined and a routine has been established. When we roll into camp things just happen and we are getting pretty smooth about it. There was some Storming as people hit the wall physically, but this gave way to good food, a warm tent, and good company. I am happy with where we are as a team. We have defined a culture vision and are now making it a reality. This flows very well from our Deliberate Success Model which I use with the corporate teams I help develop and coach.

Day 9

Beautiful, absolutely, exhausting and humbling, 100%.

As the day wore on my speed slowed and the steeper uphill sections became a mental game of survival and determination. Nobody was going to let this uphill grind beat them. After six hours of upward ascent, and 8 hours of pulling, I spotted camp in the distance and a prettier sight I had rarely seen. Over all we had skied for almost 10 hours and moved 23km closer to the pole. What a day!

Not much to say today from a team building perspective. It was just a long hard day and thankfully everyone knew what they had to do and we worked well together. We are in a good spot as a team by this point and as a leader I am focused mostly on maintenance.

Day 10

We had determined that in order to avoid skiing through the blizzard we would need to make it to the pole today. This would mean a big push, but we had proven we could do it.

We had a long way to go and not a lot time to get there. We trudged on and on and the group stretched for well over a kilometer from front to back. Some people seemed to have excess energy and others were out of gas. One kilometre from the pole we stopped and all gathered as one group. In the distance across the searing flat white ice we could see the faint fluttering of the red and white of the Canadian flag that had been planted for us by the Rangers. I know for me this was an emotional moment as we were almost there. We had pushed hard, harder than any of us thought we would, and we only had a short distance left.North-Pole-FlagDay-12

When we were about 50 feet from the pole the civilians fell back and let the soldiers step up to the flag first. They had all given so much of their lives for this flag it seemed only right. As they clasped their hands around the pole holding the flag everyone broke out in song. “Oh Canada” of course. It was a very emotional moment and it would be hard to find a dry eye in the group. Tough soldiers and business men alike were overcome with the joy, the accomplishment, the sacrifice and the passion that this moment represented. Speeches and photos followed, but soon everyone was getting cold. There was a strong wind blowing and the storm was at our heels.

A good day. The team had hit the Performing stage of team development no question and it did not take long to get there. With a deliberate approach and a good plan the journey to high performance can be greatly accelerated. This does not mean you will not slip back to Storming on occasion, or need some touch ups in Norming, but for the most part reaching high performance can be done at an accelerated rate. For us it was relatively easy as the vision, goals, and roles were clear. In a corporate environment, this is not always so straight forward and there are a lot of complexities thrown in. I would not say you can always hit high performance this fast, but it can be accelerated.

Day 11

With the task complete and the accumulation of all the work I let my POD sleep late. After all we had earned it and we had nowhere to go any more. We stayed cocooned in our sleeping bags until 11:30 and then slowly started the chores for the day. The snow was blowing and the visibility was poor so there was no hope of flying out this day.

Ultimately, I think it was great that we did not fly out this day. This was a great decompression day and in the terms of team building it was the start of the Adjourning process. This is a reflection period where we examine the expedition and compare it to our vision and goals and see how we did. We extract learning’s and look for future application and it also provides a sense of closure to a great journey.

Day 12

Around 10:00 the twin otter arrived. Twin Otters are renowned for their ability to land and take off just about anywhere. The twin landed and then drove back and forth over the landing strip a few times packing it down for the larger DC3. Soon after a second twin otter landed and we were ready to send out the first 2 PODs.

At the party, Paul, Tim, and Shaun said a few words and then Bjarne spoke. He spoke of what an amazing opportunity this had been for him. It was not too many years ago that he was lying in a hospital bed wondering if he would ever walk again. What would his life be like post injury? This expedition, and the support of the team had given him new hope in life that there is so much out there for him and that he too can help others who have suffered from the ravages of war transition into a new life. There was not a dry eye to be found in the group.

To read the full story of this adventure, click here.

