Sara Canaday

  • Expert in Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and Personal Branding

A rare blend of analytical entrepreneur and perceptive warmth, Sara Canaday has a unique gift for helping high-potential professionals to achieve their best.

Sara Canaday began her journey working full-time while she earned an MBA. As she climbed the ladder of corporate America, she repeatedly observed a surprising phenomenon: the most successful people weren't necessarily the ones with the highest IQ or best job skills. She recognized instead that career advancement was much more closely linked with how people applied their knowledge and talents -- their capacity to collaborate, communicate, and influence others.

Because of this revelation early on, Sara developed an uncanny ability to pinpoint the pivotal attributes that could make or break a career, and she was able to convey that information in a compassionately candid way. Colleagues, subordinates, and superiors alike frequently approached Sara for her advice on overcoming career hurdles and developing strategies to increase their personal market value. Despite reaching an executive position in operations with a major company, Sara realized that helping others to maximize their career potential was truly her life's work.

Today, Sara is happily fulfilling that commitment as a speaker, consultant, coach, author, and owner of her rapidly growing firm, Sara Canaday & Associates. This venue has given her the opportunity to mentor and support thousands of people in diverse situations, inspiring many of them to move from insight to action with dramatic career results.

Sara lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Brandon, her daughter Taylor, and her son Cole. She proudly follows the same advice she shares with her clients:  be honest with yourself, never stop finding ways to improve, and – if all else fails -- head to Starbucks for a Double Mocha Latte with extra whipped cream.  

To book Leadership and Branding speaker Sara Canaday, call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Attitude, Branding, Business Motivational, Business Performance, Emotional Intelligence, Keynote, Leadership, Peak Performance, Women in Business

  • Travels From:

    Texas

  • Price:

    $7,500 - $10,000

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Sara Canaday Leadership Keynote Speaker and Author

Sara Canaday

A rare blend of analytical entrepreneur and perceptive warmth, Sara Canaday has a unique gift for helping high-potential professionals to achieve their best.

Sara Canaday began her journey working full-time while she earned an MBA. As she climbed the ladder of corporate America, she repeatedly observed a surprising phenomenon: the most successful people weren't necessarily the ones with the highest IQ or best job skills. She recognized instead that career advancement was much more closely linked with how people applied their knowledge and talents -- their capacity to collaborate, communicate, and influence others.

Because of this revelation early on, Sara developed an uncanny ability to pinpoint the pivotal attributes that could make or break a career, and she was able to convey that information in a compassionately candid way. Colleagues, subordinates, and superiors alike frequently approached Sara for her advice on overcoming career hurdles and developing strategies to increase their personal market value. Despite reaching an executive position in operations with a major company, Sara realized that helping others to maximize their career potential was truly her life's work.

Today, Sara is happily fulfilling that commitment as a speaker, consultant, coach, author, and owner of her rapidly growing firm, Sara Canaday & Associates. This venue has given her the opportunity to mentor and support thousands of people in diverse situations, inspiring many of them to move from insight to action with dramatic career results.

Sara lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Brandon, her daughter Taylor, and her son Cole. She proudly follows the same advice she shares with her clients:  be honest with yourself, never stop finding ways to improve, and – if all else fails -- head to Starbucks for a Double Mocha Latte with extra whipped cream.  

To book Leadership and Branding speaker Sara Canaday, call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

You - According to Them:  Redefine Your Vision for Success

You’ve got the experience. You’ve got the diplomas. You know your stuff. So how can you significantly speed up your career momentum? Is there a secret to reaching your business goals faster? Leadership Expert Sara Canaday will show you exactly how to kick your career into high gear. Not next month or next year, but immediately. Starting now!

Even if you do everything right, your success at a higher level is determined by your impact on others. How do they perceive your words, behaviors and attitudes? Are you seen as a leader or a follower? Like it or not, their perceptions define your personal market value. It’s about you, according to them. 

In this program, Sara shares real-world stories that illustrate the hidden gaps between what we see versus what those around us see. Blending insights, humor, and actionable strategies, Sara takes you on a journey to: 

  • Gain a fresh perspective about your professional reputation
  • Identify what makes your approaches attractive (or annoying!)
  • Better manage the experiences you create when interacting with others
  • Make strong and lasting impressions by matching your intent with your impact
  • Rapidly elicit opportunities to be noticed, hired, respected and promoted

 

The Leader Has Entered the Room:  Powerful Habits that Give Rise to Leadership Presence

Without saying a word, great leaders command attention when they walk into a room. They inspire confidence, put people at ease, and connect in a way that makes others want to listen to them, support them, and follow them. In this keynote, Career Strategist Sara Canaday will share the secrets to help you capture that kind of leadership presence—and dramatically accelerate your career. 

