President and Founder, Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions Inc.
Sardek Love is the president and founder of Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions (ICTS), a global performance consulting and training organization. Sardek has worked in 32 countries inspiring, developing, and educating leaders and training professionals in Fortune 100 companies; high-tech organizations; local, state, and federal government agencies; nonprofits; and global brands on how to maximize employee engagement and performance in the workplace.
Prior to establishing ICTS, Sardek was a program manager for Booz Allen Hamilton and a field underwriting manager for MetLife . His expertise in training, leadership, and performance consulting have made him a globally sought-after keynote speaker. He is a regular contributor to a variety of ATD publications, and is teaming up with Anne Bruce to co-author the updated version of her book, Speak for a Living, which will be published by ATD in 2018.
When he is not traveling the world equipping leaders and trainers, Sardek can be found spending time with his family and cheering on his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies.
Great by Choice: 3 Simple Secrets the World’s Top Trainers Use to Create Raving Fans
Studies consistently show that getting and maintaining high levels of participant engagement is one of the top challenges trainers encounter. But there’s good news: Overcoming this pervasive problem is quite easy if you know how. Compared with most trainers, the world's top trainers get 10x greater levels of participant engagement by using three simple techniques. In this session, international keynote speaker and ATD Master Trainer Sardek Love will equip you with the tools that will make great facilitation nearly automatic. By attending this session, you will be able to:
- Applythree memory-anchoring techniques that guarantee your training sticks long after it is completed.
- Use a fast-action activity to transform boring training into an unforgettable, mind-blowing learning experience.
- Get instant, next-day successby implementing the secrets into your existing training courses.
Doug Stevenson is a gifted storyteller. But it’s his ability to help others be gifted storytellers that sets him apart. The author of Doug Stevenson’s Story Theater Method, Doug has delivered storytelling programs for leadership, sales, marketing, and HR teams, as well as train-the-trainer programs. His storytelling technology for business communication helps you choose, craft, and deliver stories that make a point, teach a lesson, or sell a product or service. This innovative training program includes acting skills, storytelling form and structure, and message-branding skills. Doug conducts workshops for emerging leaders, train-the-trainer programs, and story-selling workshops. He also delivers customized webinars and e-learning programs. Doug works with executives, salespeople, entrepreneurs, and organizations to write, brand, and deliver customized speeches and training. He has presented keynotes and training programs in 16 countries, and is a sought-after coach for leaders who need to be as powerful when they speak as they are in the boardroom.
The Power to Persuade: The Magic of Story
Are you ready to be amazing? Is it time for you to step up your game? Do you want to unleash your storytelling potential? Logic explains, but stories persuade. If you want to change hearts and minds and engage your learners’ attention at a deeper level, you must become a more engaging storyteller.
If you’re ready to learn a new way to deliver content by telling stories, this keynote will show you the way. Stories communicate ideas and information as no other medium can. They are visually and emotionally stimulating and appeal to people of all learning styles. Doug Stevenson’s Story Theater Method combines storytelling form and structure, acting skills, and message branding. The result is stories that are more entertaining, effective, and experiential.
In this keynote, you will learn how to be a more compelling trainer by utilizing acting techniques that make an emotional connection with the listener, thereby enhancing knowledge retention. You’ll also learn how to identify moments and events from everyday life that can be crafted into powerful stories.
By attending this session, you will be able to:
- Discover a simple process for identifying compelling stories.
- Improve your ability to tell a story by incorporating theater techniques.
- Add a “Phrase That Pays” to each story to make the lesson memorable and actionable.
Barbara McAfee is a voice coach, singer-songwriter, keynoter, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformative power of sound. Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence, is based on her 25 years as a voice coach, supporting people from many professions in learning how to access the full power and expression of their voice in service of their work and relationships.
Barbara’s musical keynotes blend practical content, sophisticated humor, and thought-provoking questions on topics including voice, leadership, and engagement. She was “the band” for Margaret Wheatley’s Women’s Leadership Revival Tour, which visited 15 North American cities. She also appears with author Peter Block. Barbara has produced seven CDs of mostly original music, and is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer hospice choir in the Twin Cities. Barbara lives across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Who You Gonna Be While You Do What You Do? 5 Simple and Powerful Ways to Sustain Humanity and Energy
In the headlong rush of daily living, it’s easy to lose track of what matters most at work, at home, and in our communities. We get lost in our long lists of things to do and forget about the gifts of being. Using smart songs, hilarious wit, illuminating questions, and lessons from her years as an organizational consultant, Barbara will introduce five practical ideas for sustaining energy and commitment in doing our best work. In this keynote, you will:
- Learn ways to tame your “brain rats”—the persistent yapping of negative thoughts.
- Choose touchstones that help you remember why you do what you do.
- Reconnect with your personal and professional lineage.
- Explore the power of kindness to strengthen all aspects of your work.
- Make powerful choices about leaving behind things large and small that no longer serve you.