Before becoming a speaker, Karen McCullough worked for one of the world’s most famous fashion brands, Ralph Lauren. That is where she learned the power of a Brand and the importance each employee has in living the brand each day. She soon took what she learned and opened her own retail store, in Houston Texas. That one store grew into a 4-store chain. Yes, she learned well and was great in marketing and branding, and she understood the value in understanding and serving her customers. She created a culture which fostered excellence and engagement- and they had a lot of fun along the way. In 2000 Karen took all she learned all those years in retail and began creating keynotes that delivered excellence and a WOW audience experience. Today she speaks to corporations, associations, and universities across the country delivering her message on Generations in the Workplace and Marketplace, Keeping Up with the Pace of Change, and Gaining the Competitive Edge through Personal Branding.
Generational Advantage: Leading a Multi-generational Workplace in Times of Uncertainty
Best Audience: healthcare, corporate, associations, sales, everyone who deals with people.
Leading a multigenerational team has always had its challenges. Each generation comes to work with unique experiences, perspectives, expectations, and often inconsistent views on how the workplace should function. Now, in this time of crisis, uncertainty, and working from home the generational differences are magnified. In these challenging times, many leaders and managers unfortunately resort back to the a “one size fits all” treat everyone the same approach to work. But your diverse multigenerational team requires more. You will learn strategies to grow engagement and meet each group and individual in a personal and supportive way. Connection is key to building teams and retaining the best talent. We must stay sharp and continue to learn and engage in this new work environment.
• Understanding the perspective and strengths of each generation Traditionalists – Gen Z
• Address the stress your team is experiencing before you can lead or manage
• Identify the areas of generational conflict such as miscommunication, feedback, transparency
• Discuss the power in asking
• Exploring new ways to communicate and give productive feedback
• Inspire collaboration, connections, and courage
Change is Here – Time to Adapt
Best Audience: corporate, associations, opening conference keynote, women’s conference.
Today we have all been forced to suddenly adapt to new ways of working, doing business, and living our lives. Change is here! We may not be able to control the changes going on around, but the good news is, we can control how we respond. Just as you update operating systems and smartphones, now is the time for a personal operating system update, and Karen can help! She is ready to share tools and rituals that will help you not just survive but thrive in this social distancing world. Karen shares her 3 - step process to shift your mindset and welcome change into your life. Highly interactive, and full of humor.
• Address the stress, complex emotions, fear and anxiety you are experiencing before you can move forward
• Put into action 3 step process: Relate- Repeat- Re-Think
• Take a deep-dive into self-awareness
• Discover the power in asking for help
• Incorporate daily actions that build good habits
• Shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset
• Leave positive and hopeful
Rebound – Skills in Courage Building for Leaders
Best Audience: Inspirational for all audiences, women’s conferences, leaders and emerging leaders, Gen Z
No matter how successful and talented we are, an unexpected setback, mistake, or failure can directly impact our self-confidence. Low confidence makes us doubt our abilities, prevents us from taking small risks and hinders our decision making. Success stories are great. A story of success while overcoming a failure, is even better, and Karen McCullough has a great one to share. It’s interactive, it’s fun, and it’s real!
• Improve your self-awareness and authenticity
• Building stamina
• Setting boundaries
• Overcoming the imposter syndrome
• Explore the practice and benefits of mindfulness
• Harness your creativity
• Examine the Self-Talk
Self-Care for Caregivers
Audience: CNA’s nurses, physicians, therapists, all caregivers
The pressures on caregivers today is overwhelming. Caregiving can be physically and emotionally exhausting and it is important to remember to recharge your batteries.
• Heighten self-awareness
• Tap into physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needsSepts
• Gain insights to self-love
• Practice distressing techniques
• Understand the impact of connectonsP
Re-Thinking Productivity - Managing Your Energy Not Your Time
Best Audience: Great for all audiences
Do you ever feel tired and the day has just started? If so, you are not alone. A recent study reports that nearly 75% of American workers state that no matter how hard they work they feel as if they are not moving forward. Would you like to know the secrets of staying energized? If so, Karen McCullough is here to help! She has been dubbed “a shot of energy,” and she walks her talk! Karen shares her personal energy rituals and top ways to increase focus, stamina, and productivity. Learn how to re-charge your battery and energize others.
• Shifting the focus from managing your time to managing your energy
Creating positive rituals that renew your energy
• Gaining deeper insights into self-awareness
• Learning from the Harvard research on happiness and productivity
• Discovering the 4 sources of our individual energy
Beyond the Brand - Putting People First
Engaged employees perform at high levels, create positive interactions with the customer, and are critical to the success of your organization. As companies find it increasingly difficult to compete on price and speed, the human-centric customer brand experience becomes the differentiator in the marketplace. Your employee experience directly connects to your customer’s experience and investing in engagement is key to delivering better brand experience. Lots of fun promoting Employee Engagement and the Customer Experience, Employee Branding- Best Audience: employee celebration, annual meeting or conference, awards night, high energy honoring people
Harnessing the Generational Advantage
Keynote and Breakouts can focus on - Leading, selling, marketing, retain ing, attracting, and understanding the Generations in the workplace and marketplace…You may have heard a program on the Generations but not like Karen's. Best Audience: corporate, associations, colleges/universities, sales, everyone who deals with people.
A Guide to Generation Z
How Gen Z will affect the work and marketplace. Millennials are becoming the power players in both the workplace and the marketplace. While Millennials are taking on more leadership and management roles, a new generation, Gen Z is emerging. Soon, Generation Z will have a major presence in the workplace, marketplace as well as in continuing and online education markets.
Change is Good - Keeping Up with the Pace of Change
Today change is more complex, more frequent and for many, more overwhelming. We all need tools and rituals that will help us not just survive but thrive. In this keynote, Karen empowers you with three critical steps that will help you lead and inspire change. Customized to each audience. Best Audience: corporate, associations, opening conference keynote – all audiences – women’s conference - Karen will customize to fit the needs of the client
Gaining the Competitive Edge - Your Remarkable Brand
Like great people, great brands are multi-dimensional; they have a soul, personality, and behaviors that differentiate them from others. To make a name for yourself, and stand out from the crowd, you must capitalize on your unique perspective, knowledge, and experiences. Personal branding is about making a commitment to defining yourself as a leader. Best Audience: employee development, sales, customer-facing employees, business owners, entrepreneurs, direct sales, franchise
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