To book Scott Kress as a leadership or team-building speaker for your next event, contact us or call us at 416-420-4525.

 

 

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It’s Golf Season & We Have Your Tournament Hosts!

The weather is warmer, the fairways are greener and corporate golf functions are beginning. Is your company or organization hosting a golf tournament? Look no further than prospeakers.com to set your tournament apart from all the others.

No, we cannot guarantee that every participant will break 80… but we can ensure that your event will be engaging, enjoyable and successful. It will be the one tournament where everyone leaves and says: “What a great day; can’t wait to attend again next year!”

Prospeakers.com and TSN have teamed up and offer experienced, charismatic and knowledgeable hosts and guests for your upcoming tournament. Here are some of the fantastic members on the roster and for a full list of TSN talent please click here.

 

Cabral RichardsCabral “Cabbie” Richards is the fun-loving host of Cabbie Presents, a weekly segment airing Fridays on SportsCentre. Known for his unique take on sports broadcasting and  interviewing, the segment features Cabbie poking fun at  sports headlines and high-profile athletes and sports personalities. He is best known for his popular interview segments with L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant — ultimately scoring an exclusive invitation on Bryant’s private helicopter. Throughout his 10-year sports broadcasting career, Cabbie  has interviewed a slate of big-name athletes including Michael Jordan,  Alexander Ovechkin, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Shaun White and Tony Hawk. Cabbie’s humorous and engaging nature will be a hit at any event.

 

 

Jack ArmstrongJack Armstrong‘s vast knowledge and passion is well known – and respected – throughout the  sports world. He has worked for more than 15 years in broadcasting and has become one of the most recognizable faces – and voices – in  Canadian sports. At just 19-years-old, Jack began his career coaching NCAA basketball. In 1993, he was awarded with the NCAA New York State Division Coach of the  Year and the MAAC Conference Coach of the Year. In 2008, Jack joined TSN courtside during all of the TSN/TSN2 Toronto Raptors games. Jack’s identifiable voice and warm personality will surely cure any putting-green woes.

 

 

 

Bob WeeksBob Weeks is in his 25th year of covering golf in Canada and around the world. He has reported from major championships, significant tournaments as well as serving as an on-course reporter for Canadian men’s and women’s national championships and the annual Skins Game. Bob is the editorial director of SCOREGolf Magazine, host of the SCOREGolf TV on TSN and is heard on SCOREGolf Radio, now in its 17th year, on the TSN radio network. In 2009, Bob was listed as the sixth most influential person and the No. 1 media person in the Canadian golf industry by the National Post. Bob’s experience and genuine love for the game will create a positive and energetic environment at your next event.

 

 

 

Cory Woron2Cory Woron was introduced to national viewers as the host of the popular Ford That’s Golf.  Cory has since hosted TSN’s coverage of the Masters. “The first time walking into Augusta National is something I’ll never forget,” he said. He was also on the front lines for the entire NHL lockout. Cory will forever be remembered by fans of the IHL’s Manitoba Moose; he was the club’s public address announcer for the 1999-2000 season. Cory’s golf knowledge and extensive broadcast experience makes him the perfect host for your tournament.

 

 

 

 

Kate BeirnessKate Beirness was TSN’s Olympic Morning Co-Host for the  London 2012 Games, and also hosted NCAA March Madness 2012 and the Kraft Celebration  Tour in 2011 and 2012. Kate played competitive basketball  throughout high school and had hopes of playing point guard at the CIS level  until a torn ACL forced her to abandon her dream. She then refocused her energy  on a career in sports broadcasting. Kate’s electric energy and endearing personality will undoubtedly liven any crowd.

 

 

 

To book a TSN Talent host for your next tournament or other event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Olympic Athletes We’re Proud to Work With

With the Sochi 2014 Games about to begin, the whole world is excited for what this next month will hold. We’re no different at prospeakers.com – especially since we have the privilege of working with so many fantastic winter Olympians!