If you’re skeptical about this “elusive aura of success,” Sara will convince you with powerful proof:  rock-solid science and mind-blowing examples. Even better, you’ll walk away with a roadmap to guide you in boosting your own leadership presence. You’ll discover the subtle qualities that can make a huge difference in your career, and you’ll know exactly how to incorporate them.

Sara creatively uses a dynamic, interactive format to help you:

  • Adopt the habits and behaviors that can expand your capacity for leadership at a higher level
  • Learn how to successfully manage your image, demeanor, and non-verbal communication to generate immediate, tangible benefits
  • Project wisdom, professionalism and thought leadership with consistency and precision
  • Present yourself in a way that positively influences decision-making and supports your business goals

 

The Innovative Leader:  Powerful Strategies for Future-Ready Success 

Without a strategic evolution, today’s great leaders may not be fully equipped to lead successfully in the years ahead. The technology fueled, globally competitive, constantly changing landscape of 21st Century business is highly complex—and changing every day. Do you have what it takes to lead at the next level in the decades to come?

In this program, Sara reveals the nuances that separate truly innovative leaders and position them as influential, charismatic agents of change and drivers of future success. She defines the attributes that catapult them to achieve greater performance and give them the resilience to handle whatever new challenges lie ahead. Using a dynamic combination of content and stories, Sara gives participants a clear roadmap to integrate these attributes and expand their capacity for leadership excellence.

Participants will learn about:

  • The power of letting go:  realizing that the tendency to rely on your own experiences and ingrained habits could be holding you back.
  • The power of relentless curiosity:  constantly seeking new ideas, perspectives, and connections.
  • The power of driving change:  making an impact through personal influence, despite the challenges of calculated risks and unknown variables.

 

Take Charge of Your Own Leadership Development

If you’ve advanced to a leadership position (or that’s your immediate goal), you’ve probably been recognized for your business skills. Now what? Organizations today have limited budgets for training, and you have limited time. But don’t let that prevent you from reaching your full potential. You can take charge of your own leadership development! The key to increasing your value without overloading your calendar is to be strategic about your learning. Laser-focus your development to improve the skills that will really make a difference in your career.

In this session, Sara will share details about ways to accelerate your success by customizing your own leadership development plan:

  1. Discover any skill deficits and target those areas for learning.
  2. Identify any undervalued attributes that could be leveraged for greater impact.
  3. Take advantage of diverse resources, including 360 assessments, experiential learning, high-potential programs, rotation assignments, and individual coaching.    

 

Dell, Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of hearing Sara Canaday conduct group presentations on several occasions. Her speaking style has always been energetic, informative, sincere, and relevant to her specific audience. The audience finds Sara interesting and credible, so they pay attention to what she has to say. In fact, they have been eager to learn more about Leadership and Executive Presence and were anxious to share their new success stories. They are still talking about the presentation two weeks later and there are marked improvements in the executive presence of the team members on my team. If you are interested in a high-impact presentation with life-long benefits, I would highly recommend Sara!”

Writer & Marketing Consultant

“Sara is an engaging, knowledgeable speaker. She is witty and disarming, forming an almost immediate rapport with her audience. The information she presents on leadership qualities, professional presence, and non-verbal communication are both timely and classic. I never pass up an opportunity to work with Sara, or to seek her advice.”

Deloitte Consulting LLP

"We have invited Sara Canaday to deliver Professional Presence presentations. She received very positive feedback and the group was genuinely interested in the research that she provided. She grabbed their attention immediately and was able to involve the audience. We received glowing feedback and would like Sara to continue to share her message with others in our firm."

CEO, Unimed Direct

“Sara is a tremendous asset to our company. Although she is a contractor to us, she feels like a part of our team. She learned the culture and value of our company and models her services as if she were on our executive staff. She provides well rounded services including career coaching, business consulting, and leadership training. Her style is a great balance between the science and passion of leadership where she understands the diversity of management and bridges those differences with productive and insightful training and coaching. Her well rounded career offers 'real life' scenarios that take the ethereal training into practical and useful terms. Sara is an invaluable part of our team to ensure we are focusing on the right goals with the right people. I would highly recommend her services to any company of any size!”
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