In a recent article for Yahoo! on Olympian marketability, prospeakers.com president Heather MacLean commented, “Typically post Olympics there is a significant opportunity for high profile athletes with engaging stories and presentation styles to speak to corporate Canada.” So as you plan for upcoming events, and as you tune in to watch these incredible athletes compete, pay close attention to some of these faces:

 

Patrick Chan World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Patrick Chan – Going into the competition in Sochi, he’s the gold-medal favourite. He is also a multi-lingual, well-spoken young man with a winning smile, maturity, and insight well-beyond his year.
 Hayley Wickenheiser Hayley Wickenheiser is a four-time Olympic Medalist and Canada’s flag-bearer for this year’s opening ceremonies. A role-model for many, her leadership capacity is second to none.
 Charles HamelinFrancois Hamelin Charles Hamelin & Francois Hamelin – these Quebecois brothers are tough competition and with multiple gold medals in Vancouver, they’re in the running to add more to the Canadian coffers.
 Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir Ice-dancers Scott Moir & Tessa Virtue are deeply loved in the Canadian community and hope to reprise their gold-medal success in Sochi. Young and gracious, they have recently been seen in a W Network documentary series called Tessa & Scott.
 Heather Moyse Heather Moyse – a multi-sport athlete, Heather won a gold in women’s bobsleigh in Vancouver. She is also an occupational therapist, bringing a holistic experiential knowledge to her speaking engagements.
 Denny Morrison Denny Morrison is a long-track skater with multiple Olympic experiences (and medals) to his name. His easy-going style makes him a fan favourite.
 Jon Montgomery Skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery is loved not only for his Vancouver gold medal, but for his post-win celebration. He’s made multiple TV appearances in the interim years, and is ready to take home another medal in Sochi!
 Kristina Groves Kristina Groves – this four-time Olympic medalist has a long-standing history of athletic excellence and public speaking experience. Sochi will be her fourth Olympic appearance, and we can’t wait to see how she does!
 Alexandre Bilodeau Alexandre Bilodeau was the first Canadian to ever win a gold medal on home soil. Heading to Sochi, he is the reigning world silver-medalist, and will be competing for gold against the reigning world champ, a fellow Quebecois.

 

To enequire about booking any of these Olympians  for your next event, or to ask any further questions, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

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It’s RRSP Season: Bruce Sellery Is Here to Help

Bruce Sellery, respected Canadian financial journalist, business analyst, and TV host, has just released The Moolala Guide to Rocking Your RRSPs! Like his earlier guide to personal finances and investments, this RRSP guide is a straightforward (and lighthearted) approach to taking charge, facing our fears, and making smart financial choices.

Here’s Bruce on why this is the year to get ahead on your retirement savings:

 

Still feel overwhelmed? Consider taking part in his 5-week challenge to build a strong foundation:

 

For more advice and tips, check out his recent interviews on Cityline and the Lang and O’Leary Exchange!

 

Bruce Sellery is a sought after public speaker and commentator and has toured from coast to coast delivering keynotes and appearing on media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, CBC and the Globe and Mail.
If you’d like more information about having him come to your business event, please contact us or call us at 416-420-4525.
Filed under: Business Management and Organization,Lifestyle / Retirement / Aging — Tags: — prospeakers.com @ 1:09 pm
Welcome to Dianne Buckner, of Dragons’ Den Fame

New to our roster this fall, Dianne Buckner is most widely known for her role on the hit CBC show Dragons’ Den. With over a decade of experience on the CBC News business team, Dianne brings her keen insights and interview skills to bear in her keynote presentations.

Consider having Dianne come speak to your team on The Art of the Pitch, Seven Powerful Business Trends, or share her Top Ten Tips on the road to business success.

For more information on Dianne and to see a video of her in action, view her profile here. And as always, we are happy to hear from you via phone or via our site anytime!

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